Wow is jumping over 6 unholy fucks and awesome is doing back flips over pure radness…MAN WILL DESTROY HIMSELF is one of the sickest new bands in my universe.The first millisecond that I heard them, they had me hanging on to the killer fury that they conjure up like a puppet on a string. So this is the deal, MAN WILL DESTROY HIMSELF, from Raleigh, NC, just released their album This is a Test via The Path Less Traveled Records. If you can’t tell, this record has me mad hyped! When the riff on “Circle the Drain” wraps around your inner head banging demons, I know for sure you will be hooked. Actually, MAN WILL DESTROY HIMSELF is so good that when I hear them, everyday feels like Saturday. Now I’m going to get my mad scientist on, I’m going to mix the spirit of Rudimentary Peni with the confrontational energy of S.O.A, plus the metallic edge of VOID, and what I would create would still be no match for MAN WILL DESTROY HIMSELF. The vocalist in this band is called Earthworm Poverty, and his magnetic screams & grunts are filled with harmonic agony. Then there is the music – you could say it’s crust, metal or punk, but none of these labels would do it justice, my advice to you would be to hear it for yourself. I will say that every tune on this record is gnarly to the core. MAN WILL DESTROY HIMSELF know how to use speed as a weapon, and they construct all of their tunes with a rancid layer of cosmic melody that will have your face contorting in awe. You know when you hear people that live what they create every second of their existence, so their creations have that special quality that you can’t put your finger on? This band has that. Now I have one more thing I have to do before I leave this planet, I must see MAN WILL DESTROY HIMSELF live. I know these humans must rip the universe a new one!
It’s all good, two things that I love, Discharge & Japanese culture, have combined to make ultra caustic dis-noise. Something about Tokyo that has this apocalyptic feeling about it which makes it perfect for all of the crust punks that inhabit the city. I have been to Japan many times & have gone to shows there, and what I find really awesome is that I don’t speak the language, but some how we all find communicating no problem. Since 1982, I have been into the subversive audio dischord that has been coming out of this country. More than anything, I have been drawn to the peace punk energy that these humans have put forth. We all know that some of the sickest D-Beat bands have come from the Land of the Rising Sun & one of the most influential was DISCLOSE. A couple of years ago, the lead singer passed away, so in honor of his contribution to stench beat & crusty filth worldwide, some killer Japanese Dis-Noize masters gathered & performed killer sets which were recorded on film, professional styles. I’m super hyped to be sharing this rad piece of history with you, entitled Deadchain (Kawakami forever), featuring performances by Framtid, D-clone, Reality Crisis, Contrast Attitude…You know how we do it, after the jump peep this gnarly peace of cinema & a photo essay!
What’s drawing me into this black hole of chaos, what’s pulling me into this worm hole of nothingness? It’s the unseen force of Night Hag…this band is sonic murder in action. Their 2011 release, Gilded Age, out via Capitalgames Records, is a blackened head fuck that the whole of humanity should experience. If I break it down to the nitty gritty, they have created an album that is 9 songs of havok meant to torment the darkest parts of our being & they do a damn good job at it! Night Hag’s songs are audio bad weather that never let’s up, but they have the groove of a Southern black college marching band possessed by the spirits of the underworld. These dudes also have songwriting skills that bring the death blow to every tune on this album. When you hear a Night Hag composition, the vibe of haunted fury will over take your reality, and not even the might of the corporate giants will be able to stand up to your wrath. I guess you could call their music scorched earth hardcore infused with stench hate black metal…that sort of describes how rad this band is. Unholy hell, these dudes have riffs that could make legless humans slam dance – it’s like their riffage is speaking it’s own language. You don’t even want to get me started on the vocalist, whose screams are oven-roasted death served for us all to devour. When you allow them to tie you up in their melodic madness, then you will start to realize you are listening to the real black magic! Here is a test – put on their song “Cynic”: if you don’t start heading banging instantly, something must be wrong, run to to your nearest doctor, you just might need an injection of metallic hardcore. Now you should be straight, Night Hag is my new drug of choice, who needs weed when you can have sonic speed!
Certain labels offer you a certain kind of sound, & it’s rad to have labels you know you can always count on to put out splendid shit. For my raw American black metal injections, I dig the way that RHINOCERVS always comes through with quality product. One of their most recent releases is a split tape between Odz Manouk/Tukaaria; both of these bands show & prove to the highest degree! I can’t front, Tukaaria destroy boundaries with the way they create their type of black metal. Yeah, it’s primitive as cave drawings, but it’s also cycodelic & experimental without being corny at all! What stands out to me is their guitar work, it’s fucking phenomenal. It reminds me of an executioner’s axe whipping through the wind. Tukaaria are masters at creating deviant melody with different layers of angst & demonic harmony. It’s their punk rock underbelly, wrapped around the stench of death, that really makes me say, fucking hell this band is super. Tukaaria are also necromancers in the way they reach out & touch me with corpse hands that are filled with disgusting emotion, and the touch is warm with hate despite being dead. One thing that Tukaaria does not lack is originality – their songwriting skills will get you hooked & you will want another dose! Odz Manouk is on some next shit too, from the very first moment of their song “The Scavenger,” you will be forced to hear what I mean. The strange noises that are a part of this song are a total head fuck. They offer a demented dash of melody in this composition, plus there is this eerie feeling of cold-blooded rage that will draw you in. The real glue to the song is the cyco sounding choral voices that come in & out of “The Scavenger”. “The Sloth” starts with a rad sleazy riff that will have Satan’s helpers banging their horns in unison. Right before your ears the songs transform into ancient evol with almost a doom aura, plus the vocals on this track a murder unto themselves. Actually the ultimate slaughter happens when the song speeds up into the degenerate whirlwind of untainted anger. Odz Manouk/Tukaaria wreck fucking shop with this release, everything about it makes me want to know my primal self more.
I have smoking been on that voodoo get high as fuck blow your brains out kind of weed. For some reason, I feel like this bud has put a spell on me, it has me thinking of witches & swamps. Now it’s all making sense, it’s because lately I have been bumpin this terminally ill doom band from Oaktown named Swamp Witch. These humans make music that comes from deep deep in the underworld, where there is no love, only hate & rotting pieces of sludge leftover from the rituals that came before them. Armed with a two songs demo & a off the hook remix, which we’ll talk about later, this band will be bruising brains for many years to come I’m sure of. Swamp Witch conjure up some crazy off-kilter doom that has cycodelic legs, burnt black arms, resin infected skin with occult blood that is infested with maggots. From the very first time I played this demo, this band had my attention; maybe it’s the way they dip their melody in sewage & force you to smell it with each listen. What I do know for sure is that the vocals are ultra vicious & diseased, just the way I want to hear them. Swamp Witch’s songwriting is way more than original – it’s very honest & never gets boring. Every listen to this band will have you discovering a new layer of weirdness that will keep you coming back for more. So what really made me say damn these freaks are awesome was the Doom Chopped and Screwed Remix of their song “Novem” – this is the new stoner anthem. Basically they fucking created their own genre! Get your best weed, pack a big bowl or roll a big spliff, play this song & you will be hooked for sure. I guess you could say that I have no problem joining the Swamp Witch coven, maybe you should too! Peep more tracks & the remix after the JUMP!
Here is the question: do you enjoy epic awesome hellbent blackened crust that could burn off the wings of an angel? If the answer is yes, then you must seek out the split between ALPINIST/MASAKARI, coming out via Halo of Flies for North America & Alerta Anitfascista for Europe. I must admit, I’m finding it really hard to keep my excitement from distracting me from this review. Both bands have grown so much in an extreme radical way since their last releases. I also feel that ALPINIST/MASAKARI totally inspired each other to rip shit like never before, basically they amplified everything that makes both of them awesome by 600%. Let’s talk about the ALPINIST side first – they created 7 songs that are just drenched in metallic urgency that will awaken all of your senses. Honestly, this band’s songwriting skills are so tight it makes you wonder how the fuck do they do what they do, because their tunes have so many gnarly ebbs, flows & twists. So imagine this: if Fugazi was genetically modified with the rage & sonic mayhem of Anit-Cimex, His Hero is Gone & Jr.Ewing, the end product would almost be close to how sick ALPINIST are on this split. Take songs like “Unwanted Encore,” fucking fury on steroids; it will punch in your grill with killer beats & snarling guitars for like the first 20 seconds, then these hands of mercy come out of no where to heal your wounds from their audio onslaught! When I hear ALPINIST’s songs, certain words come to mind like “cinematic crust,” because to me their songs are mini movies filled with drama, tension, emotion, tragedy & always these great endings. I get this vibe that the band is on a mission to change how punk is heard & they are doing a damn epic job. Although on songs like “Instrumental,” you can hear that they have a really open mind & are willing to bend sound into something interesting & new, that’s why I will always dig where these humans are coming from.
Next up, the blackened storm riders MASAKARI. I will tell you right here, right now: these dudes do not fuck around on this release, it’s like they woke up every morning while recording this split & ate gun powder for breakfast. They put all of their rabid angry into every second of every song, & even the mellow parts to their songs have a sinister vibe about them that will make your jaws tighten up. Huge drums, sick crusty basslines & nuclear riffs is what you are going to get when you blast “Progress” – wow, this song is so fucking epic. It has a rad quality about it, like it feels like you are in souped-up car that takes off with only speed as it’s master, then gets carjacked by an orchestra conductor. The reason why I say this is because of the intense changes that band will put you through this tune, which makes it a great work out. MASAKARI solos & riffs on this split seem inhuman, with this ultra wild manic quality to them…be careful, because they will get you hyped enough to smash a riot cop in the head. No matter at what stage of fury one of their songs might be, MASAKARI always maintains massive amounts of the blackened melodic groove in their songs. What will always make me admire this band is the way they work their conviction & emotion into every note of music they create. Go see ALPINIST/MASAKARI when they come to your town or city this summer, you will not be disappointed, but you might need a neck brace the next day, you’ll be another victim of bangover! One last thing, it’s sort of weird calling this a split, because in actuality, this record is a mammoth lesson in unity!
Recently I was approached by a band from Italy called Gottesmorder to do an illustration for a t shirt. They sent me a link to a song on bandcamp that was part of a compilation, and that was the only recorded material they had available. The song was cool so I agreed to work with them. Once that was in place, they sent me their finished, self-titled EP and I was blown away. Over the course of two songs and 25 minutes, Gottesmorder collide grim black metal with post rock, doom, hardcore and crust all wrapped in a shroud of smokey atmosphere. These two songs are scathing and visceral, and at other moments otherworldly and intangible. Gottesmorder have already begun to forge their own sound that should help to separate them from all the new post black metal bands.
I’m proud to exclusively premiere the second and shorter of the two tracks “Abyss Of Throats.”
Gottesmorder – Abyss Of Throats
More words, photos, artwork, tour dates and info on how to order after the jump.
Haunted riffs, haunted beats, haunted sounds coming from the minds of the undead, named Sessoviolento. Unholy fuck, this Italian/Brazilian blackened crust band conjures up the kind of audio filth I like to bathe myself in. Their self-released demo of six songs is black metal clothed in the chaotic spirit of punk rock. All of Sessoviolento’s tunes are perfect in my twisted dark world. The vocal delivery from this band sounds like black ants devouring flesh & then shape-shifting into hungry demonic wolfs. While listening to this demo, I feel like I’m being transported into the eye of a dark ritual. These humans have tunes that pack the force of a cracking whip, but even those tunes have a killer blackened melody to them that will keep you transfixed. Sessoviolento are warlocks at creating pits of sorrow for you to drown in, so beware when you drift off into an emotional slumber. Make sure that when blasting this demo, you have space & time to head bang, because Sessoviolento will cause this to happen involuntarily. This band totally inspires me to make sure the CVLT Nation Mixtape Volume 4 has the power to put the whole universe under a blackened trance. I want Sessoviolento to be the soundtrack to my nightmares, then maybe I will wake up to the sun shining onto a happy day ahead of me…
It’s about to be less than a month away before POWER OF THE RIFF will be invading the West Coast. POWER OF THE RIFF is on point by taking this festival up & down the West Coast, hitting Los Angeles, San Francisco & Seattle, spreading the stench far & wide! The line up this year for all of the dates is straight killer & no fucking filler – if you don’t believe me, check the line-up. It’s pretty weird, like the person that picked the bands said okay let’s make sure we pick some of CVLT Nation’s all time favorite bands. I will be at the Los Angeles show on Aug. 13th – if you don’t know, now you do – I’m a heavy music junkie, and this festival is making sure I get the fix I need to survive. I really dig listening to music, but as we all know, nothing beats seeing it live. We decided to give a visual as to how rad POWER OF THE RIFF is going to be, so we complied sick live footage of most of the bands that will killing shit this year. So after the jump, check out some toxic live footage that will burn your eyes & rock your brain…plus, for all who don’t live on the West Coast, see what you are missing (you still have time to buy a plane ticket).
Everyday, all day I want my black metal sprayed red with the blood of punk rock. Now one band that can deliver the kind of mind-damaged music I need to stay sane is Nadiwrath. They perfectly balance the the hate of black metal with the raw fury of punk rock to create a sound that is a weapon of mass destruction. This Greek band killed shit ten times over with their 2011 release Nihilistic Stench. Every tune on this album will charge right through you, & might cut off all of your limbs in the process. Nadiwrath totally rips holes in sound itself – these dudes are masters of the blackened arts, & they do not fuck around. When you hear songs like “Two Face Shit Fuckers” & their chaotic groove gets you under their spell, the rest is history, you not be able to stop head banging. What really makes Nadiwrath so rad is that they never lose the sense of rotting melody that all of their songs have, because on the real, this band makes catchy songs that are a call to arms for all dark warriors. The riffs on Nihilistic Stench are different degrees of murder & pain but all of them will feel good to your noir soul. When the drums on “There Is No Light” kick in, you will feel the like all of the plagues known to man have descended down upon you & you will think to yourself, damn, the dark side is the right side. The song that’s going to really make you say unholy shit is the last song on Nihilistic Stench called “Memories Are Dead” – this tune will strangle you with hateful emotion. The vocalists in this band are vile & subhuman in their delivery, which only adds to why this band is beyond sick!!! I’m going to make this easy for you to understand: imagine all of your favorite d-beat & black metal bands, multiply that times 666, and you still would not come close to NADIWRATH. Do yourself a favor – bow down to this band, because they are Black Death in human form.
NADIWRATH : Horns
NADIWRATH : There Is No Light
NADIWRATH : Darkness Has Lost Its Meaning