Label: Profound Lore
If asked what the most important thing is with regard to evaluating a piece of music, I’d undoubtedly say that it’s paramount that you approach everything with an open mind and with patience. Actually giving something a real chance, free from whatever biases you hold, is often the difference between getting “it” and not. It’s the difference between thinking Dissection’s Reinkaos album is a mainstream, inferior piece of garbage because you’re viewing it through the lens of expectation, thinking it should sound like old Dissection, versus judging it by its own merits as a completely different, unique entity unto itself. Simply how you approach an album sometimes means everything.
In this case, my bias attempted to manifest itself when I saw the description “Technical Death Metal” lapped onto Artificial Brain, a group I had never even heard of. I immediately cringed, imagining the abundance of groups fitting this description that bore me to tears with directionless songs that lack riffs and are merely technical for the sake of being technical. Needless to say, I had no expectations for Labyrinth Constellation. I did, however, give it a chance.
It’s flash back time: check the one of the videos that helped push skating to where it is today! New Deal’s Useless Wooden Toys – this visual just might make you remember how rad it was to be young!
Label: Rust and Machine Records
Jittery, up-tempo post punk is the name of the game on this new release from Melbourne, Australia band Masses. Horde Mentality is packed full of skittering rhythms, propulsive basslines and subtly melodic guitar-work, with a slight trashy garage rock vibe and a melancholic dark wave sheen emphasized by the gloomy, reverb-dripping production provided by the almighty Phil Calvert of The Birthday Party.
This may or may not be news to all you Satanists out there: Satan is an alien. Not an angel, not a god; he is, in fact, an alien. And not only that – despite what Christians, Muslims, Jews and the like have been claiming for millennia, he is actually a GOOD alien. While the evil aliens – ie. God and his cohorts – have been trying to keep us ignorant, naked and freezing cold, Satan and his demons have been trying to help us by giving us knowledge, technology and the all-important fire to warm us and grill our steaks (or tofu). I don’t know about you, but when I started watching Ancient Aliens and they talked about how God, Jesus and all the other deities were actually aliens, it made a lot of sense to me. And if they are aliens, well then of course Satan is one too. A big part of my atheism is that I just can’t bring myself to believe that there is some almighty power that runs everything, when all around us is evidence that we are just cogs in huge, clockwork universe, each being doing its part for the system. All the fuckups around us seem to be directly related to religion, namely human beings thinking that they are not a part of the system, but somehow outside of it. By stepping outside of it, we are literally destroying the entire thing. It makes a lot more sense to me that deities are beings just like the rest of us, with faults and flaws, capable of bad judgement and greed. Anyway, back to Satan – check out this episode of Ancient Aliens, which explains what a rad dude Satan is, and how he is a friendly alien just trying to give us a hand with our shitty lives, battling God-alien to help us better understand the universe.
There is no shame in my game, I’m a mammoth fan when it comes to ELECTRIC WIZARD and I look forward to the day when everything they created is in our vinyl collection. When I hold any of their albums in my hand, I just want to roil one up to enhance my listening experience. I also really dig the artwork and design of every ELECTRIC WIZARD record. Sometimes I troll the stoner web looking for kick ass Wizard-related images. The other day I found my favorite tumblr right now: ELECTRIC WIZARD Artwork. Now it’s your turn to peep this page that is full of stonerdelic art…puff one and exhale the wizard!
Damn! It will be tough to contain my enthusiasm when talking about this record. I hardly knew anything about Nashville’s Yautja prior to fall last year, but since then they’ve had my attention wholly.
Yautja’s debut LP Songs of Descent is remarkable. It is unexpected, indeed unforgettable and inventive. Even contending with the overpowering influence of Gaza, Kiss It Goodbye, and Great Falls; giants, and a genre that allows little wiggle room.
This infuriated hybrid grind group has blossomed in imaginative, intoxicating new forms of nucleic aggression as is clearly and confidently expressed on Songs of Descent.
One of the best things about being a part of CVLT Nation is the relationships we have with so many cool humans around the world. MASAKARI was a band that not only created a classic album in The Prophet Feeds, but also walked the walk to stand up for everything they sang about. When I got to see them live and meet them face to face, I was not disappointed at all. They were humble and super smart dudes that inspired me to keep doing what we were doing. I’m not happy to hear that MASAKARI is not a band any more, but I know that each member will go on to do killer things for the global scene we are all a part of…Today CVLT Nation celebrates our favorite moments with MASAKARI, a post that includes full sets, a mixtape, a live set download and an interview…R.I.R…Rest In Radness!
If you are an avid reader of CVLT Nation, then you know we are crazed SIOUXSIE and THE BANSHEES fans. It has been said that their greatest period as a band was when they had John McGeoch on guitar, and I agree for the most part. Many people don’t know, but he was the force behind some of SIOUXSIE and THE BANSHEES’ biggest hits. Anyway, check this out: a full set from 1981 of one of the raddest bands in the world… I will always regret not going to see them at the Santa Monica Civic, but it’s my fault for being a little hardcore kid (my bad). RIP John McGeoch…
The almighty SLOWDIVE have reunited for a string of shows taking place this summer, and I’m ultra excited!!! Simon Scott just did something very special for the fans. He curated this really cool mixtape for Dazed Digital and it is the first SLOWDIVE mix ever. Check out the stream below and peep what Simon has to say about his song collection…