CVLT Nation is proud to present the first covers compilation in our series The CVLT Nation Sessions: DISCHARGE’s seminal album Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing. We’re offering it for free download and streaming below!
The CVLT Nation Sessions is a musical project with the aim of reinterpreting iconic music that has influenced a wide spectrum of genres. CVLT Nation has recruited some of our favorite underground heavy bands from around the world to record covers for free distribution and download via CVLTNation.com, mastered by Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, TN.
Get ready to hear DISCHARGE like you’ve never heard them before!
Chicago’s MURMUR know how to create an atmosphere. Their new release on Season of Mist, Murmur, pulls you into their bleak landscape with a crescendo of guitar and chaotic, yet hypnotic, drumbeats. Murmur is cold and unrelenting, and this latest album showcases their talent for creating compelling melody in a genre that is often purposefully devoid of it. Murmur will be released Jan. 17th worldwide and Jan. 21st in North America. You can pre-order your copy here via Season of Mist. Today CVLT Nation is honored to be streaming Murmur in full below!
“Orbita“, the remarkable debut of Phobonoid, a one man band from Italy. “Orbita” is a conceptual and cinematic journey about the end of the civilization on Mars witnessed by Phobos, where he also meets his brother Deimos, on the already-destroyed surface of Mars. Just for curiosity, and for those who don’t know, Phobos and Deimos are the two known moons of Mars who were baptized with the names taken from same gods from Greek mythology. Phobos is the God of Fear/Panic and Deimos, the God of Terror and Fear as well. ”Orbita” introduces a whole new and refreshing sound. Black metal like this doesn’t come too often. Phobonoid blends black metal and doom with industrial and electronic sounds that seem to come from outer space. Besides being mastered by Karl Daniel Liden (who have worked with Breach, Terra Tenebrosa, Switchblade, The Old Wind, etc.) everything else here on “Orbita” has been self-produced in Phobonoid’s home-studio, so this is really almost a DIY release by Phobonoid to whom I take my hat off.
Soundwise, “Orbita” sounds like if black space metal band Darkspace and industrial doomsters P.H.O.B.O.S (curiously this band has nothing to do with Phobonoid) were melded into one. The beats are clearly industrial as they are performed by a digital drum and the sound of the guitar brings the best of two worlds: black and doom metal. The voice whispers and hisses in the background, enhancing this dreary and menacing atmosphere.
Darkest of the dark and evil black/death metal has been enjoying a healthy rejuvenation over the last few years, with plenty of bands spewing forth their caustic riffs of old school fury and strains of modern flair. Labels like Nuclear War Now and Dark Descent have been vital cogs in this machine, releasing some key records of late, and it’s the latter that takes the stage this time, releasing Svn Eater, the second LP from London outfit Lvcifyre.
Abalam marks the return of the Danish killing machine Hexis, one of the most promising bands and most avantgarde within the genre. After a handful of EPs, splits and some tours across Europe and South America, where the band left a trail of destruction wherever they went, Hexis left everyone on their knees begging for more. Well, do not despair. Your prayers were heard and have been answered. Hexis are back and they are angrier than ever.
First, and to contextualize you better when you listen to this album, the title: Abalam. In the Christian demonology, Abalam is the name given to the demon that possesses the human body and forces him to commit profane acts of lust among others, and this demon involves himself in such a way that sometimes the only way out is death.
Check this out: it’s ultra rare DARKTHRONE performing live in 1996 in full color…NUFF SAID!
Two of Oregon’s best team up to bring forth the waves of despair and sadness. Hell, the one man band of M.S.W, is sure keeping busy. Three full-length albums and four split releases since the band’s conception back in 2006, and all of them up to a very high level of quality. On the other hand, the band led by A.L.N. (also part of the live line-up of Hell), named Mizmor is another rising force in the underground scene of Oregon. With their self-released debut album, they presented to the world their twisted doom/sludge/drone/black vision.
This release is being introduced by Hell and their fifteen minute long opus, “Foetorem Timere”, the clean bits of which will cause a mesmerizing paralysis of your brain. For the first nine minutes you will be overwhelmed by the clean guitars and emotional depth that Hell can reach. The setting for the band is a world filled with despair and loneliness, where everything is just waiting to die. There is a certain coldness about the song that makes it stand out in such a unique way, while the inclusion of strings even further expands the desolate ambiance and the voice samples make this listen more unearthly. Finally, the doom/sludge riffs are brought in to redeem you from this torturous build up, causing the whole sonic landscape that the band has built up for the last nine minutes to collapse, as the appearance of crazy effects on the vocals and their formation amidst these heavy riffs causes apocalyptic visions to enter your mind.
With the recent passing of Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, it’s an appropriate time to revisit one of the more well-known films he scored during a long career. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 version of the ultimate vampire story, Bram Stoker’s Dracula certainly needs little introduction and is no doubt a favourite among gothic horror aficionados.
With a large budget and an ensemble cast (most notably Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins as Dracula and Van Helsing respectively), Coppola’s Dracula remains one of the few big horror productions from a large film studio that effectively captures the dark, brooding, gothic eroticism of Stoker’s story that normally wouldn’t pass beyond a first draft if a director like Coppola wasn’t attached to it. The costumes, set design, cinematography and overall production of the film alone would have been enough to guarantee its legacy of a cvlt classic were it a flop (it wasn’t), but beyond that, it’s also really entertaining and can be pretty spooky when it wants to be. Of course, there are elements that are inescapable of the Hollywood cheese machine but the rest of it is so well made that we’re prepared to overlook those moments.
If you are a reader of CVLT Nation, then you know that we are HUGE fans of The Secret. This is why we are so fucking stoked to be sharing this off the chain footage of their most recent show in Trieste, Italy. What you are about to witness is The Secret straight fucking destroy everything around them in Hi-Defintion. We don’t have all of the details, but the band is confirmed for this years MDF…So stay tuned America! In the meantime, check out The Secret punch Christ in the face for over ten minutes!
PTAHIL deal in some of the most disgustingly filthy black metal there is. It’s gross and weird and dirty and great and their last two releases – For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory and The Almighty Propagator of Doom and Despair – are enough to make you want to vomit everywhere.
We’re very pleased to bring you the premiere of the official PTAHIL video for “Pact With The Devil.”
“Pact With the Devil” is a fairly straightforward tune until the spaced out trip that pushes through the blackness suddenly takes a hold of the entire song and more weird as heck backwards intonations flow into the psychedelic voyage to the heart of darkness. It’s really fucking strange. Cool, but very, weird – which is something that can be said for their output in general. PTAHIL are a band that know how to drag you to hell and back again, kicking and screaming and praying for the end.
Words for this were taken from my own reviews of their last two full lengths which can be found in full here, if you like.
The albums mentioned above, plus many others worth investigating can be found on Wraith Productions.