Text & Photos By Jeremy James
The night air was cool, the parking lot was filling up and the merch booth was overrun. On this night, November 15th, 2013, the Legends of Thrash tour brought the co-headlining titans Overkill & Kreator to Anaheim, California.
Southern California’s own local band, Warbringer, who have been around for almost ten years now, were the first to hit the stage and give us a taste of what was in store for the evening. They started the night strong, with a short but spirited seven song set, the majority of which were new songs off their just-released fourth album Empires Collapse – and if the energy of their live show is any indication, these guys won’t be slowing down any time soon.
It would have been amazing to get a full set of pictures of this band, but since I was officially there on project to photograph only Overkill & Kreator, I was actually not allowed to enter the photo-pit for their set (odd, but business is business). Thankfully, John Laux, who brings an incredible amount of energy to the stage, was well within my field of view while I was out in the audience. Hopefully I will get another opportunity to photograph these gents as their live show was immensely fun to watch.
Head to any metal show and you are bound to see a few pairs of black Chucks. Now, if you’re feeling fancy, Converse and Black Sabbath have teamed up for 2014 to offer four new pairs of collaboration Chucks inspired by Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Never Say Die! and VOL. 4. Some of you may bemoan the corporate interference with what was once, and still is, an underground genre of music, but come on – Ozzy is already a reality TV pioneer! It’s kind of strange, but telling, that Black Sabbath’s first ever US Top of Charts was reached in 2013, 45 years after the band first formed. And you really can’t beat a pair of worn in Chucks, plus aesthetically these are pretty fucking rad. The Black Sabbath album cover is awesome as an allover print shoe, and the Never Say Die! and VOL. 4 are black enough and minimal enough to please many metal wardrobes. All four are good tributes to great albums. Check out some images below…
It has been said that the chains have been taken off of the bodies of the black community, only to be put on their minds. This fact can be seen by the nationwide epidemic of black on black violence. One city that can be considered the murder capital is Chicago, aka “Chiraq,” which saw over 500 violent deaths of black youth in 2012. Out of all of this pain, the city has been a hotbed for up and coming hip hop artists. WSHH has created a new documentary entitled The Field: Chicago that takes an in-depth look at why this place fosters the violence it does. It should be said that CVLT Nation does not condone all of the lyrics or language that you will hear in this film, but we do think it should be watched to help understand a problem that affects us all in some way! At the end of the day, the prison industrial complex loves all of this self-hatred, violence and crime, because it’s good for business!
Karmazid is a German illustrator that just blows my mind with every piece he creates, because they are all breathtaking. What impresses me about his work is the way he is able to the blend his morbid lines of death with beauty and elegance. Karmazid’s art is full of interesting shapes and his out of the box composition only make his work even more interesting. Looking at his client list, you can see that he is able to create for a wide spectrum of the underground. While gazing at his pieces, many times I find my mind wandering off to an alternative universe. In 2014, Karmazid is one illustrator to watch and I’m excited just knowing this very talented human exists. Respect due to a young master of the dark arts!
Abalam marks the return of the Danish killing machine Hexis, one of the most promising bands and most avantgarde within the genre. After a handful of EPs, splits and some tours across Europe and South America, where the band left a trail of destruction wherever they went, Hexis left everyone on their knees begging for more. Well, do not despair. Your prayers were heard and have been answered. Hexis are back and they are angrier than ever.
First, and to contextualize you better when you listen to this album, the title: Abalam. In the Christian demonology, Abalam is the name given to the demon that possesses the human body and forces him to commit profane acts of lust among others, and this demon involves himself in such a way that sometimes the only way out is death.
Via Bizarre Mag
INTERVIEW: If you thought drinking blood was exclusive to nocturnal vampires, think again. Meet the real-life Californian girl with a genuine taste for the red stuff.
WARNING: Drinking blood from another human can put you at risk of serious blood-borne diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. You should only ever have contact with blood or blood products that you know to be safe.
You don’t have to scratch deep to find the erotic subtext in most vampire yarns. From True Blood to supernatural grot flicks like Harry Sparks’ new The Vampire Mistress, mainstream culture has always had vampires down as kinky buggers. Yet if nibbling on a virgin’s neck is traditionally the domain of gothic fantasy, there are also people in the real world who exhibit a similar craving for blood. Whether it’s savouring claret from a Dartington crystal tumbler, or licking a lover’s fresh wound, it’s an extreme infatuation known as ‘blood’ or – you guessed it – ‘vampire fetish’.
A talented tattooist, artist and art curator from The Antelope Valley, northeast of Los Angeles in California, Michelle Navarette describes blood as “beautiful.” She says she has been drinking animal blood daily for nearly a decade, and often uses blood in her own captivating artworks. Fittingly, her most recent art is a portrait of Vlad Dracula III or Vlad Tepes (pictured, entitled ‘The Darkest Prince’), the 15th century Wallachian Prince who impaled his enemies on stakes, and according to some legends, even downed the blood of his defeated enemies from a goblet.
Check this out: it’s ultra rare DARKTHRONE performing live in 1996 in full color…NUFF SAID!
I’m under the spell of these ghouls from Indianapolis WE ARE HEX and it feels great! They are the bastard children of the The Birthday Party on meth, and I mean this in a good way. The have a new 7 inch coming out on Latest Flame Records in the Spring. Honestly WE ARE HEX create songs that are highly addictive. This is why it’s an honor to be premiering their brand new video for their infectious tune “Tongues”!
Just out on Video Disease Records is this self-titled seven inch from weirdo hardcore band Umbilical Cord. Spastic snarls and high pitched screeches are spat over surprisingly melodic and idiosyncratic guitars with occasional bursts of Greg Ginn-ish atonal shred and psychedelic riffs that are as much feedback as playing. ‘Two Seconds’ in particular is filled with achingly emotive arpeggios and melodic chords, contrasted with the vocals that sound like the frontman is actually being strangled by an umbilical cord. This release flies by in less than five minutes but easily packs in more creativity and fuck-it sonic adventurism than an hour’s worth of by-the-numbers hardcore.
On November 13th, 2013 The BODY shook the walls of the Almost Holden Collective in Santa Monica, Ca. The band performed an unreal set at the Crash the Clubs & CVLT Nation event. Now we are super proud to be able to let the world download the show right here and now. Stay tuned for the other sets from that night featuring Harassor & White Dove. In the meantime, get your eardrums shattered and download The BODY live!