I don’t know if I’ve made this explicit enough, but I’m infatuated with Dephosphorus. I can trust this disciplined, generous band to not let me down in each astral grind endeavor they explore at this point and Ravenous Solemnity further confirms this.
It’s a very grounding (and fairly rare) feeling that I recall having when I first heard bands that really influenced or moved me in my time listening to heavy music. Iniquity, Mare, Absu, Cryptopsy, Led Astray, Thou, Amenra, Men In Search of the Perfect Weapon — stuff like that cut into my memory and linked to standards of cathartic, inspiring enjoyment and creation that rarely are toppled.
Music that compelled me to try and recreate it on guitar myself, however failed or successful those attempts became on my end. It’s not easy in my mind for a band to pry its way into that area of nostalgia.
A little dramatic sure, but Dephosphorus are a band I have no hesitations about including in that circle, with Ravenous Solemnity acting as a third bulwark of sidereal majesty only securing them further in reverence for me.
Those who have kept up with them will be pleased significantly, and for those unconvinced or unaware I’d suggest it’s next to impossible for their music not to make an impression at this level.
Small changes, an unending euphoric tension that progresses from Night Sky Transform and embraces an uncertain future with what the title would suggest: a revered, voracious ceremony of stellar declaration grounded in personal, secular aggression. No stagnation, only further committal to passionate creation.
El Paso D.I.Y. Borderland Massacre Fest ‘14
Punk culture is known to be very independent from what any other “big band” is trying to get: fame, money, contracts, awards. Cities like New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Philadelphia, etc., are known for their big festivals, most of them full of young punk bands from all across the country, but what’s happening in the desert? What do the people from West Texas do? Are there any punks? Any D.I.Y. Culture? El Paso has been considered “the pass” for many touring bands for years; people are used to going out of town to see bands. But if we talk about underground art and music, El Paso is becoming one of the most important cities in Texas. El Paso has now established itself as the homebase for D.I.Y. underground shows as the host of Borderland Massacre Fest since 2013. The struggle to get bands to come down and play in this humble city has vanished, there is actually a very solid network of bands in the crust/thrash/punk/grind/hardcore genres that has been developing as local bands from El Paso meet bands on the road.
Manchester’s Caïna has been slowly but surely making a comeback onto the black metal scene and with a fresh new perspective due to striking a deal with cult label Church Of Fuck.. Andrew Curtis-Brignell offers two brand new tracks on this split with fellow Manchester crew Esoteric Youth (who are streaming one of their tracks with Tight To The Nail right now) and the two sides of Caïna have never been so apparent. While “We Sleep” is a fiery and often gorgeous ode, “Apocrypha” owes more to early hardcore and Andy’s roots in music.
One second you think you’re all cool and shit, and think you know what HEAVY is, then you listen to THIS and you realize instead what a tiny insignificant insect you are, and how in reality you don’t know shit about what brutal means. You listen to Grave Ekstasis, the debut album by Swedish hellraisers IRKALLIAN ORACLE, and crash to your knees under a cataclysmic firestorm of wrath and hatred that is so grand and majestic that absolutely nothing can even dream of surviving their wake. Little is known about IRKALLIAN ORACLE. What we do now is that the band self-released the tape version of Grave Ekstasis on their own, which immediately sold out, and that Nuclear War Now! picked this puppy up to give it proper release status and distribution. THANK YOU for that fine Bay Area folks.
I can hear the giants of death marching out of my speakers and heavy bolts of filth coming out of the sky. Once you press play on the stream of the new Cauldron Black Ram song “Fork Through Pitch” you will see where I’m coming from. After repeated listens you will say to yourself, I can not wait until I can hear the rest of Stalagmire, which will hit the streets on April 1st via 20 buck spin.
Label: Union Finale
When it comes to dark ambient music, this is probably as good as it can get. I know what you are thinking: you have been smothered by bands and artists’ trying to pass meaningless repetition of synths and bad production for dark music, but it is not the case with this collaboration. Seth Sothis Nox La of ambient, ritualistic black metal act L’Acephale joins forces with Laurent Boulouard of Sorc’henn. I guess that most people are familiar with L’Acephale and their music, but Sorc’henn have been sort of flying under the radar (or at least my radar), even though they have released excellent dark ambient records that I started searching for when I received this collaboration for review. This is also not the first time that the two collaborate, as was the case back in 2007 with the release of Faro: Death of the Island Sheeps from Sorc’henn, for which Seth Sothis Nox La also contributed.
Damn, I feel like my eardrums have just been attacked by a rabid pack of Dobermans! I have the GEHENNA record on repeat and the taste of their sonic bile hits the spot. We are way fucking stoked to be streaming the title track, “Funeral Embrace.” The GEHENNA 7 inch hits the streets on March 1st via Dark Empire Records but can be pre-ordered HERE right NOW! Do the right thing: press play and don’t be afraid if you get a sudden burst of manic energy!
INTERVIEW about BLACKHEARTS film in production
The keywords you are mentionining for your planned film project imply that you focus on the more spectacular details of black metal history?
- In our upcoming documentary “Blackhearts” we are going to focus on the heavy and profound impact black metal have had on peoples lives. As fans, we all know how the passion for this kind of music have affected many of our choices in several aspects of our lives over the years. Personally I find this really interesting and this is the reason I wanted to start making this film. What makes this music so powerful that it shapes the way we think and act?
In addition to this, I am also fascinated about the fact that Norwegian black metal have spread to almost every village in every country in the world. As people will see in the documentary, weird things happen when this passion for black metal meets the local culture in for example a small catholic town in Colombia or in The Islamic Republic of Iran. Of course the characters we are focusing on in our documentary are more or less spectacular compared to the average black metal fan. Sina for example, is the only active black metal musician in Iran. He is risking his freedom in order to enjoy the music he likes so much. I can´t personally think of anything more spectacular than that, and I must say I truly admire him for his passion and courage.
Less than two years ago, a bomb was dropped that decimated the world of avant-garde extreme metal. Greece’s Hail Spirit Noir debuted with Pneuma, a fusion unlike anything previously heard and a true gem in the current landscape of bedroom dwellers and post-everything noodlings. 70s prog and heavy psychedelia were grafted onto a bizarre black metal body that resulted in a twisted monstrosity of the most delightful proportions. Now the Thessaloniki trio is back with their heavily anticipated follow-up to continue down the bizarre path they discovered.
Primitive lo-fi filthy groovy sonic sickness is what you are going to experience when you here the new 7 inch by SUMP & LEATHER CHALICE, out now via Blud Auk. Both bands know how to create walls of pumping black audio aggression, but it’s the hidden trap doors of melody that will get you. I know special records when I hear them, and this is one of them. CVLT Nation has been given the diseased honor of streaming this record in full below…make sure to head over Analog Worship to get your copy now!