Long before the age of hyper-digital processing, bands submitted their works through raw, unrefined, and ugly portrayals that allowed fans to truly grasp the entirety of their sound without pretense or disillusion. New England black metallers Ungoliant bring back those aspects to permeate their crushing raw sound throughout an over-the-top display that sounds as if it were recorded in the basement studio of hell itself.
There is nothing melodic or drawn out about anything this band puts out, rather every composition therein hammers down around a clear and concise assault that punishes throughout every subsequent second of this nearly 20 minute offering. Littered with unruly down and dirty scathing blast beats, dread screeching, and added funeral ambience that encompasses an atmosphere of swirling dispair that is without limits or boundaries. From start to finish the album grabs you by the face, spits in it, and drags you down to the ground with an unrelentingly filth ridden blackened wave that crashes down at random leaving no room for reprieve. Reminiscent of early Dark Funeral, Hellhammer, or Blasphemy, Ungoliant revitalize the true ugly nature of black metal and unleash it upon the hapless ears of unsuspecting mankind.
In short, Ungoliant offer up an absolutely brilliant display of raw, unrefined filth that has to be heard to be believed. The band’s unrelenting attack encapsulates a sound made entirely whole by crashing waves of blackened filth that is incomparable to anything I’ve heard since the early 90s and is not one to be missed. The casette is out now via Unseen Force.
Call them Guttter Punks, Crusty Punks or modern day hobos – I call them human beings that live outside of “normal” society. Hordes of traveling punks are all over the world, and like most homeless, the larger society treats them as invisible beings. This is not the case with the New York Photographer Steve Hirsch, who has documented the Crusty Punk dwellers of Tompkins Square Park with dignity. What is awesome about his site is that with each photo he takes, he gives the person space to tell a story which draws you into the photo even more…Now check out a gallery of Steve Hirsch’s flicks, plus some words from the voices that society tries to sweep away!
My father was an attempted cop killer, he was doing twenty years to life for shooting a police officer three times. He was serving five years in CCI corrections and my mother met him visiting my uncle who was an incarcerated Hell’s Angels. As my mom would tell you, she fucking fell in love with a felon. Got a petition with three thousand signatures on it and got my dad released in five years served, five years probation. He got out impregnated my mom. I was born two months premature and I was dying.
I got into punk rock music and squatting when I was thirteen years old. By fifteen I had been in jail, was kicked out of high school and I had a son on the way. In two thousand one, January third, my son Seth Alan Parker was born. At that moment I knew that I would never stick a needle in my arm or ride a train or ever do anything that would ever threaten me being there for him. I’ve traveled all over America, just not on trains. I’ve stayed in the dirtiest squat houses. I’ve cried over dead friends. I’ve cried over live friends. When I was eighteen years old we started a crew, it’s called the Dirty South Crew. We’re all family. We’re all poor, white trash squatters, scum fucks, losers, throwaway kids. Some of my friends died from overdoses. Some of them killed themselves. Some of my friends are still alive and wish they were dead. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one left that’s still normal. I look around me and just see all this disease and drugs and just hopelessness.
When I was seventeen years old I was at a punk show in my hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. A straight edge hardcore guy named…approached me from behind and tapped me on my shoulder and said my name. When I turned around he grabbed my by my shirt, stepped on my feet and he smashed my face in. I had three thousand dollars of reconstructive surgery putting my nose back together. Putting my eye socket back together. Half of my face is metal. I have screws and brackets in my face. When I woke up I didn’t have a nose. I didn’t have an eye. My eyeball was loosely hanging out of my socket. Everyone kinda likes to joke that I’m the man with the metal face. Six years later after I got my face busted in that same guy he got stabbed nine times by a Nazi and his car was set on fire…via Crustypunks
Someone just threw me down a sonic pit of aggressive rage and I’m surrounded by caustic angular riffs! Actually I’m blasting the new HESSIAN album entitled Manegarmr that is coming out via Southern Lord on April 30th. Today CVLT Nation is super excited to offer our readers a chance to download and listen to a stream of HESSIAN’s howling track “Mourn The World Of Man” below!
Beginning life in Scotland in the latter half of 2012, Àrsaidh (which means “Ancient” and “Archaic” in Gàidhlig) is a one-man project dealing with themes of historical affection and deep love and pride in his home country. Àrsaidh’s debut is a fascinating look at the ways in which myth and honour and sacrifice have been long forgotten by many, and A. delves into traditional concepts such as pride and celebration for ones homeland via wonderfully rousing atmospheric tones. Roots is a grand and sweeping gesture and truly a declaration of A.’s strong connection to his own past and is full of wonder and veneration for days past.
Maybe I’m a weirdo, but I believe inside of us exist all kinds of different emotions buzzing inside of our being, and this is what makes who we are. Sometimes you hear bands that take the same approach and organically combine various sounds to create one giant sonic sphere of angst and beauty.LO!is one of those kind of bands, and you hear and feel the beautiful chaos on their new album Monstrorum Historia, which will be released on April 22nd via Pelagic-Records (pre-order HERE). This record will have you spazzing out one minute, then daydreaming the next! CVLT Nation has the honor of streaming this kick ass record in full below…Also make sure to check out LO! at this year’s Roadburn, plus they are touring Europe with Cult of Luna right now!
The great thing about extreme music is that, no matter where you look around the globe, you’ll be sure to come across an outstanding brand of metal, hardcore, crust punk, harsh noise, or experimental sounds. In the case of Dephosphorus, the geographical distance between them and Vuyvr proved less important than a relative isolation of the rising Greek scene, due to socio-economical factors – eventually overcome by internet communication. But keep in mind that this land is the birth place of democracy, and of key philosophical concepts that came long before christianity and still guide us to this day. Interestingly enough, even though their music is as brutal and impulsive as can be, these guys speak from a very deep place, with passion and wisdom. So why not look into the cosmogony and artistry according to Dephosphorus?
Intro and questions by Roderic Mounir.
Hi Dephosphorus! You explained the origin of your awesome name in a previous CVLT Nation interview, so let’s switch to the next question.
The only Greek bands we know are Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh and you guys. And Aphrodite’s Child, of course! Any strong, influential acts that mean a lot to you, that we should immediatly check? Also, tell us more about the current scene in the region.
Panos : The Greek underground scene is currently on the rise, reaching creativity heights unseen since the early/mid-90’s. Comrades currently on top of my list :
- Dead Congregation. IMO the best death metal band in the world right now.
- Antimob. Amazing hardcore punk with political lyrics in greek. If you want to get a glimpse of how it is to live in Greece right now, you will definitely feel the tension and frustration throughout their music.
- Ruined Families. Dark, chaotic hardcore with no-wave and post-punk hints. Crucial stuff !
- Omega Monolith. Instrumental, drone-y heavy rock of epic proportions.
- End. Fantastic black metal.
- Stereo Animal. Great 90’s-style metal and noise rock a la Killing Joke, Prong, Helmet, Godflesh, Ministry…
- … plus all the local bands featured in the Monomaniac comp. EP series that I’m putting together through my label, Blastbeat Mailmurder. Forthcoming Vol.2/3 will feature a ton of great bands.
Numerous local bands have raised the bar over the last 10 years, and started to do their own thing outside of the beaten path. More and more of them are touring abroad too, so watch out!
Deep inside the ugly abstract caves in our minds lives a form of beauty that is hard to describe with words! When I look at Susu Laroche‘s photographs, all sorts of thoughts come into my brain. She knows how to isolate something morbid and bring out the fragile tragedy in it. While looking at her work, for some reason I begin to question my own place on this planet. She uses the human body in a way that shows our fleeting existence in the world. Susu’s photos remind me that there is a constant battle between chaos and serenity, and she conveys this idea in a dreamy lanscape. I feel like I am looking through a fog into someone else’s dream that feels like a nightmare. It’s awesome when opposites co-exist in art to create something that is otherworldly. Susu Laroche’s photos almost seem to have a ghost living inside of them. Instead of me going on about how her work has impacted me, check it out for yourself!
The singular entity known as JBS, partially responsible for such sonic aberrations as Encoffination and Father Befouled, unleashed this romp into chasmic turmoil upon the world last year. Justin has been increasingly busy the last half of the previous decade building and implanting himself in series of pitch black projects which dabble in various doomy death metal flavors, and this most recent experiment appears as Redolent of Spheres as channeled through the form of Chasm of Nis.
All Systems Go! together with MetalSucks and Lukinzine presents this free compilation with the aim to support bands we like and spread good music. At the same time we want to offer a great (and free) product for fans of more extreme music to enjoy and share. Hopefully people will discover and re-discover great music, bands and labels!