Text and photos by Adam Murray
Woke up at the crack of 5pm. Walked into town a little worse for the wear, took down a couple slices of pizza, forehead-slapped myself for missing Mauser at Beerland, but I check out a Japunkcruster band called Zyanose – two basses noised out to the maxx, releasing soaring banshee feedback bursts between songs that were also very bursty. If the pizza didn’t wake me up (which it didn’t), these guys certainly did. I enjoyed it considerably. Then it was back down the street to Mohawk to see Thou give everyone a supreme sonic headbutting, followed by a very rousing performance from Ceremony.
Here’s where it started getting tricky – there were just too many good shows happening this evening. I darted a mile or so out of the main venue area to Hotel Vegas. Lineup here was unreal: Theories, Batillus, Cross, Whitehorse, Cough, and Dragged Into Sunlight all under the same small roof, a lil’ converted house/bar with a nice backyard to relax in. Theories and Batillus totally killed it. Time to head back to Red 7. Knowing I would see Whitehorse in L.A. a month later, I sacrificed them and Cross so I could try to get as much at Red 7 as I could (two stages = more bands for the buck).
Ghoul put on a fantastic show: a plentiful helping of blood, banter, creeps and chords. Moshing upon moshing ensued, Killbot busted some heads, riffs and leads whipped and ripped. On the outside stage, Ringworm was making it look easy, giving everyone the tough stuff. They had one of those big open pits where most people just watched and “sat this one out” but you know they were just scurred. Keeping constant watch of the clock and schedule, I figured I could take in most of Midnight’s set and then jam back over to Hotel Vegas for the last two bands. Not an easy decision – I always have a blast seeing Toxic Holocaust, but I knew this time I would have to skip it.
First there was the d-beat crust of Born Dead Icons, whose 2003 Ruins LP is some sort of d-beat/crust masterpiece. Then came the “post-d-beat” punk rock of The Complications, a band on Feral Ward that I interviewed for CVLT Nation, here.
Now, from ex-Born Dead Icons and Complications members, comes the deathrock of Dekoder, a goth-punk band that has reclaimed deathrock’s punk roots, and which is making some of the best new deathrock on the planet. Here, at CVLT Nation, is a new interview with Dekoder.
Let it be known that deathrock is officially reclaiming its punk origins. And it couldn’t sound better. Fuck yes!
Silent Order are from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and play noise punk aka raw punk. This EP has taken 2 songs from their demo and added 5 new song to make a soild rager all the way through. Everything is blown out with the vocals sounding like they were recorded in an empty warehouse. I tried to get the demo a while back and couldn’t track one down, so I’m glad to hear this 7″. For fans of Gai, Perdition, or pretty much anything on the Violent Party label. You can check the band out on facebook and bandcamp.
Greek d-beaters Sarabante were one of the lucky few chosen by Southern Lord around this time last year to have their album re-released by the label when they were scooping up some quality hardcore and crust acts like Alpinist, Planks and Drainland for limited run CD releases. Some of the bands that got the Southern Lord treatment outshined others and some were left not getting quite the same attention. Sarabante are one of those bands that didn’t get as much attention, which is a crying shame considering how good this album is.
Game recognize game – I know for a fact DISCHARGE will stand the test of time! I’m just saying, they created their own genre without even trying. Whenever I hear DISCHARGE I feel fucking 14 again, and I get this feeling of angst towards the invisible hands of power. The other day, I found this unreal new DIS FAN PAGE that is just full of killer DISCHARGE rawness. So CVLT Nation is celebrating one of our forever favorite bands with a photo essay full of really rare flicks, plus a download/stream of DISCHARGE’s gig Live @ London Music Machine 28.10.80. Fight back against the realities of war, download this insane gig and peep the flicks after the jump!
One of our most popular posts of this year was my first Fuck Yeah Punk Jackets post, so here is a Part 3 for you. I have been obsessed with them since I was a young punk, and to this day I wear my punk jackets and vests with pride. These DIY staples will always have a place in my wardrobe, and they are a feat to be respected in others. Anyone who has cried, bled and sweated all over one of these knows that they take months, if not years, to perfect, and the finished result is priceless. After the jump, check out a collection of fine specimens of the punk jacket variety…
Alright, if you follow CVLT Nation then you know that DEAF KIDS from Brazil are one of our favorite bands, and that their new record will be on our end of the year list for sure. Their new split with O MITO DA CAVERNA will be out this September. In the meantime, we want to share these amazing photos from their most recent show with SPEED KILLS and other shows. All of the photos were taken by Mateus Mondini, who I must say is very fucking talented! What I really dig about his photos is that he is able to capture the passion and conviction that everyone is feeling about the music. On the real, looking at these flicks and listening to the new DEAF KIDS makes me want to book a flight to Brazil ASAP! But for now, just check out the killer photo essay featuring Futuro, Speed Kills, Metade Melhor, Gattopardo, THP and Deaf Kids after the jump!
INTENSE Photo Essay after the jump!
“Things that anger me make me happy, ‘no hope, no future’ kinda shit” – Yeap, frontman of KROMOSOM.
Noisier, nastier and rawer. This is the doctrine that Australian punks KROMOSOM live by. Borne from the ashes of Pisschrist, the dirty crust roots of this longstanding outfit paved the way for a more stripped down approach. One that holds chaos supreme.
Built from a passion for ‘80s hardcore, the Melbourne four-piece took their strong Scandinavian and Japanese groundings and pushed them to the foray. Unveiling their debut self-titled LP last year, a recent 7-inch on Holy Terror Records sees the band taking a more melodic approach.
CVLT Nation talked to frontman Yeap shortly after its release.
COP PROBLEM has the blade of reality at the necks of the corrupt pigs! They released a gnarly EP earlier this year via Worn Torn Records (US) and Prejudice Me Records (Europe). It’s 3 songs and 9 minutes of unrelenting D-Beat firing straight dome shots at the cops. The vocal delivery of this band is spectacular; Deb, the singer, brings the anger in 3-D. As a band, COP PROBLEM constructs these raging songs that have giant towers of empathy in them that makes you really pay attention to where they are coming from. CVLT Nation is hyped that we are streaming the EP in full below, and even better, you can enter to win a copy of the record by emailing us at email@example.com with “Cop Problem Giveaway” in the subject heading…two copies will be raffled off this Friday the 15th at noon!
Crawling out of southern California is d-beat mob A New Dawn with their five track demo release, kindly released for free online but also with a limited physical run coming soon. The demo is 15 minutes of slick, modern d-beat a la Protestant and Swedish crust. With a pristine production job, A New Dawn’s demo sounds huge. They’ve taken the typical crust and d-beat blueprint and the mandatory influences of Discharge and Doom, but also utilise a whole host of modern hardcore approaches. It’s a tactic that can either fall short or, if executed carefully and precisely, be a powerful and exciting listen. A New Dawn clearly do the latter, sculpting out a solid and altogether satisfying demo release to whet appetites for the future.
The intro track opens proceedings and lays down an impressive salvo to begin. A short instrumental track, it sets the tone straight away with some unnerving clean guitar tones before launching into the fierce “Under Siege”. Its energy and pure ferocity is palpable from the off and then there’s “Nightmares”, which takes a great deal of influence from Wolfbrigade and effectively so. Thankfully, A New Dawn aren’t just the sum of their influences, rather a powerhouse of modern d-beat that gracefully tips its hat to those inspirations.
The production work on this demo is just right too. The necessary spacious mixing has allowed the guitars to tower high above, really dominating the sound of the whole demo while the bilious vocals are spat out all over it.