Micki McCargar of Eight Legged Horse interviews Krysta Martinez of Landmine Marathon & Transient
How long have you apart of a band? How did you fall into being a metal vocalist – is it where you started? Also, did you have any experience in music or singing/screaming beforehand?
I joined my first band almost 9 years ago. It was called Wall of Death. There were three screamers and they taught me to do aggressive vocals. I asked my highschool friend Hank – Life in Pictures (AZ) – for a few pointers. I’ve been doing it ever since.
What are the biggest changes between when you first started in a band and now? How have your expectations changed? Any new or different ideas about what it takes to be successful at making music?
It takes a lot of perseverance and flexibility. Sometimes you’re having a shitty day but you still play the set and give it your all. Sometimes your bandmate decides to quit to pursue underwater basket weaving or whatever and you have to figure it out so that you can keep doing what you love. I was more idealistic at first … having this monogamous idea of myself as a musician. Naively, I wanted to be in one band that I’d put everything into and that one band was meant to last a lifetime. I’ve shifted to a more polyamorous view … collaborating with many bands and many people in my experience is better than having a single outlet to focus all of my energy on. I really like having multiple projects to challenge myself in different ways. I like to listen to and play a lot of different kinds music.
We’re very excited and honored to be part of the Cvlt Nation Mixtape Series!! We all love slow and heavy music and while there have been a lot of great bands cultivating lots of great mixes of styles, we feel that grind and crust are underrepresented. So we would like to present to you our mixtape of Things That Grind and rock the D-Beat!! Enjoy!
See you all on the road this October!!
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Clocking in at one minute and thirty seven seconds, ‘Apolitical’, the penultimate track on Strangers’ second self-titled release, could be considered Strangers’ version of an epic. Of the four other songs, two just pass the minute mark and the rest don’t even make thirty seconds. Strangers specialise in this fleeting brand of explosive, get-in-get-out hardcore, furious bursts of intensity and violence that are gone before you have time to fully comprehend what it is you’re even listening to. Each track is a sonic detonation, swathes of distortion spewing power chord fury, blitzkrieg drumming and the fractious cries of the damned. This is the true sound of catharsis.
Structures and separate parts start to emerge from the din on repeat listens, revealing the craft that has actually gone into what at first appear to be exercises in spontaneous combustion. This is composition on a microcosmic level, but without the tendency a lot of grindcore/power violence has to sounding like an experiment. None of this sounds like artifice, rather, each track feels like it has evolved of its own accord. Strangers’ music sounds oddly emotional, natural, and for lack of a better word soulful, for a style of music and track length that often leaves things sounding overly mathematical. Strangers are like a jam band operating at breakneck speed and with some serious group ESP.
Last weekend, Corrupt Moral Altar, Human Cull, Burden of the Noose and Atomck took on Bristol at The Exchange at a show hosted by You’re Not Human and sponsored by CVLT Nation. Today we have a huge photo essay from photographer Rebecca Cleal to share with you, and these rad photos definitely capture the spirit of the event! Check them out below!
Photos: Rebecca Cleal
Southwest Terror Fest 2013 is in less than a month, and the lineup is all fucking killer and no fucking filler! Four days of epic bands is what is going to whip through the Arizona desert like a massive sandstorm of awesomeness. Bands like…well, there will be so many good bands there’s no point in me naming my favorites…just check out the lineup below and stay tuned for some rad features on CVLT Nation and maybe a giveaway if you’re lucky? More info and RSVP here!
It straight went down this past Saturday, Sept. 7th in Pomona, CA at the CVLT Nation & Crash The Clubs show featuring DESPISE YOU, IN DISGUST, SEX PRISONER, MAGNUM FORCE and BEHAVIOR. It was over a hundred degrees in Aladdin Jr.’s, plus all the bands hit the stage and wrecked shop. I have proof: HCProductions101 was on hand with his video camera and captured everything for your viewing displeasure! CVLT Nation & Crash The Clubs want to salute Lace Pickups for sponsoring the event! Big shout out to all of the bands and to the wild humans who had a great time – respect due! Stay tuned for an in-depth review and insane photo essay from Matthew Grant Anson. I heard some of the heaviest music in my life at this show, and I also saw a room full of positive humans going berserk. Now enjoy these full sets and wish you could have been there!
Being that I was a male child of the 80s that grew up in relative solitude in a house that had cable (sometimes even premium channels!), when I was handed the assignment to review an EP from a band named BODDICKER, I instantly went “Wait a fucking second, Boddicker? As in Clarence “Can you fly Bobby” Boddicker? The initial and primary bad guy in motherfucking ROBOCOP?” Justifiably I was a little hesitant to believe that there were still people cool enough to even make that reference, let alone make it their band name. So I sent them an email to get some more information and confirm that it was indeed a Robocop reference. What follows is the full email, verbatim:
In just a little over a week, it is about to go the fuck OFF in Pomona, with a show featuring DESPISE YOU, IN DISGUST, SEX PRISONER, MAGNUM FORCE (their last show) and DISAPPROVAL happening at Aladdin Jr. on Saturday Sept. 7th! Today we put together a live video essay so you can get an idea of what is about to take place. This is a CVLT Nation & Crash the Clubs show and it’s sponsored by Lace Pickups. On the real, words can not even describe how hyped we are about this show…make sure you get there early because it will sell out FOR SURE! Peep the live action and see you next Saturday…
Billed from Portland, Oregon, grindcore quartet Transient unleash a devastating barrage of blast beats and shredding guitars. Their debut LP is nothing short of intense; fusing together the edginess of crust with grind that makes for a sound containing the energetic spryness of enthusiasm while maintaining a level of seriousness like they’re veterans of the genre.
“Bottom Feeder” and “Goad” open the album up and completely lay waste. With a crusty bassline on the latter track, Transient kicks things into gear and what comes out is a sound completely driven by speed. Krysta Martinez’s vocals are raw and unfiltered, throat-ripping at times but her coming from a metal act gives her the grounding needed to do grindcore. “Narcissus Nemesis” is where the listener can feel the might of Jesse Schriebman’s drumming. All these blast beats make for a gigantic wave of noise, culminating in a breakdown towards the end of the track before picking up speed again. Transient’s punk roots are certain; sure, there are blast beats that make their LP grindcore, but their infusing of crust punk into their grinding assault makes for something more interesting than the typical grindcore act. They have an inkling for structure instead of breaking all the conventions of it; “Antipositivism” isn’t just a fast song — it contains a lot of structure that Transient supplants with speed and intensity.
The Punk is Dead Fest is happening on August 30th & 31st in Lancaster, and from the looks of the lineup it is going to crush Southern California! By far the best thing to happen to Lancaster since Walmart! And we are giving away a pair of tickets to the Day 1 show on the 30th and a pair to the Day 2 show on the 31st starting today! Two lucky people will get to see some of the sickest, rawest bands out today – NAILS, Nausea, ACxDC, Vestiges, Primitive Man, Children of God, Graf Orlock and so many more. To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “PIDF” in the subject line, and we will choose two lucky winners on Monday at noon PST! To pre-order tickets go HERE. And check out the Punkis Dead Fest mixtape for CVLT Nation HERE!