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.
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!
Anciients just finished up their Fall tour with Tesseract and Scale the Summit, and are finishing it up with two shows this weekend – one in Portland, OR with Lord Dying, Nether Regions and Sioux, and then they return home for their show at the Astoria in Vancouver with Black Wizard, Weirding and As the King, co-sponsored by CVLT Nation. Check out some awesome footage of them performing this year in Vancouver and Brooklyn, plus some photos of them in St. Louis, MO on their last tour, and see you this weekend!
Am I an AT THE DRIVE IN fan? Hell fucking yes!!! Today CVLT Nation is sharing with you one of the sickest shows you will ever find online from this very special band. What makes this footage so off the chain is that AT THE DRIVE IN are performing outside and giving their all on every tune. Once you press play you will not be able to turn away, I promise. If you were in Winston-Salem for this show, please leave a comment! Every time I watch this, it takes me back to 1999 – I wish I was there! Now get your In/Casino/Out ON!
Seattle’s underground scene, and its surrounding areas, appears to be in a state of vibrant health right about now with the likes of Bone Sickness, Breag Naofa and A God Or An Other all releasing quality music of late, touching on death metal, sludge and black metal – meaning the scene has variety as well as fluidity. A Province of Thay are a very different prospect, though, and occupy the other end of the spectrum with their debut The Grieving.
Fuck yeah, the art of Philippe Caza is is one gigantic pill of epicness! The color that flows out of his imagination is fucking amazing. This French Sci-Fi master has influenced many illustrators in the heavy scene. On a personal level, I just can’t get enough of looking at his art, because it inspires me and takes me back to my childhood. Philippe Caza’s work with Metal Hurant and all of his pieces from the 80′s will stand the test of time. Today CVLT Nation would like to paint the universe with Caza…So peep a huge gallery of his art trip out as your mind starts to melt!
Photo via Impose Magazine
We recently reviewed Dreadlords‘ awesome demo tape, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, definitely go do so. It’s a stunning collection of apocalyptic delta blues infused with the menace and spirit of black metal, and it fucking rules. Here’s a new video of Dreadlords carrying on the age-old tradition of storytelling blues with a haunting murder ballad about slitting your parents’ throats, setting churches ablaze, desecrating graves and nailing Jesus’ ass to a tree. ‘Born Into The Arms’ was filmed at the Union Pool in Brooklyn as part of the CMJ 2013 Fest – in stark black and white, no less – and proves that when you’re this good, you can rock nothing more than a banjo, a two-piece drum and a microphone and create some truly unsettling shit.
GILA MONSTER JAMBOREE: This gig, January 5, 1985, 100 miles out into the Mojave Desert, was our first “L.A.” gig, first time we’d played on the west coast, part of an airplane tour from Seattle on south. That picture of us “in the back of a Chevy” on the Death Valley ’69 12-inch is also from this trip. The gig was organized by one Stuart Sweezy, now of Amok Press (check it out!), who had this penchant for strange locations — Minutemen and Meat Puppets on a barge on the S.F. Harbor, another desert gig with Einsterzende Neubauten… your ticket entitled you to a map to the gig site which was not handed out until the morning of the show (to prevent scans). Else you could buy a place on one of the buses hired to transport those transported souls with better things to do than cope with the road. The gig started early in the day with Psi-Com, which featured a barefoot Perry Farrell skanking in the sand and waxing poetic. Redd Kross followed, and by the time we went on it was about twilight. These songs were mostly brand new at the time, from the as-yet unreleased Bad Moon Rising LP. We’d waited a long time to make it west, and this was a pretty perfect introduction. Bob Bert was on the drums with us at the time. The cover photo, by someone named Alan Peak, all trails and blurr, sums up the occasion quite well. Band portrait by Naomi Petersen. This video was shot by the folks at Flipside Magazine. After us came the Meat Puppets, who played on into the night as the desert cold set in, under a big ring around the moon.
Right now I’m driving this car called life, and everything around is closing in on me. I feel like I need a release for these unwanted emotions. So I crank up the new DRUGS OF FAITH EP Architectural Failures that will be released on Nov. 26th via Malokul! Over the course of four songs, this band will have the ghost of our human condition knocking on your skull. CVLT Nation is ultra hyped to be streaming Architectural Failures in full below!