So yeah, we’ve pretty much seen it all. Metal bands featuring the likes of dogs, cats and even parrots in their lineups, bands solely made up of puppets or robots or metal bands consisting of either incredibly young kids or really old folks. All is very interesting, but truly awesome and R-A-D is something different. Very Different. That is why Sockweb stands out completely even from the most unconventional metal bands and is a total exception even within the exceptions. Because this band is simply awesome and fucking RAD, not only for the unusual band “structure” the band has and for the kick-ass music they play, but mostly for what it stands for and symbolizes. Some parents drag their kids to church, others send them off to get brainwashed by the scouts, others leave them to get numb and disaffected in front of the TV or video games all day, but not all parents are like that… In fact, some parents on the other hand are so rad they want their kids to get creative and express them selves through art, and even get straight into it with them and start making music together and even form a grindcore band with their kids. Wait… WHAT?!…Pre-order HERE!
You have to wonder just how much gas is left in the tank for this brand of revisionist old school death metal. Some absolute gems like ZOM and Bone Sickness have popped up over the last two or three years; the common themes being bands with an affinity for the sounds of death, black and thrash of yore, cassette tapes and a nasty production. With that said, like any movement or scene or what you want to call it, there have been a few duds in the mix too especially when it becomes a little more popular (as far as underground metal goes that is).
Now that we’re in the second half of 2013, what has this dark and decaying world have to offer us and keep us interested? The always reliable Iron Bonehead have stepped in again to hurl this new demo tape at us, Sulphur Blessing, a caustic offering from Sacrocurse.
It’s as hot as Hades at the moment so what better time for War Master to hit the road. August sees them do their Blood Dawn Tour in support of their new EP, Blood Dawn. If some of your favourite things in life are Conan the Barbarian, Bolt Thrower and dystopian death metal, then War Master are well worth checking out.
Take a listen to ‘Bastard Horde’ from Warmaster’s upcoming 12″ EP Blood Dawn, which will be available at their tour kick off/record release show, Wednesday August 7 at Mango’s in Houston, TX.
Another ugly fucking gem of an album going unnoticed? We think not. Emptiness is a Belgian death metal band formed by members of Enthroned, and although they don’t tour much or step out into the spotlight too often, they deliver quality awesome fucking death metal, never failing to bust out staggering albums on a regular basis. Their latest opus is Error, a horrific masterpiece of noisy and surreal death metal. While the execution and delivery of the music is at par with what you would expect with the top ranks in the genre, what’s incredible about this band is it’s crazy fucking sound.
Few bands are as fun a Austin’s Mammoth Grinder, and their latest, Underworlds, is their most fun yet. Equal parts d-beat swagger, heavy metal riffing, and 90′s death metal groove, Underworlds is a record firmly planted in the back beat.
Underworlds makes itself clear right from the get-go, with the title tracking starting on a screeching guitar lead and a catchy jumbled bass. Blown out vocals (think Lemmy huffing gas exhaust and filling in for Wolverine Blues) match it all perfectly and belt out some real gut-wrenching “ughs” in between some vehement sections that have a nice Dave Vincent circa Terrorizer pacing to them.
The nifty lead in “Paragon Pusher” weaves right into the cudgel-swinging end section that sets up “Barricades,” a favorite of mine. The latter’s mid-tempo stomp and the authoritative spite behind Chris Ulsh’s voice makes it one of the heavier hitters on the album. Coming to a close with “Moral Crux,” Underworlds bridges a gap between nearly all of metal’s lineage and successfully pummels the listener with everything that makes metal “metal” and not rock.
(Photo captured by Oakland Photographer Alberto Gutierrez)
Summers in The Bay Area are wonderful. The weather is nice, the air is damp yet refreshing with the precipitation of the close shorelines and the perspiration of others, and as long as you stay out of SF there’s hardly any preposterous hills that you will have to climb. During this time it’s easiest to get around on a bicycle, which makes things a lot more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about being a buffoon that actually operates a vehicle while presumably being intoxicated. Falling down and getting bruised up is no big deal, losing your life and the lives of others you potentially care about is fucking terrible- so don’t drink and drive, it’s not worth it. As school lets out every summer there is a stream of great bands/artists performing nightly in DIY houses and venues throughout our cities. Forward Thinking and Intellectually inclined individuals who’ve formed bands are getting the opportunity to travel after their semester is over and set off to share their ideas and artistic expression with the diverse culture and show community found only here in The Bay. This is a very unique place to reside if you are a fan of music and art.
Lithotome was formed in 2010 by Esoterica (ex Chaos Moon/ Krieg/ Esoterica). Shortly after, Imperial (Krieg/Twilight) was brought into the mix, adding his beast-like vocals to the audio assault. March 10th of this year marks the birth of one of the most disgusting records to pass through human eardrums, Lithotome’s self-titled debut. To say this record is mean would be a gross understatement.
Horns motherfucking UP! CLERIC from Dallas are about to punch death metal fans in the back of their heads with their new album Gratum Inferno. This caustic piece of vinyl hits the streets this September via Tofu Carnage. CLERIC have created 7 songs that will awaken the need for murderdelic riffs in us all. CVLT Nation so freaking stoked to be streaming Gratum Inferno in full below! After these 7 hymns of aggressive death have invaded your eardrums, pre-order the new CLERIC album HERE! The off-the-chain cover art was conjured up from the otherworldly mind of Jason Barnett!
Now this is just fucking awesome – today CVLT Nation wants to share with you 3 The Heavy Way, featuring 3 full sets from the Bay Area’s CAFFA, Saint Louis’s FISTER and Pdx’ USNEA. When you peep the footage you will realize for that all three of these bands bring the motherfucking ruckus without a doubt! Big shout outs to the videographers PITFULLOFSHIT & ROSEMAN 127.