This is shaping up to be a great year for music, with almost too many insanely good records coming out at the same time. I have been put on an allowance by my wife so I don’t spend our kids’ university funds on vinyl. Anyway, in the very near future Pinkish Black, Windhand, Loss of Self and Russian Circles are releasing records that might make me say fuck a university fund! CVLT Nation is streaming tracks from all 3 releases below!
From the ashes of At the Drive In came The Mars Volta, who changed the way rock music was heard. Live, this band was un-fucking-real. Their first couple of albums were my favorites. At times, The Mars Volta went off to places in music that maybe only certain heads could really dig, but I will always give them props for doing what the hell they wanted to. So the other day I found out that 15 unreleased demo tracks were online for free download and I was instantly stoked! If you are a The Mars Volta fan, check them out – we are streaming them below plus you can download them free.
As of right now, you can get 40 to 50% off all the records and cassettes in the CVLT Nation Record Store!!! After a year of carrying music in our store, we are shutting it down and we are clearing out all our stock at the lowest prices you will find anywhere. CVLT Nation HQ is making the big move up North, so we are taking a break from the music retail business…so check out the record store for massive deals on titles from Neurosis, Deafheaven, Kylesa, Code Orange Kids, NAILS, Cursed, Ramesses, Noothgrush and many more!! Head over to the record store, no code required!
It’s quite interesting when a band’s sound is totally at odds with the images and vibes of their hometown or state. When someone says Texas, you don’t immediately think of cold, moody basslines, guitars and vocals drenched in sorrow and a gloomy atmosphere all around. However, that’s exactly what we have in the shape of True Widow.
Despite being released by Relapse, the trio’s new album Circumambulation is far removed from metal, laying its devotion to brooding post punk and the ambience of shoegaze.
First track, ‘Creeper’ sets a tone straight away, even just with its name, followed by a lonesome guitar sauntering in. It’s here where we are introduced to first vocalist, DH Philips (guitar also) and his disconsolate drawl. However, it’s his pairing with bassist Nicole Estill that really sets this album apart. Her ghostly spectral vocals are an inimitable presence and the perfect accompaniment. This becomes abundantly clear when she drifts onto the scene with the utterly stunning ‘Four Teeth’.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway for you, so we’re coming back with a bang with 2 pairs of tickets to this year’s The Power of the Riff festival at The Echo and Echoplex in Los Angeles on August 9th & 10th! Every year this festival gets bigger and better, and this year’s lineup features headliners The Obsessed, Final Conflict, Hirax, From Ashes Rise & Black Breath, alongside a ton of other rad bands like Dead in the Dirt, Baptists, Children of God and many more. Today we’re giving away one pair of tickets to the show on August 10th! To enter this giveaway just email firstname.lastname@example.org with TPOTR Aug 10th in the subject, and we’ll choose a winner on Friday at noon PST! PS – If you entered the 9th giveaway, you can still enter this one too!
It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway for you, so we’re coming back with a bang with 2 pairs of tickets to this year’s The Power of the Riff festival at The Echo and Echoplex in Los Angeles on August 9th & 10th! Every year this festival gets bigger and better, and this year’s lineup is all killer no filler, featuring headliners The Obsessed, Final Conflict, Hirax, From Ashes Rise & Black Breath, alongside a ton of other rad bands like Dead in the Dirt, Baptists, Children of God and many more. Today we’re giving away one pair of tickets to the show on August 9th! To enter this giveaway just email email@example.com with TPOTR Aug 9th in the subject, and we’ll choose a winner on Thursday at noon PST! Stay tuned for another giveaway tomorrow! PS – YOU CAN ENTER BOTH!
***Congrats Russell Wood!***
Last year, we covered Portugal’s answer to Roadburn, Amplifest, for the first time (check out our coverage here and here). Amplifest 2013, the third edition, already has some big names on the lineup – Deafheaven, Chelsea Wolfe, Year of No Light, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Aluk Todolo and Russian Circles – and this fall festival will no doubt live up to its reputation for being en “experience” more than a music festival. Taking over the town of Porto, Portugal, on October 19th & 20th, the festival will not only celebrate music but also the artists who are an integral part of this global community. Most notably in this year’s edition, one of our favorite artists will be showcasing his prints and paintings – we can’t tell you who right now, but he’s done work for some of the biggest names in doom. Last year showcased Malleus and Seldon Hunt, so you know this year will have some awesome artists as well. It’s also important for Amplifest to feature independent film and documentaries, so we can expect that there will be some excellent cinema at this year’s fest! Plus the surroundings for the gigs are stunning in a way that only a country like Portugal, with centuries of history and beautiful architecture, can present. Stay tuned for more about Amplifest in the upcoming months, and check out their promo video below plus the tour poster!
On June 28th, 2013, our Canadian comrades in heavy, Nothing is Heavy, celebrated their first year promoting shows in Vancouver, BC, with an epic lineup featuring local legends Black Wizard, Hoopsnake, Tobeatic and Wiser Fool. Here’s wishing them many more years of bringing crushing bands to my hometown! Our photographer Ted Reckoning was on hand to capture some sick images of the show, and today we’d like to share them with you! So prepare to enter a world of sonic fucking damage…and make sure to head out to our Vancouver showcase this friday!
Every cloud has a silver lining. While we all wait patiently for a new Cobalt record, we find ourselves becoming reacquainted with the sorrowful folk band, Man’s Gin, with their second album Rebellion Hymns who include Cobalt’s Erik Wunder in their ranks.
Meshing dark folk, country and the twang of Americana, Wunder has proven what a versatile and adventurous player he can be and joined by companions in Josh Lozano (upright bass) and Scott Edward (guitar, piano and lyrical contributions), Rebellion Hymns is, simply put, a staggeringly impressive record from the opening notes to its dying moments. Clocking in at over an hour, Rebellion Hymns is a dizzying journey through raw emotions and the human condition.
These acoustic driven folk ballads of despair are powerful odes to “the bottle and wasteland America” but are still soaked in an overwhelming sense of frailty and foreboding. Wunder’s voice is laden with the imposing inflection of Layne Staley and Eddie Vedder, and haunted by the ghosts of Townes Van Zandt, which makes for a totally invigorating presence and bolsters the frail/powerful dynamic of this album. If you were to imagine the vocals of Patrick Walker on 40 Watt Sun’s The Inside Room for just a moment. While he and Wunder sound different vocally, they both perfectly harness the two sides of their vocal chords in a devastatingly affecting way.