DEPRESSING just released a rad DIY video for their song “Stables” off their LP Life Just Gets Worse, released earlier this year on their Bandcamp. Featuring Andrew Drury of Baptists, Depressing’s grungy hardcore pairs perfectly with the basement cement walls closing in on you, enveloping you with grey like the Northwest often does, but also offering glimpses of the simple joy of life. In fact, the video isn’t depressing at all, it’s a happy moment in an eccentric life. CVLT Nation is stoked to be premiering the video for “Stables” today! Make sure to check out Life Just Gets Worse here and look out for Depressing on a bill near you to pick it up on vinyl!
Self proclaimed practitioners of “sigil grind demon beat punk metal”, Dislich list their interests as occultism, Dungeons and Dragons, cryptozoology, renaissance magic, teen witches, cocaine, and VHS, among others, and that is actually a better indicator of their sound than you’d at first suspect.
Stone Guardian sounds like a bunch of coked out D&D lifers summoning the spirits of ancient warlocks and their childhood’s favourite heavy metal majesties through the power of rock’n'roll, around a campfire built out of smouldering B-grade horror videotapes. Some of the best song titles you’ve heard in a long time, ‘God-Sized Hole In Hell’, ‘Nausea Creeps’ and ‘Withering Cunt’ lay claim to some of the most visceral, thrashy punk you’ll hear for a long time, all overlaid with Melissa Finley’s inhuman, demonic shrieks, that let you know that the spirit summoning must be going well.
Dislich thrash and snarl their way through track after track of furious, animalistic hardcore, but these guys can really play, and they inevitably rear their inner metalheads with almost every track turning into a full-on rocking, classic metal burner by song’s end. The drums slow, the bass grooves and the guitars shred. Six-stringers Solomon Reid and Joseph Guerra have serious chops, but even more impressively they have the same firm grasp on melody, pacing and composition that made the solos of classic metallers like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and hell, even Guns N’ Roses, so much more than just fretboard wankery.
Our homies Feast of Tentacles have joined forces with Destructive Nature to release the debut album from HARROWED. This record fucking rages non-stop! I had to pick up myself up off the floor after one listen because HARROWED gives you a beat down over 9 songs. I want the world to hear this band and I will do everything with my power to make sure it will happen! So fuck all of the talking CVLT Nation is streaming HARROWED album in full below…Stay tuned for a pre-order link.
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!
Harm’s Way return with Blinded, an EP that follows the same heavier-than-all style of mosh friendly hardcore that made Isolation such a floor-punchingly enjoyable listen.
Blinded succeeds in large part due to its negative attitude; something that’s depicted in the anxious artwork ( compliments of Florian Bertmer), a few choice misanthropic sound clips, and the vehement delivery of each instrument.
Vocalist James Pligge comes across like some banished monster, the kind Conan might have to fight in a dark pit. His animosity synchs up well with the liquid lead guitars which make good use of that Swedish tone unlike so many bands who think it makes up for their lack of riffs. They’re absurdly heavy and match so well when the band gets into their pummeling, down-tempo stomps. The typically dissonant and rhythmically crushing playing gives it such a primal sense of enjoyment.
Where Harm’s Way supersedes so many Hatebreed clones and similar late 90′s crap is there’s nothing obligatory in their sound. Each song is fluid in the way it stomps, jumps and of course slams. Songs range from 3-6 minutes, yet they never overstay their welcome.
Judging from the cover (thou shalt never do!) and the first few reverb’ish notes that one gets to hear on Soulship, I immediately put AGNES VEIN into the Post-Metal/Doom pigeon-hole. And although this attribution isn’t completely wrong – the band is surely influenced by bands like Neurosis or Isis - it’s just one single ingredient of the dish served. In fact, this Greek outfit has at least as many musical roots in the ice-cold depths of Black Metal as well as in dark, strongly emotional Hardcore in the vein of bands like His Hero Is Gone.
Needless to say, Soulship isn’t exactly an exhilarating record. The bitter and hopeless emotions it evokes damp all light and positive thoughts in your head, making everything nice seem extremely bleak and colourless. Yet all this darkness doesn’t appear to be some kind of set image – everything AGNES VEIN does on this album has a very pure, honest undertone.
Hey world, come over here so I can put your eardrums against my speakers while blasting the new GOLDUST album Thirst! For over 45 minutes, this band deconstructs hardcore into an abstract painting that becomes a portal for our dreams and nightmares. GOLDUST is a band that is not afraid to create music on its own terms, and they know how to write songs make you want to press replay. It’s way beyond an honor that CVLT Nation is streaming GOLDUST’s Thirst in full below. This gnarly piece of vinyl is being put out by our comrades PER KORO Records and you can pre-order it HERE!
Written by Daniel Vandenberg
They definitely got “volatile” right. This latest offering from Oakland, CA newcomers Volatile Substance – their second since June – barely makes it past the five minute mark and yet manages more caustic energy, aggression and balls-out fury than the average hardcore band can muster up in four times that length. Emergency Exit careens from a sludgy, down-tempo opening that sounds like it’s constantly about to fall in on itself, through some of the most frenetic, violent hardcore that calls to mind the amphetamine aggression of Youth Attack bands like Salvation and Charles Bronson, building in intensity until it literally collapses into white noise, the final repeating riff driving itself into your skull as it is gradually consumed by cascading waves of distortion in a borderline power electronics freakout. It’s a cliche that’s been beaten to death, but Volatile Substance really do start with everything at 10 and only turn it up from there, using what most listeners would consider the absolute peak level of intensity possible as their default ‘quiet’ mode, from which they proceed to explode into realms of sonic violence previously unheard of.
I feel like I’m knee-deep in radioactive wet cement, wallowing through the wasteland created by ANION with their pummeling vocals and destructive riffs! I’m listening to their first full length LP, Without Solace, which is due to release September 17th on No List Records. This Vancouver band will no doubt gain many fans with this release, recorded and produced with legendary producer Matt Bayles (Botch, Mastodon, Isis). The sludgy hardcore on Without Solace will blast out of your speakers and wreak havoc on your house, leaving only smoldering remains behind! CVLT Nation is honored to be streaming Without Solace in full today, so hit play below and make sure to pick up your pre-order of the LP HERE!
Armed with only a demo, Virginia act American released three songs on their Bandcamp from their upcoming split with another Virginia act, Crone. While short, American absolutely demolishes through three tracks, putting together a sound that can only be described as “wholly unique”.
“Tomb Legions” starts with a fuzzy introduction, slamming guitars with sludgy overtones. American then kicks it into gear with blast beats, the vocals raw and intense. Elements of hardcore, sludge, and thrash all come to the surface; the track is full of bleakness and despair. Towards the end, they bring in noise, giving off a depressing atmosphere. “Crown of Thorns” is a pure hardcore track with mixed blast beats and, with the start/stop mentality, American punches through, ripping the listener to shreds. The band breaks away from normal conventions of hardcore, incorporating different sounds into their music. All these genres put together work wonderfully, creating some unique type of monster in the realm of extreme music.