Wreck & Reference have always played by their own rules, which has made them a CVLT Nation favorite since day one of this site. They have another genre-bending record coming out on The Flenser next month, a 7 inch called No Content. Today Wreck & Reference just released a killer video for “Absurdities and Echos” off of their new record which will hit the streets on May 21st. If you have never heard this band, check them out because they will cut new holes in your being and inject them with abstract passion! Pre-order the No Content 7″ HERE!
So much good music came out in 1984 it was hard to keep track. One record that touched my life maybe more than any other was The Cult’s Dreamtime. In my book, this might be the best album the band ever created – all of the elements were on point! During this time, me and all of my friends thought this band could do no wrong and that they represented what we were going through. The other day I found a full video of their gig at the Lyceum in 1984. As you will see, The Cult were at the top of their game then… So let’s all have our dreamtime and check out this awesome blast from the past!
I just might be obsessed with Japan. Having been there many times, I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite places in the world! When it comes to punk culture, Japan’s has always hit the spot for me. Going to live gigs there is something special – I have never heard shows as loud as in this country. They have some of the sickest record stores on the planet, plus they have been able to keep the peace punk flag waving high! Then there are the products that you can get in Japan that, to me, always seem to be on the next level. This fact can be seen on the FUUDOBRAIN/strong> website where you can find the sickest CORRUPTED hoodies I have ever seen! Plus this website is full of sick tees with jumbo prints. I’m just just saying, when I saw their John Heartfield tees I almost lost my shit! FUUDOBRAIN also carries Black Means, and their own in-house brand has killer pieces. Their web store is open to international customers – it might be pricey, but Japanese quality is always worth it! Personally, I’m saving up for the CORRUPTED hoodie and the FUUDOBRAIN side bags!
Santa Cruz doesn’t seem to be a place to invoke the most grim and gloomy kind of black metal. But with Leucosis, the story is different. The band made its debut back in 2011 with the amazing “Pulling Down The Sky” that pulled off really impressive reviews along its way. The level of black metal presented then by the band, through the quality of the tracks and their sound, really caught up the attention of many out there, including myself, in such a way that i had to put “Pulling Down The Sky” in the altar of my favorite releases of that same year. This year they mark their return with another brilliant milestone into their young, yet prolific career. A self titled album made out of six amazing chapters which have a total of more than one hour of length. Although it’s a long release, I assure you that it’s one of the most well spent hours you will have. At this point, before i go further into the album i must warn the fans of “Pulling Down The Sky” that here they may be a little bit disappointed or even upset by Leucosis sound on this album. It all depends on how you like your black metal and how open-minded you are. I believe that this evolution in Leucosis sound is quite good as the songs themselves, united by different nodes that culminates into something quite interesting and innovative. It becomes a bit difficult to classify Leucosis sound with this new record. Atmospheric Black Metal Doom? Cascadian Blackened Doom? Whatever. It’s clearly black metal that drinks from cascadian and atmospheric fountains of inspiration and obviously some doom. Whatever the result, the way it’s made and how it sounds, it’s awesome.
The album begins with “Anaesthesia“, which is the perfect track to begin this album with. An epic track that contains 14 minutes of the most perfect doom infused black metal where the rhythm ranges from slower sludgier/doom rhythms to the most cascadian influenced black metal stretching even to some beautiful instrumental territories with melodic contours that all together, offer an excellent gateway to what is a brilliant album. If we dissect this track we will see that 80% is merely instrumental, the voice when marks its presence, it shouts from way beyond, in total despair all caught up in this whole mix. But what really amazes me is how Leucosis take all of these different influences and create this unique harmony. Immediately glued “Calcinate” whose initial tone reminds me a snippet of “Time as Automation” from Buried Inside. Sweet and melodic notes are gently released as they slowly build a scenario that aims to be, at least, epic. The tone that the band injects into their tracks really has that dramatic charisma and melancholy that is so simple yet so brilliant. The tone increases before a deluge of thick blackness drowns us all. The voice is quite creepy as it echoes through this impenetrable wall of sound.
Today is a special day on CVLT Nation – we have been given the honor of streaming the new WOE album, Withdrawal, that is coming out via Candlelight Records on April 23rd. I know that this record will win this band even more fans worldwide. Stay tuned for a full review of Withdrawal in the very near future on CVLT Nation. For now, press play below and listen how WOE created a moving album that hits the mark!
For their all too brief but imposing lifespan, Trenches produced some of the most forward thinking heavy music to come out of Ireland in the past decade. The Galway band’s ton weight three guitar assault had its’ own field of gravity, was a titanic and multifaceted onslaught that had a heft that was emotional as much as physical. I have a memory that will always stay with me of seeing them at least once, in the upstairs room in a bar in Galway one summer night where – no word of a lie – they played a set that rivalled only prime time Neurosis for sheer intensity.
Trenches were special, basically.
And Trenches are no more. The band dissolved quietly earlier on this year with only a self released eponymous ep and a split 12″ with Drainland. Obviously having been a member of the latter band I am both biased and priveleged to have been involved with their history. Unbeknownst to me though, in spite of the band’s end, there was one final recording. And the band have now entrusted these two final songs to Cvltnation to stream so that you, dear readers, may have the pleasure of hearing the band’s dying breaths.
I’ll hand you over to now to guitarist Gab for a brief note on the origin of these recordings:
“The songs were originally recorded in early 2012. And were meant to go on a split with Diet pills (then they broke up) and so we had kept them for a split with State Icons. But after all the difficulties and line up changes in 2012 the band ended, state icons also broke up at the end of 2012 so the songs remained unreleased. I still hope to one day release them in some shape or form but for now we will only be doing a download version.
Roadburn 2013 has come to an end and it looks like Walter and crew have put on another perfect fest! CVLT Nation salutes all of the bands who performed this weekend and everyone who went to Roadburn! Today check out our first video essay featuring some of our favorite bands. Also, stay tuned for CVLT Nation exclusive photos of Roadburn 2013 by Luana Magalhaes in the very near future. In the meantime, peep radical footage of GODFLESH, LORD MANTIS and ELECTRIC WIZARD now!
Fell Voices return with Regnum Saturni, three years after their previous full length (untitled). The ambient black metal band, once again, does what they know how to do best, bringing forth three long tracks (shortest one is about seventeen minutes long) filled with chaos and destruction. What is impressive here though is that Fell Voices do not rely on weird synth sounds (although they do have a few) and keyboards, or even many clean parts in order to sound atmospheric. Instead most of the album’s ambiance manages to come forth from the production, which achieves to retain a raw and aggressive sound but on the same time craft an atmosphere that can only be described as dystopian.
From the intro of “Flesh From Bone” with its distressing sonic qualities the band is fooling you into thinking that what will follow might not be as direct and harsh. So soon enough the black metal riffology kicks in obliterating everything in its path. In about six minutes into the song it seems like Fell Voices decide to give you a chance to breathe, slowing down to a more mid tempo moment with the wolf-howling-like black metal vocals still present, there is even a clean (well, a bit cleaner…) guitar part there before the relentless drumming resumes and you are once again lost in their horrific visions.
Of course synths are present here, acting also as intros and outros to the songs and they do help quite a bit. “Emergence” kicks in with a bass line that sounds absolutely unreal, making the listener feel always on edge, not knowing what to expect next. Tempos change through the twenty-one minutes of the second track but the bands twisted concepts retain the same energy throughout. The album finishes with the completely surreal “Dawn”, with its imposing four-minute intro that blends perfectly into the black metal basis of Fell Voices. Warped melodies and dissonance are entwined together to bring forth what is for me personally the peak of this album, an earsplitting ambient black metal opus that will satisfy any extreme music fan.
Regnum Saturni is an excellent release that binds together ambience and aggression. I cannot really think of many records that can accomplish anything similar in the same twisted way that Fell Voices have managed to get it done in Regnum Saturni.