Canadian hardcore band Acousma have really set the bar high with their self-titled cassette EP released this past May. This tape is gritty, raw and completely mosh-worthy, falling somewhere between the blasting stomps of Ceremony circa 2008 and the evil mid-tempo groove of Hoax. The band recorded these six songs live in their own practice studio by Calvin Monaghan, and the tracks were mixed and mastered by Orchid mastermind Will Killingsworth at his Dead Air Studios. These songs also harken to classic powerviolence acts like No Comment and Crossed Out at times, with grinding passages suddenly stopping on a dime and inciting total war on the dance floor.
This Oakland crew of GHOULs released a cover EP last month, Intermediate Level Hard-Core, featuring their version of tracks from GWAR, Fearless Iranians From Hell, Willful Neglect, N.O.T.A and Dayglo Abortions. Today we’re stoked to stream Ghoul‘s “Proud to be Creepsylvanian” aka Dayglo Abortions’ “Proud to be Canadian.” You can also pick up the whole album in digi format HERE or in solid red LP format HERE. Also, check out their video for “Americanized” off of Intermediate Level Hard-Core below!
Tonight our favorite Vancouver promoters of everything heavy, Nothing is Heavy, celebrate their 1-year anniversary with a fucking wicked show at The Rickshaw in Vancouver, featuring Black Wizard‘s album release for Young Wisdom and special guests Tobeatic, Hoopsnake & Wiser Fool. To celebrate, Chris Dyck from Nothing is Heavy and Anciients has put together a crushing mix of death, black and thrash metal for you to get hyped up to! So hit play below and get your pre-game on for tonight’s show!
Craft – Demonspeed..from Fuck the Universe
This has to be my fave black metal album of all time…so fucking rockin, so ripped…best riffs, best drumming…every fucking song on this record crushes…one of the best overall DIY metal records ever…so badass…fucking full speed ahead!!!
Entombed – Left Hand Path…from Left Hand Path
I’m 36, so this album was one of the first death metal albums I had ever heard and one of the first ones I ever owned…every current throwback death metal band tries to sound like this and I’m not complaining at all…again an example of killer riffs, rockin drums and ripped vocals…you guys seeing a trend here?…haha…For those just getting into death metal, there are far more important albums you need to check out since this is pretty much a Slayer/rock album…but no one was doing this kinda metal when it came out and no one has done it better since…these guys also really were one of say 3 or 4 Swedish bands (Carnage, Dismember, Unleashed, Grave etc) that moulded the death metal scene over there…fucking classic.
Every time I think that I’ve heard it all, that there are no more exciting bands and that there’s nothing happening anymore in Germany’s Hardcore scene, a band like NOTHING comes around and proves me wrong. Without warning, Berlin’s NOTHING (not to be confused with the shoegaze Nothing from Philly or any of the other Nothings there are probably) kick in your front door and tear down your house with the dirtiest Hardcore-Metal-Punk you’ve probably heard in quite a while.
Imagine Poison Idea partying with Slayer while Discharge pukes in the kitchen sink and you might be able to conceive what’s going on Embrace The Hatred. The band’s second album (or EP?) was released by This Charming Man Records and features seven songs of ripping solos, often with fine twin-guitar harmonies and crazy mosh parts, carefully nestled in insanely fast palm-muted, thrashy riffs, topped by a voice that expresses more fuck you attitude than… hell I don’t even know anything that comes close to the minimum of fucks given here. And fortunately NOTHING don’t sound like one of those countless, awefully unoriginal Thrash revival bands the last years brought upon us. The band rather seems to be a bunch of really pissed punk ass motherfuckers who grew up on early C.O.C., D.R.I., Cro-Mags, Suicidal Tendencies etc. and internalized the mighty powers of Metal-PUNK full-on.
Today CVLT Nation is honored to premiere a track off of the upcoming LP from NOISEM, Agony Defined. “Mortuary” is a seething, blistering assault on your senses that shows why this Baltimore band is not to be fucked with! Check out our album review here. Agony Defined comes out on June 11th via A389 Records, and catch NOISEM alongside the Melvins, Testament, Vision of Disorder, Corrosion of Conformity, Municipal Waste, The Casualties, Impaled, A Life Once Lost, Code Orange Kids and more at the Scion Rock Fest in Memphis, Tennessee tomorrow, June 1st. Check out NOISEM’s rad set at this year’s MDF below, filmed by Frank Huang, and then sit back, stream this track, and let your brain be blown into a million pieces!
In the 80′s, Sunset Blvd stood for one thing: Hair Metal poser motherfuckers! Back then it was totally normal for punks & hairspray metal heads to go after each other! Then the first wave of speed metal started to come out, with bands like Metallica, Exciter, OZ and Slayer. Tom Araya created music that had all of us going bonkers – we could not get enough of Show No Mercy and to this day I blast it on the regular! This is why CVLT Nation’s favorite tumblr right now is FUCK YEAH SLAYER. If you’re a metal nerd like me you will dig it because it’s full of rad photos from all eras of the band!…R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman!
Irish scourge ZOM present us two cosmological atrocities on a wicked 7” EP that lights the altar of Blasphemy, Morbid Angel, and Slayer aflame in it’s worship. While these tracks did appear on their 2012 “Hells Pleasure” demo I unfortunately did not get a hold of that so these are new to me, and also rip really hard.
ZOM’s assault is not new however. Their self-titled demo was certainly promising, making heads turn despite the perceived ordinariness outside of the locale they hail from, largely because the worship they display is flat out enjoyable with subtle additions that the newer revivals are bringing with them that seem to have naturally leeched into their classic sound. Just enough to refresh things at least because they were getting a lot of attention, and I still managed to miss their second demo last year containing these two tracks.
Though, as it was a demo, I assume they were rougher which is either a plus or a minus depending on your attitude. There are two tracks, virtually the same length but with different approaches to their thrash formula, the first “Multiversal Holocaust” dips into the slower realms near the end while “Terror of the Cosmos” really is a relentless and blistering offensive.
Have you ever felt old for one reason or another? Maybe you’re out running adult-type errands and everywhere you turn, there’s someone living life to the fullest while you wait in line at the post office. Perhaps you go to a show and a band that still has yet to reach high school blows your ass out of the water. If this terrifies you, maybe it’s best that you avoid Baltimore death metal band Noisem. With the age of its members ranging from 15 to 20 years old, Noisem (initially signed to A389 Records under the name Necropsy) comes right out of the gate with the debut LP, Agony Defined.
This record moves with such a sense of urgency that it seems to be on the downside of modern metal. There’s no occasional slow song that chugs along or despair-ridden ballad about being born just to die. Noisem rips through these nine tracks and aims to fuck you up. The first track, “Voices In The Morgue,” sets the siege off right, with circle pit-inducing fast parts that endure the majority of the track, paired with gnarly vocals and wailing solos driven more by the whammy bar than actual notes (a good thing for a metal band, indeed). The song actually slows down after about two minutes of pummeling into submission, but kicks right back in with a blistering solo that would make Kerry King weep. Noisem keeps the album going at full speed with “Birthing The Bestial,” which keeps up the intense tornado of noise-drenched metal. “Desire And Disgust” changes it up a bit, leaning on a heavy Cannibal Corpse influence, especially in the drums. The song goes for quality instead of quantity, ending the track at 77 seconds, the shortest of the album. The fourth song on Agony Defined, “Mortuary,” calls to memory the lyrical content of metal legends Death, spinning a tale of the title’s creepy atmosphere. “Mortuary” also features the first slower passage on the album so far which fits nicely with the lyrical content. Thrash heads take note: it took Noisem four tracks to play one slow part!
Dallas crossover thrash titans Power Trip has been making a name for themselves since the release of their 2008 demo tape. The band has toured nonstop, recently completing a tour with Expire and Xibalba and making appearances at festivals such as The Rumble and New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Five years since its debut, the band has unleashed something that the blast doors just couldn’t contain: Mainfest Decimation. Recorded by War Hungry guitarist Arthur Rizk and Daniel Schmuck, and featuring art from Italy’s Paolo “Madman” Girardi, Manifest Decimation barges its way through your speakers and stomps a mud hole in your soul.
Rage loud and ride the flames of hell! BLACK BREATH fucking wrecked shop at the Knitting Factory in New York a week ago. Our videographer comrade Pit Full of Shit was on had to capture the band’s sonic onslaught! Check out the full 46 minutes of mayhem here at CVLT Nation! BLACK BREATH Rules!