One of the sickest shows I went to last year featured the Weekend Nachos at the now defunct BLVD. They ripped through a killer set that had the crowd going bonkers! I was stoked to see how the Weekend Nachos bonded with their fans, and while they performed there was a huge party during their whole set. I saw it with my own eyes: this band gives 600% when they are causing sonic damage. Those on the East Coast are in luck, because this hardcore wild bunch kick off a tour in Ohio on Jan. 16th. For the unlucky humans that will not be able to see them on this tour, we have put together a live video essay for you to see what you are missing. So after the jump, peep both the tour poster and their live vids!
DEATHRITE – since the moment I’ve heard the first bit of feedback on their demo I was a huge fan of this band from Dresden, Germany. Later I had the opportunity to tour with them, party with them, drink with them, sing along to Sepultura’s Arise with them – and of course I took the chance to ask Tony, their singer, a few questions about the band that made it into CVLT Nation’s top 6 Hardcore records of 2011 just like that with their first proper release.
Like mentioned, DEATHRITE are from Dresden, the capital of the Free State of Saxony and one of the region’s most dynamic cities. And it seems the place to be: “It’s cool, because we and all of our friends live nearly in the same district. It’s very familiar, with a very committed DIY scene, many rehearsal room shows and art events.” A few months back I was able to witness a DEATHRITE show at such a rehearsal room myself – you wouldn’t believe how many people fit into a narrow hallway if they have to.
But let’s start from scratch. DEATHRITE formed in September 2010, “we’re friends for a long time and due to the fact that I finally moved to Dresden it was time to start something new. There wasn’t any specific sound in our minds when we started, but we’re all into Punk, Metal and Grind and that results in DEATHRITE’s sound: heavy riffs, filthy and brutal.” A heaviness that obviously appears when DEATHRITE play: Bloody knuckles and foreheads are not exactly a rare picture at their shows. The explanation is quite simple of course, “there’s a lot of rage in our songs, and when we play live it’s natural that all the rage comes out.”
Number One DEPHOSPHORUS
So check this out…how gnarly is gnarly? Better yet. how epic awesome is epic awesome?? Well, I’m hear to tell you the sounds that DEPHOSPHORUS creates on their debut record Axiom deserve all of these accolades & then some. This band is so sick they produced their own genre called astro grind. So you are probably asking yourself, what the fuck is this? From my point of view, it’s some of the heaviest shit that I have heard lately. Basically, DEPHOSPHORUS are some demented musical scientists that have mixed the torment of black metal, the animalistic power of grindcore, the rabid angst of hardcore, the FTW attitude of punk with buckets of blackened soul to produce a record that should be on everyone’s top ten list. While listening to this album, I feel like they are drilling holes into my skull, but I don’t mind because this music is rotting joy to my demented soul. The grooves that DEPHOSPHORUS conjure up are truly astro, they are deep & otherworldly. This band is a perfect example of laying everything on the line & hiding nothing – they put every ounce of their souls into each song. The riffs that you will experience on Axiom might leave you in a state of shock or maybe with just slight brain damage. The tones that the guitars make on this album speak a language of revolution & call for the overthrow of all of the corrupt beings on planet earth. The drumming on this album sounds like an ancient army on a warpath fighting for their rights against a maggot-eating emperor! Grindcore is only the jump off for DEPHOSPHORUS – each song weaves elements of so many different genres you can’t tell where one starts & the other ends, and this blending almost leaves me speechless. What else that gets me hyped about this band is their use of eerie & bugged-out sound effects that give your thoughts a space vehicle to travel on! Vocally, the screams & growls pack a vibe of blackened rage that can’t be ignored – actually while listening to them I get an energy boost. So when you hear their tracks COLLIMATOR or ON THE VERGE OF AN OCCURRENCE, if they don’t make you feel good to be alive, you just might be dead already! Plus, DEPHOSPHORUS get props for their sick album art by Viral Graphics.
Number One HEARTLESS
Have you ever heard them sound of pure anger mixed with the strength of uncut fury? Well I have, and it has come in the form of HEARTLESS’s new album Hell Is Other People, which is out now via Southern Lord. Bloody fucking hell, this record is packed with 13 songs that were written with the mission to punish the listener’s senses and shatter what you might perceive as sonic rage! Okay, the band’s name is HEARTLESS, but everything about them shows that these humans put 300% heart into all of their compositions, and this is one reason you will not be able to avoid how rad they are. Damn, this band’s music makes my face contort & transform because of the different levels of chaotic audio rawness it puts out! HEARTLESS is a three-headed monster, each head reaping various forms of extreme music: power violence, metallic hardcore & mayhem crust. This band does not chip away at your inner demons, because they pound the fuck out them with their cyco drumming attack, the backbone of every track! HEARTLESS represents unity non-stop – you can hear and feel the respect that they have for each other and how serious they take their songwriting. With all of the aggressive vibe you will hear on Hell Is Other People, the band still crafts tunes that have an epic sense of real emotion and sinister melody. On the lyrical tip, these humans don’t sugar coat shit, which is awesome in my book, plus their singer gives 600% of himself on every track. So here is the way to make your skull explode: put your head between two speakers blasting “Pathogen” and the next thing you know you will be skulless. The storm of huge riffs that you will encounter on this album will make your head spin. Actually HEARTLESS have created one huge CAN OF DESTROY ALL with their new album!
I’m spazzing out and I don’t give a fuck, because right now I’m being injected with the pure fury of rawness! The self-released tape by Australia’s Wölfe is an all-out bloody sonic war – 15 minutes of brutal bliss. This band creates music that truly is alive with raging filth, and when you hear it you can’t help but give them the respect they deserve. Wölfe plays their own brand of primitive black metal & crust grind, all mixed together to manifest a sound that is beyond exciting. On the the real, every time I listen to this tape I get this sudden burst of energy and I feel like I could out run death itself. None of the songs have names, only numbers, and the music came in one long mp3, so it’s hard to break down by song. I will say that Wölfe’s singer is fucking inhumane for what they are doing to their vocal chords. The singing on this tape eats away at your eardrums, but it is totally worth it, because this band kills. Unholy fuck, the ballistic riffage that you will hear on this tape will make it hard for you to listen to anything else for a while, because nothing else will compare. Then you have the drumming, which also seems like it must be played by an alien high on ultra nuclear meth or something, I still can’t believe these killer beats are being played by a human. As an unit, Wölfe has taken underground brutal music to another level of furious rawness, digging black pits of cryptic melody with their songwriting. How long did it take for me to realize that Wölfe was extraordinary? After the first two seconds, I’m a fiend! Check this out – below we are streaming the whole tape and you can download the music HERE! Do not operate heavy machinery and keep out of the reach of children…Download HERE!
Texas, stand up motherfuckers – there are some new freakaziods ready to damage shit, and they go by the name of A N G S T. I fucking dig this band because they are some mental young outcasts that make far out music with attitude. In December, they are releasing their 5 song demo, Dennis, and the whole 7:44 of it is bonkers. When did I realize this band was sick? The first second of Dennis, when I heard the Redman sample, it made scratch my head and say, oh shit, it’s about to be on. A N G S T plays lo-fi, zany hardcore with a demented dose of power violence and a truck load of originality. Imagine if the Beastie Boys injected themselves with some Eyehategod, and then smoked some WU Tang laced with GG Allin, then pissed out a demo – this is sort of what they sound like, but even sicker. A N G S T are a prime example that you do not have to be the best musician to make some rad music, it takes vision, and that’s what this band brings to your ear drums. Actually, everything about this band is refreshing to me, because they totally have that FUCK THE WORLD ATTITUDE that Iggy Pop and The Stooges first slapped the world with. Yeah, pretty much every moment of this demo is filled with chaos but somehow these dudes dug pot holes and filled them with their off the wall sense of melody! Vocally and lyrically, these dudes remind me of the Angry Samoans on some kind of mind-altering substances. This is not music to fucking over-analyze and try to break down note for note. A N G S T is the kind of band you listen to because El DUCE paved the way for them to wreck what the world considers normal. Also, you can tell that these humans are having mad fun doing what they are doing, and that brings a huge smile to my face. I would love to hear what they would manifest with less money but more time. I’m just saying, I want to hear a full length from these hardcore Bandoliers called A N G S T! I know, I didn’t tell you about one exact song, that’s because the whole demo is the SHIT!
1, 2, 3 Crush…1, 2, 3 Kill…1, 2, 3 Damage…1, 2, 3 Grind…1, 2, 3 Sete-Star-Sept! This Japanese grindnoise band reworked harsh, out-the-box sonic madness into a gnarly 2010 release entitled Revision Of Noise, out now via Fuck Yoga. So what do you get with this album? 15 songs clocking in at just over 15 minutes, and every song is a short bombastic burst of aggro energy! What sticks in my brain about this album are the audio monsters that live under the layers of grind, and seem to share the spirit of jazz or other avant garde music. Then you have the metallic giants that roam the streets of Revision Of Noise, kicking over the garbage cans so that the grindcore rats eat away at the riffs that spew across the pavement. Sete-Star-Sept are wizards at transforming a cyco moment of chaos into an all-out righteous rage and fury. Even though I can’t understand a word of the vocals, I feel where they are coming from 200%. As songwriters, Sete-Star-Sept are smart as fuck, because they have realized with a genre like this, it’s the weird things that make the music more interesting, and that’s why you will encounter many sonic revolutions on this album. I really dig the way that this band has molded hardcore, classic metal riffs and grindcore into their own zany universe of metallic drama. Sete-Star-Sept also keep a constant flow of chaotic grooves weaving themselves in and out of their compositions. When you hear Revision Of Noise, you might think you are listening to a full band, but it’s only two humans conjuring up all of the rad noises you encounter.
Dirge, unearthly unreal pain, uncaged anger all swirl around me as I listen to the extra rad new split between Seven Sisters of Sleep & Children of God. The 12 inch came out this week via A389 Recordings. Both of these bands have come to create 24 minutes of rancid rage that will shake your insides! Children of God is a band that CVLT Nation has been digging since we started this zine, and after hearing their three new songs, we are only going to be representing them harder now. Their sound seem to be morphing into this crazy ugly monster who is slowing down, but just as sinister as before. Children of God are building thick walls of tortured bass around their murder beats. If they wanted to, they could run your ass over with speed, but it’s when that decide that they want you to die slowly that you will taste danger. It seems like the singer swallowed a giant pill of I don’t give a fuck before he went into the vocal booth, and his delivery is pure power. Children of God’s songwriting is so awesome because they have no rules for the way they construct their songs, which brings the chaos to your face even more. Their tones give a sense of being buried alive before your are dug up by unholy drumming. I know for a fact that when Children of God record their full length, the world will know this band can’t be fucked with!
What do we have here? Seven Sisters of Sleep doing what they do fucking better than ever! This band has taken blues, SST punk, doom and hardcore, and put them into a huge pot of FTW, then turned the flame up high until it’s all boiled down to their caustic sound. Is SSOS a heavy band? Hell motherfucking yes, and they come with mammoth riffs! For three songs on this split, they pound the listener with an atomic rhythm section that opens into catacombs of black resin-filled groove. What I like about these songs is that as much as they allow you to expand your high, they also give you the courage to punch a cop in the grill. Seven Sisters of Sleep are rad because they can southern fry a riff, then turn the same riff into sonic speed! I dig the way this band uses melody in a harsh way, and you feel their soul in every second of every song. Seven Sisters of Sleep are a kick ass band that puts the right amount of emotion into their songs. Unholy hell, their vocalist has a style all of his own; it reminds me of when I first heard ODB bust a rhyme unique. Check this out: Seven Sisters of Sleep and Children of God are celebrating their record release with the NAILS and GEHENNA this Saturday, peep the poster after the jump! And this ultra killer split will be streamed here on CVLT Nation on Monday Nov.7th.
Good day, we are going to take the time to talk about music that may cause brain damage. What better band to choose as the example than Leeds’ grind/powerviolence group, The Afternoon Gentlemen. Their new album, Pissedography, out now via Give Praise Records, is a dirty clinic in how to create noise that disturbs, but at the same time gets you hyped! Over 38 tracks, these fucking weirdos cause pure harm in and out of your ears with each listen! Of course, The Afternoon Gentlemen pound you song after song with spazzy fastcore mixed with grind/powerviolence, but they do it with this constant killer groove that holds it all together. They also shake things up and keep you tuned into their planet with a rad dose of hip-hop samples that adds a cool layer to Pissedography. Every song jumps up straight into your face and screams, what the fuck are you looking at! It’s really awesome the way this band creates super raw, angry-sounding music, but at the same time they never take themselves too seriously, you can see the this in some of their song titles: “Thrash Potato,” “Fuck the 12-step program” & “Piss Town” – I think you get the picture. You also get that these motherfuckers can play the fuck out of their instruments on this album, and on the vocal tip, these dudes are the dogs bollocks! I guess I’m pretty lucky to say that I have seen The Afternoon Gentlemen, and these humans from the other side of the pond straight kick ass and take names later. While listening to this band, you will find yourself saying, damn, did someone just put a jackhammer to my head full blast? So if your boss is treating you like shit, trap them in the lunch room, blast The Afternoon Gentlemen and the sounds of Pissedography will decapitate their ass!
Did I just get kicked in the head? Why is there blood in my mouth? It’s because of the sonic violence inflicted on me by the new HORDES record, Abarognosis, being released by King of the Monsters Records (pre order HERE). This Inland Empire band is in full-on attack mode on this set of songs – at times it seems like Napalm Death is at war with BL’AST. What gets me hyped about HORDES is the way that they have brought some weirdo shit to power violence. These dudes write killer fucking tunes that have extra rad sludge breakdowns that ooze out this demented blues vibe. Then the next thing you know you are being decapitated by intense, razor-sharp speed. This bands music occupies a space where Wall Street bankers’ limbs are broken and burned for fun! I’m so impressed by the way they use space and emotion in their songs. One thing you will take away from listening to this is how different musical influences can be molded into something awesome and not contrived. The production on Abarognosis is right on fucking point – it’s clean and huge, with a sense of cosmic dirt swirling all around it. Their song “Anvil” is a stellar example of how this band has matured since the release of their radical demo. HORDES play by one rule: there are no rules, just insane power! I extra dig their singer’s delivery; he reminds me of an old blues man, but on a hardcore tip. It makes perfect sense, because this band deals with some urban shit on this record, no tree-hugging steez happening here. If I could figure out a way to bottle up the rage that this band kicks out, we would have a new brutal energy drink on our hands. The world would be a better place if we all ran around spazzed out on HORDES!