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
I’m a fan of music that speaks to the human condition. Certain bands are able to create sound that makes me feel that I am not alone in the way I see the world! Arizona’s NORTH have hit the mark with their new album Metanoia that hits the streets on March 14th. CVLT Nation has the honor of sharing with you their new song “Hiraeth”…So now feel the cosmic sludge move through your existence…Also peep their upcoming tour dates!
Anchoress, out of Vancouver, BC, are releasing their second full-length, Crime & Compass, on vinyl later this year via File Under: Music, but they have devised a creative way of revealing it to the world before it hits wax. They are releasing it digitally as two EPs, Crime and Compass; Crime is available now on the Anchoress bandcamp and Compass will be available April 5th. Today we are premiering a track from Compass, “Sueños De Las Olas” below! Anchoress may be from Canada, but these bros can knock back Tecate like no one we’ve ever met…so crack open your favorite beer and hit play below!
Tracklist & Artwork below!
Label: Profound Lore
If asked what the most important thing is with regard to evaluating a piece of music, I’d undoubtedly say that it’s paramount that you approach everything with an open mind and with patience. Actually giving something a real chance, free from whatever biases you hold, is often the difference between getting “it” and not. It’s the difference between thinking Dissection’s Reinkaos album is a mainstream, inferior piece of garbage because you’re viewing it through the lens of expectation, thinking it should sound like old Dissection, versus judging it by its own merits as a completely different, unique entity unto itself. Simply how you approach an album sometimes means everything.
In this case, my bias attempted to manifest itself when I saw the description “Technical Death Metal” lapped onto Artificial Brain, a group I had never even heard of. I immediately cringed, imagining the abundance of groups fitting this description that bore me to tears with directionless songs that lack riffs and are merely technical for the sake of being technical. Needless to say, I had no expectations for Labyrinth Constellation. I did, however, give it a chance.
Label: Rust and Machine Records
Jittery, up-tempo post punk is the name of the game on this new release from Melbourne, Australia band Masses. Horde Mentality is packed full of skittering rhythms, propulsive basslines and subtly melodic guitar-work, with a slight trashy garage rock vibe and a melancholic dark wave sheen emphasized by the gloomy, reverb-dripping production provided by the almighty Phil Calvert of The Birthday Party.
There is no shame in my game, I’m a mammoth fan when it comes to ELECTRIC WIZARD and I look forward to the day when everything they created is in our vinyl collection. When I hold any of their albums in my hand, I just want to roil one up to enhance my listening experience. I also really dig the artwork and design of every ELECTRIC WIZARD record. Sometimes I troll the stoner web looking for kick ass Wizard-related images. The other day I found my favorite tumblr right now: ELECTRIC WIZARD Artwork. Now it’s your turn to peep this page that is full of stonerdelic art…puff one and exhale the wizard!
Damn! It will be tough to contain my enthusiasm when talking about this record. I hardly knew anything about Nashville’s Yautja prior to fall last year, but since then they’ve had my attention wholly.
Yautja’s debut LP Songs of Descent is remarkable. It is unexpected, indeed unforgettable and inventive. Even contending with the overpowering influence of Gaza, Kiss It Goodbye, and Great Falls; giants, and a genre that allows little wiggle room.
This infuriated hybrid grind group has blossomed in imaginative, intoxicating new forms of nucleic aggression as is clearly and confidently expressed on Songs of Descent.
One of the best things about being a part of CVLT Nation is the relationships we have with so many cool humans around the world. MASAKARI was a band that not only created a classic album in The Prophet Feeds, but also walked the walk to stand up for everything they sang about. When I got to see them live and meet them face to face, I was not disappointed at all. They were humble and super smart dudes that inspired me to keep doing what we were doing. I’m not happy to hear that MASAKARI is not a band any more, but I know that each member will go on to do killer things for the global scene we are all a part of…Today CVLT Nation celebrates our favorite moments with MASAKARI, a post that includes full sets, a mixtape, a live set download and an interview…R.I.R…Rest In Radness!
If you are an avid reader of CVLT Nation, then you know we are crazed SIOUXSIE and THE BANSHEES fans. It has been said that their greatest period as a band was when they had John McGeoch on guitar, and I agree for the most part. Many people don’t know, but he was the force behind some of SIOUXSIE and THE BANSHEES’ biggest hits. Anyway, check this out: a full set from 1981 of one of the raddest bands in the world… I will always regret not going to see them at the Santa Monica Civic, but it’s my fault for being a little hardcore kid (my bad). RIP John McGeoch…