Austin, TX, is one of those places where killer music is a part its fabric. KURRAKA is one of their bands that the world needs to watch out for, because they bring something crazy OG to their brand of dark punk. Recently, we chose their demo as CVLT Nation’s demo of the week; now we are stoked that we have the honor of streaming their soon-to-be-released 7 inch (via Todo Destruido) below…Make sure that when the new KURRAKA record hits the store, pick it up, because it’s sure to be a cool piece of dark punk history!
Unholy fuck, Norway’s OKKULTOKRATI have just released a brand new album entitled Snakereigns, out now via Fysisk Format and it kicks the asses of all of the weak hearts! Snakereigns is 9 tracks of pure blackened acid punk that will unlock the gates of the underworld! OKKULTOKRATI also just put out a sick video for their song title track, “Snakereigns.” Peep all of the rowdy sonic and visual madness after the jump, plus Euro tour dates and another surprise!
Noise noise + raw punk + death rock d-beat grooves = just a part of what makes Austin’s KURRAKA so fucking sick. Their four song demo has been getting constant spins since I first heard it. What gets me so hyped is their use of caustic melody that has different layers of angst, from early 80′s punk to Post Punk. Some of the drumming you will find on this demo will have the dead dancing in their graves. Then there is the vocal delivery, which is urgent and alarming! On songs like “RAAH” the band do even more off-kilter stuff that draws me further into their world. I guess if I had to pinpoint their sound, I would call it native d-beat with African-inspired raw punk on some epic call and response shit! I do want something from KURRAKA – I want them to do a full album so I can play more than just four songs. If any bloggers or writers are reading this, make sure to spread the word. KURRAKA is a band that has originality flowing through every note that they create, and I really hope the world gets to hear more from this band. You can pick up their demo HERE and peep the two songs we are streaming below!
GUST from Sweden are going to release their debut record Fuck Life via Iron Plague Records – you can figure out that this isn’t exactly the soundtrack for a dinner with your boy-/girlfriend. At least not if you hope to score later in the evening instead of moshing in your living room, which might be the better choice sometimes anyway. But back on topic: GUST play this sort of darkened Hardcore that is quite en vogue at the moment, you know how it goes: mid- and up-tempo beats, a bit of metal, harsh vocals, lyrics about struggles and fuck-ups in daily life, all sewn together with a cloth of sinister athmosphere and somewhat dark images. Sounds not too bad, heh?
They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover but in the case of Ilsa the cover of “Intoxicantations” tells a whole lot about what’s to come. A tiger with a tab of LSD on it’s tongue, a tangle of weeds, skulls, eyes, and centipedes, lines being cut, a free-based tooth. Horrific, intoxicant soaked doomed out death metal that’s equal parts brutal as it is mind-altering. Following up 2010′s excellent debut record, Tutti il Colori del Buio Ilsa return with another crusted out attack on sobriety. Intoxicantations is a lengthy record, over 10 tracks ranging from two minute bursts of rage to six plus minutes of punishing doom. The introduction sets the stage perfectly. Ominous, martial drumming with strangled ambiance merges with panicked descriptions of drug use and the occult, merging with the opening track “Foreign Lander”. Crusty riffing, d-beat drums, and Orion’s furious vocal delivery make up the backbone of this record. There is something particularly punishing about Ilsa’s brand of death/doom, and Intoxicantations dials it up a notch. The sludged out guitar and and abyssal drumming provide an oppressive, funereal atmosphere to this record.
The eponymous track, “Intoxicantations” is pure doom. Serving as a powerful contrast to the slowed down riffing, the drumming on this track, and record as a whole, is something to behold. Bursts of double bass drop in when necessary then dissipate into ethereal cymbal crashes, never overwhelming, but always there, pressing on your chest. Paeans to drugs and satan make up the core of this records lyrics. It’s wild, hallucinatory imagery that fits well with the death-tinged atmosphere. The next track, “Deadbeat’s Ballad” takes on a more traditional heavy metal tone, something that happens a few times on this record, invoking bands like Red Fang or Howl. Buried gang vocals are the first thing you’ll notice about this track. ”Deadbeat’s Ballard” is high energy even when the listener is being buried under the massive riffing and wild drumming, ultimately leading to a massive conclusion.
All Photos: Ted Reckoning
Despite some unwelcome shenanigans on the 2nd night of Vancouver’s 8th annual DISTORT FEST, the third night went off well and featured performances by CRIMSON SCARLET, OUST, DERAS KRIG, DEATHCOUNT, SKABIIS, NIGHT NURSE, ASILE, BELLICOSE MINDS and WOLFBRIGADE. All bands killed it, and Ted Reckoning has provided us with photographic proof of it! Check out his gallery of photos after the jump, and start getting ready for next year’s fest!
Text and Photos: Andy Social Photography
Barely drinkable draft, studded leathers and ear-splitting decible levels… Distort Fest Volume 8 was everything a punk fest should be. After a late start the crowd was thirsty for more than booze when opening act Absurdist hit the stage, and shit got gnarly fast. Short sets were the order of the night and before I knew it, Rapid Loss was closing out the show with more fury than a wolverine on bath salts. It would be impossible to name any one band as a highlight, they were all rad and put on one hell of a show. I didn’t make it to the after show show because I had to move the next day, but if it was anywhere near as good as the show at Iron Road Studio I totally missed out. Unfortunately night two didn’t go down as expected… Some douche nozzle broke a car window near the venue which brought in all kinds of unwanted attention. By the time I got to the show the place was shut down and everyone was scattering with no clear idea where the show would be moved to. After hearing a few different possibilities I decided to grab a sixer and go home. Weak, I know. Here are my shots from night number one, check em out! My buddy Ted Reckoning did the work for night three and he’s awesome so check out his shots too (stay tuned for those on CVLT Nation…).
Occultist formed in the last couple years… why would you do that?
Jim: A few years ago a tentacled malevolence reached out to us from the great beyond demanding that we not play trend metal or rap-rock, and so Occultist was born.
What kind of drug stimulants do you use to prop up your anemic, vegan bassist, Nathaniel?
Anonymous Occultist Member: In short, all of them. Like most bassists, he isn’t good for much anything else. We’ve caught him numerous times huffing avocado in the van, doing lines of peanut butter in the bathroom, and walking the street for vegan mayonnaise. Despite this, Kent is really good at reminding him to smoke his crack on tour, and this keeps him from taking the veggies too far!
Who would you Marry, Fuck, and Kill from the following, and why: Deviated Instinct, Amebix, Rudimentary Peni?
Jim: As stinky as this business could quickly become we’d fuck or kill any of them but marriage is too cruel a fate for such killer bands; after all we’re not savages.
Do you get a lot of flack from the metal scene for having a girl in the band? Or do you think the scene has grown up enough to look at Leland as just a great drummer?
Anonymous Occultist Member: Leland gets harassed by suitors at nearly every gig. Sometimes it can be pretty stressful; we have a system in place and generally it works. Kind of a Chris Kattan playing the character “Mango” on Saturday Night Live thing. What I’m saying is that Leland fucked Garth Brooks.
Photo: Glenn Cocoa
Life is good, especially when I get the opportunity to turn the world on to so many sick fucking bands! Today I want the universe to get extra hyped on Iowa City’s WAX MOTH, and their EP entitled Spiracle. These humans are on some robo d-beat shit that will have you spazzing out like you drank ten gallons of ghetto lemonade! WAX MOTH are able to combine the rancid fury of Anti-Cimex with the whiskey dirge of LeechMilk, and blend it into their own beyond radical sound. Trust me, when you have their song “Drones” blasting out of your speakers, you will say to yourself, unholy fuck! WAX MOTH is crazier than Satan huffing glue! The thing about these warriors of demented sludge is they can fucking play the hell out of their instruments. Which brings me to their songwriting skills WAX MOTH’s compositions have multiple layers of hate that will have you transfixed. The vocal delivery of the singer is almost soul in a very odd way, meaning that you feel his pain down to your core. WAX MOTH use feedback and distortion as audio doorways that will lead you past the ugly things we encounter on the daily. Also, the lyrical content deals with the warped human condition created by the corrupt powers that be on this earth. WAX MOTH is a band that deserves not only to be heard, but also to be championed. If there are any other webzines, bands or music weirdos reading this, make sure to spread the word about WAX MOTH! Spiracle is brand new sound of epicness!