Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLVIII Curated by SPLIT CRANIUM is all the way live! Let me tell you what is extra fun about being a part of this series is hearing how every mixture is full of surprises. SPLIT CRANIUM went to another planet of audio art with their song selection. Check out their description below, stream the mix and download after the jump!
Sean/Cvlt Nation kindly invited Split Cranium to compile a mix tape, and mentioned something about selecting some of our favorite D-beat oriented tracks. We’ve defiantly ignored Sean’s gentle prodding, and managed to avoid including any D-beat oriented tracks whatsoever. Instead what we’ve collected is an odd mix of of recent obsessions, long time favorites, and work by close friends who also happen to make great music. If there’s any unifying theme at all it is this: music that often includes “non-musical” elements and production – harsh electronics, murky effects and samples, horrible recordings, and sounds that exist outside the context of the song while occupying the same space. These are all things that have inspired us as musicians and have seeped into the music we make as Split Cranium. We hope you enjoy what we’ve collected and discover some new music along the way. Thanks for listening….. Go!
-xo Split Craniu
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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 marked the start of the assuredly epic Weedeater, Cough & ASG tour of the eastern states. To give you a taste of what you’re in for, here is an interview between Cough and ASG…very entertaining road stories, and you can imagine the musical chemistry that will be blowing up bars from Florida to Connecticut. Hopefully no stink bombs and/or fireworks will be dropped, but there will be a lot of puke…check out the interview below and after the jump…
Alright. Let’s talk about this tour. Are any of these cities new to y’all? Playing any familiar venues?
It looks like a 50/50 as far as cities visited….Johnson City, Ithaca, Lexington will all be first time encounters for us. It appears we will be in some mountainous terrain so we are already stressing our van surviving the tour. What kind of wheels you guys rocking?
We’ve just got an E-150 conversion van and we’re pulling a trailer that our friend lets us borrow. It works most of the time. We actually broke down the last time we played Johnson City and the most bizarre series of events followed. We had to get a hotel but at least there was this shitty dive bar nearby. So we go to this bar where some nu-metal band was wearing their own t-shirts and mourning the anniversary of the death of one of their members. Pantera comes on the jukebox and it sparks a debate about Dimebag vs. Phil. I had no part in the debate because, in the meantime, there’s a midget on the bar telling jokes about banging black dudes because their dicks are huge and she’s small. She actually made me pick her up after her set to put her back on the ground. Overall, everything goes fine and we walk out of the bar without causing a rumble with the nu-metal band. Of course, as we’re walking away they start talking shit like ‘Yeah, you better leave!’ Then some other redneck says ‘just so you know what you’re messing with…’ and shows us his police badge. Have y’all ever had any bad or awkward run-ins with the cops?
The Swedish outfit Reveal’s debut LP Nocturne of Eyes And Teeth has been released as CD version by Invictus Productions which previously was released by High Roller Records back in the last year on March. So understandably exciting times ahead for the young Svenskt band as limited- edition LP was sold out within a very short time and now they are picked by one of the respected labels in the industry and why not so! Reveal conquers the range of black/thrash with heavy dose of rock influences and psychedelic vibe to some extent. Reveal, the hometown brother of heavy madness In Solitude, is surely another rising force from Uppsala to contend with.
It’s helluva fun to listen to the album which runs around 30 minutes containing a total of 7 songs. The most intriguing factor is that you can’t actually predict what’s coming next. As soon as you hit the play button, the opening song Under The Temple provides a strange bit of noise until the first chord takes impact and sooner Ghost (not to be confused with Swedish mysterious band Ghost!) unleashes his blackened thrash vocals. It might be surprising for some but Reveal is heavily inspired by The Doors and inevitably psychedelic rock tinge has crept into the music. This takes effect on the title track Nocturne of Eyes And Teeth and later on the sixth- track Murderer. By then interesting turnouts have just started. The fifth- track Blue Demon starts off with a catchy riff and the progression in the song is great accompanied by wraithlike vocals. Coming back to Murderer, the track shows many variations starting from black/thrash to Robert Fripp improvisation and The Doors alike transition. The final track Death which is also the longest is a kind of into- the- face blackened thrash with tight riffing and lead works.
With Nocturne of Eyes And Teeth, Reveal is not breaking any sort of boundaries but the band has shown what they are capable of doing in future. It has given them a platform from where they can truly force their way in. Certainly I’ll be keeping an eye on them and eagerly waiting for the next release. But for now after a long busy day, Nocturne of Eyes And Teeth is a sort of album that you would want to blast in full. So without further ado, stream the full album right here!
The release of the 5-song, split 12″ between Alaric and Atriarch on May 15, 2012 marks an interesting turn-of-the-page in what we may well be able to call the second deathrock revival. (I put the dates of the first revival at a debatable 1998 until about 2004, from the establishment of Release the Bats in Los Angeles until the over-saturation of cartoony “deathrocker as alt-model” imagery that followed the dissolution of great bands like the Subtonix and Phantom Limbs, and which came part and parcel with the lamentable rise of comic book bands like the Cruxshadows and AFI — both bands whose music was and is embarrassing.) The Atriarch-Alaric split contains 5 songs total, and label 20 Buck Spin has made two of those songs available on Youtube. (See below). The Atriarch-Alaric split 12″ split is highly recommended.
Everyone has them: those bands that mean so much to you that it’s hard to even express how their music makes you feel. For me, one of those bands is At The Drive In. When I heard they were reuniting for Coachella, I was like, what the fuck, that’s beyond awesome! Maybe I’m crazy, but I want to wait and see them in a smaller environment. This is why everyone who got to witness the AT THE DRIVE IN reunion shows in Texas were super fucking lucky. Today, CVLT Nation would like to share with you footage from only the 2nd AT THE DRIVE IN gig in the past 11 years, which took palace in Dallas, Texas! So after the jump, grab the one armed scissor and check out this historic footage!!!
At a very early age, the thing that drew me to music – besides the sound of it – was the art that graced the record covers. Parliament Funkadelic were the first to totally blow my mind with the way they created their album covers. In the early 80′s when I got into hardcore I would go to record shops and stare at the art on the records for hours. Honestly, many times me and my homies would judge bands by how rad their covers were. When you look at many of the hardcore covers from the 80′s, you can see the different stories that the bands were expressing through their imagery that still ring true today! It’s so cool that on a DIY budget, many bands were able to manifest iconic images that have been ingrained into the fabric of our lives. Then there were the illustrators from the 80′s that just fucking wrecked shop on album covers, like Mad Marc Rude, Pushead and Shawn Kerri. Today, CVLT Nation would like to celebrate the 80′s hardcore album cover art with an extra huge gallery. I know these are not all of them, so stay tuned for a part two. Now get your attitude adjustment on after the jump and see some visual history!
I find it very interesting when two powerful movements unify together to create an even stronger moment in history. This is what took place in the early and mid 80′s, when Anarcho Punk started to cross-pollinate with Post Punk and Deathrock. On a personal level, I found this time one of the best periods of my young life. The politics, music and fashion that was taking place during this era was off the chain. When I go back and listen to bands like VEX, TRIAL, SOUTHERN DEATH CULT and RUDIMENTARY PENI I still get super excited. In the present day, it’s awesome to see that there are so many bands waving the Anarcho Dirge flag! My favorite tumblr to lose myself in for everything bat-like is Oliver Sheppard’s ANARCHO POST PUNK Tumblr. His site is full of killer pictures, video and other things that bring me mad inspiration. So spread your batwings and fly into the darkness after the jump!
Darkness is falling. The stage is covered with animal remains, bones and cremated skeleton forms. The repugnant odor of raw filthiness lingering in the air waiting to diminish every inch of human senses. This is just the beginning of a merciless onslaught. Formula is simple: slay all. Three beasts are behind the plan of this ruthless black/death ritual. Enter Indiscriminate Impregnator, Nocturnal Hellfukker and Sadoseducer. They are Weregoat. Recently Dark Descent has released CD version of Weregoat’s mLP Unholy Exaltation of Fullmoon Perversity which was originally released on Parasitic Records last year. Eight tracks of raw blackened death worship unleashed to raise hell in ugliest form. The stinging incitements of a bestial lust ordering highest form of obscene malevolence. It wasn’t easy to track down Weregoat for conducting an interview. After some long weeks of hefty schedules and rituals, Nocturnal Hellfukker finally decided to throw some insight on the band.
The current members of Weregoat are involved with several other projects such as Aldebaran, Ritual Necromancy etc. How did Weregoat form?
September 2009, during one of our nightly blackout rites of Fullmoon Perversity, we were summoned to unleash something chaotic, heavy, and most of all obscene. Portland in recent years has been over run with emo kids with patched vests, bullet belts, and shitty “black metal” bands.. In our state of drunken spirit possession, we took it upon ourselves to be the proverbial cock in the ass of Portland’s “metal” scene. Hence, Weregoat was born.
Weregoat plays some furious bestial black/death metal but the overall sound has a whole lot other dimensions to it as well. How would you like to describe Weregoat?
We were born maniacs, weaned on the tit of metal, so there’s tons of influences there. Everything from the obvious Beherit/ Blasphemy worship, to Reek of Putrefaction era Carcass, to classics like Carnivore, The Mentors and W.A.S.P., it’s all there.. Did I mention we’re sleazy fukks??
Read the full interview after the jump!
Spilling forth a droning electronic atmosphere, Kentucky resident (for this is the project of one man, Crow) Wheels Within Wheels twist and push the doom of “Your Body, Your Blood” deep into the subconscious. Here one twenty minute track is contributed to this split with Merkaba (another Kentucky based band) which is now available for pre-order from Flenser Records on a very lovingly crafted cassette. It’s somewhat of a family affair, the layout being done by Austin Lunn of Panopticon (and a colleague of Crow from ritualistic doom band Seidr) and the close knit feeling of the Kentucky scene is vastly apparent.
The Wheels Within Wheels side of this split, “Your Body, Your Blood” comes in waves of distinction. Beginning with a fuzzed out and dreamy tone, a melancholic veil is draped over the initial steps of the track and an almost funereal pace sits hidden behind in the drum strikes and cymbal crashes. Shimmering guitar sweeps in giving a touch of sadness and gentle sorrow before it…..stops. Unnerving and deeply resonant electronic buzzing cuts in and the track transforms into a haunting noise driven piece. Crow experiments with textures and layers of creeping gloom and whilst it’s not as downright terrifying as say, Gnaw Their Tongues or T.O.M.B. the absolute inhuman nature of what is heard is enough to fuel nightmares. Tripped out screams rip through the dusk building and building until the burst into the next section. Wheels Within Wheels is a darkly ambient project, multiple influences and sounds stake their claim throughout this one track alone and this final part picks up where the beginning left off. Taking the despondency of the first minutes and adding lo-fi vocals giving an aura of longing and loss, Crow has produced a sound driven narrative with “Your Body, Your Blood.” It’s for no-one to assume what this story could be, but the intensity of the middle section offset by the sweetness of the start and the slowcore fuzz of the end is telling in itself. Extraordinary.
Wanna know more about it? Hit the jump.
Considering time, place and circumstances of HADES’ heyday in the mid-90ies it’s really surprising how unknown this Norwegian Black Metal band is – relatively of course, since it is surely a familiar name among trve metalheads. But in most of the many books, articles and blog posts that deal with the second wave of Black Metal, and especially the activities around the infamous Black Circle, Bergen’s HADES get mentioned only very rarely. The fact they had to change their name into HADES ALMIGHTY in 1998 only adds up to their obscurity. So whatever the reasons for their little popularity really are, it’s undeniable. Read on for the full review and the track Alone Walkyng!