When a kick ass band backs up a kick ass legend, you get an experience that is down right kick ass! Pulling Teeth unified with Thor to become THOR’S TEETH, and right here, right now CVLT Nation is streaming this rad live album in full made possible by A389 Recordings. Stay tuned tomorrow – we have a very a special Artist to Artist Interview between Pulling Teeth & Thor. In the meantime, sink your teeth into THOR’S TEETH, and bang your motherfucking skull to this stream!
Hey CVLT Nation, my name is Chad. I play in a few bands in the Bay Area of California and also run Hell Crust. This is my first post for the CVLT Nation website. Hope you enjoy! Thank you Sean and Meghan for allowing me to contribute!
Ceaseless Desolation is a Polish Crust/Stenchcore band with hints of Black, Doom, and Sludge Metal. Their name and sound go hand-in-hand. Ceaseless Desolation creates the atmosphere of the album with the introductory track, “Nieustająca Dewastacja” followed by a heavily reinforced crust assault with “Tyrania Widm”. Ceaseless Desolation encompasses the sound of some newer Crust bands while at the same time managing to cross the thresholds of times past. They effectively keep the old-school feeling without limiting the potential for further musical influence.
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When I first discovered Viral Graphics, they had a mysterious project in the works called Bacteria. I had no idea what it was going to be, other than the handful of super sick illustrations that they were offering for preview. The day of reckoning has come for fans of this talented artist duo – today, Bacteria zine goes on sale on the Viral Graphics webstore. For appreciators of metal artwork, this zine is gold – it features interviews with and artwork by Angryblue, Alexander L. Brown, Michael Canich, David V. D’Andrea, Simon Fowler, Alison Lilly, Putrid, Rainbath Visual, Santos Illustration, Glyn Smyth, Jerald Tidwell, Ryan Lipynsky and Nick Sciacca. The first issue of this illustration fanzine is limited to 150 copies, and each copy of this 90-page black & white pro-printed zine is hand-numbered and comes with a custom illustration on the back, courtesy of Alex and Kon of Viral Graphics. Like their illustrations, Bacteria is a work of art itself and a true collectible. After the jump, check out some preview photos of this epic zine, and make sure you get your copy before they are all gone…
Kill Em All…when I first heard this album, it blew my mind, and I never listened to metal the same after. I was not the only one – I knew loads of hardcore kids that just started getting there metal thing on after experiencing Metallica. It was the norm back then for punks to be into Exciter, Raven, OZ, Venom, Exodus and Metallica, all while bring into Discharge, Suicidal and Verbal Abuse. From my point of view, this was the beginning of punk bands going metal and vice versa. The thing about Metallica that I liked during this era was that they didn’t have a rock star vibe at all, it was totally normal to just see them at gigs all around the Bay Area. By far Cliff was the most approachable back then. For me, they represented a time in the San Francisco when punks and metal heads were truly united, and all that anyone wanted to do was party and headbang. As a testament to this time in history, all you would have to do is to see a flyer from Ruthies Inn to see how hardcore bands shared the bill with metal bands. Today, CVLT Nation wants to step back in time with Metallica, before they had platinum records and when they really created music for weirdos, so we put together this gnarly video essay with footage from 1983 to 1989. So before and after the jump, let’s all unite and peep this fury-filled footage!
I’m not an avid follower of metaphysical satanism such as the Temple of The Black Light or cultic sects of the black flame, though I came across this tome some time ago and finally decided to peer into it. I approached this book more as anthropology study than one of a doctrine or sacred book of myth. Thus I only was interested in the first half of the book entitled The Argentinian Cult of Senor La Muerte. This section is entirely true and based on several retellings, evidence, current practices and totems still alive today. It recalls the arcane rituals by the Argentian cult who are comprised of hundreds of thousands of members. The object of the adoration is the grim scythe bearer whom they called Senor La Muerte, represented as a skeleton clothed in black. The intentions revolving around these practitioners use special invocations to cast magic or transfer positive or negative energies to themselves and unto others. Such as cursing the dwelling place of enemies, preventing sickness, attraction, money and status, or deflective hexes. As man evolved it was evident that they developed a sense of spirituality*. I use this word to mean a subjective spirituality and not a fixed one. To them, the immense magical working of their master of death had powers to instill all of their wishes if the respect and rituals were carried out in accordance.
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We found a way off of the island, so Gilligan, Skipper and I just got back to civilization and discovered all this new technology, including something called the Internet. I’m really pissed at all the time I’ve lost, cracking coconuts and building rafts that fall apart. On the bright side, now that I’m on the mainland, I’ve discovered all of these new forms of music, including your band. Tell me about the noise you make. Don’t worry, you don’t have to sell yourselves to me….I just want to know how you view your band.
Rick: Brutal, angry anti-societal grind
Switch bodies with an outsider. Someone not playing the music you play. Someone that hasn’t written your songs. Would your perception of Theories differentiate due to the seperate sides of the looking glass?
Joe: I can never definitely say what my thoughts would be on subjects if I switched bodies or brains, I can’t separate from my thoughts. I believe everyone’s personal perceptions are their absolute truth. If someone believes something to be true, that is their answer, and you can’t convince them different, that makes it true to them. I was actually having a conversation about this a couple days ago, so before I get completely off topic…We play fast, pissed off music, I never expect people who aren’t into the same kind of music to completely understand what’s going on. Thats fine. We aren’t here as a band to convert people or even to help people understand the music we play, we just want to play it.
Rick: It’s difficult to say, really. I’ve been listening to this kind of music for years and years, so it’s something I’m completely used to. I suppose I would hope that if someone wasn’t familiar with grind or other similar styles that our music would come across that much more intense, but who’s to say?
Interview & West Coast Tour Poster after the jump!
The demo release from mysterious black metal project Obolus made, quite possibly, every year end list going for one of the “best” demos of last year. And rightly so, the mix of pure bleak rage and terribly grim atmosphere was astounding to hear in a tape that was meant as a demonstration of what this outfit could do. Praise the dark lord that new music has followed so quickly. Currently available to download for the grand price of ZERO money over on Flenser Records bandcamp page (for a limited time only) before going to press on vinyl, Lament is a gloriously bleak five track EP.
Artwork by Byran Proteau – Natvres Mortes Illvstration
Punctuated with soft and serene moments, such as the entirely instrumental “Reflection,” Lament is a work of opposing tones. Relentlessly despondent, whether that’s in the harsher tones of “Hatred” or in the beautifully gloom laden “Grievance,” the depths of despair are never far away from the quieter passages. There’s a beautiful theme that is carried throughout this work, the lonely sound of water; either as rainfall or as part of a larger body, that ties the tracks together and truly echoes the sentiments within.
The clash between styles is jarring – when Obolus is harsh, damn, Obolus is harsh. Raw in sound and in vocal style, disparate screams echo over the furious drum work and soaring guitar lines. It hardly seems like the same band that was heard on the sorrow tinged track “Reflection,” but the melancholy beauty is there to be found in the darker refrains of “Desolation” and “Hatred.” It’s in the gorgeous sweeping lines that suddenly burst through the jagged call of guitar, the weight of sadness that sits atop each track individually, growing heavier as the work progresses. Magnificent in scope and subject, Lament is the sound of a band finding a sound, one of desperation and misanthropic tendencies. Obolus is a project to be noticed, the blissed-out dreamlike-gaze sound of Lament is to be completely lost inside. Quite spectacular.
CVLT Nation is excited to announce that the Sonic Cathedrals Mixtape Series Vol. XXXIV Curated by Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire goes live today. Just like the band who created this mixtape, it is full of weird and awesome changes! Let’s get down to business – prepare yourself for over two hours of monolithic jams. Kill all the talking, just download Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XXXIV after the jump & blast this audio spaceship of rawness beyond loud…THIS IS THE PERFECT SOUNDTRACK TO CHANGING THE WORLD…
Trying to come up with a playlist of artists/songs that we like/influence us was impossible. We were trying to include several different genres and we could never get it under 2 hours. So we decided to make a mixtape of heavy songs that we think never get old. We hope you enjoy them.
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XXXIV Curated by Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire:
As I worship at the altar of the psychedelic moonrise, I let the vibrations of Pharaoh Overlord expand my mind. This Finnish band have reshaped sound with their soon to be released album Lunar Jetman via Sige Records. To say that they have created a sonic kaleidoscope of instrumental majesty would be putting it lightly. Every song is it’s own planet that orbits around the cosmic sun that Pharaoh Overlord has suspended in the atmosphere. This is not a record that is supposed to just be heard – Lunar Jetman is a piece of music that should be felt. Personally, I’m amazed at how this band speaks so many different unique languages with their instruments. The first two minutes of their song “Rodent” is a sweet siren calling all spirit walkers to rise again. Every time I hear this song I put my bong down, because I know that Pharaoh Overlord is about to get me high as fuck with audio stimulation! For their second song, “Palmyra Call.” Pharaoh Overlord swings the pendulum and decides to put the mask of jazz on their rhythm, but Captain Psychedelic is still controlling this spaceship. The band breaks shit down to the abstract nitty gritty on the track “Black Horse,” and all sorts of weird creatures are alive in this song. It’s a demented joy to listen to this all take place before the tune transforms into one of sickest riffs known to humanity. What stands out to me every time I play Lunar Jetman is that I feel the fun this band has manifesting their dreams on to wax and you can’t help but respect the process. It’s really enjoyable to allow the dirge of their composition “Cave of Hair” to engulf my skull with all of its magic. I suggest when you put on Lunar Jetman to wipe the slate clean, because with this band you will be starting at zero and the only place to travel is up. For 1 hour 12 minutes, Pharaoh Overlord will be your kind into another solar systems of riffs, rhythm and outergaltic baselines…1, 2, 3 lift OFF!
Two bands rip a brand new hole in the floor and play some gnarly tunes in the process. This all went down a couple of weeks ago in Raleigh, NC, where Pure Scum and Curmudgeon wrecked shopped. Ira Rogers was on hand to film the event, and it seemed like a place where I would have a good time.
I have been feeling Curmudgeon for a minute now, and as you will able to see, this band is all that and big bowl of veggie ramen. If you don’t take my word for it, head over here and have a listen to their EP that’s out now via To Live A Lie Records. Next up, the young upstarts Pure Scum - damn, these kids bash out some serious hardcore jams. Without sounding contrived, Pure Scum writes awesome 80′s hardcore-influenced tunes that get me hyped with each listen! You are in luck: they have a demo out on Sorry State Records that you can download here! Now let’s get down to business and peep the full sets by Curmudgeon & Pure Scum before and after the jump!