Did someone spike my coffee with acid this morning? Why do I feel like I’m crawling down a hole in my mind filled with magic mushrooms? Maybe it’s because I’m listening to the new 30,000 Monkies entitled Somewhere Over The Painbow. This band knows how to construct cycodelic noise into mind-altering sounds that will have you scratching your head and then coming back for more. CVLT Nation is stoked to be streaming 30,000 Monkies Somewhere Over The Painbow in full below…This record will be released via ConSouling Agency on Oct.11th.
SWAMP WITCH is a very special band and every time I hear their album Gnosis I remember why! The record was just released on vinyl via Anti Matter Records and sounds un-fucking-real blasting through my speakers. A couple of weeks ago, SWAMP WITCH performed with Windhand and killed it! The whole doomadelic affair was captured on film by KILLTHATCAT. Check out the full set here…All I need is SWAMP WITCH and Vaporizer and I’m way beyond elevated! Walter, if you are reading this, bring them to Roadburn, they will give an outstanding performance!
They did it. The Bay Area’s finest neo-crust band – Negative Standards – and Australia’s most hideous sludge doom ordeal – Whitehorse - have come together for a release so grand, dark and fucking devastating that it almost feels like the end of the world, and the most dystopian of fates has fucking time traveled or something and come back from the future to waste us on the spot and end our sorry existence right fucking now. What we love about this split is the diversity in sounds and musical approaches it offers and how it brings together two extremely unique and quite different bands to paint a much broader and more threatening sonic picture for us to look at as a total. Both bands are unique in their own – and sometimes opposite – ways, but combined by friendship, common intents and the purest of musical visions, they have paved the way to an absolutely annihilating release that from start to finish transcends the two souls that comprise it and just goes fucking beyond, way beyond.
I’m having visions of the painted desert and feeling like my brain is being boiled in a cosmic soup! I know what’s making me have these cycodelic feelings – it’s the purple haze sounds of the new SONS of HUNS blasting out of my speakers! On Nov. 15th they are releasing their new album entitled Banishment Ritual via the ever solid Easy Rider Records. CVLT Nation is on cloud high that we are streaming the new SONS of HUNS track “Banishment Ritual” below! BLAST THIS BAD MAMMA JAMMA LOUD!…Pre-Order the Record now.
Nothing is Heavy & CVLT Nation are stoked to present WOLVSERPENT, Haggatha, Addaura & Harrow at The Astoria Pub in Vancouver, BC on Oct. 26th! This show is going to be a feast of heavy with a lineup like this! CVLT Nation is super stoked to be relocating our HQ to Vancouver just in time to witness these bands destroy the DTES! Stay tuned for features, mixtapes and more coming soon…check out the event page HERE.
I know that you guys have written in a lot of different ways (sole writers vs collaborative vs in the studio), but what is your preferred method?
I think that the most fun we ever had writing was when we wrote/recorded Invisible Whitealmost entirely in the studio. It really gave us a chance to try things we might not have otherwise tried. Unfortunately, who knows if we’ll ever have the budget to pull that off again, so the next best is definitely writing as a group in the rehearsal space. It’s what we’ve done for all but our first record and Invisible White.
How much of your material is written with a conceptual idea in mind first? Do you just let the music go wherever it wants, or are you aiming for something specific when you start?
We usually write first and then attack the concept (if there is one) a bit later. The stuff we’re working on now is actually the first time we’ve even really discussed a direction. We usually just write and let the music come out however it’s going to come out. This time around we’re hoping to shape it a little bit. We never want our music to become stale.
When you’re writing for a concept, are you tailoring the music to fit a certain subject/mood based on what the song is about?
I don’t think we’ve done that yet. It’s usually the other way around. We tailor the lyrics and/or concept to fit the music. Our music often feels to us like it tells a story without lyrics, so we sometimes try to figure out what that story is.
From the first we heard WINDHAND, everyone at the CVLT Nation HQ has been hooked! About a week ago, they performed in Los Angeles at the Complex put on by Ear/Splitters. Horns up, this was one of the best shows I have seen in this city all year! WINDHAND performed tracks from their first album and their most recent record, Soma, out now on Relapse Records. On 9/21/13 they performed in the bay area and Kill That Cat captured their whole set – check it out here and now! WINDHAND will be touring Europe soon, plus they are touring North America again soon with High on Fire. Get Doomed!
The BODY have done it again and created a very outstanding record entitled Christs, Redeemers that will be out on Oct. 15th via Thrill Jockey. Today I want to share with you their beautiful but creepy visual for “An Altar or Grave” directed by Richard Rankin…pre-order Christs, Redeemers HERE!
Strange Records, Discos Macarras, Féretro Recs, Boue Recs, The Dirty Bloody Sánchez, Twin Souls, Laserblast Filthy Rat Records Desfiladero records have all united to release the upcoming split tape by Hipoxia & Gangrened. Today we are ultra fucking stoked to be streaming the putrified doom track from Hipoxia entitled “Gangrened Reality”…Get Doomed and buy this split!
Death grind’s most deserving sons Machetazo return with Ruin, their first full length in 5 years.
Just like the fetid corpses Machetazo adorn their albums with, they’ve only gotten more putrid and grotesque with time. Crypt opener “Horca” introduces Machetazo’s best guitar tone yet and a flurry of cacophonous drums and echoing grunts. The production does wonders for the duo as its somewhere between Mental Funeral, Left Hand Path, and Onward to Golgotha.
As you could probably surmise by the aforementioned references, Machetazo are leaning much heavier on the death metal side of things this time around. There’s a complete lack of horror movie samples and the band finds much more room to slow things down and get a solid groove going. Sure they blast and lets riffs fly at a furious pace, but they also incorporate a slew of mid-paced punk sounding bits and classic death metal shifts. Those who prefer Speed over Point Break might be a bit disappointed in that regard, but I feel it’s a better effort and approach.