This year, one of Europe’s best festivals for Hardcore, Sludge, Doom, Punk and everything in between will take place again : the NEW NOISE FESTIVAL in Karlsruhe, Germany. This year, it will be on the 3rd of August.
The open-air-festival was started in 2005 and ever since then, it has been a blast every year. A short overview of the past years’ line-ups : Today Forever, Parachutes Morethanever, Empty Visions, Death Before Dishonor, Escapado, Have Heart, Trainwreck, Rise And Fall,Comadre, Punch, Ritual, Glasses, Celeste, Amenra, Shai Hulud, Brutality Will Prevail, Raein, Celeste, Graf Orlock, Trapped Under Ice, Birds In Row, Code Orange Kids and dozens more. To put it in short : everyone has been there.
Besides the main-festival in summer, this year will have two spring fests.
With stylistic differences like between The Black Heart Rebellion and Brutality Will Prevail, everyone shall be satisfied with the certain line-ups.
What could be better than an open-air-festival with tons of awesome bands in summer ? Oh right. There is something. The NEW NOISE FESTIVAL also brings delicious vegan food, loads of info-tents and a huge merch-area.
“Hipoxia: a pathological condition in which the body as a whole (generalized hypoxia) or a region of the body (tissue hypoxia, or less commonly regional hypoxia) is deprived of adequate oxygen supply.”
Hipoxia were born in Madrid in 2009 when JK, E and K pooled their music interests and started to play and drink beer together. In summer 2010, Hipoxia published their first reference: Doomrehearsal. As the name suggests, it is a 40 minute rehearsal of three songs full of hateful and filthy doom/sludge/drone with black metal and punk influences. That year, the band began to play live. Their live debut was in December 23010 with Dispain. Since that moment, Hipoxia has shared the stage with bands like Monkeypriest, Reznik, Ali Agca, Iron Batasuna and ROLF.
Hipoxia, a new heavy-weight band within the Spanish sludge/doom scene, present their first original album, recorded and mixed at Mantis Studios by F. Trych and V. Brown (Wormed, Gödus, Banished from Inferno or Nüll), simply entitled Hipoxia introducing four tracks and 50 minutes of nihilistic and misanthropic sludge/doom.
Opening the hostilities with “Children of Winter,” a theme that, during its 12 minutes, drags us at a slow pace commanded by the drum and its repetitive, almost tribal beats. Flanked by foul guitar riffs that slowly chew our eardrums, we are dragged into this dirty pit from where the agonizing voice seems to echo. Although the song unfolds at a very slow pace, Hipoxia can provide another dynamic to the tracks by introducing some more thrilling punk-ish rhythms into it. At some points, the band decides to break down barriers and takes us to the neighboring border, as in “Living Dead Society,” a track that opens on a cloak of caustic-half-drone riffs where the voice echoes through a fog of stinking sludge. “Living Dead Society” is a track that pulls over the atmosphere into which we enter cautiously, only to slowly sink in the quicksand created by Hipoxia.
What drives what we do at CVLT Nation is good fucking music. We refuse to write about music we don’t like, and use negativity to crush people’s dreams. After doing this zine for a couple of years, I have to respect certain humans’ creative output, and I know when they send in tunes I will more than likely be into them. One such person is Ryan from ENDLESS DISEASE, The Hollow Void and now Tethered To A Dying Animal. This new record, Impermanent, will be on my end of the year list without a doubt, because almost nothing else has touched it so far. Tethered To A Dying Animal is out of the box Doom//Sludge that speaks with the tongue of Grunge bleeding out the death juice of some shoegaze shit. The humans creating these songs know how to guide their influences in directions that have never been followed before. When you hear the despair-filled baselines in “The Day I Gave Up,” you start to feel a cancer eating away at your emotions. Then the vocals kick in, and a morbid sense of hope kicks in, and you start to feel there might still be a reason for living. Tethered To A Dying Animal is as heavy as a blanket of cement dipped in steel, but it also has the melodic magic of My Bloody Valentine. When you hear the vocals on “Car Crash,” you will say to yourself, unholy fuck, I really fucking dig this band. Tethered To A Dying Animal makes the kind of music that makes this site what is it! Within the ugliest sonic shit storm, there is beauty of a fucked up kind. Listening to this EP makes me dream of having a record label that releases music like Tethered To A Dying Animal, and one day I hope this will be reality! In the meantime, check out the stream of Tethered To A Dying Animal’s EP Impermanent below…If any fellow bloggers are reading this spread the word about this sick ass band!…This review was written by the force of Tethered To A Dying Animal, and these four songs inspired every word!
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I won’t spend any further words to describe IRON WITCH, since I already spread quite a range of posts about these Sludge-lovin’ Liverpudlians. Just as much: They still rule. Ok, their newest output is another 7”, which is awesome, and will be released in February by Endtyme Records. The title is just as hilarious as of the previous release: After last year’s Post Vegas Blues you’ll now get Hangover Suicide. The cover artwork is fucking gnarly and goes hand in hand with the bleakness of the music.
Looking at the musical side of things I really have to write the five forbidden words: Their best output to date. The two songs on this EP show a developed band that knows what sound it’s aiming for, but isn’t afraid to do things differently to hundreds of other Sludge bands. On side A you’ll find Death was the colour, a song that starts with a short and mean repetitive riff that torments your auditory canals like a wisely used drilling machine in your favourite splatter movie. The mid- to lava-esque speed throughout the song is just the perfect pace for the cancerous vocal delivery. A very harsh track. If you think that it can’t get any better, flip the vinyl and kill yourself: The title track features a riff whose emergence can only be explained like this:
Greg Ginn invented time travel in around 1984 and due to unpredictable circumstances finds himself in IRON WITCH’s rehearsal room. Since he is a good man willing to help other bands out he’s like: “Well, you guys can use this super fucked up riff I wrote the other day. I wanted to use it in Black Flags upcoming album, but Henry is a total pain in the ass about it, so it’s kind of a left over I want to give to you. But make sure you keep the odd time signature.” Aaaaaand he’s gone, back to the 80ies.
And as if this amazing Black Flag’ish riff wouldn’t be enough to write like at least five outstanding songs with it, the track evolves into an almost hypnotic, trance-like riffage that wouldn’t be misplaced on a Yob album. All the while keeping the shit heavy as fuck, of course.
On January 4th of this year, our minds received the huge shock that only a NEUROSIS gig could induce. The event took place at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, with Ides of Gemini and Savage Republic opening. Both opening bands were totally on point and left us wanting to hear more. Ides of Gemini filled the theatre with their haunting sound, and reminded us why we love this trio! I saw Savage Republic a couple of times in the early 80′s, but this night they were way beyond anything I remembered – they fucking took my breath away! Next up was NEUROSIS, who did not disappoint at all. Hearing them perform songs from their newest album, Honor Found In Decay, made them even more a part of my existence. The energy in the room was focused on the transcendental feeling that we were all experiencing from the mammoth sound called NEUROSIS. Our comrade in photography Adam Murray was on hand to capture this majestic night in photos. So after the jump, check out his photo essay plus live footage from NEUROSIS’ most recent New York show shot by (((unartig)))!
Contrary to the first impression of this EP’s title, Luciferian Deathcult, England’s CORRUPT MORAL ALTAR do not play Black Metal, not even “Blackened something”. Which is kind of refreshing itself. Instead they play pretty much everything else extreme heavy music has to offer: Death Metal, Grind, Hardcore, Sludge and probably a few more genres are wildly mixed together and, surprise surprise, the outcome is NOT highly enjoyable, at least not in the common sense of the word. It’s still really good though, if good means you can do the worst things under the influence of the worst drugs you’re able to find while listening to this. I mean seriously, this is really sick, fucked up and disgusting music. Seems to me that Liverpool (that’s where CMA are more or less from) is either very depressing or puts Desomorphine in the water, I don’t know.
The four sickos performing Luciferian Deathcult are, while the seven-song-outcome is primitive as fuck, obviously really skilled on their instruments. Especially the drumming is totally devastating. I guess being ran over by a train is kind of similar. The vocals sound mostly as if someone put a whole swarm of crows into a bag, beating them ruthless with a baseball bat.
When we last left off I was regaling you with grim tales of the bloodthirsty wall of sound that is Jucifer, which is apparently so mercilessly cruel that it took me an extra week to recover. But I have returned, and I thought I’d pick right back up in that spot where the proverbial quill had trailed off in inky dots.
Coming from that same sacrificial eve where Jucifer was documented at the Black Cat, in my last post, we return to the scene just a bit earlier to reveal a few doomed durges from the dark minds of Salome. For the record, this is not the best footage I have of the group, but I’m tucking that ace in the obelisk away for another date. What you have here is two bone-powdering songs followed by another of my awkward and rambling interviews. So, you’re really getting a tripple threat of a dangerous meeting.
ECOCIDE’s new album When will It End, released on Tofu Carnage on February 1st, is a perfect cryptic sonic painting. The band is calling it quits, but are leaving the world an audio wake up call that we all had better take heed to. It’s way more than an honor to be streaming ECOCIDE’s When Will It End in full below…Check out what our writer Cheryl Carter wrote about When Will It End for Bleak Metal:
Four tracks of powerful and driven sludge make up this new compilation and show that Ecocide are certainly going to be hugely missed on the crust sludge scene. Blackened choruses showcase a knack for melody and deep growls of utter contempt permeate the oppressive atmosphere of When Will It End? with rage and outright disgust at the horrors of the modern world.
When Will It End is available for pre-order now on Tofu Carnage, and it will be unleashed on the world on February 1st, 2013!
Full details after the jump…
Apart from their geographic location, we don’t know that much about Thaw from the mighty Poland.
Advance [MMXII] is Thaw‘s second demo and another right step in the right direction. Extreme as fuck, these guys play different extreme music genres (black metal, doom, sludge, etc) always trough their noisy – as fuck, of course – filter.
For those that have known this band since 2010, when they released their first demo Decay [MMX], it’s kind of easy to point out the differences between these two releases. If the first effort was full of black metal atmosphere, and it was an obvious influence in the way they created, here in Advance [MMXII] they use the sludgy atmosphere as a kind of base atmosphere to deliver the three compositions included in this piece.
RABBITS don’t try to be different, it just comes naturally to them, and that’s what makes them so rad! Late last year they released a gnarly album entitled Bites Rites via Good to Die Records. Today, we want to share with you the video for “Fight Right” that was created by Wes Johnson and shows just how unhinged this band is…Also below check out their covers of Minor Threat’s “Straight Edge” and Black Flag’s “Wasted.” Now to the main attraction – peep the “Fight Right” visual after the jump!