I was able to catch up via email with one of the creators of this years most talked about Southern California extreme music festivals…California Discord Fest. The first of many more to come, this festival has already generated massive buzz due to the impressive and exclusive lineup with bands from all over the world convening at its Los Angeles based location. Heres a brief insight into the mind of Daniel Gonzales of Bones Booking.
Read the rest of this epic interview after the jump!
This is a compilation of Doom’s demos from 1987 to 1992, originally released by Vinyl Japan in 1992 and now reissued by London based Anti Society Records with an updated booklet and new introduction written by Stick from the band.
Doom – Dropout
You’ve gotta have balls to call your band something as over the top as Wolfbeast Destroyer. Stones the size of elephants, and a tongue firmly in cheek.You’ve also gotta be seriously powerful to live up to it – the mental image the name conjures up is a bloodthirsty,bestial killing machine. Lucky for us then that the band who chose that moniker have that kind of feral whirlwind attack in their music.
Maybe I should roll one up & light it up before I get into this review…on second thought, I will wait until after. The fumes from this record can alter my mind without inhaling the sticky green goodness. Damn, Oaktown’s BRAINOIL is back with a heavy new album called Death Of This Dry Season, which will be released via 20 Buckspin on Aug. 2nd. I just got to say that I have been digging this band for a really long time, so when I heard they were coming out with new music, I cleaned up my bong & stocked up on some kind bud for the occasion. For about a week I have been smoking BRAINOIL nightly, & they have been taking me on some radical mind-bending journeys. Death Of This Dry Season is pure Apocalyptic Blues; this record drips with the grit of the urban environment were this band comes from, but by the same token it has this mystical layer that acts as the magic carpet ride that allows your thoughts to travel. The songs on this record sound like they have been blessed by a witchdoctor who put the band under his new spell called “crust blues of the underworld”. Okay, I will break down for you like this – BRAINOIL kills shit with their own sick brand of blues-infected sludge crust that gets all in your bloodstream, & in my case makes me think about all kinds of random rad shit like the great viking battles of old. The riffs on this album are filthy & have this swing to them that is just catchy as fuck but then at the drop off a dime the band’s riffs become filled with dirty sludge. BRAINOIL’s music packs a crusty punk punch to it that can get you amped up, but they also punish you the with this huge wall of doom. In my mind, every song on this record is covered in a layer of stench, with another layer of blackened melody on top. The vocals on Death Of This Dry Season are whiskey-soaked & spit out with a dark sense of danger – do not come up in the singer’s face talking shit, because you will get got. Fuck picking a couple songs to say how rad this album is, the whole damn thing rocks from the first track to the last. Where is my stash…now it’s time to smoke my BRAINOIL…I just got a brand new bong called Death Of This Dry Season!
Three songs that just rip the face off of corruption, then makes them eat their own lies. NIGHT SIEGE, simply put, are just fucking bad ass murder crust that makes you want to get yours for the right cause by any means necessary. This Texas band has a demo out called Power of Death that is just so awesome. The drums on every song have this battle cry beat that effects me like I just got a shot of adrenalin. NIGHT SIEGE is firing death blows on all levels – lyrically, they just fucking nail it & say the things that blind masses need stuffed down their throats. The singer is electric in the way he delivers his words of outrage.
NIGHT SIEGE’s music kicks you in the head with chaotic melody round house kicks every chance they get. They also drown you in blackened pool of emotion, so there is no way you will not care about their causes. Okay, alright, yes this a crushing d-beat band, but they have this 80′s hardcore energy that runs through their tunes as well. I need someone to tell me what the fuck is in the water in Texas to produce so many rad bands.
NIGHT SIEGE knows what they are living for & what they would die for, do you? I will let you in on a little secret – but this band will be on Vol. 4 of the CVLT Nation mixtape series Blackened Everything…download their demo HERE.
Embers sure do know how to write a riff. The riffs on their third full length, Shadows, will stick to your ribs and get stuck in your head. The dueling guitar melodies find the perfect balance between repetition and variation throughout the albums 10 songs. Embers write catchy, melodic guitar lines delivered with crusty, temolo-picked blackened fervor. More words, song preview and links after the jump.
I want to go to the land where people do not smile, to the place where dirty is the new clean. If I did find this place, I know what band would waving their stench flag high – it would be Portland’s ELITIST. Their album Fear in a Handful of Dust, out via Season of Mist, is one blackened slab of putrified hate that sounds epicly awesome to my ears. This band is super gnarly, and this album will take you on a stench-filled ride that you will not want to get off. ELITIST use distortion & feedback as a whole other fucking instrument of destruction, and it builds up the tension in their songs. Also, the way they weave these two elements into their tunes, it also seems to open up room for experimentation. To me, ELITIST’s foundation is in the world of making everything sound fucked up, & they do an ultra sick job at it. They paint ugly audio portraits with the fury of d-beat & black metal, and they will pound you over the head with a sludge hammer until you scream for mercy. Under the sonic cesspool that is Fear in a Handful of Dust, you will hear a blackened voodoo blues thing infecting their sound, which adds an awesome groove into the mix. Check out their tune “Bound and Bent” – it starts off cracking the whip of mayhem before settling down into a pit were snakes dance. The singer in this band sounds like he had a huge drink of zombie juice before he laid his vocals, because he sounds as mean as the guards of Hades. To me, ELITIST make music for the mentally sane, so that we will stay that way in this insane fucking world we exist in. If you dig your dirge to give you that unhinged feeling, this album is right up your alley. What I really was impressed with about this album was how open the band was with taking chances & just not giving a fuck…so on that note, FUCK THE WORLD & DON’T ASK ME FOR SHIT!
Drainland – interview
Drainland – Alpha Rat
Drainland – Stairs
Christian Death – Deathwish
Beherit – Pagan Moon
Kromosom – Systematicdeath
Man Is The Bastard – The Arena
Throbbing Gristle – What a Day
The war is on & those corrupt capitalistic warmongers better watch out because we have had enough. Lockstep from Oaktown is down for the get down, these metallic crust warriors’ 2010 Basement Tape release is so fucking epic. Every tune on this release is a death blow to the so-called heads of government. If riffs were weapons this band would have a full arsenal, I’m just saying, the guitar work on Basement Tape is rad to the core. Vocally, the singer brings the plight of the downtrodden home, & lays outs their torment with his lyrics and his earnest delivery. Check out songs like “Torches upon the Leech” & you will hear the thick wall of caustic feedback mixed with slow-moving distortion, which together build this epic groove that in my book is as catchy as the plague. Lockstep’s music pounds you with off the Richter scale drumming that provides a great foundation for their call to arms. Yeah, this band’s music is full of controlled anger directed at those who deserve it, but it’s their use of caustic melodic vibes that really draws you in. If you are a fan of unhinged D-beat, Crust, Murder Sludge & Doom you must check out Lockstep – you can purchase their tape HERE. Also stay tuned to CVLT Nation for tour details & other awesome news about this sick band. Something must be in the water in Oaktown because they have been turning out sick bands since I was in the street up there in 84. Whatever the case, get in step with Lockstep, nuff said!
Slow moving mystic crust, layered on top of slow moving heavy ancient mist that will surround your whole aura & illuminate your darkest thoughts. Morne’s new album, Asylum, out now via Profound Lore, is one mammoth dose of radness. This album almost has a meditative quality about it & that’s one thing I really dig. The songs on this album are beings unto themselves that evolve with every listen; or you could say that they are books that have mad chapters that will enthrall you with each turn of the page. Morne’s use of melody on this album is fucking spot on – they hit these tones that could make a willow weep. The production on Asylum is huge, but not overwhelming or too polished. Their musicianship is otherworldly – at times it seems that this record acts as time machine & takes your mind to another place. This album is drenched in blackened soul & one place that this is evident is in the vocals that fill each song with pain. On tunes like “Edge of the Sky,” you can totally hear & feel the guitars cascade over you, before the keyboards lift you up into the black clouds…then you will descend back down to earth in apocalyptic crust bliss. The quiet riff on “Nothing to Remain” is so powerful & emotive; to put it simply, it’s just fucking beautiful, timeless music. Morne created a record that moves past labels & boxes in my book, and this is what is going to make people come back to Asylum in ten years and say this record still sounds rad as ever. It’s not easy to make complex music sound simple, but Morne were successful at it, and for that fact hats off to them. As I get older, it’s nice to hear how bands are taking the foundations of sonic culture & molding them in their own likeness. Asylum is a heavy album in many different ways, but emotional & vast in many more.
Morne : Nothing to Remain