For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought demons were raping the town’s women. There was no other explanation. No way of explaining how a woman could wake up with blood and semen stains smeared across her sheets and no memory of the previous night. No way of explaining how another went to sleep clothed, only to wake up naked and covered by dirty fingerprints all over her body. No way to understand how another could dream of a man forcing himself onto her in a field—and then wake up the next morning with grass in her hair.
For Sara Guenter, the mystery was the rope. She would sometimes wake up in her bed with small pieces of it tied tightly to her wrists or ankles, the skin beneath an aching blue. Earlier this year, I visited Sara at her home, simple concrete painted to look like brick, in Manitoba Colony, Bolivia. Mennonites are similar to the Amish in their rejection of modernity and technology, and Manitoba Colony, like all ultraconservative Mennonite communities, is a collective attempt to retreat as far as possible from the nonbelieving world. A slight breeze of soy and sorghum came off the nearby fields as Sara told me how, in addition to the eerie rope, on those mornings after she’d been raped she would also wake to stained sheets, thunderous headaches, and paralyzing lethargy.
DEPRESSING just released a rad DIY video for their song “Stables” off their LP Life Just Gets Worse, released earlier this year on their Bandcamp. Featuring Andrew Drury of Baptists, Depressing’s grungy hardcore pairs perfectly with the basement cement walls closing in on you, enveloping you with grey like the Northwest often does, but also offering glimpses of the simple joy of life. In fact, the video isn’t depressing at all, it’s a happy moment in an eccentric life. CVLT Nation is stoked to be premiering the video for “Stables” today! Make sure to check out Life Just Gets Worse here and look out for Depressing on a bill near you to pick it up on vinyl!
CVLT Nation is super stoked to be premiering a video for THEOLOGIAN from their upcoming 2014 release via Malignant Records, Pain of the Saints. This self-produced video is strange and disturbing in a way only he could envision. The track, “Infection,” is off of a double CD produced with Fade Kainer (Batillus/Inswarm/Jarboe/Statiqbloom) and Matt Slagle (Side 3/Adroy/Dracaris/Diathoron). Check it out below as well as some upcoming live THEOLOGIAN dates! Stay tuned for more info about their next CD release via Crucial Blast on Oct. 15th!
CVLT Nation is stoked to bring you Sonic Cathedrals Vol. CXVII Burden of the Noose live today! Burden of the Noose will be destroying the stage at our show with You’re Not Human at The Exchange in Bristol this Saturday…so get a taste of what you’re in for today, stream and download below!
CVLT Nation is stoked to be offering an exclusive stream of ENDSTILLE‘s track “The Refined Nation” off their upcoming release Kapitulation 2013, coming out via Season of Mist November 8th, 2013 in Europe and November 12th, 2013 in North America. Endstille brings the cold with this track, honing their rage over the endless war state into an icy blast of pure hatred! If you feel like having your skin ripped from your living body, sit back and press play below!…Pre-order Here!
Tom – How did the HM2 fuelled furygrind outfit that is Human Cull come into existence?
Edd – We began out of the remnants of our former bassist’s goregrind project Gran Toucher. That turned into Terrorizer/early NxDx style thrashing grindcore and then became Human Cull for want of a more appropriate name for what we ended up doing. We’ve had 3 drummers throughout our development (shout out to Johnny for being a dude) and we are now onto our second bassist, Luke (farewell to Morrish – it’s been a pleasure). Sam does shouting and drumming and I (Edd) do shouting and guitarising.
Tom – I’ve seen/heard some Human Cull album teasers online and it’s sounding cracking. What made you decide to write and record a full length in a genre which is primarily dominated by 7″ splits/EPs?
Edd – We’d done a mini album in 2012 called ‘Split Second Extinction’ which lasts for 9 minutes and it was well received (at least to our faces), but we got a lot of comments about it’s length but fuck it, it does what it does; in the mean time we’ve done two more splits (a 7″ with Oblivionized and a cassette with Homolka which saw us experiment with a 13 minute sludge crawl). So basically we just felt it was time to do a more substantial set of songs and its not as if there aren’t loads of classic grindcore and crust 12″ albums out there from the annals of history.
Tom – Best gig you’ve been to? (grind or otherwise or both??)
Edd – One of the best gigs I’ve ever been to was one I attended with Sam last year. We went to see Melvins play a small venue called the Croft in Bristol. They were performing with the ‘full’ line up (two drummers) and I thought It was incredible.
Tom – Any plans for Euro/World/Cosmic tours? And were you sad when Pluto was declassified as a planet?
Edd – Doing a bunch of dates across the UK as the year comes to an end. Next April we hit the European mainland to drink heavily and play shows with Oblivionized (London). When I found out about Pluto I smiled to myself and whispered ‘Iced’.
Photo: Paul Cussens
Self proclaimed practitioners of “sigil grind demon beat punk metal”, Dislich list their interests as occultism, Dungeons and Dragons, cryptozoology, renaissance magic, teen witches, cocaine, and VHS, among others, and that is actually a better indicator of their sound than you’d at first suspect.
Stone Guardian sounds like a bunch of coked out D&D lifers summoning the spirits of ancient warlocks and their childhood’s favourite heavy metal majesties through the power of rock’n'roll, around a campfire built out of smouldering B-grade horror videotapes. Some of the best song titles you’ve heard in a long time, ‘God-Sized Hole In Hell’, ‘Nausea Creeps’ and ‘Withering Cunt’ lay claim to some of the most visceral, thrashy punk you’ll hear for a long time, all overlaid with Melissa Finley’s inhuman, demonic shrieks, that let you know that the spirit summoning must be going well.
Dislich thrash and snarl their way through track after track of furious, animalistic hardcore, but these guys can really play, and they inevitably rear their inner metalheads with almost every track turning into a full-on rocking, classic metal burner by song’s end. The drums slow, the bass grooves and the guitars shred. Six-stringers Solomon Reid and Joseph Guerra have serious chops, but even more impressively they have the same firm grasp on melody, pacing and composition that made the solos of classic metallers like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and hell, even Guns N’ Roses, so much more than just fretboard wankery.
Photographer and historian Marc Hermann has done a beautiful job pulling historic crime scene photos from the New York Daily News archive to blend them with photographs of the same locations today. For those who live in New York now, it may be easy to forget just how rough the city was in the not-too-distant past.
Grisly violence is an undeniable part of New York’s DNA and the juxtaposition of the old, black and white images with the modern “Times Square” version of what most people expect today is incredibly fascinating – truly making ghosts walk amongst us.
427 1/2 Hicks St. Brooklyn, N.Y.
Gangster Salvatore Santoro met his end in the vestibule of 427 1/2 Hicks St. on Jan. 31, 1957. Here’s how the building looks then and now.
I’m in the mood some heavy fucking magic! So today I found some gnarly vintage footage of ELECTRIC WIZARD from 2002. Spark your bongs and catch a ride on the dopethrone!
A couple of weeks ago we featured the massive library of field recordings by Alan Lomax. Today we want to shed light on the photos he took along his journey that really show the beauty in all people even when times were hard. Also I respect the way that Alan drew parallels between the condition of poor blacks and whites who still are fighting the same battle today against capitalism. The rich in America have always wanted to divide and conquer black against white, when in reality we’re all the same. On the real, we share the same ancestors – it’s only the racists that would want to believe otherwise. Looking at the people in Alan’s photos you can see they all found joy in their music and family! The blues and rock & roll as we know it come from pain & creativity. So without these people’s experiences, there would be no punk rock, doom or heavy metal…ask Black Sabbath what their biggest influence was, and they’ll tell you the blues of the south!