CVLT Nation is stoked to be a part of the second Under the Spell this Sunday, March 9th at The Electric Owl in Vancouver! CVLT Nation’s co-founder Sean will be DJing a rad mix of deathrock and post punk alongside DJs Profundis Nacht’s collection of neofolk, dark ambient and experimental, and live bands Funerary Call and Night Profound. Shawn Haché of Mitochondrion & Vanessa Dandurand of The Ballentynes are the brains behind Under the Spell, and he is planning big things for this event series, which includes two live bands along with two guest DJs every second Sunday. Make sure you’re there this Sunday by getting your advance tickets here for $5 or for $10 at the door!
Imagine if noisy and dreamy shoegaze rock bands like My Bloody Valentine, Low, Slowdive, Oneida, Lairs, Cocteau Twins, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Velvet Underground and Dinosaur Jr were crushing and brutal doom metal bands… Well, that is exactly what NADJA has become on their brand new full-length album, the majestic doomgaze masterpiece Queller. Over the years, NADJA has followed a stunning artistic trajectory. Emerging from the drumless and über-abstract bogs of drone, noise and experimental ambient music akin to bands and artists like Earth, Sunn O))), Asva, Tim Hecker, Thisquietarmy and Daniel Menche, NADJA are now something that simply transcends even that realm of things, and goes so beyond that the scope of their immense artistry, imagination and vision isn’t even in sight anymore.
Now let’s go to a sonic wonderland where the clouds are the band leaders and the thunder is the drums that we all nod to…check out this new visual from Architeuthis Rex for the previously unreleased track “Nineveh.” The video was directed by Francesca Marongiu and will have you transfixed. Now allow the giants of your dead yesterdays open your eyes to something new!
One second you think you’re all cool and shit, and think you know what HEAVY is, then you listen to THIS and you realize instead what a tiny insignificant insect you are, and how in reality you don’t know shit about what brutal means. You listen to Grave Ekstasis, the debut album by Swedish hellraisers IRKALLIAN ORACLE, and crash to your knees under a cataclysmic firestorm of wrath and hatred that is so grand and majestic that absolutely nothing can even dream of surviving their wake. Little is known about IRKALLIAN ORACLE. What we do now is that the band self-released the tape version of Grave Ekstasis on their own, which immediately sold out, and that Nuclear War Now! picked this puppy up to give it proper release status and distribution. THANK YOU for that fine Bay Area folks.
In 2003, the MARS VOLTA released De-Loused in the Comatorium and this album totally blew my fucking mind! Then I got to see them live in NYC the same year, and for weeks after I was still thinking about what an amazing show it was. The MARS VOLTA did things with music that many bands have never had the vision to do. Check out this stellar full set of them performing in London at the The Electric Ballroom in 2003.
The news that legendary bands Sunn O))) and Ulver had recorded music together was met with much delight and intrigue. What would it sound like? Who would it sound like? Would it be loud and disturbing or delicate and pretty? The answers are not as simple as the questions as the collaboration travels across the space of both projects’ and of course, two men who push forward their music as much as they possibly can.
Terrestrials was recorded a fair while ago, after Sunn O)))’s 200th performance which took place at Norway’s Øya Festival in 2008. Afterwards the band were invited to Ulver’s Crystal Canyon studio and lo, Terrestrials was born, a record that is an ode to the coming morning as much as it is a lament for the departing night. The two bands worked through the night, staying awake to complete the work and track the core of the record. A little editing was done afterwards but what we hear on Terrestrials is certainly a coming together of minds.
This might my be the sickest video you see this month. CHELSEA WOLFE has released a new visual for “Feral Love” from her album Pain Is Beauty. The moving and intense visual was directed by Mark Pellington and produced by Cathy Pellow and Sargent House…This video is an excerpt from the film “Lone“, due out later in 2014…I love this visual, it goes perfectly with the song…Job well DONE!
The title of opening track “Damnum Minatum” refers to a legal term, used by inquisitors in the late Middle Ages, which describes a coincidental mishap or accident held as “evidence” that a person suspected of witchcraft had used magic to inflict harm. The five-minute aural assault from L.A.’s Deathstench explodes with malice aplenty: crisp, shredding harsh noise, punishing bass rumble, and reverberating scrapes of background static, accompanied by John Paul Whetzel’s echoing death growls and blackened guitar.
What Damnum Minatum promises, second offering “Temples of Dust” delivers. Guest vocalist Alan Dubin’s performance holds no surprises given his body of work (i.e. Gnaw, Khanate), but his tormented, caustic howls are the perfect unsettling complement to the rumbling, tempestuous drones and the distorted knells of Tibetan singing bowls and cymbals.
Less than two years ago, a bomb was dropped that decimated the world of avant-garde extreme metal. Greece’s Hail Spirit Noir debuted with Pneuma, a fusion unlike anything previously heard and a true gem in the current landscape of bedroom dwellers and post-everything noodlings. 70s prog and heavy psychedelia were grafted onto a bizarre black metal body that resulted in a twisted monstrosity of the most delightful proportions. Now the Thessaloniki trio is back with their heavily anticipated follow-up to continue down the bizarre path they discovered.