Check out Sonic Cathedrals Vol. CXXVIV by MORNE below!
Mix tapes have always been the most engaging, most personal, and the most dependable gateway to new music for me. Even in 2013 when pretty much any song or band I could ever want to hear is readily available on Youtube or blogs, I still consistently discover my new favorite music through exchanging tapes with friends. It may seem archaic and maybe even pointless to a lot of people, but there is something about the craft and the ritual surrounding it that makes the mix tape such a unique way of experiencing music. Just the fact that there is any sort of actual effort involved in creating a mix tape illustrates a sincere appreciation and value for the music contained therein. A rarity, for sure, especially in a time where music has become so disposable and mindlessly consumed.
When Sean approached us about curating a tape for CVLT Nation, I was very excited to have the opportunity to contribute something like this to such an esteemed website. I did my best to compile songs that I feel fit the vibe of Morne but also to highlight some of my personal influences over the past few years. This is not a showcase of ultra-obscure rarities, it’s simply a mix of my current music obsessions, heavy hitter classics as well as some tracks by friends whose work I admire. Though it may lack the tangible/personal touch of an actual cassette, I hope you enjoy the listening experience.
- Max/Morne, October 2013
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. CXXVIV by MORNE:
The Victorian Blood Book was a part of Evelyn Waugh‘s personal collection of Victorian texts and manuscripts, and arguably the most curious – a scrapbook put together by a loving father for his daughter’s wedding day, this book is an amalgamation of engravings by William Blake, Christian and nature imagery, blood red ink and written text filling all the gaps in between. The text on the pages, hand written by its creator John Bingley Garland in 1854, has the tone of religious ranting, rife with Bible quotes, with phrases such as “Truth! springs out of the earth! and Righteousness! shall look down! from Heaven!” A lot of exclamation points, so many that when I read the text, I read it in the voices of the crazy bums I’ve met on the street trying to convert anyone and everyone to their visions of plague and fire. All I can say is, if my dad gave me something like this, I would question his sanity. But hey, this was the Victorian era, so this type of zealotry was as mainstream and normal as it is today in a Texas megachurch. The creepy element is in the blood dripping from everyone and everything on its pages. Hand drawn in red India ink are bleeding crosses, blood dripping from people, animals, plants and fruit. Literally everything is soaked in the blood of Christ. That’s it, I’m converted! You can look at scans of the full book here, plus take a look at some of my favorites below.
PostApoc, by Liz Worth.
Now or Never Publishing, 184 pages.
The underlying anxiety of disaster fiction always stems from the question, how would we survive if the engine of industrialized civilization were to irreparably break down? Toronto-based author Liz Worth’s debut novel PostApoc has at its core the nihilistic observation that, if there really were nothing left, then there would no longer be any reason to survive. As such, it’s appropriate that the story begins with an ending – albeit a complicated one – in which protagonist Ang undertakes a suicide pact with her inner circle of friends, then finds herself the sole survivor. In a world that increasingly resembles painter Hieronymus Bosch’s surreal vision of hell in The Garden of Earthly Delights, Ang finds that escapism is a healthy means of coping with the slow, nightmarish collapse of not only the world but of reality itself.
I feel mad sick and all fucked in the head because I have been blasting the new DRUG LUST tape into my head for the past 20 minutes. Hot damn, I really love this band, they are so bad ( in a good way)!!! Their brand of sleazy hardcore has this filthy groove that runs through every song that leaves you wanting to cover yourself in DRUG LUST dirt. Check this – the band has given us the green light to stream their side of their upcoming split tape with LIEBESTOD…peep their East Coast tour dates that start on 11/13!…Pre-Order the DRUG LUST & LIEBESTOD split tape HERE!
Usnea Interviews Bell Witch
What bands (if any) do you think influence your style?
Adrian – Neurosis, Mournful Congregation, Thergothon, Black Sabbath, and the mighty Usnea.
Dylan – Skepticism, Worship, Michael Hedges, Rachel’s, Mournful Congregation and Usnea.
Your music has a spiritual/transcendental element to it. What are your thoughts on spirituality or religion?
Adrian – I was raised in a very strict catholic religious family, which I do not practice, but do respect them for their beliefs. When I play, I feel that music is my religion, or a self ritual practice. Let me just say when we die, we will not go to heaven. Maybe another world, universe, or just die. Who knows.
Dylan – As a child under supervision of various relatives, there were a few times I attended Sunday Mass. Everyone else in the room got bread and wine. I sat in the back, alone and hungry, waiting to feast on their souls…
CVLT Nation has something special for you today – an exclusive premiere of the Fallout Party ’13 mixtape compiled by the mastermind of BEASTMILK, Goatspeed. With the world waiting for the release of their debut record Climax on Nov. 29th via Svart Records and Magic Bullet (NA), Goatspeed has dropped this jewel on the world for streaming and free download only on CVLT Nation!
Bell Witch Interviews Usnea
Top five best doom albums of all time:
Justin: Yob “The Unreal Never Lived”, Asunder “A Clarion Call”, Laudanum “The Coronation”, Electric Wizard “Dopethrone”, Burning Witch “Crippled Lucifer”
Johnny: The Melvins “Bullhead”, Noothgrush “Erode the Person”, Ocean Chief “Ocean Chief”, Electric Wizard “Come My Fanatics”, Neurosis “Through Silver in Blood”
Top five best funeral doom albums of all time:
Justin: Well I already said Asunder up above, so 5 more funeral bands… Worship “Last Tape Before Doomsday”, Mournful Congregation “The Monad of Creation”, Skepticism “Lead and Aether”, Aldebaran “Dwellers in Twilight”, Evoken “Atra Mors”
Joel: Black Sabbath “Black Sabbath”, Corrupted “Paso Inferior”, Aldebaran “Dwellers In Twilight”, Worship “Last Tape Before Doomsday”, dISEMBOWLMENT ” Transcendence into the Peripheral”
CVLT Nation is giving you yet another rad soundtrack for this week! If you are feeling blue, this is the mix for you…Sonic Cathedrals Vol. CXXVIII by High Aura’d. Check out the mix below, plus you can pick up the new High Aura’d/Blood Bright Star split 7″ here (check out our review here).
Black metal and mystique often go hand in hand. Little is known of Irish black metal entity Dúnmharú, the duo of Ross O’Connor and Cathal Hughes. Last year’s Curses Come Home record did a good job introducing Dúnmharú to us, but with a new album coming out shortly entitled Frozen Eden, the band seem poised to leave a mark in Irish black; no easy task when the likes of Slidhr have put out records this year.
Today we’re pleased to present two tracks from Dúnmharú’s Frozen Eden – the massive album opener ‘Dead Eyes Mirror’ and the melodic black metal riffing melee of ‘Passion to Burn’. The album will be released on CD at some point in the coming weeks.
CVLT Nation is proud to sponsor the record release show for Vancouver’s BURNING GHATS put on by Nothing is Heavy! On November 22nd, Burning Ghats celebrate the release of their LP Something Other Than Yourself (read our review here), Bridgeburner, Keep Tidy and Scoot will bring the house down at the infamous Astoria in Vancouver’s down and dirty east side! We’ve seen these guys live before and can attest to the power and fury of their performance, so make sure you come down to bear witness! You can get more event info HERE…