We just got some new titles in the CVLT Record Store, and I think you better hurry because these are going to go fast! We are already low and we haven’t even got this post up yet! First up, our Reader’s Choice #1 and #2 Albums of 2012 – Converge’s All We Love We Leave Behind and Neurosis’ Honor Found in Decay. Both of these double LPs are very limited and come in amazing gatefolds. The Neurosis album has a beautiful full color booklet that outlines their inspiration in images. Next up we have LPs from Cough//The Wounded Kings, Children of God, Bastard Sapling and Cloud Rat, plus 7″s from Coffins//Sourvein and Votnut. Rest assured, we only carry music we think you will really, really like, so if you’re looking to expand your vinyl collection with some of the finest offerings to date, look no further! Check out a gallery of images after the jump…
>Are you ready for the sonic death plague called NECROWRETCH? Their new album Putrid Death Sorcery comes out today via Century Media! This band is not trying to sugar coat anything, they fucking bang out 11 anthems of rotting death metal that will make your gums bleed! Listen for yourself – CVLT Nation is streaming NECROWRETCH Putrid Death Sorcery in full below…
The Pacific Northwest has always been notorious for its number of grunge-related acts through the eyes of modern society. For those who partake in the metal scene, it could go in many ways differing from one to another depending on who you talk to, but the most common and unfortunate consensus from outsiders will involve the words Cascadia and such along the lines of “hipsterism” thrown into the pot. I, for one am tired of these preconceived notions of those who choose to clump bands from a particular region into a category based on just the more well-known ones who are in the spotlight more often than others. And alas, there lies much more beyond those who are familiar solely with bands such as Agalloch, Velvet Cacoon or Wolves in the Throne Room (note: the term solely). The term ‘Cascadian’ should be deemed for nature-related purposes and not within its music. According to Wikipedia, the term Cascadia includes all of these areas which are lined up on the Pacific coast – when some people think of metal bands from this side of the country, these three bands listed above seem to come to mind instantly, but let’s not forget bands such as Blasphemy and Conqueror who have originated from the British Columbia province and not to mention the mighty Inquisition who hail from the Seattle/Everett area (not Colombia as some may argue) as well.
Dead Congregation from Greece are destroyers. This was their first trip out to the West Coast and I was there front and center to circle headbang myself into a near coma and to capture the power of Dead Congregation. They did not disappoint and I can not think of a better band to kick off this edition of the Heavy Hour.
Worship. A word used to condemn so many death metal bands to obscurity. Whether it’s Incantation worship, Obituary worship, Autopsy worship, etc, many death metal bands find themselves described only by reference. With their debut record, Poisoned Void, Finnish death metal act Vorum succeed in breaking free of such definitions, instead combining aspects of many acts, twisting them, and creating their own sound.
“Poisoned Void” is the Vorum’s full length debut, put out by Woodcut Records and Dark Descent. On the heels of their EP Grim Death Awaits and their split with Vasaeleth Profane Limbs of Ruinous Death Vorum have honed their sound into something refreshing in a genre saturated with recycled riffs and half-baked executions. Each member of this four piece is clearly comfortable with their instruments and showcase their technicality without coming off as overwrought. Production is key to capturing the essence of death metal, and Poisoned Void clearly hits the mark. The drum hits are clear without being overbearing, the guitars have just the right amount of murkiness, and the vocals are high enough in the mix to avoid being crushed by the technicality of the instrumentation.
The mighty SKINFATHER are about to release a new three-song 7″ EP on Life And Death Records. You’ll get two new songs (Succession and Possession) as well as a cover of Execute Them All, originally by the gods of Swedish Death Metal, Unleashed.
Their Aethos demo had already a quite strong tendency towards Death Metal, but the new material goes even a step further, being more like old school Death Metal with a slight Hardcore edge than the other way around.
The Succession/Possession EP has been recorded, mixed and mastered with/by Taylor Young, who also took care of bands like Nails, Twitching Tongues, Ruckus or Xibalba. So you know, shit’s gonna be tough.
Listen to the track Possession here:
You can pre-order Succession/Possession at lifeanddeathrecords.com. Full review and stream are about to follow soon, here on CVLT Nation!
Contrary to the first impression of this EP’s title, Luciferian Deathcult, England’s CORRUPT MORAL ALTAR do not play Black Metal, not even “Blackened something”. Which is kind of refreshing itself. Instead they play pretty much everything else extreme heavy music has to offer: Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Sludge and probably a few more genres are wildly mixed together and, surprise surprise, the outcome is NOT highly enjoyable, at least not in the common sense of the word. It’s still really good though, if good means you can do the worst things under the influence of the worst drugs you’re able to find while listening to this. I mean seriously, this is really sick, fucked up and disgusting music. Seems to me that Liverpool (that’s where CMA are more or less from) is either very depressing or puts Desomorphine in the water, I don’t know.
The four sickos performing Luciferian Deathcult are, while the seven-song-outcome is primitive as fuck, obviously really skilled on their instruments. Especially the drumming is totally devastating. I guess being ran over by a train is kind of similar. The vocals sound mostly as if someone put a whole swarm of crows into a bag, beating them ruthless with a baseball bat.
Review Source:Forever Cursed
UK’s Abyssal mark their return in the beginning of this year with “Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius”, that translated to english means “For the Lord knows those who are his”. This is their second full-length after last year’s very well received first album, “Denouement”. This second full-length follows the footprints left by the previous record where in over one hour, the eleven tracks of “N.E.D.Q.S.E.” unleash the most dreadful black/death metal I had the pleasure to hear already.
It begins with an atmospheric intro, “Forebode”, which basically opens the gates of hell we are about to enter. “The Tongue of the Demagogue” sets everything immediately on fire, releasing all Hell’s creatures upon the Earth. In terms of sound, expect the same production heard on “Denouement”, when they aren’t busy shooting dozens of Deathspell Omega-esque swirling riffs at us, they are throwing these Portal-esque notes that sound almost as a swarm of giant bees attacking us all at a same time. I mean, the atmosphere gets so thick and heavy.
I think the best way to describe Abyssal’s sound on this record is that it’s almost like this giant black snake with flaming red eyes, moving sinuously and slowly between us and as the minutes go by, it squeezes us more and more, the more we struggle to get out, the tighter it gets. “Under the Wretched Sun of Hattin” follows the same path. Incendiary blast beats rain down unexpectedly as swarm of riffs attack the listener’s ears giving no respite until it reaches our mind infecting it with the horror. “Elegy of Ruin” is served as short interlude and it gives the motto to “The Headless Serpent” that continues the path of devastation and really brings to my mind the chaotic rampage we are used to get with bands like Ulcerate or even Mitochondrion, but it’s more than obvious that the percentage of black metal influences on Abyssal’s sound also has it’s heavy share although it is very well balanced here with death metal.
Last year our comrades in heavy Southern Lord joined forces with Scion AV and held an unreal showcase featuring Martyrdod, Black Breath, Burning Love, Pelican and Enabler. Not only was some superdelic live footage taken, some interesting interviews were also created. What I dig about these conversations is that you get to know things about the bands that you maybe would never find out. CVLT Nation is stoked to be premiering these Southern Lord//Scion AV visuals featuring some of our favorite bands! So after the jump, let’s get down to the nitty gritty!
If you’re into the brutal and dark side of hardcore and you still haven’t heard of U.K’s Black Mass then you are clearly missing it big time…
Black Mass have been around since 2010 and have at this point released a Demo, an EP and a Split release with Host. “Of First and Last Things” is a compilation and re-recording of all their recorded material to date, plus one previously unreleased track.
Well, what can you expect from a band that states on their Facebook page that their influence is “Horror, disgust and anxiety through tonal abuse and overwhelming volume.“? Ridiculous and brutal drum discharges filled with the most dirtiest of the riffs that will carve into your flesh while fierce and vicious vocals will make your bones almost shatter. Black Mass aren’t fooling around. They have got to be one of the most underrated bands in the midst of this darkest faction of hardcore. These lads grab a handful of genres like hardcore, crust, death metal and grind and blend it into this furious and evil potion to which is impossible to stay indifferent.