Yesterday, Dante Augustus Scarlatti, the visionary behind the label Auris Apothecary, reached out to us about his BLACK MASS project. It’s a live series that takes place in Bloomington, IN, and just like his label, this event pushes the boundaries of creativity. BLACK MASS XXIV took place at the Bishop Bar on Thursday, September 19th and featured our comrades LOCRIAN performing. What makes this so special is that Dante Augustus Scarlatti and his crew captured the whole show on hi-def film. LOCRIAN does not tour much, so to be able to see them do their thing live on film is very moving. While watching this, I said to myself, this band is unbelievable live – but it should be noted I’m a huge fan! CVLT Nation has been given the honor of premiering one of the very few full sets that you will find from this band. All Hail BLACK MASS for sharing this with us, and make sure to check out his label Auris Apothecary, which has some of the most interesting packaging on the planet! Right now, check out over 40 minutes of LOCRIAN molding sound into something beyond sound.
Date: 2013 12 01
Venue: Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
Carcass is undisputably one of the cornerstones in the evolution of grindcore and extreme metal, and their first albums ripped new a-holes to a whole generation of unknowing metalheads that newer knew what hit them. Of course, honour & glory goes out to John Peel that played Carcass on his BBC radio show, but the evidence remains loud and clear: Carcass has a real solid catalogue of heavy-as-fuck songs that would convince even deaf people that metal is sovereign as a higher form of art. Add the gory covers and the lyrical intricacies, and yes, you have a winner.
After years in the depths of oblivion, Carcass slowly began doing reunion shows, and all of a sudden there was an album circulating the digital heap of junk (aka ‘internet’). I mean, I’m still listening to Heartwork with a smile on my face, and here’s this new album? Surgical Steel? Sounds familiar and contingent to the Carcass stylesheet. Well, you probably got suckerpunched as much as any of us: The album was decent. Hell, it was above decent, and it delivered the signature melodic riffs like a motherfucker, gurgling vocals and blastbeats like clockwork. It was all good.
The latest release from OvO, Italy’s audacious sonic experimentalists (and Supernatural Cat labelmates to the almighty Ufomammut), Abisso has proven to be a challenge for reviewers to adequately describe – in short, it’s a unique recording, both heavy and strange; these songs are equal parts snarling feedback, bludgeoning riffs, Bruno Dorella’s blunt-force percussion and the otherworldly growls and caterwauls of Stefania Pedretti (vocals, guitar).
If hallucinating Yanomami shamans started a band performing early Ministry covers (specifically, “Cannibal Song” and “Breathe”), it might sound like second track, “Tokoloshi” (see below for a taste of the band’s giallo-esque visual aesthetic); Alan Dubin’s (Khanate, OLD) guest vocals on “A Dream Within A Dream” further cements the album’s mix of caustic rock into a surreal foundation, which is ultimately topped by the billowing tattered canvas of closing jam “Fly Little Demon”, with Carla Bozulich and her band, Evangelista.
Altar of Betelgeuze from Finland is a young band that are creating some sticky riffs that many people are going to to be getting high on very soon! Their soon to be released album Darkness Sustains The Silence comes out on Jan. 1st via Memento Mori. What makes this band interesting is that they take chances with their sound and are creating doom on their own terms. CVLT Nation has the honor of streaming the new Altar of Betelgeuze tune “The Approaching Storm” below…Now spark up your bong and get your DOOM ON!
It’s fucking ON! New music from HIGH ON FIRE, plus it’s in the form of a demented visual for their new song “Slave the Hive”. These metal hellions are now on tour with our comrades in doom Windhand and Norwegian heavy mongers Kvelertak, so make sure to catch them on the road! In the meantime, get ballistic with HIGH ON FIRE – dive right into “Slave the Hive”!
If someone turns around and says Brazil and d-beat, the first thing that may enter your mind is Besthöven, to no surprise either. The one man band’s crusty onslaught is certainly one of Brazil’s finest punk exports, but in the last few years Deaf Kids have really been causing a stir with their own brand of fiery raging d-beat.
Similarly, the band is actually the brainchild of just one guy, Douglas Leal, who has helmed a couple of records with Deaf Kids thus far, most notably 6 Heretic Anthems for the Deaf and last year’s searing I Am The Sickness, which is a particular standout from the pack. While all belligerent slabs of punk aggression, sometimes a change is in order and this latest record The Upper Hand treks into some newer plains.
Just scramble your brains and die…or better yet plug your self into the new split from Wolfe & Sete Star Sept then die. For just over 8 minutes, both bands will cave in your skull with the weight of their terrorizing audio assault that takes place while listening to this split. Check it out – you can blast the stream below then download this bastard for free!!!
Text & Photos via The Vinyl Factory
A gallery of images taken from new limited edition monograph portraying the life and work of pioneering artist, musician and body evolutionist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.
Born Neil Megson, reborn as artist Genesis P-Orridge and reborn once again as a gender-erasing pandrogyne, the life and work of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has been defined by transgression and experimentation. A daring performance artist who founded the radical collective COUM Tramsmissions, P-Orridge would go on to front the cult anti-rock outfit Throbbing Gristle, whose abrasive sound helped form the emerging genre of industrial music in the late 70′s. Exploring the roots of h/er sexuality within the 80′s Modern Primitives subculture and the Psychic TV collective, P-Orridge translated a fascination with fetishism and ritual into a powerful statement on the nature of body politics.
Manifested as pandrogeny – or the “third gender” – P-Orridge’s life and work have always been inextricably entwined. A body of work in the most literal sense, photos and artworks from the last forty years of P-Orridges output have now been collected in a high-end monograph that confronts h/er controversial and powerful images head on.
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Now this is just unreal: NEUROSIS killing shit in Denver and the year was 1990. Looking at this, you realize why this band has lasted so long, because to this day they have held on to their punk roots. Watching NEUROSIS do their thing back then is still inspiring right now and it makes me really happy to be a part of this movement called PUNK! No Stage, No Pro Lights…just NEUROSIS all the way live…Go here for their upcoming tour dates!