Tapes of Neon God is doing a massive giveaway for our readers, starting today! There will be one grand prize of all five of their tape releases below, plus two runner up prizes of one tape each. All you have to do is email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with “CVLT Nation giveaway” in the subject heading. The three winners will be drawn next Tuesday the 21st, so make sure to get your entries in ASAP.
Just like their music, the new RUINED FAMILIES video for “Pedestal” takes you to many different places at one time! The way it’s filmed captures the emotion of the song and allows your mind to put together the puzzle of this visual. CVLT Nation is honored to be premiering the RUINED FAMILIES video “Pedestal” right here and now!
Written by Phillip Cope
As the year ends, it is always fun to look back at it. However, I think it is also fun to look towards the year ahead and hopefully next year some eyes and ears will be focused on Columbia, S.C.. I have been very lucky to have spent some time there off and on over the years working at the Jam Room Recording Studio. It seems next year could be an incredible year for a scene that has a rich history of great underground bands (Antischism and Inhumanity being two of my faves), but has always been a bit hidden away. Here is a list of 10 Columbia S.C. bands I think CVLT Nation readers will dig. Also, since there are way too many bands to cover in just this one article, I highly recommend checking out Alec Edelson’s free Metalcockalypse comps on Bandcamp if you want to know more about the city’s overall hardcore, metal, punk etc scene. He tirelessly keeps track of it all, and besides putting on shows, also has a local radio show on WUSC where he gives all types of heavy stuff airplay.
1. Burnt Books – Comprised of scene veterans still cranking out awesome music.
Just out on Video Disease Records is this self-titled seven inch from weirdo hardcore band Umbilical Cord. Spastic snarls and high pitched screeches are spat over surprisingly melodic and idiosyncratic guitars with occasional bursts of Greg Ginn-ish atonal shred and psychedelic riffs that are as much feedback as playing. ‘Two Seconds’ in particular is filled with achingly emotive arpeggios and melodic chords, contrasted with the vocals that sound like the frontman is actually being strangled by an umbilical cord. This release flies by in less than five minutes but easily packs in more creativity and fuck-it sonic adventurism than an hour’s worth of by-the-numbers hardcore.
Text and Photos: Darryl Reid
Vile Intent live two hours away from me, I’ve had friends talk them up to me, I’ve had opportunities to see them live and I’ve run across their releases almost constantly over the last little while, and yet I’ve never listened to a single release or seen them live before now: in short, I’ve completely slept on this band.
I am a FUCKING IDIOT.
It took me about one song into a blistering set of menacing, mangled, angry as fuck power violence to start kicking myself for sleeping on this shit. If you’re a fan of Crossed Out, Infest, Capitalist Casualties etc etc: you’ll love Vile Intent.
In Italian, ”sei vivo, sei morto a nessuno importa” literaly means “whether you are alive or dead no one gives a shit”. This should give you an idea of what KOMPLOTT sound like. Pure, emaciated, unadulterated, starving and corrosive ultra-violent gutter punk from on of the lost capitals of Italian (and modern) hardcore – Milan, in northern Italy. Formed by current and former members of Giuda, Horror Vacui and Holy, KOMPLOTT are one of those bands who’s urgency, incumbency and full-blown anger are something you simply can not fuck with. This band has sacrificed everything – the form, the sound, the execution and even composition – to convey all its energies in one single focal point: pure and unadulterated socially-charged fucking wrath.
Suspiria is the follow-up release to BLANK‘s first full-length Calix and a definite must-have if you dig fast-paced, dark and highly emotive Hardcore with its dirty claws deeply dug in the rotten flesh of Metal and Crust. The band from the Cologne area (Germany) comes up with a four-song EP that totally lives off the tension between really fast high-speed attacks and halting, teeth-gnashingly slow grinding despair.
Thankfully enough this is really far away from being one of those fruitlessly anxious attempts to bring together Post-Metal and Hardcore – Suspiria is an highly energetic, infectious Punk record above all, but surely one that isn’t afraid to incorporate elements of other genres if they contribute to the bleak and desperate atmosphere created.
Text and Photos: Darryl Reid
Several Boston Bands were set to play Varning this year; unfortunately, all but Koward dropped out at the last minute. I have to admit I’ve never even heard of Koward before I saw them at Varning this year – I guess I’m just not on top of my game – but I was officially converted to this band.
Koward play some massive fucked up noisy hardcore for making your ears bleed out.
It’s been an incredible year for music and choosing only six releases for any kind of list is a tough event.
The UK has a wide-ranging amount of bands – from doom to sludge, black metal to grind and everything in between – and there’s been a lot to take in this year. Still though, I feel like I haven’t heard anywhere near enough from the homeland this year so this list will be the top 6 UK releases that I’ve been particularly drawn to and actually managed to listen to.
As per personal custom, this list is alphabetical.
Does this really need any explanation? Carcass are Gods within the UK grind scene and they are rightly revered for their ability to constantly push forward their genre. Many thought that after 1996s Swansong the band were done with releasing music and while they played live often they never got around to a new album. Then 2013 came around and holy shit, “Captive Bolt Pistol” found its way online and everything was right with the world.
You know you’re listening to something special when there is that inexplicable feeling washing over you and there aren’t quite the words coming to mind to describe it. Children of God have crafted one such record. They’ve always been a band with a special something inside them, which was exhibited on earlier releases but this new LP, We Set Fire To The Sky, is a whole other beast.
The Orange County hardcore/sludge band’s newest aural offering, and their first full-length, is one of the most relentlessly intense records of 2013 so far and likely to be for the rest of the year. This intensity is mirrored by some changes in the band themselves, particularly in the fact that they have chosen to release the record entirely on their own, and according to the band they really tried to push the limits for this one…Full CVLT Nation Review HERE!