Check out Primitive Man and Obliteration at the Relapse Records X CVLT Nation SXSW 2014 Showcase, March 12th at Dirty Dog Bar! More info here…
Ethan from Primitive Man interviews Sindre from Obliteration
Who are some individual musicians that have inspired you to do what you do?
Individual musicians have not really meant that much to us as a band, it’s more the work of some bands/artists and general atmosphere and feelings that inspire us to do what we do. But musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Tony Iommi, Chris Reifert, Fenriz, Quorthon and Apollyon have been very inspiring and offered guidance in our search of space.
NINA SIMONE was an artist who changed the world with her voice and views. Without screaming or heavy riffs, this sister was punk rock and doom metal in her own right. With lyrics that spoke about revolution and a singing voice that painted the pain of the downtrodden, she was an inspiration to many different kinds of humans. NINA SIMONE blazed a trail for us all, and this is what true artistry is all about. When I hear NINA’S version of “Strange Fruit,” my whole body begins to shake with tears. Check out this on point documentary about NINA SIMONE, her ups and downs!
As far as “supergroups” in black metal go, Twilight has to be one of the more interesting since their formation in 2004 with the line-up twisting and contorting with each album. Their self-titled in 2005 saw N. Imperial, Wrest aka Leviathan, Blake Judd, Malefic (better known as Xasthur) come together for a murky BM odyssey that didn’t exactly set the world on fire but its follow-up, Monument to Time End, now joined by ex-Isis main man Aaron Turner, Stavros Giannopoulos and Sanford Parker (and the departure of Malefic) was exactly as the title may suggest – a monument, where towering melodic doom dirges and spectral ambience collided with the band’s black metal foundation. Fast forward a couple of years and Twilight is once again a different band.
Well, we’re two years into these Deathrock mixtapes, and the fascination that dark postpunk and deathrock continues to hold over the punk scene continues unabated, even if many punker-than-thou bands refuse to acknowledge their own new swing into gothic territory, proud as some would-be tastemakers are. The punk scene’s dipping into the waters of this tradition is producing, to me, some of the best new music around these days. And the best of that is represented in the mixtape below.
Ever since last May, I have been waiting for the release of the debut album from DARKENTRIES entitled The Make Believe, and it has been worth the wait! Like I said in my last post about this band, “How many seconds did it take to know I was listening to a very unique band when I first heard DARKENTRIES? One second is the answer, because from the the first moment of hearing their song “1200-S” it’s not hard to tell that this band drinks huge gallons of next level juice every day!” DARKENTRIES’ sound is truly something all of their own and I feel so honored to be sharing with you their new song “I’m Tired Of Being Awake”. This unreal sonic journey will hit the streets on March 25th via the very special new record label Retro Futurist started by members of KYLESA. Now press play and allow the brand new sounds of DARKENTRIES invade your reality! Stay tuned for a full review of The Make Believe.
For a young band just starting out, few things are really within its control. It picks up recording time when it can, or records the songs itself. It contacts tons of venues and hopes one responds, sometimes before the band has any proof of competency. In short, the early work of a band is simply what it can get. So to be catapulted into the internet hyposphere on the back of a demo must be a strange and dizzying prospect for the band involved. And so it goes for Perfect Pussy.
I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling strikes me as the messy first grumblings of something exciting but still nascent, melody and songwriting melted together on a boombox tape left too long in the sun. DIY by necessity. Meredith Graves’s oblong shouts are completely unintelligible, buried under mountains of buzz and tape feedback and cymbal distortion. This set makes it sound like these songs would be heard much more clearly just about anywhere else: on a shitty basement PA, heard through the wall of an adjacent room, shouted through Syracuse traffic; anywhere but this recording.
Grind, Powerviolence, punk, metal, fast and brutal shit…. call-it-what-you-will, we don’t really know what to call this crazy release aside from fucking awesome! What you can stream herein is the debut offering by the Bay Area’s newest spine-splitters, DeathgraVe! Based out of San Jose and Oakland, members of DeathgraVe are: Matt on drums, Fern on bass (also Amber Asylum, ex member of Bird, ex member of Ringwurm), Andre on vocals (also of San Jose death metal bruisers Cyanic, ex member of Bird, ex member of Casket Blaster) and Greg Wilkinson on guitar (Brainoil, ex member of Laudanum, ex member of I will Kill You Fucker, super-renowned all-things-heavy sound engineer and too many other bands to mention!). Their debut self-titled Demo is everything you would want to hear as the soundtrack to an insane and hysterical poser-killing rampage!
Grey skies, Broken Bones and Black Riffs are some of the visuals that race through my mind as I listen to the new EREBUS ENTHRONED album Temple Under Hell. This raging piece of cold audio hell hits the streets on April 2nd via Seance Records, but today CVLT Nation is streaming the new EREBUS ENTHRONED song “Black Sword” below!
CVLT Nation is bringing in our third year with our heaviest Doom Nation mixtape to date! Doom Nation Vol. III is almost three hours of crushing, pulverizing basslines, so heavy that you won’t be able to lift yourself off the floor for days! This epic mixtape features 18 of our favorite doom bands, including Shadow of the Torturer, Monolord, Electric Wizard, Grey Widow, Nightslug and many more.
The countdown is on to SXSW and our showcase on March 12th with Relapse Records, and to celebrate we have a rad mixtape from a rad band – Sonic Cathedrals Vol. CXXXV Christian Mistress! Check it out below and whip your hair!
The following are some tunes Christine, Oscar and I picked out. Christian Mistress will be performing at SXSW on March 11th with Indian and Windhand at the Pitchfork Show case and on March 12th with Windhand at the Relapse showcase. Cheers! -Jonny
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol CXXXV Christian Mistress