One of the coolest things about existing on this planet is finding your universal tribe of people. When I lived in London in the early 2000′s, I got the chance to meet Adam & Cris Richardson while we all worked together. These two people are some of the kindest stoners I have ever met and love metal just as much as they love each other! We would spend many of our spliff breaks talking about heavy music. I would tell Adam about SoCal 80′s punk and he would school me in doom like Iron Monkey, Cathedral and so on. He went on to start RAMESSES with his homies Tim Bagshaw and Mark Greening in 2003. To me, this band is one of Britain’s most important heavy bands to ever fucking do it, because of all the different levels of torment they bring to doom. Just a little over a week ago RAMESSES decided to call it quits for right now. I want to salute them for not only being an unreal band that leaves many kick ass records to blast, but also for being cool motherfucking humans! Doom does not die, it just gets heavier, so check out the sick RAMESSES video essay after the jump!…Be on the look out for more radical releases from Ritual Productions…
The Japanese band BORIS are a scene unto themselves and have always focused on forging their own unique path. Since 1996, this band has had the world listening as they have sonically shape-shifted with almost every release. This year, BORIS is headlining the Austin Psych Fest in late April, but it’s their residence dates that have really gotten me excited (check out the details & dates after the jump). Today CVLT Nation salutes BORIS with a huge video essay…Make sure to see them on this very special tour! Pick up the heavy rocks after the fall!
Portland’s Agalloch are a band that creates haunting but stunning music that has the power of nature itself behind it. Today CVLT Nation would like to celebrate this band by featuring their stellar 2011 NYC show that was captured by (((unartig))). The way he filmed this show, you can see and hear everything perfectly. It should be known that Agalloch will be embarking on their “Lucifer Over Europe” tour in April of this year with FEN as well. Check out the unreal live footage and the Agalloch tour poster after the jump!
The Secret have created one of the sickest records of this year in Agnus Dei, hands down. Now with the directoral skills of Shazzula Nebula, the band has a visual for their song “Seven Billion Graves.” This rancid video was produced by ScionAV and the look of it will have you transfixed for sure! So after the jump, dig your grave and check out this new The Secret video…
Just as much as things change, they stay the same. No matter who sits in the seat of corruption, aka the White House, the system is still made to benefit the rich! Right now I’m in the mood for some DISRUPT, and to those who are full of apathy I say wake the fuck up! Check out this full set of DISRUPT live in Germany…After the jump kick greed to the curb and watch DISRUPT wreck shop 1993 styles!
Something is in the water in Belguim – it’s filled with killer bands. MAUDLIN is one of them, and they have a soon-to-be-released album entitled A Sign of Time coming out in Febuary via Consouling Sounds & Moment of Collapse Records. This band will light your bong and have you exhaling clouds of psychedelic doom rock. Check out the new MAUDLIN video for their intro “hours” and the song “She Whispers Treason” after the jump. Also stay tuned to CVLT Nation for an exclusive stream with MAUDLIN.
Dead Congregation from Greece are destroyers. This was their first trip out to the West Coast and I was there front and center to circle headbang myself into a near coma and to capture the power of Dead Congregation. They did not disappoint and I can not think of a better band to kick off this edition of the Heavy Hour.
One of the stand-out releases so far is the yet-to-be-released record by Primitive Man, entitled Scorn. If you what to know how CVLT Nation feels about this bleak fucking piece of doom, go here to read our review! Today we want to shed darkness on the new Primitive Man video “Rags.” This visual will make your eyes hurt, and if you have any medical conditions, watch it at your own risk…Primitive Man’s Scorn can be ordered from Throatruiner Records & Mordgrimm. Now let the pain begin and peep the video after the jump!
Crush kill everything around you! Fucking hell broke loose at the A389 IX Anniversary Bash last week! Check out INTEGRITY & Full of Hell’s full sets filmed by Hate5six at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD. After watching this kick ass live footage, you will be wishing that you lived in Maryland! Also CVLT Nation salutes A389 Recordings for keeping the underground alive, and also all of the bands who performed…Now peep INTEGRITY & Full of Hell killing shit after the jump!
HOAX creates the kind of punk that I straight up dig. Their live shows are short, destructive moments of anger-injected bliss. A couple of weeks ago, they performed at The Acheron in Brooklyn, and had the crowd in a fucking frenzy…Our comrade in video (((unartig))) was on hand and caught this mayhem on film. HOAX are about to head to Europe for a tour and are releasing a new 7″ entitled Caged via La Vida Es Un Mus (pre-order HERE). Check out their bombastic performance and tour dates after the jump!
Photos by Astrid Tonella