GOD HARVEST is a band that can’t be fucked with, and that is real fucking talk. From almost day one of CVLT Nation, we had their 2011 demo on constant rotation. They play their own brand of chaotic harsh filthy hardcore. GOD HARVEST’s songs also have this rancid layer of empathy to them that just makes what they create even more intriguing. They teamed up with Cogs And Sprockets for a blistering 7″ that kills from beginning to end! CVLT Nation is excited to announce that we are stream the whole record in full below plus you can download HERE…better yet you can buy a copy HERE…the “cum” colored vinyl is sick!
Cogs and Sprockets SIDE and Download link after the jump!
EL CAMINO CAR CRASH is a fairly new Hardcore band based in Dornbirn, which is a town in Austria nearby the Swiss border. Who’d have thought that there are actually some good tunes coming from there? Well, to be perfectly honest, I would, since there were various over-average bands coming from that small local scene over the years. Anyway, despite the name EL CAMINO CAR CRASH isn’t a blatant Swing Kids rip-off, even though the San Diego outfit surely left a few marks in ECCC’s sound and attitude, along with other 90ies (and now happily reunited…) Hardcore bands such as Unbroken, Undertow or newer bands directly influenced by those pioneers. I can especially hear a lot of early Hope Conspiracy in ECCC’s demo, but, and this is of overly importance, they definitely turned all those influences and their own experience (some of those guys have played in other Hardcore/Punk bands for years) into something unique and modern sounding. Read the full review and listen to the demo after the jump! READ MORE…
Dont let the name fool you, “Dis” prefix might be somekind of ‘standard’ for many d-beat bands. But this Canadian metalpunk assault wont compromise with their 7 songs debut EP tape titled “Dis Nightmare Continues” (released by Uncross Your Arms), an ugly mutation of d-beat, UK82, NWOBHM and crust – formulas to which they claimed as their main influences. They sent me the tape along with my shirt purchase, I really dig the cover art done by Halseycaust below!
Inamorata, the first full length from Toronto’s rising hardcore act Vilipend, is quite the wrecking ball of blazing discordance.
I’ve reviewed a few of Vilipend’s EPs not too long ago at the band’s request on my blog, and I’ve seen them a few times since then; including a few nights ago at Titan’s Burn release show. I filmed their set in which they played quite a few tracks from this very record. Some I heard for the first time and others I’ve definitely heard prior, but now that I have the new record in my hands and have given it a good dose of spins I can definitely recommend grabbing this sharp shard of hardcore for yourself. It’s a sign that the old styles of metalcore and hardcore from the ’90′s like Rorschach still survives and is driven by just as much passion, without an injection of black metal (not that it would be a negative, it’s just nice to see).
I’m sure there were a lot of sad faces when I announced the winner of the Power of the Riff West ticket giveaway last week. Well thanks to our homies GAZA, two lucky people will win one spot each on the GAZA guest list for TPOTRW this Saturday, August 11th, at The Echo/Echoplex in Los Angeles. Just send us an email at email@example.com with “GAZA TPOTRW” in the subject, and you’ll be entered into this giveaway. The draw will be tomorrow, Wednesday the 8th, at noon PT, and two people will be randomly selected to win one guest list spot each.
**CONGRATS to Frankie and Devin for winning the guest list spots!**
I’m going to come right out and say that Xibalba has outdone themselves with Hasta La Muerte, their first release for the almighty Southern Lord. Their second full-length following the crushing Madre Mia Por Los Dias, Xibalba has crafted a warhorse of a record that is likely to rival if not belittle anything similar this year. Xibalba has perfected the art of corporeal hatred with Hasta La Muerte. It is first and foremost a dark hardcore masterpiece, replete with enough malice to send chills down your spine. Xibalba continues their judicious use of death metal while demonstrating song writing skills that far and away outdo any prior material. The record’s first five tracks are Xibalba at their usual, crafting feral hardcore with death metal’s shuddering thunder. Hasta La Muerte balances its fury with calculated brooding channeled through down tuned dirges that permeate the record’s middle. Xibalba has added a sparse blackened flavor to their sound, most noticeable on “Sentenced”, which calls to mind Behemoth’s seminal Zos Kia Cultus.
The guys in Titan just got off their European tour and returned to showcase the new album performing five tracks from the album, while Vilipend were also showing off their soon to be released album Inamorata (which was being sold as well), while local crusty hardcore outfit Rising Crust opened the show with torrents of energy. I managed to film both Vilipend’s and Titan’s entire sets which you can watch below. Local punk rockers Greys were great as well, cracking wise on stage and performing a few rarer tracks too.
First things first: No Absolutes In Human Suffering is really an amazing record title. It reads and sounds good, it’s ruthless as fuck and it gives you a nice hint about what to expect from GAZA’s new full length. The first time I heard about this bands was a couple of years ago when they were playing with Converge, if I remember that right. I somehow liked it, but unfortunately it was a Sunday evening, which isn’t exactly the time I prefer to get exposed to harsh and demanding music like GAZA’s. So I kind of always had GAZA in the back of my head, but didn’t really check their records out. A big mistake, as I have to find out now that I have the chance to review No Absolutes.
This is the type of record you can not use as background music. At the same time it’s not a record you can really tag as “nice”: In every single word, chord and drumbeat lie misery and pain, expressed through a sick and brutal bastard born of Grindcore, chaotic Hardcore and extreme Metal. In this manner GAZA remind me of 90’s “bulldozer” Hardcore à la Deadguy, Kiss It Goodbye or Coalesce. This is the type of record that makes you feel uncomfortable, gives you sweaty palms and a racing heart.
Needless to say, GAZA are doing all this very good. The song-writing is overflowing with ideas, the instrumentation is excellent and the cancerous vocals let facehuggers seem like nice dudes. Sometimes you’ll even get a glimpse of melody in between all the boiling hatred and it’s these moments that make No Absolutes a really outstanding record. Try it, if you dare.
TOUR DATES AFTER THE JUMP!!!
To celebrate their appearance at the 2012 This is Hardcore festival in Philly, Belgium’s Oathbreaker has just confirmed a 10-day tour of the Northeast states from August 5th, 2012 to August 15th, 2012. They’ll be playing shows from Brooklyn to Baltimore alongside American contemporaries like Gehenna, Old Wounds and more, so if they are in your area make sure you head out to support! CVLT Nation has a lot of love for Oathbreaker – their album Mælstrøm was on our Top 6 Hardcore Albums of 2011 list, and you can check out the Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XXVI mixtape they did for us here and an awesome Artist to Artist interview they did with Rise and Fall here. If you don’t own it already, pick up a vinyl copy of Mælstrøm here, and check out their USA East Coast Tour poster and dates after the jump…
Originally published at Equivoke.
And here it is! The first full length from Canadian sludge act Titan. I was given the pleasure of reviewing this a little early. It’s been in the works a while and from the live version of some of the songs I’ve heard (“The Fire Sculptures“, “Little Seeds“, “Indulgence“) I already had a feeling it was going to live up to expectations. And now it’s on the cusp of being released upon the world.
“Burn” (another album mastered by Colin Marston) is something for this Toronto group to be proud of. I’m not going to argue it breaks molds or is hugely innovative but what it does do is raise this band up high on the list of sludge/hardcore acts that deserve a lot of attention. They have created an enormous sound which does serve to separate them from most others that reside in this fusion of genres. It is a commanding, extremely loud and passionate album that refines and cements Titan’s sound into something that shouldn’t be ignored.