In times where almost every second extreme Metal record is labeled as “Post Black Metal”, “Metalgaze”, “Post Rock/Punk/whatever influenced Black Metal”, it’s important not to forget the roots and true spirit of the ugly, frostbitten and cruel blackened blasphemy that became one of the strongest innovative forces in Metal. For sure the bands of the second wave coined our picture of Black Metal the most, and besides Bathory (of course they were ahead of their time), Mayhem, Emperor and and a few others, a primarily force in Norwegian scene were (and still are) the mighty DARKTHRONE.
Sempiternal Past, recently released by Peaceville Records, digs deep into the death metallic roots of the DARKTHRONE itself, compiling the first four demos the band ever recorded plus three live tracks. By doing so, the record takes us back to a time when genre borders weren’t as strictly defined as they are today, when Death Metal and shortly after Black Metal were born from the rotten womb of Thrash Metal and extreme Hardcore Punk.
And as if the music alone wouldn’t be rad enough, this double LP comes in an amazing gatefold, with an inlay showing all the demos artworks, two rad photos of DARKTHRONE from back in the day (when they were really young) and extensive liner-notes.
Full review below the pic!
Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLVII Curated by Swamp Witch is live! We are honored to be presenting you with this inspirational mix by Swamp Witch, aptly titled Cosmic Psychedelia. It is a journey into the recesses of their minds – take note of your surroundings, because in a minute you will by flying high above us all! Check out their description below, stream the mix and download after the jump!
All of these bands have had such an incredibly HUGE impact on our lives. We remember the first time we discovered The Misfits, the snottiness and badassness associated with teenage rebellion. Flower Travellin’ Band took us to new plateaus of psychedelic adventuring. The Angelic Process CRUSHED our perception of Heavy and old Electric Wizard fuckin’ rules. These are the most definitive and influential bands of our generation. Absorb yourself in Cosmic Psychedelia.
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I remember my dad used to tell me stories about leaders like Pol Pot, Mao Zedong and also Idi Amin when I was a kid, maybe thats one of the reasons why I love Dead Kennedys’ “Holiday In Cambodia” when I first heard the song. I always told myself that someday I gotta go to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and finally I did. I spent 4 days in Phnom Penh, it was not for vacation anyway. I came there to work on a project, “company stuffs” if you know what I mean. So after I make sure all my work has done, I decided to go to the museum on Friday (April 6th) by myself – my friends were going to visit another place. I left my hotel around 10.30 am, and arrived there around 11 am. The trip took about half an hour by Tuktuk (a traditional transportation), its not as far as you think since there’s a regulation in Cambodia not to drive fast (below 40km/h for cars, and below 30km/h for motorcycles). You need to pay $2 admission (US Dollar) to enter the museum, every visitor got a photocopied brochure. The horrors started as you walk into the area, you can feel the eerie atmosphere on this place.
In celebration of CVLT Nation’s first year of existence, we bring to you the First Annual CVLT Nation Showcase, featuring Age of Collapse, Low Places, Creatures, Wreck & Reference, NASA Space Universe, Doctorshopper, and Skinfather. The show is tomorrow night at BIP in Los Angeles from 7pm to 12am sharp…space is very limited in this DIY spot, so be sure to arrive early to make sure you’re in to see all these rad Cali bands! We are stoked about putting on our first event, and we are so grateful for all the support people are showing us! All the details & set times are after the jump…see you there!
Although cult British anarcho-deathrock band Part 1 have already been covered in CVLT Nation, missing from the equation was an interview with the band’s founder, primary songwriter, and guitarist (and, in its late era, the lead vocalist, replacing Jake Baker). Mark Ferelli is a fairly reclusive visual and performance artist who has rarely given interviews, preferring to let his art speak for itself. In this wide-ranging interview, he discusses his relationship with Nick Blinko and Rudimentary Peni, Crass, and Pushead, whose Pusmort label released Part 1′s seminal Pictures of Pain LP in 1985. Eschewing releases on Crass Records and interest from Jello Biafra (of Alternative Tentacles), the band missed reaching a wider audience in its heyday of the early and mid-1980s. Now, however, Mark Ferelli talks about Part 1′s recent reunion, possible touring, and opens the foetid tomb doors onto the archives of his own Lovecraftian art.
Interview conducted April, 2012. All artwork reprinted with permission.
There is a new home for the few and far between dark clothing brands, and it is You’re Not Human. The brainchild of Sofi Donuts, You’re Not Human is a UK-based online store, with it’s first lineup of brands being CVLT Nation, Actual Pain, Raised by Wolves, ScumFuck, BA.KU, Creature x Peter Beste, Thrasher and Witchcraft Hardware. With her site’s illustrations & Darkthrone-inspired logo by French, owner of Witchcraft Hardware, Sofi has envisioned a webstore with an awesome aesthetic. It’s pretty grand to be able to go into one shop and find so many killer tees, and we get so much love from the UK, we are happy to give back – You’re Not Human will be the exclusive carrier of CVLT Nation for the next couple of seasons. You’re Not Human opened it’s portal to the dark side yesterday, and we are stoked to be a part of Sofi’s beautiful nightmare! Sofi will be stocking the shop with more underground brands as it grows, so make sure to keep in touch via their social media (links after the jump) so you are abreast of their updates. After the jump, check out images from the You’re not Human lookbook shot by Rebecca Naen, featuring model Hannah May & Gonga guitarist, George, wearing Bryan Proteau’s design Constellations and Halseycaust’s design Crown of Eyes.
CVLT Nation is super stoked to be releasing Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLVI Curated by Age of Collapse today! Age of Collapse has curated a wide-ranging mix that shows the depth of this band’s influences, something that comes through in their music as well. Check out what they have to say below, and check their upcoming West Coast tour dates after the jump. Blast this mix beyond loud, and come out on Thursday to support Age of Collapse at the CVLT Nation 1st Anniversary show!
Whenever we’re writing new music we always come up with elaborate names to describe certain sections of each song. Absolutely ridiculous names like “Full Speed Fairy Tale”, “Tough Noodlez” or “Troll Fucking Stomping”. I’m not entirely sure why we do it, but I think we’re trying to set some middle ground, where all 4 members’ unique musical influences aren’t isolated or held back. As a band we feel it’s important to not allow our “crust genre” to dictate what influences we pull from. Whether it’s Sean’s crust and doom metal influence, Xavi’s powerviolence and pop punk, Steve’s black and prog metal or Blaine’s British heavy metal and screamo, we want all our influences to shine through in our music, culminating in something unique, brutal, passionate, exciting, bizarre and fun.
The playlist we’ve put together is a mix of songs that have been super influential to our sound as well as some stuff we just plain love listening to. Enjoy!
<3 AGE OF COLLAPSE
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Horseback’s career path has been as unusual as the music itself. 2010 game changer The Invisible Mountain was followed up almost silently by a cassette release of full length Forbidden Planet that December. In the meantime, Horseback signed with Relapse Records, released a split with Voltigeurs , a collaboration LP with Locrian, and an LP + CD with Pyramids. Relapse reissued Forbidden Planet on cd along with the first Horseback album, the drone masterpiece Impale Golden Horn. Fans of the band have been anticipating Half Blood since mastermind Jenks Miller first mentioned it in an interview, and now its release is imminent. Horseback (aka Jenks Miller), however, couldn’t resist releasing a bit more material into the world with the On The Eclipse 7 inch. Because of this unconventional release schedule, Half Blood feels like the first proper full length since Invisible Mountain, even though it’s LP number four. Half Blood is an amalgamation of the previous three records and also steers Horseback into new and exciting territory. Read the rest of the review after the jump!
Usually I prefer the type of music TOMBSTONES play when it’s really hot outside – not rainy, grey and cold like today. On the other hand, this three-piece is based Norway, so it makes sense again I guess. Oh, what music do TOMBSTONES play? Well, although Norway is more famous for its beastly blasting Black Metal, TOMBSTONES turn this musical concept upside down: slow, low tuned, stoned and buzzed out Doom is on the menue I’d say. Doom with massive, repetitive riffs, really good, sung vocals and a dynamic, lively production. After listening to Year of the Burial (released April 20th 2012 via Soulseller Records) for a few minutes you’ll fall into this trance-like state of mind I dig so much when I listen to music like this. Full review below the video of the opening track of Year of the Burial:
Interview by Danny Trudell
When I was about sixteen years old, I saw David Lynch’s Wild at Heart and my mind was blown. From a young age, I was seeking stranger, grosser, darker and more obscure films, but Wild at Heart was the first one that really satisfied me completely and I needed more! I instantly delved into the back catalog, watching Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Dune and The Elephant Man, each one it’s own equally strange, violent, beautiful and visually arresting experience. Each one was everything I wanted in a movie, and was not even aware was there for me to want. David Lynch expanded what my expectations of a filmmaker were, as well as what I could and should expect from the movie going experience. Later in life, I read Lynch on Lynch by Chris Rodley, and found David Lynch as a person every bit as interesting and inspiring as I found David Lynch the artist / director. Thankfully, filmmaker Jason S and producer Jon Nguyen found David as inspiring and interesting as I did, and started a documentary series dedicated to exploring his life and art. Here is a short interview with Jon about what we can expect from their third highly anticipated installment to the series.