Recently I interviewed the German band Downfall of Gaia and they mentioned they were doing a tour in the states with an amazing band called Vestiges from Washington, DC. After such a decent band giving the thumbs up on Vestiges, I went to get my own opinion of them. The Vestiges album ‘The Descent Of Man’ is available for free download or on beautiful double matte black gatefold vinyl, cassette or recycled gatefold CD all from their website. The album is an extremely well produced mixture of dark atmospheric post hardcore, with crust styled vocals. If I had to draw comparisons, I’d think of European bands like Fall of Efrafa, Monachus or Alpinist. Lyrically Vestiges sing about the extinction of man and the fear of god. Expressing deep anarcho-primitivism ideals “Rejoice, reclaim, and rebuild what mankind has taken for granted”. Don’t get me wrong it’s not like Crass, where there is a message being shouted at you. It’s more of a dark epic type atmospheric sound. With each song numbered in Roman numerals rather than a track title making it more long like one piece or a soundtrack.
Download the entire album Vestiges – ‘The Descent Of Man’ for free, courtesy of the band here
Damn I fucking love my job…it’s good music, rad people & awesome bands. Gallery from Los Angeles is a band that fits into all three categories. This group is sick as fuck; one of my favorites on the apocalyptic sludge tip would be them – their 2011 release Anno Exitium is an underground classic in my book. On the real, this band knows how to balance the voodoo grooves with the stench of crust to create a gnarly sound. Gallery’s album is all killer with no fucking filler – do the right thing & bring their filthy chaos into your life. Here’s the deal – I have seen this band live, & I can tell you they give 666% live. That’s why today is your lucky day…Gallery is the first band to kick off the new CVLT Nation feature, Live Rituals, where you, the CVLT readers, can download a whole live show! Also, stay tuned because this Thursday we will be bringing you a full in-depth interview with Gallery!
When I first started going to metal shows in San Francisco regularly, I began to notice the name DJ Rob Metal on all the flyers. At first I didn’t think it was important to list who was DJing at a metal show. I was more interested in the bands playing than the music in between. The more shows I attended, however, the more I noticed how much more the overall experience of going to a show could be improved by the music between bands. If the choice of house music was left to the venue or, worst case scenario, a jukebox, the time between setups could really drag on. Over the past year or so I began to appreciate that someone was there to play Enslaved or Deathspell Omega along with time honored classics. I met Rob recently at a Miasmal show, and asked if I could photograph his vinyl collection. He was kind enough to let me into his lair. Vinyl junkies and record collectors take note. Photos of his record collection and a few gems after the jump.
I refuse to be led to the slaughter; I refuse to be led by these corrupt leaders that so-called govern the world; I refuse to not go after my dreams & turn them into my reality; I refuse to be force-fed rotting pop music that kills my soul. That’s why I dig bands like Planks from Germany, because their music is actually audio nourishment that empowers the listener. They have combined both of their vinyl recordings. The Darkest of Grays & Solicit to Fall, and have re-released them on CD via Southern Lord. The music you will find on this recording pushes the boundaries of hardcore – in a weird way this band reminds me of a blackened crust-laden version of Fugazi. Their are human conditions that we all go through, it does not matter your color, gender etc., we all can be affected by these things & this band addresses them lyrically, which I find refreshing. Trust me, Planks’ music is heavy, dissonant hardcore, but they build these mountains of emotion into their songs that are a joy for the listener to climb. The song writing skills that the Planks display on this record are totally rad & very dynamic. On certain songs like “Fallen Empires Are Ruling” & “We Are Translucent” there are moments of hardcore transcendental bliss. It’s the guitar playing on these songs that just takes your thoughts to a different plane of being. Planks’ vocalist gives 200 percent on this record, & he leaves his sincere mark on every song. What I also really like about this band is that they really grow on you with each listen; you will for sure find something new each time. You have a job to do – research this band, you will not go wrong bringing their music into your world! After the jump, check out some fresh live footage…it’s pretty epic!
One of my favorite scorched earth underground labels, Winter & Throat, have fucking blown my mind again with their upcoming release by TO THE DOGS. This band is on a whole other level of blackened radness – their new album, entitled Ambient Light A.G.W., will be on repeat in the CVLT Nation “offices” for sure. Why is this band so killer? Because they create from a place of dark honesty, where they are not trying to be like anyone but themselves, plus they have originality for daze. TO THE DOGS are the perfect blend of metallic crust, hardcore punk & black metal; many of their songs have this unhinged feeling to them that makes it where you can’t take your ears away from the stereo. Let’s get this fact out there right quick – the singer is fucking awesome; his screams of mayhem can wake the dead without doubt. The drummer is a beast & pounds out catchy primitive bliss for the whole album. Songs like “Harvest/The Hunger Is Stronger Than Fear” are a great example of why this band is so epic; it starts off with an unreal melodic drumbeat, then all hell breaks loose. The guitar work on this song is speaking to us from the book of the blackened distorted riff, so you better take heed. On song number 5, TO THE DOGS find themselves in a lake of bloody emotion before the water is set ablaze, & your brain is the firestarter. This band is a master at taking their sound to where you would never think they would go. Ambient Light A.G.W. is the perfect balance between our first morning & our last sunset. Don’t get it twisted, TO THE DOGS’ music is pure raw rage created in originality. So here is your job – harass the people over at Winter & Throat for the release date!
How rad is awesome…how dis are The Impalers? This band is d-beat to their core & trust me, they do not fuck around! These Houston dis-warriors serve up pure death blows on their 5-song demo, with a little bit of Motorhead thrown in for good measure. Sometimes I just don’t get that there are so many rad unsigned bands, & so many shitty signed bands…ok, that’s a whole other story…alright then, back to the review. The Impalers create high octane dis-crust. The guitar playing on this demo could behead a Mexican drug lord, because the sound is sharp & deadly. The drumming on this demo pounds cracks into my brain with each listen, & for some reason I’m ok with it, maybe it’s because their chaos is epic! Vocally, The Impalers set shit off with an “I will rip your face off” kind of delivery, which is how Dis-Beat should be. “Rabid Transgressors” kicks off the demo with a sick vocal sample, then the song bleeds into feedback & rest is history. This is a band that makes me want stop what I’m doing & start on Volume 3 of my Blackened Everything Mixtape series…I guess you could say they inspire me. If you dig D-Beat the way I do, do your ears a favor and download this demo…blast the fuck out of it & you will hear that The Impalers are nothing to fuck with!
Ah shit it’s on…all black everything, North Carolina stand the fuck up! Who turned off the lights…it’s Young And In The Way & TORCH RUNNER in attack mode on their new split! These two crust monsters have joined forces to release an off the fucking meat rack 7 inch via Headfirst Records – pre-orders are open. YAITW’s song “Rehash, Provenance, Death” is damaged in all the right ways – dark rolling bass with the drums of Hades only add to the controlled chaos that this song unleashes. Kable’s vocals are sonic venom & he poisons the track with all of it’s rad changes, but there is a problem – it’s only one song, I want more! TORCH RUNNER’s song “No Friend of Mine” is rad as fuck; the singer spits black flames for the whole song & never lets up. This band’s sound is super strong & smacks authority in the grill without apology. TORCH RUNNER really wins me over with the menacing & haunting energy that they bring to the song, which is nothing short of captivating. This 7 inch is well worth your time & money, do what you have to do to get this motherfucker. After the jump, check some gnarly flicks & epic video!
NUX VOMICA – Asleep in the Ashes (cassette version)
[Aborted Society Records]
This is the cassette version of Nux Vomica’s second full-length ‘Asleep in the Ashes’. It has been previously out on gatefold double LP colored vinyl and CD formats on Aborted Society Records since 2009. And now it’s released as a limited run of 100 green cassettes with color jewel cases. Maybe it’s nostalgia on my part but a cassette release has such a better aesthetic than playing mp3s on an overpriced iPod. There is great thought and energy put into this release. The stunning packaging is done again like their previous by tattooist Jason Angst with very colourful free spirited imagery.
Nux Vomica – The Invasion
01. Agnosy – Deceived By Disguise
02. Icon Of Evil – P.M.C
03. Phono Phobia – Superiority
04. Downfall Of Gaia interview
05. Downfall Of Gaia – Silere
06. Downfall Of Gaia interview
07. Vestiges – II
08. Downfall Of Gaia interview
09. Alpinist – Delta Flood of Ignorance
10. Bad Influence – Trapped In Reality
11. Downfall Of Gaia – Der Letzte Atemzug
12. Melodica Deathship – Azanath
History is being made on CVLT Nation. After 24 years, the prodigious crust legends, Amebix are releasing a new album, Sonic Mass, this fall on Amebix Records/Easy Action, and today CVLT Nation is premiering their single – “Knights of the Black Sun”. We could go on and on about this track and our love for it, about the growth of the band and their musical depth of experience, etc. etc., but we think it’s better for you to hear it from Rob Miller himself. Here is what he has to say about “Knights of the Black Sun”:
This song really originated as an afterthought, an idea that popped up pretty much as we had closed the bag on new songs for the album. I had been harbouring an idea for some time, something of an epic Saga that had certain key points in the narrative – there are references littered throughout the lyrics for anyone who cares to follow them. As a song, it is not typical of the rest of the album; it has a certain post punk feel which I really like, rather than straight forward grunt and thrash that many people may have expected, so it will divide opinions, which is always a good thing. It also has a clean vocal start, which is just asking for trouble – but again, we are very happy with this as the integrity is there to carry it off, besides which I remember the same reluctance back in the 1980′s when we were playing ‘Drink and Be Merry’ or ‘The Darkest Hour’. We decided after 24 years of silence to do what we always have done…exactly what we want…No Gods, No Masters…
PLAY “Knights of the Black Sun”
After the jump, check out photos of Rob, Stig and Roy of Amebix performing in Camden and at Hellfest, the single cover art, plus some live footage of Amebix performing and in studio recording the new album…