Late last month, the TODAY IS THE THE DAY tour rolled into Vancouver with their tour mates BLACK TUSK and KEN MODE. Our comrade in photography Ted Reckoning was on hand and captured the whole ballistic event. We are hyped that he shared his raging photos with us because you can almost hear the bands’ riffs blazing out of the flicks! Enough of me talking, check out this insane photo essay after the jump!
Excuse me as I exhale out sticky green riffs that come from smoking the new BELZEBONG track “Dungeon Vultures”! These Polish stoners know how to grow THC-infused baselines that give you the munchies for more of their music. This new tune is from the new BELZEBONG 12 inch EP that is coming out Instant Classic on April 20th (pre-order HERE!). CVLT Nation is fucking stoked that we have been given the honor of streaming “Dungeon Vultures” in full below! Also, check out their upcoming European tour dates after the jump! Now spark one for BELZEBONG!!!
Can you handle some heavy fucking ugly psychedelic doom that has been planted deep in the Bay Area’s soil? If you can then SWAMP WITCH is your band – all you have to do is listen to GNOSIS. If you follow CVLT Nation, then you know that we totally dig SWAMP WITCH because they get our eardrums all sticky with THC. We are so stoked that Anti-Matter Records is releasing GNOSIS limited edition vinyl (pre-order HERE NOW!). Check out the digital version of this doom monster streaming below, but understand that vinyl is the only way to really get to hear the SWAMP WITCH. Also make sure to peep these doomadelic wizards kicking ass live after the jump!
The original GNOSIS, recorded by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil) at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California would see a revised version just a few short months later at the same hand, and shortly thereafter, a pressing of 100 cassettes would be released in August of 2011 through Gay Scientist Recordings. Now, as part of the ANTI-MATTER RECORDS catalogue, SWAMP WITCH’s debut recording is ready for its next incarnation… the vinyl format. The entire package is housed in a tip-on style, single sleeve jacket printed from Stoughton Printing Company, black dust sleeves, a two button set that’s housed in a black zip lock bag, and a download card printed on 32 lb. metallic paper to redeem the entire recording which also includes the “Chopped & Doomed” remix version courtesy of DJ Dreemz as an added bonus. Artwork and layout was execute by Jacob R., with collaborative help from photographer Megan Brim and Steven Wilson (Black Uroborus Illustrations).
Edition run of 500 copies on the vinyl format in two different color variations: 401 copies on swamp green vinyl, 99 copies on “cosmic splatter” (transparent green & white) vinyl.
מזמור can be read as “Mizmor” and for those who don’t know, Mizmor is a project from one half of Salem, Oregon doom monster Hell, A.L.N. Being active since 2012 and carrying a very DIY attitude behind this project, so far he has released a full-length, the self-titled “מזמור” that was released last year and “Untitled Winter EP” released in the beginning of this year. Soundwise Mizmor isn’t very different from his sibling Hell, although the two releases featured here have little and very small differences between them. The self-titled full-length is a more primitive, stripped down black metal soaked drone doom with a very raw recording attached to it, while the “Untitled Winter EP” sounds a lot more closer to what we are used to hear in Hell’s records, specially the album “III”. It opens with a very minimal acoustic section creating the perfect mood for the colossal wall of doom crushes us then. Those winches, those slow-motion drum hits, the sound of that bass that looks like its chords almost reach the ground, the guitar… all of this orchestra of gloom emanates desolation and suffering in every single note. Just terrifying.
Montclair, one of the many New Jersey cities that dot the shadow of Manhattan, lies on the map along the train lines stretching to the south of the lower state. The city’s convenient situation near the many highway hubs of New Jersey make this stop particularly accessible for both audience and and artist alike between the south and the metropolitan areas along the coast above.
In this city, under a stretch of restaurants off the main drag, is a former meat locker turned venue and recording studio known appropriately as the Meat Locker. And it it here that I got in touch with Montclair, NJ’s flagship stoner punk band, Dutchguts.
It’s these guys who set the tone of the venue as a place to come to if you are looking for loud, harsh, discomforting punk and metal. They’ve also taken pains over the years to amass the equipment and skills necessary to self-produce almost all material for themselves, which they’ve given to the punk masses over the years in the form of a flurry of relatively short but content-heavy EPs. Their latest release, Losing Sleep, has been a huge payoff to that experience. It’s a huge jump in quality from previous years, which is not to sell the band short of course – but these four tracks coming in for a total runtime of 10:28 offer the perfect addition to any tone/gear/punk/brutality fanatic’s rotation.
The Body are about to release a new EP entitled Master, We Perish on April 30th via At A Loss Recordings. They have just put out a disturbing video for their song “The Ebb and Flow of Tides in a Sea of Ash” directed by Richard Rankin. So after the jump, walk hand and hand with The Body and peep their new visual!
The CVLT Nation 2nd Anniversary Show is coming up soon on Friday, April 26th, at Unit B in Santa Ana, CA, and we want to offer our awesome radical readers a chance to win 2 pairs of tickets to the show! You can still pick up pre-order tickets from Unit B HERE for $8, or you can pay $10 at the show, but if you pre-order your tickets and email your receipt to email@example.com you get a 15% off code for the CVLT Store for any one order of clothing or records! We will be drawing two lucky winners for a pair of tickets each on Friday at noon PST, so enter to win at firstname.lastname@example.org with “2nd Anniversary” in the subject! Good luck and see you at the show!!!
**Congratulations to Daniel Echeverria and Jesse Barron for winning a pair of tickets each! See you at the show!***
Festering somewhere in Galway, stoner doom three-piece Weed Priest are a band with a self-explanatory name, it must be said. They say first impressions are everything and when Weed Priest introduce themselves at first, they make it rather clear what you’re getting – a haze of smoky, murky stoner doom conjured from the abyss. Having played a number of shows over the years and released demo recordings, it seemed like the band were working on a full-fledged release at pretty much the same pace that their music trudges but lo and behold, Weed Priest’s self-titled is upon us and it’s an adventurous and brave record for a debut.
Interview via Death Metal Underground
Academic acceptance of metal accelerates through conferences dedicated to studying metal, professors teaching about heavy metal, investigations of links between heavy metal and religion, and the launch of an international journal for studying metal.
While the metal community may not have found a position on this change as of yet, the very fact of its existence is startling to those of us who experienced metal in the 1980s or 1990s, when society viewed us as outcasts of a likely deranged, intoxicated, criminal and Satanic nature. From the censorship battles of the 1980s, when the Parent’s Music Resource Center (PMRC) attempted to prevent younger people from acquiring metal in record stores and tried to legislate a requirement for lyrical content warning stickers on metal records, to the 1990s bourgeois bohemians wrinkling upper lips at the impolitic and feral nature of metal, society hasn’t liked us.
Luckily, academics don’t see it that way and have forged ahead with metal study, coinciding with a massive “hipness” of metal in the mainstream press and hipster underground. Metalheads might find this interesting because academic study can balance out what social pressures amplify.
We are fortunate to have Dr. Karl Spracklen, Professor of Leisure Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, here to tell us more about his projects, the International Society for Metal Music Studies, its conference, and its journal.
Why study heavy metal?
Heavy metal is an important part of modern culture and everyday life, so studying heavy metal enables us to understand both of those things. For me, the interesting thing about heavy metal is the tension between metal’s strong sense of being part of a non-mainstream subculture, and metal’s place in the industry of modern pop and rock music. That’s because I’m essentially a sociologist. Other heavy metal scholars might be interested in the way the music is constructed, or the meaning behind song lyrics, or the history of the scene, or the use of heavy metal as a philosophy or ideology of life. Heavy metal is just a subject field, a lens, through which we can think about problems in other academic diciplines.
If death came in the form of a slow-moving baseline that could choke the life out of me, then my demise might take place at the hands of Frances’s EIBON, who have a filthy new album entitled II that is being released via Throat Ruiner Records and Aesthetic Death on May 1st. This dissolute, doom-laden listening experience is made up of two mammoth songs that will have you in a heavy trance-like state of mind. We were already huge fans of EIBON at CVLT Nation, and this record only strengthens our admiration for them. Today we are so fucking honored to be streaming EIBON’s “Elements of Doom” below! This doomedelic record is one that you need in your collection!…Pre-Order HERE!…Pre Order CD’s HERE & Download digital album HERE.