Formed by members of raw punk pedal abusing miscreants Hadals and Japanese Women, and gravitating around the world of cult underground tape label Tapes Of A Neon god (RIP), Calques is an industrial/noise/punk/raw black metal band formed in 2016 in Montgomery, Alabama. Begotten within the crushing mental oppression of a decaying southern town, Calques decided to embrace what they most despised and use it as a weapon to summon total aural war and to face their most crushing miseries. Playing lo-fi black metal filtered through lurid and demented noise rock riffs and a vile shroud of harsh noise, Calques’ music is the sound of failure and of outcasts - of the deprived pushed into the red and their torment then channeled through the cheapest recording devices possible with the worst instruments available.
Within this hell-ridden framework of audial disembodiment, Calques have birthed their debut EP Civilizing - taking the lacerating approach to raw black metal of bands like Ildjarn and Bone Awl, and making it collide against the abrasive and nerve-wrecking raw punk of bands like Raw Nerve and Cult Ritual, and the noisy pedal and knob abuse of deviants like Gnaw Their Tongues and Sutekh Hexen, and finally, choking out everything in a mangled and sanguine strangulation of completely collapsing and self-harming noise rock deviancy.
Calques’ music is the sound of trying to bypass self reflection and failing, of hissing static, and of deviant punk riffs with no glory, no posturing or sleek production anywhere in sight, and with no grandiose atmospheric melodies even hinted at. All you get from Calques is the misery and oppression, the shortcomings, the failures, the ugliness, and the unappealing blight of the southern reality vomited on you through a swarm of shattered glass, mangled nerves, and razor wire.
CVLT Nation have now unveiled Galvanization - the first lacerating track taken from Calques' vile debut EP - stating that it is "a work of staggering ugliness and of completely repugnant hostility". You can listen to the track and read the feature HERE.