Label: Baneful Genesis Records
The long awaited full length offering from Salt Lake City blackened doom coven Gravecode Nebula has at last reared its unsightly head upon the hapless dregs of humanity. Their 2011 split with Kreig left us with an unbeknownst void that only a further installment of the band’s psychedelically-fueled creeping doom could fill. The end result would eventually conclude with something that far surpassed all preconceived expectations, and by extension, would define the band’s first steps into crafting something wholly their own.
Year of No Light’s voyage to the throne of post metal’s monarch has taken many twists and turns through the years – namely a significant line-up shuffle after Nord that saw them sans-vocals, but now with two drummers and a solely instrumental sound. The test for this new formula was 2010’s Ausserwelt, a test passed with stunning, flying colours.
In a bid to prove that Ausserwelt was anything but a fluke, they released their split with Altar of Plagues, but most interestingly, emerged earlier this year with Vampyr, a YONL-style score to Carl Theodore Dreyer’s 1932 film of the same name. The score explored the band’s more serene and creepier tendencies. Tocsin is its polar opposite.
25 years of motherfucking DYSFUNCTION is what EYEHATEGOD has given the world, and they have no plans of stopping! This past weekend they performed in Brooklyn and destroyed St.Vitus. Our comrade
(((UnartigNYC))) was on hand and captured this insane set played to a hungry crowd of EYEHATEGOD fans! Now tune into the Masters of Legalized Confusion! R.I.P. Joey LaCaze, and welcome to their newest member, Aaron Hill (Drums).
Do you remember the final scene in Cronenberg’s masterpiece The Fly? The part where Dr. Brundle, now almost completely transformed into a giant humanoid fly (aka “The Brundlefly”), attempts to teleport together himself and a pregnant Veronica Quaife, to fuse each other into the ”ultimate family”? As you know The Brundlefly’s plan goes totally wrong, and instead of fusing himself with Quaife and their unborn child he ends up instead getting fused with the teleport pod itself, resulting in the creation of a monstrous and agonizing deformity made of human, insect and mechanical parts, that then begs Quaife to end its suffering with a twelve gauge pump action shotgun blast right in the middle of its bug eyes. Well, that’s exactly what Gnaw‘s music sounds like: like the moment in which you see the final version of the now partially mechanical and agonizing Brundlefly emerge from the teleport pod and you just wanna puke all over yourself. In fact, Gnaw’s music just sounds like a fucking hideous and monstrous deformity made of mechanical chaos, decaying flesh, madness, and uncontrolled fucking horror.
CVLT Nation has been down with LA’s doom lord Ear/Splitters for a while now, and we are very excited about his latest incarnation, Midnite Collective. To celebrate the beginning of this new venture into the darkness of the human heart and mind, CVLT Nation and Midnite Collective present Midnite Communion. Summoning the dark arts and craft of the underworld, on Saturday, November 23rd Midnite Collective brings Jas Helena, Bryan Proteau, Davide Manicni and Stevie Floyd together to create a visual altar that will be led in ceremony by Amarok (Chico) and Funerary (Phoenix). Doom and darkness set the somber undertone of the evening, gathering the masses of the underground community to observe their creative counterparts in an intimate setting known as MonkSpace in Los Angeles (4414 W. 2nd St.). The event is free and all ages, beginning at dusk (7pm) with music beginning shortly after, ending at 10pm. Check out more event info here and below…
Lumbar is the brainchild of one Aaron Edge, who despite being recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis has marched on with this new project regardless; one of misanthropic doom.
He’s joined by Mike Sheidt from Yob and Vhöl and Tad Doyle (Tad, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth). It’s pretty clear at this point that Mike Scheidt really likes to keep busy. While Yob have been relatively quiet the last while, Scheidt has maintained his presence with Vhöl, alongside members of Agalloch and Hammers of Misfortune. Now we have Lumbar, signed with Southern Lord.
Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Milanku offer a great mixture of the post metal sound, more specifically bands such as Isis and Cult of Luna, and the hardcore energy of acts like Envy. The result is Pris a la Gorge, a fifty-minute long journey through melancholic soundscapes. Even though a quite gloomy feeling is hovering over this release, there also seems to be an almost uplifting sense of realization, or rather a sensation of awakening. And that is where Milanku are really nailing it, because they present a glimpse of hope, a last chance towards catharsis in the core of Pris a la Gorge.
Usnea Interviews Bell Witch
What bands (if any) do you think influence your style?
Adrian – Neurosis, Mournful Congregation, Thergothon, Black Sabbath, and the mighty Usnea.
Dylan – Skepticism, Worship, Michael Hedges, Rachel’s, Mournful Congregation and Usnea.
Your music has a spiritual/transcendental element to it. What are your thoughts on spirituality or religion?
Adrian – I was raised in a very strict catholic religious family, which I do not practice, but do respect them for their beliefs. When I play, I feel that music is my religion, or a self ritual practice. Let me just say when we die, we will not go to heaven. Maybe another world, universe, or just die. Who knows.
Dylan – As a child under supervision of various relatives, there were a few times I attended Sunday Mass. Everyone else in the room got bread and wine. I sat in the back, alone and hungry, waiting to feast on their souls…
Welcome to Bay Area, where the sun shines and destruction crawls, endlessly. Lurking somewhere in the East Bay, the mysterious black metal horde known as XENOTAPH have managed to craft a demo so grand and timeless that it’s almost impossible to believe it’s the work of four young dudes hailing from the sunny banks of the east San Francisco Bay. These four caustic and suffocating blasts of necrotic black metal that the band have crafted under the form of Vitae Iactura sound like something coming straight from the icy and desolate plains of the Norwegian tundra plunged into and endless and demonic winter rather than tunes made by a bunch of Californians.
Bell Witch Interviews Usnea
Top five best doom albums of all time:
Justin: Yob “The Unreal Never Lived”, Asunder “A Clarion Call”, Laudanum “The Coronation”, Electric Wizard “Dopethrone”, Burning Witch “Crippled Lucifer”
Johnny: The Melvins “Bullhead”, Noothgrush “Erode the Person”, Ocean Chief “Ocean Chief”, Electric Wizard “Come My Fanatics”, Neurosis “Through Silver in Blood”
Top five best funeral doom albums of all time:
Justin: Well I already said Asunder up above, so 5 more funeral bands… Worship “Last Tape Before Doomsday”, Mournful Congregation “The Monad of Creation”, Skepticism “Lead and Aether”, Aldebaran “Dwellers in Twilight”, Evoken “Atra Mors”
Joel: Black Sabbath “Black Sabbath”, Corrupted “Paso Inferior”, Aldebaran “Dwellers In Twilight”, Worship “Last Tape Before Doomsday”, dISEMBOWLMENT ” Transcendence into the Peripheral”