I’m a fan of bands doing covers because the end result can be a total sonic surprise! Case in point: the new The Cure covers done by RABBITS & WHORES are off the freaking charts. RABBITS reworked “Give Me It” , “A Reflection” & WHORES tune was “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” and both bands killed. The 7 inch of these songs is a split release between Eolian Empire and Brutal Panda Records and is out now. Nuff said, now hear how sludge smacked the taste out of new wave!
Orbweaver interviews Shroud Eater
Explain the origin of the band’s name.
Jean: “Shroud Eater” is a term for an ancient Eastern European ghoul that would kill from inside its grave. A very early form of the traditional vampire. It was custom that in order to kill this ghoul (again) a brick would be shoved into it’s mouth. Pretty gruesome.
Are there any central themes or concepts between Shroud Eater and Primitive Violence Records?
Jean: Central themes in Shroud Eater definitely deal with revenge, betrayal, isolation and “Other-ness”. In regards to my label (Primitive Violence Records), the theme of bands I want to work with is basically bands that are pushing to do something different in whatever scene or style they choose. For example, what speaks to me about Orbweaver is how fearless you guys are when creating “death metal”. It intimidates people because it’s not the standard. I like bands that are willing to challenge whatever stupid musical paradigm elitists or whomever have set. Shroud Eater is not strictly a traditional “doom” or “sludge” band. There are so many bands calling themselves this or that genre but so few bands have their own, TRULY their own voice. The third release for Primitive Violence is a band that I feel fits into this theme and I’m pretty excited to get everything rolling with them soon.
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Thou, in a relatively short space of time, have become a sort of doom metal royalty. Perhaps it’s because they have been unnaturally prolific throughout the years, churning out a couple of full-lengths but bridging the gaps with several EPs and splits each time. Not only that but they’ve maintained a level of consistency and quality that was more than on par with their turnaround, a next-to-impossible tasks for many bands and this truly hit a zenith in 2010 with Summit.
ABEST from Northern Germany are creating a very dark and compelling emotional atmosphere with their deranged mix of atmospheric Post-Metal and negative Hardcore. Formed in late 2011, they released their demo in March 2012, followed by a split 7″ with the Irish crust-outfit Absolutist in September 2013. The new full-length Asylum will be released in May 2014.
We at CVLT Nation are honoured to stream the song Shiver off Asylum now – a crawling, depressing and incredibly bleak piece of music that sets the bar very high for the whole album. Dwell in this thunderous, unsettling experience now and prepare for this world’s downfall:
Holy… fuckin’… shit. I sat down to listen to the self titled debut from GREY WIDOW, and I immediately started feeling an awful sense of unease and torment taking over my existence. I could feel maggots tunneling under my skin, my hair and teeth falling out and leeches lodged in my eye sockets, sucking on my pupils, and eating their way into my skull. I could feel the scent of death and madness filling my nostrils with sickness and my lungs with vomit and bile, and shrouding my existence with a permeant sense of ruin and decay. This music is not to be fucked with. It’s decaying and putrid potency is just too much to underestimate. GREY WIDOW, have crafted something of unimaginable sickness.
I remember when I first heard Iron Monkey, I said damn, these motherfuckers are on that next shit! I have always been a fan of that dirty, crusty, rancid, blues-infected sound; it does something to my blood. While living in London, my mate Adam would always big-up IRON MONKEY while we were smoking the kind bud! Now it’s time for you to check out a full set from these Sludge masters from 1998…All hail the Monkey!
A while back we talked about LAMENT CITYSCAPE, one of the bands led by Bay Area musician Mike McClatchey, and of how crushing and devastating this sludge-doom band is (read abut Mike, his bandmates and his various projects here). Well, the Oakland dudes have just released another EP on their Bandcamp page, and sure enough, this new release is absolutely fucking devastating. The First Son of The Final Son is two tracks and fifteen minutes of monstrous, unadulterated, colossal and bone crushing instrumental sludge-doom.
Hold on, I just dropped a dose of sonic acid and smoked a huge bag of weird as fuck! Actually, I’m blasting the new album from Portland’s TOWERS entitled II that comes out on Feb. 11th via Eolian Empire. These audio aliens have created mutated pieces of art that could never be desired in only words. What you must do is put on their music allow yourself to be free from the shackles of genres. We really dig the TOWERS here at CVLT Nation and are stoked to be streaming their tune “HELL” below…Excuse me as I hold the hand of this mad band and travel to another realm!
Austria might be famous for quite a few things in this world – mountains, delicious food and a weird dialect for example – but Doom Metal is not exactly one. However IRON HEEL hailing from the country’s capital Vienna have all the darkened potential to change this, bringing misery and sweet leaf-ish epicness upon us with their debut full length Book Of Grief.
Already turning heads with their demo, IRON HEEL kept evolving in an absolutely exemplary manner. The predominantly screamed, harsh vocals of the band’s early days are almost gone completely (except for a few moments when gastly cries mirror the ugliness of this world, like in Sleepwalker), giving way for truly epic, dramatic vocals raised in the school of Candlemassionism. If you listen to this and don’t want to stand on a mountain top with a 6.5 ft long sword in your hand something is seriously wrong with you.