Dublin hardcore outfit Twisted Mass have been active for a couple of years now and so far have a brief, but blistering, self-titled EP under their belts that was released in 2011. Including members of Abaddon Incarnate, Refraction, and On Pain of Death, the band’s hardcore nods favourably to Swedish crust and clearly has a love of Tragedy too but it’s tinged with a metal flavour that makes their tunes all the more aggressive and urgent with each listen.
Today on CVLT Nation, we’re proud to present their first full-length Isaiah, a firestorm of searing, unforgiving, and altogether epic, hardcore that takes no prisoners, but don’t just take our word for it. Stream the album below now.
DAGGERS from Belgium are unleashing their new full-length It’s Not Jazz, It’s Blues soon on Throatruiner Records, and today we have an exclusive 2-track preview of this killer live-recorded album! It’s Not Jazz, It’s Blues will be out this spring, but today you can hear two tracks – “Apex” and “Woolgatherer.” Check out the stream below!!
Hand me the new FORWARD & TEARGAS 7inch so I can slap the taste out of warmongers’ mouths worldwide. This record will give you the energy of a hundred cups of coffee with a healthy dose of D-Beat angst. Both bands show and prove why they are not willing to bow to the seen and unseen corrupt powers. For over 9 minutes, FORWARD & TEARGAS will have the listener riding the crusty riffs of their anthems of rebellion! It’s an honor for CVLT Nation be streaming this record in full below…Make note – it’s out now via Hardcore Victim (AUS), Punk and Destroy (JP) and Havoc Records (USA).
Written by Phillip Cope
As the year ends, it is always fun to look back at it. However, I think it is also fun to look towards the year ahead and hopefully next year some eyes and ears will be focused on Columbia, S.C.. I have been very lucky to have spent some time there off and on over the years working at the Jam Room Recording Studio. It seems next year could be an incredible year for a scene that has a rich history of great underground bands (Antischism and Inhumanity being two of my faves), but has always been a bit hidden away. Here is a list of 10 Columbia S.C. bands I think CVLT Nation readers will dig. Also, since there are way too many bands to cover in just this one article, I highly recommend checking out Alec Edelson’s free Metalcockalypse comps on Bandcamp if you want to know more about the city’s overall hardcore, metal, punk etc scene. He tirelessly keeps track of it all, and besides putting on shows, also has a local radio show on WUSC where he gives all types of heavy stuff airplay.
1. Burnt Books – Comprised of scene veterans still cranking out awesome music.
In Italian, ”sei vivo, sei morto a nessuno importa” literaly means “whether you are alive or dead no one gives a shit”. This should give you an idea of what KOMPLOTT sound like. Pure, emaciated, unadulterated, starving and corrosive ultra-violent gutter punk from on of the lost capitals of Italian (and modern) hardcore – Milan, in northern Italy. Formed by current and former members of Giuda, Horror Vacui and Holy, KOMPLOTT are one of those bands who’s urgency, incumbency and full-blown anger are something you simply can not fuck with. This band has sacrificed everything – the form, the sound, the execution and even composition – to convey all its energies in one single focal point: pure and unadulterated socially-charged fucking wrath.
Suspiria is the follow-up release to BLANK‘s first full-length Calix and a definite must-have if you dig fast-paced, dark and highly emotive Hardcore with its dirty claws deeply dug in the rotten flesh of Metal and Crust. The band from the Cologne area (Germany) comes up with a four-song EP that totally lives off the tension between really fast high-speed attacks and halting, teeth-gnashingly slow grinding despair.
Thankfully enough this is really far away from being one of those fruitlessly anxious attempts to bring together Post-Metal and Hardcore – Suspiria is an highly energetic, infectious Punk record above all, but surely one that isn’t afraid to incorporate elements of other genres if they contribute to the bleak and desperate atmosphere created.
What a nice surprise just before the new year, a new Doom album. It has been a while since their last full length album “World Of Shit“. From the very opening song ‘Stripped, Whipped & Crucified‘ the anger and power still remain. This song leads us with a slow heavy riff to the second song ‘Prey For Our Souls‘, where they have the infamous punk poet Andy T on main vocals. For those not familiar with Andy, he had a great EP ‘Weary Of The Flesh‘ released on Crass Records. On this he sounds like an even darker, more politicized John Cooper Clarke. There is a real anarcho-punk type feel to some of the tracks on this. The title track, ‘Corrupt Fucking System,’ is pure political punk with that real powerful Conflict feel about it.
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The time is now to start checking out the insane releases that are in the pipeline for 2014. CVLT Nation has one for you: DIE CHOKING, who have a raging EP coming out in January. Over 5 tracks, this band scrambles your brain cells with their brand of high-octane grindcore laced with traces of rancid crust! What I dig about this record is the hidden grooves that are smashed against walls of aggressive speed & angst! DIE CHOKING also brings the noise with their messages of anti-authority & anti-capitalism. CVLT Nation has the honor of streaming the new DIE CHOKING EP in full below!
There have been some great new releases in 2013, as well as loads of great reissues in all genres of noisy music, but this is about the new, more crustier side of things. It has been a tough choice once again choosing a top six. As this year saw Profane Existence’s singles series as well as other bands I’d liked to have included, like Πανδημία, Morne, Conspiracy Of Denial, Corrupt Leaders, Last Legion Alive, Cancer Spreading and of course shitloads more. But this is my top six in no particular order, as they are all just as good.
Of course, the Axegrinder influence is very clear, but Swordwielder very much stand out from a lot of other crust bands as they go for that more slower, dark, eerie sound which bands like Axegrinder, Amebix and Morne do so well. With lyrics dealing with barren wastelands and war, I think you know what your in for – primitive and dark sounds which delve further into your soul. Releasing their first demo in 2012 as a limited CDR and cassette release on Boneyard Records, they have kept a very minimal internet presence which I think adds to the mystery of Swordwielder. All I know is that they are from Gothenburg, Sweden and that they only played their first gig in February of this year. Get it on vinyl while you still can on Cubo de Sangre Records.
We’ve talked about this release abundantly here, and it would be superfluous and redundant to keep bragging on about how insanely awesome this release by the young trio from Pisa is. A debut album that represents the crowning achievement in Italian underground metal in 2013, by far, without the barest shadow of a doubt. Buioingola have made an incredible statement in the world of dark and atmospheric metal with this debut album of theirs, and anyone who is in love with the more apocalyptic, gloomy and depressed sides of crust and doom should put Dopo L’Apnea on their year’s end top albums lists. For all fans of Planks, Altar of Plagues, Fall of Efrafa, Year of No Light and the such. Let the shadows spill in.