Early Graves know tragedy. Their band name unfortunately rang true in 2010 when vocalist Makh Daniels was killed in a road accident. Such a loss throws any band into a world of uncertainty. Do you carry on? Is it right to power on or do you call it a day? Early Graves decided that the best thing for them as a band was to do just that – power on. It’s an admirable decision to say the least and as they say – the show must go on. That show is called Red Horse, a record forged with weighty emotional might in every note and riff.
CVLT Nation is stoked to announce that we are producing a very limited run of t-shirts with the infamous GEHENNA and artist Jacob Parmentier! These tees will only be available in a small run in the CVLT Store, and the pre-order starts today! The artwork is an original piece created by Jacob Parmentier for this special t-shirt collabo. Check out the artwork below and head over to the CVLT Store to pre-order your tee before they’re out…
Image of the tee after the jump…
There has been a lot of good bands hailing from the north of Europe in this last couple of years. Right now i can think of Hexis, Logn, This Gift Is A Curse, Whorls and a few more. This whole new breed of bands have the ability of absorbing a lot of different genres and molding them into a very distinguished sound that they can call their own. One of those successful “case studies” are Iceland’s Muck.
Muck consists of four passionate young guys in love with dissonant and cutting edge sounds. Being around already for a couple of years, after some successful tours and an EP, “Vultures”, released back in 2007 the hiatus has been broken with their brand new album called “Slaves”. An album that sets the bar even higher within the Icelandic metal/hardcore scene. I got to know about Muck from my friend Ægir from, the also icelandic band, Logn, who totally recommended this band to me.
I must confess that, to me, in nowadays it’s very hard to be impressed with a band that sounds original. And it’s always easy, at a first audition, to tell what are the influences to their sound. I’m pretty sure that Muck have their musical influences, it’s part of their education as musicians. But the first reaction i got as i heard “Slaves”, was that i was facing something different, something new and fresh. A burst of creativity exhaled in every of its pores.
The first track on this album, “Now”, is a weird intro where we can hear on the background, an old record player spinning in a fairly drunk way, a very dysfunctional and broken record. It’s almost a prediction of what we’re about to hear…
Suddenly, without no warning, in the next track, “I Stand Alone”, Muck throw their complex arithmetic slab of low-fi/chaotic punk/hardcore splashed with some very cutting edge screamo influences. To classify Muck’s sound, just imagine a more low-fi, punk version of The Dillinger Escape Plan mixed with Kaospilot and in the middle add some Converge for example. All of these bands have in common this mathematically complex sound equations that are literally thrown into the air, adding and subtracting sharp riffs between screams and growls while the drum just goes postal in the background.
Tracks like “I Stand Alone”, “Island”, “Mother” or “Circles” are authentic bursts of creativity, making this band one of the freshest bands i’ve heard in a while. But in the middle of this organized chaos, there’s also room for us to breathe with some short interlude, instrumental tracks like in “Wake”, where the band uses this movie excerpt that sounds familiar to me, but the name just won’t get out of my mouth.
If you’re looking for something new and fresh within’ the genre, then i totally advise you to take a listen to this great young band. Stay tuned because these dudes are going to have new tracks available very, very soon on gogoyoko.
One of the sickest cities in the world is Vancouver, B.C., because nature is just all around, everywhere you look. Plus, it’s full of epic humans, and many of them love skating and creating off-the-chain music. A product of this environment is BAPTISTS, who make some of the illest hardcore and are also skaters to the core! That’s why we are ultra stoked that Andrew Drury of BAPTISTS created an exclusive Halloween skate video for CVLT Nation, entitled I Used To Skate Vol. 2. Not only is watching this visual fun, but you get to see skating in some gnarly Vancouver spots! We would like to thank the whole Van City massive skate or die crew…peep this radical video after the jump!
GUST from Sweden are going to release their debut record Fuck Life via Iron Plague Records – you can figure out that this isn’t exactly the soundtrack for a dinner with your boy-/girlfriend. At least not if you hope to score later in the evening instead of moshing in your living room, which might be the better choice sometimes anyway. But back on topic: GUST play this sort of darkened Hardcore that is quite en vogue at the moment, you know how it goes: mid- and up-tempo beats, a bit of metal, harsh vocals, lyrics about struggles and fuck-ups in daily life, all sewn together with a cloth of sinister athmosphere and somewhat dark images. Sounds not too bad, heh?
Over the past week we have added quite a few titles to the CVLT Record Store! First up – two import double LPs from the UK’s doomlords RAMESSES, Take the Curse and Possessed by the Rise of Magick, remixed by Justin Broadrick. In addition to two 180 gram black vinyl double LP, Take the Curse comes with a bonus 7″ with two live tracks from their 2011 Roadburn set, a full-color poster and a rad full-color sticker sheet. Next up we have the 3rd press of the WINDHAND self-titled LP, featuring white vinyl with a purple haze, plus we have the self-titled LP from KUXAN SUUM from Fallen Empire, limited to 500 copies on black vinyl. We also brought in a couple of new 7″, including OLD WOUNDS’ Terror Eyes, and the Halloween 2012 special edition color vinyl of the EYEHATEGOD “New Orleans is the New Vietnam” record. There will be more coming soon, so stay tuned to our FB and Twitter to hear the word first!
Toxicbreed’s Funhouse is by far one our favorite blogs because of the way they are always giving back to the community! We are stoked to announce that their insane Casa de Diversion – Covers Vol. 2 is streaming now and up for download. In a nutshell, Toxicbreed’s Funhouse gets 32 of the raddest bands to cover a really wide range of tunes, which makes for a really unique listening experience, and you can download Casa de Diversion – Covers Vol. 2 HERE…Make sure to peep the stream below!
I remember when I first heard the term “Skate Rock” – it was some time in the in the 80′s. I automatically wanted to hear what it was all about, and every band had their own sound, which was killer. Back in the day, you had two types of Skate Rock bands: the bands that had pro skaters in them, such as the Faction, Skoundrelz, Jones and many more; then there were the hardcore bands that just skated every fucking day and even wrote songs about it, such as JFA, Minor Threat, Suicidal Tendecies, The Big Boys and many more. The now editor of Thrasher Magazine, Jake Phelps, is an OG Boston punk rocker. He went to San Franisco while on tour with SSD and never left. Now let’s talk about the present day skaters who still love loud music and booze, so skate rock is still alive. In the Thrasher skate video Killing Time you can see exactly what I mean. It features Tony Trujillo, Julien Stranger, Dustin Dollin, Don Nguyen, Justin Figueroa, Thomas Bonilla, Al Partanen, Raven Tershy, Lee Ralph, Ryan Mcwhirter, Grant Taylor, Nick Trapasso, Dane Burman, Bryan Herman, Braydon Szafranski, Sammy Baca, Pat McLain, Sean Gutierrez, Jake Phelps & many more…this a film that takes you in the world of pro skating like no other! So after the jump, grab your six pack and watch Killing Time!