I don’t know if I’ve made this explicit enough, but I’m infatuated with Dephosphorus. I can trust this disciplined, generous band to not let me down in each astral grind endeavor they explore at this point and Ravenous Solemnity further confirms this.
It’s a very grounding (and fairly rare) feeling that I recall having when I first heard bands that really influenced or moved me in my time listening to heavy music. Iniquity, Mare, Absu, Cryptopsy, Led Astray, Thou, Amenra, Men In Search of the Perfect Weapon — stuff like that cut into my memory and linked to standards of cathartic, inspiring enjoyment and creation that rarely are toppled.
Music that compelled me to try and recreate it on guitar myself, however failed or successful those attempts became on my end. It’s not easy in my mind for a band to pry its way into that area of nostalgia.
A little dramatic sure, but Dephosphorus are a band I have no hesitations about including in that circle, with Ravenous Solemnity acting as a third bulwark of sidereal majesty only securing them further in reverence for me.
Those who have kept up with them will be pleased significantly, and for those unconvinced or unaware I’d suggest it’s next to impossible for their music not to make an impression at this level.
Small changes, an unending euphoric tension that progresses from Night Sky Transform and embraces an uncertain future with what the title would suggest: a revered, voracious ceremony of stellar declaration grounded in personal, secular aggression. No stagnation, only further committal to passionate creation.
I’m a fan of bands doing covers because the end result can be a total sonic surprise! Case in point: the new The Cure covers done by RABBITS & WHORES are off the freaking charts. RABBITS reworked “Give Me It” , “A Reflection” & WHORES tune was “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” and both bands killed. The 7 inch of these songs is a split release between Eolian Empire and Brutal Panda Records and is out now. Nuff said, now hear how sludge smacked the taste out of new wave!
Manchester’s Caïna has been slowly but surely making a comeback onto the black metal scene and with a fresh new perspective due to striking a deal with cult label Church Of Fuck.. Andrew Curtis-Brignell offers two brand new tracks on this split with fellow Manchester crew Esoteric Youth (who are streaming one of their tracks with Tight To The Nail right now) and the two sides of Caïna have never been so apparent. While “We Sleep” is a fiery and often gorgeous ode, “Apocrypha” owes more to early hardcore and Andy’s roots in music.
I can hear the giants of death marching out of my speakers and heavy bolts of filth coming out of the sky. Once you press play on the stream of the new Cauldron Black Ram song “Fork Through Pitch” you will see where I’m coming from. After repeated listens you will say to yourself, I can not wait until I can hear the rest of Stalagmire, which will hit the streets on April 1st via 20 buck spin.
Damn, I feel like my eardrums have just been attacked by a rabid pack of Dobermans! I have the GEHENNA record on repeat and the taste of their sonic bile hits the spot. We are way fucking stoked to be streaming the title track, “Funeral Embrace.” The GEHENNA 7 inch hits the streets on March 1st via Dark Empire Records but can be pre-ordered HERE right NOW! Do the right thing: press play and don’t be afraid if you get a sudden burst of manic energy!
Shroud of the Heretic – Revelations in Alchemy LP
Label: Blood Harvest
Just to get this out of the way: if you’re looking for a reinvention of the wheel a la Gorguts – this album is not for you. If what you do crave is a strong dose of cavernous OSDM that brings the riffs then you’re in the right place. As straight forward and textbook as it gets, Shroud of the Heretic’s debut Revelations in Alchemy excels at creating an atmosphere of blasphemous, doomy Death Metal.
It opens in an eerie fashion with steady rainfall and over the course of seven songs ranging from five to seven minutes, largely mid-paced movements constitute the makeup of the album. You will, however, see the band occasionally breaking the mold to offer up a sequence of more pronounced, directed aggression or a completely stripped-down interlude with dark, jangly chords that plod along and create the uneasy experience of hearing footsteps in the confines of an ancient ruin. And really, that’s what this record is all about: archaic atmosphere.
by Oliver Sheppard
Portland’s Arctic Flowers will have a digital release of their long-awaited second LP soon, with a proper vinyl release following some time in the Spring. In the meantime, the new “Weaver” LP is available here at CVLT Nation for streaming.
After last year’s excellent “Procession” EP, an EP that showcased the Flowers’ talent for combining the tradition of anarcho/peace punk with a postpunk sensibility, the new “Weaver” LP (on Deranged Records – who are on a roll lately) continues in much the same vein. The first side kicks off with the energetic track “Magdalene” and the pace doesn’t let up too much from there, culminating in the barnstorming track “Anamnesis,” which employs a riff that reminds me of a Rudimentary Peni track (specifically, “The Evil Clergyman” off RP’s “Cacophony“). But it’s Side 2 that contains my favorite tracks off this new release. The second side kicks off with the memorable track “Byzantine”; guitarist Stan Wright lays down a chunky, Killing Joke-esque riff (think of that band’s song “Tension” mixed with “The Wait”), complemented by frontwoman Alex’s vocals, which recall the classic goth-punk of bands like Rubella Ballet and Lost Cherrees. The following title track, “Weaver,” is another winner – just a great mid-tempo punk rocker that, in true Arctic Flowers fashion, blurs the boundaries between classic punk, postpunk, and early gothic rock. Indeed, in an interview I did with Arctic Flowers almost two years ago, founder and guitarist Stan Wright stated, “Our sound is a mix of punk, deathrock, post punk, and goth. Aggressive but at times danceable and melodic.”
Since the 80′s, I have been a fan of Death Rock and I have never stopped digging the dark, rolling baselines of this genre! I’m also a huge fan of all of the young bands that have embraced the Bat Cave vibe and turned it into something all their own. Which is just the case with Olympia’s TRANSFIX, and their new self-titled album out now on Dutch Tilt Records is a gem. Over 12 catchy, dirged-out tunes this band will have you hooked, and you will realize that Death Rock is alive and well. CVLT Nation has been given the honor of streaming the new TRANSFIX song “Bad Trip” below…Also check out the videos for “Like A Glove” & “New Fix”…Congrats to TRANSFIX for creating an outstanding record that will be here for generations to come…Despair never sounded so good!
ABEST from Northern Germany are creating a very dark and compelling emotional atmosphere with their deranged mix of atmospheric Post-Metal and negative Hardcore. Formed in late 2011, they released their demo in March 2012, followed by a split 7″ with the Irish crust-outfit Absolutist in September 2013. The new full-length Asylum will be released in May 2014.
We at CVLT Nation are honoured to stream the song Shiver off Asylum now – a crawling, depressing and incredibly bleak piece of music that sets the bar very high for the whole album. Dwell in this thunderous, unsettling experience now and prepare for this world’s downfall: