Now this is fucking ultra sick to listen to and watch: NEUROSIS 1992 live in Italy. A hour’s worth of footage that has them blazing through Souls at Zero material plus a Dead Kennedys cover. Shout out to Killthatcat for turning us on to this…Fuck all of the chit chat, peep NEUROSIS killing it 1992 styles after the jump!
They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover but in the case of Ilsa the cover of “Intoxicantations” tells a whole lot about what’s to come. A tiger with a tab of LSD on it’s tongue, a tangle of weeds, skulls, eyes, and centipedes, lines being cut, a free-based tooth. Horrific, intoxicant soaked doomed out death metal that’s equal parts brutal as it is mind-altering. Following up 2010′s excellent debut record, Tutti il Colori del Buio Ilsa return with another crusted out attack on sobriety. Intoxicantations is a lengthy record, over 10 tracks ranging from two minute bursts of rage to six plus minutes of punishing doom. The introduction sets the stage perfectly. Ominous, martial drumming with strangled ambiance merges with panicked descriptions of drug use and the occult, merging with the opening track “Foreign Lander”. Crusty riffing, d-beat drums, and Orion’s furious vocal delivery make up the backbone of this record. There is something particularly punishing about Ilsa’s brand of death/doom, and Intoxicantations dials it up a notch. The sludged out guitar and and abyssal drumming provide an oppressive, funereal atmosphere to this record.
The eponymous track, “Intoxicantations” is pure doom. Serving as a powerful contrast to the slowed down riffing, the drumming on this track, and record as a whole, is something to behold. Bursts of double bass drop in when necessary then dissipate into ethereal cymbal crashes, never overwhelming, but always there, pressing on your chest. Paeans to drugs and satan make up the core of this records lyrics. It’s wild, hallucinatory imagery that fits well with the death-tinged atmosphere. The next track, “Deadbeat’s Ballad” takes on a more traditional heavy metal tone, something that happens a few times on this record, invoking bands like Red Fang or Howl. Buried gang vocals are the first thing you’ll notice about this track. ”Deadbeat’s Ballard” is high energy even when the listener is being buried under the massive riffing and wild drumming, ultimately leading to a massive conclusion.
All Photos: Ted Reckoning
Despite some unwelcome shenanigans on the 2nd night of Vancouver’s 8th annual DISTORT FEST, the third night went off well and featured performances by CRIMSON SCARLET, OUST, DERAS KRIG, DEATHCOUNT, SKABIIS, NIGHT NURSE, ASILE, BELLICOSE MINDS and WOLFBRIGADE. All bands killed it, and Ted Reckoning has provided us with photographic proof of it! Check out his gallery of photos after the jump, and start getting ready for next year’s fest!
Text and Photos: Andy Social Photography
Barely drinkable draft, studded leathers and ear-splitting decible levels… Distort Fest Volume 8 was everything a punk fest should be. After a late start the crowd was thirsty for more than booze when opening act Absurdist hit the stage, and shit got gnarly fast. Short sets were the order of the night and before I knew it, Rapid Loss was closing out the show with more fury than a wolverine on bath salts. It would be impossible to name any one band as a highlight, they were all rad and put on one hell of a show. I didn’t make it to the after show show because I had to move the next day, but if it was anywhere near as good as the show at Iron Road Studio I totally missed out. Unfortunately night two didn’t go down as expected… Some douche nozzle broke a car window near the venue which brought in all kinds of unwanted attention. By the time I got to the show the place was shut down and everyone was scattering with no clear idea where the show would be moved to. After hearing a few different possibilities I decided to grab a sixer and go home. Weak, I know. Here are my shots from night number one, check em out! My buddy Ted Reckoning did the work for night three and he’s awesome so check out his shots too (stay tuned for those on CVLT Nation…).
Occultist formed in the last couple years… why would you do that?
Jim: A few years ago a tentacled malevolence reached out to us from the great beyond demanding that we not play trend metal or rap-rock, and so Occultist was born.
What kind of drug stimulants do you use to prop up your anemic, vegan bassist, Nathaniel?
Anonymous Occultist Member: In short, all of them. Like most bassists, he isn’t good for much anything else. We’ve caught him numerous times huffing avocado in the van, doing lines of peanut butter in the bathroom, and walking the street for vegan mayonnaise. Despite this, Kent is really good at reminding him to smoke his crack on tour, and this keeps him from taking the veggies too far!
Who would you Marry, Fuck, and Kill from the following, and why: Deviated Instinct, Amebix, Rudimentary Peni?
Jim: As stinky as this business could quickly become we’d fuck or kill any of them but marriage is too cruel a fate for such killer bands; after all we’re not savages.
Do you get a lot of flack from the metal scene for having a girl in the band? Or do you think the scene has grown up enough to look at Leland as just a great drummer?
Anonymous Occultist Member: Leland gets harassed by suitors at nearly every gig. Sometimes it can be pretty stressful; we have a system in place and generally it works. Kind of a Chris Kattan playing the character “Mango” on Saturday Night Live thing. What I’m saying is that Leland fucked Garth Brooks.
Photo: Glenn Cocoa
Today we’re stoked to be streaming in full the new album by Downfall of Gaia, Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes, available now on CD, and on vinyl pre-order HERE, and available worldwide on October 9th! Check out their track by track description and stream below…
Text: Downfall of Gaia
– drowning by wing beats -
In a fast moving time such as today, we must deal with increasing pressure from outside, making it far too easy to lose control of oneself.
With the loss of control, reality seems like a dark veil that can not be shaken off.
Trying to find any sort of exit seems to force you into a dark and downward spiral.
In situations like this, your own thoughts become the worst enemy.
– in the rivers bleak -
Reality is taking it’s toll and the growing weights on your back seems to bury you.
Scarred by insomnia life seems surreal while you are trapped between depression and insanity.
The fear of being trapped in this forever is leaving you alone in perplexity and helplessness.
– i fade away -
Overcharged and unaware of what to do, hope seems to be the last shield against reality.
Ashamed and almost broken you are trying to keep things dark but it’s way too obvious for people to see that you are defenselessly heading towards the end.
The try to hide ends in deceiving oneself.
This was the second year of Filthfest in Dublin city, so after last years two day festival being so good, it was a must to go again this year. After arriving I had to visit the usual haunts in Dublin on any visit, Into The Void Records, Chapters bookshop and Delhi O’Deli for some Indian street food. Then off to the venue called ‘The Pint’ a long Dublin city’s quays, the bar has that traditional Irish pub look. But then you look in the window and you notice some facial tattoos and mean looking bearded fuckers necking back Guinness… but that of course is the band Coldwar. So then straight up to the rooftop of the place for a great post apocalyptic looking vegan barbecue, grilled on an old burnt out shopping trolley. Then the filthy feedback started rising up to the roof.
This is urgent: on September 21st, Protestant release their new album Reclamation via Halo of Flies USA & Chaos RuraleCanada. Every tune on this album is a wake up to your inner doubts to shut the fuck up and get on with this thing called life! Today CVLT Nation is honored to be streaming the song “Jan Palach” from Reclamation below!
It can be easy to forget the influence that Fall of Efrafa left behind when they called it a day. Despite only releasing three LPs, the crust turned post metal behemoths really set a standard for sprawling epic hardcore of this ilk and it’s easy to hear that sound explored more a few years later by bands like Downfall of Gaia, Vestiges and this band right here, Monuments Collapse.
From San Francisco, Monuments Collapse is another band that has morphed from a hardcore template (if you will) into a down-tempo, doomy-inflected entity that slowly unfurls its grand dirge in dramatic and imposing fashion.
This self-titled LP is made up of just two tracks, but both are lengthy expansive pieces, giving this effort a 36 running time. It’s clearly an album meant for consumption in one sitting, one listen.
First movement “White Owl” opens with funereal tones in bleak guitar lines that start to unfold into coarse doom metal walls of sound, soon gathering in pace, taking in some of the band’s post rock tendencies before the bellowing vocals enter to draw a line, daring you to cross. The harrowing roars totally change the tones to more caustic, abrasive and confrontational ones.
By the ten minute mark, Monuments Collapse have made their presence more than felt, meandering around haunting corners and laying down devastating dirges of doomed out hardcore. The song eventually descends into another eerie solemn passage around 12 minutes where the band recede into a minimalist verse before kicking in again with towering walls of riffs. The band’s ability to shift in and out of these climes is altogether impressive and this last twist brings “White Owl” to a staggering and gripping climax.
One of the most influential punk bands to ever hit a stage was the almighty DISCHARGE. At the height of their existence, no one could fuck with their live shows, because they packed the power of gun powder! They gave a killer performance in 1983 at Victoria Hall Hanley Stoke, and today CVLT Nation would like to share it with you. I know I’m not alone in saying DISCHARGE reigns supreme! So after the jump, the nightmare continues – so peep the awesome show in full!!!