One of our favorite westcoast fests, The Power of the Riff, made a journey out to the east coast for The Power of the Riff East. The word on the street is that all hell broke lose in Brooklyn last weekend and the event was a major success! Today, CVLT Nation would like to salute this glorious head banging affair with an epic video essay. All of the live footage you are about to see was filmed by our comrade (((unartig))) in extra hi-def. So after the jump get ready to see radical live video featuring HOAX, Dead in the Dirt, Winter, Coffinworm, Salvation, Repulsion, Double Negative, Power Trip, Pentagram, SunnO))) and more!…Stay tuned for our stellar photo essay by Astrid Tonella.
It can be easy to forget the influence that Fall of Efrafa left behind when they called it a day. Despite only releasing three LPs, the crust turned post metal behemoths really set a standard for sprawling epic hardcore of this ilk and it’s easy to hear that sound explored more a few years later by bands like Downfall of Gaia, Vestiges and this band right here, Monuments Collapse.
From San Francisco, Monuments Collapse is another band that has morphed from a hardcore template (if you will) into a down-tempo, doomy-inflected entity that slowly unfurls its grand dirge in dramatic and imposing fashion.
This self-titled LP is made up of just two tracks, but both are lengthy expansive pieces, giving this effort a 36 running time. It’s clearly an album meant for consumption in one sitting, one listen.
First movement “White Owl” opens with funereal tones in bleak guitar lines that start to unfold into coarse doom metal walls of sound, soon gathering in pace, taking in some of the band’s post rock tendencies before the bellowing vocals enter to draw a line, daring you to cross. The harrowing roars totally change the tones to more caustic, abrasive and confrontational ones.
By the ten minute mark, Monuments Collapse have made their presence more than felt, meandering around haunting corners and laying down devastating dirges of doomed out hardcore. The song eventually descends into another eerie solemn passage around 12 minutes where the band recede into a minimalist verse before kicking in again with towering walls of riffs. The band’s ability to shift in and out of these climes is altogether impressive and this last twist brings “White Owl” to a staggering and gripping climax.
Dropdead is a legendary Hardcore Punk band from Rhode Island. If you are into punk, you know about this band. They are the real deal. I had the opportunity of seeing them on 9-2-12 at a day show in San Francisco. They have been an active band in the scene and community for over 20 years!! They were playing with Elegy, Vaccuum(Last show), Permanent Ruin, & Bumbklaatt. When it was time for Vaccuum to begin I realized I had forgot my memory card. I stuck around and watched them as they are a really cool band, really anything that Robert Collins is apart of is gonna be worth checking out. When they finished I drove back to Oakland to retrieve my memory card so I could make it in time to film Dropdead. There was no way that I was going to miss the opportunity to capture this awesome intimate performance.
Now this is well fucking beyond awesome: both Code Orange Kids & Oathbreaker straight wrecked shit at this year’s This Is Hardcore festival. Hate5six was on hand and filmed some unreal footage. These bands are on their own level of spectacular rawness. Code Orange Kids’ set was full of my favorites, which they performed like they wanted to rip a hole in the stage. The word on the street is that they just finished their new album for Deathwish Inc. entitled Love is Love//Return to Dust, which I know will be an instant classic! Oathbreaker fucking blazed through an unreal set of sonic mayhem like only they could. I look forward to one day seeing both of these bands live because to me they represent the future. Plus, I just want to head bang all the way to Hell! Peep both of their killer sets in full after the jump!
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Martin Sorrondeguy on the phone from his family’s home in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Martin politely agreed to let me interview him for Cvlt Nation and greeted me warmly over the phone as I interrupted some of his time from making chimichurri with his mom.
For many within the punk/hardcore community, Martin needs little introduction as his involvement in the scene has left a tremendous impact. Martin’s most visible involvement in punk has come through fronting hardcore bands like Los Crudos and Limp Wrist and through forming DIY record label Lengua Armada Discos; which throughout the years has served as a powerful venue for supporting and exposing Latino punk/hardcore bands.
Aside from his involvement with Los Crudos, Limp Wrist, N.N., Needles, and Lengua Armada, Martin has stayed active within the punk community through regularly contributing to Maximum Rocknroll, creating documentary films like Mas Alla de los Gritos: A U.S. Latino Hardcore Punk Documentary, and authoring a new book on punk/hardcore.
During our conversation, Martin and I talked about various topics, including: his upcoming book called Get Shot (pre-order the book here), what it was like playing in Latin America, a brief family history, the upcoming Los Crudos vinyl discography, and even his involvement in the early hip-hop scene as a B-Boy.
With that said, I was very happy to interview Martin. Now read the interview and let one of punk’s smartest and most creative minds impart some knowledge on you!
What sounds can rescue me from despair? What sounds can stop these grey days from becoming my only reality? Through the fear of looking into eyes of my nightmares, I do see a tomorrow. I must go to the darkest places of inner torment to realize that another day will bring a different outcome. If I had taken my life when I thought I had none to live, I would not be here now, writing about the amazing new album by PLANKS entitled Funeral Mouth, coming out Oct. 12th via Golden Antenna Records. For me, listening to this album is therapy, and when it’s pumping out of my speakers, all of my self-doubt fades away. The band really made sure that each tune had depth and a story that the listener could relate to. PLANKS’ songwriting skills are so on point – they know how to create tunnels of empathy, with giant rivers of melody running through them for your imagination to float away on. PASSION & CONVICTION play a big role in the way this band conveys their message about the human condition. The vocals that you will encounter are fucking way beyond just being heartfelt – there is no way not to recognize the power behind the delivery. Musically, PLANKS have set the bar to the next level by combining all of their influences in a very organic way into an audio storm. If I had to describe what Funeral Mouth reminds me of, it would be walking alone on a deserted beach, with the black sky above me and crashing waves at my feet. When you hear a song like “An Exorcism Of Sorts,” you will hear where I’m coming from, because this band has created a melodic journey in the winds of a sonic hurricane. Their are so many awesome things that are spoken by the guitar playing on this record, and at some points you might think the riffs are vocals. PLANKS have manifested something very special. But instead of believing what I have to say, you are in luck, because CVLT Nation has been given the huge honor of streaming Funeral Mouth in full below!…PRE-ORDER WILL START TOMORROW!!!
It’s only a few months since Australia’s Idylls released their savagely dissonant LP “Farewell All Joy”, a 21 minute cluster of belligerent and unrelenting mathcore that’s sure to be on the tips of our tongues come year end. Not ones to rest on their laurels, the band have quickly followed it up with this split with fellow countrymen, Melbourne’s Palisades. Each serve up two new songs each, followed by each band covering a tune of the other’s.
CVLT Nation is ready to hit you with some more exclusive footage from Power of the Riff West, just in time for POTR East this weekend! Today we are bringing you sets from OFF! and GAZA, and we apologize if all the mind-melting, eardrum-crushing sound doesn’t some through – you will have to trust us when we tell you this was a day not to be missed! If you’re on the east coast, you better hurry up and get your tickets to POTR East! Plus, you can pick up Gaza’s third album No Absolutes in Human Suffering, which just hit stores, HERE or HERE! Check out the videos after the jump!
So what happens when you match a sick young video director with an outstanding band? The outcome is the new CONVERGE video “Aimless Arrows” directed by Max Moore. This tune has a real angular vibe about it which works well with Moore’s editing style. So after the jump, check out the visual for “Aimless Arrows.”
There must be a huge river of sonic violence running through South Carolina, because damn, have they got some extra gnarly bands in that state! One of them being NAILBITER – these players of destruction make their own brand of chaos that sounds epic to my ears. What gets me hyped about them is their use sinister distortion; it engulfs the whole sound of their music. When you hear NAILBITER, you know that these humans are passionate about what they are creating. Fuck writing a bunch of words concerning their brand new music, you need to hear it to understand its greatness! CVLT Nation has been given the honor by NAILBITER to stream & offer for download their material. I know you are going to be into it, so like their page and leave them a message letting them know that you dig their shit. Stop biting your nails, just fucking listen to NAILBITER!
Download link after the jump!