CVLT Nation is stoked to have an exclusive stream of two track’s ‘Curse of The Cross’ and ‘Sick Sick System’ off Police Bastard‘s new album ‘Confined’. Which is released on Iron Man Records on Nov 23rd 2013. Starting out in 1993, Police Bastard are pretty infamous at this stage. So no need for any introductions with band member links to Doom, Sore Throat, Filthkick, Sensa Yuma etc. Their new album ‘Confined’ sticks to their cynical view of the world mixed with innovative guitar textures and driving industrial intensity. Thought provoking monologue’s and confrontational lyrics bring you on a cold doom-laden journey of perpetual war, psychological mind control, disillusionment and omnipresent bullshit. For a band that has been knocking about on and off for twenty years they could be forgiven for reverting to the formulaic. However they rethink and deliver a furious maelstrom of complex dark hardcore, best served cold.
Strung out clouds of distortion permeate the record and give it a filthy, Hellhammeresque, quality that I’ve yet to hear from the world of punk. From the violent phlegm filled coughs and industrial churning of the intro, listeners are given fair warning to the no frills and ugly sound of Hoax.
Not only are the guitars messy and scratchy, they’re also a devastating half of an equation that’s fleshed out in a thick and burly bass that gives the perfect low end to match. The guitars sizzle and snap through 12 tracks of grizzled hardcore that tends to sit in a trot and give way to thudding drums, raspy vocals, and of course the aforementioned guitars.
I have no idea what to make of this. Like, legitimately no goddamn clue. Albatwitch, apparently from “parts unknown,” though my guess is somewhere in backwater Pennsylvania, has totally stumped me. Their facebook describes them as “blackened swamp crust noise drone folk,” and what the hell else could Only Dead Birds Sing Over the Graves of Fallen Kings even be?
This is just a weird fucking record, through and through. About half of the tracks are some guy playing banjo, and the opener is partially sung in German. And then there’s stuff like “A.M.P.I.C.,” which is the most necro sound imaginable, drum machines pounding under guitars that sound like they’re being played through a boombox.
And what the hell is an albatwitch, anyway? According to this website, it’s a sort of dwarf bigfoot that haunted a very specific part of rural Pennsylvania, prior to its extinction in the 20th century. The name, somehow, derives from “apple-snitch,” as the little things apparently liked to steal apples and throw them at picnickers. Seems apt for a black metal band.
And is this album actually about hydrofracking? Well, the last two tracks are titled “Frack-ture” and “Black Waters Rise,” and the former seems to contain a long sample of testimony about the deleterious health effects that come from natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, so I guess it’s fair to say at least part of it is. But then again, there’s also someone screeching over top of everything, so I have no idea what this is actually about. Could it just be a concept album about bigfoot? Possibly.
Sorrower Interviews Theories
1. Are you mad that your band is not listed on metal-archives.com?
Joe: What’s metal-archives?
What are your thoughts on all the bands jumping on the HM2 bandwagon?
Seems as though every year there is a new bandwagon to jump on that’s cool for the year. I try not to notice, hopefully grindcore will be the new hip thing soon so we can sell some merch.
How long has Joe been growing his dreads?
Since before most of the kids that read metal archives and play HM2s were born.
The Southwest Terror Fest is almost upon us, and today we’re getting you ready for it with a killer mixtape from Los Angeles’ infamous ACxDC. Sonic Cathedrals Vol. CXXIV ACxDC was curated by Sergio Amalfitano and it’s an A to Z of what you need to listen to!
I’ve been going to shows since about 98-99. Ever since I started going I’ve been collecting vinyl and taking in as many shows as I could within my means. It’s a little bit difficult coming up with a mixtape when I just want to share my entire music library from the last 15 years of gathering music. Hell half the music I have isn’t on a computer. So I narrowed it down to some stuff I think either are basics everyone into extreme music should know or are overlooked gems that might not see too much exposure. Its an eclectic mix of grind, sludge, hardcore, thrash, d-beat, powerviolence, etc. Some of it’s old, some of it’s new. Either way this gives you a pretty decent incite into what I’m into. Its what happens when you grow in a scene like LA.
Vancouver’s Anciients opened the pre-tour launch gig last Friday (27 September 2013) with the first track from their debut album Heart of Oak. An inspiring anthem to dispel the gloom on a rainy night at the Biltmore, “Raise the Sun” is as ascendant as the band itself: in less than six months since the album’s release, Anciients has been on the road with Lamb of God as well as the Death/Chuck Schuldiner tribute tour, Death to All. Late last month they announced an upcoming appearance at Holland’s massive Roadburn Festival next April, October finds the band in the opening slot of UK prog-metallers Tesseract’s North American tour and November sees them support Brazilian mammoths Sepultura on their 2013 North American tour.
The first act onstage this night is trio Holicus. Between songs – including a curious “medley” of original material – vocalist Noah Neiman remarks on the haphazard set saying, “we’re working on it.” (Although their Facebook bio lists four members, the band’s recently released full-length, now up on Bandcamp, credits three principal musicians – one assumes the three-piece arrangement is temporary.) The combination of grunge riffing with more extreme death metal vocals may seem odd in theory, but the album stream demonstrates that this is a functional hybrid style, and one is curious to see how the band develops from here.
Gat Rot Interviews Territory
You guys just got back from playing with Earth Crisis in Tijuana. Tell us how awesome that tour was!
Playing with Earth Crisis was awesome, one of our favorite bands. Shows were a bit lackluster, but it was still great to play with and see ExC for a few nights
Your last album Sic Semper Tyrannis was amazing. What do you guys have planned next, as far as recordings go?
Thanks! Eventually we will release an EP and tour in the spring and summer.
Like a spectre itself, Nothing To Nowhere seeps in on a bed of reverb drenched guitars, ominous bass, echoing drums and distant, ghostly hollers. Spectres‘ music is halfway between the gloomy grace of goth and the vibrant angularity of post punk, able at the drop of a hat to ricochet from ethereal sublimity to surprisingly propulsive guitar and bass driven punk. Nothing To Nowhere touches on everything from sharp, toe-tapping minimalism to sonically layered gothic grandeur, with a production job that is absolutely spot on and surprisingly full throated vocals that lend some punk rock attitude and stadium swagger to Spectres’ somber excursions into beautifully depressing transcendence.
Nothing To Nowhere definitely feels like a lost post punk classic from the eighties record collection of an older sibling, one of those enticing albums with their mysteriously out of focus, black and white sleeves adorned with exotic SPECIAL IMPORT stickers. Back in those days you were still avowedly Punk Til Death and shunned every band that actually sang and hid behind make up instead of distortion (unless it was corpse paint), but were really too proud to admit that those strange bands with their black uniforms and songs about death actually scared you in a way that all your favourite Satanic cartoon metal bands never did.
Text & Photos by Darryl Reid
I’ll just quote a previous CVLT piece on Proxy to give you an idea of what this band is all about:
“featuring members of Inepsy and Truncheons. To describe their sound think stahlhelm helmets, Motörhead, Coitus, Charged GBH, Panzer tanks going to war and filthy ratbikes! No poser punk here this is dirty aggressive fuck off punk. Tough grating guitar, hoarse vocals, catchy bass and bashed out drums.”
That is the best summation of this band my lazy ass could find.
These pictures were taken at the Kent Legion (Ottawa) and on a river boat floating down the Ottawa river (300 punks crammed on a fucking boat).
These guys are fucking sick live. Pure oldschool punk insanity at it’s best; Proxy will make you wanna throw bricks at cops and burn shit while drinking shitty beer until you pass out in the gutter. Fun. Fucking. Times.
There is no doubt that black metal and thrash go together splendidly, bands like Aura Noir have proved that already. So it is always nice when you suddenly come across an act such as Hexer. Hailing from Philadelphia and including members of other great bands such as Nachzehrer, One Master, Mutilation Rites and Unholy Goatfucker the band was formed back in 2009 and since then has released one demo and two cassette EPs. Gilead Media fortunately is releasing a vinyl, with remastered versions of the tracks found of both EPs in order to spread Hexer’s black thrash mayhem to the extreme music fans.
What is so intriguing about the band is how they are able to bring together the sound of both scenes in a very interesting manner. Somehow they are able to retain both the thrash metal aggressive feeling and the eerie black metal sentiment. It is quite impressive when you hear the album actually, because in some twisted way you find yourself ready to start a mosh pit when thrash anthems such as “I:III” appear, and the very next moment you are left out in the bitter frost environment that Hexer is so magnificently crafting, for instance in the beginning of “I:I”.