CVLT Nation is super stoked to be releasing Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLVI Curated by Age of Collapse today! Age of Collapse has curated a wide-ranging mix that shows the depth of this band’s influences, something that comes through in their music as well. Check out what they have to say below, and check their upcoming West Coast tour dates after the jump. Blast this mix beyond loud, and come out on Thursday to support Age of Collapse at the CVLT Nation 1st Anniversary show!
Whenever we’re writing new music we always come up with elaborate names to describe certain sections of each song. Absolutely ridiculous names like “Full Speed Fairy Tale”, “Tough Noodlez” or “Troll Fucking Stomping”. I’m not entirely sure why we do it, but I think we’re trying to set some middle ground, where all 4 members’ unique musical influences aren’t isolated or held back. As a band we feel it’s important to not allow our “crust genre” to dictate what influences we pull from. Whether it’s Sean’s crust and doom metal influence, Xavi’s powerviolence and pop punk, Steve’s black and prog metal or Blaine’s British heavy metal and screamo, we want all our influences to shine through in our music, culminating in something unique, brutal, passionate, exciting, bizarre and fun.
The playlist we’ve put together is a mix of songs that have been super influential to our sound as well as some stuff we just plain love listening to. Enjoy!
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Horseback’s career path has been as unusual as the music itself. 2010 game changer The Invisible Mountain was followed up almost silently by a cassette release of full length Forbidden Planet that December. In the meantime, Horseback signed with Relapse Records, released a split with Voltigeurs , a collaboration LP with Locrian, and an LP + CD with Pyramids. Relapse reissued Forbidden Planet on cd along with the first Horseback album, the drone masterpiece Impale Golden Horn. Fans of the band have been anticipating Half Blood since mastermind Jenks Miller first mentioned it in an interview, and now its release is imminent. Horseback (aka Jenks Miller), however, couldn’t resist releasing a bit more material into the world with the On The Eclipse 7 inch. Because of this unconventional release schedule, Half Blood feels like the first proper full length since Invisible Mountain, even though it’s LP number four. Half Blood is an amalgamation of the previous three records and also steers Horseback into new and exciting territory. Read the rest of the review after the jump!
Usually I prefer the type of music TOMBSTONES play when it’s really hot outside – not rainy, grey and cold like today. On the other hand, this three-piece is based Norway, so it makes sense again I guess. Oh, what music do TOMBSTONES play? Well, although Norway is more famous for its beastly blasting Black Metal, TOMBSTONES turn this musical concept upside down: slow, low tuned, stoned and buzzed out Doom is on the menue I’d say. Doom with massive, repetitive riffs, really good, sung vocals and a dynamic, lively production. After listening to Year of the Burial (released April 20th 2012 via Soulseller Records) for a few minutes you’ll fall into this trance-like state of mind I dig so much when I listen to music like this. Full review below the video of the opening track of Year of the Burial:
Three & Seven is the debut release from enigmatic New York entity Occultation, and a fantastic example of the forward-thinking retro-tinged metal that has seen a surge of renewed interest in recent months. Placing a strong emphasis on crafting a palpably thick witching environment than other releases in the same eclectic category, the band skillfully crafts a black cathedral of sound that drips with Sabbath and Mercyful Fate flare. With near every track on the album, Occultation manages to capture perfectly that distinctive sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach upon realizing you’ve stumbled upon something you shouldn’t have – and the subsequently sudden dizzying flash of panic that stems from being unable to find a way out. A grotesque and withered hand greets you from beyond the void, bearing a cryptic invitation into a rich sonic catacomb of horror. You are beckoned.
The most strikingly apparent aesthetic choices present on Three & Seven is the viscous layer of reverb these songs sport like a cloak, lending a very dark and dreamlike atmosphere that tends to blurr a lot of the edges between the individual instruments in the mix. While initially a little off-putting, the ‘cabalistic ceremony in a wine cellar’ effect has grown on me substantially with repeated playthroughs. The whirring atypical song structure found throughout the album sits as a stark contrast against the mesmerizing circular waltz of Nameless Void’s (of Negative Plane) fretboard. The viscous bass gives a dismal oomph to each incantation while the guitar continues to evolve throughout. Occultation have nailed the art of switching things up to keep it fresh, and the pace on this album shifts so often that the funeral procession doesn’t ever get bogged down in one spot.
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Bädr Vogu is a band that has become a constant storm sweeping through the Bay Area of California since the start of 2010. Featuring members from the bands Strains Of The Apocalypse, Hotblack Desiato, and World Eater, Bädr Vogu continues to usurp the many souls lucky enough to witness their crushingly heavy West Oakland Blues Crust.
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The long awaited 7 inch from California powerviolence/grind act DNF is finally here. The Hurt EP is a collection of 8 bruising songs available for the first time in a physical format. DNF has been flooring crowds playing on bills with the likes of Thou, Nails, Deafheaven and Lake of Blood. Their shows always turn into a maelstrom of limbs as vocalist Kyle stirs the audience into a frenzy with his confrontational stage presence and powerful roar. The intensity of their live performance is now etched into the grooves of vinyl. Each song is a short burst of energy that makes you feel like you just stepped in front of a jet engine. Grind and powerviolence bands have a knack for for choosing incredibly succinct titles (Wormrot’s “Abuse” and Weekend Nachos “Unforgiveable” come to mind). “Hurt” will leave you feeling just that. Each of these songs feels like a physical assault, and it’s almost impossible to sit still while listening to it. While most of the songs are incredibly fast paced, the band brings the sludge for a bit on “Most Few” when the grindcore pace gives way to a doomed-out dirge, back to grind all while keeping the length under two minutes. “Homesick” is another song that brings the doom, and you think this will be the record’s slowest jam, when the blast comes out of left field and destroys your ear drums all over again. Press releases will all mention that the band includes members of Trash Talk and Touche Amore, but DNF is an entitey unto itself. Hurt sounds nothing like either of the other bands that the members are a part of. Don’t sleep on this band, order Hurt here and catch the band live whenever you can. Stream “Homesick” and check out some live photos of DNF after the jump!
With an upcoming invasion of both American and international tours happening this summer on U.S. soil, it is no surprise that some of them might go unnoticed for those who do not frequent on social networking platforms (as the majority of gig/touring announcements seem to hit first) or lurking on the internet to go look for them. It is quite overwhelming in retrospect how many acts from overseas have come to America within the last few years, literally from all around the world with the sacrifice on bands’ behalves put forth with the chance of knowing it will always be hit-and-miss with every gig in every different city. For those who have redeemed positive feedback and success upon their first impression have always come back or conjure up plans in the works for a future return. READ MORE…
So here are the facts: Vendetta Records from Germany is releasing an album by one of my favorite Bay Area bands, NEGATIVE STANDARDS. I want the world to know that this record is going to destroy many skulls, because it’s going to be that brutal. CVLT Nation is beyond stoked that we can offer our readers a small sample of what is in store for them! So hit play below and let the dense, deranged sound of NEGATIVE STANDARDS into your head!
As a writer of culture here, I sometimes becomes merely a carrier of ideas, idologies and presentations, and I am using this opportunity to display one of the most pure and grandeur black metal “festivals” that I know of. As most persons I know are already familiar with this, I shall offer it to those who don’t. It is one truly unlike any other in the world, because of its immense organization and concept. I will see if I can not do it worthwhile honor by reiterating the concept and purpose of Gathering of Shadows! It is a collective gathering of thew few and dark adepts, who traverse from different portions of the world to culminate in a ritual held once a year in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Deep in the sylvan woodlands, which the location of is not known to those not attending. It is acausal in it’s nature, in that the bands shall perform whatever material the desire for any time they wish. Here is an unmarked opportunity to disperse black metal art not only through sound and stage, but with atmosphere, purpose, and purity which transcends mere entertainment. Removing the repetitive guise of teenager bands playing in small bars, performing covers from drunken “warriors”. No fucking neon lights, No metal-metal attitude and spastic performances or moshing, and no bombardment of merch tables and the most blasphemous band shirts to waste money on. Gathering Of Shadows is far away that black metal becomes not the end but the means. The meeting of like minded individuals, bands, and statement is served by the music. The members are clad in filthy grave clothes, and their instruments are sometimes adorned with skulls, and animal totems, bringing the presence of death, while viscous fog fills the aether, forcing you to breathe a thick fumes to alter your conscious state. Personally I hold a reverence for such special attention to Black Metal and would prefer if all black metal concerts at least had something unique about them such as this one. Even if it be in a venue, to create a simulated atmospheric presence, rather than like watching a boring movie.
Review Source Profane Existence Written by Maygun
For those of you that haven’t heard, there’s a little band called KOHOSH that hail from Seattle, WA. And if you haven’t heard of them yet- well it’s about damn time! You may already know their members from previous stellar bands such as AGATHA, ALLIACEOUS, CONTRAVENE, CREOSOTE, GARMONBOZIA, OROKU, PIPSQUEAK, ROANOKE, SKARP, and SNUGGLE, to name a few. If you like to dance around to the aforementioned slabs of vinyl at home in your spare time (you know who you are), then this will be a welcome addition to your collection…
Musically, they can best be described as melodic-anarcho punk, with whispers of influence from older bands such as CRASS, THE MOB, or ZOUNDS hinting at the roots. One can definitely hear strong similarities to more current indoctrinations of anarcho-punk and melodic crust bands the members have previously been a part of, such as CREOSOTE, CONTRAVENE, and GARMONBOZIA. I also hear influences from other international bands such as Sweden’s BURNING KITCHEN, and Poland’s POST REGIMENT. That being said, KOHOSH’s music is layered, complex, and beautiful, drawing off multiple influences to find and hone it’s prolific sound. Dual guitars dance in front of rolling bass lines and powerful drum beats. The cello brings us from almost haunting, dismal, intimate moments to energy packed crescendos, and the female-fronted vocals with backing male accents reel it in to make this album a powerhouse. Pretty and melodic, then catchy and upbeat; each song is an epic build up and break down. There are only 5 of them on the album, so don’t be surprised if you want to listen to this one over and over to take it all in.
Art work for the outside of the album is two toned paper-bag brown and black. The cover art features a drawing of two adorable anarcho-punk prototypes, read: dread-mullets, patched clothing, backpacks filled with rope, slingshots, and arrows. If one could span the horizon and peer into the distance, behind the foreground of a Slug and Lettuce cover Hush drawing, these kids would be sitting on a grass hill off in the distance. The back cover drawing shows multiple masked faces in action in a squatted building. Fists raised and white flags waving, it is a two-dimensional image of defiant hope- a theme that is echoed over and over again in the lyrics of the album.
Poetic, somber and resistant, Taryn’s lyrics to Survival Guide are personal and powerful. Themes of moving forward yet feeling stuck, seeing the pain in the eyes of her friends and their actions, being independent and standing your own ground. Questioning the self-destructive behavior she sees around her. Reaching for the light she sees in the darkness. There is hope in these lyrics, but it is not without its pain.
A great project that was collectively put out by Acclaim Collective, Cut the Cord that Records, Persons Unknown Records, Tomorrow Belongs to Us, and Trujaca Fala. KOHOSH are going on a west coast tour this APRIL, so you may get the chance to see them live and pick up a copy of the LP to boot! There’s a lot to listen to here in KOHOSH Survival Guide; for fans of any of the bands or labels listed above, I give this one two hitch-hiker thumbs up.