Cvlt Nation is extremely excited to present a stream of Autolatry’s latest full-length, Native. The New England quintet has been hard at work since last year’s fantastic Of The Land EP, writing this material while putting a full US tour under their young belts. Despite some of the members being still in their teen years, the group can write and execute progressive black metal that any seasoned musician would be proud of. Native is a natural progression of the band’s sound, continuing with lyrical themes that hit close to their Connecticut home while playing with mind-bending riffs and instrumental sections.
Excuse me as I spit in the eyes of conformity! I’m getting mad hyped listening to the new CURMUDGEON entitled Amygdala – it’s being released via IFB Records, Parade of Spectres and Not Normal. So when you put the needle to the wax beware that this record will fucking push your wig back! It’s a perfect mix of non-stop raw fury with the right balance of neck snapping groove! We have been fans of CURMUDGEON for a minute now and hearing Amygdala made me think about how rad this band is hours after playing their new slice of hardcore//power violence audio chaos! CVLT Nation is stoked to be streaming CURMUDGEON’s Amygdala below…Make sure to catch them on tour starting on June 14th with Stress Relief – peep the gnarly poster!
Sannhet is a Brooklyn-based trio with a sound best described as post-rock-meets-black-metal with a dash of crusty-sludge-meets-doom. Isis banging Watain and Tragedy in a strange, and possibly deadly, sexual encounter in a dirty bathroom. Or the odd offspring of such an illicit affair; an almost non-verbal, dark, and violent genius that no one ever wants to piss off. The kind of music that would feel at home in a slasher film. Or a psychological thriller. Or in a documentary about abandoned mental hospitals. Sannhet’s debut full-length, Known Flood, is at once heavy, cathartic, beautiful and crushingly brilliant.
Many bands try to blend styles and genres. Many fail. A lot end up sounding forced, and with that, fake or processed. Sannhet succeeds in every aspect with Known Flood. There’s something for everyone. Blast-beats coexist with melody, sludge and drone parts give way to recorded samples and bits of crusty goodness. The band, made up of Christopher Todd, John Refano and AJ Annunziata, make it sound easy. They seamlessly fuse these sounds together in a very unique way. Songs such as ‘Safe Passage’ and ‘Invisible Wounds’ flow into one another perfectly. The same can be said for ‘Moral’ and ‘Slow Ruin.’ It’s quite artful, in that the record never loses any steam. It plows along, crushing everything in its path.
Intense, Grinding, Urgent, Unfiltered Fury and Feral Pounding Beats are the words that come to mind after listening to the new split between KRATZER and KVAZAR that comes out today via Blastbeat Mailmurder and 7 degrees Records. Both Bands blaze through 32 minutes of unreal tunes that will hit you deep in your skull! CVLT Nation is honored to be streaming this on point split by KRATZER and KVAZAR below!…Go here to order your copy!
Brilliant. Amazing. These are just two words that could describe the U.K. group Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. Mind Control, the U.K. group’s third full-length album, is relatively perfect; a definite contender for many Best of 2013 lists. Why? Well, if a combination of the gigantic riffs of Black Sabbath, the catchy sing-song style of Alice Cooper, the balls-out energy of Iggy and The Stooges and the wild psychedelia of Roky Erickson sounds good, multiply by three and you’ll have a close approximation of Uncle Acid, et al.
Mind Control is completely and totally infectious. Songs like ‘Poison Apple,’ ‘Valley of the Dolls,’ and ‘Devil’s Work’ do eventually control the mind. Listen once. It will call out. Listen twice. It will own your soul. The third listen will be mostly subconscious. Utterly doomed. Any and all future listens will be for fun, or to show friends and family how good this band truly is. Bottom line: it will not disappoint. This is doom for the masses; a superb blend of styles, swirling and heavy guitars, booming bass, pounding drums, and vocals good enough to soothe the occult rock beast. Alarmingly great. Guaranteed to take up residence in your head, in your CD player, and on your turntable for many spins. Again, relatively perfect.
Recently I was sent a link to the art work of Rotten Fantom. When I saw it I was completely blown away. Rotten Fantom’s work is as gritty and earthy as it is mystical and ethereal. Without much effort Rotten Fantom’s art became a favorite of mine, in the same camp as the great Glyn Smyth. I knew I had to get in touch with these guys and ask them a few questions. Luckily, they obliged.
Enjoy. Or Unjoy. Whatever.
OK, now that my tears have dried, I can see my screen enough to write this post. I remember when I went to buy an iPhone for the first time, the AT&T guy was steering me towards a Blackberry because he insisted the typing function on the iPhone sucked. Of course, I was already suckered in by Apple’s evil genius marketing, plus he told me that the iPhone did have an autocorrect function which would fix the no doubt many typing mistakes I was going to make. Little did I know what world of nonsensical and sometimes offense texting and emailing I was entering! One customer of ours kept emailing me about Yichuan and if I needed help with it, and I was so confused as to what help I could possibly need with a city in China. The faster you type, the more likely your phone is going to say something other than what you mean to write, and probably with a very Freudian take on it too. Check out some hilarious autocorrects below…
On May 2nd through 5th, a very special festival took place for it’s second year in a row – Heavy Days In Doom Town. The lineup was packed with some of the most killer heavy bands out right now around the world. Today CVLT Nation wants to celebrate HDDT’s 2nd year with a video essay featuring full sets from Graves At Sea, Cough and Mournful Congregation, and after watching this footage you might just book your ticket for next year’s fest! We we would like to salute everyone who put on this unreal DIY experience and much respect due to Astrid Tonella – check out her photos from this years Heavy Days In Doom Town here…She also had a photo exhibit at this years fest. Now spark a big split and peep two hours worth of DOOM!
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Larry Wessel’s 2011 Boyd Rice documentary Iconoclast was, I thought, an interesting way to spend four-odd hours. In it, Rice does come across as a curious individual, half dark lord and half fabulous fan-boy, with a mania for tiki bars, practical jokes, and a hundred other peculiar hobbies and fixations. It was noticeable however that the film—seemingly made in close collaboration with its subject—was also something of a white-wash regarding Rice’s flirtation with white-supremacy.
It seemed significant, for example, that the following appearance by Rice on the US Nazi Tom Metzger’s self-styled “controversial pro-white TV show” Race & Reason didn’t make Wessel’s capacious final cut. When not discussing electronic music’s “intrinsic whiteness,” and deriding “pitiful liberal humanist values,” Rice, Tom Metzger, and the show’s co-host (a Neo-Nazi Hank Kingsley!) find common ground concerning Adolf Hitler’s underrated prose style. “Whenever you see Mein Kampf referred to in print,” muses Rice, “they always use the exact same words—they call it turgid prose and incoherent and stuff (…) when you read it it’s like the exact opposite.” (Which, according to the Thesaurus, throws up the following antonyms: “humble, modest, quiet, reserved, self-effacing, balanced, collected, normal, sane.” Sounds like Mein Kampf to me!)
It’s bizarre to think that this label is now 13 years old; what started out as an art project and supplement to a print zine quickly kind of spiraled into much more than we ever anticipated. This mix represents the second half of ABSOC’s discography, and is intended to showcase the direction we have taken over the last 5 years or so. While all of these bands are quite different in nature, the one thing they all hold in common (outside of all of them being very nice people) is that they are all breaking out of typical genre molds and are doing something unique, while staying firmly rooted in DIY punk. We really try to identify bands we think are pushing the envelope, and keeping the underground challenging and provoking.
We are basically an analog label; our releases are all largely on vinyl and cassettes (very few CDs), and our only foray into digital distribution is via MP3 download cards. We really believe a record should be experienced with artwork, layout, and lyrics when available, and really put effort into making packaging unique. We are based in Seattle, and have largely focused on Northwest bands until recently with collaborations with partner labels in Sweden, Germany, and Canada.
We’d really like to thank Sean and Meghan and everyone involved at CVLT NATION for all of their amazing support over the past few years! And cheers to all of you whom have ordered from us, supported the label and came to the shows and tours we promote. It’s been an amazing ride and we are really excited for this upcoming year’s releases which will include the s/t debut full length from INSIDIOUS PROCESS, early 8” lathe and demo releases put to 12” by NÜ-KLĒ-ƏR BLAST SUNTAN, a re-issue of early material from KALASHNIKOV (Italy), and an upcoming split between ADELIT@S and KOHOSH (Seattle). Keep it DIY!
Rob + Matt