Entertainment not as you know it, but in the form of a noir gothic band from Athens, GA, called Entertainment. In 2008, these ghouls of the night released a splendid album entitled Gender. To go along with this release, they created visuals for their song “Confusion of Senses.” When I first heard this band, they impressed me with their sound. Now it’s time to be entertained, so check out Entertainment’s “Confusion of Senses”!
Written by Kenn Kroosaficks
This year was a pretty damn good year for positive punk if you ask me. A shit ton of killer goth and deathrock bands seemingly knee-deep in a dark anarcho-punk perspective have been springing up the last few years and 2011 seems to be the year that they all decided to get in the studio, hell, most of these are only the band’s first or second (official) release. Anyway, I don’t wanna bore you too much up here, so sit down (as if you weren’t already), shut up (if you’re reading this, there’s probably a coin toss that you don’t have anyone to talk to, anyway), and get reading (like you have anything better to do, you broke bum)!
THE BELLICOSE MINDS “The Bellicose Minds” EP
It was a good year for PDX gothpunk, and this EP is a just a teaser of things to come from this band. They hark back to the very early days of UK positive punk and new wave, anarchic, glammy, dark, cold, pained, and rather importantly, dancey. These kids are putting out tracks that can get you pumping anywhere from a packed basement in a punk house to that velvet and lace goth club downtown. From the delayed guitars, hypnotic drums, flourishing keys, and bleak vocal track, everything commands movement.
When sounds moves beyond any moments in time & space it captures your imagination. Here are six words that only begin to describe this album: dramatic, impassioned, moving, majestic, awe-inspiring & towering. Honestly, the new Tombs album, Path of Totality, is greater than the six synonyms I just mentioned put together. The first thing that strikes me about this record is how from the very first note it transcends musical boundaries, & in the process creates it’s own sphere of creative reality. Path of Totality is full of lush dark melodies that wrap themselves around your thoughts & then awaken you in a place were death is not fina,l but a rebirth. I have a recurring memory when I listen to this album – I think of blackness, fog, & Sisters of Mercy on stage during their first U.S tour. The same power I felt that night is what I feel when I hear any of the songs on this album. Tombs allow the gothic ghosts to co-exist with their metal demons. This makes for chilling sonic amazement which never sounds dated. The vocals on this album are deep & emotive, plus the tone works perfectly with the lyrics that are being channeled by the vocalist. The guitar work on Path of Totality is dream-like at times, then can become heavy walls of torment within seconds. The rhythms of this record are big with a primitive sense of urgency. Songs like “Black Heaven” create an atmosphere of melodic cryptic ecstasy, with a drum beat that wakes the dead ten times over. Tombs never do the obvious in terms of time signatures; Path of Totality engages you with a deep level of thought. On CVLT Nation we do not rate records, but I was forced to rate this album I would give a 20 out 10. Path of Totality is out now via Relapse Records.
Aborted Society is doing something exemplary for the global punk community today, and we encourage CVLT Nation readers to show their support. You all have probably heard about the 64 punks in Aceh, Indonesia that are being held by police for “reprogramming” back into the religious drones that the state wants them to be. The police are acting under shariah law, they are clamping down on these kids’ human right to express their beliefs, and are claiming that they lack morals. As a show of punk solidarity, Aborted Society are collecting mixtapes from punk rockers around the world in order to show the Indonesian authorities that the world is watching them, and to combat the societal branwashing being imposed on Indonesian punks! Read about Aborted Society’s initiative below, send in your mixtapes, and stay tuned for a special CVLT Nation Aceh mixtape next week!
Mixtapes for Aceh!
December 14th, 2011
We read the news about punks being apprehended and detained in the Aceh region of Indonesia recently, and like many of you, were extremely disturbed at the thought of the police sweeping these kids off the street, shaving their hair, and forcing them into some sort of bullshit military training to deprogram them. We are privileged to live in a society where we are free to express ourselves as we wish, and while the US and other Western states have their fair share of police injustice, this incident is a harsh reminder to how good we really have it. That is why we are starting a small initiative in solidarity with our friends overseas, to let them know that we stand behind them and fully support them.
The mixtape is a crucial part of our subculture, and is solely responsible for the spread of punk influence worldwide. Mixtapes have introduced myself and many others to so many amazing bands, and the act of making them is one of the most sincere forms of friendship that exist in our world. So, we are asking our friends, our community, and anyone else who remotely gives a shit to make and donate one mixtape cassette to the kids in Aceh who were forced into detention solely for being punk. It’s a small gesture, but it means a lot to people who need our support. The content entirely of their choosing as long as it’s somewhat falling in the punk/hardcore/crust genre. If you have an awesome tape you never listen to anymore, or would like to make a new one specifically for this endeavor, that would absolutely rule. We are collecting these tapes to send out in early January, so your deadline to submit is December 30th, 2011. We know that the post office is fucked right now with holiday shipping, but right after xmas it frees up largely, so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Please try and pack as much music onto these tapes as possible, and try to avoid sending a short 10-min long demo cassette. This is an out-of pocket initiative for me (Rob) personally, and I’d like to make what we send as substantial as possible. And include your address in the tape, you might just make an international buddy out of the process!
You can send your mixtapes to our label address:
Aborted Society Records
attn: Mixtapes for Aceh
1122 E. Pike Street #1377
Seattle, WA 98122-3934
We are currently investigating the best way to get these over there safely, so if you have any specific ideas please email us and let us know. Thanks for listening, we really encourage your participation, and hope that something like this can never happen again.
Stay strong, stay fucking punk.
We all have dreams, but it’s not always that we get to see our dreams become a reality. Well today, a feeling of marvel and wonderment has taken me over. Right now, I’m in a total dream state, because I get to talk about an album that for almost over two decades I never thought I would hear. The record I’m speaking of is Sonic Mass, the new AMEBIX album is out now via Easy Action Records. I have been listening to this album a least two times a day for the past two weeks & with each listen it becomes more & more a part of my physical and spiritual being. It’s made up of ten songs that will reshape the face of humanity & unlock some of the human mysteries we all ponder. The first thing that hit me about Sonic Mass was the sudden wave of positive energy. You can hear the audio cosmic force that AMEBIX conjures up on every song, either in the music itself or in the lyrical content. I’m super impressed with the words that Rob wrote for this album, he lets us into his world & you get to hear the direction his mind’s eye is pointed in. When you have “God of Grain” blasting out of your speakers, your whole world will quake because this song is one of the sickest post punk songs ever made! It starts off with this whisper of a chant, then it becomes a dark musical spacecraft that will take you on a journey around your past, future & present. The fuel for this intergalactic ride will be a huge bass line that is half nature/half metaphysical, & the driver on this trip will be the drums that are being beamed down from the sun. I will say this: if you hear this song and your neck does not start to snap back & forth, or your spirit is not awakened, you might be dead. AMEBIX wrecks shop because you can hear so much growth on Sonic Mass. It has been said that this is the album that they have always wanted to create, and from what I can hear I would say, yes, these songs will stand the test of time & then some. It’s pretty clear that these humans really opened up their hearts and put every part of their existence into making this album, which acts as a magnet for your soul. Musically, Sonic Mass is the perfect combination of the apocalyptic force of crust with the subversive melody of post punk. It’s almost unnatural how rad Sonic Mass Pt.2 sounds; Rob’s vocals are fucking black magic to my ears, while the Roy brings these primal beats into the groove that will leave you in awe. Stig’s guitar playing will have your daydreams walking away into a brand new universe. AMEBIX created an epic novel made up of despair, war, hope, enlightenment, so that the only way to see their vision is to bring their album Sonic Mass into your life. This is a killer piece of creativity that I will share with my kids & I hope they feel the need to share it with theirs.
I have written before about how CRASS had an impact on my personal politics as a youth, but actually there were many other bands that helped shape my brainwaves, one of them being The Mob. In 1982, this band created their classic album Let the Tribe Increase, and everything about this piece is sonic history! That’s the thing: these bands spoke the truth 30 years ago, but the governments have just kept lying to the masses. There was something so special about the way that The Mob wrote their songs; they seemed like they were filled with the soul of the people who wrote them. What was also interesting was the way this band combined reggae and a positive punk vibe into what they created – check out their song “Youth”! I’m so happy they have decided to get back together and will be touring as well, and one of their stateside stops will be at Chaos In Tejas! Their first reunited show happened on the 8th of April this year, and CVLT Nation would like to share this awesome gig with you today. The Mob’s message is alive today, I say this because no doves fly here! After the jump, check this epic gig!
I’ve had my eye and a sense of anticipation trained toward this band after a few rough mixes of their songs piqued my interest a couple months ago, and I am quite glad that they did. Atriarch are a Portland based four piece blackened-doom centric group, more accurately self-described as a sonic entity than a ‘band’ in the conventional sense. I say blackened-doom with an intentional ambiguity, as spending too much time on categorizing what Atriarch have accomplished with their debut full-length would only serve to cheapen the experience. Don’t fret the details: this albums tends to stylistically bleed all over the place, albeit in a very tasteful manner.
Forever the End is a swarthy, crushing voyage through a blackened ritualistic soundscape. The album opens with low, ominous rumble that slowly but inevitably builds itself into an almost physically palpable wave that fully envelops the listener in its weight. The droning guitar, bass, and hauntingly empty vocals seem to intertwine effortlessly with one another until finally hammered into some semblance of order by the intro track’s steady, pounding percussion. Cavernous howls vie for attention over the other grasping instruments as they roar in and fade out of existence. The environment the band manages to craft through sheer sonic destruction is amazing, to say the least. The album’s four tracks seamlessly blend together, ensuring the listener has no time to slip away from the album’s intoxication. Second track Shadows’ darkened psychedelic synth-like sections and otherworldly guitar are thick enough to swim through, and that’s the idea. As soon as you find yourself slowly swaying to the ethereal murk, you are crushed by a wall of distortion and pained, rasping vocals – painting a dim, flickering mental image of a somber ceremony, wreathed in miasma, managing to rip open a door to hell….Read the rest of this killer review after the jump!
A389 Recordings has just re-released Pale Creation’s 2000 game-altering album Twilight Haunt on vinyl. This record is some straight next level radness that the whole world should hear! Pale Creation created the missing link between the cold and brutality, and spawned a classic. There is a creative courage that Pale Creation exhibits throughout every song. It’s pretty epic to see them join forces again with A389 to make sure that the packaging and the colored vinyl in it reaches the heights of the audio that’s on it. And today, CVLT Nation is ultra stoked to be streaming Twilight Haunt in full below!
21 minutes of darkened bliss is what you will encounter when you allow Burial Hex’s last/new album In Psychic defense, out now via Sound Of Cobra, into your universe. This record is a labyrinth of sonic caves, leading you into ancient rooms filled with your forgotten thoughts. Every four minutes, Burial Hex opens up a different audio vortex for the listener to travel into, and before you realize it, your whole being has been taken over by In Psychic defense. The first five minutes is my new favorite post punk song, but then silent, small sounds take over. What was once tiny is now growing slowly, with the shadows of the afterlife lurking in your ear, but it’s the light from the piano that will be your guide. 7 minutes later, I hear a loud heartbeat that seems to be calling me, and then a huge, monster voice makes its presence known. Both of these entities are being seduced by the cryptic melody that is the balance to their insanity. It’s the words of the ghosts that are walking around the eerie backdrop that really draw you into this bleak world Burial Hex has created. The last four minutes of In Psychic defense, all of the skeletons get their groove on, because Burial Hex breaks it all down into a place where dancing is a path that reconnects us with Nature. I guess you could say that this album is a trip, but whatever you want to call it, Burial Hex is going out on a HIGH!
One of my favorite bands from the ’77 era of punk was the almighty The Damned, because their songs rocked! Their album Damned Damned Damned is a fucking classic – every song on this audio document of awesomeness is a solid tune. Yeah, The Damned owed some of their swagger to The Stooges and even Motorhead, but they brought something new to the game. They were well-versed in writing killer pop punk with a metallic edge. They also had a subversive melodic vibe that ran through many of their songs. I got into them in the early 80′s; we were into hardcore, but there was something about The Damned that me and my homies really loved. They had the sleaze factor down – that was one of those things that made us like them. You’ve got to give respect to Dave Vanian for rocking the deathrock style before there was even a word for it. Then you had Captain Sensible, who brought the weirdo factor that made us all feel that it was cool to be different. Today, CVLT Nation wants to celebrate this band of punk rebels with an epic video essay featuring killer live footage from their golden era. So after the jump, get your neat neat neat on and check how punks used to get down!