Consisting of members from well known crust bands Stormcrow (Tony and Brian) and Sanctum (Nick). Femacoffin from Oakland, California keep the original heavy crusty death metal approach to their music like their previous bands. Through the doomy hecatomb, there are strains of bands like Bolt Thrower and Misery. The term ‘warcrust’ has been knocked about for this kind of Bolt Thrower styled crust, which bands like Last Legion Alive, Warmaster and of course Stormcrow and Sanctum play so well. But I don’t know will the term stick around as it’s not as hated as the other much hated term there called “stenchcore”. But hey it’s another new term we can knock around and annoy everyone who hate words like “neo-folk”, “blackened crust”, “neo-crust”, “Cascadian black metal” etc. I personally don’t care what it’s called, I just love real heavy well played filthy musick so I could listen to this on repeat all day. These are crusty punks playing death metal but with a political vent which for me gives it the extra kick in the arse. The band themselves have tagged it on Bandcamp as punk-crust-death metal-decay-sadness which I think describes the sound quite well.
Dallas crossover thrash titans Power Trip has been making a name for themselves since the release of their 2008 demo tape. The band has toured nonstop, recently completing a tour with Expire and Xibalba and making appearances at festivals such as The Rumble and New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Five years since its debut, the band has unleashed something that the blast doors just couldn’t contain: Mainfest Decimation. Recorded by War Hungry guitarist Arthur Rizk and Daniel Schmuck, and featuring art from Italy’s Paolo “Madman” Girardi, Manifest Decimation barges its way through your speakers and stomps a mud hole in your soul.
If you read CVLT Nation on the regular, then you know that we are huge fans of KILLING JOKE! They have just released a new video for their song “Corporate Elect.” My two year old daughter and I watched it a couple of times today and could not take our eyes off the screen! This visual was conceived, filmed and directed by Mikee Goodman…stop what you are doing and check it out! On June 4th, KILLING JOKE are putting out The Singles Collection 1979-2012 via Spinefarm…Enough talking it’s time for visual action!
Out of all the bands I’ve seen here in New York in recent memory, none were as much of a surprise as Ruin Lust. I was lucky enough to catch them open for Urfaust and snagged their demo which I’ve almost worn out from repeated listenings. Their style of black metal meets death metal, a la Blasphemy and Archgoat, was uncompromising, frightening, and light years ahead of any other band in that same vein. Fast forward to 2013 and here we are, privy to one of the best releases this year.
The eponymous full length debut features everything I could have wanted and more as the band has moved into an aggressive onslaught of Incantation like death metal hybridized with a fresh Blasphemy approach and an astonishing production that highlights the stab and kick of each instrument. Totaling four tracks, the last split into two sections (okay, so five), Ruin Lust is a non-stop buzz saw of primal grunts, crunchy and heavy guitars and relentless drums that border on inhuman amounts of force.
Dixie Dave of Weedeater sits down with Heavy Dicks for the premiere of their show on Noisey, and breaks down his love for Cough Syrup. I’ve got to say, Jake and Fred are on to something – looking forward to seeing future episodes! Back to Weedeater – they will be hitting the road on the east coast starting May 22nd.
All photos by Keegan Gibbs
Except were noted.
A few weeks ago, I got to see and hear history in person and it was fucking awesome! EXCEL played their first gig in 15 years and it was fucking way beyond off the hook. The room had this crazy buzz in it and the band was on point! EXCEL did not disappoint the packed place. What was also cool is that there was a good mix of old heads and youngsters, and everyone there waved the PMA flag high while EXCEL ripped shit. Personally, I could not help but feel a huge amount of joy. Keegan Gibbs took amazing photos for RVCA, the host of this kick ass event. Today CVLT Nation wants to celebrate our homies’ gnarly return to creating music together…All HAIL EXCEL & Venice honor…Make sure to check out their fully stocked web store for some radical merch!
Via Dangerous Minds
On the Passage of a few People through a Rather Brief Moment in Time: The Situationist International 1956-1972 is an interesting short film by Branka Bogdanov primarily documenting the work of ultra-leftist French philosopher Guy Debord, author of the influential post Marxist study of 20th capitalism Society of the Spectacle. The film explores Debord’s influence on the Paris riots of May 1968 and the nihilistic aesthetics of the punk rock era.
We’ve worked our collective bollocks off since last October to write, rehearse, record and release our new album: Nuclear Reich. Here’s two songs from it plus the pick of our personal influences within Kromosom – we each chose six and then threw in another couple.
Our second tour of the United States kicks off on May 17th – the same day Nuclear Reich comes out on Distort Reality. It’ll take in both coasts plus Maryland Death Fest and Chaos In Tejas – full dates here. We’re battlehardened from an arseload of recent gigs…we’re tighter than ever from weekly rehearsals…we’ve got a new record up our sleeves…and we’re touring with some amazing bands. Anyone who came out and saw us last time (see photos and read the Tour Diary from it here) knows what to expect – violence and friendship! SEE YIS IN HELL!!
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I’d been seeing Corrections House’s insignia all over the place lately, but had passed up every listening opportunity that came my way. So, when I gave this bad boy a try, I went into the experience totally blind. I knew this was the project of phenomenal musicians, who are definitely not new to the game of putting out crushing jams, but I wasn’t sure what to expect.
My mind was trying to prepare itself for a Neurosis, Yakuza, Nachtmystium, Eyehategod blending, and wasn’t sure if that sort of sound-fusion would bode well or be troublesome for the ears. When I mustered up enough courage to quit fantasizing and start listening, I hit play and was astonished; not in a ‘nooooouuu, artists that I have become creepily personally invested in, why did you do this to meeeeeee!‘ kind of way, but instead in a ‘fuck yeah, how could I have ever been nervous; this rules,’ kind of way.
Iconoclast Records and Sangre de Muerdago are two of the most interesting labels and bands currently out there. Iconoclast Records based in Italy release and distribute mainly black, death and doom metal as well as a darker folk music. They also have a real decent DIY ethos and have released music by Black September, Æsahættr, Embers and of course Sangre De Muerdago. Sangre De Muerdago from Spain play music that is like the sounds of a forest at night, incorporating elements of folk, samples, traditional and new age.
A thank you to both for doing such an insightful detailed interview.
And now for something completely similar… Let’s question and answer ourselves, because the answer is into us, and it’s often wrong. First of all, the usual ritual question: Who are you? You are number 6… Oh, ok, sorry, we’re digressing… Where are you going? What are you carrying? And what is your role in this world?
Pablo (Sangre de Muerdago): Hi there!! Thank you for the interview!!
Who am I… Difficult one….
I´m going nowhere… Just passing by… There´s no role, just fate.
Davide (Iconoclast Records): Well, I’m not a number, I’m a free man, what else? Being a ‘bit more serious, I started Iconoclast about 5 years ago, at that time I was younger and full of expectations, the grass was green and the sky blue… As label’s chief, I was more into crust punk and hardcore, and more focused on some interesting Italian bands (Post Fata Resurgo and Bhopal above all), with some exceptions (check out the Swedish band Fredag den 13:e). The turning point was undeniably the releasing of Sermon of Vengeance of Chicago’s blackened deathsters Black September. We’re based in Bologna, Agipunk was already a point of reference for every punk, crust, hardcore band -and follower too- so the choice was quite easy, and when Claudio jumped in we moved the label’s focus on more strictly metal territories. As what concern what I personally do… Let’s skip the question, I’m going forward, that’s what I would like, at least. What I’m carrying are some heavy distro boxes, and believe me, my back is fucked up… My role in this world is to bring anguish and despair brandishing my battle axe.
Claudio (Iconoclast Records): I’m slowly going nowhere, carrying big shit bags. I definitely don’t have any role in this world, what a loss…
Sangre de Muerdago, you guys come from the diy punk scene, why did you choose the acoustic side of the Force?
Pablo: That´s true… we´ve always had a taste for folk and acoustic music and all what it comes with it though, even way earlier than punk and metal…. growing up in Galicia in the late 70´s, 80´s, meant you were surrounded by folk music all the time, old melodies, old stories that remained from mouth to mouth, from singer to singer… since i´ve been playing in punk and metal bands many years ago, i´ve always been enjoying and listening to folk and acoustic music, since i can play guitar, i´ve always been writing acoustic stuff, and slowly slowly this way of expression was getting more and more attention, until now which is the main creative project for me, and also the most fulfilling and inspiring. Besides the whole “healing myself” process that this music and its words are taking me through… music is a gate to a magical world, and folk music has always meant and means to me something very deep and grounded, rooted to our earth since centuries and centuries, a way to express our deepest feelings through words and melodies.
and besides all that, there´s such a beautiful diy community out there playing any kind of music, diy punk is just a tiny part of it….
Iconoclast Records, you guys come from the diy punk scene, why did you choose the metal side of the Force?
Davide: Because I’m a Jedi, as my father was before me.
Fuck no, I guess I already answered to this question before… However, basically I found more intersting proposals in the metal underground than in the stagnant crust punk scene. Moreover I realized that the only crust and hardcore bands I was still listening to were systematically the ones from the past. So I just thought “Why should I waste my commitment in something I don’t care that much anymore?”. Always speaking about music, I mean.
Claudio: Simply because it’s what I listen to, but my attitude never changed, has perhaps evolved. There are interesting death/black/doom metal bands in the underground DIY scene, with a genuine approach. It means that it’s not all about rockstar wannabes.
I joined Iconoclast with the idea that metal and hc-punk (especially crust) have primordial connections. Bathory, Entombed, Napalm Death, Carcass, Bolt Thrower, etc…were influenced also by crustpunk bands, just as Discharge, English Dogs, DRI, Suicidal Tendencies, etc joined metal at some point. Therefore, it’s not strange if in 2013 a death metal band plays some gigs with a crust one, just as Bolt Thrower played gigs with Negazione and Deviated Instinct in the 80′s. Born too late, someone said.
By the way, there’s a lot of people involved in both punk/crust and metal bands just as punx which always listened to metal, and the opposite…
Rivalries between punk and metal are so ridiculous…