That’s right, rough thrashers Evil Army are back with a new 7″ I, Commander. Picking up where their rad self-titled effort left off back in 2006, Evil Army offer 3 songs that have appeared on their Armory Demo which was limited to 50 cd-rs and unbeknownst to most.
I’ve never understood why this Tennessee three piece never got the attention other thrashtards have, especially when anything retro seemed to be as popular as metal could get. Thankfully, Evil Army never relied on gimmicks, a fad, or a label; instead, their punk attitude, mixture of speed metal and Teutonic thrash make them such a fun band to listen to and immediately like that you don’t need some silly video or white high-tops to like them. Evil Army’s style is all about essentials; no fat, nothing superfluous and nothing slow.
There’s no foreplay with Evil Army as the title track rips right into you with extreme fervency.The second track, “Ashes of the Nuclear Fire” has a much more basement kinda production, leading me to think these are culled from different sessions. The drums are super flat and the bass is an anonymous noise below the scratchy guitar, but it still rocks hard. Rounding out the EP is “I Must Destroy You” which is more akin to the first track and sounds even more on the edge as vocalist/guitarist Rob Evil sounds like he belongs in Anthrax‘s Madhouse. It sounds like this isn’t new material, but rather older stuff re-released to coincide with Rob Evil’s return to the fold and the band’s assumed reactivated state.
HOAX creates the kind of punk that I straight up dig. Their live shows are short, destructive moments of anger-injected bliss. A couple of weeks ago, they performed at The Acheron in Brooklyn, and had the crowd in a fucking frenzy…Our comrade in video (((unartig))) was on hand and caught this mayhem on film. HOAX are about to head to Europe for a tour and are releasing a new 7″ entitled Caged via La Vida Es Un Mus (pre-order HERE). Check out their bombastic performance and tour dates after the jump!
Photos by Astrid Tonella
Worship. A word used to condemn so many death metal bands to obscurity. Whether it’s Incantation worship, Obituary worship, Autopsy worship, etc, many death metal bands find themselves described only by reference. With their debut record, Poisoned Void, Finnish death metal act Vorum succeed in breaking free of such definitions, instead combining aspects of many acts, twisting them, and creating their own sound.
“Poisoned Void” is the Vorum’s full length debut, put out by Woodcut Records and Dark Descent. On the heels of their EP Grim Death Awaits and their split with Vasaeleth Profane Limbs of Ruinous Death Vorum have honed their sound into something refreshing in a genre saturated with recycled riffs and half-baked executions. Each member of this four piece is clearly comfortable with their instruments and showcase their technicality without coming off as overwrought. Production is key to capturing the essence of death metal, and Poisoned Void clearly hits the mark. The drum hits are clear without being overbearing, the guitars have just the right amount of murkiness, and the vocals are high enough in the mix to avoid being crushed by the technicality of the instrumentation.
We just got our shipment of the CVLT Nation X The Secret tees, and they look fucking sick! Apache Knowledge really outdid himself on this esoteric piece of artwork, and Holy Mountain killed it with the print job! Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered it for your patience over the holidays, they all shipped out Tuesday and now we have a limited amount left in the CVLT Store. This tee is an official The Secret piece of merch, produced in the USA and only available in the CVLT Store. Check out some nice pics after the jump!
It’s no secret that the L.A.P.D. has had a long history of racism and police brutality against the non-white humans of this city! This is why during the late 80′s and early 90′s, N.W.A. became a household name in the City of Dead Angels, and then nationwide. I was never a fan of all of their music – especially the misogynist overtones – but I was fucking into their anti-authority anthem FUCK THE POLICE. N.W.A. told the world that the people of South Central had enough of being mistreated, and shit was about to explode. Then the Rodney King verdict came in, and everything went up in flames. I also give Eazy E props for starting Ruthless Records and changing the face of the music industry with Dr. Dre by his side. I recently watched the documentary N.W.A. The World’s Most Dangerous Group and said to myself, this is something that everyone should check out, even if they aren’t fans of Hip Hop. So after the jump, get your Gangsta Gangsta on and peep the ruthless documentary…
I feel so inspired, and now I realize I’m not alone! I have just watched the new RM74 video for their song “Spineless” directed by Sera Timms . I really don’t want to give too much away but I will say that this visual is 100% aesthetically in tune with the music. Something about this video makes me want to watch it over and over again. RM74′s new album Two Angles of a Triangle, out now on Utech Records, is a soul-moving portrait that should be blasted around the universe. Just as much as RM74′s music is experimental, it is also very soulful! Utech Records, as usual, pulled out all of the stops when it comes to the packaging designed by Thomas Hooper. Check out some stellar product shots by Greg C and this awe-inspiring video after the jump…
I normally get to Dublin city a few times a year for a gig. This time it was all really decent local bands, so I decided now was another good time for a visit. So starting off at seven in the morning, I made my way in darkness to the local village in sweeping winds and snow. Where I live the Irish government doesn’t supply a bus service so I had a freezing van journey with a few sleepy others through a blanket of snow and on through a snow covered mountain gap to get to the next nearest town. By half eight, I was freezing and getting on a bus to Dublin city. Five hours later I arrived into Dublin, capital of Irelands political and corporate corruption. It’s recession, heroin, large class divides and a population which are crammed together in overly priced flats. This makes Ireland sound like a fucking shithole doesn’t it.
Today CVLT Nation brings you the last in the series of Cult of Luna’s Vertikal Sessions, The Time. In this episode, Magnus Lindberg and Johannes Persson discuss the timing of Vertikal, and namely the question many fans have wondered about – why did it take so long for a prolific band like Cult of Luna to release a new album? This episode is concise and to the point, and builds the anticipation for the January 29th release of Vertikal via Density Records (US) and Indie Recordings (EU). Check out this episode below, and make sure to pick up your copy of Vertikal this week!
The mighty SKINFATHER are about to release a new three-song 7″ EP on Life And Death Records. You’ll get two new songs (Succession and Possession) as well as a cover of Execute Them All, originally by the gods of Swedish Death Metal, Unleashed.
Their Aethos demo had already a quite strong tendency towards Death Metal, but the new material goes even a step further, being more like old school Death Metal with a slight Hardcore edge than the other way around.
The Succession/Possession EP has been recorded, mixed and mastered with/by Taylor Young, who also took care of bands like Nails, Twitching Tongues, Ruckus or Xibalba. So you know, shit’s gonna be tough.
Listen to the track Possession here:
You can pre-order Succession/Possession at lifeanddeathrecords.com. Full review and stream are about to follow soon, here on CVLT Nation!
Vancouver based Baptists first came to our attention with a self-titled 7” in 2011, after having formed in 2010. The quartet soon hit the road and toured constantly whilst getting down to the dirty business of their all-important debut. February finally sees the release of new Baptists material – via Southern Lord – and Bushcraft is a disgustingly rendered half hour or so of true punk infused hardcore.
Loud and intense passages of rage fill this record, but at no point do Baptists lose control of their message of forward motion. “Think Tank Breed” roils in deep agony and eternal fire whilst “Bullets” seizes the throat with an iron grip and doesn’t let go. This wrath continues throughout Bushcraft and despite it’s fairly short running time, more anger is packed into these eleven tracks than you would ever think possible. Doomed out landscapes filter into “Still Melt,” the track taking on ever more fury as it quickly progresses towards a deadly finality and ultimate destruction.
The title track is a lesson in abject discordance and the riffs spin off into increasingly terrifying territory with tangible outrage and rabid hunger for total wrath. “Soiled Roots” follows with a stripped back haze covering the savage words of vocalist Andrew Drury with a layer of confrontational malice before Bushcraft closes on the monumental “Abandon.” Crushing in all respects and crunching with massive bass lines and blasts from the drums, “Abandon” is a fitting ending to a fast and frenetic first outing for Baptists.
Keep up with Baptists on their facebook page, check out some earlier material over on bandcamp or take a peek at their Sonic Cathedrals mixtape from last year to get an idea of where these guys are coming from. You won’t regret it.