In a perfect world, LARVAE, from the ever so musically fascinating SF Bay Area, would be ruling the world of blackened death-doom and handing out invaluable lessons to everyone when it comes to things like form, integrity, character, style and execution. But as we know the world is far from perfect, and is actually more often than not a spiteful and cynical shithole pit of injustice, where assholes and jocks rule the world while real talent goes completely unnoticed. Well fuck that. Maybe it’s just because of this that Larvae is where it is, or maybe cause these boys are shy and prefer to stay away from the spotlight, but truth is, it is most likely that none of you, or very few of you, have heard of this band before, and that, sorry to say, is fucking unacceptable.
Italy’s Shove Records (along with Mind Control Records and a few others) brings you a truly unholy alliance of sorts. What you’ll find in this 7″ split release by the two Danish bands are in fact two tracks of icy, tenebrous, desolate and annihilating blackened hardcore.
Copenhagen devastators HEXIS kick off the feat with Tenebris, two and half minutes of complete fucking annihilation that will have fans of the blackened post-hardcore of bands like Celeste and The Secret drooling for days. These two minutes steep in an endless shitstorm of blast beats and razorwire – ice-coated malevolent riffage that creates a thunderous backdrop to an utter war zone of bleak hardcore belligerence. Something that can bend into submission even the toughest spines.
Now you are about to hear how the soon to be released Primitive Man & Xaphan 7 inch kills shit! For 8 minutes, both bands will pound you in your motherfucking eardrums with some of the most monolithic sounds you will hear all year. This insane record is being released via Init Records and can be pre-ordered HERE! All hail Primitive Man & Xaphan for scrambling my brain cells…Fuck it, press play on the stream below!
I’m almost at a loss for words, but I will tell you that in 2008 doom history was made in the Bay Area. This was the year that ASUNDER & CORRUPTED collaborated for well over an hour on a piece of music that is far beyond classic. The event took place at the KFJC studios, and fucking hell, what this music does to me is so epic. For 1:35:00, these two bands became one and manifested pure magic. This moment in musical history feels like the beginning of humanity; before the word, there was doom. Silence rolls towards mountains of wind for many minutes, before the birds began to break out of their shells to the sound of beautiful guitar. Ancient foot prints are left in the mud by a slow-moving drum beat that is starting get closer to the ocean of sorrow. The thunder clouds are gathering after the CORRUPTED vocalist has left his mark on your brainwaves, and now rain is about to come down, so all can bath in ASUNDER. Next, without explanation, your body will start to rock back & forth in blackened bliss. The pounding of the giants will grow stronger before a real sense of gloom takes over everything around you. If sound has the power to heal, after hearing this killer song I will never need to see a doctor again. Within in this colossal tune, everything you have thought of will take place. If you have not noticed, this is not a normal review, but a written free association exercise about how this special musical treasure has made me feel. Now here is your chance to feel…
Head to any metal show and you are bound to see a few pairs of black Chucks. Now, if you’re feeling fancy, Converse and Black Sabbath have teamed up for 2014 to offer four new pairs of collaboration Chucks inspired by Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Never Say Die! and VOL. 4. Some of you may bemoan the corporate interference with what was once, and still is, an underground genre of music, but come on – Ozzy is already a reality TV pioneer! It’s kind of strange, but telling, that Black Sabbath’s first ever US Top of Charts was reached in 2013, 45 years after the band first formed. And you really can’t beat a pair of worn in Chucks, plus aesthetically these are pretty fucking rad. The Black Sabbath album cover is awesome as an allover print shoe, and the Never Say Die! and VOL. 4 are black enough and minimal enough to please many metal wardrobes. All four are good tributes to great albums. Check out some images below…
On November 13th, 2013 The BODY shook the walls of the Almost Holden Collective in Santa Monica, Ca. The band performed an unreal set at the Crash the Clubs & CVLT Nation event. Now we are super proud to be able to let the world download the show right here and now. Stay tuned for the other sets from that night featuring Harassor & White Dove. In the meantime, get your eardrums shattered and download The BODY live!
Two of Oregon’s best team up to bring forth the waves of despair and sadness. Hell, the one man band of M.S.W, is sure keeping busy. Three full-length albums and four split releases since the band’s conception back in 2006, and all of them up to a very high level of quality. On the other hand, the band led by A.L.N. (also part of the live line-up of Hell), named Mizmor is another rising force in the underground scene of Oregon. With their self-released debut album, they presented to the world their twisted doom/sludge/drone/black vision.
This release is being introduced by Hell and their fifteen minute long opus, “Foetorem Timere”, the clean bits of which will cause a mesmerizing paralysis of your brain. For the first nine minutes you will be overwhelmed by the clean guitars and emotional depth that Hell can reach. The setting for the band is a world filled with despair and loneliness, where everything is just waiting to die. There is a certain coldness about the song that makes it stand out in such a unique way, while the inclusion of strings even further expands the desolate ambiance and the voice samples make this listen more unearthly. Finally, the doom/sludge riffs are brought in to redeem you from this torturous build up, causing the whole sonic landscape that the band has built up for the last nine minutes to collapse, as the appearance of crazy effects on the vocals and their formation amidst these heavy riffs causes apocalyptic visions to enter your mind.
Horns motherfucking UP! ACT OF IMPALEMENT get my vote as the sickest, youngest heaviest band to release anything in 2013. These dudes create type of war doom that makes the hairs on the back of my neck die. Stop whatever you are doing and download Hyperborean Altar from ACT OF IMPALEMENT for free. Then you will hear why this band is CVLT Nation’s favorite young band of 2013!
It’s almost preposterous say in the first sentence of a review, but Unru have created perhaps one of my favorite releases of the year and it’s a demo. Unru hail from Germany and, like many bands of the more contemporary blackened crust movement, only reveal themselves through veiled mystique and runes. But image aside, let’s talk about the powerhouse that is DEMO MMXIII.
The demo itself brings with it all of the gritty qualities one would expect to be associated with a demo: low production, cymbals crashing and creating waves of non-sound, guitars that are seemingly lost in the mix, however none of this is a slight against Unru in the least bit and if anything, it really drives the point home. Four interlude tracks I-V serve as moments of atmosphere for the album, giving the listener breaks in-between the absolute onslaught that is DEMO MMXIII. I think what strikes me the most about Unru is the ridiculous vocal sound because I’ve never quite heard anything like it; the vocalist creates something so animalistic and sinister that it’s actually quite exciting to hear from track to track. Similarly, I felt as though the drums throughout most of the tracks held a particular antagonistic relationship with the guitar, much to each instrument’s benefit…Full CVLT Nation Review HERE!
For years I have been a fan of LAUDANUM, and they have never let me down. This past weekend, one of the Bay Area’s heaviest bands played their last show and it was captured by Kill That Cat. CVLT Nation salutes LAUDANUM for keeping it heavy all these years. Now get doomed and peep them destroy shit!