A few weeks ago I witnessed the live performance of a fairly new Bay Area band called LAMENT CITYSCAPE. I had never heard of them and ran into their live performance by total chance here in Oakland. It’s not common to witness a drone-doom band in a live environment these days – drumless, painfully heavy, slow as fuck and so on – so when I realized what the deal was, and being a huge fan of extreme doom and the more experimental side of things, I sat down, made my self comfortable and enjoyed the ride. To my surprise I saw that this band, although still at its beginnings and still fairly unknown, pulled off the live challenge in a brilliant way, and their set, complete with visuals and all, was nothing short than staggering. So I approached Mike McClatchey - one of the guys beyond this project - to know more about the band, and talking to him I actually realized that this dude has at least three other active projects, all equally interesting and definitely worth checking out and also a very interesting past. A small but very intriguing world basically opened up for me in meeting this guy, and what I found was extremely interesting and exceptionally well crafted music from the uttermost obscure underground one could ever possibly imagine. Talking to Mike McClatchey I also learned that he records and produces everything he’s involved in himself, and that the dude was actually a founding member of Apiary the band that then changed its name to Early Graves, and that McClatchey even played guitar on the first Early Graves album – the now famous We: The Guillotine. Needless to say, McClatchey is a vet with out being one. He’s been out of the metal loop for a while and when a few years back got a craving for metal again, it manifested in a very introspective and shy kind of way, probably the reason why his music is still for the most part so obscure and completely unknown and also highly abstract and for the most part quite experimental.
For over ten years Toby Driver and KAYO DOT have crafted music that defies all categorizations and definitions, often even going beyond what one can humanly comprehend in the realm of sonic experimentation. In their decade-long career, these masters of avant garde metal wizardry have shown fear in front of nothing when it comes to pushing the limits of musical composition and have ridiculed boundaries, genre-restrictions, the odds and the rules of songwriting itself. Jazz, black metal, chamber music, noise, sludge-doom, progressive rock, classical and free-form composition exists all in one place with seamless beauty and crushing intensity and forces everything in between into complete submission. KAYO DOT have subdued and molded to their obscure and mesmerizing musical vision into every musical genre they have attempted to possess and manipulate, paving the way throughout the years for the creation of an incredible discography completely stuffed with masterpieces and dominated by a grandeur and magnetism almost impossible to describe. So it is with great pleasure for us here at CVLT Nation that we bring to you exclusively the latest spasm of musical genius from this beautiful enigma of a band. “Passing the River” is one of the many mind-bending moments you will soon be able to find on the band’s new album, Hubardo, a monstrous and colossal masterpiece of blackened avant garde metal majesty that the band will self-release on September 1st through their Bandcamp page, digitally only to start with. Enjoy the 10+ minutes of excruciating beauty of “Passing the River” through the stream below and keep in mind that Hubardo is not only sonically another towering achievement for this band, and possibly the greatest album they have ever made, but also a statement worthy of great respect, as the entire work is – in all its titanic glory – entirely self-produced and self-released by the band, and all proceeds from it’s digital sales and pre-orders will go into funding the vinyl version of the album, which you can pre-order HERE! Talk about integrity, creative independence and DIY ethics. Enjoy!
Suspense, Atomsphere, Loneliness, Shape shifting thoughts, Decay, Rebirth, Ice, Ghosts are some of the words that fly into my mind while I listen to Terence Hannum of Locrian’s new album Spectral Life. The two tracks on this record will take your mind to places were your imagination will do all of the work! CVLT Nation has the honor of streaming Terence Hannum’s Spectral Life in full below. This record is out now via Shelter Press – go HERE to pick it up!
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!
One of our favorite tape labels at CVLT Nation is Colloquial Sound Recordings because they have never disappointed us. They recently released a batch of tapes and among them is the new A Pregnant Light offering, Stars Will Fall. With every offering from this band, I become a bigger fan. This why we are so excited to share with you the title track streaming below….Order all Colloquial Sound Recordings products HERE!
Lux Interna’s there is light in the body, there is blood in the sun has been one of my favorite surprises of the year so far. Mixing the doom-isms of Nick Cave with the kind of tinkered Americana popularized by groups like 16 Horsepower, and adding a huge dose of rhythm, it dances instead of drones. I spoke to Kathryn Mary and Joshua Levi Ian via email as they traveled around Europe, and we talked about real and artificial space, inspiration vs. influence, and playing live. Enjoy.
Where have you been so far?
Kathryn: Right now I’m writing from Goteborg, Sweden. We’re currently living in Berlin, but have just been on the road a lot lately.
When did you move to Berlin?
K: We moved to Berlin last Autumn.
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!
From the cold, northern land of Iceland comes the newest addition (and addiction) to the post/experimental black metal scene, Wormlust. The brainchild of H.V Lyngdal has been going since 2003, under the guise of Wolfheart, before changing its name in 2006. A few demos followed, out of which the most impressive was The Opium Sleep showing the immense potential of Wormlust. And now, from Demonhood Productions, comes the long overdue debut album from the band, entitled The Feral Wisdom.
Wormlust is a strange hybrid, incorporating elements of psychedelia into their black metal, not just to enhance the ambiance of the album, but instead with a more holistic approach. The album is quite diverse to start with. The opening track of the record, “Sex augu, tólf stjörnur”, might kick things off with an ambient intro but soon enough the black metal feral instincts of Wormlust are brought to the surface annihilating everything in the band’s path. The bitter sound continues to echo through your head with the sonic dissonance slowly trying to drive you insane, not letting you find a glimpse of light in here. The onslaught continues about halfway into the track with Wormlust incorporating a grander sound, relying on mid tempo beats and synths to construct its towering sound, while at the same time the vocals coming through the well are consuming your brain. The few melodic leads that the band throws towards you are just lifeboats that are too far away for you to reach. There is no hope to be found here, something quite apparent when the ending of the track, followed by two minutes of sonic experimentation puts “Sex augu, tólf stjörnur” to rest.
There are certain voices that take my imagination to other worlds, and one of them happens to belong to BJÖRK. I was around 14 when I heard her peace punk band K.U.K.L., and from that time until now I have been hooked. To say she is a free spirit is an understatement. In the world of pop music, BJÖRK is a creative being speaking with her own mind’s eye! Even with The Sugarcubes she created many tunes that will stand the test of time. When ear voice floats into my ear, I know that I’m hearing magic and I feel empowered to see the world on my own terms. Today CVLT Nation celebrates everything BJÖRK, from her time in K.U.K.L. & The Sugarcubes to her solo career. Check out this in-depth video essay of this icon from Planet Be Yourself!