Imagine, if you will, a deep hole that goes on for miles, with no end in sight. Imagine you are at the bottom of this hole, with no light to guide you, and the only way out is upward. This idea of complete nothingness, the blackness that suffocates is the soundscape that Philadelphia’s Hivelords create. It is atmospheric depression, a dystopia crafted through distorted vocals, funeral drumming, and bone-chilling riffs that grab hold of the listener and send them off into its murky depths.
A followup to 2012’s self-released Grand Comlech, Cavern Apothecary is a more sludgier, more drone-infested album than its predecessor. The opening track, “Atavus Lich”, is an elegy that shakes the very foundation of the soul. It plunges the listener into the dark from the opening riff; the kind of riffing reminiscent of early black metal but with influences from Master of Reality for the sludgy overtones. “Ativus Lich” is the summoning of a monster — a demon which walks the planet in search of souls to harvest.
SICK SICK SICK! The Secret new video for “May God Damn All Of Us,” directed/edited by Rasmus G. Sejersen, is pure blackened FIRE! You should know that CVLT Nation are huge fans of The Secret and their new album Agnus Dei is ranked high on our list of crushing albums. Check this out: the band will also be touring Japan in November, peep the dates here. In the meantime, check out their intense new visual for “May God Damn All Of Us” right here and now!
Label: Yersinia Pestis
Since 2008, Torture Chain has been releasing small snippets of genius masquerading as demos while simultaneously hiding behind an impenetrable veil of secrecy, letting their music stand alone to speak for itself. Every year since their induction, the band’s material has sold out and been long sought after by fans who were chomping at the bit for a full length to grace the light of day. At long last that time has arrived in the form of Torture Chain’s latest offering, Mutilating Astral Entities, which serves up 7 brand new tracks of the same blistering punk-infused, straight ahead black metal that has made this band oh so enjoyable.
The album is broken into sections introduced with short instrumentals that set the pace for the following tracks, allowing for a much more aware discernment before having your senses obliterated for an additional 25+ minutes. These movements are methodical, carefully constructed, and painstakingly executed as to capture the majestic aural downpour this band construes and bends to their will. Winding its way betwixt, a revolutionary take on how black metal is slowly taking on a more maniacal, hybridized approach and transmogrifying into something that may never truly be grasped.
Tonight our favorite Vancouver promoters of everything heavy, Nothing is Heavy, celebrate their 1-year anniversary with a fucking wicked show at The Rickshaw in Vancouver, featuring Black Wizard‘s album release for Young Wisdom and special guests Tobeatic, Hoopsnake & Wiser Fool. To celebrate, Chris Dyck from Nothing is Heavy and Anciients has put together a crushing mix of death, black and thrash metal for you to get hyped up to! So hit play below and get your pre-game on for tonight’s show!
Craft – Demonspeed..from Fuck the Universe
This has to be my fave black metal album of all time…so fucking rockin, so ripped…best riffs, best drumming…every fucking song on this record crushes…one of the best overall DIY metal records ever…so badass…fucking full speed ahead!!!
Entombed – Left Hand Path…from Left Hand Path
I’m 36, so this album was one of the first death metal albums I had ever heard and one of the first ones I ever owned…every current throwback death metal band tries to sound like this and I’m not complaining at all…again an example of killer riffs, rockin drums and ripped vocals…you guys seeing a trend here?…haha…For those just getting into death metal, there are far more important albums you need to check out since this is pretty much a Slayer/rock album…but no one was doing this kinda metal when it came out and no one has done it better since…these guys also really were one of say 3 or 4 Swedish bands (Carnage, Dismember, Unleashed, Grave etc) that moulded the death metal scene over there…fucking classic.
California’s underground collective Black Twilight Circle are on a nationwide tour called ANAHUAC. Arizmenda, Bilirubin, Volahn and Blue Hummingbird on the Left all performed in Oakland this past Saturday and gave an intense performance. All of this magic was filmed by Kevin Hobbs, who actually got full sets of all on the bands! Check out the Black Twilight Circle tour poster below, they have many dates left!
Blue Hummingbird on the Left
Norwegian black ‘n’ rollers Vreid are currently decimating North America on their tour with Melechesh and Lightning Swords of Death. I sat down with Hváll on the Seattle date to talk about the band’s touring ethic, war, and their latest album, Welcome Farewell.
How’s the tour going?
It’s been good so far. We’ve just done our opening shows in LA and San Francisco but it’s been a good start. Feeling a bit fresh after finally getting a shower today!
You tour very frequently, both in Europe and here in the States. Do you find it that enjoyable or do you find it critical to your success?
I think it’s a bit of both. We really enjoy putting a new album out and then going out and playing the new songs live. And also it’s important for a band, to get out on the road. Not just to release albums, but you have to support them and show the audience what you’ve got.
I know a lot of European bands have a hard time touring the States, what with visa and geographical issues.
It is a hassle in many ways. But you just have to get over it. Yeah there’s a lot of bureaucracy and it costs a lot of money to come over here, what with the promoters and you get shitty showers compared to Europe, but it’s a great audience. We enjoy touring here and that’s what it’s all about.
Last year you played a tour in India, a country where very few international – let alone metal – bands ever visit. How did that come about and what was the experience like?
It was a combination tour, as we did a special performance with some Indian dancers so it wasn’t just a regular show. We played opera houses and things like that so it was very strange. We had people coming to the shows who had never heard metal, or even rock, and then some really metal kids. It was a cool combination and it was great to get to India, I really liked that.
Hey you square, come over here so I can make you bow down to FLESHTEMPLE and lick the blood off of their putrified riffs! These New Jersey warlords of audio sickness have created an unreal 7 inch that is filled with endless amounts of dirgy, furious filth. The name of the record is INITIATION and it comes out today via Freecake Records. CVLT Nation has been waiting a while now, but it’s happening today – we are streaming the new FLESHTEMPLE 7 inch below…Do yourself a favor and play this motherfucker louder than fucking LOUD!!!
On June 25h of 2013, a mammoth epic portion of doom will be unleashed on to the world, in the form of the new album from LESBIAN entitled Forestelevision. It is a 44 minute force of sonic nature! Once you inhale this album, you will be running back to your bong for more! In the meantime, it’s CVLT Nation’s sticky green honor to be streaming LESBIAN’s Forestelevision in full below! This kick ass record is being released by Translation Loss Records…Read CVLT Nation’s in-depth review of Forestelevision HERE!
Last year ushered in two unique demos that would later fester into fruition a split crafted by hands cloaked in shadow, dredged in filth, while leaving a resonation that would ultimately prove unforgettable. Those entities would become known as Manchester’s Axis Of Light and New Jersey’s Death Fortress, through whose usage of raw, unbridled aggression would place them at the top of everyone’s watch list. Fast forward to 2013 and the two have come to combine that agression into one single misshapen beast that simply cannot be contained amongst the confines of genre specific expectations.
Axis Of Light set the stage with a two part ripper that builds upon elements found within By The Hands Of The Consuming Fire and elevates it to a level that I can only describe as pure scathing chaos. Their approach to dismally punishing the listener throughout is an art in and of itself, desperately pushing blackened noise through reverberated hymns that wax and wane proportionately within contexts that weigh upon encapsulating dissonance. Through their first installment, Axis Of Light rain down a torrent of screeching torment that cascades amongst pulsing snare assaults and almost catchy riffage, all the while setting the stage for an unpredictable switch into a second offering. The remainder of the track is by far the strongest work they have put forth to date, spewing a veritable tsunami of misanthropic dinge across an unfaltering descent into an omnipresent atmosphere littered with blistering range that is sure to quench your thirst for unrivaled hate.
On The Board’s favorite releases of 2013 so far…
Cülo – My Life Sucks And I Could Care Less
This is a fucking punk record. 24 songs about doing drugs and wanting to die. You might think that this album is gimmicky or something but you can’t deny that these guys can write some serious ragers. Also, after seeing them live I can confirm that they are indeed the real deal. If you’re into punk and hardcore then you’ve probably already heard this record but if not it is a must hear.