I feel like sticking you in the eyeballs with rusty nails coated in acid! Fuck that, I will just give you some sonic pain that you are going to love by blasting the new WHORLS song “Lvmen Natvrae.” This is the title track for WHORLS’ new 7″ that is being released by Maniyax Records and Boue Records (Pre-Order HERE!). We are happy with rage to be streaming this 7-minute piece of angst below…Hail WHORLS for creating glorious chaos!
It may not have this identity nationally, but to me, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is hallowed ground. It seems like there have always been and always will be a wealth of extremely talented musicians and artists pouring in and out of the city, especially in it’s current renaissance. The entirely DIY run venue, Mr. Roboto Project stands taller than ever, in a great location with a constant influx of shows all year round. There are tons of different communities pushing out excellent music and art. However, without a doubt, the most thrilling part of having a healthy and robust music scene is seeing new bands come out of the woodwork, especially when they are all very young. The idea of young kids naturally coming into form and “finding” this relentless sound is undeniably great. Such is the case with the Pittsburgh upstarts in Purge. Their newest EP is getting pressed onto a cassette via South Floridian start ups, Arctic Night Records. The EP is immediately reminiscent of a traditional grindcore album. This falls somewhere in between an early Earache Records band and Discordance Axis. Relentless and simple, abrasive and ugly. You could easily spew a hundred more adjectives about what this band sounds like, but just listen to the stream after the jump and hear it for yourself. Believe in the youth.
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You know you’re listening to something special, when there is that inexplicable feeling washing over you and there aren’t quite the words coming to mind to describe it. Children of God have crafted one such record. They’ve always been a band with a special something inside them, which was exhibited on earlier releases but this new LP, We Set Fire To The Sky, is a whole other beast.
We just got some new titles in the CVLT Record Store, and I think you better hurry because these are going to go fast! We are already low and we haven’t even got this post up yet! First up, our Reader’s Choice #1 and #2 Albums of 2012 – Converge’s All We Love We Leave Behind and Neurosis’ Honor Found in Decay. Both of these double LPs are very limited and come in amazing gatefolds. The Neurosis album has a beautiful full color booklet that outlines their inspiration in images. Next up we have LPs from Cough//The Wounded Kings, Children of God, Bastard Sapling and Cloud Rat, plus 7″s from Coffins//Sourvein and Votnut. Rest assured, we only carry music we think you will really, really like, so if you’re looking to expand your vinyl collection with some of the finest offerings to date, look no further! Check out a gallery of images after the jump…
Hold on…I’m picking up pieces of my skull off the ground! I just got bulldozed by the new BAPTISTS title track, “Bushcraft.” These Vancouverites have created a ballistic record of the same name that will be released on 2/19/13 via Southern Lord. Real talk, we have been blasting the Bushcraft album on a daily basis since it reached the CVLT Nation HQ. This is why we are so freaking stoked to be streaming the BAPTISTS title track below! To all of the Vancouver heads reading this, check out the info about their record release party this month at The Biltmore after the jump…support your local, fuckin’ eh! Also stay tuned for more about Baptists’ tour dates down the West as they make their way down to SXSW…For now, press play and let the raging begin!!!
CVLT Nation is a global community that wants to shine a light on radical art worldwide. This is why when our Italian comrades over at The New Noise webzine told us about their new compilation of Italian bands, we had to share it with our readers! So check out Vol. 1 & 2, with over 30 bands and all available for free download…CVLT Nation salutes all of our readers from this rad country & big up to The New Noise webzine…Enjoy all of the sounds below!
I love movie soundtracks, some of my favourites are ‘Requiem for a Dream’ and ‘The Fountain’ by Clint Mansell. Another would be the score Nick Cave and Warren Ellis did for Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. The intro of the track ‘Beautiful Is This Burden’ on the opening of this album fits somewhere in between those soundtracks. Here too we have that ashen landscape, this time inspired by grim biblical passages of Lucifer and religion. The narrative of Light Bearer’s releases so far are based on this, as well as Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy ‘His Dark Materials’. Now don’t be alarmed, this isn’t evangelism, far from it. The band view religion as the ‘bane of humanity‘. It’s more like an exploration and rethinking of an ideology/religion. Yes I know some will find this all very pretentious. But give me deep thinking over any shopworn lyrics which have lost any original meaning.
This is the most fun you’ll have listening to a hardcore record this year. Here New Jersey’s Old Wounds have crafted a metalcore wallop that succeeds at being catchy and furious without being uber serious, keeping the listener invested in “From Where We Came is Where We’ll Rest.”
Old Wounds have released their music piece-by-piece over the years in the form of a handful of highly rewarding releases, among them “Terror Eyes,” “Sleeper,” “Old Wounds,” and “II.” Each release showcased the sheer ambition of Old Wounds, including a penchant for familiarity fused with unconventionality. This formula takes the trappings of its genre, the mood, spirit and tone, flairs it up and showcases it with blistering triumph and deft aggression.
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When, where and with whom did the recording process for We Set Fire to the Sky begin?
Recording this record began in September of last year (2012). We recorded with our good friend Rollie Ulug, who’s worked on a ton of bands from the Southern CA. He recorded the Sun Gives Way…
What was the major inspiration, individually and as a group, that inspired and brought this record into being?
Inspiration for COG songs always comes from emotion. The gears start turning in my head (lyrically) long before anything is written, and at the time of writing these songs we were all doing our own thing. We were all isolated in our own worlds, and some times that’s the best kind of inspiration. When you’re alone you have your time to reflect on everything, and this record is an extension of that reflection.
Hardcore is very important to me. When I found this community in my early teens, it became a full escape from the monotonous and torturous reality of public school, it gave me a sense of belonging, and it gave me an identity that was intrinsic and honest. As the years have passed, the ethics and values of what makes the community so great have become more pronounced than ever to me. I am dumbfounded when I see people take it for granted, or disregard these principles. Hardcore is a medium for everyone, judgement free. If you want to be here, you can be here. Absolutely anyone can start a band, express themselves and go on tour. There isn’t meant to be any exclusion and there is no room for elitism.
In my experience, no one has really hit that home for me more so than John Caution. John has been singing for the band Weekend Nachos since 2004 and the band has released a slew of crushing and lyrically intense (albeit sometimes hilarious and tongue in cheek) albums. The band has been consistently berated by genre snobs and internet warriors, whom insist on categorizing the band and judging the direction of the material. They have defied and ignored expectations set for the band time and time again, and have simply continued to write what they enjoy. More recently, John has also been playing drums for the Kansas City based SPINE, a crushing and classic example of good, fast hardcore and has been working on getting his fledgling label, Bad Teeth Recordings off the ground. If anyone has a genuine love for hardcore, it’s John. I was able to pull John away from his newly instated job as CEO of IBM, and he humored me by answering some questions that had been nagging at my mind.