Review and Video Essay by Ted Reckoning
As it often is in Vancouver this time of year, it was rainy and shitty outside. It was one of those nights when you don’t want to leave your house for any reason at all once you’ve gotten home from work but you know that you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t. I grabbed my gear and begrudgingly headed down to The Biltmore, a small capacity venue in East Vancouver. Once at the venue, I walked down the stairs and to my left, set up at Baptists’ merch table, was an amazing selection of vegan baked goods for sale. I was pleasantly surprised and knew that this was not going to be an ordinary show, not in any sense of the word.
Full review and photo essay after the jump!
Interview by Andy (Leffer)
WARTORN are a whirlwind of thrash punk goodness hailing from Wisconsin. Since 2004, they’ve been hitting the touring and record release circuit with no looking back. Here’s a quick interview I did to assist in the Profane Existence release of their single.
Andy: You know the drill, just give us the basics on who’s who and what’s changed in the past, in regards to any line up changes, etc. Also, give us some insight on where WARTORN is going. We want to know tours, records, riots, protests, arrests….the whole back story on WARTORN’s origins.
Bitty: (Vocals) The band started in 2004, with Ryan, Hart (on drums) and myself as a three-piece. Within half a year I got a call with an offer for our first tour, which was with Municipal Waste. We did a mini tour with them and ever since then we have been able to go on tours with amazing bands each year such as Los Dolares, ATU, CYP, Krang, In Defence, Pyroklast, Hellshock, and up next RAW POWER . We have been to 13 countries and have done lots of releases on many different labels.
Ryan: guitar / low vocals / whiskey enthusiast. Well we started as a 3-piece and over a span of over 8 years, have ended up with 6 members. With 3 of us being guitar players we are able to diversify our songs in ways that we could only do in a studio setting. This obviously makes a difference live as well.
Ela: I’ve been the bass player for over the last 6 years. Recently, we came out with an LP/CD on Southern Lord Records called “Iconic Nightmare” and a 7-inch, “Domestic Terrorist”, released on Profane Existence (which is part of their limited edition singles series).
Toban: (Guitar) I think I might have the most arrests out of anyone in the band. Not like its anything to brag about. I did narrowly avoid another arrest a few weeks ago.
Derek: Guitar as well. I’ve been in the band for a few months and have been on two tours so far.
Fuck fitting into the status quo box – boxes are made for the feeble-minded masses! This is why I dig Holy Terror as a label because they always release bands have a different sound. Which is just the case with the new Broken Cross record Anti Human Life – this 7 inch stands in it’s own doorway of weirdness. For just over 12 minutes, you can blast their version of twisted cycodelic mentally wrecked rocking d-beat. It’s the horror and pain under the Broken Cross riffs that are going to make you say this band is the shit! CVLT Nation is stoked to be streaming Anti Human Life in full below!
Perfumer River returns yet again with a tape release through Curtain Fire titled Concrete Winter. This five minute long hail of noise disorientation is the band’s second release of lofi hardcore d-beat noise much in the same vein as their last release, No Wind.
The tape starts of with the intro song “Raise the White Flag,” sounds of planes flying by screaming at high pitch and the vocalist’s reverberating overdriven yells pounding through like mortar fire. Making it through the opener, the next song “My Only Master” kicks in with the buzziest of guitar riffs. Ferociously the vocals attack, the words are almost unintelligible besides the fact that there are only two lines of lyrics repeated constantly over the fuzzy guitar, straight forward hardcore drums and droning bass that pound the message into your ears.
Where do I begin with this one? Well first off this is D-Clone from Japan’s first full length release entitled “Creation and Destroy”. This is right up my alley; Raw Japanese Noise Punk.. if you’re familiar with the genre at all chances are you know who D-Clone are along with an assortment of other artists. This right here is easily one of D-Clone’s best releases in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong.. their assorted splits and EP’s are great but they have really taken it to a new level with “Creation and Destroy” here.
Right from the start you have maniacal screams, shrieks, guitars and bass drenched in EQ pedals and effects and the what seems to be extremely punchy and pummeling drum tone on this to help give it a thundering backbone. This album has 12 tracks, clocks in at just under 17 minutes and with song titles such as “Weekendpunk”, “We Make Next Generation”, “Life is…”, “History of Error” and “Living in Chaos” that should give you a small idea of what’s in store..
Hailing from Singapore comes the Blackened D-Beat Attack BLOOD DIVISON (feat. Ex-members of IMPIETY and current members of ABSENCE OF THE SACRED, DRACONIS INFERNUM, HELVETTE) and here is their most recent EP entitled “Nercrordnance”. A heavy, punishing dose of Blackened Thrash Metal/Blackened D-Beat summed up into this 4 track release.
There is definitely a heavy lean on the Black Metal emphasis with this band but the D-Beat and punk aspect of it is still very much apparent. Although I’m used to it being flip-flopped with the punk emphasis being the more noticeable I still really enjoy the take that they have on their music here.. rest assured there’s some quality material here. I definitely hear all kinds of influences from all over the place on this thing but put together very nicely to have a unique sound all of its own. There’s the hints of SODOM, AURA NOIR, IMPALED NAZARENE, even some “Carnage in Worlds Beyond” era ENTHRONED influence for the black metal aspect. Then there’s the punk side where there’s just total D-Beat goodness. The first track is definitely the punk-esque jammer, and the rest of the tracks are primarily Black/Thrash in nature.
One of the biggest punk bands to come out of the UK during the 80′s was DISCHARGE. They didn’t only influence punk from their country – the power of d-beat became a worldwide thing that still lives on today! That’s the thing; DISCHARGE created a genre unto themselves that would only grow with each passing decade. I remember when they first came out I had just missed their first Los Angeles show. Meaning that when I did see them, they were starting to head in a metal direction, ie. their Grave New World album which I grew to really dig. Anyway, my loyalty to DISCHARGE lives on to this very day. This is why our favorite tumblr right now is FUCK YEAH DISCHARGE. It’s full of rare pictures, patches and tees, plus it’s all about DISCHARGE so it must be rad! Peep the whole Dis-Gallery after the jump!… The Nightmare Continues!
So here we have Barcelona’s GLAM and this 9 track MLP entitled “Veneno en sus flechas” is a pretty vicious Spanish raw hardcore punk release to say the least.
Right from the get-go the intensity on “Veneno en sus flechas” is there and the first thing you’ll probably notice is the clarity of the production but also that it’s very punchy and has an overall aggressive tone for sounding so well produced and vocals being drowned in reverb and delay. (Which I’m pretty much a sucker for haha). I REALLY dig the vocals on this release, can’t be stressed enough. The two seem to work well with each other in this release in counteracting one another and bringing it to a nice overall happy medium. Usually I’m a guy who likes his punk pretty gritty and rough sounding but this stuff is all kinds of cool. I like how to drums aren’t your typical D-Beat that carries the song like you find in just about everything.. It’s more of a straightforward type beat but doesn’t lack ferocity.
We just got in a new shipment of LPs, 7 inches and cassettes to the CVLT Record Store! There is a whole bunch of awesome music in the store now, including titles from Locrian, Mamiffer, Horseback, JK Flesh, Prurient, Asile, Black September, Pissheads, Wolfe, Fifteen Dead, Kasputin Yar and The Subtractions – all in limited quantities. Check out a gallery of our new titles after the jump, and head over to the CVLT Record Store to pick ours up now…
Review Source Profane Existence
I love just about every d-beat band that has ever come out of Sweden. From Anti Cimex, Wolfpack, Totalitär, Avskum and everything in between. If I had to choose another music genre that I like, it would have to be fast and heavy distorted punk from Japan like Death Side and Crow. Who I’m sure took great influence from the aforesaid bands. As well as their music of course it’s the bleak imagery on their records. That too is another thing I love, the look and sound from a vinyl record. Now before I wander off and rant about other things I like, I should say that I am trying to build this all up to a point. So let’s turn up the overdrive and mix all that stuff together. Now we have a great new 7″ vinyl EP by Crutches from Malmö, Sweden.
I think the title alone ‘D-Beat Tsunami’ shows they wear their influence on their sleeves. So with that in mind, I couldn’t wait to put this on the record player and up the volume. The EP’s intro riffs and vocals are reminiscent of Scottish band Sedition, then it shifts into heavy D-beat with cries of ‘fire’ being shouted from behind the chaos. The next track on this side opens up with the sound of what’s like someone blowing into a plastic pipe. Then it goes into a real stomping punk beat and riff through a wall of furious feedback. Lyrically the band sing about homophobic idiot’s, the constant war/hate against world governments and burning the place to the ground.