This self-titled release from Veil Of Shadow is absolute reductionist raw black metal – black metal stripped down to its key ingredients, sans production, sans track titles, sans anything that isn’t absolutely essential.
This results in an album that is raw, primitive and immediate, but also manages to be strangely cerebral and impressionistic in its hypnotic repetition and hazy, distorted recording. This release has to have one of the most effective lo-fi productions out there, as repetitive power chord riffs and tremolo-picked high melodies drill their way into your consciousness through a misty distorted wash that renders them not so much heard as felt.
The skies are red with blood and the plagues of death are taking over the world! The are the thoughts I have while listening to the new PERSEKUTOR EP Power Frost out now on Magic Bullet Records. Over two songs, the band paints dismal pictures of rancid decay and underworld violence. I really fucking dig the singer’s vocal delivery, it sounds like a demon spitting razor blades onto wax! What is killer about PERSEKUTOR is the demonic grooves that each tune packs. Now it’s your chance to hear the Power Frost EP in full below!
Hailing from the Sierras, Valdur creates black metal that evokes the chill of a mountaintop, where only your cabin walls protect you from the harsh world outside. Their new album, At War With, follow up to 2010′s Raven Gods Among Us, makes that icy wind a reality, whipping its frosty fingers down your spine as they caress the void inside you with hammering beats and cascading riffs. At War With will be released on Dec. 17th via BloodyMountain Records. Today CVLT Nation is stoked to bring you an exclusive stream of their song “Death Winds Will Cleanse” below!
Caïna is one of the most revered acts on the UKBM scene and since the first days of the project sole member Andrew Curtis-Brignell has pushed the sounds of his band further and further from the initial steps taken on 2006s demo, The King Beneath. Since that time, Caïna has evolved and taken on new identities – from “post” black metal to experimental improvisation which has seen the band constantly shift and flow with the mind of its creator.
In 2011 Curtis-Brignell announced a new record and that it would, unfortunately, be the end of Caïna. The musical journey for the band came to an end with the incredible Hands That Pluck. Yet, in the latter stages of 2012 Caïna was resurrected and a return to the live arena was established in September of this year. The live experience of Caïna was markedly different and having been away from the stage for over four years, Curtis-Brignell began to experiment with sound and on stage improvisation (live footage can be seen below).
Photo via Impose Magazine
We recently reviewed Dreadlords‘ awesome demo tape, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, definitely go do so. It’s a stunning collection of apocalyptic delta blues infused with the menace and spirit of black metal, and it fucking rules. Here’s a new video of Dreadlords carrying on the age-old tradition of storytelling blues with a haunting murder ballad about slitting your parents’ throats, setting churches ablaze, desecrating graves and nailing Jesus’ ass to a tree. ‘Born Into The Arms’ was filmed at the Union Pool in Brooklyn as part of the CMJ 2013 Fest – in stark black and white, no less – and proves that when you’re this good, you can rock nothing more than a banjo, a two-piece drum and a microphone and create some truly unsettling shit.
Lake of Blood are back with their sophomore release entitled Omnipotens Tyrannus and it’s over 80 minutes of epic black metal. What impresses me about this tape is the level of emotion that every tune carries, and you can hear the growth in their songwriting. We are stoked to be streaming the new Lake of Blood tune “Blood & Mercy” below…After you hear the song you can buy Omnipotens Tyrannus HERE!
Splits are a funny old thing. One side might be terrible, one side might be great, the other side completely overshadows the other, both sides might be awful, neither side makes any sense when put with the other or, in the case of this Botanist and Palace of Worms split, both sides might be complete polar opposites and yet somehow perfectly in sync at the same time. It’s some kind of magic.
The two artists behind this release have been in talks to do something together for a while (see our below interview with Otrebor of Botanist) and as such the themes and currents running through their tracks align and give us a deeper insight into the Bay Area’s black metal scene. While Botanist treads the unconventional path, Palace of Worms sidles along a more orthodox route but the two projects throw curiosities into their music – Botanist via those incredible dulcimer parts and Palace of Worms through gorgeous synths and uneasy clean vocals – and both move forward from their previous releases into new territories and sounds.
Label: Baneful Genesis Records
The long awaited full length offering from Salt Lake City blackened doom coven Gravecode Nebula has at last reared its unsightly head upon the hapless dregs of humanity. Their 2011 split with Kreig left us with an unbeknownst void that only a further installment of the band’s psychedelically-fueled creeping doom could fill. The end result would eventually conclude with something that far surpassed all preconceived expectations, and by extension, would define the band’s first steps into crafting something wholly their own.