If someone asked what state produced the weirdest bands of the 80′s, I would have to say Texas. Like I have said before, groups from this part of America flipped Punk Rock on it’s head and created an alternative universe where there were no rules! The first time I heard Scratch Acid, I felt like I was listening to the Lone Star State’s version of the The Birthday Party high on LSD. Then there was the Butthole Surfers, who just made my fucking jaw drop when I walked into their show by accident in 1984. Both of these bands went on to transform unground music into something all their own and I totally respect that. Today CVLT Nation celebrates Scratch Acid & Butthole Surfers with full sets from the mid 80′s.
“For even as love crowns you, so shall she crucify you. Even as she is for your growth, so is she for your pruning. Even as she ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, so shall she descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.”
So reads the slightly-altered quote from Khalil Gibran that adorns the inside of Crown of Cerberus’ With Arms Extended To The Heavens
M. Chami is the man behind ambient electronic project Crown of Cerberus. It’s a project that’s a step away from the harsh noise and power electronics scene that he’s also involved in with names like Koufar and Disgust. Fascinated by themes of femininity and female strength, Crown of Cerberus has taken on its own life form, both sonically and thematically. Having moved from Chicago to Oakland and released the stunning new album With Arms Extended to the Heavens earlier this year, M. Chami awakes early one Monday to answer a phone call from CVLT Nation to discuss the aura of Crown of Cerberus in a little more detail.
Crown of Cerberus explores themes relating to femininity, beauty, and strong female characters. This is seen across your various cassette releases in the song titles and accompanying artwork as well as the heavy use of female vocal samples and manipulations. Could you explain your interest in these themes and why it became the focal point for Crown of Cerberus?
It all kind of stems back from my time in Chicago. The project started around 2012 but I didn’t really get to fully realise them until 2013 and it was just during a very lonely period in my life. I had just come out of a very long relationship of about five years and, I don’t know, I felt like I had explored a lot of different venues for harsh or overly aggressive and I wanted to do something [else]; I figured once I get the sounds down, and feminine worship I guess you could say kind of came naturally with that. I felt that would be appealing because I wanted to do something that was pretty powerful but at the same time appeal to people that do power electronics or harsh noise or are into heavier music in general.
You better get on your knees, the apocalypse is coming and its four horsemen are Dreadlords. This group of ritualistic racket-makers summon up an unholy concoction of apocalyptic blues, Satanic southern gospel and shamanic sacrilege. This blasphemous demo tape sounds like the sonic incarnation of a Flannery O’Connor short story or Cormac McCarthy novel – back before he started winning literary prestige awards and was still writing twisted Southern bloodbaths about incest, scalping and backwoods violence.
Guitars and piano clang and crash in a free form fall through a cathedral-sized chamber of reverb, while Dreadlords’ singer rants and raves like a schizophrenic madman at the pulpit, veering from Nick Cave-style blues sermonizing (once again, think less his later dad-rock, Kylie Minogue duet-ing phase and more his spastic early years) to black metal-esque croaking and snarling, and even the occasional haunting howl of a werewolf in full moon fever.
BloodLust! from Chicago are one those labels that I can rely on to put out sonic expressions that will always challenge my eardrums. They have done it again with their new release from Bloodyminded, whose new album Within The Walls comes out today. To put this band’s music into any sort of box would be an injustice. CVLT Nation is honored to be streaming the disturbing tune “Outside The Gate” from Bloodyminded below…Swallow the bitter audio pill that this band is dishing out and it will taste sweeter than death itself!
What was the recording process like for Pain is Beauty and how did the experience differentiate itself from prior recordings? Also, the album incorporates a stronger electronic element, bearing a different sound from what fans have come to expect. What powers and influences brought about this change?
CHELSEA WOLFE: I met my bandmate Ben Chisholm about four years ago, right around the time when I desired to bring some sort of electronic element into the band. He’s into analog synths and electronic beats and he’s really brilliant and multi-talented. Needless to say, he was a perfect fit. I found that we wrote songs together easily and we started messing around with some electronic songs that I originally thought we’d use for a side project…but I realized over time that I really didn’t want to put limits on this project, so we eventually started playing some of those songs live and I had a lot of fun with their energy. I knew they’d be the base for this new album.
Let’s all feel sick, let’s all feel dispair and let’s all hear the heavy filth of The Body. On their new record they have created ritualistic audio deathscapes that suffocate your eardrums. Check out their most video for the song ‘Shrouded’ which is high in the creep-out factor. For all those in L.A., make sure to come out to The Body show in Santa Monica featuring HARASSOR, WHITE DOVE, DOSES and PUBLIC CONFESSION
brought to you by CVLT Nation & Crash The Clubs – go HERE to RSVP and order your copy of Christs, Redeemers via Thrill Jockey.
Starting on Oct. 31st, Annihilvs Power Electronix will set off on an East Coast tour. The touring artists will be Spettro Family, Theologian, Compactor, Statiqbloom and Swollen Organs, and they will be joined by other outstanding groups for select dates. Check out this dark, thumping track from Statiqbloom streaming below and peep the video…
Over the past few years, one-man synth mastermind Wes Eisold has traversed virtually the entire spectrum of dark electronic music – beginning with bedroom recording experiments under the formative Ye Old Maids moniker, which then evolved into Cold Cave, through which he was experimented with harsh power electronics and industrial noise (on the Cremations collection), minimal dance pop (on debut album proper Love Comes Close), and even full blown arena-ready new wave (on the project’s first professional studio/full band realisation Cherish The Light Years). In the process, he worked with a range of different record labels including sometime collaborator and Prurient godfather Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions, indie rock giants Matador Records, and his own recording/publishing venture Heartworm Press. Since the somewhat climactic Cherish The Light Years, which looked set to push Cold Cave into considerably larger venues and audiences, Eisold has returned to his bedroom roots and weirder tendencies, releasing a string of stripped-down singles through his own label and old band American Nightmare’s hardcore home Deathwish Inc. Over the course of these singles – A Little Death To Laugh, Oceans With No End, God Made The World and Black Boots – Eisold has returned to the minimal synth/drum machine/laptop set-up and dark dance pop of Love Comes Close, whilst maintaining the harder rocking tendencies and confidence of his bigger material.
Take it down a little slower, or just get a little weirder…better yet, get a little more FLIPPER. This bunch of sonic freaks crossed all boundaries in the 80′s. I never understood how me and my friends were so into this band in the 80′s because their music went against the norm of our tastes. We all had their album in our collection, plus we all had their logo hand drawn on our jeans. Looking back on it, FLIPPER were way before their time and were willing to create music that was different from the hardcore of the time, which made than heavier and more original than many bands that were on the scene. Thanks to Target Video we can witness them in their full glory. So check out the demented side of American Hardcore and watch FLIPPER – Live Target Video 1980-81 – this band still rules!
Music is created for many different reasons, and sometimes it has the power to heal and take you to other realities. This is just the case with the new PYLAR album entitled Rises In My Mighty being released via Knockturne Records. The best way to describe their sound is pure magic, and every moment you listen to them you will feel like you are taking part in some kind of sacred sonic ritual. CVLT Nation would like to share with you PYLAR’s new song “Ha Sido Alzado” streaming below!