6/2/12: Gothenburg, Sweden. Fucking Epic!!!
Back in ’08 I think it was, a group of travelers showed up at my house that were friends of an old roommate I lived with in Berkeley, CA. They were from the Gothenburg/Malmo/Stockholm areas in Sweden. I was immediately charmed by their genuine good nature and their interest in my housemates and our ways of life. Ever since our meeting up, we have had a connection that is constantly evolving. At my house, we have the Swedish connection that is enriching our way of life for all parties involved. Obviously, one aspect is our mutual interests in hardcore/punk/metal. Vicious Irene from Gothenburg stayed at my place for a while and had a mini tour in the Bay Area, and it was kick ass to have them play and hang out with us. An all-female hardcore band, Vicious Irene have been rocking it, at least to my knowledge, for about three or four years, and have different side projects happening now. The drummer, Maria, is in a band called Contorture with the brutal vocalist for Agrimonia, and we play with them tonight!
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Perishing from the same malady that affects their fellow country mates, Hexis and other-newly acts like Ajuna (from whom i already talked about here) are Whorls. Whorls started as a “non-serious” sideproject to Putrifier by the two guitarists Emil and Mads in late 2011. But as Putrifier was dissolved in the beginning of 2012, Whorls became a full band. All five members, with the same approach to the music.
Hailing from Denmark, Whorls are a new band that is now starting to take its first steps on the post-black-chaotic-sludge-metal scene. These guys drink from a lot of different influences, but the most obvious are the influences from Celeste, The Secret or even Altar of Plagues. The band presents itself, for now, with only two themes: “Irreversible” a spiral of an authentic blackness that it is ingrained to the bone and lashes some serious blackened riffs with its powerful core with some hints of a more progressive sludge so characteristic in bands like Celeste, but at the same time it possesses, on the second half of the track, some massive yet sharp sections reminding me a bit of the riffs living in the “777″ saga from Blut Aus Nord. It’s almost inevitable talking about Whorls without mentioning these two bands, Celeste and Hexis. First, Celeste, who were practically the precursors of this kind of sound, this plethora of flesh melting blackened sludge that erodes deeply into to our bones. Second, Hexis, being countrymen of this band, with whom they have already shared stage with, such mental image of this joint venture is completely devastating in my mind, just thinking that if there was someone who came out of that show in one piece and lived to tell about it, and for being a copy, well i don’t like to use the word “copy” i think it’s not fair to use it on Hexis, because they took that “Celeste sound” and give it their unique and innovative sound, but what i’m trying to say here is that Whorls also share that sonority. In the second track, “Sitgma” we are immediately dragged in that chaotic wave of sound, which through repetitive riffs, crushes us completely. It is a very short range track but at the same time it is devastating. The tracks presented by Whorls are dark and very dense, so dense that they become almost suffocating and rarely leave us a little breathing room. Whorls are another brilliant sample of what Northern Europe has to offer and judging by the quality of this sample, i look forward to hear much more from this young band. The Demo will be out soon through Bookhouse Records. Meanwhile you can stream and listen to the tracks on the Whorls Bandcamp. Keep an eye on this one.
Everyone likes their feedback perpared in a certain way. Some music lovers want it served up as a side dish topped with shoegaze. Myself, I want my feedback served as my main course, and it must be RAW with an unhealthy amount of bloody Dis-Beat dripping off of it! Today all I need to get my fix is the new BRAIN KILLER 3rd EP and my desire for kick-ass tunes will be met. Straight up, every time I press play on this 7″ a giant dis-smile spreads across my grill because this record is 11 minutes of Disphoria. BRAIN KILLER writes compositions that climb into your ears and infest your brain with fast caustic dirty protest anthems that will get you hyped! Is this a classic record? HELL FUCKING YES! Are the lyrics speaking the truth? WITHOUT A MOTHERFUCKING DOUBT! When you hear the riff and breakdown for “Controlled Reality” (this track melts into a sea of lava hot feedback!), your mind will transform into one huge skull with a smiley face. BRAIN KILLER has released this record via Framework and Vinyl Rites and it is on sale NOW!!! CVLT Nation is beyond stoked to be streaming BRAIN KILLER’s 3rd EP in full below!
Photos & Text by Adam Murray
The Black Castle in Inglewood, California is huge. It’s sized and shaped much like an airplane hangar with its massive vaulted ceiling, the main differences being the restrooms (not exactly restful) and the merch tables. Oh yeah, and the beer trailer out back, and the weird filthy rape/murder/torture/smoking room on the way to the beer trailer. Suffice it to say, I wish there were more venues like this. It can be pretty hard to relax and cut loose while paying $12/beer and being constanty herded by security at the countless sterile, contrived and corporate “rock clubs” the city has to offer, which unfortunately are the only ones that seem to be able to survive, let alone pull big names. Yes, the City of Los Angeles is overly strict on fledgling venues, but that is a topic for another time. For now, the Black Asshole (thnx mrtn) seems to be holding it together and tonight, we are here to rage.
Midnight, those behooded, barechested blackened bastards from the bowels of Baphomet, went on about twenty minutes after my arrival. If you’re familiar with the band (and you should be), it should come as no surprise that they stole the show. They always do. Midnight has easily quadrupled in popularity since the last time I saw them perform, which was around the same time last year, roughly 6 months before the release of their much anticipated debut album, Satanic Royalty (best of 2011). This band puts forth so much energy during their set, it seems that at a certain point something will explode whether it be an amp, people’s heads, the venue itself, or the crowd as a whole. Until something scientific happens, we’ll have to settle for the crowd – the kids cannot stay off the stage or for that matter, each other. They were a climbin’, clamborin’, dancin’, divin’, total moshin’ mess! The best part, to me anyway, is that the band seems totally unaware of the effect they have on people. Maybe it’s due to the fact that they can’t see the crowd’s enthusiasm through their hoods. Maybe it’s their non-modern lifestyles, and by that I mean little-to-no internet access, no text messaging, no Facebook, none of the bullshit that feeds the rest of us on an hourly basis. Their music is simple and true, evil and fun. Whatever the case, the Midnight experience is wholly organic and fully Satanic. The world is theirs, and they will have it. The set ended, but the kids weren’t finished. Once Athenar dipped his bass into the hands of the minions, they wouldn’t let it go. It made its rounds and eventually back to the stage at his behest, although all its strings had been plucked.
Live photos of Embers/Neon Piss by Jan Zeleny
Venue photos via Embers
Embers is currently in Berlin. We just finished our set at the Kopi, Summon the Crows have just taken the stage. Below are relevant tour diary entries from the Lesser of Two tour in 1999 regarding shows in Prague and Leipzig which Kelly discussed in the band interview/discussion.
Oct. 13, 1999
I slept in the kitchen and was awakened by people making coffee. I got the transformer, but didn’t have time for a cup of coffee.
We were awed by Zoro squat in Leipzig. It was a huge multi-level complex with adjcent buildings. There was a big kitchen, dining facilities, practice studios, an office, storage space, a bar/show space, and living quarters.
When we arrived they had prepared for us a large meal with homemade sauerkraut, some kind of potato dumpling, and so on.
12 Alluidos played some chaotic noisey hardcore with a lot of energy. They were very good. We found out later that they are touring by using the Euro-Rail. It seems like a very inexpensive and eco-freindly way to tour Europe. The only downside is that they had to borrow almost all their equipment except for guitars and cymbols which they could take with them on the train.
This type of tour would be difficult for us but I highly recomend it to other bands who want to tour Europe.
We played and everything sounded good since the squat had some nice cabinets for us to use and a good drumset. Unfortunately I fell off the stage leaving my ass sore for a couple days. Another thing I noticed was how the Germans seem to smoke a lot and smoke everywhere. The venue was dense with smoke making it difficult to sing because of the caustic vapors. I usually am not one to obsess over second-hand smoke, but the smoke was so thick that it was distinctly oppressive.
We met up with Lenin formerly of the band Los Crudos. We stayed up late with him and the guys from 12 Alluidos. We decided to leave that night so that we would have a good margin of driving time to Wroclaw (pronounced: Vrotswov). Unfortunately we forgot one of our power transformers and had to turn back around only to find that the squat had been abandoned and the door to the show space locked
Ground zero for heavy music – last week was the Maryland Death Fest X – so many killer bands performed, many people probably lost their mind. I know there were too many of my favorite bands performing that it would have been hard for me to choose who to go see. Today, CVLT Nation wants to celebrate Maryland Death Fest X with a huge video essay featuring Godflesh, Electric Wizard, Eyehategod, Noothgrush and many more. All of the footage was shot by a fan, but the quality is off the chain. So kick back, spark a spliff and peep the mayhem after the jump! Also stay tuned for our MDF parking lot coverage coming soon…
CVLT Nation is transmitting directly from European soil this month via the Embers…they will be sending us an exclusive look at their European tour, starting today with Day One! Stay tuned for more, and start your journey below…
Today Embers flies to Italy to begin our European tour. We are currently in the last throes of packing and re-packing as well as preparing for any problems with flight security and customs. These days you are only allowed to bring one checked bag without paying an extra fee. These baggage fees are a hidden cost that help the airlines to keep their ticket prices seeming competitive.
I remember my first European tour with Lesser of Two in 1999. Back then a flight to Europe was a luxurious event. We had enough checked baggage to bring my guitar amp, guitar, and a decent amount of merchandise. On the flight we were given all the drinks we wanted and movies.
This time I am packing light. I put all my personal things that the TSA will allow on the flight on my carry on and I am checking my guitar. My guitar case is stuffed with pedals, cables, and other personal items the TSA may not let on the flight. I have to leave my amp behind unfortunately, and we will be playing on amplifiers different from what we are accustomed to.
Read full diary after the jump…
Much like a roaring hellhound out of the underworld, Massachusetts’s SKVLT kick start this four track, mere nine minute long, EP of caustic blackened hardcore punk. Lo-fi, abrasive and murky production reigns supreme with the opening barrage of this new 7” EP, with “Blacksmith” simply being a searing listening experience, the clang of the unyielding guitars grating on your ears along with the bellowing, reverb-soaked vocals.
“Extinction” alights with some manic, bristly guitar work that cuts through the track with the scathing noise of an angle grinder while the drums are a chaotic malaise of beats. The meshing of d-beat and old Japanese hardcore like Disclose here is near perfect. There are hints of Swedish miscreants Herätys too and Boston’s Brain Killer but SKVLT have a punishing sound to themselves.
Rest of review & download link after the jump!
Unholy hell, CVLT Nation is stoked to announce that OCCULTIST’s tape is out now via Primitive Ways Records. You can order this chrushing release HERE, and read what CVLT Nation feels about this release below. I want to go on record and say that if you only buy one tape this year, this should be it! For those on the east coast, peep the OCCULTIST tour, starting today with Ghoul!
STOP what the fuck you are doing right now and listen to OCCULTIST, because this band KILLS!!! Four songs in 6D that will turn into a horde of crust zombies in your ears. These Richmond, VA, blackened crusty warriors have conjured up a tape that will make our end of the year Top 6 without a fucking doubt. OCCULTIST are able to write songs that have 6 gnarly attributes all happening at the same time. This record will have you saying, damn, that is a sick riff, unholy shit what insane vocals, what the hell awesome breakdown, damn, you hear those drums?? These are all of the thoughts that will race through your head, all while listening to one song! Don’t take my word for it, just blast their song “Suppressed Populations” and when their caustic grooves start breaking your bones, you will be believer – the guitar tones match the misery and rage heard in the vocals. When I hear “Gamma Tomb,” I get this feeling like my skin is made out of iron, and I could knock out riot police in one punch. Damn I’m so fucking amped by their sound, it’s extremely hard to sit still to write this review. OCCULTIST’s songs will punish you all while making you want more and more. Every second of this tape is cooked in a huge black pot of dis beat, and seasoned to perfection with the bloody leaves of real metal. OCCULTIST will not waste anytime punching you in the gut with their knuckles of pungent melody, but what makes every song black gold is the thought you will hear in every song. This band stands for issues that will one day become our weapons against our downpressors. OCCULTIST is the kind of band that I want to see win, meaning CVLT Nation will do everything in our power so that the world is forced to know the strength of this band. OCCULTIST has just given us a glimpse of what they have in store for us, and I’m so excited to hear more from them in the future.
Tour poster and dates after the jump!
Is A389 Recordings sicker than sick? Hell fucking yes!!! Check out what they are giving away for free – a superdelic mixtape! Peep what the label has to say about this musical onslaught they have coming your way below. Also, if you are in the Los Angeles area this weekend, RSVP for the A389 Recordings//Scion showcase HERE!
Baltimore’s A389 Recordings have just posted their 2012 label sampler online via a streaming/downloadable digital mixtape. Clocking in at 52 tracks (and well over two hours of music) the digital mixtape showcases
a plethora of new and unreleased music from A389′s impressive and eclectic upcoming release schedule (as well as some classics from the label’s current/back catalog).
Featured artists include: Seven Sisters Of Sleep, Countdown To Oblivion, Ilsa, Ringworm, Homewrecker, Like Rats, Children Of God, The Guilt Of…, Anne, Pulling Teeth, Young And In The Way, Junior Bruce, God’s America, Hatewaves, The Love Below, Empire Of Rats, Shin To Shin, Sick Fix, Kill Life, Enforcers, Pleasant Living, Gravehill, Cynarae, Triac, Thee High Priestess, Nothing, Rot In Hell, Unholy Majesty, Integrity, Gehenna, Low Places, Pharaoh (NJ), Full Of Hell, Vilipend, Ancient Shores, Pale Creation, Chapelle Des Morts, Virgin Witch, Pick Your Side, Eddie Brock, Penetration Panthers, Day Of Mourning, Withdrawal, Trapped Under Ice, In Cold Blood, Mindsnare, Astronomer, Masakari, Wisdom In Chains, Mighty Sphincter, Earthride and Vermapyre.