On May 14th, the mighty ORCHID release their new album The Mouths of Madness via Nuclear Blast Records and from what I have heard its the bomb! Today we want you doomedelic humans to peep their new video for “Wizard Of War”! Stay tuned, we have something special in the works with ORCHID soon…Pre-order The Mouths of Madness HERE!
This band is truly something special. This is the latest release from the Artist behind The Gault, Weakling, & Asunder. All of which are incredible and should be essential listening for anyone trying to expand their dark musical horizons. When you have a pedigree like that with the new addition of Sixes, your listening experience is going to be otherworldly.
This is a preview of a frightening track titled, “All Paths End The Same”. There’s a continuation of the romanticism of misery and absolute horror involved in their trademark soundscaping style and now it’s even denser and more methodically controlled. Unnerving, Hypnotic Bliss. Enjoy the preview and make sure to support the band.
Whatever Ghost BC is doing, they seem to be excelling at it. I can’t say I’m a fan, but this show was sold out weeks in advance. The venue, not small by any means, was packed full of smiling fans singing along. The merch line was no less than 90 people long until everyone had a thirty dollar shirt and an LP in their hands. Those LPs sold out not more than a week or so into tour. I’m sure the dildos will sell out too, if they haven’t already. Now, I could attempt to delve into the Ghost spectacle, hypothesize the mystery, who/why and so on, but I think there’s been enough of that circulating already so I won’t bore you with more of it here. On with the show…
Excuse me as I take in the resin-coated riffs of DEMON LUNG into my brain. On June 4th, the band releases their new album entitled The Hundredth Name via Candlelight Records. Over 8 songs, DEMON LUNG casts their doomadelic spell that will leave you feeling high as fuck in their doom-laden slumber. Adam Myatt and Billy Anderson (Neurosis, The Melvins, Sleep) handle production duties while English illustrator Tom Bates (Vision of Disorder, Amorphis) drew their amazing cover. CVLT Nation is honored to be streaming DEMON LUNG’s new tune “Eyes of Zamiel” below!
KYLESA has just released another anthem, “We’re Taking This,” off of their soon-to-be-released album Ultraviolet (pre-order HERE). Press play and find out why this record is going to stick with you once you hear it! CVLT Nation is proud to be a part of KYLESA’s tour that starts on May 10th (tour poster below). To psych yourself up for their impending tour, have a listen to “We’re Taking This” and ride their dirge into space!
Two days ago, one of our favorite bands had their record release party in Brooklyn. I’m talking about BATILLUS, who performed their new album Concrete Sustain in full! Pit Full of Shit was on hand to capture their intense performance of this outstanding album. If I write the list for the top 6 Doom records of 2013, BATILLUS’ Concrete Sustain has earned a spot in my book! In the meantime, check this radical show and if you do not have this album you can go HERE to pick it up…I have my white vinyl version in our collection and it gets blasted on the regular! Check out the CVLT Nation review of Concrete Sustain!
Look at the artwork that adorns this split release. It’s a forest or hillside that, at any other time would, have been a picturesque scene but here it is now, engulfed in a sea of flames, a conflagration that is burning this once serene area of nature to the ground, leaving only ash and sorrow in its wake. If there ever was a fitting image to complement the music held within the record this is it. This is the split cassette between Amarok and Hell.
Both bands have always offered their own brands of diseased doom metal with drone and sludge elements and each released noteworthy split records last year respectively, Amarok with Pyramido and Hell with Thou, so their pairing for this split makes perfect sense and easily gives their predecessor records a run for their money.
Amarok serve up a 20 minute dirge of harrowing sludge in the form of ‘V: Red Oak Wisdom’. It wastes no time whatsoever, erupting with a cataclysmic riff that ushers us into a dreary world of doom that trudges along with Thou-like riffs that would move tectonic plates. This is until around the eight minute mark where the band fearlessly recoils into sombre territory where piano and strings take centre stage, crafting an entirely different world for the listener.
All photos & text by Luana Magalhães
Arguably the most intense, harrowing performance of the whole festival, Amenra were pure catharsis – the outpouring of pain and anguish was evident in each blood-curding Colin Eeckhout scream and every resounding note of their instruments. Most massive sound of the weekend too – the soundcheck before the show alone was enough to nearly rearrange internal organs.
Heavy beauty, melodic dissonance and uplifting d-tuned sonic food for the human condition are the thoughts that come to my mind as I listen to the new PRAY FOR TEETH song “Swallow The Ground.” This song is DIY blues, not in a straight ahead sense, but because the way it was written touches my being in the same way that a Son House song would. PRAY FOR TEETH has created an epic performance video to go along with this mammoth 11 minute anthem, and we have the honor of premiering it today! You can pre-order the cassette HERE which is being released by Lock & Key Collective, plus they have a new 7 inch entitled I’m Still Finding Feathers In My Hair coming out via our comrades Root of Evil Collective which you can pre-order HERE!
Canadian blackened doom quintet Ensorcelor have teamed up with UK punk infused sludge act Moloch to create what could possibly be described as the greatest fucking thing to ever be created in the history of things that have ever been fucking created. On just about every split there is always one band that stands above the others, be it through a more concise recording, or just sheer talent, we rarely get to see multiple outstanding artists on a single release…until now. The tandem energy these two bands utilize create the flowing atmosphere that makes this album one that is engaging, encapsulating, and just as intriguing no matter how many times you spin it.
Ensorcelor comes out first with a creeping display of sundering lows that are veritably torn apart by harsh vocal onsets and haunting melodies that carry an uneasy feeling throughout the entirety of their 20 minute offering. Trapping a landscape that differs its way from a blackened pool of infinitesimal hate into a realm of endless sadness and confusion. Allowing for a more emotionally rapturing soundscape to pour into the empty spaces of silence that surround and convey while still retaining the reflecting overtone of utter and complete irrelevance. The track bores its way into your subconscious and delves into what would remain after all sorrow has subsided, a full on confrontation between body, mind, and soul. The song fades into a harmonious departure that does not end but simply stops, leaving no room for your senses to return before the next track begins.