For their all too brief but imposing lifespan, Trenches produced some of the most forward thinking heavy music to come out of Ireland in the past decade. The Galway band’s ton weight three guitar assault had its’ own field of gravity, was a titanic and multifaceted onslaught that had a heft that was emotional as much as physical. I have a memory that will always stay with me of seeing them at least once, in the upstairs room in a bar in Galway one summer night where – no word of a lie – they played a set that rivalled only prime time Neurosis for sheer intensity.
Trenches were special, basically.
And Trenches are no more. The band dissolved quietly earlier on this year with only a self released eponymous ep and a split 12″ with Drainland. Obviously having been a member of the latter band I am both biased and priveleged to have been involved with their history. Unbeknownst to me though, in spite of the band’s end, there was one final recording. And the band have now entrusted these two final songs to Cvltnation to stream so that you, dear readers, may have the pleasure of hearing the band’s dying breaths.
I’ll hand you over to now to guitarist Gab for a brief note on the origin of these recordings:
“The songs were originally recorded in early 2012. And were meant to go on a split with Diet pills (then they broke up) and so we had kept them for a split with State Icons. But after all the difficulties and line up changes in 2012 the band ended, state icons also broke up at the end of 2012 so the songs remained unreleased. I still hope to one day release them in some shape or form but for now we will only be doing a download version.
This week, the mighty ABSU will be wreaking havoc on Brooklyn with two shows on Wednesday and Thursday at the St. Vitus Bar! CVLT Nation is honored to be giving away a pair of tickets to Thursday’s show!! We have 1 pair to give away to one of our lucky readers! Not only will the wretched sounds of ABSU melt your eardrums this Thursday, but you will also be subjected to an onslaught of TOMBS! To enter to win, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with “ABSU” in the subject heading and we will draw the winner on Wednesday the 10th at noon PST! To buy tickets for the Thursday show, click HERE, and to pick up tickets to the Wednesday show with ABSU and Krallice, click HERE! If you aren’t in NYC this week, check their tour poster below for your city!
***Congrats Chris Intriago!***
The forever radical SPIRITUALIZED are on a mini-US tour right now. The band performed at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn on April 2nd, and our comrade (((unartig))) captured a good part of their stellar set. The next best thing to going to a SPIRITUALIZED show is watching spot-on footage of a dynamic set! So after the jump, get into the J. Spaceman spaceship and peep this footage!
A few friends and I all went to the last concert they played in SF at Slims in 08′. We missed the opening act that evening and came in during the first half of Grey, a trio of Witches from the Pacific Northwest that played some seriously Heavy music. When Graves At Sea took the stage that evening, I was so pumped. Nick’s Guitar tone was devastatingly heavy that evening. They had just went through a few lineup changes and Chiyo(Noothgrush) was filling in on drums for them and Miguel(Sourvein) was playing bass. As the story goes, they were scheduled to tour Japan with Corrupted but at the time didn’t feel 100% sure on touring and the promoters told them they couldn’t back out of the tour or they’d be sued. The only way they could get out of their touring obligations was to break up the band. That fucking sucks and is a shitty spot to be in, anyway – they decided to just put the project to rest. Nathan(Vocalist) joined Laudanum, and Nick Phit(Guitarist) moved to Oregon and joined Atriarch. Over the years, people have been hounding them to get back together and to bring back the crushing…This year they finally did and played Oakland, California and I was there to capture it. You’ll get a look into the progression of the band as they played a few new songs as well as a few of their classic tunes.
Boxes are made for different things, but not to hold anyone’s creative spirit – at least this is how I feel! BURNT BOOKS are the kind of band that puts their passion for making the music they love first. The end result is epicly weird angular punk, seething with conviction. Their recently released self-titled album is out now on At A Loss Recordings, and it is the shit. Right now I want to point out that BURNT BOOKS have a new video out for their song “In A Shallow Grave” directed by Warthen Media. Check out their new visual plus their tour dates for a mini tour that starts today!
Youth Code are the commandos of the new brutal DIY earkillers. Armed to the teeth with sonic weaponry, and ready to dish out the assault at a moments notice. They were created virtually on a whim, in a bed room deep in the dank recesses of Los Angeles. Watching them live is a harrowing ride down halls adorned with Skinny Puppy, Nervous Gender, Whitehouse and Ministry whilst making sharp turns at Unbroken (Ryan was in Carry On after all). In other words they’re fucking ferocious. The pure DIY aspect shines through brightly on their first demo cassette, which was recorded the week before their first show. They’ve hit the ground running, tearing a cybernetic swath of destruction in their path. I’d been following Youth Code closely ever since Rob Moran (Unbroken, Some Girls, Narrows) pulled me aside at his monthy Britpop/Morrissey night and yelled down my ear “HAVE YOU HEARD THIS SHIT! ITS PURE FUCKIN CLUB BANGER!” and so was over joyed at the prospect of interviewing them, and of course they did not disappoint. Check the full interview after the jump!
CVLT Nation is so happy to announce the KYLESA Ultraviolet 2013 Summer Tour! Starting May 10th, KYLESA will be traveling all over North America bringing their apocalyptic blues to your city alongside Blood Ceremony, White Hills and Lazer/Wulf, and CVLT Nation is honored to be the official media sponsor! We have a lot planned in the coming months surrounding this tour, so stay tuned for some awesome features and special surprises…for now, check the tour poster below and the dates after the jump!
Starting this Sunday March 10th, CVLT Nation’s comrades LOCRIAN are about to play their first run of shows in two years and I know they are going to be very special events! Not only that, they have also completed recording their new album on Relapse Records which will be released this summer. For all those that will be attending the Denton Fest on March 10th featuring Sleep, Prurient and Eyehategod make sure to also see LOCRIAN. Check out their tour poster after the jump…
Heavy music is taking over the fucking world and has fans everywhere. This fact is evident by the Brutal Winter Fest that just took place in Cuba. Our comrades from Denmark HEXIS made a trip to this land of sun to perform. While they were there, HEXIS complied a day-by-day tour dairy for CVLT Nation. Check out what the band has to say about their time in Cuba before and after the jump! Much respect to Brutal Winter Fest and all of the bands who performed!
13th February: This was the day I had been looking forward to for a long time; the beginning of our tour in Cuba! My bag was packed, but I kept the personal stuff to a minimum, since I wanted to leave room for as much merch as possible; 5 pairs of underpants, 5 socks and 5 t-shirts for 2 smelly weeks. I took the train to Copenhagen to do some rehearsals before going to the airport. We had our good friend Lars from the swedish band This Gift Is A Curse with us on bass, since our bass-player Søren left the band back in December. The plane departed from Copenhagen at 23:40 and arrived in Moscow 2 and a half hours later. There we waited for 8 hours before flying the long 13-hour-stretch across the Atlantic to Havana.
14th February: After almost 24 hours we finally arrived in Havana. Some people from the Cuban Rock Agency picked us up there, we got some beers and drove to the hotel to get some sleep
15th February – concert in Havana: Finally! It felt good to be in Cuba and to know that we were playing our first show tonight. We took a walk around the city, got some food and went out to the venue to do a soundcheck. The venue was extremely huge (1000 people capacity) and probably the biggest place we have played so far. We went out to get some beers – Rasmus and I got extremely drunk and I don’t really remember what happened after that.
16th February – concert in Cienfuegos: I felt like I had been run over by a bulldozer and there was mud all over my room. Don’t know what happened, but I am pretty sure that last night was wild. We took a 4 hours drive to Cienfuegos to play an outside concert. Actually all shows on this tour was outside, except for the first one. We played a good show, watched the other bands play and went back to a hotel.
One of CVLT Nation’s favorite bands is about to embark on an East Coast tour. The group is Brooklyn’s Cult of Youth, and they are known for giving amazing shows, which I know will be the case on this tour. If you loved their last album Love Will Prevail as much as I did, then here is your chance to see them live! After the jump, check out an unreal video of their most recent Berlin performance and the tour dates…All hail Cult of Youth!