Since 2005, Cross Stitched Eyes have been dishing out a viscerally compelling, deathrock-tinged take on hardcore punk. Their new Decomposition LP — out on Alternative Tentacles May 1 — incorporates elements of Amebix, Rudimentary Peni, and Killing Joke into the band’s consistently aggressive sound. Decomposition is a fiery and thoughtful take on hardcore punk that effectively explores the darker corners of the genre. It’s a release that seamlessly straddles the crust, d-beat, and deathrock sub-genres of punk, reassembling aspects of each, Frankenstein-like, into a brilliant new whole.
The band hails from several countries — the US, UK, and Germany (where the band was founded), respectively. It’s hard for me not to think of the band as a San Francisco act, however, and I want to place them alongside bands like Crimson Scarlet or the recently-revamped Altar de Fey, who are currently reigniting the goth-punk scene along the California coast. Or with Alaric, for whom Cross Stitched Eyes drummer and singer Jason Willer also plays.
LITTLE SISTER is a band from Cleveland, Ohio, and from the very first time I heard them, I have been an extra huge fan. Now they are about to release a new EP coming out via Replenish Records. I know I’m a lucky motherfucker, because I have been able to play one of gnarliest records on the daily for a while now. I want all of CVLT Nation’s readers to rally around this release and pre-order it HERE and now! I’m not even going to write about how every song will rip your flesh off and make you want to punch concrete. We are so honored to be able to share with our readers a full stream of the new LITTLE SISTER below, now bang your head! On another note, you can pre-order the new Masakari & Tempest split HERE!
From May 31st through June 1st, it’s all going down in Austin for Chaos in Tejas. In my book, this is one of the sickest festivals to take place in the world! This year, the line-up is off the hook as usual, or maybe I should say it’s beyond punktastic. So as many might already know, The Mob, Antisect, Cough, Winter, Wild//Tribe, Toxic Holocaust, Chelsea Wolfe, King Dude, Mass Grave and many fucking more awesome bands are going to wreck shit. One thing that Chaos in Tejas does well that we are celebrating today is creating killer posters for each of the shows. So right here and now, peep a huge gallery of Chaos art after the jump! Stay tuned for a bunch of cool Chaos in Tejas events happening on CVLT Nation in the near future!
I find it very interesting when two powerful movements unify together to create an even stronger moment in history. This is what took place in the early and mid 80′s, when Anarcho Punk started to cross-pollinate with Post Punk and Deathrock. On a personal level, I found this time one of the best periods of my young life. The politics, music and fashion that was taking place during this era was off the chain. When I go back and listen to bands like VEX, TRIAL, SOUTHERN DEATH CULT and RUDIMENTARY PENI I still get super excited. In the present day, it’s awesome to see that there are so many bands waving the Anarcho Dirge flag! My favorite tumblr to lose myself in for everything bat-like is Oliver Sheppard’s ANARCHO POST PUNK Tumblr. His site is full of killer pictures, video and other things that bring me mad inspiration. So spread your batwings and fly into the darkness after the jump!
Fuck the dumb shit, one band that totally pushed my wig back this past year is WE ARE THE DAMNED from Portugal. I get super excited about anything new from these speed demons, and the killer news is that they have just released a new video for their crushing tune “Atrocity Idol.” I’m not going to give too much away, but I will say that the band created the perfect visual for this kick-ass tune! So let’s get to it – make your eyes bleed and watch the new WE ARE THE DAMNED below, plus peep something special after the jump!
The other day, I went to our homies Aborted Society, and saw this interesting post about Italy’s Radio Fango FM. I said to myself, I need to share this with our CVLT Nation readers, because these humans’ song selection is fucking on point. Loads of bands that we dig are represented: Atriach, Ruined Famillies, C2A, Age of Collapse and many more! Fuck all of the talking, press play on their mixcloud and destroy some braincells!
It’s not time to review their album, but I must let the world know about one of my fucking favorite bands right now. They go by the name of The Hunt and hail from Perth, Australia. This band’s record has so many rad dimensions to it. The Hunt’s songs will jump into your ears an explode in 6D, and leave crusty pieces of riff stuck in your memory. Today, CVLT Nation would like to share with you their performance at the Pen this last December. They were not the only band who wrecked shit that night – this is why we will also be sharing the bombastic sets from both Suffer and Warthreat. I have a good feeling that there might be a couple of bands from Down Under on our top six D-beat list this year! Stay tuned for the full review of The Hunt album, in the meantime, check out this awesome live set! Peep all of the Dis-tastic footage after the jump!
Ring the alarm of change now, or better yet, blast the new dis-crushing split between Oiltanker and No Tomorrow that comes out today via Profane Existence. CVLT Nation is so stoked that we have been given the opportunity to stream this awesome record in full! Let’s break it down like this: when you push play, metallic riffs of rage and drums of resistance will take over your existence! Oiltanker and No Tomorrow deliver performances that get to nitty gritty of what D-Beat is all about, and the vocals you will experience on this record are a wake up call to the world. We all know the ills that we are facing in our daily lives, and Oiltanker and No Tomorrow give the have-nots a voice and let us all know that it’s time for action. So now, get ready for the Oiltanker and No Tomorrow onslaught – the full stream of this killer record is alive below!
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Wartime Collective is an Anarco/Crust Punk-inspired streetwear brand that I have mad respect for. They have just released six new tees for their Spring 12 season, and all of them hit the mark. One reason that I like Wartime Collective is that they have found their own creative voice, and they are not afraid to speak their fucking mind! Straight up, you can tell that this is gear designed by punks for punks. Their tees worship music – “Cimex Division” and “Warpart” might just find their way into my t-shirt collection. Check out all of their designs after the jump, and you can purchase them now at the Wartime Collective webstore!
Peep Wartime Collective killer designs after the jump!
One American Anarcho band that was on point 600% was New York’s NAUSEA. This is one band that were before their time in my book – yeah, you can hear their influences, but they flipped the script! NAUSEA were also a band whose sound was shaped by their environment, you can hear the dirty gutters of the Lower Eastside running through their songs. Something about the way they delivered their songs, you could tell that they lived what they sung about. NAUSEA were a part of the greater LES community that was made up of artists, freaks, hippies and outcasts. They were punks that took fucking action, and they created some classic music while they were in existence! In 1988, the NYPD clashed with LES residents who were protesting the city’s 1am curfew for Tompkins Square Park, which resulted in the Tompkins Square Park Riot. Six days after this event, NAUSEA performed a blinding set in the park. Today, CVLT Nation would like to share this historic show with our readers, plus another killer gig, all after the jump! The struggle is still on, so let’s figure out our own ways to protest against this fucked up system that has their foot on our necks!