Dead Peasants are a three piece blackened hardcore band from the mean streets of Baltimore. They originally formed in 2011 but didn’t release any recordings until early 2013, when they put out a split with fellow Marylanders, sludge metal band Ecco, and this, a half hour demo of raw, speaker-splitting blackened fury.
Dead Peasants’ music mixes elements from doom, grind, sludge and the primal punky black metal aggression of a band like Ancestors. Tracks careen from four to the floor caustic blackened punk fury and wounded animal vocals to sludgy stretches of crawling, drawn out doom metal and piercing feedback, all with a haunting, echo-drenched melodicism that creates a truly oppressive, depressive atmosphere.
One second you think you’re all cool and shit, and think you know what HEAVY is, then you listen to THIS and you realize instead what a tiny insignificant insect you are, and how in reality you don’t know shit about what brutal means. You listen to Grave Ekstasis, the debut album by Swedish hellraisers IRKALLIAN ORACLE, and crash to your knees under a cataclysmic firestorm of wrath and hatred that is so grand and majestic that absolutely nothing can even dream of surviving their wake. Little is known about IRKALLIAN ORACLE. What we do now is that the band self-released the tape version of Grave Ekstasis on their own, which immediately sold out, and that Nuclear War Now! picked this puppy up to give it proper release status and distribution. THANK YOU for that fine Bay Area folks.
Skulls are one of those things that you just can’t have enough of around the house. Sean and I are always on the lookout for people to recruit as skullfinders for us, since we pretty much stay at home and blog like city folk and don’t make it out to the deep woods enough to expand our collection. I like a nice clean yet weathered animal skull salvaged straight from the forest floor, but I am also into decorated skulls. Peter Deligdisch, aka Peter Draws, is doing stunning things with skulls. He burns his line drawings and patterns into the bone, driving the pyrographic patterns into the very cells of the animal. The result is gorgeous, a tattooed kaleidoscope of scorch and ink on the surface of deer, fox and bear skulls. Below take a look at some of the pieces he has created and also a video of his pyrography on a bear skull. You can also pick up a book of his drawings here!
In 2003, the MARS VOLTA released De-Loused in the Comatorium and this album totally blew my fucking mind! Then I got to see them live in NYC the same year, and for weeks after I was still thinking about what an amazing show it was. The MARS VOLTA did things with music that many bands have never had the vision to do. Check out this stellar full set of them performing in London at the The Electric Ballroom in 2003.
via Rocket New 24
I remember when I was a senior in high school and hung out with a sort of goofy crowd, we all spent several weeks wracking our brains trying to find a way to inject some kind of originality into our senior photos. We knew anything too outrageous or offensive would get stopped by yearbook censors, so about the only thing we could come up with was growing some dirty-looking caterpillar mustaches.
If only we’d been in Korea, where some high schools – realizing that senior year is the last time in their lives that youths really get to act like kids – allow nearly any kind of wacky individual and group photos the kids see fit to take:
▼ You’d be forgiven for thinking this is about the worst they got away with, but we’re just getting started.
I can hear the giants of death marching out of my speakers and heavy bolts of filth coming out of the sky. Once you press play on the stream of the new Cauldron Black Ram song “Fork Through Pitch” you will see where I’m coming from. After repeated listens you will say to yourself, I can not wait until I can hear the rest of Stalagmire, which will hit the streets on April 1st via 20 buck spin.
Check out Windhand and Christian Mistress at the Relapse Records X CVLT Nation SXSW 2014 Showcase, March 12th at Dirty Dog Bar! More info here…
Christian Mistress interviews Windhand
Hey all, Stoked to play with you guys.
What’s your favorite Candlemass song?
‘Samarithan’ off of Nightfall.
If you only had one amp to play though for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I love my Ampeg SVT, but it’s been broken for 4 years and I just haven’t had the money or motivation to fix it. Also, my back.
What are your thoughts on the latest Ghost record and are y’all fans?
I don’t think any of us have heard it. I’m not a fan but I don’t dislike them. I saw a pretty cool video of them doing a Roky Erickson cover.
Did Burzum influence the album art work at all? I really dig the picture, where was it taken?
I doubt it. As a whole, we’re a little put off by the whole NS black metal scene. The artist responsible for the cover photo (www.kristmort.com) is from Austria or Switzerland, so I imagine the shed exists somewhere around there.
Label: Union Finale
When it comes to dark ambient music, this is probably as good as it can get. I know what you are thinking: you have been smothered by bands and artists’ trying to pass meaningless repetition of synths and bad production for dark music, but it is not the case with this collaboration. Seth Sothis Nox La of ambient, ritualistic black metal act L’Acephale joins forces with Laurent Boulouard of Sorc’henn. I guess that most people are familiar with L’Acephale and their music, but Sorc’henn have been sort of flying under the radar (or at least my radar), even though they have released excellent dark ambient records that I started searching for when I received this collaboration for review. This is also not the first time that the two collaborate, as was the case back in 2007 with the release of Faro: Death of the Island Sheeps from Sorc’henn, for which Seth Sothis Nox La also contributed.
Photo and Text by Nuno Bernardo
With his bandmates Noah Landis and Greg Dale, Scott Kelly led a warm and cozy performance as a man who seems to miss his home and his family, making sense of their name, Scott Kelly and the Road Home. The Portuguese audience was his family for two days – first at Passos Manuel (Porto) and then at Galeria Zé dos Bois, where I met him singing about his life and personal struggles on a very rainy evening in Lisbon. His songs from “The Forgiven Ghost In Me” are a clear way to heal Scott’s past wounds from Neurosis live experiences.
Our homie Angela Boatwright just created a really cool documentary about the backyard party scene that has been taking place in East Los Angeles for decades. Even though early punk is often shown as a movement of white kids, I know growing up in the SoCal punk scene during the 80′s, my Latin brothers and sisters were a huge part of it in so many ways and still hold it down to this day. Angela’s film highlights what’s really going in the scene and in the kids’ lives. Respect due to Vans for giving back to the community and funding this project. Good looking out to all of the kids in East LA for waving the flag of punk & metal for so many years!