(Photo captured by Oakland Photographer Alberto Gutierrez)
Summers in The Bay Area are wonderful. The weather is nice, the air is damp yet refreshing with the precipitation of the close shorelines and the perspiration of others, and as long as you stay out of SF there’s hardly any preposterous hills that you will have to climb. During this time it’s easiest to get around on a bicycle, which makes things a lot more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about being a buffoon that actually operates a vehicle while presumably being intoxicated. Falling down and getting bruised up is no big deal, losing your life and the lives of others you potentially care about is fucking terrible- so don’t drink and drive, it’s not worth it. As school lets out every summer there is a stream of great bands/artists performing nightly in DIY houses and venues throughout our cities. Forward Thinking and Intellectually inclined individuals who’ve formed bands are getting the opportunity to travel after their semester is over and set off to share their ideas and artistic expression with the diverse culture and show community found only here in The Bay. This is a very unique place to reside if you are a fan of music and art.
I like my blues dipped in blood and my riffs soaked in THC-infused whiskey. Maybe this is why EYEHATEGOD is one my favorite fucking bands. Right now they are on a European tour that looks like they are straight killing shit! In honor of this filthy audio journey of pain, CVLT Nation has put together this EYEHATEGOD FTW 2013 European video essay! So press play motherfuckers and wish this band comes to your town so that you can get your anger out!
Photo: Sergio Albert
LOCRIAN has had a very busy year in 2013. They released their debut album on Relapse Records, Return To Annihilation, which was one of my favorites from their discography. While in Denton, TX, LOCRIAN recorded an epic live session for Violitionist, which consists of 3 tracks: “Eternal Return,” “Visitation from the Wrath of Heaven” and “The Crystal World.” You can download this session for free below and also check out the video footage! All hail LOCRIAN, congrats on a very productive year!
Excuse me as I pick my braincells up off the floor! I just watched the new BLOCKHEADS video for “Follow the Bombs” off of the album This World Is Dead out now on Relapse Records. For almost 2:30 minutes the band will punish your ears and eyes at the same time! No more talking, it’s time to view BLOCKHEADS new visual…
i can’t front and i won’t front i fucking love when music is used as an weapon of protest & social justice! Philly’s COP PROBLEM bring straight politically charged aggression with their brand of D-BEAT that cuts at the throats corrupt pigs! Today CVLT Nation premieres COP PROBLEM debut video for their song Monuments taken from the band’s 2012 self-titled E.P. available on War Torn/Prejudice Me Records. This visual was put together by Photographer Dante Torrieri of Blow The Scene and Useless Rebel Imaging.While watching this thought proving video you will be forced to think about the ill we all face on a daily basis!…Press play and turn your rage into action!
Now this is just fucking awesome – today CVLT Nation wants to share with you 3 The Heavy Way, featuring 3 full sets from the Bay Area’s CAFFA, Saint Louis’s FISTER and Pdx’ USNEA. When you peep the footage you will realize for that all three of these bands bring the motherfucking ruckus without a doubt! Big shout outs to the videographers PITFULLOFSHIT & ROSEMAN 127.
Watching this video gives me chills and brings me back to one of the most inspiring nights I ever had in my life! While living in San Francisco in ’84, I got the chance to see a rare show by TRIAL that totally blew my mind, but GLORIOUS DIN, who opened that night, transformed me. That night I realized I must start a band, and the next day me and my homie Gary started D & E (DIVERSE & EFFECTIVE). GLORIOUS DIN was one of the most outstanding post punk bands to ever create music, but what’s interesting is that most people have never heard of them. This is why CVLT Nation is so ultra stoked to share with you a very rare video of a GLORIOUS DIN concert from 1986. THIS BAND CREATED TIMELESS MUSIC THAT STILL MOVES ME TO THIS DAY!
Over 100 minutes of JOY DIVISION live from 1979 to 1980 – nuff said! Now watch and let this awesome footage take your mind to another time…get lost in isolation!
Unholy horns of everything awesome! Have you ever heard a record that has all of your brain cells spazzing out like a motherfucker head banging themselves against your skull and stage diving out of your ears? This happens to me every time I put on the new DEAF KIDS from Brazil, who happen to be one 20-year-old dude named Douglas. These eight new aggro tunes are for their new limited edition tape “I am the Sickness” that is coming out on Boue Records (PRE ORDER HERE)! If you follow CVLT Nation, you know that the last DEAF KIDS record, their 6 Heretic Anthems For The Deaf EP, ended up on our last year’s Top Albums of the Year list, and I’m thinking this year they will repeat it! Damn, once I heard the the intro to “Christianity Standards,” I knew Douglas had done it again – this track knocks your teeth out once the drums kick in. DEAF KIDS are an ultra extreme mix of everything I dig, and I could blast this band all day long without getting bored. Imagine if Lemmy fathered Discharge, who went on to have a hellspawn named Darkthrone – this would come sort of close to the rawness of DEAF KIDS. Douglas is a genius in my book, because he knows how to lace all of his compositions with a blackened punk voodoo groove that creates electricity. Take “Man/Machine” for instance: it starts off with a dirty baseline before turning into serpent’s tongue riffs that make you want to be bitten with the drums’ rancid rage. Douglas’ vocals bleed with the oppressed people of his country coming through in every word. Something that’s very interesting is the way he uses melody, almost as another vocal. When you listen closely, you can hear these really awesome call and response things happening in the songs that only add to the drama of DEAF KIDS songs. It gets sicker – there is a spot-on cover of CRUCIFIX’s song “How, When and Where” that kicks ass! DEAF KIDS is one of those groups that inspires us to do what we do at CVLT Nation – I really hope you enjoy the stream below! I’m glad that I have my hearing, so I can hear how stellar the DEAF KIDS are…rock on Douglas!