Review by Metaloath
Black September’s second album, Into The Darkness Into The Void, (Prosthetic Records) contains 9 tracks of churning metal harnessed in the black and vile regions of metal. The band spawned from the Chicago crust scene around 2006 and has put out some EPs and toured frequently since then. Their touring CV includes supporting acts for well-known acts such as Skeletonwitch, Tragedy and Enslaved. That should stir the interest of any metalhead.
Now they are releasing the album Into The Darkness Into The Void through Prosthetic Records. The album is an important album in the sense that is a follow up to the first substantial release (The Forbidden Gates, 2010, through Shaman Records), and thus becomes the first effort after the debut and their first album on Prosthetic Records. This is by definition the leap from the surface of the underground to the outposts of established metal culture.
The human resources in Black September revolve around Chris and Jen McMorrow. The rest of the band members are mysteriously hidden in two-letter codes. The album was recorded by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording.
The nine tracks on the album are all well recognizable within the formats of blackened thrash metal: galloping drums, swarming riffs chasing in scales, catchy hooks, and timed breaks aligned with the headbanging likely to occur when listening. The opening track offers the usual feedback/sludged noise, and it kicks off with punctuated, mid-tempo power riffs and melodic fills. The sound is definitely rawer than more traditional heavy metal bands, but still not as filthy and fucked-up as, for example, Lord Mantis. The guitars here have the crispy chain-saw buzz when they howl through the fill-ins and between-break melody lines. The first song, “Solitude,” presents a full frontal assault with an unmistakable black metal kinda vibe.
Read the full review after the jump!
We at CVLT Nation are super siked about bringing you a full stream of Lake Of Misery, the crushing debut full-length of UNREST. Featuring some quite prominent names of the German Hardcore-Punk scene, UNREST are aiming for one goal only: to destroy all your comforts and deliver one of the most powerful, dirtiest yet heaviest Hardcore records in a while. Recorded at the famous Tonmeisterei, Lake Of Misery comes in a very tight balanced, punching sound that feels like a whole bag of slaps coming your way. Taking influences from Scandinavian Crust like Skitsystem or Martyrdöd as well as British Grind pioneers Extreme Noise Terror or early Napalm Death, UNREST are already playing in a league of their own – unstoppable, unmistakable and relentless.
Check out Lake Of Misery in its whole brutal entirety after the jump and be sure to get your physical copy (vinyl only, of course). Bring on the rage!
Dont let the name fool you, “Dis” prefix might be somekind of ‘standard’ for many d-beat bands. But this Canadian metalpunk assault wont compromise with their 7 songs debut EP tape titled “Dis Nightmare Continues” (released by Uncross Your Arms), an ugly mutation of d-beat, UK82, NWOBHM and crust – formulas to which they claimed as their main influences. They sent me the tape along with my shirt purchase, I really dig the cover art done by Halseycaust below!
Murderess Vs. Age of Collapse
What’s it like to be in an all boy band?
You have to wash your balls in people’s sinks.
How do you write dark songs with all that sunshine?
What’s that taco recipe you made for us?
Let us answer your question with another question: how does it feel
to know that tacos from our dumpsters are better than anything found in PDX?
What is the most important non-musical accessory you bring on tour?
Sean – Bullet belt
Steve – Realistically, honestly…….weed.
Xavi – Mustache and papers.
Blaine – LOTS of pillows
Would you say that you’re patriotic? Are you proud to be an “American”?
Hey now. C’mon……grow up.
CVLT Nation salutes AGE OF COLLAPSE & MURDERESS for bringing us a kick ass interview – stay tuned for Pt. 2. Also, make sure to pick up the new MURDERESS EP at their shows…peep the east coast tour dates after the jump!
Alright. First off, who would win in a fight: Lemmy or God?
Only Lemmy is real.
Who from your band do you think you could beat in a fight? Who from Age of Collapse do you think you could beat in a fight?
Amanda, Everyone in both bands. She trains in fighting people to the death every day of her life.
It seems like most of you have come from different places. New Mexico, California, Hawaii. What were the punk scenes like in your hometowns and why did you move to Portland?
Jozy (CO), Rachel (HI) – non-existent.
Amanda (WY)- there’s one tiny scene that includes everyone; there’s no sub-scenes.
Casey (CA) – Jim Beam and driving to drink at the parking lot of Honey’s.
We moved here because Portland is better than everywhere else.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed being part of a punk scene as rich / convoluted as Portland’s?
Our scene is not convoluted; it’s very splintered and specific. It makes it easier, actually. Portland is the best place on Earth.
Read the rest of the interview after the jump!
Earier this year, AGE OF COLLAPSE released a kick-ass album entitled Burden of Beast via Aborted Society Records (check out our review HERE!). I was totally blown away by this record, and one of the many stand-out songs, “Hands That Take,” now has a video produced by Brian Myers. Every time I hear this song, I just know that we have to do something, no matter how big or small, to make a positive impact on this world! AGE OF COLLAPSE are now on a west coast tour – peep the dates plus the video after the jump. Also, stay tuned for Part Two of their artist to artist interview with Murderess.
I really like Internal Autonomy. This dark British punk band began around 1986 as the original wave of anarcho-punk was receding. The band continued to release records into the early 1990s and within the past few years the band’s two core members, Al and Nix, have gotten back together with a host of new material and covers of bands like Rudimentary Peni and Alternative. The band play a mix of anarcho-punk and gothy postpunk that reminds at turns of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Rubella Ballet, and Blood and Roses. Nix’s vocals can vary between sounding like Siouxsie Sioux, Eva O. of the Superheroines, and Anja Huwe of Xmal Deutschland. For all that, however, the band maintains a revolutionary, DIY punk spirit and approach. Internal Autonomy should be much better known than they are, and this interview is one small step towards remedying that.
Below, I got to ask Al and Nix what bands inspired them, what they think about filesharing and how it has impacted DIY/punk culture, as well as the anarchist philosophy that motivates them, and other things. Enjoy.
Internal Autonomy interviewed by Oliver in August, 2012.
Oliver: To get some basic information out of the way, when did you all start, what town was this in, and who was in the band then (1980s) versus now? And also, what instruments do they play?
Nix: IA really arose out of another band Al was part of. Al and I met at a gig in Frimley – where I was selling “Infection” zines with the writer, my other half at the time. Al came up and asked if he’d do a review in the zine. We became friends and one day Al rang and asked if I’d like to sing in the band – so I had a go… still do – lol. We began recording on an old karaoke machine, in Al’s room in Camberley, which swiftly morphed into a recording studio. Who is in the band??? Anyone. That’s always been the objective, which is why there have been so many varied and talented people passing through and leaving their mark. But, for the most part it has been Al and I as the driving forces. Drum and voice – rhythm and harmony?
Interview by Melissa from Profane Existence
War//Plague has just released their debut full length album On A Darker Dawn. There is a progression and growth about the new album in comparison to their last release. There’s a unique and cohesive theme and sound to this album that must have taken a lot of time and hard work. Previous bands of War//Plague are Provoked, Calloused and Pontius Pilate. They’re pleasing to listen to both live and on plastic. The new album is breathtaking and if you haven’t bought yourself a copy yet, you’re missing out. Profane Existence intern, Melissa, recently got a chance to ask the band some questions for CVLT Nation and this is what they had to say.
Lefton – vocals / guitar
Luts – vocals / guitar / artist (album cover)
Sam – bass / vocals
Chad – drums
On a Darker Dawn is your first full length album and follow up to your split 12” with Police Bastard. This album seems to have a cohesive theme to it. I couldn’t help but notice a lot of flies, both visually and in the audio. Can you explain this?
Lefton: It’s a theme that keeps with the band’s title and overall outlook as a whole. I personally see it as semblance of our world. Rotting, plagued by humans that devour the Earth’s natural resources, self-destruction and no will to empower ourselves to make this a better place. Rather, some of us rely on our individual experience and moral compass to guide us to a better path and hopefully a better world.
Lutz: We really wanted the album to feel ‘whole’ and connect the art and music. I think the flies can be interpreted in many different ways. But, I believe many people see them as disease spreading nuisances. They feed off the dead, eat shit, are annoying and generally unpleasant creatures. You can see the context there.
Sam: I was really excited about the artwork Lutz did, as I am virtually obsessed with the notions of decay, entropy, and erosion in a philosophical sense. These are the final truths of life and deserve to be explored – sorry, too much Bataille in my system at any given time. But to have a mild representation of that in our artwork is pretty great, and easily fit within some of the lyrical themes.
So to pick up from my (last post). I’d like to share some sights and sounds from some radical shows that happened here in the Bay over the course of this Summer.
WAR//PLAGUE’s new album entitled On A Darker Dawn, out now on Profane Existence is a crust/metal barrage of awesomeness that never gives up or gives in! The band brings 11 songs of aggressive socio-politics crashing against oppression. In these fucked up times that we are living in, this is the kind of music that sheds light on the darkness! WAR//PLAGUE’s compositions are rich in righteous rage, plus they are full of audio conviction. CVLT Nation is way fucking beyond stoked to be streaming On A Darker Dawn in full below…and it can be purchased HERE! Also check out the flyer after the jump for their show alongside Misery and Despise this Saturday at Cause Spirits and Soundbar in Minneapolis…
FULL STREAM AFTER THE JUMP…