Northless are an extremely heavy band. That might be a complete understatement, but they are sincerely heavy. It’s not just heaviness that propels them, either. Their new LP, World Keeps Sinking, is an undoubtedly creative effort in which Milwaukee’s best provide a range of technicality, finesse, and experimentation in their music. Swaths of color arise from these dark depths and give rise to an album that is full of life.
“Last of Your Kind” opens World Keeps Sinking with heavy, grinding riffs. These riffs are thick, sludge induced comas that slowly move forward until the three minute mark when Northless opens things up. Taking elements from hardcore, namely acts like Weekend Nachos, Northless takes a similar stance lyrically with a very nihilistic worldview. The track forms and breaks down for eight minutes; a long, heavy track that feels like going toe-to-toe with a heavyweight boxer. Sure, you’re knocked down a few times, but imagine being forced to get back up. That’s where Northless makes their sound, in those moments of extremity. Damningly heavy guitars chug away, getting to the meat of the song where the bass is heard in full; this brick wall of noise. In the waning moments, the vocals become harsher, more sporadic as Northless amps up the distortion to higher levels of heavy. This throaty, crippling breakdown closes out the eight minute epic, leaving the listener to wonder just what kind of unholy monster has been released.
I like my blues dipped in blood and my riffs soaked in THC-infused whiskey. Maybe this is why EYEHATEGOD is one my favorite fucking bands. Right now they are on a European tour that looks like they are straight killing shit! In honor of this filthy audio journey of pain, CVLT Nation has put together this EYEHATEGOD FTW 2013 European video essay! So press play motherfuckers and wish this band comes to your town so that you can get your anger out!
Photo: Sergio Albert
It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway for you, so we’re coming back with a bang with 2 pairs of tickets to this year’s The Power of the Riff festival at The Echo and Echoplex in Los Angeles on August 9th & 10th! Every year this festival gets bigger and better, and this year’s lineup features headliners The Obsessed, Final Conflict, Hirax, From Ashes Rise & Black Breath, alongside a ton of other rad bands like Dead in the Dirt, Baptists, Children of God and many more. Today we’re giving away one pair of tickets to the show on August 10th! To enter this giveaway just email email@example.com with TPOTR Aug 10th in the subject, and we’ll choose a winner on Friday at noon PST! PS – If you entered the 9th giveaway, you can still enter this one too!
It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway for you, so we’re coming back with a bang with 2 pairs of tickets to this year’s The Power of the Riff festival at The Echo and Echoplex in Los Angeles on August 9th & 10th! Every year this festival gets bigger and better, and this year’s lineup is all killer no filler, featuring headliners The Obsessed, Final Conflict, Hirax, From Ashes Rise & Black Breath, alongside a ton of other rad bands like Dead in the Dirt, Baptists, Children of God and many more. Today we’re giving away one pair of tickets to the show on August 9th! To enter this giveaway just email firstname.lastname@example.org with TPOTR Aug 9th in the subject, and we’ll choose a winner on Thursday at noon PST! Stay tuned for another giveaway tomorrow! PS – YOU CAN ENTER BOTH!
***Congrats Russell Wood!***
CVLT Nation HQ just got home from a few weeks up in Vancouver, BC and one of the highlights of the trip was the sweet fucking Weedeater show we went to at the Electric Owl! The neighborhood was right on point for a Weedeater show – sandwiched between junkies and drunks and across the street from punks. The crowd was early to catch locals Hoopsnake, who exploded with sound, bass and drums reverberating through the room and leaving us feeling like we were definitely going to be deaf at the end of the night. Hoopsnake are a part of the underground heavy revival happening in Vancouver right now, and are a promising look into Vancouver’s current and future impact on metal. Next up were local legends Bison B.C., who had packed the place by 10:30pm which is pretty unheard of in this city. They absolutely crushed our minds and eardrums, and justified the crowd’s early presence 100%. The drummer’s muse is definitely Animal, and he led the band with crazy abandon and wild thrashing. By the time Weedeater got up on stage, the crowd was primed, and so was Dixie as he slugged back what little was left of his bottle of Jack. With eyes askew, he led the band in their unique brand of sludgey Southern doom, but again their new drummer, Travis Owen (WHORES), was something of a focal point. Tossing his sticks and thrashing almost more wildly than Bison’s drummer, he laid down a pummeling beat and was highly entertaining at the same time. This one’s a keeper! Check out some amazing photos of this night taken by our Vancouver photographic homie Ted Reckoning…they will give you a better idea of the radness of this night than my words ever could!
Meth Drinker lacks any type of subtlety, which is a good thing as who wants a song like “Spleen Splitting Pavement” to get all heady or arty? Meth Drinker certainly abide by their song titles and conjure up a sound belonging to the most awful of feelings and experiences. The crawling pace of each track coupled with the hazy production and tortured vocals do well shoot down the listener’s aspirations in mere minutes. The band’s far from reinventing the wheel, but solid, disgruntled and anti-social sludge of this caliber is always welcomed.
Canadian hardcore band Acousma have really set the bar high with their self-titled cassette EP released this past May. This tape is gritty, raw and completely mosh-worthy, falling somewhere between the blasting stomps of Ceremony circa 2008 and the evil mid-tempo groove of Hoax. The band recorded these six songs live in their own practice studio by Calvin Monaghan, and the tracks were mixed and mastered by Orchid mastermind Will Killingsworth at his Dead Air Studios. These songs also harken to classic powerviolence acts like No Comment and Crossed Out at times, with grinding passages suddenly stopping on a dime and inciting total war on the dance floor.
NIGHTSLUG’s Dismal Fucker is one of the heaviest, most fucked up records of this year and probably the following 20. Emerging from Germany’s Hardcore-Punk scene and featuring (ex-) members of infamous bands like The Now-Denial, Burial, Doomtown or Union Of Sleep, the quality of Dismal Fucker could have been foretold but still surprises with its blatant uncompromisingness. Sludge, as heavy as performed by NIGHTSLUG, is not easy to be found anywhere, but most people surely wouldn’t expect it to come out of Germany. Being the fanboys and –girls that we are here on CVLT Nation, we had to do an interview with NIGHTSLUG to get to know this band more. So I sat down with Jens, the singer and guitarist of the band, and asked him a few questions while having a few beers and listening to the new Black Sabbath album. Besides Jens, NIGHTSLUG is Philip on bass and Fabian on drums.
I guess you could say so. I really wanted to play music, just rehearse regularly. It wasn’t so much about playing live or anything, just to hang out and play music together. So I fell back on Fabian and Philip because it’s always cool to make music with these guys. At first I didn’t even know if they’d be into this kind of sound – because the stuff we did in the past was quite different for sure. But it clicked already at the first rehearsal, so that was that. READ MORE…
Are you Secretly Windigos?
Davey: Despite the numerous tests we’ve had performed on us, we are still unsure. One thing for sure is we all constantly have intense cravings for human flesh.
Are you Secretly French Canadian?
That’s just mean guys.
Is that why you spell your name all weird?
We just suck at spelling haaard.
Are there Clones of Russia?
Davey: Oh brother, we’ve tried time and time again. It’s just so hard to recapture that raw exotic vibe he gives off. Sadly we always have to take em out back n shoot em.
Of all the different bay area metal bands (and fuck, how many are there?), Dispirit is certainly one of the most interesting. Not quite a continuation of Asunder or Weakling, Dispirit was started as a side project to exist simultaneously as Asunder, offering John Gossard and Co. an additional outlet of aggression. Buried in a morass of almost psychedelic effects with distant forest howls, Dispirit play a combination of Blackened/death/doom completely their own. After over a decade, this rehearsal tape is only Dispirit’s second offering (their first, from 2010, was also a rehearsal tape), and it captures the knife-wielding sonic intensity and nervous, evil ominous atmosphere Dispirit embodies.