Our homies MASAKARI are on a European tour with ALPINIST, and from the look of things they are having a blast! This band stands for what they sing about, and I can’t say enough about how much we respect them at CVLT Nation. MASAKARI just had an electricfing performance at the Fluff Fest and this is the footage we would like to share with you – it’s fucking off the chain. Also, after the jump peep their remaining dates!
It’s pretty simple – CVLT Nation has mad respect for Moshpit Tragedy and their dedication to gnarly bands. The way they set up their label, is totally artist-friendly and positive for the listener. This weekend in Pomona, California, Moshpit Tragedy, in conjuction with Scion AV, are putting on a filthy showcase featuring Morne, Phobia, Skarp, Total Fucking Destruction and Sea Will Rise (RSVP HERE). So in celebration of this event, we have put together this mega video essay with live footage from each band. After the jump, get your crust on and peep these rancid visuals!
So, From Ashes Rise are back. That’s a good thing for the most part. It’s a return after nine years, which is marked by this two track 7” that has been released by (you guessed it folks) Southern Lord. That’s another veteran crust/d-beat band in the label’s arsenal. The 7” is, if anything, a mere precursor for the release of a new LP, which is still in the works. The two songs presented here display two sides to From Ashes Rise, both good and, not necessarily bad but not exactly positive at the same time. “Rejoice The End/Rage of Sanity”’s two sides may mean the next LP is on a path that will fork and judging from the direction they choose, it will affect the end product of the LP, whenever that lands.
Banner photography via the brilliant work and minds of Thomas Couderc & Clément Vauchez
Over the past few months I have had the incredible opportunity to stay quite busy with playing and attending shows here in the bay area. I am a huge fan and supporter of the underground music and art scene, this year more than ever I’ve fulfilled many life dreams and played/attended some truly spectacular shows. Here’s a collection of sights and sounds that I’ve gathered this Summer.
They grow a lot of enjoyable things in Holland, but recently they started “growing metal”. Responsible for the harvest is Garden of Exile records, a mail order (or grow shop?) that imports metal, hardcore and grindcore vinyl from all over the world and sells it at reasonable prices. They’ve also released albums from Cobalt, Burst, Botch, Misery Index, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Cave in, Anaal Nathrakh, … on vinyl. We happen to like those bands and we happen to like small, underground labels and distros, so it’s time to get to know some of them! The Garden is up first!
Hey Tjeerd, could you tell us how Garden of Exile came to life?
That’s quite a long story actually. It started out when we were kids visiting hardcore and metal shows every weekend. First only inHolland, but later on throughoutEurope. We bought a lot of records ourselves at those shows. We started listening to music that was hard to get over here inEurope. So we started ordering directly from theUS. To make this affordable, we ordered some more copies for friends to save on postage and get wholesale rates. One thing led to the other and before we knew it, we had a couple of cases with CDs and some vinyl. We started attending shows to sell our stuff and that’s the moment it became a bit more serious. We both started writing reviews, doing interviews for several zines and got to know more and more people. We decided to spend the money we made with our distro on releasing music by bands we liked personally and music wise. At first we released 3 or 4 CDs but soon after we focused more and more on vinyl, since we both prefer vinyl and are collecting this since we were like 16 or so. It all started as a hobby, but it grew out of hand pretty fast! It’s not always easy, since we do this besides our normal daytime jobs. Besides some problems with shipping and all, things went pretty smooth and we are still trying the best we can.
“Different Names for the Same Face” is the latest 7” EP from Vancouver’s crust/grind beasts Burning Ghats. Beast is really the best way to describe this band with their caustic hardcore onslaught. It’s a ferocious effort from the band. It was released last year so unfortunately, we’re a little late to the party but if this was a new release you’d certainly be thinking it’s one of the better hardcore EPs of the year so far. Alas. But let’s not dwell on timing because this EP is great no matter when it’s played. It’s fierce and furious crusty grind savagery. Start to finish.
The vocals really make this EP though. Vocalist Chad Jones sounds like he chews broken glass and guzzles barrels diesel to wash it all down as he spits, roars and spews out his wretched vocals. The riffs are mostly crust laden assaults but at times there’s some devastating flourishes of technicality at play that really work a treat for the bigger picture.
But the most important thing about Burning Ghats is their belligerence and recklessness, and that’s here in fucking spades. This band could kill with an LP, with more time to work with and more room to strike, straight for the jugular. For now, wrap your ears around this racket.
We all know that one of the heaviest tours of the summer will be the Southern Lord Showcase featuring Martyrdöd, Black Breath, Burning Love, Dead in the Dirt and Enabler. CVLT Nation’s favorite southern videographer, South Florida Hardcore, was on hand to capture the whole event of epic rawness in Atlanta! Not only did every band bring the pain, but the way they were shot you can smell the sweat that was dripping on the floor. We are so stoked to share with you this all the way live video essay, before and after the jump! Now let the headbanging begin – the madness is upon us!
First there was the d-beat crust of Born Dead Icons, whose 2003 Ruins LP is some sort of d-beat/crust masterpiece. Then came the “post-d-beat” punk rock of The Complications, a band on Feral Ward that I interviewed for CVLT Nation, here.
Now, from ex-Born Dead Icons and Complications members, comes the deathrock of Dekoder, a goth-punk band that has reclaimed deathrock’s punk roots, and which is making some of the best new deathrock on the planet. Here, at CVLT Nation, is a new interview with Dekoder.
Let it be known that deathrock is officially reclaiming its punk origins. And it couldn’t sound better. Fuck yes!
With only this release, a self titled four track E.P, and a small amount of shows under their belts attempting to find out any information via the internet on Asheville’s 4 piece Autarch is like trying to extract a streak of piss out of the ocean with a teaspoon. Recorded in a basement and mastered by Audio Siege, Brian Boatright of the From Ashes Rise fame (the same man responsible for the mastering Tragedy’s Darker Days Ahead), Autrach already have their precocious feet firmly on solid punk ground and a record that has the sonic gloss to stand up against most studio tailored E.Ps. But does the quality of the songs mirror the same qualities?
The record opens with ‘Kings’, a disarming intro of quiet guitars that quickly escalates into a Cult of Luna brooding style groove. Although this doesn’t last long because before you know it or can really appreciate the melodies Autarch dive straight into what they’re really here to do: play fast and play heavy. Closest comparisons could be drawn to now defunct Australian crust punks Schifosi and the Mexican Antimaster, layering constant octave chords over thundering D-beat with hoarse grunts. But comparisons are what really let this record down as it fails to leave behind any of their peers and come into a signature sound of their own – turning into a checklist, tick the boxes hardcore release.
Rest of the review and tour dates after the jump!
GHOSTLIMB’s Confluence is the second chapter of the trilogy that has been started with Infrastructure in 2011. And of course GHOSTLIMB deliver a surpassing Hardcore record again. Twelve tracks filled with everything you love about them: the anger, the emotions, the fury, the desperately surging guitars, the fuming vocals, bits of blast-beats here and there – in a word, everything that makes a good, modern Hardcore record that’s not getting into a watered-down or, hell forbid, metalcore’ish direction.
GHOSTLIMB create this pugnacious, often melancholic mood without using strained symbolisms like so many bands do while trying to create a dark atmosphere. You can hear in every note played and every word screamed that all this emotion comes straight from the hearts of the people playing this music, and is not just an image that’s being made-up.
So if I’d have to rate this record I’d give it a 7 out of 10. Why just a 7? Well, basically because from my personal point of view, GHOSTLIMB do everything right there is to do, but really nothing more. There’s just nothing unexpected happening, I mean the Hot Water Music cover surprised me but it fits the overall package so well you probably wouldn’t recognize it as a cover if you don’t know HWM. Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoy listening to Confluence, but it’s not that I feel the need to listen to it 24/7, two month in a row. And besides I’m quite saturated with Hardcore like this, I mean there countless “neo-Crust” bands playing similar music – more often than not the results aren’t as convincing like in GHOSTLIMB’s case of course.
But that (super subjective & super bitchy) demur shouldn’t keep you from buying this record if you like your Hardcore truly emotional, fast and angry. You won’t go wrong with GHOSTLIMB, that’s for sure. Confluence will be released on July 10th, you can pre-order it from Vitriol Records.
Brooklyn Vegan is streaming four songs of Confluence: