This is a News Alert broadcasting from planet CVLT Nation: their is a new band in town, or maybe I should say that there is a new movement in town, it’s called Code Orange Kids, from Pittsburgh. I knew within the first five seconds of listening to their 2010 demo that this band was extra special. When you can bend & contort the sound of hardcore the way these kids do, damn you’ve got to be on some next shit! When I hear Code Orange Kids, I know that these humans put their soul into the music that they create & this fact will pay off for them in long run by giving them longevity as a band. I am just totally amazed by this band, my mind is racing thinking about all the rad things I want to write about them. Code Orange Kids have harnessed the fury of hardcore & injected it with this blackened dose of melody that gets me high as fuck. Then they have this awesome dissonant thing happening in their songs plus these mammoth breakdowns that just strangle you with their groove! The lyrical content is all about the human condition which makes you think about what part do you play in it. Code Orange Kids’ vocals are an instrument unto themselves & are just dripping with angst-ridden emotion. Plus, this band constructs their songs so that the vocals & music play perfectly off of each other – basically they do an awesome job at creating an call & response effect between the two. Then there is the sound that the band conjures up: it’s fucking huge, but for some reason they are still able to capture a D.I.Y sound in their tunes. One thing they are great at doing is making you a believer…I can hear & feel their conviction to the point where it is infectious. Beware that The Code Orange Kids pack a giant punch of emotion & power, plus they will leave you wanting for more. Check out their song “Roots,” the way it kicks in with this broken beat then the vocals pull you into a pit before the music comes in & crushes you – holy fuck it will give a good feeling inside. I could tell you about all of the epic bands from the past that this band reminds me of, but I won’t because today is all about them. I will say that it’s going to be cool as hell to fellow their career & watch them grow as musicians. I will not even front – I want to see them live & I will go ape shit for sure. After the jump, check some illmatic video & live shots of the band & you will see that the Code Orange Kids are a movement. Plus, download their demo HERE!
Drainland – interview
Drainland – Alpha Rat
Drainland – Stairs
Christian Death – Deathwish
Beherit – Pagan Moon
Kromosom – Systematicdeath
Man Is The Bastard – The Arena
Throbbing Gristle – What a Day
Have you had really dark thoughts, mixed with thoughts of floating in space, then you descend down to earth…? Maybe you haven’t, but I know of a band that can induce these kind of feelings, they are called Eibon. This French band call themselves dark progressive Doom/Sludge…these labels would be cool for other groups. To me, Eibon has elements of these labels, but their album, Entering Darkness, released via Aesthetic Death Records & Media Tree, is a journey into a world were no labels exist, only fucking killer mind-alerting music. I really don’t know where to start with this review, because everything about this album moves me. The first thing I will say: before listening get your best medical green bud, pack a bowl, light & let the trip begin. The bassline that this band creates is a magic carpet ride unto itself, that will take you to your nightmares then back around to the best day of your life. This band uses bass as a weapon of doom that has the power to heal & destroy, while being shot through the dubedelic effects machine. Eibon’s songs have these caves that are filled with blackened vocals that lay on top of the rhythm of slow-moving death, before evolving into this rivers of emotion for your dreams to swim in. These dudes are wizards at bending tones so that they will hit in the part of your being that will make you think there is hope in this desolate place called Earth. Vocally, what I really dig about this band is the soul that can be felt in the blackened delivery of the singer. It would be really hard for me to pick one song that describes their sound, because every song is a wonder that leaves me in awe. I also must make it clear that this band can take you to depths where the only language that is spoken is evil & man it has never sound so gnarly. One thing you can hear in this band’s music is confidence in what they create & the source where they draw their inspiration from. This sums up how awesome Entering Darkness is…think of your favorite album, listen to this album & then after, I think you might have a new favorite album!
Eibon : Entering Darkness
Eibon : These Chains
All I wanted was whiskey and a spliff, and after checking out Badr Vogu‘s 2011 Tour Demo, I feel like I got my fix of both. Hot filthy blackened damn, this Oaktown band puts down some Apocalyptic Blues the way I dig it, down right dirty fucking audio chaos all in your grill. All of their tunes are heavier than life on skid row, with thick ass bass that will put your mind in space. Badr Vogu’s songs move at the slow pace of lava, andpack the same amount of heat. So check this out – when you hear this band, you hear some OG punks smoking mad amounts of ganja & making music that gives the mind room to travel. Here is the other thing about this band’s demo – yeah it has the sludge effect, but this band still packs that East Oakland punk vibe which gives their sonic vibration that extra punch that moves my blackened soul. When you listen to this demo you can hear the blues & history of their city bleeding through every riff. Badr Vogu’s vocals sound mean & like they were recorded in the sewer, as rats chewed away at the throat of the vocalist. What really draws me to this band is the serpent groove that bites you with each listen. Well I feel mad lucky, and so are you if you are reading this review and living in Southern California, because Badr Vogu & Hazzard’s Cure are heading out on a mini tour entitled Southern Fallout 2011, starting this Friday July 8th – peep the flyer & dates after the jump.
BADR VOGU : Nomad
Slow moving mystic crust, layered on top of slow moving heavy ancient mist that will surround your whole aura & illuminate your darkest thoughts. Morne’s new album, Asylum, out now via Profound Lore, is one mammoth dose of radness. This album almost has a meditative quality about it & that’s one thing I really dig. The songs on this album are beings unto themselves that evolve with every listen; or you could say that they are books that have mad chapters that will enthrall you with each turn of the page. Morne’s use of melody on this album is fucking spot on – they hit these tones that could make a willow weep. The production on Asylum is huge, but not overwhelming or too polished. Their musicianship is otherworldly – at times it seems that this record acts as time machine & takes your mind to another place. This album is drenched in blackened soul & one place that this is evident is in the vocals that fill each song with pain. On tunes like “Edge of the Sky,” you can totally hear & feel the guitars cascade over you, before the keyboards lift you up into the black clouds…then you will descend back down to earth in apocalyptic crust bliss. The quiet riff on “Nothing to Remain” is so powerful & emotive; to put it simply, it’s just fucking beautiful, timeless music. Morne created a record that moves past labels & boxes in my book, and this is what is going to make people come back to Asylum in ten years and say this record still sounds rad as ever. It’s not easy to make complex music sound simple, but Morne were successful at it, and for that fact hats off to them. As I get older, it’s nice to hear how bands are taking the foundations of sonic culture & molding them in their own likeness. Asylum is a heavy album in many different ways, but emotional & vast in many more.
Morne : Nothing to Remain
What the fuck do we have here? The Japanese demon hordes are crashing the party & I’m all for it! 600% BlackenedMurder, Japan’s ABIGAIL are super dynamic. They are the kind of audio fix I want inside my veins. This band creates black death rage battle music that just spits bile all over the place. This record is 5 songs of just over the freaking top radness; when I hear this kind of music, it makes me want to be immortal so I can listen to it forever. Every song is ultra fast, but they also have this off the meat rack voodoo murder groove that keeps you holding on to every riff. If I died tomorrow, blast this Reaper’s Night album, out now via Deathrash Armageddon, in my coffin & I will rise again for sure. I really do not know what to label this band, which makes me like them even more. I mean, you can hear thrash, black metal, rock, punk & crust, but ABIGAIL pushes their sound beyond any of these labels. The vocalist has this madman spazz delivery which is awesome, plus it sounds like he swallowed death itself. When you hear their song “Morbid Screams,” & the drums kick in, if your head doesn’t start moving, call your mortician because guess what, you are dead! ABIGAIL makes music to live for – if it’s the Reaper’s Night, well, my day was made!!! By the way, this album is a split with Italy’s Sign of Evil, watch out for that review at a later date.
ABIGAIL : Morbid Screams
ABIGAIL : Crush The Holy Priest
With eight bands ranging from goth rock, to noise, to hardcore, Sacred Bones and Stereogum carved a distinctly dark niche for themselves with their showcase at this year’s Northside Festival in Brooklyn. Held at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, I went over a half hour before doors to see a massive line stretching down the block. Despite their best efforts, very few people were able to get tickets at the door, though many stuck around in vain hoping some tickets would free up. Sacred Bones/Stereogum couldn’t have found a more fitting venue for this show. Public Assembly is a dark, industrial, brick and steel venue, with two huge rooms. As I would later find out, bands would be setting up simultaneously, leading to a ridiculous crush of people shifting from room to room after each set so as not to miss anything. Hot, grimy, crowded, and noisy the crowd gathered in the main room where a DJ was playing a crushing mix of metal and punk.
A few days ago I stumbled on this documentary while checking out the facebook channel of BLACK FLAG, its name: SUCH HAWKS, SUCH HOUNDS. Here’s what the official text says:
“Such Hawks, Such Hounds explores the music and musicians of the American hard rock underground circa 1970-2007, focusing on the psychedelic and ’70s proto-metal-derived styles that have in recent years formed a rich body of unclassifiable sounds.”
This pretty sums up what this film is all about. Some of the bands mentioned or interviewed here are: Pentagram, Earthride, The Obsessed, Kyuss, Sleep, Om, High On Fire and a lot more. I especially enjoyed the part about Sleep, but pretty much all the footage of the movie is awesome. Besides interviews you get a lot of rare live footage to see, which alone makes this worth watching. Here’s the trailer, full movie after the jump!
What up heads of state…do you owe us a living? Of course you do you fucking dummy brains, after all these years of corporate lies you tell us, you owe us more than just a living! One Scottish band that will slap the taste out the mouths of our downpressors is AFTERBIRTH. These metallic crust warriors play that kind of stenchcore that makes me not want to shower for a week! Their album Darkest Nightmare Of The Future Age, out now via
No Sanctuary Records, is a full-blown war against the powers that need not be! On the real, every jam on this album is a nail-biter, with caustic riffs that could choke a police chief. From the very first track you will know that the onslaught is on, the revolution will not be televised, but AFTERBIRTH will bring the revolution to you. The drumming on this album is on some next shit, they have a crusty tribal beat happening that I love! The guitar solos are in their own league of murder, & should not be ignored. Hot damn, the vocalist in AFTERBIRTH brings pure conviction to every word that his throat fires out! Darkest Nightmare Of The Future Age is a war call to us all, but what makes you really care about what this band breaks down on the knowledge tip is the fact that you can hear & feel the blackened emotion that this band injects into every tune. What’s this in my hand? It’s a severed head of state…
Today CVLT Nation releases Vol. III of our Blackened Everything mixtape series. This volume is a sonic killing machine on a blackened warpath of audio terror! From the time you press play, the onslaught on your eardrums is on! CVLT Nation Vol. III highlights many super gnarly unsigned bands that will totally smash your brain, plus gnarly signed bands that bring the hate as well. No more words, just fucking listen to this mixtape! Make sure to peep the track list after the jump & scroll over the image for the download option.