A few friends and I all went to the last concert they played in SF at Slims in 08′. We missed the opening act that evening and came in during the first half of Grey, a trio of Witches from the Pacific Northwest that played some seriously Heavy music. When Graves At Sea took the stage that evening, I was so pumped. Nick’s Guitar tone was devastatingly heavy that evening. They had just went through a few lineup changes and Chiyo(Noothgrush) was filling in on drums for them and Miguel(Sourvein) was playing bass. As the story goes, they were scheduled to tour Japan with Corrupted but at the time didn’t feel 100% sure on touring and the promoters told them they couldn’t back out of the tour or they’d be sued. The only way they could get out of their touring obligations was to break up the band. That fucking sucks and is a shitty spot to be in, anyway – they decided to just put the project to rest. Nathan(Vocalist) joined Laudanum, and Nick Phit(Guitarist) moved to Oregon and joined Atriarch. Over the years, people have been hounding them to get back together and to bring back the crushing…This year they finally did and played Oakland, California and I was there to capture it. You’ll get a look into the progression of the band as they played a few new songs as well as a few of their classic tunes.
Ramlord give a harsh soundscape of the everyday sounds of a bitter life. All arranged into a hundred different rhythms. Cynical and sardonic they deliver the ugliness of life, with subjects from a lifeless old age, blind acceptance and the monotony of modern life. A growling sore throat soars above the musick and delivers lines like ‘Consume hard drugs and mutilate yourself’ or more direct minimal lyrics like ‘Fuck all…pigs’.
The album opens with ‘Nihil Fucking Lifeblood’ which follows a heavy musical tradition of starting with a slow pacing melodic riff, then stopping abruptly for some real heavy chaos. The difference here is from there they go from crusty punk to blast beats to slow sludge. They have this type of unconventional song structure throughout. Lots of changes but the the songs still maintain a decent flow. I suppose if you wanted to label the band you’d use something along the lines of blackened crust. But there is a lot going on here from crusty sludge to whatever other heavy down tuned genre you can think of.
Debut album for the Swedes progressive/experimental post metallers and you really should not miss this one. Moth Gatherer in their debut album, A Bright Celestial Light, while stepping on the shoulders of giants of the genre such as Breach, Neurosis and Cult of Luna bring five truly excellent tracks that will not leave any fan of heavy experimental music disappointed.
With the inclusion of electronic elements to give a more psychedelic dimension to their music, something that is further added by the ingenious use of synths, keyboards and various effects to build a daunting atmosphere, the album will remain unforgettable to anyone after the very first few minutes. What is even more intriguing is the emotional charge that comes with the bands music, from the heavier cathartic moments of songs like “The Water That We All Come To Need” to the melancholic lead guitar parts, for instance in “Intervention” (which reminds me a bit of The Atlas Moth in places), A Bright Celestial Light transfers an extreme variety of emotions to the listener.
I’m not going to even say much, other than: here is a cult classic movie for freaks. CVLT Nation now showing ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK after the jump!
I repeat: BARGHEST are creating some of the most diabolical, manic black metal that gets me over hyped with each listen! They have just released more DEMO tracks that they are working on for their new album, and they sound like a fucking gun battle happening in my skull. What trips me out is that these are DEMOS, so imagine how unreal the final product is going to sound…BARGHEST are conjuring up tunes that have the power to rip the skin off the pope’s face! Today we are streaming two songs by them, “Thought Disease” & “Shifting Sands”…not only will they demoralize you with their crushing audio assault, but they also will wreak emotional havoc with their melodic undertones. CVLT Nation is waiting for them to finish their album because we know it’s to going be the shit, plain and simple!
CVLT Nation is a place where people fascinated with the imagery of death and destruction can come to listen to music, see art and film and find clothing that exalts these things. But how many of us would choose a path in life solely dedicated to death, where we live, breathe and taste, literally, the stench of rotting and burning human flesh? The Aghori monks of India and Nepal spend their lives proving to Shiva, the god of death and transformation, that they are his true disciples by living at Hindu cremation grounds, bathing in the ashes of human remains, inflicting torture upon themselves to prove their immunity from pain – like wrapping one’s penis and scrotum around a sword (below); I would love to see Varg try that – and eating rotting human flesh. The initiates of the Aghori eat and drink solely from a human skull plucked from the remains left at their home. They eat rotting food and garbage, drink animal piss, all to show the complete acceptance of all that is considered terrible in this world, to blur the lines between good and evil, pure and impure. These dichotomies do not exist to the Aghori; they know that without one another, neither would exist, and they embrace their place in society as feared and disgusting to the average person. This lifestyle makes what we do here look like a bunch of pansy shit, to be perfectly honest. Yeah, I wear my heart on my sleeve, sometimes literally, when it comes to metal, and people in my community think me and Sean look kind of freaky, but I don’t think I could take it as far as these guys do. Admiring post-mortem photography is one thing, getting hungry looking at it is another. But there is something beautiful about these men and women who paint their faces with blood and ash and wear their dreadlocks long and proud. After the jump, watch a short documentary about the Aghori and check out some amazing photos of this 1000-year-old Hindu sect.
A couple of weeks ago, the LA Weekly ran a story about a 1996 student documentary shot by Michael Lucid at Crossroads School in Santa Monica. I was immediately intrigued because Crossroads is right down the street from us, and it’s kind of known as the hippie school stinkin rich people send their kids to to be “alternatively educated.” The film was edited and released to a few festivals in 2000, but it really went viral in the past two weeks due to attention from the LA Weekly and then VICE. The two protagonists – the “dirty girls” – are two sisters named Amber and Harper, and the short film documents their attempts to be different and politically active in a school that, while pretending to embrace difference, actually ridicules them for their appearance and their feminism. Amber and Harper call themselves Riot Grrls, and they make a womyn-centric zine to distribute to their mostly mocking peers at Crossroads. I wonder how many of those “pretty” bitchy people feel dumb and regretful today about the flippant and mean remarks they made about these two girls who were just trying to be themselves. For me, it hit home about my own high school experience in a lot of ways. My group of friends were weirdos who kind of self-ostracized ourselves from our fellow classmates and school. At a point in high school, I decided to stop dressing like other girls wanted me two, and I actually had a couple of girls try to stage a clothing and hair intervention on me, to no avail. The way the Dirty Girls dress is how I remember dressing in the mid-90s, and definitely not the ridiculous attempt at blasphemous 90s fashion you see at Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. But I don’t remember the hate these two girls experienced in Dirty Girls – maybe it was just my school or my city or the fog of weed on my brain, but I didn’t find out that people thought we were lesbian stoner freaks until after high school. These two girls were shit on every day at school for looking the way I thought cool chicks looked when I was in high school. And I’m sure for some or maybe a lot of you, this experience will look familiar – douche bags judging you, when you know they actually hate themselves more than you could ever hate them. I can only hope that other parents out there are teaching their kids not only to tolerate difference, but to embrace it, so that life is not made miserable for creative and interesting people when my daughter is in high school (because she will, no doubt, be creative and interesting and a die-hard metalhead). After the jump, watch Dirty Girls!
Band’s like Sweden’s Blessings instill a certain kind of emotion in me that I’m not sure I can accurately describe. The relatively young 3-piece blends so many different styles, all of which I like, that I find myself wondering why this hasn’t been done as well before. The emotion that rises from the perfect mixing of sounds, textures, styles, and influences, could simply be elation; maybe someone’s finally done it?
The band cites everything from Black Flag and Unsane to Darkthrone and Swans, which are quite apparent the more you listen to Bittervatten. The jutting 90′s post hardcore thrust of the opener “Bittervatten“ and its eventual noisy collapse gives but only a small hint at on coming dirges like “Seven Blessings” which is the most obvious nod to Swans here. “Worms of the Earth” is a d-beating punk frenzy which leads into the mid-pace stomp of “Strings of Red” and “The Shrine,” the latter having a nice dose of ABINS era Darkthrone to it.
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Gothenburg’s AGE OF WOE are back, and trust me, by the sounds of their new music they are not fucking around! Their new album is entitled INHUMANFORM and will be released via Suicide Records/Give Praise Records on May 30th. CVLT Nation salutes AGE OF WOE for giving us the opportunity to stream their new track “At First Light,” plus premiere the video of the same name. This band made sure to inject their already caustic sound with more aggression pointed at the corrupt forces that want to oppress us all. AGE OF WOE’s new song is a rager – if you don’t believe me, press play below and let the fury begin…
It’s no secret we are totally digging the new AOSOTH record IV: Arrow In Heart that is coming out on Agonia Records on April 16th. They have just released a dynamic video for the closing track “Ritual Marks Of Penitence.” This stellar visual was directed by Matthieu Spinazzola and David Fitt, who created a visuals that go perfectly with the song. Straight up, we think the AOSOTH video is a must see, but you can be your own judge and check it out after the jump!