When you take a look at cultures from around the world, you see more similarities than differences. Case in point – while the west has often characterized rituals that involve masks, animal and supernatural costumes as being in the realm of “tribal” peoples, it is ignoring its own tribal roots, which are alive and well in many parts of Europe today. In most of Europe, there are traditions involving elaborate costumes that celebrate pre-Christian holidays and beliefs. While in the “New World,” Christianity and Walmart have been pretty much successful at whitewashing/eradicating any mention or celebration of “pagan” traditions from mainstream society, in European countries with centuries and millennia of history to reflect on, the practices are still alive. For example, the Krampus gatherings and parades in the Austrian Alps, the Bulgarian Kukeri festivals, New Year’s Day celebrations in Poland with the Macidulas or in Germany with the Wilder Mann, or the Festival of Bears in France. All of these and more involve community participation in pre-Christian traditions celebrating Nature, the solstices and humans’ place in the cycle of life, and many of the costumes worn would be at home alongside an anthropological exploration of First Nations’ traditional costumes or those found in tribal African societies. Organized Christianity occupied the territories and destroyed the traditions of people the world over, but has twisted history to make certain people believe themselves more “civilized” than others. But these pictures are clear evidence of the commonality of the human experience, and shows that greed and thirst for power are at the root of our separation from one another.
For “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004)
Steve Collins was my primary school’s resident expert on all things parentally unapproved: punk rock, horror movies, Stephen King and Sid Vicious. The introductions he made for me in the sixth grade alone would have been enough of a negative influence as any one person could be expected to have, but after the post-primary school holiday he turned up on the first day of seventh grade sporting freshly shoulder-length hair, the ability to play a guitar and a Pantera shirt, and the downward spiral continued.
Every guy in our class went home that day and either dug out their parent’s or older sibling’s until-now ignored guitar or else begged their parents to buy them one, and as soon as they’d all mastered a few power chords Steve lost interest and moved on to the drums, which of course he was also a master at. From there it was on to singing (voice like a choirboy, naturally), and ultimately gangster rap, but back in those days Steve was the mascot metalhead, and if you caught him early enough in the morning before the teachers did, you’d have a new band to go home and check out based on whatever shirt he was wearing before he was forced to change.
Cemetery‘s cassette demo in 2011 was a welcome and gloomy surprise from Chicago that I first wrote about for CVLT Nation in March, 2012. Although the band have produced at least an LP’s worth of material – and are planning to release it soon, as they detail below – since the demo, and have played out on the East Coast and elsewhere, it’s hard to find info on the mysterious group. As one of the better-sounding bands that are part of the new revivalist deathrock and goth-punk movement that includes bands like Lost Tribe, The Spectres, Deathcharge, Arctic Flowers, Crimson Scarlet, Belgrado, and others, the creepy, Christian Death-sounding quartet have slowly been amassing followers due to word of mouth praise and dubbed circulation of their cassette.
I interviewed singer Danny and guitarist Desmond below to find out what bands have inspired them and what they’re currently working on.
I knew that NAILS were over in the UK wrecking shop last week, but now I have video evidence of how fucking off the chain their shows really were! One of our readers, Charlie Holt, sent us the links to the NAILS show at the Underworld in Camden. You can see for yourself that this band is nothing to fuck with… respect due to NAILS and all of the UK fans!
Year of No Light’s voyage to the throne of post metal’s monarch has taken many twists and turns through the years – namely a significant line-up shuffle after Nord that saw them sans-vocals, but now with two drummers and a solely instrumental sound. The test for this new formula was 2010’s Ausserwelt, a test passed with stunning, flying colours.
In a bid to prove that Ausserwelt was anything but a fluke, they released their split with Altar of Plagues, but most interestingly, emerged earlier this year with Vampyr, a YONL-style score to Carl Theodore Dreyer’s 1932 film of the same name. The score explored the band’s more serene and creepier tendencies. Tocsin is its polar opposite.
Photographer: Klaus Pichler
Based in: Vienna, Austria
This is a photo of my girlfriend in a hotel’s hallway in Odessa, Ukraine. We made a trip to the Ukraine three years ago and we stayed in this hotel for some nights. This was one of the hotels you can still find in Eastern Europe where the grandezza of the old days blends with the functionality and tastelessness of comunist days, resulting in a feeling which is comparable to a pre-Perestroyka movie version of ‘Shining’. We thought that a bed sheet ghost would fit perfectly to these uncanny hallways, and one night, when we were sure that all of the merciless heavyweight parlour maids had left the building, we staged this picture.
25 years of motherfucking DYSFUNCTION is what EYEHATEGOD has given the world, and they have no plans of stopping! This past weekend they performed in Brooklyn and destroyed St.Vitus. Our comrade
(((UnartigNYC))) was on hand and captured this insane set played to a hungry crowd of EYEHATEGOD fans! Now tune into the Masters of Legalized Confusion! R.I.P. Joey LaCaze, and welcome to their newest member, Aaron Hill (Drums).
Do you remember the final scene in Cronenberg’s masterpiece The Fly? The part where Dr. Brundle, now almost completely transformed into a giant humanoid fly (aka “The Brundlefly”), attempts to teleport together himself and a pregnant Veronica Quaife, to fuse each other into the ”ultimate family”? As you know The Brundlefly’s plan goes totally wrong, and instead of fusing himself with Quaife and their unborn child he ends up instead getting fused with the teleport pod itself, resulting in the creation of a monstrous and agonizing deformity made of human, insect and mechanical parts, that then begs Quaife to end its suffering with a twelve gauge pump action shotgun blast right in the middle of its bug eyes. Well, that’s exactly what Gnaw‘s music sounds like: like the moment in which you see the final version of the now partially mechanical and agonizing Brundlefly emerge from the teleport pod and you just wanna puke all over yourself. In fact, Gnaw’s music just sounds like a fucking hideous and monstrous deformity made of mechanical chaos, decaying flesh, madness, and uncontrolled fucking horror.
Heavy Demented Disjointed Aggressive Disturbing are some of the words that come to mind when listening to INDEX FOR POTENTIAL SUICIDE. This 90′s group laid waste to many different genres of sound to create their own upper cuts of sonic filth. DIY label Foreign Sounds has just re-released their album The Newest Youth Rebellion on vinyl only. Today CVLT Nation is streaming INDEX FOR POTENTIAL SUICIDE’s bombastic record in full below!