Welcome to Bay Area, where the sun shines and destruction crawls, endlessly. Lurking somewhere in the East Bay, the mysterious black metal horde known as XENOTAPH have managed to craft a demo so grand and timeless that it’s almost impossible to believe it’s the work of four young dudes hailing from the sunny banks of the east San Francisco Bay. These four caustic and suffocating blasts of necrotic black metal that the band have crafted under the form of Vitae Iactura sound like something coming straight from the icy and desolate plains of the Norwegian tundra plunged into and endless and demonic winter rather than tunes made by a bunch of Californians.
If someone asked what state produced the weirdest bands of the 80′s, I would have to say Texas. Like I have said before, groups from this part of America flipped Punk Rock on it’s head and created an alternative universe where there were no rules! The first time I heard Scratch Acid, I felt like I was listening to the Lone Star State’s version of the The Birthday Party high on LSD. Then there was the Butthole Surfers, who just made my fucking jaw drop when I walked into their show by accident in 1984. Both of these bands went on to transform unground music into something all their own and I totally respect that. Today CVLT Nation celebrates Scratch Acid & Butthole Surfers with full sets from the mid 80′s.
Arnaut Pavle come crawling out of the frozen northern wastes of Finland to encapsulate everything great about raw old school black metal. Named for a legendary eighteenth century Serbian ‘vampire’ supposedly responsible for a plague of mysterious deaths that decimated his village, Arnaut Pavle sound like exactly that. No modern twinkly teen star shit, nor even the classic Bram Stoker eternal lover; no, Arnaut Pavle sound like a wretched strung out blood junkie forest hermit, a leprous shell of a human that’s been living off the blood of icy corpses and rodents for nigh on three hundred years.
This music is not pretty, it’s rabid and intense and as catchy as a vampire bite. An impossibly icy arctic production vomits up chainsaw guitars that peel off tremolo riffs and surprisingly melodic leads like layers of rotted skin, crashing drums tear through rocking punk inspired rhythms and the vocals screech and croak in hoarse splendour.
CVLT Nation has something special for you today – an exclusive premiere of the Fallout Party ’13 mixtape compiled by the mastermind of BEASTMILK, Goatspeed. With the world waiting for the release of their debut record Climax on Nov. 29th via Svart Records and Magic Bullet (NA), Goatspeed has dropped this jewel on the world for streaming and free download only on CVLT Nation!
Bell Witch Interviews Usnea
Top five best doom albums of all time:
Justin: Yob “The Unreal Never Lived”, Asunder “A Clarion Call”, Laudanum “The Coronation”, Electric Wizard “Dopethrone”, Burning Witch “Crippled Lucifer”
Johnny: The Melvins “Bullhead”, Noothgrush “Erode the Person”, Ocean Chief “Ocean Chief”, Electric Wizard “Come My Fanatics”, Neurosis “Through Silver in Blood”
Top five best funeral doom albums of all time:
Justin: Well I already said Asunder up above, so 5 more funeral bands… Worship “Last Tape Before Doomsday”, Mournful Congregation “The Monad of Creation”, Skepticism “Lead and Aether”, Aldebaran “Dwellers in Twilight”, Evoken “Atra Mors”
Joel: Black Sabbath “Black Sabbath”, Corrupted “Paso Inferior”, Aldebaran “Dwellers In Twilight”, Worship “Last Tape Before Doomsday”, dISEMBOWLMENT ” Transcendence into the Peripheral”
CVLT Nation is giving you yet another rad soundtrack for this week! If you are feeling blue, this is the mix for you…Sonic Cathedrals Vol. CXXVIII by High Aura’d. Check out the mix below, plus you can pick up the new High Aura’d/Blood Bright Star split 7″ here (check out our review here).
Waiting can be a bitch. Like the next Star Wars or sublime dish Taco Bell will cook up, the interval between The Banner‘s last release (2008′s Frailty) and this jet black gem has been a nail biter. Unlike Star Wars (but like Taco Bell), you know that this band’s sound is never in the wrong hands. So here we have The Banner’s first release in over five years, and though its length is brief, this could be equated to their potential Episode VII.
As a band that has continually redefined itself with each release, no matter how small, The Banner refreshes itself with unprecedented speed, skull-crushing fury and Type O Negative. These four tracks have been released sporadically since the beginning of 2012 in rough, unmixed versions. It would be a sin to decry these finalized versions, in fact this EP does little in the disappointment department.
“Wolvesblood” opens with a tongue-in-cheek sound clip from Pulp Fiction that is pleasantly self-referential for these Jersey devils. This self-loathing anthem is as fine a one as they’ve ever produced, tearing the listener down layer by layer until only a shuddering mass remains. The wrath is palpable enough to slash your ears to bits. The words throughout are cutting, a poem that rides on storm winds. “Wolvesblood” flows like blood from a freshly mauled throat into “Lilith,” a spine-twisting blur that demands a sacrificial circle pit. Let us pray to the heathen gods to give these dudes the funding and financial backing to tour, these songs need a live setting. None more so than the apocalyptic, bleak but triumphant “Negative Zone.”
Black metal and mystique often go hand in hand. Little is known of Irish black metal entity Dúnmharú, the duo of Ross O’Connor and Cathal Hughes. Last year’s Curses Come Home record did a good job introducing Dúnmharú to us, but with a new album coming out shortly entitled Frozen Eden, the band seem poised to leave a mark in Irish black; no easy task when the likes of Slidhr have put out records this year.
Today we’re pleased to present two tracks from Dúnmharú’s Frozen Eden – the massive album opener ‘Dead Eyes Mirror’ and the melodic black metal riffing melee of ‘Passion to Burn’. The album will be released on CD at some point in the coming weeks.
Death metal outfit Obliteration comes from Kolboth, the hometown of Norwegian black metal legends Darkthrone… seriously does the water over there have some magical properties?
After two full-lengths, Perpetual Decay (2007) and Nekropsalms (2009), a couple of EPs and the sick split with Diskord, Lobotomized and Execration, wisely entitled Oslo We Rot, Obliteration took some time off. Thankfully with their latest release, Black Death Horizon, they show that they have not lost any of their edge. On the contrary, they sound even angrier, more manic and even more devoted to what they are doing.
Wow…this is a fucking classic…REPULSION live in a basement, and the year was 1987. Nuff said…now fucking head bang and wish you born in the 70′s!