Label: Profound Lore
If asked what the most important thing is with regard to evaluating a piece of music, I’d undoubtedly say that it’s paramount that you approach everything with an open mind and with patience. Actually giving something a real chance, free from whatever biases you hold, is often the difference between getting “it” and not. It’s the difference between thinking Dissection’s Reinkaos album is a mainstream, inferior piece of garbage because you’re viewing it through the lens of expectation, thinking it should sound like old Dissection, versus judging it by its own merits as a completely different, unique entity unto itself. Simply how you approach an album sometimes means everything.
In this case, my bias attempted to manifest itself when I saw the description “Technical Death Metal” lapped onto Artificial Brain, a group I had never even heard of. I immediately cringed, imagining the abundance of groups fitting this description that bore me to tears with directionless songs that lack riffs and are merely technical for the sake of being technical. Needless to say, I had no expectations for Labyrinth Constellation. I did, however, give it a chance.
This may or may not be news to all you Satanists out there: Satan is an alien. Not an angel, not a god; he is, in fact, an alien. And not only that – despite what Christians, Muslims, Jews and the like have been claiming for millennia, he is actually a GOOD alien. While the evil aliens – ie. God and his cohorts – have been trying to keep us ignorant, naked and freezing cold, Satan and his demons have been trying to help us by giving us knowledge, technology and the all-important fire to warm us and grill our steaks (or tofu). I don’t know about you, but when I started watching Ancient Aliens and they talked about how God, Jesus and all the other deities were actually aliens, it made a lot of sense to me. And if they are aliens, well then of course Satan is one too. A big part of my atheism is that I just can’t bring myself to believe that there is some almighty power that runs everything, when all around us is evidence that we are just cogs in huge, clockwork universe, each being doing its part for the system. All the fuckups around us seem to be directly related to religion, namely human beings thinking that they are not a part of the system, but somehow outside of it. By stepping outside of it, we are literally destroying the entire thing. It makes a lot more sense to me that deities are beings just like the rest of us, with faults and flaws, capable of bad judgement and greed. Anyway, back to Satan – check out this episode of Ancient Aliens, which explains what a rad dude Satan is, and how he is a friendly alien just trying to give us a hand with our shitty lives, battling God-alien to help us better understand the universe.
One of the best things about being a part of CVLT Nation is the relationships we have with so many cool humans around the world. MASAKARI was a band that not only created a classic album in The Prophet Feeds, but also walked the walk to stand up for everything they sang about. When I got to see them live and meet them face to face, I was not disappointed at all. They were humble and super smart dudes that inspired me to keep doing what we were doing. I’m not happy to hear that MASAKARI is not a band any more, but I know that each member will go on to do killer things for the global scene we are all a part of…Today CVLT Nation celebrates our favorite moments with MASAKARI, a post that includes full sets, a mixtape, a live set download and an interview…R.I.R…Rest In Radness!
If you are an avid reader of CVLT Nation, then you know we are crazed SIOUXSIE and THE BANSHEES fans. It has been said that their greatest period as a band was when they had John McGeoch on guitar, and I agree for the most part. Many people don’t know, but he was the force behind some of SIOUXSIE and THE BANSHEES’ biggest hits. Anyway, check this out: a full set from 1981 of one of the raddest bands in the world… I will always regret not going to see them at the Santa Monica Civic, but it’s my fault for being a little hardcore kid (my bad). RIP John McGeoch…
1985 to 1986 was a strange and cool time to be a part of the underground music scene in Los Angeles. I remember during this era you had punks getting into hip hop, country, deathrock, classic rock and industrial. Places like the Scream and the Fetish Club were the shit and mashed all of the subcultures together in one weird place. Going to Zero Gallery in Hollywood in 85 was fun as fuck and you could just feel all of the cyco creative energy that was in this place. Out of this vortex of creativity rose a band that would change rock & roll. This was the environment that gave the world Jane’s Addiction, and when they first started there was no better band in Los Angeles. Check out Jane’s Addiction killing shit at the Roxy in Hollywood in 1987…Listen to what Jane has to say…
Freedom of choice is something that many of us take for granted, but there are many people on this planet that do not have the luxury to choose. To be a punk in certain parts of Indonesia means it’s ok for Sharia police to bash in your head and then shave it to set you free from your punk demons. Many of us saw the pictures of the of the Aceh punks being brutalized for their way of life. Now check out this very interesting documentary that Vice just created entitled PUNK vs. SHARIA.
Now let’s go to a sonic wonderland where the clouds are the band leaders and the thunder is the drums that we all nod to…check out this new visual from Architeuthis Rex for the previously unreleased track “Nineveh.” The video was directed by Francesca Marongiu and will have you transfixed. Now allow the giants of your dead yesterdays open your eyes to something new!
Living in the Bay Area in the early 80′s you had many bands that were just straight up different! They were old punks who were not happy with being put into a box, so they started to mix up all sorts of influences and bands like Black Athletes and Faith No More came to be. I saw both of these bands perform a bunch of times at the Club Foot downtown. While watching Faith No More, I knew I was viewing something special – the band had a certain confidence about what they were creating! Chuck, their frontman, was on some extra weird shit that made me want to see them again and again…Check out this rare full set of Faith No More killing shit in 1987!
Just in case you weren’t sure why BAPTISTS are the best thing on the West Coast, check out this live session they recorded at Rain City Recorders last month! CVLT Nation is honored to premiere this sick fucking live session – the audio is on point and the footage is killer! Do us a favor and hammer their Facebook with tour requests, because the world needs to be BAPTIZED! Big up to Rain City for the awesome work…
A day in the life of an underground metal band, just trying to get some people out to your show…this is the setting for the new Buzzherd video for their song “The Maloik” of off their new album On Sinking Ships…Rats Drown out now on Dullest Records. Help a brother out and pick up On Sinking Ships… now so that Buzzherd can quit their day jobs!