How’s the tour going?
It’s going. We’ve done the majority of it and we have seven concerts left. I mean, it’s a touring festival and it’s going well.
The tour is called Conquerors of the World, and it really is just that. It’s rare that you would get such a diverse group of international bands, especially when none of the bands are from the States.
Oh wow, I guess I never thought about it that way. I mean Inquisition is kinda from here, but yes it really is an international package.
How do you feel being a part of this kind of renowned international group of bands?
It represents my life. I’ve always been surrounded by an international community. I’ve never been with a single type of people, always an international group. Touring with such a diverse package is I suppose pretty common in Europe, but it is very cool to be doing in here in North America.
Right, because most of these tours for us are made up of Western European or Scandinavian bands. To have you guys along with Krisiun from Brazil…
…and Septic Flesh from Greece and the others. Yeah, I see what you’re saying. It is very interesting.
What do you think it is about extreme metal that has it keep gaining popularity all over the world? It’s getting to the point where you can find extreme bands from just about every country.
People like this music. It has the ability to be popular among a certain demographic of human beings, no matter what culture they’re from. However, through all the new media we have like the internet… it helped spread it further. Some countries never really imported many CDs so they never knew it was something they would like or not, they just didn’t have it. There have always been underground scenes but it simply got bigger I think because of the Internet.
Thrash kid thrash!!! This is what you feel like doing when you hear OBSESSOR and their new single “Mental Hell,” out now on Tankcrimes. This release is the 4th and final part of the “cassingle” program that the label has been doing, where each is produced in a limited run of 250 and won’t be reproduced, but all 4 are available for free download on the TC website. Obsessor is a one man project of Brandon Ferrel, who is best known for his hardcore bands Direct Control and Government Warning, plus his early years w/ Municipal Waste, playing drums on the first album Waste em All. “Mental Hell” will truly take you to a dark place in your psyche, where you will thrash your way out of your straightjacket! CVLT Nation is stoked to be streaming this gnarly tune below!
The lords of Satanic Speed Metal, CHAPEL, have just released their kick-ass album Satan’s Rock & Roll via Invictus Productions, on sale HERE. Every song on this 10-song monster kicks the fucking teeth of authority in! From the first song “Rock N Roll From Hell” till the last tune “Hellrazors,” CHAPEL brings gnarly riffs dipped in murder acid. While blasting this, you will find yourself involuntarily head banging to all of these caustic jams. CVLT Nation has the honor of streaming CHAPEL’s Satan’s Rock & Roll in full below. Get your bottle of Crown and turn up the volume to 666 – let the flames of Hell burn your eardrums!
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I guess my first drug of choice was album art. It started off with 70′s funk covers for Parilment, Funkadelic, Bootsy Cameo and the list goes on. These bands went all out for sure – me and my cousins would spend hours gazing at different records in amazement. As I got older and found my own tribe, 80′s hardcore records became the new kind of art that got me high. Around ’83 something happened: I started listening to metal bands who wanted to be punks. This was the start of the golden era of Crossover, aka Speed Metal. This genre had an iconography all it’s own, and I would go to my homies’ cribs or record stores to get my fix. So today we are featuring some of our favorite 80′S Thrash/Speed Metal covers. After the motherfucking jump, it’s time to step back in time, to an era when punk & metal heads banged in unity!…This is part one…
80′S Thrash/Speed Metal covers after the jump!
While everyone is busy getting off on another “blackened crust band with grindcore influences” that popped up some might overlook the new – actually cool – bands that spring forth these days. VVovnds is one of them. And they’re not blackened crust, so you can stop reading this review if you’d had your hopes up.
VVovnds are from Kortrijk/Courtrai and that also means they’re from the H8000 region. People that are a bit older and followed the European/Belgian hardcore/metalcore scene in the 90′s and early 00′s know what this means. Bands like Amenra, Congress, Liar, etc saw the light of day in this once vivid scene and VVovnds – with some ex-members of some of the aforementioned bands – is trying to inject new life in it. They’ve had the pleasure of supporting bands like Trash Talk and Thou already and have just released their first demo.
Like their predecessors they play hardcore with a metallic edge, yet no swedish melodic deathmetal rip off, like you might expect. Think more of bands like mix of Rorschach, Raein, Das Oath and even Walls to some extend. It’s all quite noisy and has a punk feel to it (short songs – fuck yeah), but that can only be a good thing. The fury is there, the songs are full of energy and stick around in your head. If harsh vocals, fast and moshy bits are your thing, you like abovementioned bands and you’re not afraid of a noisy production VVovnds is your cup’o tea!
Demos are available from the band or you can check it out on the VVovnds bandcamp before you purchase it (obviously).
Enabler’s sophomore release All Hail The Void should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the band as an upping of the ante for the Hardcore/Metal crossover genre. Given the band’s collection of previous efforts including Trap Them, Today is the day, Shai Hulud and Fall Out Boy (I don’t reference this ironically ((I actually like them (((OH, WHATEVER)))))) Enabler have always had a lot to live up to in order to surpass even the least cynical of critics. Laying down what would be the foundations of their sound with 2011’s Year One the prolific band are back a year later with 12 more songs of furious punk sentiment and heavy production.
Steaming straight in, after a brief moment of acoustic guitars, the record lays comfortably between the early crossover efforts of the 80’s and the more technical aspects commonly found in the 90’s staple, invoking touches from bands such as Deadguy, Converge and Coalesce, leaving behind the more predictable and often draining restrictions offered by the punk/trash genre. “Fath”’s inventive use of the one chord breakdown earns Enabler smoke signals early into the record as a warning that this won’t be a simple journey and as the tracks progress, mixing the southern rock riffery of “Speechless” whilst offsetting with the uber-melodic “True Love” the band’s scope continues to keep anyone simply breezing through the album engaged throughout.
We all know that one of the heaviest tours of the summer will be the Southern Lord Showcase featuring Martyrdöd, Black Breath, Burning Love, Dead in the Dirt and Enabler. CVLT Nation’s favorite southern videographer, South Florida Hardcore, was on hand to capture the whole event of epic rawness in Atlanta! Not only did every band bring the pain, but the way they were shot you can smell the sweat that was dripping on the floor. We are so stoked to share with you this all the way live video essay, before and after the jump! Now let the headbanging begin – the madness is upon us!
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Photographer Peter Beste is someone who is able to put the energy of metal into his pictures. At the most recent Copenhell, he took photos of the bands and the fans that bring to life how fucking awesome the tribal spirit of metal is! I will never get bored of looking at flicks that capture the true spirit of youth culture. To me, photography and rebellion go hand in hand. Not only on a political level, but also on a social level. So peep this head banging photo essay after the jump!
Chaos, that’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of a Reproach show. Few bands know how to set a place on fire like these Belgians can. No matter where, what stage, the number of attendees, Reproach always delivers. Since a couple of months they have a new album out as well, more reason to ask a few questions to the madman that is their vocalist; Stijn.