The Heroes of Glasgow “Nae Wave”? Unholy Noise Rock terrorists? Post Punk gone Metal? But not metal. But definitely channelling a recurrent theme in metal. Guitars and drums that work like whirring machinery, grinding gears and pumping pistons deep inside of some infernal machine. Imagine if a band like Aids Wolf got really excited about the Motorhead back catalogue and decided to start busting out filthy grooves like the sonic personification of the demonic express train on the front of Orgasmatron, or a hellbound panzer division storming through the ruins of YOUR city.
Over the last few years Leeds has produced some of the most vicious sounding hardcore bands in the land, and here’s one of the latest. Perspex Flesh. One demo deep and their strategy appears to be thus; First they bludgeon you with their sound that sits somewhere between Life’s Blood and Born Against and then they drag your unconscious body down into the sewers of their collective personal hell. Sound like a good deal to you?
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Written by Klint Finley
You don’t play the ANS synthesizer with a keyboard. Instead you etch images onto glass sheets covered in black putty and feed them into a machine that shines light through the etchings, trigging a wide range of tones. Etchings made low on the sheets make low tones. High etchings make high tones. The sound is generated in real-time and the tempo depends on how fast you insert the sheets.
This isn’t a new Dorkbot or Maker Faire oddity. It’s a nearly forgotten Russian synthesizer designed by Evgeny Murzin in 1938. The synth was named after and dedicated to the Russian experimental composer and occultist Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (1872–1915). The name might not mean much to you, but it illuminates a long running connection between electronic music and the occult.
You can find traces of the occult throughout the history of electronic music. The occult obsessed Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo built his own mechanical instruments around 1917. The famous Moog synthesizer made an early appearance in Mick Jagger’s soundtrack to Kenneth Anger’s occult film Invocation of My Demon Brother in 1969. And in the late 1970s Throbbing Gristle built their own electronic instruments for their occult sound experiments, setting the stage for many of the occult themed industrial bands who followed. The witch house genre keeps this tradition alive today.
It’s little the surprise otherworldly sounds and limitless possibilities of synthesizers and samplers would evoke the luminous. But there’s more to the connection. The aim of the alchemist is not just the literal synthesis of chemicals, but also synthesis in the Hegelian sense: the combination of ideas. Solve et Coagula. From the Hermetic magi of antiquity, to Aleister Crowley’s OTO to modern chaos magicians, western occultists have sought to combine traditions and customs into a single universal system of thought and practice.
Electronic music grew from similar intellectual ground, and it all started with Scriabin.
When I think about the 80′s record labels that changed the way we listen to music, SST Records is at the top of my list! I really believe that without this label, Indie Rock, Sludge, Grunge and Avant Garde music wouldn’t exist the way they do now. I could list all of the rad bands that they released, but it might make your head spin. The people that ran SST Records were open-minded and this is reflected in every level of their business. I was lucky enough to be around at what I consider the first peak for SST Records. I got to see the the TOUR at UCLA in 1985 that featured SWA, Saccharine Trust, Meat Puppets, The Minutemen and Hüsker Dü – a night that I will never forget. This is why today CVLT Nation would like to share with you the same show in full from The Stone in San Francisco, CA, after the jump!
Label Daemon Worship
Echoes of terrified madmen reverberate through unholy chambers, rock bottom accelerates towards naive psychonaughts and once proud monuments crumble as the rot within them seeps through porous decaying rock. Iceland’s Svartidaudi emerge triumphant as heralds of a new (dark) age.
Taking the theme of urban decay, drug abuse and personal apocalypse as their framework, debut album Flesh Catherdal stands as a testament to the power of self destruction as initiation. This is genuine channelling of spiritual awakening that leads through the unravelling mind of somebody caught deep in the descent that ultimately leads to revelation. As each song surges, driving further oxygen into the maelstrom, the meticulous execution is a perfect counterbalance to the unrestrained fury that weaves its subtext throughout the work.
There’s a real darkness evident in this record that hints at Svartidaudi being more than familiar with their subject matter. Grim authenticity pervades the work and it is no simple task to escape the deeply ingrained misery that seems to transfigure the atmosphere around those caught in the eclipse of the supreme melancholy evoked.
Musically, technicality reigns supreme. Each note is planned, each groove structured and each song expansive, monolithic and destructive. There are hints of the avant garde, but not at the expensive of aggression. As movements build and withdraw the only constant is the sheer invective force that pummels unrelentingly.
Rest of the review after the jump!
Last year, San Francisco’s Bosse-de-Nage released one of my favorite albums of 2012. The follow up to their self-titled debut, simply called “ii” was a compelling mix of black metal, post rock and indie rock. Drawing heavily from the 90s post rock outfit Slint as well as black metal, Bosse-de-Nage have crafted a sound that is unique entirely to them. Much like Roads to Judah by San Francisco’s Deafheaven, it’s been demonstrated that the black metal sound can be injected with other influences like shoegaze and post rock. Sometimes these influences are at the forefront and the black metal elements are merely an afterthought. When pulled off, like both Bosse-de-Nage and Deafheaven do, the results are astounding. Now with their album iii, Bosse-de-Nage plunge even further into post and indie rock, slowly evolving from black metal with tremendous results. It makes me think that some of the best black metal being made today isn’t really black metal at all. Read the rest of the review after the jump!
Ural Umbo is the answer to your mystical prayers. To me, U.U. invokes the essence of a goddess-like, earthen love-den, just after a mid-summer rainfall, where water lingers in the dense air, fireflies dancing their languid dances by candlelight; heat kissing the surface of one’s moist skin, dragonflies gently resting on dew-covered greenery. The sweet, mystical goddess nurtures and makes love to herself, giving fruit of golden nectar to those seeking her infinite wisdom. Nothing but wine, milk, and honey served only in silver. Her glistening skin feeding off of moonlight.
Colloquial Sound Recordings week on CVLT Nation continues, as we take a closer look at the new A Pregnant Light tape, Live to Tell. When I listen to this tape, I can’t help but to think about the human condition and how we are connected through an ocean of emotions. A Pregnant Light creates music that touches the deep caves of your mind, where both your dreams and nightterrors exist. This band are able to hit tones that can lift you out of a sea of shit. A Pregnant Light has nothing to prove, but they do have a lot to say with their music, and when you hear their version of Madonna’s “Live to Tell,” featuring Sigrid Sheie and Kris Force, you realize they do this for their own sanity. This is a tape that I will be blasting for years to come. CVLT Nation is streaming Live to Tell in full below, and we are sure that when you are done, you will head over to Colloquial Sound Recordings to pick up one of the limited edition tapes!
Colloquial Sound Recordings week on CVLT Nation continues as we take a closer look at the new This Station of Life tape, Plastic Fire! Triple unholy fuck, all 7 songs will knock out christ’s teeth! This band’s music opens wounds of emotion that can only be healed by the magical melodic ghost that flies above every tune. When you hear the dissonant baseline that starts off the song “PICK,” you will be under their spell. I don’t to write about all of genres that make up thier torture chamber of sound, because it would not do them justice. This Station of Life’s music has a sense of freedom to it that acts as a portal for your imagination to wander off into another reality. Don’t get it twisted – this group has the stench of punk flying alongside its black metal aura. Instead of me talking about how extra off the chain This Station of Life’s new tape is, CVLT Nation is streaming Plastic Fire in full below so you can be the fucking judge, and we are sure that when you are done you will head over to Colloquial Sound Recordings to pick up one of the limited edition tapes! This is just not for the anti-humans that dig black metal, Plastic Fire is for humans that dig awesome music!
CVLT Nation is stoked to release Sonic Cathedrals Vol. LXI Curated by The Body today! Lee and Chip curated a mix that shows their influences from the South, ones that might surprise you if you’ve ever heard their music! It’s a rad mix of blues and rock n’ roll soul that will make you want to drink lemonade on your porch in the hot sun. Check out the stream below and download after the jump!
SIDE A/LEE’S SIDE:
We just moved from the south to the west coast so here’s some of my favorite southern songs/artists with a couple of extra songs thrown in.
SIDE B/CHIP’S SIDE:
Here’s two of our favorite bands/people.
STREAM Sonic Cathedrals Vol. LXI Curated by The Body
Now this is beyond weird and way fucking beyond epic: the new CRYPTS video directed by Seattle’s visual wizards DUMB EYES entitled “FANCY”. The band is fronted by the forever unhinged ex-frontman of These Arms Are Snakes Steve Snere, and the music is cyco deranged experimental, electronic goth that will destroy your brain matter. The CRYPTS chose the best aliens they could find to direct this video in DUMB EYES. Watching this video makes me happy on a universal tribe level, because I know Chris from Dumb Eyes from my time living in London, and Steve from my time living in Seattle. So seeing these two come together is amazing, and I see great things happening for both of them in the near future! Now get your eyes ready and peep the CRYPTS video “FANCY” below! Stay tuned for more info about an upcoming CRYPTS tour.