So what happens when two killer bands decide to do an epic 7″ split together? The end result is an awesome audio blast of radness, and earlier this year Germany’s GOLDUST unified with Maryland’s FULL OF HELL to give us just that, release by Get This Right Records. GOLDUST kicks shit off with a gnarly short burst of dirge core called “Entrails” – it’s almost instrumental, it’s layered in a dark emotional distortion energy. They really bring the noise on “Ruine,” which is way longer and kicks out the jams from the very first second that it comes on. GOLDUST’s songwriting really shines on this cut, which is full of mammoth breakdowns that will have you saying, this band knows what the fuck they are doing. I like this song also because of the sinister melody that flows throughout it, plus the vocal delivery is interesting, with the call and response thing that they have happening. And I can’t forget to talk about the war cry drumming on “Ruine,” at the same time that riffs from hell will be slicing at your throat! FULL OF HELL are on some next shit for this split – these dudes have totally transformed their version of hardcore into something that has other genres coexisting within the same song. “Rat King” is the first tune on their side, and it’s all fucking that and then some. I really dig the way the song starts with a long intro of distorted feedback, before launching into a ferocious rampage of groove-laden hardcore. The way the vocals are laid down in this song is extra cool, and grabs your attention for sure. The second song, “Kopf Meines Vaters,” is a fucking tornado of grinding madness that swirls around your skull and leaves you in a state of insanity. FULL OF HELL keeps banging you with their hammer of punishment on “Vessel Deserted,” where they combine weirdo noise with spazz core and murder grind to totally wreck shop and rip a brand new hole in the universe! When it’s all said and done, if you do not have this 7″, you know the drill, you better cop it!
LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! Unholy hell, what do we have here? An ultra sick album, or the soundtrack to the Apocalypse? I know what it is, it’s the new HOT GRAVES album, Knights In White Phosphorus, out now via NHR Records. These Florida metal/punk wizards transform each track into their own world of demonic speed bliss. HOT GRAVES’ songs will get you so hyped, you would be down to give the Pope an uppercut to the gut, or better yet, unplug all of those Televangelvision hypocrites. This band’s music is just flat out fucking awesome because of the unseen hand of rage and fury that pushes every composition to the edge of sanity! HOT GRAVES are really a perfect combination of thrash metal and punk – they have the sound that many of the crossover bands from the mid 80′s could never achieve. Bloody rivers of Dis-Beat flow into metallic oceans, where the slayers of the underworld sail to set their warlords free. You will find riffs on Knights In White Phosphorus that will make say, DAMN these motherfuckers are the shit! Then once you hear the sound of their murder drums kicking in your skull, you will know you better not fuck with these dudes, because they have come for world damnation. Lyrically, they are on point for the whole album, but it’s the nuclear vocal delivery that will keep you excited from the beginning to the end. So here is a test: play their song “Dirthrash” at full blast, and see if your house won’t start shaking in metal glory. What I dig about HOT GRAVES is that they know who their fans are and what they want, so that’s what the fuck they give, non-stop. This is not music to sip wine to, songs like “Blood Eruption” or “Total War” are meant for whiskey-swigging, beer-drinking, pot-smoking dirt bags to kick back to. This band has an ultra strong sound and identity that will not change with the wind; HOT GRAVES are alive, dancing with the devil, so wake up fuckers and listen to Knights In White Phosphorus NOW!
#.Wicked horns + Taped together with a sick bassline +700 heartbeats = 1/4 of a UV POP Tune Just a Game
#.Off kilter guitar strums + Percussive madness + Distorted Vocals = 1/4 of a UV POP Tune Just a Game
#.Broken harmony + Nonstop head movement + Sonic protest against the Norm = 1/4 of a UV POP Tune Just a Game
#Post Punk Anthem + Timeless Track created in 1982 + When the masses were dumb but just a little smarter than now = 1/4 of a UV POP Tune Just a Game
New York label Sacred Bones Records are reissuing the UV POP 7″ Just a Game/ No Songs Tomorrow, and both tunes are boombastic. “No Songs Tomorrow” is this really happy song trapped inside a sad song – it’s pretty epic they way that the band did it. The vocals have this rad mournful tone about them, and they play well off of the melancholy guitar playing. Then you have the lyrics themselves, super simple but very though-provoking, and they have a vibe of forever about them. So, I will go on record and say that I’m way happy that this awesome piece of post-punk creativity was re-released…now a whole other generation gets to know the epic sound of UV POP!
Happy EYEHATEGOD week. Remembering that time I was in high school and my dad saw the Confederacy of Ruined Lives CD on the front seat of my car. The good times. Anyway, in the continuation of EYEHATEGOD week, I interviewed Mike IX Williams about a variety of things and am very glad I got this opportunity to speak with him! Check it out!
Ireland and the West coast united under the flag of awesome crust! Irish band Bacchus has been ripping shit up and down the west side of America with their killer style of hardcore fury with crusty edges. I really dig this band because of how they have taken a genre and molded it into something that is all their own! The word on the dirty streets is that their live show is awesome. I’m going to see and hear for myself when they take the stage at this year’s Discord fest on Sept. 24th in Los Angeles. Today we would like to share with you photos from their first stateside show taken by SF Sludge and a live performance video filmed by Kevin Hobbs. This is the deal, after the jump, check out their remaining west coast dates…in crust we trust!
Have you ever had a moment when you put on a record and you can actually see the power of the music coming out of the your speakers? Then the next thing you know, your face starts contorting in awe and amazement while thinking to yourself, how that fuck can a band create music so epically awesome? When I first heard Invernal, the new album by BLACK COBRA, which will be released on October 11th via Southern Lord, those were the kind of experiences that took over my senses. This is one really special record; it is constructed of ultra gnarly grooves that only get thicker with each listen, and drumming that has the force to break dinosaur bones. Before I continue I must say that BLACK COBRA makes me scratch my head in wonder, because I still can’t figure out how only two humans can create such a monolithic sonic attack! Listening to Invernal is like having audio magic take place in your skull, and the call and response thing that this band has happening between each other is like hearing the 10 wonders of sound take place in your brain. Trust me, there are loads of rad vocals on this record, but it’s the interaction that the musicians have that will mesmerize you! The riffage on Invernal is so fucking radical that it has me envisioning it carving giant animal heads out of stone with caustic tones jumping out of the guitar. This record will inject you with so much Apocalyptic melody, after one listen you will have the strength to kick in the skull of Mad Max and get your dancing on at the same time. So the first song on the album is called “Avalanche,” but what comes to my mind when I hear this track is a raging volcano that you can not walk away from, because the magnetic grooves are just puling you closer until your body becomes lava. BLACK COBRA’s tune “Somnae Tenebrae” paints this strange picture in my imagination; when I hear the fury that this song packs, it makes me daydream about Nascar races, but instead of cars going around the track it’s giant woolly mammoths running around it, chasing after nonbelievers in metal. BLACK COBRA is two humans that are highly original in the music that they create, and they figured out a way to combine punk, hardcore, & cycodelic sludge into a sound that is all of their own. Another of facet Invernal that impresses me is when they slow things down; the guitar during these periods makes me think about my favorite trees, weeping willows. While taking in the new BLACK COBRA record, I realized, damn, I must see them perform this live! I know for a fact they will rock and shock the nation!
Review written by guest writer!
DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT
Eyehategod have delivered high quality album after e.p. since 1989. In fact, as I stoop outside the Fighting Cocks in Kingston, fine dining on the wizard’s crop and waiting to watch my buds in Dead Existence, i’m listening to Southern Discomfort and part of me thinks that this record might comprise some of the most groove-ridden music ever made.
Southern Discomfort purports to be a collection of the Take As Needed For Pain demos which ended up as b-sides, splits and singles, as well as the out takes from the Dopesick sessions. On Southern Discomfort, however, the tracks are rawer than their Century Media counterparts, they’re broken to fuck and all in all, they just about pack a heavier punch. You get the best of both worlds with this record. It has all the doom and gloom of Take As Needed For Pain with the smack-ridden bite of tracks like Peace Thru War from Dopesick.
CVLT Nation is becoming a family of creative humans from all over the world, who contribute their creativity to this zine, and make it what it is. One of our family members is the photographer Alan Hunter. From the very first moment that we saw his work, we knew that his style of photography was amazing and extraordinary. So what happens when two ultra rad bands stop in his new hometown Portland, Maine to play an awesome concert? Well, we get pure fucking magic, and that’s just what he got when he photographed the sets of Wolves In The Throne Room & Thou. We are way beyond excited to be able to share these special flicks in this photo essay! After the jump, see for yourself how it all went down.
Why do I feel all covered in dirt and shit, I have not even left my house today…I know what’s up, I just got finished watching the EYEHATEGOD Live DVD. Okay, that makes sense…there is no way to view this DVD without grime, stench and danger jumping out of the screen at you. If you are an EHG fan like I am, this is a must have. All of the live sets captured for this film are off the motherfucking chain. The production work is pretty epic as well, the way it’s filmed you can feel the sweat on the Cleveland crowd. What’s extra rad is that all of the gigs have EHG performing all of their classic fucked-up songs, with all of dirgy angst you want to hear and see! It’s ultra gnarly being able to see the band actually kick out the power, and witness how their damaged sound effects them. One thing that really stands out about this film is that these southern fried fuck ups really enjoy being onstage with each other, there is no way to miss the brotherhood between each member. Each crowd that they perform for brings a different energy, and the band responds differently to each situation. The videos that keep coming with this DVD are pure fucking insanity and visual homicide. I don’t want to give it all away, it’s up to you to bring this piece of EYEHATEGOD cinematic history into your messed up existence! To really get your weirdo on, head over to their demented website!
If you read CVLT Nation, you know that we dig the Misfits, plus Glen’s next band is one of our favorites as well! SAMHAIN was pretty awesome; they did things musically that were really interesting and pushed the boundaries. Actually, I really rate Danzig for his creative effort with this band. From my point of view, he was the driving force that made the Misfits so rad! SAMHAIN had a killer work ethic and toured non-stop from coast to coast. They seemed really comfortable in their own skin when they rocked shows! Today is your fucking lucky day, CVLT Nation has unearthed the best live footage you will ever see from these ghouls. A full set of SAMHAIN straight ripping shit up at the Stardust Ballroom in 1984. It’s cool listening to their recordings, but when you see this band attack the stage in all of their sinister glory live, it will push your wig back! So after the jump, the unholy final decent will begin and check out this killer gig! Also, stay tuned later on today for Mike IX’s story about his young exploits with the Misfits, -GRAVE ROBBERS FROM OUTER SPACE-…