Since my first post on Victorian post-mortem photography, I have had the chance to explore more about the subject and find new troves of photographs. They offer an intriguing glimpse in to life over a century ago, when people immortalized their children with professional photographs of their corpses. In fact, most of the post-mortem photography I have found is of either babies and small children, or the very elderly. It makes me glad for vaccines. I have compiled a second gallery of post-mortem photographs from the UK, the US, Africa, Europe and Latin America, which you can view after the jump. One interesting thing I found this time around was that not only did post-mortem photography span the globe, it also went beyond human corpses – many people preserved the memory of their beloved dogs with group photos with their lifeless bodies. I also threw in a couple of disturbing autopsy photos as well, which I am going to do a follow-up post on when I find enough of them.
Word Sound and Power are all alive in this very thought altering interview/conversation between Daniel Menche, Mamiffer and Locrian. It should be noted that this was Menche’s first time very coming up with questions for someone to answer and from my point of view they were honest and induced some really real answers from Mamiffer and Locrian. Actually the words you are about read have very special quality about them and it’s CVLT Nation’s honor to share them with you. So after the travel into the minds of Daniel Menche, Mamiffer and Locrian…Bless Them That Curse You.
Locrian/Mamiffer/Daniel Menche three way conversation. Daniel Menche’s first time as an interviewer! Read the interview after the jump…
On Friday, January 20th, Black Thorns in the White Cube opened at the Paragraph Gallery in Kansas City, MO. Featuring artists Alexander Binder, Vincent Como, Terence Hannum, Karlynn Holland, Elodie Lesourd, Aaron Metté, Grant Willing, Christophe Szpajdel and Tereza Zelenkova, and curated by Amelia Ishmael, this den of black arts brought people in droves, sheltering them from the cold of the KC winter with the icy arms of black metal comfort. Ishmael made an interesting point about this exhibit – “it’s frequently the people who have never been to an art gallery who feel instantly comfortable with these types of images, and the fine art community that is a little unsure how to read or approach them.” I guess it’s not surprising that everyday people are interested in artwork that provokes such dark thoughts and emotions – they touch the soul in a direct way, as opposed to a work of art that requires a lot of cerebral reasoning to see its connection to humanity. Not to say that this artwork isn’t challenging, it definitely is, but maybe its directness goes against the traditional pretension of the art world. That’s my 2 cents. Anyway, Ishmael also gave a talk the next day, tying Black Thorns in the White Cube to her thesis on black metal in contemporary art, and found an audience open and interested in the history and characteristics of the black metal genre. The exhibition is a success, and Ishmael says she’s “happily surprised by how long people stay and listen to records…or flip through books [she] brought to share.” The exhibition runs until March 3rd, and then Ishmael will take it to her hometown of Chicago. After the jump, check out some of the pieces being shown for Black Thorns in the White Cube.
Do I smell good old hate? Yes I do, and it’s coming from the Crippled Sound Records kitchen. What charred remains are they going to place before me? Glad I’m hungry, because they are serving up Witch In Her Tomb as the main course today. I’m really impressed with these Illinois slingers of raw death hate. Their self-titled tape will be out soon, and trust me, it will not disappoint – every fucking song is a banger. Witch In Her Tomb’s songs are written in a very interesting way, so with every listen you will hear something new come alive in your ears. Unholy hell, the vocalist’s delivery is pure fucking righteous anguish and misery, plus the lyrics will dig deep into your mind! What will really trap you into their world is their use of melody, which is twisted and chaotic, but tastes great. Honestly, Witch In Her Tomb is a band that should be on everyone’s radar and if CVLT Nation has anything to do with it, they will be. So that you can feel the full fury of this band today, CVLT Nation is streaming the Witch In Her Tomb in full below…plus you can download the album HERE!
Stream Witch In Her Tomb:
CVLT Nation is ultraexcited and stoked to announce that the Sonic Cathedrals Mixtape Series Vol. XXXI Curated by Harassor goes live today. This mixtape is the straight jam and will open your mind for sure. I totally dig the way that they shared all of their influences with their song selection. Harassor is one of the most gnarliest bands in Los Angeles and this mixtape shows why. Now download Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XXXI after the jump & blast this sonic portrait of change beyond loud…THE ATTACK OF THE WEIRDOS IS ON…WHERE DO YOU STAND?
“I’ve increasingly become more interested in dark electronic and goth music these days. I’ve got a weak spot for sad bastard music. I certainly can stretch these genres from indie rock to minimal wave, death rock, synth pop etc. The few songs I chose for the mix are more or less a representation of music I’m currently jamming and excited about.”
“I was raised on the thrash metal sounds of the late-80′s, before moving into underground death and black metal, and grindcore. I am pleased to now see a new generation picking up the mantle of old-school thrash assaults, creating a raw, dirty, and evil sound like the old days. To me, metal is a dish best served filthy and lo-fi, and I am happy to present a selection of current underground thrash acts that fit the bill, with an old classic or two thrown in for good measure!”
“I was the last Harassor to come up with my selections. At first I was gonna do “all nekro black metal” – which I consider my “soul music” and frankly wouldn’t have a problem making hours and hours of mixtapes of such. However I decided to mix it up substantially, as my musical influences are not limited to any stylistic ghettoes. I’m sharing very specific songs from specific artists that have a specific meaning to me – and I feel they also will to YOU.
I included a new Harassor tune as an exclusive track for the disciples of Sonic Cathedrals: “Night On My Side” – recorded live to cassette tape by Bobb Bruno of Best Coast.”
That be it!
Thanks- Sandor / Pete / James
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XXXI Curated by Harassor:
If you’re in the LA area this weekend, Ear/Splitters & CVLT Nation bring you Megaton Leviathan, Actuary, Suffering Luna and Children of God on Sunday, January 29th at the Que Sera in Long Beach. So you know what you’re in for, we brought you Artist to Artist Interviews with Megaton Leviathan Vs. Actuary and now Suffering Luna Vs. Children of God…
Suffering Luna vs. Children of God
SL: What energies / emotions / drugs fuel your music?
Kevin- I consider myself to be a non-musician musician. I generally feel a bizarre sense of alienation playing live. I’m generally pretty frantic and into playing until I’m tired. Writing wise I feel like what I do goes with that mind set. Me pot. Everyone else is hate edge only.
Adrian – Hopelessness, frustration, and anti depressants.
Do I really have to write a lot? Hell fucking NO. You guys recognize classic gnarly material, and here you have CARCASS live in 1988. This was recorded during their Reek of Putrefaction era, so you know it’s fucking SICK! Check the streaming & downloading link below plus BANG YOUR FUCKING HEAD…KILLER SOUND QUALITY.
Megaton Leviathan vs. Actuary
ML: There have been so many new ways to generate music cropping up over the last few decades, what is a key piece of the technological evolution that has affected your artistic process?
ACTUARY: The contact mic and handheld recorders….that and the invention of the smart phone has definitely prompted each member of Actuary to explore forbidden sites seeking inspiration in the darkest recesses of the human psyche……and Asia’s red light district .
On March 6th, a special record will be released via Profound Lore, one created by Mamiffer and Locrian, entitled Bless Them That Curse You. Today, CVLT Nation would like to share with you one of the mind-altering tracks from this album, “Corpus Luteum.” Your experience with this song will allow you to hear how majestic this album is, and how cinematic music can be.
Get into the gnarly groove of They Shall Take Up Serpents, made up of two killer straightedge humans: Rob Lovell and Aaron Edge. Lovell and Edge have been creating music together since 2007, and have been a part of d-beat and hardcore projects Harbor Island Mutiny and Les Gants. Now they have created a bombastic 5-song EP, Laying on of Hands, that blazes out of your speakers and burns a hole in your eardrums. They Shall Take Up Serpents’ songs will smack you in the grill with caustic conviction and insightful lyrics about the human condition. What you will not be able to avoid with They Shall Take Up Serpents is the power of their tunes, and the interesting vocal samples that are interwoven throughout that act as the glue between the five different musical interludes that make up this EP. Keeping with the punk spirit of their background, they are giving away the Laying on of Hands EP as a download HERE, and you can also download one of Edge’s solo projects, Peril on the Sea’s Voyages, HERE. It’s our honor here at CVLT Nation to be streaming Laying on of Hands in full below. Strap yourself in and get ready to have your wig pushed back..