Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch teamed up on the soundtrack to Jarmusch’s last vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive, and also for a mesmerizing LP, The Mystery of Heaven, out now via Sacred Bones Records. They combine Van Wissem’s hypnotic lute with Jarmusch’s drone guitar to make sounds that entice contemplation of both the dark and light in this universe. Now Jacqueline Castel aka Future Primitive Films, who has also done work for Zola Jesus, has composed beautiful imagery to accompany one of the tracks off this album, Etimasia. Her dark landscapes pair beautifully with the solitary and harmonious notes of the music. She sets their music against a backdrop of a darkened altar, and draws us into the music even further. This video premiered last Friday on Rolling Stone, and we are honored that Castel asked us to put it up as well! Take a few minutes to watch this stunning visual below…
The sickest hip hop album of 1994 was not created by a rapper, but by the British group PORTISHEAD. When I first heard their debut album Dummy it was like hearing Wu-Tang for the first time. In my mind, every song on their album was a special audio moment that I wanted to hear over and over again. Beth Gibbons’ voice sounds like ghosts are floating around each verse that she whispers, only to be matched with the raddest production from Geoff Barrow, whose drums were heavy as fuck! PORTISHEAD were urban gothic blues that spoke to the loneliness that blows through humanity. Check out this stellar full set of them wrecking shop in NYC with the New York Philharmonic on strings…nuff said…Now get your PORTISHEAD on and open the Glory Box…
If someone asked what state produced the weirdest bands of the 80′s, I would have to say Texas. Like I have said before, groups from this part of America flipped Punk Rock on it’s head and created an alternative universe where there were no rules! The first time I heard Scratch Acid, I felt like I was listening to the Lone Star State’s version of the The Birthday Party high on LSD. Then there was the Butthole Surfers, who just made my fucking jaw drop when I walked into their show by accident in 1984. Both of these bands went on to transform unground music into something all their own and I totally respect that. Today CVLT Nation celebrates Scratch Acid & Butthole Surfers with full sets from the mid 80′s.
During the golden era of hip hop, mad trends would come and go! One of them was “horror core” rap, and more than any other group, NYC’s Flatlinerz dug deep to create some dark shit. There was also GraveDiggaz, Esham, 3 Six Mafia, and in their own way, the Geto Boys. This trend never really caught on because the African American community felt it went against their Christian morals. In my book, some of these albums were classic mainly because they explored subjects that most groups of the era would never touch. Take a step back in time with CVLT Nation to when hip hop was creating on the dark side!
Wow…this is a fucking classic…REPULSION live in a basement, and the year was 1987. Nuff said…now fucking head bang and wish you born in the 70′s!
WOLVSERPENT created a very special album this year called Perigea Antahkarana, out now on Relapse Records, and every minute of this record is a looking glass into another dimension. Live, the band are able to totally expand the dark majestic qualities of their sound into a whole other sonic universe. Our comrade in video Kevin Hobbs captured WOLVSERPENT’s most recent show in the Bay Area, and after watching the footage you will see that words almost can not describe how good this band is! If WOLVSERPENT is coming to your town, you better not miss them, because their live show is a ritual that you must experience!
Let’s all feel sick, let’s all feel dispair and let’s all hear the heavy filth of The Body. On their new record they have created ritualistic audio deathscapes that suffocate your eardrums. Check out their most video for the song ‘Shrouded’ which is high in the creep-out factor. For all those in L.A., make sure to come out to The Body show in Santa Monica featuring HARASSOR, WHITE DOVE, DOSES and PUBLIC CONFESSION
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Kromosom is pure fucking D-Beat with the power of millions of chainsaws about to rip through your neck! Their most recent album Nuclear Reich is a skull-breaking affair that I want to play over and over!!! It seems that Kromosom had a blast on their most recent tour of Japan – if you don’t believe me, check out how they destroyed shit at their last show in Tokyo. Honestly, I saw them in L.A. but this show looked way more insane…stay tuned from something special between Kromosom and CVLT Nation. In the meantime, check out their full set and if you have not heard the Kromosom Sonic Cathedrals mixtape peep that as well!
Today PORTAL premiered a video for their song “Curtain” off their latest release, VEXOVOID via Profound Lore. Directed by Zev Deans, “Curtain” is a weird, dark trip perfect for today’s atmosphere. Just as it should, this video turns Portal’s already grisly song into a mini movie you could watch over and over again. Check it out below!