Anciients just finished up their Fall tour with Tesseract and Scale the Summit, and are finishing it up with two shows this weekend – one in Portland, OR with Lord Dying, Nether Regions and Sioux, and then they return home for their show at the Astoria in Vancouver with Black Wizard, Weirding and As the King, co-sponsored by CVLT Nation. Check out some awesome footage of them performing this year in Vancouver and Brooklyn, plus some photos of them in St. Louis, MO on their last tour, and see you this weekend!
There’s a strange, intoxicating smell in the air…what can it be? My inner stoner is telling me that CANNABIS CORPSE & GHOUL are about to release a new split on Jan. 7th, 2014 via Tankcrimes. Right now I have a new CANNABIS CORPSE sticky track loaded in my vaporizer called “Shatter Their Bongs,” plus we are streaming it below…So you better inhale some CANNABIS CORPSE and bake the fuck UP!…Pre-Order HERE!
Here is a brand new visual from THEOLOGIAN that will take you to a place full of dark desire. “Welcome to the Golden Age of Beggars” is the song title, taken from their brand new CD SOME THINGS HAVE TO BE ENDURED out now on CRUCIAL BLAST. THEOLOGIAN’s music knows how to find the beauty in the torment in our minds that we do not want to face. The video, directed by Gretchen Heinel, fits perfectly with the song. Enough of me talking – just press play and fall into the abyss…
Magick. Motherhood. Pain. Suffering.
Blood. Tension. Nausea. Desire.
Obsession. Addiction. Loathing. Violence.
The loss of hope. Unfulfilled dreams. Unhealed wounds.
Insect Ark released her Long Arms EP earlier this year via Geweih Ritual Documents, and her haunting drone compositions captured a global audience for this Brooklyn-based musician. CVLT Nation is honored to premiere Insect Ark’s video for the eerie track “Symbols,” check it out below along with a few upcoming tour dates!
All Photos by Tanner Douglass
Our friends Heartless (RIP) have disbanded, and from the ashes No Time has risen! The new band is is straight OI! and their songs are powerfully catchy. Not much is known about them right now, but we do have a No Time photo essay for you to check out, shot by our comrade Tanner Douglas. Stay tuned because these OI! warriors have a ballistic 7 inch in the works.
This post is long overdue; since Ovate’s SS13 season, Kuolema, launched at the beginning of this year, I have been following Montreal jeweler Elaine Ho (@elaineho) on Instagram, and coveting pretty much all of her gorgeous works. Like Ovate, she is able to capture the rough beauty of black metal in her work, taking materials like quartz and silver and creating something that is at once jagged and delicate. Her necklaces, rings and earrings evoke a strong sense of the earthbound, not just because she uses so many minerals in her work, but also because she creates cages and nets in so much of it, binding the crystal and precious metal to the wearer. I am personally not a huge fan of big necklaces, but I would wear any of hers in a heartbeat, and I am still in desperate need of the Ovate x Elaine Ho viking axe ring. It’s sometimes difficult to find jewelry lines that aren’t derivative of the big names in the dark jewelry arts like Bloodmilk, but Elaine captures the raw spirit of nature in her pieces and has truly created her own unique aesthetic. You can find most her her pieces in her shop, and she also does custom work! Check out a gallery of her work below…
Am I an AT THE DRIVE IN fan? Hell fucking yes!!! Today CVLT Nation is sharing with you one of the sickest shows you will ever find online from this very special band. What makes this footage so off the chain is that AT THE DRIVE IN are performing outside and giving their all on every tune. Once you press play you will not be able to turn away, I promise. If you were in Winston-Salem for this show, please leave a comment! Every time I watch this, it takes me back to 1999 – I wish I was there! Now get your In/Casino/Out ON!
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the cult horror film The Wicker Man. The original print was butchered by its doomed UK distributor to fit on double bills. There is a whole under story of how things went wrong for this movie but it has been written about many times. But this year a 4k transfer of the second edit is released as the final uncut version of the movie. So it is great to see it back in the cinema again. There is also a limited vinyl release of 500 copies of the soundtrack, which I think sold out within a day. It’s beautifully packaged with a striking design by Richey Beckett.
I am unashamedly obsessed with the movie, I even named my daughter after a character in it. Along with countless other fans, I am of the opinion that there is no better horror film. No maniac with a chainsaw near a cabin in the woods, but a very original, sinister storyline which incorporates ancient pagan beliefs in sacrifice and fertility rites. Which makes for an intelligent debate between two conceptions of life grounded in faith. There are of course other horror films that explore the subject of god-fearing people and the occult too.
Text & Photos by Darryl Reid
I have no idea what “Power Violence” means these days, as it seems every other band I have seen lately plays fast and loose with that moniker. P.E.I.’s Uncle stay true to the original definition of the genre – super fast, short, dissonant, loud blasts of anger with the usual atypical breakdowns thrown throughout.
Uncle play music as punishment, with only a bass, voice and drum combo. I find the best power violence thrives on simplicity and Uncle keep their shit simple, brutal and perversely fun as fuck.
In the days of analog videotape, gas lamps and horse-drawn carriages, before even dial-up internet had hit my household, musical recommendations came by way of schoolyard traded mix CD-Rs, older sibling hand-me-downs, and music video television.
The first CD I ever bought was a collection of James Bond theme songs, a faux pas swiftly rectified by my older brother with the handing over of a burned copy of The Slim Shady LP. Schoolyard recommendations of Slipknot, Limp Bizkit and Korn followed, from a friend who, despite this, remains one.
One good thing that can be said for those early days of musical discovery is the lack of stylistic prejudice, something that is lost almost instantly when the teen turf wars begin and genre allegiance must be pledged. It takes years of falling through staunch subculture affiliations one by one to get that freedom back, but with puberty and the development of actual, realized identities and self-esteem issues that it brings still on the distant horizon, every style was viable.
Us kids had yet to even encounter the term ‘genre’ and everything was just ‘music’. You could bang your head to ‘heavy’ bands like Linkin Park, rap along with Shady, dig Blink 182 and also secretly like that Celine Dion song from that chick’s movie you also secretly liked.