Damn, I feel dirty as fuck right now…I know what it is, I’m listening to the soon to be released split between ALKERDEEL & A DEN OF ROBBERS. Both bands are able to make your skin crawl with their brand of cyco dirty blackened sludge. The ALKERDEEL & A DEN OF ROBBERS split is being put out by our comrades Consouling Sounds, and you can pre-order the record HERE! CVLT Nation has the honor of streaming this killer record in full below! Make sure to check all of the specific details about this release after the jump!
Heavy bass dipped in the blood of the blues wrapped around the spirit of the occult is the part of doom that will always get me high! Better yet, sparking a big bowl of the sticky green stuff and blasting gloomy-ass doom is what I consider a good night in! This is why FUCK YEAH DOOM is our favorite tumblr right now! This site compiles some extra extra sick bands all in one place for it’s readers to check out. I dig the way you can totally lose yourself in all of the streams they have up, plus peep bands you have never heard of…So after the jump, check out some of our album picks & make sure you spark one up before you go to FUCK YEAH DOOM!
ALKERDEEL from Belguim are a band that we here at CVLT Nation have mad fucking respect for. They have been able to create their own wacked-out sound of suffering that has many layers sonic insanity. This is why we are excited to share with you today their most recent gig @ 4AD. The lighting and filming for this ALKERDEEL gig are on point! Also check out a video teaser for their upcoming split with A Den Of Robbers via Consouling Sounds that can be pre-ordered HERE!…It gets better: ALKERDEEL will be supporting AMENRA a this year’s Winteredition of Ieperfest in Febuary…Check all of the visual chaos after the jump – all hail ALKERDEEL!
From time to time, when i think that nowadays nothing can surprise me anymore in terms of heavy music, one of these precious gems surface and as my ears are flooded with such great music i silently whisper a sincere: “Holy shit…“.
This happened a few days back when i discovered Sonance, a atmospheric/experimental sludge/doom collective hailing from Bristol while checking my blog roll. “Like Ghosts” is the first recorded material from the Bristolian 5 piece formed by Ben (guitar, screwdriver), Will (guitar, dictaphone, vocals), Tom (vocals), Chino (bass) and Jamie (drums).
“Like Ghosts” comes in two halves, totaling just under 42 minutes. Each part is an atmospheric heaping of interwoven arrangements, detailed and droned stretches that subside into sludge filled chasms as the bass pushes you through the floor and lifts dust from the walls. The record was written and rehearsed in a confined practice room in which the waves of sound could literally be felt shuddering up through your lungs and out of your mouth.
“Side A” begins with this hiss coming out of violins giving the motto for this thick cacophony wall of sludge that sounds pretty much like Hell. Massive riffs are hammered repeatedly through our brain as the voices behind it scream and yell. Suddenly the whole music tempo changes and morphs into what it seems a more post-rock/instrumental register, very low, it moves at a very slow pace until it morphs again into a more aggressive beast. There’s layers and layers of rich and diverse elements that intertwine harmoniously between each other and work perfectly together, and that voice that speaks “like ghosts..” around at minute 7:45… leaves me speechless. I can see there’s a clear Neurosis influence in Sonance’s sound but i can also throw in names like Kayo Dot or even Godspeed You! Black Emperor. “Side B” goes to a more drone/atmospheric territories before it unveils these massive layers of sludge metal. This was the factor that hooked me up instantly, the whole atmosphere that lies within Sonance’s music. making this release (and band) the best music i’ve heard this year. Mindblowing.
Heavy Music is Power. This is a “Heavy Hour” brought to you by two fine examples of American Heaviness.
Laudanum is a crushing band that features the talents of Nathan Misterek from Graves at Sea on Vocals, Sal from Asunder on Bass, and combined with the punishing power duo of Becky on Drums and Judd on Guitar. They’ve been punishing ear drums for the better part of a decade now and this was one of my favorite performances of theirs.
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Come a little closer, so I can drop some negative psychedelics on your tongue…Fuck that, just know that you need the band WOLFBAIT in your life, because their new tape (via Art For Blind) is the kind of sonic brain damage that will make you happy. All 8 songs are laced with that shizz that will make you sick and mad in the head! WOLFBAIT know how to use the force of hardcore and weave it into an almost industrial basket of insane riffs. This band has fucking raised the bar when it come to tweaking a genre into their own audio likeness. Is WOLFBAIT heavy as concrete boots? Yes, and they will break your bones against their sinister walls of melody. Vocally, the singer sounds like maggots have eaten away at his voice box while he screams like van Gogh cutting his ear off. Which brings me to the point: WOLFBAIT has a weirdo art vibe to them that I really dig and I feel it gives them a different view on the way they write their songs. They incorporate bugged out noise effects into their mountains of sludge that only make me like them even more. From the very first moment I heard this band, I knew they were special, because their is something really awesome happening in Ireland right now. I guess you could say I’m fucking hooked on the WOLFBAIT, and you should be to! This is also a message to all bloggers reading this: spread the word! And to all heavy music weirdos: get with the program! WOLFBAIT’s tape should be on many end of the year lists if it was up to me! If you don’t believe me, check out the WOLFBAIT tape streaming below!
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One of the best things about living in the Bay Area is getting to see shows like this one. Brainoil is a supremely Heavy band that features Nate on Guitars/Vocals from the legendary band Destroy, Ira on Drums from Watch Them Die & Greg on Bass/Vocals from I Will Kill You Fucker & Dead Language. They are all very respected and looked up to in the scene and for good reason, they are fucking incredible. It’s rare that you get the opportunity to watch one of the best Heavy bands in America play a free basement show – This is 40 minutes of Brainoil ruling in their hometown of Oakland, California.
On the evening of November 17, 2012, heavy music legends Neurosis played their hometown of Oakland in celebration of their tenth studio album called Honor Found In Decay. Neurosis also invited along Portland doom trio Yob, and the Canadian heavy metal band Voivod. Oakland’s Fox Theater was packed to the brim with an audience that spanned multiple generations, proof that their legacy continues to thrive. As usual, Neurosis wasted no breath communicating with the audience, preferring to plunge straight into leaden, dismal riffs, primal howls and captivating visuals. In the spirit of Neurosis, my words end here and I leave you with my photos from that unforgettable night.
Words don’t flow that easy when the opportunity to speak about AMENRA comes. Ever since i found this band, back in 2004, i never stopped following their steps. Albums like “Mass III” and “Mass IIII” definitely left a mark on me, so big that i still occasionally have the pleasure to revisit them once in a while. Soon came to my ears, from some friends who were touring in Belgium at the time, words about this ridiculously heavy band and a curious vocalist who sang with his back faced against the crowd. Speaking of AMENRA is not only about the music they make, but all that surrounds it. Since very early the band showed a special care and concern about visual aesthetics that serve as a complement to their sound. Making their live shows an unforgettable experience, both sonic and visual, to those to witness such performance. Everything this band makes, they put in their blood, sweat and tears into. Everything is thought to the smallest detail: every word, every image, every sound. Everyone i know that has seen AMENRA live, always tell me about how it was the best live experience of their lives coming out from a band. It goes beyond the skin, beyond the flesh, deep into the soul. No wonder their live performances are known as “rituals”. Their contemporary view offered through their music makes the most experienced and faithful listener renounce to their personal definition of music. Our body and soul are stunned by the crushing, repetitive chords layered with the sweet distressing sermons preached by the charismatic lead singer, and his unique vocal tone.
Added to the Neurot clan in July 2011, AMENRA saw this opportunity as a dream come true. Following Neurosis on tour, the relationship between the two parties only grew stronger as they prepared themselves for an upcoming release, first by their new home. In last November the band wandered by their neighbor countries in search of inspiration for their next work. This trip took them to the village of Wissant in northern France, where they discovered a place carved by time, still carrying visible scars caused by the several battles that occurred during the Second World War. This decimated and devastated scenario would be the muse that invoke and stimulate the band to create “Mass V”.
The band revealed the following personal testimony on how they achieved the concept for the album:
“In November 2012, we left wandering by our own and neighboring countries. Looking for the perfect backdrop for the artwork for the new album. Few days after our trail ended at the village of Wissant in northern France. The site is a meeting of the destruction of World War II bunkers. Force and strength from these weathered buildings was overwhelming. Concrete blown to bits, hundreds of bullet holes everywhere, salt and sand before they were covered in blood.
We draw about these stone temples, this time, was a world of pain. We stayed overnight at the place and slept in one of the bunkers so that we are swallowed by the sea as the tide came in and when dawn brought the first light, Stefaan Temmerman took the picture, I knew it would be perfect to represent our MASS V.
It was a long, cold night ” – CHVE
In May, the band entered the La Chapelle Studios, a former chapel now converted into a professional studio to create and write this new chapter in their career, assisted by engineer Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Neurosis, Melvins, Sleep, Swans) that would refine and take AMENRA’s sound to another level. “Mass V” presents us an AMENRA with a more stripped, sincere, intimate sound. Almost if a layer from the band was peeled off and we now face it’s raw flesh. Although we’re facing another surface, the whole essence in its pure form, still lies within.
Much like the creature that forms half of their name, Sweden’s Snailking’s debut album Samsara moves at a steady and methodical pace. No surprises then that this is a sludge ridden doom album and what’s more, one of the year’s best. With just three tracks, with some obvious influences making their presence felt, Samsara unfurls some serious heaviness in their slow, creeping riffs and bellowing vocals.