The guys in Titan just got off their European tour and returned to showcase the new album performing five tracks from the album, while Vilipend were also showing off their soon to be released album Inamorata (which was being sold as well), while local crusty hardcore outfit Rising Crust opened the show with torrents of energy. I managed to film both Vilipend’s and Titan’s entire sets which you can watch below. Local punk rockers Greys were great as well, cracking wise on stage and performing a few rarer tracks too.
Originally published at Equivoke.
And here it is! The first full length from Canadian sludge act Titan. I was given the pleasure of reviewing this a little early. It’s been in the works a while and from the live version of some of the songs I’ve heard (“The Fire Sculptures“, “Little Seeds“, “Indulgence“) I already had a feeling it was going to live up to expectations. And now it’s on the cusp of being released upon the world.
“Burn” (another album mastered by Colin Marston) is something for this Toronto group to be proud of. I’m not going to argue it breaks molds or is hugely innovative but what it does do is raise this band up high on the list of sludge/hardcore acts that deserve a lot of attention. They have created an enormous sound which does serve to separate them from most others that reside in this fusion of genres. It is a commanding, extremely loud and passionate album that refines and cements Titan’s sound into something that shouldn’t be ignored.
So to pick up from my (last post). I’d like to share some sights and sounds from some radical shows that happened here in the Bay over the course of this Summer.
One of the things we love most about blogging on CVLT Nation is giving back to our readers, and today we have an awesome giveaway for you – a pair of tickets to Southern Lord‘s The Power of the Riff West! The lineup for this event is killer – SUNN 0))), OFF!, Dr.Know, Repulsion, Noothgrush, Xibalba, Eagle Twin, Power Trip, Ancestors, Alpha & Omega, Gaza, DNF, Retox, Love Below, Avon Ladies, Cops, Hordes, Xaphan, Hoax, Despise You, Nausea (CA) and Bio Crisis will all be tearing the Echo/Echoplex apart on August 11th, 2012, in Los Angeles, CA. To enter to win the pair, send us an email at email@example.com with “TPOTR” in the subject heading. The draw will be Wednesday at noon PT.
***And the winner is…Pablo Vargas! Congrats buddy!***
To say Germany’s Downfall of Gaia are on the rise is quite the understatement. Rising from local hardcore scenes into a sprawling post metal behemoth that slogged it out on their own terms DIY for years, the band recently signed with Metal Blade for their second album Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes. This week they finished up a European tour with Washington’s Vestiges, which stopped off in Ireland for three dates and while in Dublin, Downfall of Gaia spoke with CVLT Nation.
First off, you just signed with Metal Blade so congratulations. Tell us a little bit about how it all came about?
Dominik (guitar, vocals): It was so unexpected. We never expected something like that. I was checking the mails and people from Metal Blade got in contact with us and said they would be interested in working with us. So that’s how all of this happened, it’s a few months ago and we talked with the people from Metal Blade about a lot of stuff. We’re really happy and excited for the future.
What are the details of the deal?
Toni (bass, vocals): There are no special deals. We can still choose where we want to play and when and with whom we want to play. It’s still very grounded but awesome for us. So we will see what the future brings.
Have you ever had interest in the band from other large labels?
Dominik: Not really. I guess with some DIY labels, some of them always ask. We were really fine with Alerta Antifascista, Moment of Collapse and Shove Records but Metal Blade is the only bigger [label] to get in contact with us.
From the bad bad lands of Los Angeles come BADBLOOD a band that should not be fucked with. This city has a long history of putting out some sick bands and those dudes fucking delivery the goods and then some. With their new 3 song EP Slaughter House Blues these dirty sludge mongers turn up the brutal factor on all of the tunes! When i listen to BADBLOOD they remind me of 6,660 drugged out zombies dragging their knuckles on the piss stained alleys of skid row. What i’m trying to say is that these humans bring the audio filth plus whiskey soaked nightmares all at once.So here is the drill CVLT Nation is extra stoked that we are streaming Slaughter House Blues in full below. You better get your dirge and pack your BONG!
Get fucking ready, because on Aug. 16th, A389 Recordings will be releasing Inamorata by Vilipend and it’s a winner. This band’s music pulls your emotions in mad different directions, and then smashes them against a wall of angular noise. Hell yeah, Vilipend is on some heavy shit, but it’s the dissonant vibe of this album that will keep you transfixed! CVLT Nation is hyped that we are exclusively streaming their song “Great White Nothing” below. Open your ears and allow Vilipend to scramble your brain…
CVLT Nation is super stoked to be doing a giveaway with ELITIST and Season of Mist! They are offering an Elitist t-shirt and CD of their 2011 full-length Fear in a Handful of Dust to one luck CVLT Nation reader! To enter, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Elitist” in the subject, and the winner will be chosen Friday, July 20th at noon PT. Check out images of the CD and shirt design below…
Irish label Hell Comes Home is serving up a special 7″ split today featuring Coffinworm & Fistula which can be bought HERE. Each band has created a song that will push your wig back. The COFFINWORM tune “Instant Death Syndrome” is a fucking classic and only leaves you fiending for more! Then the FISTULA composition “Drugs And Deception” gets you high and leaves you with the munchies for more of their diseased riffs. Here is the deal – you are now reading CVLT Nation, so that means you can listen to this split in full below!
Banner photography via the brilliant work and minds of Thomas Couderc & Clément Vauchez
Over the past few months I have had the incredible opportunity to stay quite busy with playing and attending shows here in the bay area. I am a huge fan and supporter of the underground music and art scene, this year more than ever I’ve fulfilled many life dreams and played/attended some truly spectacular shows. Here’s a collection of sights and sounds that I’ve gathered this Summer.