I hear the flesh rotting in my ears and all I can do is smile! I guess it’s because I’m watching the caustic live footage of NECROT & SCOLEX, filmed by our comrade Kevin Hobbs at the Elbo Room in San Francisco. Both bands wrecked shit and laid down huge decaying riffs that made their brand of death metal sound fucking awesome. While watching these videos it reminds that humans create the coolest art when it’s done for the right reasons. NECROT (out now via Blooddivine) & SCOLEX have releases out right now that you should check out for sure! The smell of death must be in the air, because San Francisco has some of the raddest death metal bands coming out of this country. So after the jump get your motherfucking bone-breaking head bang on and peep these videos…
There are an abundance of ear-catching, hard working bands out there. When these bands strive to their fullest, their sound will be telling. Developing loyal fan bases on all but a handful of songs, said bands then take what we know about them and build on them in unexpected ways. Rather than maintain a common sound, they minimize its presence and reforge it with stronger elements. Though this can have varying results, there are always the bands whose work speaks worlds of their evolving sound. Skinfather’s “Succession/Possession” is an offering of such an evolution.
“ἄθεος” gave us five songs of unholy goodness. These pieces demonstrated a familiar style that was edged with death metal’s speed and signature brute force. Similar to contemporaries, Xibalba and Creatures, Skinfather has, with “Succession/Possession” in particular, crafted some of the best metallic hardcore around. These three songs showcase Skinfather’s harnessing of their base sound to a primal level. And this 7″ is indeed primal.
I can’t stop head banging and I wonder what is causing it? I know what it is – it’s the new TRIBULATION song “Wanderer In The Outer Darkness” from their soon to be released album entitled The Formulas Of Death. This stellar record will be released via Invictus Productions & The Ajna Offensive on March 1st. Enough with all of the talking, check out the new TRIBULATION below and blast that motherfucker until your brain explodes!
photo credit by Krvna
“Vexovoid” marks the long-awaited return of the Oceanian gods of death metal, after four years since the amazing “Swarth“. At this point I must warn all skeptics to abandon any glimmer of hope they might have if you think that “Vexovoid” is the album that will finally convert you to enjoying Portal. To the old fans of the band, there may be a split of opinions over this new album: either you are going to love it, or you might think that this album might not hit you as deep inside as their previous releases did. No matter what you think about it, just look at the artwork designed by Reverend Kriss Hades; this album ladies and gentlemen, is going to mess with your brain.
The opening track, “Kilter,” immediately sucks you in without any kind of warning – no signals, nothing. As the dense notes crumble around us, we fall endlessly into a surreal world of terror orchestrated by Curator and his fellow henchmen. Behold, we are now before this new beast, crafted by the dark preachers of mythological Lovecraftian horror. A beast that moves sinuously through the darkest corners of our mind, injecting horror at every opportunity. The rhythm of this track reaches with extreme precision all of our nerve endings, sending signals of distress to our brain, but it’s late. We’re too caught up in this downward spiral towards the deepest of the chasms.
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!