On March 9th, 2013, there is a momentous event happening in Bristol that all of our UK readers should attend (have you seen the size of California? You have no excuse when in comes to distance…Londoners, I’m talking to you!): the You’re Not Human 1st Anniversary Party! Curated by Francis Mace (The Corleone Family) and featuring sets by BIG NATURALS, H A R K, SONANCE, TRIPPY WICKED & THE COSMIC CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT, IRON WITCH, THRONE, SPIDER KITTEN and SALUTE, not only will the music be fucking awesome, but knowing Sofi of YNH the party will be fucking on as well! You’re Not Human is the UK home of CVLT Nation, and Sofi has put together a killer selection of brands of darkness from around the world. If you’re in the market for really awesome, well-made and terrifying clothing and skateboards, you need to check out You’re Not Human. To show you what YNH is all about, we are also featuring a gallery of her latest lookbook photos, featuring GONGA and shot by Rebecca Naen. Check out the gallery after the jump, as well as all the details about the You’re Not Human 1st Anniversary Party.
I know one split that is going to end up on our end of the year list already. It’s the down-tuned masterpiece entitled Reflection of the Negative featuring Richmond’s heaviest: COUGH & WINDHAND. Both bands prove why they have fans worldwide that fucking love their music to be the soundtrack to their THC journey. COUGH is going to bang you in the head with one track that times out at 18:31. WINDHAND is going to spark your inner highness with two amazing tracks. Today it’s our honor to be streaming WINDHAND’s track “Amaranth” below…Reflection of the Negative will be released on April 16th via Relapse (Pre-Order HERE) and stay tuned for our full review!
Love hate or fear, next month, the beast of furied sound that is SXSW will be upon us. Though I can completely understand the jagged glass, jaded view clenched by many amongst the horde, I have always found blackened joy in wandering its dizzying streets. And while I have been absent from SXSW’s cacophony for the past few years, in bit champing excitement of my return, I thought I’d share a few sacred slices of past videos from that world.
In perusing my capturings for this inaugural installment, I wasn’t quite sure which direction to steer the ghost ship, that is, until I stumbled into a brief bit sludgy, still-born doom from the epic Dark Castle. Roughly two years ago, Brooklyn Vegan, a trustworthy name in this department, hosted a free party with a metal stage whose lineup could not be quenched by all of the invisible oranges in the world. Many face pounding impressions were made that day, but this brooding and bloody Dark Castle set was a voidened stand out.
In almost all cases, when you get into a discussion about powerviolence (aside from cringing), several bands will immediately jump to the forefront of your mind. Among them, the likes of Infest, No Comment, Capitalist Casualties, Man Is the Bastard, Plutocracy, Spazz, Crossed Out and so on and so forth into an eventual sea of generic 18th generation copy cats that exist today. A group that I feel is sorely under appreciated in this highly subjective genre is southern California’s GASP. Imagine the velocity and intensity that you hold so dearly, then imagining the frame of sound being shattered, the barriers and rules being removed. By utilizing extreme variation in tempos and manipulated, hand crafted tape loops, GASP was able to create pure and limitless atmosphere. The band was able to go from utter noise ridden chaos to simplistic and slow plodding into the deepest unknown depths of the universe.
GASP was active only from 1996 to 1999. Their discography included splits with Suffering Luna, Deerhoof, Volume 11 and the oppressive and lurching Noothgrush. GASP also released a full length entitled “Drome Triler of Puzzle Zoo People” and years after the band’s demise, a collection of every split and the tracks that were used on various compilations entitled “An Earwig’s Guide to Traveling” . I feel like this band is essential for those who enjoy cacophony, chaos and most importantly depth. Even on their collective album, “An Earwig’s Guide..” a definite ebb and flow exists through the entire collection that most bands are not able to achieve.
We all are going to die one day, so when I do, bury me under the huge skies of doom and blast the new album by RORCAL louder than death. This Swiss band has proven with their soon-to-be-released record Világvége’ (which means ‘End of the World’ in Hungarian) that they are not fucking around – they are here to punish the world with brutal monolithic sounds that crush the walls of oppression! Over 8 songs and 44 mintues, RORCAL’s music will take you on a journey through all kinds of dark emotions that will shed light on your depression! It’s an honor that we have been asked to stream Világvége’ by RORCAL in full below…Also, after the jump check out their upcoming tour dates…Pre-order the Vilávége vinyl HERE!
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New York’s Batillus first came to my attention when I got hold of a copy of their excellent split with the one man project of Ryan Scott Fairfield, Hallowed Butchery (check it out on bandcamp immediately). Soon followed the full length, Furnace, copious amounts of touring and more doom than you ever thought possible. Batillus are now on the brink of Concrete Sustain which is due for release on March 19th via Seventh Rule Recordings, and damn, it’s magnificent.
Harsh rolls of feedback introduce the album and first track “Concrete” feel electric in it’s atmosphere – the military beat of Geoff Summers drums pounds with intensity that’s soon matched by the vocals of the splendidly named Fade Kainer, his voice holding a raspy beauty that echoes at times over the martial tones of the music beneath and brings forth images of dying cities and ruin. There’s a distinct “coldness” that permeates the record and that martial industrial sound continues into “Cast” with Kainer ramping up the sampling on his own voice and giving it a deeply affecting push into ever more dirty and underground territory. Synthesised moments of gloom fall into the cavernous cracks of the Batillus sound and the band constantly push for something unexpected.
I really dig good funeral doom for it’s perfect blend of sonic decay and sonic beauty. In a way it’s an example of life, in that there is always an inverse to everything we experience. The band ALLURING have all of the elements of an outstanding funeral doom group, and this can be heard on their new tape entitled The Room out now on Colloquial Sound Recordings. This is a label that I trust to release stellar music, and again they haven’t let me down! CVLT Nation is stoked to be streaming the full ALLURING tape below…Uplifting sad doom for happy times!
So it begins, with a slow melodic movement with a majestic sorrow rising from the sparse instrumentation. The repetitive flow builds momentum and invites the listener further into the layers of harmonics, and the drums wisely hover in the background to delicately punctate the song without making to much out of it.
The self-titled album from Altaar contains two songs, a total of 35 minutes that coils like Satan’s serpents, and the album probably is one of the strongest releases this year in this genre.
Altaar originally started out as a one-man project in 2007, with mainman Andreas Tylden (Guitar, vocals/One Head One Tail) taking his recording gear to the Vår Frelsers graveyard in Oslo during the night. Since the first ‘Doedsoenske’ cassette was recorded and released in 2009, the project has evolved. The latest album musicians Sten Ole Toft (Electronics, guitar, piano/Faux Pas, Ryfylke), Espen Hangård (guitar, synth, vocals/KILLL, ex-Diskord, NoPlaceToHide), and Kennth Lamond (drums/Jr Ewing), and Didrik Telle (bass/Obliteration) contributes. Espen Hangård is also credited with the mixing, whereas Morten Øby handled the production, and Tom Kvålsvold/Strype Audio has done the mastering. And they even moved the recording session from the graveyard to a proper studio, Taakeheimen Lydrike Studio, Oslo – getting soft, in that sense.
Anyways, the song ‘Heil Mary’ from Altaar on the Fysisk Format sampler CD, released during summer 2012, presented more of an old-school/new-wave black metal approach with witching screams and an intentional lo-fi production. The album, due 26.02.13, is very different. The self-titled album is a step away from the graveyard shift / funeral moods of the early cassette EPs, and it all comes off as more open and less confined. But it’s still about the atmosphere. And they still do these 1000-ton riffs that’ll make your ears plead for mercy and cause your knees to involuntarily bend. The album also has these ambient segments that are as cheerful as funeral wakes – and in fact, slightly eerie in their simplicity. Sustained tones that linger like fading heartbeats, trembling on the verge of disharmony with distant thumps from afar like Death herself sluggishly knocking on your door to collect your life prematurely.
This is just so stoner in all the right ways: ELECTRIC WIZARD live at Zomerparkfeest in 2012. The sound quality for this footage is spot on and the Almighty Wizard are burning up the fucking stage. Can I ever get enough of this group? Hell fucking no, they have been and always will be a part of my stoner journeys. So go pack a huge bowl, spark it and watch ELECTRIC WIZARD live after the jump!
Right here and right now, we are streaming the most underrated doom album created so far this year. This ultra killer record conjured up by ARCHON entitled Ouroboros Collapsing will be coming out on Feb 19th via The Path Less Traveled Records. It’s over 45 minutes of otherworldly doom that leaves you saying to yourself, why have I not heard more about this band? We are honored to be streaming ARCHON’s Ouroboros Collapsing in full below…Also check out Cheryl Prime’s Review for CVLT Nation here…
Archon’s sound is one that sways from the recognisable elements of doom, sludge and stoner rock whilst never losing the important cohesion that must be present in a band that is intent on throwing a couple of little tricks into the mix here and there. Dual vocals from Chris Dialogue and Rachel Brown add a depth to the record and thankfully this technique never strays into the sometimes overblown territory that it could occupy. Harsh vocals are extremely present, yet Rachel Brown adds a warmth and a delicate lilt to proceedings at times, giving Archon that little something extra, that humanity that bands often lack during the more extreme moments of sound…Cheryl Prime for CVLT Nation