Kommunity FK are one of the founding bands of what came to be known as deathrock – that particular admixture of gloomy/gothy punk rock and postpunk experimentation usually seen as a regional byproduct of the late 70s and early-to-mid-80s Southern California punk scene. Although Kommunity FK’s 1st LP, the classic Vision and the Voice, was not released until 1983, the band had been playing out since at least 1980, and can be counted among LA bands like Christian Death, 45 Grave, the Superheroines, and others as one of the flagship acts of the movement.
In a broader sense, Kommunity FK are musical and cultural cohorts of other bands from the dark post/punk scene that was just beginning in the late 70s and early 80s, a milieu that includes bands like Bauhaus, Killing Joke, Specimen, Joy Division, The Damned, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. In much the same way that The Fall or Death in June crystallized into the musical outlet of their respective lead singers, despite personnel changes, so Kommunity FK persists into the present as Mata’s vehicle for expression. His early spiky-haired look (and two early KFK songs, in fact) were inspired by Discharge, but Mata’s vocals evinced a David Bowie influence; aesthetically, the influences of Dadaism (Tristan Tzara) and Surrealism (Jean Cocteau) weighed heavily upon Kommunity FK’s look and approach, as well. They were employing tribal drumming, more sophisticated and experimental tempos, and more poetic and introspective lyrics at a time when the punk counterculture largely demanded uptempo, political three-chord thrash from its bands. (In fact, 35 years on into the punk scene, many punks still insist on this, and nothing but this!)
Old school wrestling was something that all of my friends and I watched when I lived in Georgia. We also acted out our moves on the playground which was not always the safest thing to do. In the 70′s & early 80′s wrestling had this seedy underground vibe about it but to us it was the shit! We would stay up late and cheer for our favorites, like Dusty Rhodes, Tony Atlas, Andre The Giant, Jimmy Superfly Snuka and Ricky Steamboat, plus many more. These wrestlers did not make the big bucks back then that some modern day wrestlers make today. In a way, the wrestlers from the old school could been seen as DIY warriors. They provided entertainment to a generation of young kids that had wild imaginations. Today CVLT Nation salutes some of our favorite wrestlers from a bygone era. So now peep how Dusty Rhodes used to slap the taste out of Rick Flair’s mouth!
Suspiria is the follow-up release to BLANK‘s first full-length Calix and a definite must-have if you dig fast-paced, dark and highly emotive Hardcore with its dirty claws deeply dug in the rotten flesh of Metal and Crust. The band from the Cologne area (Germany) comes up with a four-song EP that totally lives off the tension between really fast high-speed attacks and halting, teeth-gnashingly slow grinding despair.
Thankfully enough this is really far away from being one of those fruitlessly anxious attempts to bring together Post-Metal and Hardcore – Suspiria is an highly energetic, infectious Punk record above all, but surely one that isn’t afraid to incorporate elements of other genres if they contribute to the bleak and desperate atmosphere created.
Happy 2014 – to celebrate, we have released a mini web-only collection of three t-shirts and a new woven patch 3-pack! We are excited to offer the Crypt Keeper t-shirt, designed by two greats in illustration, Mark Riddick & Daniel “Desecrator” Corcuera, plus the Death Sigil I & II t-shirts designed by Rainbath Visual. We are also offering a new Woven Patch 3-pack, featuring the Black Heavens design by Daniel “Desecrator” Corcuera, the Raise the Dead design by Cub of the Woods and the Constellations design by Bryan Proteau.
What a nice surprise just before the new year, a new Doom album. It has been a while since their last full length album “World Of Shit“. From the very opening song ‘Stripped, Whipped & Crucified‘ the anger and power still remain. This song leads us with a slow heavy riff to the second song ‘Prey For Our Souls‘, where they have the infamous punk poet Andy T on main vocals. For those not familiar with Andy, he had a great EP ‘Weary Of The Flesh‘ released on Crass Records. On this he sounds like an even darker, more politicized John Cooper Clarke. There is a real anarcho-punk type feel to some of the tracks on this. The title track, ‘Corrupt Fucking System,’ is pure political punk with that real powerful Conflict feel about it.
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If you are a reader of CVLT Nation, then you know that we are HUGE fans of The Secret. This is why we are so fucking stoked to be sharing this off the chain footage of their most recent show in Trieste, Italy. What you are about to witness is The Secret straight fucking destroy everything around them in Hi-Defintion. We don’t have all of the details, but the band is confirmed for this years MDF…So stay tuned America! In the meantime, check out The Secret punch Christ in the face for over ten minutes!
Layers of death, layers of fantasy, layers of reality are the things that come to my mind when I look at the artwork of the late Zdzislaw Beksiński. I can’t even compare his work to anything I have seen in my lifetime. Today CVLT Nation would like to celebrate work with an epic art essay…Read what we had to say in part one below. Listen to what he had to say in his own words during an interview…Long live Zdzislaw Beksiński!!!
Death is a mystery that humankind is compelled to explore. Some people deny its existence, clinging to a life after death, others embrace its nothingness. Still others, like Zdzisław Beksiński, create with their minds a dead land, where skin has dissolved from flesh and flesh from bone, a place dedicated to the warmth of decay. Unlike many who envision a nightmare landscape, Beksiński’s world is not a cold one – his scenes may focus on a dead subject, but they pulsate with life. Looking at paintings from his “fantastic period,” I feel a moist, warm breeze touch my skin, as if the humid breath of a decaying land surrounds me.
Russian prison tattoos are a dark world unto themselves, one that is really only understood by the people that exist within it. From an outsider’s perspective, the aesthetic of these tattoos have always intrigued me. The symbolism that this ink carries goes so deep into the underworld that it will never fully be understood. Knives, Women, Spider Webs, Guns, Churches and other Russian icons all mean something different when they are put onto the body of a Russian criminal. In no way am I glorifying any of their acts of violence, but I enjoy looking at the decorated skin of humans that exist on the fringe! Now check out this episode of MARKED that takes an in-depth look at the underworld of Russian prison tattoos culture.
Belarus’ Anton Yeroma is the man behind Difleger, a post metal project that is self-described as drawing influence “from many different sources of inspiration”. This is vivid upon first listen of Black Whales; there is a lot going on here and while its attempts at crafting out an eclectic piece of work are admirable, it ends up becoming muddled and unfocused.