When I was watching the last two years of Black Flag gigs, I didn’t know I was watching the birth of Grunge. When I first heard about this new scene in Seattle around 89/90, I was into Fudge Tunnel, Fluid, Nirvana and The Almighty TAD. The other day, I watched a documentary entitled Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears that was way beyond honest. Just as much it was about TAD, it also shed a good light on the beginnings of SUB POP and the close knit scene itself. It’s pretty much safe to say that the term “Grunge” was made up by the media. From watching this film, you will see that more than anything, it was about a group of friends creating music that got them hyped. TAD was way before his time, and this is really evident in Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears. Now get your aggro giant riff on and watch this film after the jump!
If the Grand Canyon had an endless amount of sonic emotion running in it, then I’m sure it would sound like the new split by Northless & Light Bearer, which is being released via Halo of Flies shortly (pre-order HERE!). Both bands did not hold back with the songwriting skills, which is evident in the final product. Northless’ two songs are thick as granite, but underneath the epic basslines exists an ethereal spirit. They were able to harness their power into something full of changes, but at the same time, that has a constant feeling of upliftment in a downtuned sort of way. When you have their song “For As Long As You Walk The Earth Your Blood Will Reek Of Failure” blast in your room, you will get where I’m coming from! Light Bearer created a mammoth 22 minute composition entitled “Celestium” for this split and it’s fucking all that and a spaceship ride. Listening to this song is a transcendental voyage in a solar system of it’s own. I suggest you play this song over and over, and with each play another storyline will be revealed. CVLT Nation is honored to be streaming the Northless & Light Bearer split in full below, plus you can enter to win a test pressing of this record by emailing your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Northless & Light Bearer” as the subject. The winner will be drawn Monday, June 18th at noon.
Who is the motherfucking man? Lemmy is the motherfucking man, and in 2010, a radical documentary about his life was made entitled LEMMY 49% MOTHER FUCKER 51% SON OF A BITCH. Everyone knows Motörhead was the gateway band for all us punks of the early 80′s to get into metal. This film takes a good look into the things that make this human who he is and what he is not! As documentaries go, I didn’t want LEMMY to end, I was totally fascinated by the subject matter. Don’t get it twisted, there are some extra awesome interviews in this film from some very interesting characters. I can tell you that every time I have interacted with Lemmy since 1984 this dude has been pretty fucking cool! Fuck all of the talking, pour yourself a whiskey, press play and watch this historical film after the jump! CVLT Nation salutes Motörhead…
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This month sees the release of “The Sign Of The Son Of Man”; the debut LP by Nottingham heavy boys Dead In The Woods, on the rather promising Viral Age Records. Describing themselves as “His Hero Is Hawkwind” DITW layered their seriously heavy riffageddon with snarling vocals and some rather nice theremin abuse. It’s like early Baroness have commandeered a Martian flying saucer and are scorching the earth with lethal death rays. The band have recently split but the majority of them can now be found in new band Nadir whose recent gigs have seen them showcasing a style that sounds like a sludgecore take on Japanese psych legends Les Rallizes Denudes’ blown out legacy (yes really!)
There always seems to be a hardcore band doing the rounds that people are comparing to Void. It usually means they’re fast and a bit sloppy, but rarely does it mean that they even start to emulate that classic band’s unhinged creative flare or off the wall hooks. Well there’s a London band going by the simple moniker of No, who’s debut LP (out now on the excellent Static Shock records) sounds like a ten truck careening down a mountainside after losing it on the pass, with it’s bloodied but conscious driver screaming all the way down. But y’know, in a catchy way.
All I wanted was a giant wall of feedback, and the almighty Spacemen 3 always gave it to me. I don’t have to write much, everyone knows that this band helped to shape the way bands used distortion in 80′s & 90′s, plus they were wizards at repetition. Spacemen 3 are to rock & roll what John Coltrane was to jazz. This band knew how to hypnotize the listener with slow-moving soulful riffs. Without screaming or playing fast, Spacemen 3 were mad punk and ultra heavy on their own terms. Thanx to other nerds like me and the internet, today CVLT Nation can share with you full set of Spacemen 3 performing at the Forum Enger in Germany on the 6th of May, 1989. Start playing with fire and tune into this epic gig below!
Last Tuesday, the reunited influential stoner doom band Sleep returned to their hometown of Oakland to play the massive Fox Theater. Since splitting in the 90s, bassist Al Cisneros and guitarist Matt Pike have experienced success with their new bands Om and High On Fire respectively. Yet over time≤ Sleep’s influence has continue to spread and the band has gained generations of fans. Over the past few years, the band has been playing festivals, small scale tours and special one-off performances, often for sold-out crowds of all ages. Tuesday, June 5th saw them playing a space large enough to contain their enormous sound and the copious amounts of smoke emanating from the audience. In support where two very excellent local bands: Kowloon Walled City and Oxbow. Check out a full color gallery of all three bands after the jump!
Formed in 1997 by Rob Wrong (guitar and vocals) and Nate Carson (drums), Portland’s Witch Mountain soon garnered immense critical acclaim for debut Come the Mountain (released in 2001) yet found themselves in limbo and a period of inactivity which lasted until the addition of lead vocalist Uta Plotkin in 2009. Second effort South of Salem (2010) put the band on the doom map and now they offer up Cauldron of the Wild for your consideration. And boy, do you need to consider it.
Rich in texture and nuance, Cauldron of the Wild is a delightfully traditional tinged doom record (just check out that artwork) that shimmers with a slow bluesy edge right out of the 1970s. Burning with a steamy swagger and a forceful narrative essence, Cauldron of the Wild resonates with a languid and sultry atmosphere perfect for those long hot summer days. Plotkin’s unearthly voice delves into deep and opulent tones – “Beekeeper” – yet within the same track can soar to heights that leave you questioning whether this is the same person. It’s Plotkin’s vocal that gives Witch Mountain their almost occultic edge; her range is wide and it gives the band a ritualistic feeling that calls to mind The Wounded Kings, Royal Thunder and the masters themselves, Black Sabbath.
All hell broke loose this past weekend in Tampa, Florida, at the Scion Rock Fest, and South Florida Hardcore was on hand to capture it! One set he filmed that blew my mind was ALL PIGS MUST DIE. If you don’t know, now you know: we are huge fans of APMD. So we are beyond stoked to be sharing with you their full, off-the-chain set! Peep them totally destroy everything below and big shout out to the head bangers/skull crushers!
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Profane Existence is proud to announce that we will be realeasing the new WAR//PLAGUE LP. Minneapolis punk veterans War//Plague return with their debut full length album “On A Darker Dawn”. This album brings forth over 2 years of socio/political rage and ferocity that is unleashed into a culmination of metallic fury. On a Darker Dawn is the bands defining pinnacle, both musically and lyrically. Coming from previous bands such as Provoked, Calloused and Pontius Pilate. These Minneapolis punks know their roots and the underbelly of the DIY movement has fueled them since day one. With the bands driving and aggressive guitars, barrage of brutal drum convergence, and vocal war cries, this album brings all their years of punk and rage into an apex of brutality. Due out Summer 2012. Stay tuned!
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Perishing from the same malady that affects their fellow country mates, Hexis and other-newly acts like Ajuna (from whom i already talked about here) are Whorls. Whorls started as a “non-serious” sideproject to Putrifier by the two guitarists Emil and Mads in late 2011. But as Putrifier was dissolved in the beginning of 2012, Whorls became a full band. All five members, with the same approach to the music.
Hailing from Denmark, Whorls are a new band that is now starting to take its first steps on the post-black-chaotic-sludge-metal scene. These guys drink from a lot of different influences, but the most obvious are the influences from Celeste, The Secret or even Altar of Plagues. The band presents itself, for now, with only two themes: “Irreversible” a spiral of an authentic blackness that it is ingrained to the bone and lashes some serious blackened riffs with its powerful core with some hints of a more progressive sludge so characteristic in bands like Celeste, but at the same time it possesses, on the second half of the track, some massive yet sharp sections reminding me a bit of the riffs living in the “777″ saga from Blut Aus Nord. It’s almost inevitable talking about Whorls without mentioning these two bands, Celeste and Hexis. First, Celeste, who were practically the precursors of this kind of sound, this plethora of flesh melting blackened sludge that erodes deeply into to our bones. Second, Hexis, being countrymen of this band, with whom they have already shared stage with, such mental image of this joint venture is completely devastating in my mind, just thinking that if there was someone who came out of that show in one piece and lived to tell about it, and for being a copy, well i don’t like to use the word “copy” i think it’s not fair to use it on Hexis, because they took that “Celeste sound” and give it their unique and innovative sound, but what i’m trying to say here is that Whorls also share that sonority. In the second track, “Sitgma” we are immediately dragged in that chaotic wave of sound, which through repetitive riffs, crushes us completely. It is a very short range track but at the same time it is devastating. The tracks presented by Whorls are dark and very dense, so dense that they become almost suffocating and rarely leave us a little breathing room. Whorls are another brilliant sample of what Northern Europe has to offer and judging by the quality of this sample, i look forward to hear much more from this young band. The Demo will be out soon through Bookhouse Records. Meanwhile you can stream and listen to the tracks on the Whorls Bandcamp. Keep an eye on this one.