Written by Phillip Cope
As the year ends, it is always fun to look back at it. However, I think it is also fun to look towards the year ahead and hopefully next year some eyes and ears will be focused on Columbia, S.C.. I have been very lucky to have spent some time there off and on over the years working at the Jam Room Recording Studio. It seems next year could be an incredible year for a scene that has a rich history of great underground bands (Antischism and Inhumanity being two of my faves), but has always been a bit hidden away. Here is a list of 10 Columbia S.C. bands I think CVLT Nation readers will dig. Also, since there are way too many bands to cover in just this one article, I highly recommend checking out Alec Edelson’s free Metalcockalypse comps on Bandcamp if you want to know more about the city’s overall hardcore, metal, punk etc scene. He tirelessly keeps track of it all, and besides putting on shows, also has a local radio show on WUSC where he gives all types of heavy stuff airplay.
1. Burnt Books – Comprised of scene veterans still cranking out awesome music.
My homie Del the Funky Homosapien has released a free new album for download…So open up your third eye and peep how a master flips words!
This is a new FREE LP that is futuristic and fun – but still on some Hiphop shit. Lyrically ill but fun to listen to, nothing super heavy. I did the production on it as well. Hope yall enjoy it, peace.
With the recent passing of Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, it’s an appropriate time to revisit one of the more well-known films he scored during a long career. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 version of the ultimate vampire story, Bram Stoker’s Dracula certainly needs little introduction and is no doubt a favourite among gothic horror aficionados.
With a large budget and an ensemble cast (most notably Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins as Dracula and Van Helsing respectively), Coppola’s Dracula remains one of the few big horror productions from a large film studio that effectively captures the dark, brooding, gothic eroticism of Stoker’s story that normally wouldn’t pass beyond a first draft if a director like Coppola wasn’t attached to it. The costumes, set design, cinematography and overall production of the film alone would have been enough to guarantee its legacy of a cvlt classic were it a flop (it wasn’t), but beyond that, it’s also really entertaining and can be pretty spooky when it wants to be. Of course, there are elements that are inescapable of the Hollywood cheese machine but the rest of it is so well made that we’re prepared to overlook those moments.
by Oliver Sheppard
A lot of the recent infusion of music and interest into neofolk can be traced to bands like Cult of Youth and the excellent Agalloch, bands originally rooted in the punk and metal scenes, respectively. This is quite a new development in the history of the music, given that it was originally thought of as a “post-industrial” style whose principle founders had come from the industrial and postpunk scenes. (Granted, Crisis were punk as fuck, and that band ties directly into the formation of the genre, too.) While there is an indie/hipster component to some of the new attention – for example, some folks insist that Chelsea Wolfe is “neofolk,” and the boundaries of the genre do continue to blur – the core of the music’s tradition continues forward and reliably delivers beautiful and inspiring releases year after year.
2013 was no different, with new entries by bands like Australia’s Lakes and Chicago’s Et Nihil being added to the canon. Below are the Top 6 Neofok releases of 2013!
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!