Spitting sonic black pus in the face of the gods is what HEXIS is doing on the vinyl release of their demo! This sick fucking record will be available Dec. 20th via Narshardaa Records (Germany), Shove Records (Italy) and Bookhouse Records (USA) on white & black vinyl. CVLT Nation is ultra fucking excited to be streaming this rancid piece of wax in full below! The pre-order is up at Narshardaa Records & Bookhouse Records NOW!
All We Love We Leave Behind European Tour
Rockefeller, Oslo, NO.
12.12.06 Photos & Words by Metaloath
So, it’s an interesting bill tonight. Four bands, one evening. Metal acts and hardcore stuff side-by-side.
I came to see the first and the last (in a non-poetic meaning of the phrase): The Secret (IT) has put out the album Agnus Dei on Southern Lord Records. Reviews suggest that the Italians have conjured a real cesspool of dark forces and imagery as fuel for their material. The album is fast, and brutal enough to make it to most shortlists of 2012 metal albums, yet some reviewers have accused them of using too little of that Entombed-core sound that band like Nails and Bad Breath are leaning heavily on. For my part, I would argue that The Secret has found their ground outside that BOSS HM-2 pedal-driven sound, and succeeds by a long shot in creating their own territory for musical mayhem: relentless in their infernal grind and atmosphere.
So, four bands, you say? Yes, and that means that The Secret hit the stage 20:15 sharp – with the consequence that only 30-40 people had made it there in time. Always interesting to see how both the venue and bands handle this situation.
Well, first off, the sound was actually good, no half-ass sound engineering, luckily respecting the band enough to give them a decent starting point for the gig. And the band calmly took stage to unleash the opening track from Agnus Dei. From there on, they kept the momentum up, despite what must be one of the most demanding audiences on the planet: sober Norwegians in early December.
The Secret plunged through their set, where the down-tempo atmospheric stuff in the latter part of the set was really, really good. The set spanned the two latest albums, proving both the continuity and progression of the song writing.
I’m very excited to see where these guys are going in the year to come. They’ve got a lethal album out, an upcoming European tour in 2013 with Deafheaven, and live show credibility to peel back the skin of your skull anytime.
Full review after the jump!
One man black metal is hardly the newest trend on the block yet it’s always been the remit of the more well known types on the scene – Burzum, Leviathan and by extension Lurker of Chalice, the now, sadly, defunct Xasthur, Arckanum….just a few of many projects that chose the path of solidarity and a subject that was recently looked at in a recent documentary series.
Palace of Worms and Mastery are two such ventures and here they release a split cassette via Flenser Records – available to order here – of clashing noise, beautiful intensity and icy stabs of hatred. Palace of Worms hails from San Francisco, and Balan can be occasionally be found playing with Larvae and Ordo Obsidium when he’s not writhing with agony and pure misanthropic resolve with his solo project.
This year has been jammed full of black metal of the highest quality, from all corners of its darkened room, and it’s next to impossible to give each release the much deserved attention and love (or hate) that it so richly needs. However, miss Dragged From Our Restless Trance at you absolute peril. The first full-length album (following an EP and demo) from Bastard Sapling is a definite blackened triumph from the Richmond natives.
Dragged From Our Restless Trance is a swirling black metal epic. It has all the hallmarks of devastation and misanthropy that is vital to all good black metal but also (un)healthy doses of melody at play, eerily so. Bastard Sapling harnesses both these elements into a carefully balanced and methodically crafted work of disdainful brilliance. So many BM bands try, and there are many that accomplish it with aplomb, creating invigorating works, however there are of course swathes of bands that don’t and we up with a contrived and forced piece of average black metal. Bastard Sapling can easily take their place beside the accomplished. Dragged From Our Restless Trance is anything but forced. Everything about these four compositions is natural and fluid. It’s palpably felt in each and every note.
Death has never sounded so fucking cold…Palace of Worms & Mastery have a new split cassette via The Flenser (pre order HERE). I have been listening to this whole raw affair and I can say if you want pure sonic madness, this split is it! CVLT Nation is excited to be streaming a track from each below!
ALKERDEEL from Belguim are a band that we here at CVLT Nation have mad fucking respect for. They have been able to create their own wacked-out sound of suffering that has many layers sonic insanity. This is why we are excited to share with you today their most recent gig @ 4AD. The lighting and filming for this ALKERDEEL gig are on point! Also check out a video teaser for their upcoming split with A Den Of Robbers via Consouling Sounds that can be pre-ordered HERE!…It gets better: ALKERDEEL will be supporting AMENRA a this year’s Winteredition of Ieperfest in Febuary…Check all of the visual chaos after the jump – all hail ALKERDEEL!
Welcome to my rejoining of the legion, via a reminiscing of ancient rituals. Several years after I started blogging, I became obsessed with capturing amateur footage of artists that set my mind a blaze. As they were captured on a shoddy flip-vip, with no proppor audio input, no real editing software, and certainly no skill set behind this, the sole purpose of these actions was to document sounds and moments that would otherwise go unseen. Consequently, these went far and wide all over the internet, from places like Vice to Roadrunner’s blog. And with nearly 300 in tow, a far reaching number seem perfectly at home in the Cvlt. So, without further ado, I entreat you to the first installment.
Ash Borer is an incredibly special band. The sounds that they manipulate and create are so rich and powerful – their live performances are trance inducing and cosmically cathartic. Originally hailing from Arcata, California, they now are spread out all over the Pacific Northwest. I’ve followed this band for a number of years now. I really fucking dig and support this group of musicians. They’ve put out a bunch of Killer releases and played some of the best shows I’ve witnessed. A few years back I booked their tour kickoff show with Fell Voices in a garage in West Oakland – It was packed and a really fun time. Those two bands killed that night and im sure they did every night on tour.
Review Source Forever Cursed
Here is an interesting release between two unknown bands to date. Grue’s mystical anti-humanism black metal inspired by Sargeist, Profanatica, H.P. Lovecraft and Word of Unmaking’s haunting and frozen funeral doom.
While Grue bring in their luggage four themes (which one counts as an interlude), Word of Unmaking bring us just one theme but a theme about 15 minutes long. I must say that at a first audition Grue’s tracks didn’t left me very fascinated, but the more i listen to the tracks the more they seemed to grow in me. My attention was absolutely focused on “Ascending the Necrolith” that revealed to be a great and solid track. The turn that this track takes around the mark of 2:50 is absolutely wonderful. Very epic, yet dramatic. It isn’t a complex track, full of tricks and artifices. It’s simple, effective and filled with an ambitious anger that suddenly turns into sorrow.
After this we get more of that melancholic feeling invading our soul with the interlude “Lament of the Spheres”, where we can hear such instruments like a cello that really bring that gloomy atmosphere to this track. “In the House of Nemesis” and the ending track “Across Black Seas of Infinity” are other fine examples of what Grue are capable of. Grue’s black metal finally convinced me. It’s filled with real and honest emotions, charged with a raw anger that flow naturally to the surface of the skin.
On the other hand we have doom. Gloomy, cold and haunting doom. Word of Unmaking track, “Tombs Our Only Monuments” is full of a energy so negative that during those fifteen minutes that lasts this track, the only thoughts that cross our mind are only death, desolation and loneliness. Like a funeral march, this track takes us through the tortuous paths of doom metal. Slow decaying riffs meander through a sinister and misty voice that whispers among old tombstones. This track has a lot of changes over the last fifteen minutes that it lasts, having enough room for even that same cello lend an air of its grace. In the end it seemed to me that “Tombs Our Only Monuments” still has some loose ends to remedy, perhaps in a future record … who knows. It started in a good way…
How’s the tour going?
It’s going. We’ve done the majority of it and we have seven concerts left. I mean, it’s a touring festival and it’s going well.
The tour is called Conquerors of the World, and it really is just that. It’s rare that you would get such a diverse group of international bands, especially when none of the bands are from the States.
Oh wow, I guess I never thought about it that way. I mean Inquisition is kinda from here, but yes it really is an international package.
How do you feel being a part of this kind of renowned international group of bands?
It represents my life. I’ve always been surrounded by an international community. I’ve never been with a single type of people, always an international group. Touring with such a diverse package is I suppose pretty common in Europe, but it is very cool to be doing in here in North America.
Right, because most of these tours for us are made up of Western European or Scandinavian bands. To have you guys along with Krisiun from Brazil…
…and Septic Flesh from Greece and the others. Yeah, I see what you’re saying. It is very interesting.
What do you think it is about extreme metal that has it keep gaining popularity all over the world? It’s getting to the point where you can find extreme bands from just about every country.
People like this music. It has the ability to be popular among a certain demographic of human beings, no matter what culture they’re from. However, through all the new media we have like the internet… it helped spread it further. Some countries never really imported many CDs so they never knew it was something they would like or not, they just didn’t have it. There have always been underground scenes but it simply got bigger I think because of the Internet.