Text and photos via Adam Murray
Flew out to Texas on Friday, which was Day Two for Chaos but Day One for me. Sad to miss the Thursday parties, but that’s how it goes. Austin was boasting temperatures in the low 90s when I arrived at 7 in the evening, with humidity way up around 70-80%. The air sat on me like pudding. I had never visited Texas before, only layed over. I was slightly surprised to see how Southy it was on my cab ride from the airport. Very green and pretty, but also kinda underdeveloped and slouchy in a southern swampland kind of way. Lots of ramshackle houses with eclectic collections of furniture, car parts and kids’ toys in the yards.
I checked into my hotel, unpacked my gear, charged everything for a bit, and headed out on foot toward town. It was already dark when I got to Mohawk, and I had missed all of the daytime action and some of the night. Bummer, but again – that’s how it goes. Ran around a little trying to track down my wristband. Acquired it without wasting too much time. I instantly noticed how friendly and helpful people were being – not really something I’m used to back home in Los Angeles. Snapped on my fancy gold wristband with the big “VIP” letters proudly emblazened on the outside. This sweet baby would effortlessly get me in and out of over-capacity venues throughout the weekend when I would otherwise have been totally shafted. HUGE thanks to Sean, Timmy, and the Chaos staffers who helped me track it down!
Interview by Wes Cueto [graveyarns]
Maryland bands never fall short on extremity. STRONG INTENTION have been punishing the underground with their own blend of New York influenced hardcore and Southern fried sludgy grind since the mid-ninties. They have an extensive and solid catalog of releases behind them and their range as a band shines through their variation of styles from record to record. Their first demo, What’s At Stake? (1994), sounds very much influenced by late 80′s/early 90′s New York hardcore punk bands like Token Entry and Warzone. The self-titled 7″ EP contained much more speed and a heavy grindcore influence, similar to a band like Brutal Truth. Carrying that same approach forward with them, Strong Intention released the Extermination Vision and What Else Can We Do… full-lengths, a ten song 7″ in pure Negative Approach fashion entitled Each Day Lived As An Act Of Defiance… love that title… plus a split with the German group Y all squeezed between 2000-02. Their unique crossover sound has allowed Strong Intention the longevity to play out and tour with such undisputed acts as Disfear, Phobia, E.N.T., Rotten Sound, D.R.I., and Lock-Up, among many others over their extensive career but they’re just getting started. After touring for many years the band finally went into the studio to record new material which will finally see the light of day in the form of the Razorblade Express 7″ and an as yet untitled full-length. Razorblade Express is no exception to the band’s solid catalog. Six malicious tracks quickly pummel through this record like running a hot knife through butter or taking a piss in the snow. The title track to Razorblade Express, which features a brilliant performance by Mike IX Williams of Eyehategod, Arson Anthem and Outlaw Order is a real sludgefest and a severe contrast to the five other nasty cuts which display the perfect “in your face” hardcore approach which only an East Coast band can ever truly achieve on record.
I had a chance to talk with Strong Intention vocalist Zac Ohler and Mike IX about their intentions with this new record.
Enjoy the interview after the jump!
Colloquial Sound Recordings is one of CVLT Nation’s favorite labels, because we know that they release some of the most original music in the universe. That’s why we are super stoked to announce that this week is Colloquial Sound Recordings week on CVLT Nation starting today! So stay tuned for reviews, full streams and a special mixtape curated by CSR exclusively for our zine and you the readers. What sparked this is that the label has a batch of new tapes out, and every one of them is a classic that we feel the world should know about ASAP!
1st up we have the AKSUMITE tape entitled Prideless Lions, which is 12 songs of primitive, killer-fi black metal that is half punk and all amazing! Everything about this release is fucking on point from the way the songs are written, down to the subject matter. We are going to do things a little different today – instead of me talking about how extra off the hook AKSUMITE’s new tape is, CVLT Nation is streaming Prideless Lions in full below so you can be the fucking judge, and we are sure that when you are done you will head over to Colloquial Sound Recordings to pick up one of the limited edition tapes!
I surrender and deliver my soul to Tardigrada. They create music that pierces my body, reap my soul and elevates it to the heavens, to the side of the Norse gods. Tardigrada are a atmospheric black metal band from Switzerland and holds in its current line-up Kryptos (vocals, guitars and lyrics), Threnos (guitars) and H.A.T.T. (drums). The band presents us “Widrstand“, their debut demo, and i must confess that this is one of the best black metal Demos i’ve had the pleasure to hear this year.
Tardigrada’s music is absolutely amazing. That embedded rawness on “Widrstand” sound really takes me to those frigid and austere landscapes of northern Europe, where each note wail pierces my skin like the whistling wind in the coldest of winters. Tardigrada’s sound is full of genuine and raw emotions that inspire sadness, shapes it, with those thin, sharp and cold riffs, and spits it out through an incorporeal storm of raw energy through Kryptos desperate screams.
“Widrstand” opens with “Uftakt” a beautiful, deep and dreamy atmospheric instrumental intro that sounds very ethereal and pure, but all of that brightness is totally overshadowed by “Hoffnungslos“, one of the most amazing tracks of the Demo, i mean, this track absolutely swipes me away. Its atmosphere is painted in shades of grey and charged with a heavy melancholic sadness but at the same time it holds an almost poetic side to it, connected between them like two opposite energy poles. It’s this attraction to sadness and depression that draws us closer and closer to the edge, as we fall deeper and deeper under the spell of Tardigrada. The title track “Widrstand” follows it’s ancestor and continues that ravishing storm of negative energy, as Kryptos screams tear through the icy thin wall of the guitars and the drums unloads all of its fury upon us.
So what happens when one of your favorite doom bands records one of their killer live sets? Well, the end result is a very special LIVE RITUAL that you get to share with all of those who share your passion for the almighty WHITEHORSE. That’s exactly what we have here, an exclusive live recording of their most recent gig down under. Check this out – why don’t we allow WHITEHORSE to explain the rest! Download link & track list after the jump! IT SHOULD BE KNOWN THAT WHITEHORSE AND BATILLUS ARE ON TOUR NOW…peep the dates after the jump. Los Angeles better get ready because WHITEHORSE is performing at the Ear/Splitters, OVRCAST & CVLT Nation show on the 29th of June…so fucking stay tuned!
Stream CVLT Nation Live Rituals – WHITEHORSE
This recording for us is in no way perfect, that said, is it ever? Whitehorse is no stranger to live recording, Progression and our track from the split 7″ with The Body were in fact the first studio recording that we had ever managed to do. Our previous 6 or so recordings came about by lifting audio off of video taped live performances and live to air recordings for our local radio station. Generally it’s never 100%, this is no exception, but it is a solid capture of the show we played.
The second, untitled track on this recording is a track that at the time we had just started writing 2 days previous to the show, it’s quite a different piece now and is currently in the process of being recorded for an upcoming release.
We hope you enjoy it.
Download link & Tracklist after the jump!
A fundamental shift in the template is offered by Australian horde Greed and Rapacity, on this their second emanation. One track, 32 minutes of mind altering ritual work that carries the conscious down a perditionary road, unveiling ever more horrifying madness as all mundane sensibilities are stripped away and the shell of ego fractured. READ MORE…
See, I’m really trying to get creative with my titles. All the other blogs I follow really have the quirky/kinda tongue-in-cheek title thing down. So, bare with me while I get better at it. I think only fans of the band will actually get the reference I’m making in the title here. Anyway, the band in question is the mighty Sordo, who are quickly becoming one of my favorite bass/drum powerviolence bands. People in the know will recognize this as the main musical outlet from our bosom buddy Eduardo of DIY Noise.
This California trio really know how to tear shit up, and have gotten better and better with each release they put out, consistently. Originally, they were a stupidly raw, almost bordering on noise, powerviolence band. But, with the recent recordings, their music really breaks through and makes the band truly shine. On their recent splits with Crutch and Chulo, the band sounds better than ever. The bass is absolutely punishing and thick, and the drums have an excellent punch to them. Kinda reminds me of the drum sound on the Water Torture EP. But most importantly, Sordo really knows how to write songs that are as enjoyable as they are brutal. And even better, I don’t think there will be any shortage of new Sordo material! Their list of upcoming splits is just staggering. Follow them on Facebook and check out their split with Chulo below!
Alright, if you follow CVLT Nation then you know that DEAF KIDS from Brazil are one of our favorite bands, and that their new record will be on our end of the year list for sure. Their new split with O MITO DA CAVERNA will be out this September. In the meantime, we want to share these amazing photos from their most recent show with SPEED KILLS and other shows. All of the photos were taken by Mateus Mondini, who I must say is very fucking talented! What I really dig about his photos is that he is able to capture the passion and conviction that everyone is feeling about the music. On the real, looking at these flicks and listening to the new DEAF KIDS makes me want to book a flight to Brazil ASAP! But for now, just check out the killer photo essay featuring Futuro, Speed Kills, Metade Melhor, Gattopardo, THP and Deaf Kids after the jump!
INTENSE Photo Essay after the jump!
If the Grand Canyon had an endless amount of sonic emotion running in it, then I’m sure it would sound like the new split by Northless & Light Bearer, which is being released via Halo of Flies shortly (pre-order HERE!). Both bands did not hold back with the songwriting skills, which is evident in the final product. Northless’ two songs are thick as granite, but underneath the epic basslines exists an ethereal spirit. They were able to harness their power into something full of changes, but at the same time, that has a constant feeling of upliftment in a downtuned sort of way. When you have their song “For As Long As You Walk The Earth Your Blood Will Reek Of Failure” blast in your room, you will get where I’m coming from! Light Bearer created a mammoth 22 minute composition entitled “Celestium” for this split and it’s fucking all that and a spaceship ride. Listening to this song is a transcendental voyage in a solar system of it’s own. I suggest you play this song over and over, and with each play another storyline will be revealed. CVLT Nation is honored to be streaming the Northless & Light Bearer split in full below, plus you can enter to win a test pressing of this record by emailing your name and address to email@example.com with “Northless & Light Bearer” as the subject. The winner will be drawn Monday, June 18th at noon.
Oozing wretched melancholia; that’s exactly what “We…Martyrs” does, the full-length album released in late 2010 by French sludged out doom merchants The Pledge of Cain. France is very much fertile ground for this breed of sonic molestation in recent years with the likes of Monarch and Year of No Light. With just four songs, “We…Martyrs” clocks in at 56 minutes of staggering filthy doom. Taking much from the obvious influence of Burning Witch, these Frenchmen have made a resolute effort to dial up as many of their key components to the absolute max.
Sheer discordance opens first song “Carriers”, with a crushing impact of drums, taking over from the squealing, weepy guitars, all pummelling their way until after the two minute mark when finally some discernible vocals scratch through the surface. Utterly sickening belches of bile soak the atmosphere permanently for the rest of “We…Martyrs”. Needless to say, the tone has been well and truly set for the 21 minute painful slog of “Magmatic Blood”.