Year of No Light’s voyage to the throne of post metal’s monarch has taken many twists and turns through the years – namely a significant line-up shuffle after Nord that saw them sans-vocals, but now with two drummers and a solely instrumental sound. The test for this new formula was 2010’s Ausserwelt, a test passed with stunning, flying colours.
In a bid to prove that Ausserwelt was anything but a fluke, they released their split with Altar of Plagues, but most interestingly, emerged earlier this year with Vampyr, a YONL-style score to Carl Theodore Dreyer’s 1932 film of the same name. The score explored the band’s more serene and creepier tendencies. Tocsin is its polar opposite.
25 years of motherfucking DYSFUNCTION is what EYEHATEGOD has given the world, and they have no plans of stopping! This past weekend they performed in Brooklyn and destroyed St.Vitus. Our comrade
(((UnartigNYC))) was on hand and captured this insane set played to a hungry crowd of EYEHATEGOD fans! Now tune into the Masters of Legalized Confusion! R.I.P. Joey LaCaze, and welcome to their newest member, Aaron Hill (Drums).
Do you remember the final scene in Cronenberg’s masterpiece The Fly? The part where Dr. Brundle, now almost completely transformed into a giant humanoid fly (aka “The Brundlefly”), attempts to teleport together himself and a pregnant Veronica Quaife, to fuse each other into the ”ultimate family”? As you know The Brundlefly’s plan goes totally wrong, and instead of fusing himself with Quaife and their unborn child he ends up instead getting fused with the teleport pod itself, resulting in the creation of a monstrous and agonizing deformity made of human, insect and mechanical parts, that then begs Quaife to end its suffering with a twelve gauge pump action shotgun blast right in the middle of its bug eyes. Well, that’s exactly what Gnaw‘s music sounds like: like the moment in which you see the final version of the now partially mechanical and agonizing Brundlefly emerge from the teleport pod and you just wanna puke all over yourself. In fact, Gnaw’s music just sounds like a fucking hideous and monstrous deformity made of mechanical chaos, decaying flesh, madness, and uncontrolled fucking horror.
I know one album that is going to live with me for a long time is ULTRAVIOLET from KYLESA. They created songs that make me feel really good to be a human, and that won’t allow my mind to slip away into a space of no hope! One such tune is KYLESA’s “Low Tide.” Today, right here and now, you can check out their new visual for this outstanding anthem directed by Brodie Rush.
Label: Nervous Habit Records
Chicago’s Angry Gods, a new sludge/hardcore crossover band comprised of members of Harps Of Tartarus, Boiling Over and Scouts Honor, play impossibly deep, pummeling metal inflected hardcore full of jack-hammering double-kick drums, down-tuned guitars and guttural catharsis. In only two tracks and six minutes, Angry Gods somehow manage to craft something bordering on epic, rampaging through a whole slew of dynamic twists and turns, from the opening of “Greyed Delay” which feels like being punched repeatedly in the face in rapid succession, to ‘The Swell”s hypnotically repetitive martial outro, which feels like being trampled slowly by a herd of elephants. Admittedly, that’s not the greatest range of experiences, but trust me, in terms of sound as a representation of physical assault, Angry Gods run the whole range of ways to be beaten senseless.
Connecticut’s Sea of Bones have been pretty quiet for a while now, with six years passing since their debut record The Harvest but perhaps the doom band allows new music to blossom at the same pace as their ponderous riffs.
Where the band is clearly comfortable with extensive and sprawling passages of atmospheric doom tinged with sludge, they have pushed that affinity into extreme territories with this new LP entitled The Earth Wants Us Dead, a heaving behemoth, clocking in at over 90 minutes of sorrowful dirges.
Roaring out of the deserts and dives of Phoenix, Arizona come Sacred Followers, an absolutely brutal hardcore wrecking crew featuring members of Gay Kiss and Lusitania. Dark Grease is an already gone limited tape release on Mike Martinez’s awesome zine/tape/whatever label Workin’ Nights, which collects their 2011 demo together with a couple of new tracks, all wrapped up in some stark ink-work from Philly scratcher Matthew Bellosi.
Dark Grease is basic, raw and animalistic, pure hardcore energy and rage at its most simplistic. These tracks are feedback drenched, mainly down-tempo, sludgy trawls through oceans of furious dissonance and crashing drum blasts. Sacred Followers lay down some of the heaviest, most fuzzed out bass lines ever committed to tape, like a doom metal four string slinger stumbling in an opiate daze into the middle of a 90s hardcore circle pit. Guitars slip and slide through some seriously disgusting down tuned train-wreck riffs underneath absolutely indecipherable vocals. Perfect.
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A couple of weeks ago, it all went down in Tucson, AZ at the Southwest Terror Fest. Our comrade in video Frank Huang aka PITFULLOFSHIT was on hand to capture this heavy four day fest. Now check the raging footage from Pinkish Black, Kylesa, Demon Lung, Ancestors, Subrosa, Landmine Marathon, Transient, Aseethe, Theories, Children of God, Sex Prisoner, ACxDC, Ladybird and Early Graves!
Cvlt Nation: Hi guys! First of all thanks for finding the time to do this interview, it is much appreciated! So, would you like to introduce the band?
Chad Remains: The band is Darcy Nutt – guitar and vocals, Chuck Watkins – drums, and myself, Chad Remains – guitar and vocals. Nick Phit – bass was released from his duties in UZALA after the last recording wrapped up. We have no plans to find a replacement bass player at this time.
Cvlt Nation: What I wanted to ask since I first found out about the band is where you came up with the name UZALA? I guess it is a reference to the Akira Kurosawa film Dersu Uzala. What attracted you on that film? Apart from that it is awesome!
Chad Remains: You are correct. The relationship that develops between Dersu and Captain is very moving of course, but the main attraction to the film for me is the cinematography of the great Siberian landscape and the difference between the “man vs. nature” approach of the Imperial Russian soldiers and Dersu’s harmonious relationship with his surroundings. He is not apart from nature like the soldiers believe, he is woven into his landscape and forest home.
If you read CVLT Nation on the regular, you know that we represent the Bay Area hard. The reason why is that they have so many amazing bands, plus I used to live there so it has a special place in my black heart. Our comrade Kevin Hobbs just sent CVLT Nation some insane live footage featuring Abstracter (who are out of this fucking world good!), Rolling Through The Universe (PDX), Ninth Moon Black (Eugene, OR) and Embers. This all took place at RCA/Hot Mess on 10/18/2013. After watching all of these full sets, I think you will feel like I do and wish you were there in person, because this line up was unreal! The word on the street is that the event was put together by Steve & Timm from Embers – good job!