Text & Photos by Jorge Silva
Just a mere three weeks after Scott Kelly played in that very same room, it was time for Michael Gira to grace the stage at Passos Manuel (a venue that once was a cinema and that maintains its’ seated places). The rain that had been plaguing the town for days wasn’t enough to keep everyone confined to their homes and so the place was sold out.
Although the Swans played in this same town before, this was the first time as a solo performance for its’ founder and mentor. Michael Gira arrived with his trademark cowboy hat, having his guitar as his only companion – if we exclude the sheer volume being delivered by his amp, although he was playing an electro-acoustic.
Ferdinand Cheval (1836-1924) was a postman by day and a pebble-dashing architectural artist by night. One day he literally stumbled on a strangely shaped stone, picked it up and took it home. From then on, if he found any stones he liked on his daily mail based wanders he would pick them up and take them home.
Ferdinand Cheval lived in Châteauneuf-de-Galaure, in the Drôme département of France. He left school at the age of 13 to become a baker’s apprentice, before changing careers to become a postman later in life.
Oakland old school death metal/punk skull-bashers NECROT just released The Abyss on Bandcamp, a new EP and the third in their still short but blistering and eardrum-pillaging career. Once again, we are served with a mere ten minutes of unadulterated brutality and devastation, split up into three tracks of bone-fracturing heaviness that will leave you fucking beat down and bruised for days, but endlessly begging for more.
Humans can be separated by distance but can be connected by a shared creative spirit. Just is the case with Sangre de Muerdago & Novemthree, who have come together to create a dreamlike split.If you are a fan of music that will make you think of the beauty of mother nature, this album is for you…Avant! joins forces with German Sick Man Getting Sick, French Boue and Pablo’s own imprint Música Máxica to release a one-time pressing of 500, coming in a thick gatefold sleeve with dedicated artwork courtesy of domestic artist and friend BlutTanzt, and it hits the streets on March 10th. CVLT Nation has been given the honor of sharing with you the full stream of the Sangre de Muerdago & Novemthree split…Now press play and allow both bands to enchant you with their otherworldly soundscapes….You can pre-order this magical record from all of the labels NOW!
Interjection by Sam HaiNe
Let me start off by saying the only good neo-grindhouse/exploitation films in my collection are Death Proof and Black Dynamite. No reference to that Robert Rodriguez crap buffet will be found in the following text, amen to that.
When you think of biker movies, you think of Easy Rider, which is fine; however, not this movie. None of that romantic freedom of the road, lets’ drop acid and soar, hombre, nonsense is here. Because real bikers roam in packs like wolves and adhere to the freedom of being outlaws. They are dirty marauders with their sweaty mama’s mounted on top chopped down motorcycles, screaming down the road from town to town, with little in their opposition except for Johnny Law or some rival crew.
So what could be better than throwing an outlaw motorcycle club into a supernatural horror story? What would it be called?…
KRIEGHALLEN is a collective effort paying tribute to the legendary albums that were recorded in the 1990s at Grieghallen studio, Bergen, Norway. This 32-page book showcases 20 of today’s most respected dark artists from all over the world into a gorgeous, bleak and evil collection of illustrations. The curator, Valnoir of Metastazis Design House calls these artists “nostalgic from a time time when Norwegian Black Metal didn’t need to be trve to be true, but also dangerous, controversial, mysterious, worshipped by a few and despised by the rest, unlike the pathetic circus that we’re all witnesses of nowadays.” He has certainly compiled an impressive list of contributors, featuring the likes of Sin Eater, Daniel Corcuera, French, Seldon Hunt and Cloven Hoov. Kreighallen is published by Timeless (FR) and only 300 are available here (stock is low so hurry!). Check out some of the illustrations below…
HÄXAN: Witchcraft Through the Ages, Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 silent movie about witchcraft, was highly controversial because of the “graphic” portrayals of nudity and the dark arts, and was banned from screening in the US. A collection of photos of said demonic images is now up for auction here. Check out the images below as well as an excerpt from our review (full review here)…
Häxan is a film of fact and folklore, broomed witches sailing through twilight, and serpent- tongued devils beckoning young maidens into eternal damnation. Potentially much more accessible to young viewers than other silent-era films, Häxan has become a certified classic, and now heralded as one of the most skillful and unique works of its time.
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To close out our third anniversary week, CVLT Nation is proud to present the second covers compilation in our series The CVLT Nation Sessions: BLACK SABBATH’s seminal album Master of Reality, mastered by Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, TN.. Master of Reality: The CVLT Nation Sessions is up for exclusive streaming and free download here, and features Graves At Sea, Usnea, Primitive Man, Rorcal, Bongripper, Albino Python and Cult of Occult all doing their take on these doom classics!