Just over a month back on July 6th I attended a pretty awesome DIY grind gathering in the forests of Squamish, British Columbia, Canada that lit up the tranquil atmosphere with blazing grind and powerviolence from the afternoon straight into the night.
Organized by locals and inviting multiple comrades from both sides of the border, while respecting the land and putting on a grand celebration of fastcore, this year’s Squamish Fastcore Fest while it was my first, will not be my last. So this is kind of a (late) summary or reflection with some photos and video.
The Punk is Dead Fest is happening on August 30th & 31st in Lancaster, CA! Ticket info here and flyer below! Now enjoy the PIDF mixtape exclusively for CVLT Nation!
The original idea behind Punk Is Dead was to create a powerviolence fest in the vein of Super Sabado Gigante and Fiesta Grande for the new century. But from the seed of a powerviolence/grind fest it grew into a true heavy music festival featuring bands from every subgenre and scene. It includes some of the best up-and-coming local talent,established touring acts, even a couple international bands. From hardcore to crust to doom to death metal, all bases are covered.
This mixtape reflects such diversity. On this mixtape you will find a sampling of what you will find both days of Punk Is Dead. The unrelenting speed of Godstomper and ACxDC, the heady experimentalism
of Vestiges, the oppressively bleak blackened doom of Primitive Man, and the fearless brutality of Skinfather.
Each song offers up something unique, so your ears will never find themselves bored. Feel free to download and enjoy and if you like what you hear, come out to Lancaster on Labor Day weekend and experience it live.
As of right now, you can get 40 to 50% off all the records and cassettes in the CVLT Nation Record Store!!! After a year of carrying music in our store, we are shutting it down and we are clearing out all our stock at the lowest prices you will find anywhere. CVLT Nation HQ is making the big move up North, so we are taking a break from the music retail business…so check out the record store for massive deals on titles from Neurosis, Deafheaven, Kylesa, Code Orange Kids, NAILS, Cursed, Ramesses, Noothgrush and many more!! Head over to the record store, no code required!
So yeah, we’ve pretty much seen it all. Metal bands featuring the likes of dogs, cats and even parrots in their lineups, bands solely made up of puppets or robots or metal bands consisting of either incredibly young kids or really old folks. All is very interesting, but truly awesome and R-A-D is something different. Very Different. That is why Sockweb stands out completely even from the most unconventional metal bands and is a total exception even within the exceptions. Because this band is simply awesome and fucking RAD, not only for the unusual band “structure” the band has and for the kick-ass music they play, but mostly for what it stands for and symbolizes. Some parents drag their kids to church, others send them off to get brainwashed by the scouts, others leave them to get numb and disaffected in front of the TV or video games all day, but not all parents are like that… In fact, some parents on the other hand are so rad they want their kids to get creative and express them selves through art, and even get straight into it with them and start making music together and even form a grindcore band with their kids. Wait… WHAT?!…Pre-order HERE!
Another ugly fucking gem of an album going unnoticed? We think not. Emptiness is a Belgian death metal band formed by members of Enthroned, and although they don’t tour much or step out into the spotlight too often, they deliver quality awesome fucking death metal, never failing to bust out staggering albums on a regular basis. Their latest opus is Error, a horrific masterpiece of noisy and surreal death metal. While the execution and delivery of the music is at par with what you would expect with the top ranks in the genre, what’s incredible about this band is it’s crazy fucking sound.
Up until only a few months ago, the peaceful and quiet hills of Emilia Romagna – Bologna to be exact – in central Italy were the unexpecting home to one of the most tortured, tormented and venomous blackened crust bands we have come across in a long time. Il Male (literally “The Evil”) were an italian four piece anarchist punk/metal band formed by Enrico (guitar) Stella (bass), Silvia (drums), and Sabbo (vocals) who are now recently disbanded for reasons unknown and who in the span of only two albums (“Ritorno”, released by Hanged Man Records last year, and their self titled debut from 2009) and a few years of activity have left an invaluable mark on the sub genre of blackened crust, donating to the genre two of the most blistering, concise, memorable and downright destructive releases this style of music has ever seen.
Excuse me as I pick my braincells up off the floor! I just watched the new BLOCKHEADS video for “Follow the Bombs” off of the album This World Is Dead out now on Relapse Records. For almost 2:30 minutes the band will punish your ears and eyes at the same time! No more talking, it’s time to view BLOCKHEADS new visual…
Dragunov‘s Chernobyl bites through its 4 1/2 minute play time like a pack of irradiated feral dogs set upon a sleeping camper. Relentless and deranged, Chernobyl hits that grindcore sweet spot perfectly as it’s not all hyper speed blasts, but rather frantic stomps that jump to faster speeds only to accentuate a particular riff or vocal line.
Fuck all of the LIES! Don’t pour any of your nonsense in my morning coffee, but you can blast the new TRANSIENT song “False Philanthropy” in my ears! These Portland grind monsters have their new self-titled album coming out on Six Weeks Records on September 10th. CVLT Nation is honoured to be streaming the radical song by TRANSIENT “False Philanthropy” below!
Atlanta, Georgia crust grinders Dead in the Dirt have released an album that can be classified as an utter destructive force. The Blind Hole, their first full length, is a sludgy grindcore fest, packed to the brim with blast beats and deep riffing. The trio are releasing this monster on Southern Lord, the new breeding ground for fast, aggressive music. To put it simply, this album is a ripper; twenty two tracks of decimating brutality.
“Suffer” drops the listener off in a war-torn environment, the drums beating down like bombs dropping — the thunderous rage in full swing as Dead in the Dirt starts off their LP, blitzing the listener with a barrage of grinding crust. The speed from this track does not let up, as it continues over into “The Blaring Eye”. These two tracks, back to back, induce whiplash; Dead in the Dirt moves at such a quick pace and with such intensity that one is blindsided by the sheer ferocity.