A while back we talked about LAMENT CITYSCAPE, one of the bands led by Bay Area musician Mike McClatchey, and of how crushing and devastating this sludge-doom band is (read abut Mike, his bandmates and his various projects here). Well, the Oakland dudes have just released another EP on their Bandcamp page, and sure enough, this new release is absolutely fucking devastating. The First Son of The Final Son is two tracks and fifteen minutes of monstrous, unadulterated, colossal and bone crushing instrumental sludge-doom.
Coming from Ukraine, Kauan started off their career as a doom/folk hybrid. Today they have certainly evolved, reaching a whole other level of musicality with their latest full-length Pirut. Merging together the ambiance of doom metal, the melodic side of post metal, along with some folky passages and classical influences, they are able to bring forth a truly awe-inspiring album filled with emotion.
Pirut is an album that needs to be experienced as a whole. You cannot simply listen to a track and think you have the gist of it. The minimalistic intros and passages are present through the twists and turns of this album, filling out the empty space between the structures of the tracks, imparting a devastating sense of continuity and fluidity to the music. When you combine that with the dark ambiance that the band is able to construct, you get a few glimpses of Kauan’s true form.
Something is stirring in Germany. The land of poets and thinkers, that produced Beethoven, Bach, Wagner, Mozart and Wigrid, is maintaining its tradition of artistic innovation with two relative newcomers, Unru and Sun Worship, who are both pushing the boundaries of modern black metal. Here both bands offer a track each of long-form sonic violence that extends the conventional ideas of black metal sound while staying completely true to the form’s original mantra: to be the aural manifestation of negativity, grief, despair, primality, and extremity.
The legendary collaborations between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski have become the stuff of legend in film circles. Herzog, one of the most important figures in not only German film but certainly film in general, and Kinski, the notoriously volatile, intense and brilliant actor collaborated on five films: Aguirre, The Wrath Of God, Nosferatu (a remake of the Murnau classic), Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo and Cobra Verde. The partnership of fire and ice became so infamous that it even produced a documentary made by Herzog in 1999 named My Best Fiend that gave an insight into their director/actor relationship on and off set.
All of these are films are worth watching but it’s the first one that the pair worked on that remains one of their most bleak, harrowing and poignant. Aguirre, the Wrath of God from 1972 is about an expedition undertaken by Spanish conquistadores in 1560, down the Amazon river, to find El Dorado, the mythical and legendary city of gold.
Needless to say, everything goes to shit.
“Anything that can be too easily described doesn’t need to be recreated. If the vocabulary already exists, it’s redundant.”
Anyone who has spent any time on the internet in the last decade knows how quickly one’s perception of an object, person, or event can shift from familiar to strange – and, arguably, it is this moment of jarring unfamiliarity that we all seek whenever we flip through TV channels or browse the internet – that which can, in some respect, shake us from our routines. Like the terrifying man behind the diner in David Lynch’s film Mulholland Drive, L.A.’s Bestial Mouths embody a surreal and vaguely menacing state of strange.
Their music crosses boundaries with the same visionary spirit as seminal underground acts Swans, Skinny Puppy, or PiL, incorporating dramatic swells of dark synth for a deceptively polished finish that belies the raw terror lurking beneath. Of their sound, Christopher Myrick (synths and co-lyricist) says, “I’m influenced by post-punk, goth, industrial, synth pop, death rock, power electronics, shoe-gaze and no-wave, all to some extent. Lynette (Cerezo, vocals and lyrics) is probably more into ethereal goth stuff than I am. Gus (Aldana, the other half of the Mouths’ synth section) is more into breakcore and techno. Gus and Jessica (Reuter, drums and samples) are definitely more into metal than Lynette or I. I think we try to combine this stuff in new ways though, I think we try to make something we haven’t heard before. Anything that can be too easily described doesn’t need to be recreated. If the vocabulary already exists, it’s redundant.”
Helen Money‘s 3rd full length, Arriving Angels, originally released via Profound Lore in 2013, is now available as a limited edition vinyl repress through Corpse Flower Records. This LP is limited to 500 copies on a gorgeous opaque orange vinyl, with original artwork by Steve Byram (Reign in Blood, License to Ill). Today we’re stoked to be streaming a track off of Arriving Angels, “Radio Recorders,” so immerse yourself in the apocalyptic blues of Helen Money below!
NADJA are one of the most prominent doom-drone bands in existence. Their immense and diverse discography speaks for itself and their absolutely unique and incredible splicing of extreme doom, shoegaze and industrial that the band likes to call “doomgaze” is of such beauty and heaviness that it can crumble skyscrapers in seconds and pulverize skulls in absolute bliss and colossal beauty. The band have a new album - Queller - coming out later this month on Essence Music, but in the meantime, the band has made the track Dark Circles available for stream on their Bandcamp page. Listen to this behemoth below and bow down in reverence to it’s absolutely immense and gorgeous crushing heaviness.
The mighty Captain Beefheart was on a whole different level from the rest of the world! When I was young, his music flew over my head, but now that I’m older I get where he was coming from. While watching this documentary about his life, Captain Beefheart, I realized how much him and his band were willing to sacrifice for their creativity. Now it’s your turn to check out the Captain Beefheart documentary and see how he was not going to let anything stop him. This film is really inspirational, and it should be noted that yesterday was Beefheart’s B-Day…Long live the Captain!!!
Majestic, Lonely, Introspective and Vast are some of the words that come to my mind while I watch the THISQUIETARMY video “From Darkness,” off his new album entitled Hex Mountains, out now on Denovali Records. Now it’s time for you to check out this mind-bending visual from THISQUIETARMY.
Chicago’s MURMUR know how to create an atmosphere. Their new release on Season of Mist, Murmur, pulls you into their bleak landscape with a crescendo of guitar and chaotic, yet hypnotic, drumbeats. Murmur is cold and unrelenting, and this latest album showcases their talent for creating compelling melody in a genre that is often purposefully devoid of it. Murmur will be released Jan. 17th worldwide and Jan. 21st in North America. You can pre-order your copy here via Season of Mist. Today CVLT Nation is honored to be streaming Murmur in full below!