For some of us – young generation, 70′s and 80′s UK punk is just a story we read from a random blog or magazine’s articles, but for Janny its a HISTORY he has been a part of, a story to tell to young punks! I friended with Ste “Janny” Jantzen (formerly of The Deformed) on facebook, and got a chance to interview him about good ‘ol days of The Deformed, CRESS and also punk’s raddest moment back in the early 80′s. For those who dont know The Deformed, they were a “goth flavoured” punk band from Wigan (North-West, U.K.) formed in the early 80′s, put a track on Crass Records compilation LP and recorded a couple demos and two EP’s during their active years. Check out Cvlt Nation’s interview with Janny, punks not dead!
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TRASH TALK has just released the second video “Burn Alive,” for their new EP Awake, which you can still pre-order here! This two minute short film is an atomic burst of youth rebellion standing up against police brutality! From the moment you see this video, you will be captivated, I can say this without a doubt. It’s killer seeing a band like TRASH TALK doing things their own way, and in the process building a strong fucking fan base! News flash: we have just confirmed that Sonic Cathedrals Mixtape Series Vol. XII will be Curated by TRASH TALK. In the meantime, check out their new video below and after the jump peep their Awake video!
So what happens when two killer bands decide to do an epic 7″ split together? The end result is an awesome audio blast of radness, and earlier this year Germany’s GOLDUST unified with Maryland’s FULL OF HELL to give us just that, release by Get This Right Records. GOLDUST kicks shit off with a gnarly short burst of dirge core called “Entrails” – it’s almost instrumental, it’s layered in a dark emotional distortion energy. They really bring the noise on “Ruine,” which is way longer and kicks out the jams from the very first second that it comes on. GOLDUST’s songwriting really shines on this cut, which is full of mammoth breakdowns that will have you saying, this band knows what the fuck they are doing. I like this song also because of the sinister melody that flows throughout it, plus the vocal delivery is interesting, with the call and response thing that they have happening. And I can’t forget to talk about the war cry drumming on “Ruine,” at the same time that riffs from hell will be slicing at your throat! FULL OF HELL are on some next shit for this split – these dudes have totally transformed their version of hardcore into something that has other genres coexisting within the same song. “Rat King” is the first tune on their side, and it’s all fucking that and then some. I really dig the way the song starts with a long intro of distorted feedback, before launching into a ferocious rampage of groove-laden hardcore. The way the vocals are laid down in this song is extra cool, and grabs your attention for sure. The second song, “Kopf Meines Vaters,” is a fucking tornado of grinding madness that swirls around your skull and leaves you in a state of insanity. FULL OF HELL keeps banging you with their hammer of punishment on “Vessel Deserted,” where they combine weirdo noise with spazz core and murder grind to totally wreck shop and rip a brand new hole in the universe! When it’s all said and done, if you do not have this 7″, you know the drill, you better cop it!
One year ago, the unthinkable happened when San Francisco metal band Early Graves lost their singer, Mahk Daniels, in a deadly van crash. It’s every touring band’s nightmare and something that is impossible to recover from. After a year of silence, Early Graves has been rejuvenated, playing the high-profile “Power of the Riff” Southern Lord showcase, as well as working on new material. John Stracham of LA based black metal band The Funeral Pyre has joined as their new vocalist and is helping to bring the brutality of the songs on Goner, the band’s second LP, back to the live setting.
I recently had a chance to see the band open for Rorschach in San Francisco and captured these photos. Early Graves were one of the most blistering and violent acts I’ve heard in a long time. It was impossible not to be bowled over by the neck-breaking riffs and scathing, hateful vocals. If you have a chance to see this band live, don’t miss it. See a full color gallery of Early Graves and a link to buy Early Graves merch after the jump!
One band that rubbed some people the wrong way during the early 80′s were Scotland’s The Exploited. Back then, you either loved them or hated them – I won’t front, I was never their biggest fan, I always preferred Discharge & G.B.H. But I was on hand for the ultra-violent Exploited riot that took place in Huntington Park in ’83. It wasn’t the punks who caused the mayhem, but the LAPD who was just out to fucking get us! Then I got to see them at Perkins Palace with the Toy Dolls, plus some other rad bands, but they pissed the crowd off, so we turned on them with heckling, which was fun for us at the time. Some years later, I checked out this documentary about them which made me have more empathy for them as a band. I must say that I couldn’t think of the 80′s punk scene without them. The thing about about The Exploited – Rock n Roll Outlaws is that you get to see their struggle and success. I have respect for them because they have been able to last this long doing what they love! So after the jump, check out the rest of this epic documentary…
If music could truly move fucking mountains, I know one new release that would be able to do it. That record would be PROTESTANT’s new 10″, Stalemate, out now via HALO OF FLIES RECORDS - it is a fucking wrecking crew from the word go! The first word that comes to mind when I hear this piece of audio warpath is URGENCY, because every tune has been baked in an oven of fast moving atomic dirge! PROTESTANT kicks out the jams with conviction and you know from jump street that these humans are on a mission to make you take notice of what they have to say. They will punch you in the grill with their lyrical content, and you will be able to relate to what this band has to say, plus their singer is fucking sick as a man-eating virus! PROTESTANT do this call and response between the rhythm section and the vocalist, which makes for very interesting flurries of chaotic melody. Not only do you hear the vocalist’s passion, but musically they lay down the emotional law as well. The guitar and drumming on Stalemate speak a language of sorrow and pain that I find compelling. This is evident on many of the tracks, just have a listen to “Prot a2″ – in the middle of the song, when you hear the breakdown, you will hear exactly where I’m coming from. Another extra rad song is “Prot b6,” it starts off with a killer somber intro, before becoming a metallic hardcore killing machine. PROTESTANT creates music that the whole world needs to hear, they compose the kind of angst that could heal a nation. For all of the West Coast, stay tuned because CVLT Nation will be announcing their tour dates NOW after the jump!!
What can I say, ever since I was young I have been a major history freak, and when comes to music, I’m a music history geek! When it comes to punk rock history, I get super hyped, so years ago when I heard that one of my idols, Don Letts, was directing a film about the punk revolution, my interest was instantly sparked! The name of his documentary is PUNK ATTITUDE, and what makes his picture different than others is the way he connects all the dots, going back to the roots of the three chord rock tune. I also dig how he covers the American scene with the same respect as the British scene. It’s pretty epic to hear mad heads from back in the day drop knowledge about the past and speak words that the youth of today should live by. Many of these people paved the way for what many kids now take for granted. What’s also very interesting is no matter the decade or century, there will always be outsiders, and those people can come together to make a difference!All PUNK ATTITUDE is full of rare footage that you will never see anywhere else but in this film. So what is your attitude…I know what mine is…after the jump, check out this killer documentary PUNK ATTITUDE!
Unholy shit, my mind just got stuck in a sonic blender called Triac…these A389 Recording artist new 7″ inch, Always Meant To Hurt You, is fucking audio napalm. Every song on this record is ballistic and will for sure ignite a fire under your ass. Listening to this band makes me realize if Fugazi reunited as speed freaks who played grindcore/powercore and wanted to destroy the world, then maybe it would be Triac. What they have created are 4 songs that clock in at just over 6 minutes, but will astound you every second you are listening. The reason being is that these humans can really play the fuck out of their instruments and will always keep you guessing with their atomic otherworldly changes. Triac has what I call the attack mode factor; that’s when a band goes straight for your throat with crazy amounts mayhem-fueled melody. It’s these off the hook breakdowns that will make you fall down to your knees to praise this band, and then their drumming will beat you into submission. It’s a trip, because the vocalist has this epic delivery, but at times it sounds like his voice morphs into feedback that eats away at your inner ear. When you put on the first song, “Grab Everything That Kills,” and this tune starts to roll over your will to live, you say to yourself, will this punishment ever end, and do I want it to? That’s why Triac is so sick, because they create audio torture builds your soul instead of destroying it!
It’s on…one of the hardest working groups in hardcore, TRASH TALK, has a super rad new video out called AWAKE! Shot on the grimy streets of downtown Los Angeles, it captures the true angst that is alive in the song itself. This video goes along with the new TRASH TALK EP that hits the concrete on 10/11/11 – you can pre-order it HERE now. Stay tuned to CVLT Nation for a TRASH TALK Sonic Cathedrals, plus some other top secret shit!
It feels fucking good to be alive, and who needs energy drinks when you can listen to bands that are audio meth, which is a healthy alternative to that bullshit. ULTRA // NEGATIVE is the kind of band that creates music that gives you the jolt you need. ULTRA // NEGATIVE hail from Portsmouth, NH, and thrash out some wicked power violence & grindcore that also has one foot in the dis-beat grave. Their new record, FINALLY I’M AT PEACE, is made up of 8 spastic bursts of rad fury. I’m super hyped on this record, because of all of the awesome caustic melody that jumps out at you in 3D. ULTRA // NEGATIVE conjure up head banging and face contorting in awesome tunes that I love to skate to. Another thing that will make you pay attention is this band’s conviction, you can hear it in every riff of protest that they shred! These dudes have super killer lyrics that are spit at you by their gnarly singers. I know we live in a pretty fucked up world, so it’s always nice to hear fucked up music that puts it all in perspective! As much as these dudes are coming with a message, you never feel like you are being preached to. The music on FINALLY I’M AT PEACE is fast without a doubt, but it’s full of groove and nuclear breakdowns. ULTRA // NEGATIVE do a fantastic job at combining all of the genres that they are into without the listener knowing that they have just switched shit up! The title of this record makes total sense, because after listening to it, FINALLY I’M AT PEACE. To bring this superdelic band into your existence, download their record HERE!