Last year our comrades in heavy Southern Lord joined forces with Scion AV and held an unreal showcase featuring Martyrdod, Black Breath, Burning Love, Pelican and Enabler. Not only was some superdelic live footage taken, some interesting interviews were also created. What I dig about these conversations is that you get to know things about the bands that you maybe would never find out. CVLT Nation is stoked to be premiering these Southern Lord//Scion AV visuals featuring some of our favorite bands! So after the jump, let’s get down to the nitty gritty!
If you’re into the brutal and dark side of hardcore and you still haven’t heard of U.K’s Black Mass then you are clearly missing it big time…
Black Mass have been around since 2010 and have at this point released a Demo, an EP and a Split release with Host. “Of First and Last Things” is a compilation and re-recording of all their recorded material to date, plus one previously unreleased track.
Well, what can you expect from a band that states on their Facebook page that their influence is “Horror, disgust and anxiety through tonal abuse and overwhelming volume.“? Ridiculous and brutal drum discharges filled with the most dirtiest of the riffs that will carve into your flesh while fierce and vicious vocals will make your bones almost shatter. Black Mass aren’t fooling around. They have got to be one of the most underrated bands in the midst of this darkest faction of hardcore. These lads grab a handful of genres like hardcore, crust, death metal and grind and blend it into this furious and evil potion to which is impossible to stay indifferent.
Mortuous, one of the best Death Metal bands in California, just finished recording their newest demo and it sounds great. While the first demo released in 2010 was solely Colin Tarvin, now, two years later, this demo contains the solidified line-up that is currently crushing every show they play in the Bay Area. Mortuous spent a great deal of time perfecting this recording and it definitely shows. Clear and concise Death Metal all the way through. Mortuous’, “Demo 2012″, was recorded by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California and mastered by Matt Widener (Liberteer, Cretin, The County Medical Examiners). Mortuous uploaded their recordings to their Bandcamp just recently, where you can stream and download the entire demo. A cassette will soon be released by Transylvanian Tapes so stay tuned for a release date in the near future.
6. Hall Of Mirrors: Altered Nights
Hall Of Mirrors are Andrea Marutti (Amon) and Giuseppe Verticchio (Nimh). These sound artists have been active for twenty years by now as preeminent names inside the dark ambient and noise scenes. Altered Nights was released by Malignant Records, a long time running American label going to take the role once own by such a label as as Cold Meat Industry. The record is a real rite backed by some other Italian artists, for a sort of experimental all-star league: Pietro Riparbelli (K11), Vestigial (ex CMI), New Risen Throne (CMI and Cyclic Law), Andrea Ferraris and Subinterior. Because of these guests, this record turned into the most abrasive ever produced by Hall Of Mirrors, the one sporting the higher evil approach. Luckily, Andrea and Giuseppe left every goth cliché out of the writing process: just an impressive dark ambient without medieval choirs or debts towards Lustmord. The interaction was so productive that a second record had to be devoted to “Last Night: Late Summer Ceremony”. This is a 45 minutes-long sabbath that will make you see Italy as the land of the Etruscan cemeteries instead of the “Sunshine Land”. For sure, this is one of the best dark ambient/noise releases in 2012 and and a crucial gathering of all the artistic heirs of Maurizio Bianchi’s and Pierpaolo Zoppo/Mauthausen Orchestra’s (RIP) steps.
Møllehøj is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Christensen, whose Danish roots inspired the project’s name. Raw and emotive in nature, she draws inspiration from her close ties with the wilderness, channeling its energy into existential monuments of sonic fury. The 42-minute demo balances the line between hypnotic, traditional black metal and drone, with the mournful sound of a cello adding a beautiful layer of sorrow and mystique into the mix. But the true Møllehøj sound seems to come from the live experience, as the music is as emotional as it is seemingly improvisational. I’ve yet to witness the ritual in human form, but the band readily documents them and makes me hope for that day to arrive.
CVLT Nation is extra excited to announce the pre-order for the CVLT Nation X The Secret limited edition t-shirt starts today! The talented Robbie Paterson created an amazing graphic for this very limited t-shirt, which is only available in the CVLT Store. We are aiming to ship these the 7th of January, 2013, and they will be printed by Holy Mountain Printing in the USA. Check out the images below and make sure you get yours soon…these are going to go fast!
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!
Mourner, hailing from Minneapolis, are a hardcore band who dabble in the dark arts of blackened crust. “The Rising End,” their newest offering, is heavy on the hardcore but pleases with its measured use of black metal and crust. This music is abrasive to be sure, but not to the point that some of their peers do, providing a sharper sound than one is normally accustomed to. The production is definitely a strong point here, everything is heard concisely.
“The Rising End’s” absolute strong point is how much fun the band has with its subject matter in respect to their style. Punk rock aesthetics soar like fiery-winged angels descending on a beleaguered battleground. Being a shit person never sounded so good, or ferocious for that matter. Black metal tempos hammer with vigor, racing alongside D-beat threats that ride in and out of passages carved of pain and loneliness.
Mourner put forth some terribly honest effort here and it shows. “The Rising End’s” energy is at times palpable, especially on penultimate track “Dying.” Opener “58th and Bloom” and immediate follow-up “Knives Twist” are the prime examples of that great aesthetic that runs itself through the record. This is a deliciously bitter sandwich of a record with the crust not cut off, and gratefully so. READ MORE…
Unholy triple sick fuck!! The just released album by DOOMSDAY, out now on Disorder Recordings, is epic audio death in 6-D! Every tune on this record is a banger that will bruise your ear drums! This is why CVLT Nation is fucking mad excited that we have been given the honor of streaming DOOMSDAY below…After you blast this motherfucker beyond loud, go out and buy it!