CVLT Nation is stoked to be premiering the new Kwaidan video for “Ostension” off of their debut LP Make All the Hell of Dark Metal Bright, out now on Bathetic Records. This track is an audio journey of psychedelic sounds, and the visuals mirror this journey as you ride a train through various landscapes. Both the music and the video make me feel as though I am on a spiritual trip, discovering life’s contemplations steadily but not monotonously, a dark and avantgarde doom soundtrack guiding me through. Check out the video below!
The Unworldly Summoning CD by CHURCH OF DISGUST comes out on Jan. 1st via Memento Mori. If this record was released on Dec.30, it would have been on our end of the year list for sure! This band plays the stench-filled kind of Death Metal that I really dig. CHURCH OF DISGUST also have a way of allowing other genres to creep into the mix of their creations that keeps their sound interesting. I don’t know why, but I get a punk/doom vibe from this band that makes me like them even more. I could inject myself with their cryptic riffs all day long and stay high on decaying death. CHURCH OF DISGUST should be recognized around the world as one of the most putrid death metal bands out right now. CVLT Nation is stoked to be streaming “Rotting Above Ground” by CHURCH OF DISGUST below!
Altar of Betelgeuze from Finland is a young band that are creating some sticky riffs that many people are going to to be getting high on very soon! Their soon to be released album Darkness Sustains The Silence comes out on Jan. 1st via Memento Mori. What makes this band interesting is that they take chances with their sound and are creating doom on their own terms. CVLT Nation has the honor of streaming the new Altar of Betelgeuze tune “The Approaching Storm” below…Now spark up your bong and get your DOOM ON!
Today I received a really cool video from MicHell of MONARCH for their upcoming Euro tour! I feel really lucky, because I have heard two demos from their not yet released album and I can tell you it’s very monolithic! Now check out this rad visual and make sure to go see them on tour!
There’s a strange, intoxicating smell in the air…what can it be? My inner stoner is telling me that CANNABIS CORPSE & GHOUL are about to release a new split on Jan. 7th, 2014 via Tankcrimes. Right now I have a new CANNABIS CORPSE sticky track loaded in my vaporizer called “Shatter Their Bongs,” plus we are streaming it below…So you better inhale some CANNABIS CORPSE and bake the fuck UP!…Pre-Order HERE!
Label: Robotic Empire
Up until now, Reuben Sawyer has been known mostly for his fantastic illustration and design work under the Rainbath Visual moniker, but that’s going to change very quickly as a result of this album.
Held Above is the first album proper by Hollow Sunshine, in which Sawyer takes care of instrumentation/writing duties alongside vocalist Morgan Enos, and it is a sublime achievement. Like the similarly-minded but entirely different sounding SubRosa and Jesu, Hollow Sunshine combines doom metal sonics with melodic indie rock sensibilities, creating music that on the one hand is sludgy, distorted and impossibly heavy, and on the other harkens back to the best nineties indie pop, grunge and shoegaze bands.
‘Cement Cathedrals’ is a limited cassette release and the first release from the Stay Strange label based in San Diego. Monochromacy are best described as minimalist drone. From the very beginning you get lost in it’s cold unique sound, which takes you away to a dark and doomy place. A slow and sinister pace which invokes a mournful feeling but still soothing to the soul. In places, there are coherent delayed bass riffs, but the rest is atonal and bleak, yet also very together. It’s mastered by James Plotkin, who is known for his work with Sunn O))), ISIS, Pelican and Earth. So certainly the ideal choice for Monochromacy. At times, a haunting wash of drone drifting in it’s own ambience, like on the track ‘Nihilo’. Then drifting back into overlapping white-noise.
The final track, ‘Life Without Air,’ is quite different to the rest. As it has a low, shadowy vocal and a ghostly air of Joy Division about it. Definitely the perfect track to finish the EP. Even if you’re not into this style of music it would be worth giving it a try. Be adventurous and listen to the meditation music for the end of times.
Now, here are two bands that do not need much introduction. Coffins and Noothgrush collaborating! When it comes to the underground doom scene, it does not really get better than this. If you need proof of that, just go ahead and check out some of the back catalogue of these two bands: Coffins, with epic releases such as The Other Side of Blasphemy, Mortuary In Darkness, Buried Death and, their most recent The Fleshland, are giving all they’ve got in the two songs they are contributing to this release. As for Noothgrush, who have released a series of demos and splits, their one and only full-length to date is one of the best doom metal records of the 90s – I am speaking about Erode The Person obviously. And now, with Dino Sommese, previously of Asunder and Dystopia, in their line-up, they are rejuvenated.
The three songs that Noothgrush bring are filled with destruction and filth. “Humandemic” kicks things off with a slow tempo taking over completely and old school riffs hammering down slowly. The insane vocals are introduced, trying to tear your ears through and through, while the drunken groove of the band invites you to join in this unearthly feast. The sludge storm rages on with a re-recording of “Jundland Waves”. The doom riffs are always present, while strange effects are swooping in making the track sound even weirder as Noothgrush gradually increase the tension. Once again, the groove is key to the band, and in this instance they are using it to cause an almost nauseating effect.