by Oliver Sheppard
Portland’s Arctic Flowers will have a digital release of their long-awaited second LP soon, with a proper vinyl release following some time in the Spring. In the meantime, the new “Weaver” LP is available here at CVLT Nation for streaming.
After last year’s excellent “Procession” EP, an EP that showcased the Flowers’ talent for combining the tradition of anarcho/peace punk with a postpunk sensibility, the new “Weaver” LP (on Deranged Records – who are on a roll lately) continues in much the same vein. The first side kicks off with the energetic track “Magdalene” and the pace doesn’t let up too much from there, culminating in the barnstorming track “Anamnesis,” which employs a riff that reminds me of a Rudimentary Peni track (specifically, “The Evil Clergyman” off RP’s “Cacophony“). But it’s Side 2 that contains my favorite tracks off this new release. The second side kicks off with the memorable track “Byzantine”; guitarist Stan Wright lays down a chunky, Killing Joke-esque riff (think of that band’s song “Tension” mixed with “The Wait”), complemented by frontwoman Alex’s vocals, which recall the classic goth-punk of bands like Rubella Ballet and Lost Cherrees. The following title track, “Weaver,” is another winner – just a great mid-tempo punk rocker that, in true Arctic Flowers fashion, blurs the boundaries between classic punk, postpunk, and early gothic rock. Indeed, in an interview I did with Arctic Flowers almost two years ago, founder and guitarist Stan Wright stated, “Our sound is a mix of punk, deathrock, post punk, and goth. Aggressive but at times danceable and melodic.”
Are you in the mood to make your ears bleed in a good way? All you have to do is watch this ultra intense full set from TORCH RUNNER filmed by our comrade Will Butler. I have more news about this band – they just signed to Southern Lord for their next release! In the meantime, peep TORCH RUNNER destroy everything around them!
INTERVIEW about BLACKHEARTS film in production
The keywords you are mentionining for your planned film project imply that you focus on the more spectacular details of black metal history?
- In our upcoming documentary “Blackhearts” we are going to focus on the heavy and profound impact black metal have had on peoples lives. As fans, we all know how the passion for this kind of music have affected many of our choices in several aspects of our lives over the years. Personally I find this really interesting and this is the reason I wanted to start making this film. What makes this music so powerful that it shapes the way we think and act?
In addition to this, I am also fascinated about the fact that Norwegian black metal have spread to almost every village in every country in the world. As people will see in the documentary, weird things happen when this passion for black metal meets the local culture in for example a small catholic town in Colombia or in The Islamic Republic of Iran. Of course the characters we are focusing on in our documentary are more or less spectacular compared to the average black metal fan. Sina for example, is the only active black metal musician in Iran. He is risking his freedom in order to enjoy the music he likes so much. I can´t personally think of anything more spectacular than that, and I must say I truly admire him for his passion and courage.
I’m obsessed with Nico. Do you remember reading Please Kill Me? Some of the best parts of that book are about Nico. Nico and Lou, Nico and Iggy. Nico, the aging, knife-weilding junkie. Nico, the former Chelsea Girl turned kooky spook. A monster. A siren. THE epitome of sailor drowning songstress.
If you want to learn about Nico, you should read the book. And please watch Nico Icon, like I did for the zillionth time on YouTube. My type of girl is usually a loud, ballsy bitch. And Nico was a bitch. But she was cool, quiet, detached. Quiet people are often mistaken for idiots by people who actually are idiots. Everything about Nico was deliberate.
If you wanted to impress her, you’d have to pull a Jim Morrison and pull her by the hair across the rooftops of a gothic moonlit castle. That reminds me of the time a local shock rocker wanted to date me. He hit me in the head with a vodka bottle when I was dancing with a girl. It didn’t work, but at least I remember it. Too bad he wasn’t taller, hotter.
Thou, in a relatively short space of time, have become a sort of doom metal royalty. Perhaps it’s because they have been unnaturally prolific throughout the years, churning out a couple of full-lengths but bridging the gaps with several EPs and splits each time. Not only that but they’ve maintained a level of consistency and quality that was more than on par with their turnaround, a next-to-impossible tasks for many bands and this truly hit a zenith in 2010 with Summit.
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As Irish Rich correctly said, “Bill Ray wasn’t the Lone Ranger…”meaning he wasn’t the only dude photographing the ’60s bikers/hippies/counterculture in a meaningful way – share the love.That being said, he did capture some really stunning images of the original Hells Angels of Berdoo and their striking “Old Ladies” for LIFE back in 1965. It is the Old Ladies (actually quite young), who in fact steal the show with their melancholy beauty and faraway stares. They hold me mesmerized as I search in vain for silent clues to who they were, where they came from, what brought them here. Truth is that there beauty is long gone by now, and they may have even left this world – yet somehow looking at these images they seem like ghostly beauties frozen forever in a place in my mind where time feels irrelevant. If I could only find a way back there. Truth is these Old Ladies are no longer available on the menu. Thank God (oh, and Bill Ray) for these images.
I love the personal commentary Ray shares regarding some of his favorite shots, and the behind-the-scenes escapades while out on assignment with writer Joe Bride covering the San Bernardino Hells Angels. The story for LIFE would never see print as it turns out, but the shots have become legendary despite that and are available in the book Hells Angels of San Berdoo ’65 | Inside the Mother Charter which is definitely worth a look. But don’t stare at the old ladies too long. They will lure you into the deep, dark waters and drown you.
Two of the women riding with the Hells Angels hang out at a bar. According to LIFE writer Joe Bride’s notes– “The girl kneeling by the jukebox is Ruthie and she’s the ‘Old Lady’ of Harvey, a Diablos member from San Bernardino. Harvey attends Angels’ meetings and rides with them but is not a member. It’s only two in the afternoon but Ruthie has already ‘crashed’ from beer and bennies [benzedrine].” Bill Ray has a real liking for this particular photograph. “This is one of my favorites from the whole shoot. There’s something kind of sad and at the same time defiant about the atmosphere. Ruthie is probably playing the same 45 over and over and over again. A real music lover.” –photograph by Bill Ray © Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Are we fans of Easyrider Records? HELL YEAH! Do we get high to the sounds of Salem’s Pot? DOUBLE HELL YEAH!…We are super excited to hear the band’s new album …lurar ut dig på prärien on April 29th via Easyrider Records. We premiered their new song “Nothing Hill” earlier this week, which got our readers hyped! Now check the bugged out & freaky visual for Salem’s Pot “Nothing Hill”…Get your high on & Get DOOMED!
When you walk through a subway in NYC, all sort of things run through you mind, both conscious and unconscious. Billboards are everywhere, with messages shaping how you navigate this urban weirdo landscape. The new art project by Jon Burgerman entitled Headshot shows how violent and threatening many of these ads are…Read what Jon has to say below and check out how these billboards will be the death of him!
Jon describes the work as “interventions staged in public” and each image features a violent advertisement found in the New York subway. I’m particularly impressed by how simple and effective these images are at highlighting the violence that exists in ads. Most of us pass these types of images everyday and yet we never stop to notice just how violent they can be.
Since the 80′s, I have been a fan of Death Rock and I have never stopped digging the dark, rolling baselines of this genre! I’m also a huge fan of all of the young bands that have embraced the Bat Cave vibe and turned it into something all their own. Which is just the case with Olympia’s TRANSFIX, and their new self-titled album out now on Dutch Tilt Records is a gem. Over 12 catchy, dirged-out tunes this band will have you hooked, and you will realize that Death Rock is alive and well. CVLT Nation has been given the honor of streaming the new TRANSFIX song “Bad Trip” below…Also check out the videos for “Like A Glove” & “New Fix”…Congrats to TRANSFIX for creating an outstanding record that will be here for generations to come…Despair never sounded so good!
ABEST from Northern Germany are creating a very dark and compelling emotional atmosphere with their deranged mix of atmospheric Post-Metal and negative Hardcore. Formed in late 2011, they released their demo in March 2012, followed by a split 7″ with the Irish crust-outfit Absolutist in September 2013. The new full-length Asylum will be released in May 2014.
We at CVLT Nation are honoured to stream the song Shiver off Asylum now – a crawling, depressing and incredibly bleak piece of music that sets the bar very high for the whole album. Dwell in this thunderous, unsettling experience now and prepare for this world’s downfall: