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.
If your problem is happiness, or just a general feeling of contentedness with the world, then No Solution may in fact be the solution. In ten songs, eleven minutes and twelve inches, Jackals could turn fucking Mickey Mouse into Robert Smith (Faith/Pornography Robert Smith, not “Love Cats” Robert Smith).
Affirmative, anthemic posi-core this is not. These Norwich, UK-spawned Jackals take the Negative Approach approach to hardcore, and No Solution is venomous, oppressive, and crushingly bleak. Calling to mind the savage stylings of American contemporaries Hoax, Jackals rip through track after track of explosive distorted fury with a strong eighties hardcore tinge, filtered through three decades worth of destroyed vocal cords.
“From All Purity” marks the return of Chicago’s sludge monsters, Indian and this time they’re angrier than ever. Just like their predecessor “Guiltless”, “From All Purity” introduces us to a little more than a handful of tracks, in this case 6, but that are more than enough for the band to violate our ears with its corrosive sludge throughout the 40 minutes that the album lasts.
Once again, Sanford Parker’s production proved to be a valuable tool in the making of this Indian album. “From All Purity” seems to catch the loose ends left by “Guiltless,” but here the band seems to amplify all the hatred they have inside them and have release it to cause the maximum damage possible. The sound on this album is way more abrasive than its predecessor – let’s say it’s more “raw” than the one heard in “Guiltless”. The guitars seem louder and more abrasive, the drum sounds louder as it hits like a sledgehammer, the vocals are simply vicious and harsh enough to create cracks on the floor, and to all of this they add some noise, drone-ish elements on the background that will not only punish your ears but they will only enhance the pain you will feel along this cruel and abhorrent trip that is “From All Purity”.
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I am War, I am Filth, I am Pain, I am Rage, I am Speed or better yet, this is how I feel when I listen to the new album by MANTAR entitled Death By Burning. Over ten tracks, this two piece band proves that they are nothing to fuck with and they are here to bring the pain! I could call them the bastard children of Black Flag inspermenated by the never-ending speed of Motorhead. Although, this would not do them justice, because MANTAR are creating their own sonically depraved universe where the dirty riff is the only master. On Feb. 7th, Death By Burning will hit the streets via Svart Records, but in the meantime, CVLT Nation is streaming “Spit” below!
There is a war going on in my ears, because I have had the new COFFINWORM song on “Lust vs. Vengeance” on and I must say, this shit is fucking gnarly! Their new album IV.I.VII hits the streets this year via Profound Lore and I can’t wait to hear it! In the meantime, check COFFINWORM’S “Lust vs. Vengeance” streaming below!
NADJA are one of the most prominent doom-drone bands in existence. Their immense and diverse discography speaks for itself and their absolutely unique and incredible splicing of extreme doom, shoegaze and industrial that the band likes to call “doomgaze” is of such beauty and heaviness that it can crumble skyscrapers in seconds and pulverize skulls in absolute bliss and colossal beauty. The band have a new album - Queller - coming out later this month on Essence Music, but in the meantime, the band has made the track Dark Circles available for stream on their Bandcamp page. Listen to this behemoth below and bow down in reverence to it’s absolutely immense and gorgeous crushing heaviness.
We’re living in quite the age for communication with this ol’ internet thing you’re currently using. It’s facilitated projects like Culted to exist in many regards, where members reside in different countries, even different continents with an ocean between them. All of the band’s members have never even been in the same room at the same time, so live encounters have been ruled out and rather, Culted exists as a studio-only band, but that hasn’t deterred Relapse Records from signing the band for their first record in 2009 and sticking with them for this second outing, Oblique To All Paths.
Text & Photos by Adam Murray
Five bands (well, technically four) descended upon Los Angeles on this night like the various strains of flu virus that have been penetrating and violating everyone’s immune systems for the past couple weeks.
Strong Intention ground up a fine blend of grindy punk sludgecore like a batch of fresh n’ oily coffee beans! This was the only band I had been previously unaware of before the show, but by the second song they piqued my interest and brought my ass up front to take a few snaps and listen.
Obliterations boinked and crammed through their set like Black Flag on acid. The level of light on stage was very low, but these dudes made up for it with the amount of energy pumping through their tunes. They shot fireworks of angry juice into the crowd!
Straight up, 90′s DEPRESSOR rock my motherfucking world! Every release I have from them is a classic, because they created music without boundaries. DEPRESSOR always had messages in their music I could relate to, and they still ring true today! Check this out – you can download DEPRESSOR’s War Whores +4 & Some Hit Back releases right here and now!
My ears are being violated and I just downed a big bowl of my own vomit…at least, this is how I feel after listening to RECTAL HYGIENICS Even the Flies Won’t Touch You. You can hear the drugs that when into created this damaged, fucked up music and I can not stop getting high off it! It seems like the vocalists huffed a giant bag of glue before he wrote the words. RECTAL HYGIENICS has the filth in their songs that I like rubbing into my open wounds, so that they get filled up with more pus that sprays everywhere. This is a band that I want to hear more from, because they just don’t give a fuck! So here is the deal CVLT Nation is offering RECTAL HYGIENICS Even the Flies Won’t Touch You for free download so get your ODB on.