Note: This article originally appeared by Oliver Sheppard at Souciant.com, here. Record labels are a funny thing. Just like bands, they can be objects of cultish devotion. Factory, Dischord, 4AD, Rough Trade, and others all have fans who look to a label’s branding as an indication of a band’s style, ethics, and quality.
It’s been nearly five years that the world has yearned for a new Cult of Luna record. Strangely, on first thoughts, 2008’s Eternal Kingdom doesn’t feel like it was that long ago but on closer inspection, the realisation sets in that the Swedish experimentalists have spent far too long in
Early Graves know tragedy. Their band name unfortunately rang true in 2010 when vocalist Makh Daniels was killed in a road accident. Such a loss throws any band into a world of uncertainty. Do you carry on? Is it right to power on or do you call it a day?
First there was the d-beat crust of Born Dead Icons, whose 2003 Ruins LP is some sort of d-beat/crust masterpiece. Then came the “post-d-beat” punk rock of The Complications, a band on Feral Ward that I interviewed for CVLT Nation, here. Now, from ex-Born Dead Icons and Complications members, comes
Arctic Flowers’ Reveries LP (Inimical Records) was easily one of the finest punk records of 2011. With a new EP, “Procession,” coming up in advance of an East Coast tour in August, things are going good for Arctic Flowers. The Portland quartet play a type of gothy peace punk that,
What would it sound like if Killing Joke and Motorhead had collaborated in 1982? You know, when Killing Joke were working on their apocalyptic, postpunk Revelations LP and when Motorhead were coming off the ungodly high of having finished their Ace of Spades masterpiece? You could argue that Montreal’s The