This is a bulletin for all our loyal UK readers – stop what you’re doing, and make sure you clear your schedule starting next week on August 6th, because UK’s finest, RAMESSES, are doing three shows with our NOLA homies, EYEHATEGOD. This filthy duo will be demolishing stages alongside Dopefight in Bristol, Manchester and London on their way to the SuperNormal Festival and the Incubate Festival in Tilburg. We can only imagine the vast crushing epic that a night of Ramesses and Eyehategod would be, but for those of you who are able to experience it, we wish you extreme ear damage and bangover. In preparation for the audio torment, you can pick up an extra special vinyl edition of Ramesses’ DLP Possessed By The Rise Of Magik, featuring remixes by Justin Broadrick (Godflesh/Jesu/Greymachine/Final/JK Flesh). This dope-soaked musical journey comes encased in a deluxe red foiled gatefold, with full colour inner sleeves, in a limited run of either coal black vinyl or clear blood red vinyl. Check out a stream of their track “Sol Nocivo” remixed by Broadrick below (stay tuned for a CVLT Nation exclusive stream later this week), and pick up the vinyl on the Ritual Productions site HERE. Tour dates after the jump!
In 1982, punks hated long hairs – we thought they were all hippies and we wanted nothing to do with them. In D.C. there was one long haired band that reigned supreme, and they went by the name of The Obsessed. They were fronted by a dude named Wino, who looked liked he didn’t take shit! I remember reading about this band in the early 80′s, and I wondered why punks were into them; then I heard their music. In 1994, there was a killer documentary made about The Obsessed featuring commentary from Henry Rollins, Fugazi, Tesco Vee, L7 and many more. What makes this such a killer documentary is the amount of love that all these people have for the this legendary band. Some of the members went on to form ST. Vitus, who put out records on SST. I can’t even put into words how much respect Wino gets in this game, and this fact can be seen and felt in this film. So after the jump get down with The Obsessed and puff one!
Upon regrettably missing Evoken’s recent performance at Martyrdoom Festival, I felt it was only appropriate to do an in-depth review of their latest full-length Atra Mors, distributed by Profound Lore Records and scheduled to be released on July 31st. Upon the first few listens of Atra Mors, my impression towards this record gives off a very large amount of improvement and musical experimentation to leave listeners astounded and spellbinded into a state of sorrow and personal empowerment. Evoken have created a record that almost puts me beyond words, as it reminds me of the crushing, funeral doom endeavors of Mournful Congregation and also the somber, solo echoing guitar riffs stand out and tell stories of their own. Atra Mors has successfully embedded a vivid distinction of human emotion into music, a very powerful doom metal record which immediately stands out and flows in a rhythmic pattern from one song unto another.
It starts off with the first track which is titled same as the album and prepares you for a journey towards a personal apocalyptic dreamland. It is a somber starting point which guides listeners into various chambers of one’s own haven of dreams and nightmares alike. From this onward, song after song John Paradiso’s harsh vocals and somber guitar solos embark through various personal visions of times past those to be foretold, expressively as a personal ultimatum as well as the end of all things. All previous pessimistic parables channeled into these recordings and embedded into every structure of what Atra Mors stands for.
Five months after the release of their acclaimed ORO: Opus Primum release, Italian sorcerers of supernatural and obliterating doom, UFOMAMMUT, prepare to return with the second part of the ORO series, Opus Alter. The new full-length will see its North American release on September 18th, 2012, once again via Neurot Recordings. This band’s music is fucking beyond special – it’s straight mind-bending and brain-melting. What I really respect about them is their use of video to help convey their sonic magic. This is why we are doing an epic UFOMAMMUT video essay featuring video from both albums Opus Primum & Opus Alter. This what you should do, get a fat bong load, spark that motherfucker, play these vids then then take off to another reality where doom is alive in the clouds. CVLT Nation salutes UFOMAMMUT for their awesome creative spirit! The videos are alive after the jump.
Hooded Menace’s third album, “Effigies of Evil”, sees the band make another label move for a full-length release, this time from Profound Lore over to Relapse Records. In many ways the label moves are indicative of the strides the band has made as entities to themselves in the doom scene. While second album “Never Cross The Dead” came out just over two years ago, the Finnish duo of Lasse Pyykkö and Pekka Koskelo have not, in any way, been reclusive, releasing four splits with bands from Ilsa to Asphyx.
“Advaitic Songs is, quite simply, the best OM album to date and illustrates that they have achieved a level of compositional maturity that very few of their contemporaries have reached. Back in his Dopesmoker days Al Cisneros and his Sleep cohorts sounded like a band wildly veering off towards the Holy Land fuelled by a combination of weed and idealistic good intentions. More than a decade on, Advaitic Songs sounds like an older and wiser pilgrimage altogether, Al having made the most of his time in the Holy Land, soaking up the atmosphere to create something far more indicative of Nazareth and the Holy Mountains. There isn’t a heavier topic on earth to address than spirituality and with Advaitic Songs OM have proven that you don’t always need to sound heavy to be a heavy band”
— Tom McKibbin / The Sleeping Shaman.
One of the things we love most about blogging on CVLT Nation is giving back to our readers, and today we have an awesome giveaway for you – a pair of tickets to Southern Lord‘s The Power of the Riff West! The lineup for this event is killer – SUNN 0))), OFF!, Dr.Know, Repulsion, Noothgrush, Xibalba, Eagle Twin, Power Trip, Ancestors, Alpha & Omega, Gaza, DNF, Retox, Love Below, Avon Ladies, Cops, Hordes, Xaphan, Hoax, Despise You, Nausea (CA) and Bio Crisis will all be tearing the Echo/Echoplex apart on August 11th, 2012, in Los Angeles, CA. To enter to win the pair, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “TPOTR” in the subject heading. The draw will be Wednesday at noon PT.
***And the winner is…Pablo Vargas! Congrats buddy!***
Hidden from the world for years, this album was recorded in 2008 but only saw the light of day at the end of 2011, with Daemon Worship Productions picking it up after the release’s original label fell apart. Bestia Arcana is a Nightbringer sideproject, and three of the evil-loving masterminds are conspiring you drive you mad with this hellish piece of blackened hyper-noise.
Those familiar with Nightbringer’s unusual sonic chaos will feel at home with To Anabainon ek tes Abyssu. It’s black metal awash in a thick fog of endlessly cyclical guitar shrieks and horrifyingly ethereal proclamations. A choir-like synth and occasional demonic spoken word passage serve to sink your psyche deeper into the pit of torment where their creation lives. The terrifying chaos is almost calming, giving the feeling that dissonant melodies pass by as you lay in a comatose state, resulting in an almost out-of-body listening experience. Never-ending blastbeats conjure up a painful hailstorm which transforms into howling winds of despair as the storm calms and the seas shift.
The third and fourth tracks take a turn into occult ambience that plays with more of the evil chanting and drone-filled guitars from previous tracks, but slowed down to the crawl of a rotting corpse. While the diversion fits with the overall schema of the release, it’s a bit of a chore to sit through 15-minutes of satanic soundscapes devoid of waking life. Luckily, the closing track is an opus of destruction, expanding on the band’s grandiose visions and turning the album into something of note, to be played during the apocalypse as hellfire rains from the sky and skeletal beasts crawl forth from below.
CVLT Nation is ultra-hyped to release Sonic Cathedrals Vol. LXVIII Curated by PALLBEARER. This is Part I of their mixtape, with all of the tunes being selected by their bass player JR. Just to let you know, this is an audio gift – he focused on one awesome band, Popol Vuh, and created an epic musical journey through their catalog! Read what JR has to say about his mixtape below…then download Sonic Cathedrals Vol. LXVIII and let your trip begin!
Popol Vuh, probably more than any other band, has had a profound impact on the way I view music. There is an inherent power and otherworldly feeling within the music; a certain mystical presence that carries through the entire body of work. When I first started dwelling on what I should include on this mixtape, I had considered including a variety of different things, but in the end, I felt that compiling this small bit of Popol Vuh’s incredible catalog into a personally cohesive and easily digested volume would be much more meaningful. I hope that whoever listens to this, whether or not you are familiar with the band, will find the same essence of beauty and mystery that I have many times over.
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. LXVIII Curated by Pallbearer Part I
During the month of July 2012, San Francisco’s Wreck & Reference and LA’s Doctorshopper made a short run of the West Coast of the United States. In January, Doctorshopper self-released “Degenerate Utopia” on their Cult of Melancholia imprint, an art and music collective from the Los Angeles area. In April, Wreck & Reference released their follow up to the revered “Black Cassette” with an album called “No Youth” which is available on vinyl from The Flenser. More words and a full black and white gallery of both bands after the jump!