DEATHRITE – since the moment I’ve heard the first bit of feedback on their demo I was a huge fan of this band from Dresden, Germany. Later I had the opportunity to tour with them, party with them, drink with them, sing along to Sepultura’s Arise with them – and of course I took the chance to ask Tony, their singer, a few questions about the band that made it into CVLT Nation’s top 6 Hardcore records of 2011 just like that with their first proper release.
Like mentioned, DEATHRITE are from Dresden, the capital of the Free State of Saxony and one of the region’s most dynamic cities. And it seems the place to be: “It’s cool, because we and all of our friends live nearly in the same district. It’s very familiar, with a very committed DIY scene, many rehearsal room shows and art events.” A few months back I was able to witness a DEATHRITE show at such a rehearsal room myself – you wouldn’t believe how many people fit into a narrow hallway if they have to.
But let’s start from scratch. DEATHRITE formed in September 2010, “we’re friends for a long time and due to the fact that I finally moved to Dresden it was time to start something new. There wasn’t any specific sound in our minds when we started, but we’re all into Punk, Metal and Grind and that results in DEATHRITE’s sound: heavy riffs, filthy and brutal.” A heaviness that obviously appears when DEATHRITE play: Bloody knuckles and foreheads are not exactly a rare picture at their shows. The explanation is quite simple of course, “there’s a lot of rage in our songs, and when we play live it’s natural that all the rage comes out.”
What the unholy hell, 2011 isn’t even over and I have already found one for my 2012 top 6 split list. These songs are so fucking live that they have the power to bring the undead back to life and then kill them again and again. Skin Like Iron and NAILS have united for one of the raddest 7″ inches I have ever heard, and will be out Jan 31st via both bands. Skin Like Iron are the jump off, with two off the chain melodic hardcore anthems that have layer after layer of catchy rhythm. What’s super cool is this band is able to write songs that are full of caustic emotion that touches your soul and gets you pumped at the same time. When you hear their song “Disappear,” you will be able to hear exactly what I’m talking about. Skin Like Iron’s compositions have the power to make you believe in yourself – when the world keeps knocking you down, these dudes will slap you with the power of self! I’m so impressed with guitar playing, and how it speaks to the listener just as much as the vocals, but at the core of Skin Like Iron are the driving drum beats.
Next up are the two songs by the almighty NAILS – hot fucking hell, this band proves why they are nothing to be fucked with. Guard your skull, because these tunes have the force to decapitate you. If this band keeps creating songs like these, their soon to be released album will be one of the top albums of next year. The first song is “Annihilation,” which makes you feel like you are being pulled behind an 18-wheeler at full speed, with your flesh leaving behind a trail of hardcore joy! NAILS killed it with this tune – it’s pure punishment, and the drumming, combined with riffage, creates this sonic torture chamber that you never want to leave. They totally wreck shop with their next composition, “Cry Wolf”; everything about this song has the tornado effect, which means it destroys everything in it’s path. Skin Like Iron and NAILS deserve to be on their own list of rawness, and it’s killer to see two bands unite to make something special. Honestly, this was a very satisfying listening experience that leaves me wanting to hear more from both bands!
It’s so rad that CVLT Nation is becoming a platform where creative humans from all over the world can express themselves. We totally dig it when people share their creative spirit with us. Alec McKay, from Bernard Books, shared with us a film he wrote and directed, and one of the most inspiring short films that I have seen in a long time. Don’t Call Me I Won’t Call You features members of Toronto’s CURSED and MARE breaking it down to the nitty gritty about why the bands created what they did, the way they did. Just as important as the subject matter is the way this film was shot by cameraman Richard Powell Smith – it’s pretty breathtaking. I’m not going to give too much away because we want you to see and hear it for yourself. I will say this: there are some things said in Don’t Call Me I Won’t Call You that are straight mental jewels! So after the jump, peep this thought-building film about CURSED and MARE!
Unholy triple six…DEAF KIDS from Brazil is super fucking rad. He has a new EP out called Six Heretic Anthems for the Deaf – pay attention to every song on this record, it’s more than killer, it’s fucking ballistic. DEAF KIDS play the type of blackened hardcore that is my sonic drug of choice. You know me, I really dig when music has that what the hell factor & this band has it. This music has the force to ignite fires & slay the corrupt masses in the process. DEAF KIDS is wise to incorporate the black arts of the voodoo melody into his sound, meaning: yeah, he brings the rage non-stop, but don’t forsake the blackened melodic overtones in his songwriting. Damn, this band draws blood with sharp riffs which will have you wanting to hear more for sure! DEAF KIDS uses hardcore as the foundation for what he does, but they take it way beyond that. He screams with the fury of the howling wind that precedes the last daze. Check this out, when you hear him unleash “Heretic Anthem #1″ on you, there is no way you will not be hooked. The drums of war will have the weak hearts quaking in their boots. If I had the resources, I would sign DEAF KIDS in a heartbeat, that’s for sure. On the real, I’m asking all of our readers to check this band out & if you like what you hear let him know that. After the jump, check out some superdelic live footage of the DEAF KIDS!
CVLT Nation is super charged to announce that the Sonic Cathedrals Mixtape Series Vol. XXVI Curated by OATHBREAKER is going live today. This mixtape is one mammoth mind-opener, and packs raw emotion mixed with human rage! OATHBREAKER is a band whose members are comfortable in their own skin, and this awesome fact comes through in their song selection. Now read what OATHBREAKER has to say about their mixtape below, download Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XXVI after the jump, & blast this audio storm beyond loud…RIDE THE WIND INTO YOUR DREAMS & IN DARKNESS, SEE LIGHT!
We tried to assemble a mixtape that gives an insight into both the band Oathbreaker and its four members. For every song on this mixtape, approximately four songs did not make the final cut. Needless to say, some tough choices were made in the process of making this playlist. These are some of the songs that have made us who we are today or songs that we just happen to enjoy for the moment. The same assignment tomorrow would probably lead to an entirely different outcome. We hope you enjoy this mixtape for what it is, and we thank you for listening.
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XXVI Curated by Oathbreaker:
DOWNLOAD AND TRACK LIST AFTER THE JUMP…
From planet deranged comes Barren Waste with another ultra killer release, Dreaming In Aeons. These sick tracks were all recorded live in some filthy basement in Milford, New Hampshire. I have BARREN WASTE Review” target=”_blank”>reviewed Barren Waste’s music in the past, so if you don’t know by now, this band really fucking gets me going. These humans are in their own weird universe when they create music, and the end result is always highly original. On Dreaming In Aeons, the band pushes their assault on death metal, hardcore, doom & grindcore to the outer limits of reality. Whenever I hear this band, it makes me think that El Duce of the Mentors must have had intercourse with the gods of death metal, and Barren Waste was their hell spawn. The production on this release is dirty in all the right places, and the we don’t give a fuck factor is turned up to ten on every song! What also makes this band rad as hell is the way that they write their songs – it might seem that it’s pure chaos, but they have rancid method to their madness. Check out songs like “Smokers Cough” so you can hear how they will spray black melody all in your eardrums. The riffs are packed full of angst and demented dirge. Then there are the vocals, which seem like they were recorded in a trash can of voice rot. The drumming on this EP is raw like a freshly butchered Republican. People should take note that a whole lot of heart and zany thoughts can go a long fucking way, and make for some gnarly WASTE.
You can download their first record HERE!
Aborted Society is doing something exemplary for the global punk community today, and we encourage CVLT Nation readers to show their support. You all have probably heard about the 64 punks in Aceh, Indonesia that are being held by police for “reprogramming” back into the religious drones that the state wants them to be. The police are acting under shariah law, they are clamping down on these kids’ human right to express their beliefs, and are claiming that they lack morals. As a show of punk solidarity, Aborted Society are collecting mixtapes from punk rockers around the world in order to show the Indonesian authorities that the world is watching them, and to combat the societal branwashing being imposed on Indonesian punks! Read about Aborted Society’s initiative below, send in your mixtapes, and stay tuned for a special CVLT Nation Aceh mixtape next week!
Mixtapes for Aceh!
December 14th, 2011
We read the news about punks being apprehended and detained in the Aceh region of Indonesia recently, and like many of you, were extremely disturbed at the thought of the police sweeping these kids off the street, shaving their hair, and forcing them into some sort of bullshit military training to deprogram them. We are privileged to live in a society where we are free to express ourselves as we wish, and while the US and other Western states have their fair share of police injustice, this incident is a harsh reminder to how good we really have it. That is why we are starting a small initiative in solidarity with our friends overseas, to let them know that we stand behind them and fully support them.
The mixtape is a crucial part of our subculture, and is solely responsible for the spread of punk influence worldwide. Mixtapes have introduced myself and many others to so many amazing bands, and the act of making them is one of the most sincere forms of friendship that exist in our world. So, we are asking our friends, our community, and anyone else who remotely gives a shit to make and donate one mixtape cassette to the kids in Aceh who were forced into detention solely for being punk. It’s a small gesture, but it means a lot to people who need our support. The content entirely of their choosing as long as it’s somewhat falling in the punk/hardcore/crust genre. If you have an awesome tape you never listen to anymore, or would like to make a new one specifically for this endeavor, that would absolutely rule. We are collecting these tapes to send out in early January, so your deadline to submit is December 30th, 2011. We know that the post office is fucked right now with holiday shipping, but right after xmas it frees up largely, so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Please try and pack as much music onto these tapes as possible, and try to avoid sending a short 10-min long demo cassette. This is an out-of pocket initiative for me (Rob) personally, and I’d like to make what we send as substantial as possible. And include your address in the tape, you might just make an international buddy out of the process!
You can send your mixtapes to our label address:
Aborted Society Records
attn: Mixtapes for Aceh
1122 E. Pike Street #1377
Seattle, WA 98122-3934
We are currently investigating the best way to get these over there safely, so if you have any specific ideas please email us and let us know. Thanks for listening, we really encourage your participation, and hope that something like this can never happen again.
Stay strong, stay fucking punk.
Pale Creation‘s Nick Fiction did a very interesting interview with Francis Kano of CAPE OF BATS and asked me to release it on CVLT Nation. There’s no need for any more introducing words:
Nick Fiction: I recently had the opportunity to listen to my friend, Francis Kano’s new record entitled Transylvania. Before I personally interviewed him I gave it several listens to get the best idea of the emotion and story that his band CAPE OF BATS were trying to convey. Before the interview began he explained to me the story that inspired the music. Here is what he had to say.
Number One HEARTLESS
Have you ever heard them sound of pure anger mixed with the strength of uncut fury? Well I have, and it has come in the form of HEARTLESS’s new album Hell Is Other People, which is out now via Southern Lord. Bloody fucking hell, this record is packed with 13 songs that were written with the mission to punish the listener’s senses and shatter what you might perceive as sonic rage! Okay, the band’s name is HEARTLESS, but everything about them shows that these humans put 300% heart into all of their compositions, and this is one reason you will not be able to avoid how rad they are. Damn, this band’s music makes my face contort & transform because of the different levels of chaotic audio rawness it puts out! HEARTLESS is a three-headed monster, each head reaping various forms of extreme music: power violence, metallic hardcore & mayhem crust. This band does not chip away at your inner demons, because they pound the fuck out them with their cyco drumming attack, the backbone of every track! HEARTLESS represents unity non-stop – you can hear and feel the respect that they have for each other and how serious they take their songwriting. With all of the aggressive vibe you will hear on Hell Is Other People, the band still crafts tunes that have an epic sense of real emotion and sinister melody. On the lyrical tip, these humans don’t sugar coat shit, which is awesome in my book, plus their singer gives 600% of himself on every track. So here is the way to make your skull explode: put your head between two speakers blasting “Pathogen” and the next thing you know you will be skulless. The storm of huge riffs that you will encounter on this album will make your head spin. Actually HEARTLESS have created one huge CAN OF DESTROY ALL with their new album!
Battle lines have been drawn are you ready for war? Well, you better fucking get ready because the new ALL PIGS MUST DIE album is an all-out death match entitled God Is War out Now via Southern Lord. Hold on, I have to stop head banging so I can write this review, and that’s going to be super hard because this record is bangadelic awesome. Straight up & down, this record is 8 songs of pure blackened hate, it’s hardcore with a d-beat outer shell to cause more damage to your eardrums. Nothing about God Is War is for the faint at heart – this is sonic mayhem for those that like to rage. Actually, ALL PIGS MUST DIE created an album that is audio nitroglycerin – from the time you press play, this band is on a fucking rampage. With all of the speed that this album has, the band still manages to conjure up these moments of subversive melodic flurries that keeps the evil groove flowing so our heads will keep snapping! Check out the song “Third World Genocide” – it starts off with this killer drum beat then a sick riff takes over before the onslaught is let loose. I would not say that ALL PIGS MUST DIE really slow shit down, but they do have these killer dirgy parts to their songs that make you feel like your skin is melting. This album is so fucking rocking, if you blasted it in a grave yard all of the corpses would come back to life & you would have a boneyard party on your hands. The riffs on God Is War sound like they were played by the devils fingers & recorded in hell. To me it seems like the singer coated his voice box in zombie spit before he went into the vocal booth because all that he lets out is cold death itself. ALL PIGS MUST DIE are super rad, because you can tell that dig hardcore, metal & d-beat but what is really cool is that they were able to weave all of these sounds together to manifest their own audio mosaic of hate. These dudes also did a top notch job at song writing; the songs take really interesting twists & turns to keep you guessing. I swear when I listen to this album I feel like I’m in a tornado of blackened hate, but for some weird reason I just want it to keep spinning me around until my head rips off.