All Photos from Now This Is Gothic
Under the grey skies of San Francisco in 1984, I watched as peace punk took on a Gothic vibe. During this era, we all loved what was happening in our own city, plus all of the bands that were coming out of the UK. Me and my homie Gary would spend hours at Rough Trade looking through their import section and I will never forget the day I took home the first 7 inch from The Jesus and the Mary Chain. Then there were the nights were we would blast Death Cult as loud as we could could and sing along. What we all loved about these two movements joining forces was that we could express ourselves even more through our fashion. Today CVLT Nation would like to celebrate the 80′s goth scene with a huge photo essay, plus live footage/videos from March Violets, Play Dead & Red Lorry Yellow Lorry.
If you thought your opportunity to go to an epic fest in 2013 was over, you were wrong! The 305 Fest is in its 7th year, and is giving you an opportunity to enjoy some warm weather, sun and DIY music from Dec. 26th to 29th. To celebrate, they have compiled a rad mixtape for you to enjoy and psych yourself up to make it through the next couple of cold weeks until you head to Miami!
This winter from Dec. 26-29, Miami will host it’s 7th 305 Fest, with 50 bands spanning four days of DIY shows, beach and dance parties. This year is special, because the local scene has raised funds through months of benefit shows for the fest.
CVLT Nation is stoked to be premiering the new Kwaidan video for “Ostension” off of their debut LP Make All the Hell of Dark Metal Bright, out now on Bathetic Records. This track is an audio journey of psychedelic sounds, and the visuals mirror this journey as you ride a train through various landscapes. Both the music and the video make me feel as though I am on a spiritual trip, discovering life’s contemplations steadily but not monotonously, a dark and avantgarde doom soundtrack guiding me through. Check out the video below!
The Unworldly Summoning CD by CHURCH OF DISGUST comes out on Jan. 1st via Memento Mori. If this record was released on Dec.30, it would have been on our end of the year list for sure! This band plays the stench-filled kind of Death Metal that I really dig. CHURCH OF DISGUST also have a way of allowing other genres to creep into the mix of their creations that keeps their sound interesting. I don’t know why, but I get a punk/doom vibe from this band that makes me like them even more. I could inject myself with their cryptic riffs all day long and stay high on decaying death. CHURCH OF DISGUST should be recognized around the world as one of the most putrid death metal bands out right now. CVLT Nation is stoked to be streaming “Rotting Above Ground” by CHURCH OF DISGUST below!
This self-titled release from Veil Of Shadow is absolute reductionist raw black metal – black metal stripped down to its key ingredients, sans production, sans track titles, sans anything that isn’t absolutely essential.
This results in an album that is raw, primitive and immediate, but also manages to be strangely cerebral and impressionistic in its hypnotic repetition and hazy, distorted recording. This release has to have one of the most effective lo-fi productions out there, as repetitive power chord riffs and tremolo-picked high melodies drill their way into your consciousness through a misty distorted wash that renders them not so much heard as felt.
For many different reasons, the first DANZIG album is my favorite of their work. If you are a fan of this band, then DANZIG – VHS is a must-see for you. This film captures the band on stage and behind the scenes…This is when they still had punks in the group and is definitely their best line-up!
What have I been listening to on repeat today? The new INDIAN song “Rhetoric Of No” from their soon to be released album All Purity. After hearing this song one time, it made me realize I must have this record on vinyl! You can pre-order the new INDIAN album here from Relapse Records…The official release date is Jan. 21st!…I’m calling it now…this is going to be one of the top records of 2014!
Two days ago, Old Wounds started their East Coast tour alongside Raindance, and we’ve brought you an updated list of their dates so that you can be sure to make it out to one to their shows! Also, we have a rad giveaway to offer you – one each of the Old Wounds LP From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest and the Raindance LP New Blood, courtesy of Glory Kid and Animal Style! To enter to win these rad LPs, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “OW Rain” in the subject…we’ll choose one lucky winner on Monday at noon PST!
Yesterday, Dante Augustus Scarlatti, the visionary behind the label Auris Apothecary, reached out to us about his BLACK MASS project. It’s a live series that takes place in Bloomington, IN, and just like his label, this event pushes the boundaries of creativity. BLACK MASS XXIV took place at the Bishop Bar on Thursday, September 19th and featured our comrades LOCRIAN performing. What makes this so special is that Dante Augustus Scarlatti and his crew captured the whole show on hi-def film. LOCRIAN does not tour much, so to be able to see them do their thing live on film is very moving. While watching this, I said to myself, this band is unbelievable live – but it should be noted I’m a huge fan! CVLT Nation has been given the honor of premiering one of the very few full sets that you will find from this band. All Hail BLACK MASS for sharing this with us, and make sure to check out his label Auris Apothecary, which has some of the most interesting packaging on the planet! Right now, check out over 40 minutes of LOCRIAN molding sound into something beyond sound.