We are all about killer weird shit for awesome weirdos to have something to listen to. Plus we really dig supporting people worldwide who support their scenes by starting bands or setting up labels that release really interesting music. The brand new TYR Records is the kind of creative outlet that I’m speaking of. They have just co-released the new Witch in Her Tomb with Crippled Sounds and it is fucking all the way on point! They also have just stocked their webstore with new tunes from VELD, Detraxisti, Palace Gardens and Shattered Shield. The cool thing about TYR Records is that they are putting out music that they are into and not pandering to anyone’s taste but their own. All of the bands on this label sound different, but they do share the fact that they are awesome! Check out the TYR Records webstore when you are in the mood to have your thoughts smashed against something challenging! Peep some sonic samples before and after the jump!
The way “Someone’s Got It In For Me,” from Denmark’s Lower begins, you could be forgiven for expecting a very different song from the one that emerges. The first half of a two-song seven-inch, “Someone” is heralded by a squall of feedback, leading the listener into expecting something decidedly blackened, and truthfully the band embraces something at least a little necro, blasting the high-hat and washing out the guitars. But once its melodic bass figure kicks in, the song proceeds into the post-punk (“downer punk” according to their last.fm) of country- and occasionally tour-mates Iceage, all snarled, sneering vocals, repetitively pounding drums and biting dissonance.
The first track continues in this vein, sounding like Joy Division soundtracking an Italian western, or maybe a giallo horror film. It doesn’t do a lot more than this, but it doesn’t have to, as it finds a simple groove and sticks to it. The band even adds a little banjo overtop for good measure.
One of my latest discoveries through one of mine incursions on Bandcamp were Hope Drone. I just bumped into them while i was checking some random black metal acts and the minute i pressed that “Play” button i was instantly surrendered to it. Hope Drone are a black metal band hailing from Brisbane, Australia formed by members that seem to also play in local bands like The Fevered, for example. Having the hand of Sanford Parker behind the production of this release and being mastered by Dan Randall (who have also worked with Ash Borer), the result here is really above the average of all the latest releases in the genre. Hope Drone’s music can be described as a more contemporary style of black metal, i can almost describe them as a more accessible version of Ash Borer, but by stating this it’s not my intention to say that they are copy cats the California band, no… don’t get me wrong. Hope Drone really took all the influences they get from new and old black metal influences and created their own vision, and what a really impressive vision it is. With such great names behind the making of this, the sound featured here on this amazing debut is at least, great. Everything is worked to the detail as the band distills some of the most blistering, rabid and extremely well executed black metal i’ve heard this year.
Read the rest of the review after the jump!
Youth Code are the commandos of the new brutal DIY earkillers. Armed to the teeth with sonic weaponry, and ready to dish out the assault at a moments notice. They were created virtually on a whim, in a bed room deep in the dank recesses of Los Angeles. Watching them live is a harrowing ride down halls adorned with Skinny Puppy, Nervous Gender, Whitehouse and Ministry whilst making sharp turns at Unbroken (Ryan was in Carry On after all). In other words they’re fucking ferocious. The pure DIY aspect shines through brightly on their first demo cassette, which was recorded the week before their first show. They’ve hit the ground running, tearing a cybernetic swath of destruction in their path. I’d been following Youth Code closely ever since Rob Moran (Unbroken, Some Girls, Narrows) pulled me aside at his monthy Britpop/Morrissey night and yelled down my ear “HAVE YOU HEARD THIS SHIT! ITS PURE FUCKIN CLUB BANGER!” and so was over joyed at the prospect of interviewing them, and of course they did not disappoint. Check the full interview after the jump!
Some people say space is the place and when it comes to the band E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr, and they would be correct. Today they release their new album entitled KOMETENBAHN via Svart Records. The whole record takes you into a valley of sound where you will lose yourself. CVLT Nation is streaming their song Sonnenaufgang below. Every time I hear this tune, a giant smile comes alive on my face and I start to dream! E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr create sonic magic that will make your eardrums float away into the void…
I loved the world before MTV, before they tried to co-opt the underground! In the early 80′s, weirdos found their kindred spirits on late night TV. In Los Angeles, we had New Wave Theater that was hosted by the late Peter Ivers. He championed the sonic freak circus while other media outlets wanted to have us committed. New Wave Theater was the show that we could watch to see the Circle Jerks, 45 Grave, Angry Samoans, Snake Finger, Fear, Castration Squad, Legal Weapon and UXA. Keep in mind, this was before the first real music video had been made, so these performances were our music videos. I didn’t realize when I was younger but this show also served as a visual time capsule for future generations to look at. Honestly we didn’t like every band that was on the show, but we knew we watching something special. Peter Ivers’ passion for what he was doing was evident. I know when I watch Gun Club blazing through “Fire Spirit” I get chills. If any older heads read this post, make sure to let us know if you watched this show…Today CVLT Nation salutes New Wave Theater and Peter Ivers for giving a fuck when no one else would! Now check out this spazzadelic video essay featuring some of my favorite bands!
Before contacting Orion about the art, we had come up with a few ideas that we thought would be accurate visual representations of the music. We wanted to incorporate Tibetan prayer flags and a lot of open sky. We really wanted a photograph, too. All of our art in the past had been drawn, and it was awesome, but we felt like a well done photograph could more acutely capture some of the ideas we explored.
But more than specifics in regards to the imagery, we really just wanted the album to come off as classy. It was our opinion that having this look like a typical “heavy metal record” would do it a disservice. When I finally talked to Orion about our ideas, he basically read my mind. It was almost surreal. He was throwing out idea after idea that completely resonated with everything we as a band had previously discussed. When he brought up actually constructing a funeral pyre and basing a photo shoot around that I knew we were in good hands. He had our full blessing from them on. We probably took longer on picking out a font that we liked than on the actual art itself. He really knocked this one out of the park. Much love.
Blood Bright Star are definitely an intriguing enigma. The entity helmed by Reuben Sawyer conjures a strange but beguiling sound that explores the realms of ambient, drone, and folk. With releases on Florida label Ivory Antler, including their split LP with Onibaba, Blood Bright Star now have a home with their Floridian neighbours Antithetic Records for this new full-length, Solar Infinite where they fully unravel their doctrine. It’s a fitting match for a label that has gifted us some stunning avant-garde records in the past, whether from Kayo Dot or Nooumena.
In fact, there’s a level of Kayo Dot at play within these hymns. Imagine the off-in-the-distance growling beneath a mire of guitars that characterised Gamma Knife colliding with flourishes of atmospheric dark folk and washes of serene ambience a la Barn Owl.
Intense might be an understatement: SWANS’ “A Long Slow Screw” is an official VHS tape recorded at live shows in London and Nottingham on the Greed/Holy Money tour in 1986. Today CVLT Nation is showing this long out of print VHS in full after the jump!
COLD CAVE has a new EP entitled Oceans With No End in the works that will be released via Deathwish Inc. in the very near future. Today the band has previewed another track called “People Are Poison” and it’s a fucking banger! Check out the new COLD CAVE track streaming below…