Bathing in the blackened sun of the underworld, comes Heavy Cross. This California band has put out the raddest two-song demo I have heard all year, via Holy Throat Records. I’m saying, it’s pretty epic the way they create a black wall of sound that takes over your brain with each listen. Heavy Cross’s song “Moon Frost” has this putrefied crust doom vibe that creeps up on you & slaps you in the grill with its’ raging stench! Their second song, “Dead Capitalists,” is metallic blackened chaos with a killer groove that grabs your attention & will not let go. I’m upset that this not a whole album! I demand to hear more from Heavy Cross!
Heavy Cross : Moon Frost
Brooding out of Galway, Ireland, Bacchus play some atmospheric crust that blends and changes through every song from a dooming intro through to a crushingly heavy D-Beat force of drumming and heavy riffs and a wretched vocals that are brought back down to earth with breakdown of soundscaping doom. Music which is as beautiful as the art work that they use to express it. With their new LP coming out the 23rd of May on Contraszt! Rec. and Distro-y Rec. I thought it would be a suiting time to spread the word. For those who cannot wait until then, there is two previous releases: A CD EP called “Attica” and a split 7 inch Burning the Prospect(UK). Epic Crust in the vein of His Hero is Gone and Cult of Luna. READ MORE…
What is suffering, what is brutal, what is chaotic disorder? I’ll tell you what it is: it’s fucking WAKE. This cold Calgary band has a dangerous 7″ out called Surrounded by Human Filth that I can’t stop listening to. WAKE creates the kind of blackened crusty grindcore that I find awesome. Their tunes have a distinct emotional quality which allows the listener to find their own dark places to crawl inside of. Damn, the drummer is so rad! His drumming can make the million-year dead rise up! WAKE’s singer delivers each word with passion & conviction. The guitar playing on Surrounded by Human Filth is blackened & played with the power of giants. Songs like “Cannibal Design” make this band superdelic. The only problem I have with this record is that it’s a 7″ – I want to hear more!
WAKE : Virulent
Two weeks ago, our in-house photographer Lorenzo & I headed to the The Blvd in East L.A. to witness sonic mayhem. Gallery, Destroy Judas & Embers all totally fucking wrecked shop. First up was Gallery, who just pounded the room with an onslaught of crust-ridden sludge. What I really like about them is how they slap you in your face with their filthy voodoo doom groove. Then Destroy Judas took the stage & ripped apart my ear drums. They are super heavy & super loud, but keep you transfixed with their breed of slow-moving Apocalyptic Blues. Their show is rad – they turn off all of the lights & have a giant projection screen behind them. So the whole time while they are performing, thought-provoking films created by the band’s drummer are being played. Finally, Embers were on point from their very first song. This bands plays killer dark ambient black metal that sounds epic live. Keep in mind that all three of these superdelic bands have powerful albums this that you all must have! What also made this a cool night was the fact that Lorenzo Flournoy was on hand to capture this stellar night of mayhem on film. So after the jump, enjoy our photo essay…
I smell the stench of rotting death thrash & black metal being cooked up by the band Volcanic Slut. This Florida band commands the power & speed of demonic hellhounds on meth. Blasphemaster, their three song demo, is more than rad – it’s maggot-infested awesome. Volcanic Slut plays blackened death thrash metal on their own terms. The production quality of these songs is perfect, with just the right amount of lo-fi vibe. The vocal delivery is urgent & filled with a deathly pain that sounds epic! The Volcanic Slut guitar player is so insane, his riffs could disembowel the executioner. They also have this chaotic melodic layer to their songs that just draw you in. Just say fuck the world, it’s all about Volcanic Slut! I can’t wait to hear more from these killers. Make sure to check out their song “Lunar Activities” on the new CVLT Nation Mixtape Vol.1.
Volcanic Slut: Blasphemaster
Two Bands, Six Songs, One Noisey 7″. Electric Funeral are a band who I have been a huge fan of and since first hearing them, I have been telling people to listen to and after hearing this 7″ I am not going to stop any time soon. What I love so much about Electric Funeral is despite the power of the noise and distort everything is clear as a bell, which may sound a bit of an oxymoron, but its true everything is perfect. As always full of energy and air punching d-beat noise to keep ya tied over till their next release. Go Filth Go who I hadn’t listened to previously but these Greek D-Beaters bring some chaotic d-beat noise to the split with galloping drums, Disclose styled vocals and noise guitars and a more stripped down and raw sound, the same sort of raw feel as of 80′s Hardcore the type that only the Scandinavians can do, which gives the 7″ a more destructive nature.Check out all of the details after the jump.
Bring the crust, bring the stench, bring the sonic agony! Now listen to PER CAPITA. This German band has released an epic pounding album called The Damage Done. DAMN! From the very first song, “U.S Hole”, they dig a black pit of metallic sonic violence & never let up. Drums on this album are a voice unto to themselves & play perfectly off of the singer’s gruff delivery. PER CAPITA’s guitar work is is fucking electric; it almost has this Discharge-on-speed vibe about it. They are not afraid to tackle some real issues on this record. Check out some of their song titles: “No White Supremacy” & “Erased By Authority”. PER CAPITA have created a crust record that sounds huge without losing any of its’ edge. I guess you could say this music makes me want to punch authority in the skull which is not a bad thing. Check out a killer live video of the band after the jump…
The Damage Done
PER CAPITA: No White Supremacy
PER CAPITA: Erased By Authority
Dis-tortion, Dis-noise, Dis-raw, Dis-dirty, Dis-war…this is fucking Electric Funeral. This Swedish dis-band destroys on all fronts. Their second demo, Make a Change, is d-beat at it’s dirtiest & best. The foundation of Electric Funeral’s sound is a metallic wall of filthy distortion. Each track drips with dis-urgency that grabs you by the throat & never lets go! The singer projects from his blackened gut. Electric Funeral is is full of dis-passion & their guitar player plays like a serial killer swinging an axe. What is super epic about Electric Funeral is that behind their wall of noise they still create killer grooves.The best word to describe this rad band is RAW. So after the jump, dis-download their second demo…
Electric Funeral: WARFACE
Electric Funeral WAKEUP REACT
Georgia’s Grinning Death’s Head straight kill shit a million times over on some raw, vomit-driven black metal. On their 2009 release No Afterlife on Youth Attack records they create black metal with the angst of dirty dirty punk. Grinning Death’s Head’s vocalist totally captivates you with his shrill screams of pure blackened agony. The rest of the band sounds like they dismantle chaos in belly of the beast. Lo-fi & rad is the way to describe the sound quality of No Afterlife. 13 songs of epic filth is what Grinning Death’s Head created with this awesome release. The super cool news is that they have a new tape coming out on Youth Attack some time soon…so stay tuned!
Grinning Death’s Head
Grinning Death’s Head : INTRO
Grinning Death’s Head : WILL TO DIE