As time draws more and more near to the fourth and final edition of Heavy Days in Doom Town, it feels like a strange farewell to make this announcement – but also a new beginning, as now we step into the final stages of pre-festival preparations…
Today we are making our final band announcement of the festival!!! The previous two bands presented will be followed up at Loppen on Thursday April 30th with heavy metal American doomsters CASTLE!!!!
Formed in 2009, Castle from San Francisco create a whirlwind of heavy metal epic-ness, thrash inspired raw riffage, and melodic passages described by Terrorizer Magazine as “marrying doom laden riffery to a gloriously no-bullshit heavy metal backbone” and by Metal Hammer UK as being “epic, heroic, tastefully melodic” (they took the words straight out of our mouths!) and confirms Castle as “one of the best metal acts to emerge in the last few years.”!
If you’re in the mood for some serious air guitar and hair flinging tracks, you won’t be disappointed by this bay area force. Front woman Elizabeth Blackwell’s voice has just the right touch of gritty edge while maintaining an intoxicating femininity amidst the heaviness backing her. Laden with heavy blues, but far from genre cliches, Castle swing like a guillotine pendulum between slowed down valiant tempos and straight heavy metal guitar solos with forceful rock drumming shoving everything together in an infectiously good direction. Get ready to rip Thursday up and coast into the festival mood upon righteous riffage!!!
This weekend is a turning point in the lead up to the festival, and after today we have only one more band to announce! Hopefully you are not all too hungover from your friday festivities, but if you are maybe we can help fix you up. Yesterday we announced the first of the three bands playing the sold out warm-up show on Thursday at Loppen, and as nature would have it today we are following up with the second. Joining us from Stockholm, Sweden, NEW KEEPERS OF THE WATER TOWERS will be altering your cosmic minds!!!
New Keepers of the Water Towers is a group in a state of constant transformation. Since forming in 2006, the band have re-invented themselves and their music with every record they create! Following the release of 2013’s “The Cosmic Child” which was featured as Roadburn’s Album of the Day, the band set out to perfect their live performance experience, adding new members and instruments to the ever growing wall of sound. Cosmic soundscapes, eerie noises and psychedelic outbreaks are some of the elements featured in the mighty live show.
The array of progressive and psychedelic sounds swell and swirl in the tide of the rhythmic guitar lines, caressed by flowing bass-lines and perfectly paced drumming. The gut-rumbling rock is orchestral in feeling, with an undeniable largesse. Stepping away from the heavier sludginess prevalent in their previous works, New Keepers of the Water Towers have evolved into an auditory experience comparable to a profound journey through outer space – and nowhere better to witness this than within Christiania, at Loppen, at the final edition of HDDT!
Check them out here:
It seems a bit cruel, now that the four day tickets have sold out, to announce the three bands that will be playing the warm up show on Thursday …. But, it needs to be done! And hopefully we will excite those of you who scored your 4 day tickets in time!!
To add a bit of insult to injury, (sorry..), the band we are announcing today have been mainly inactive in the last decade or so, and have recently emerged refreshed and ready to continue their legacy after some lineup changes and a burst of new energy! Danish heavy psych rockers GAS GIANT will be opening the festival with their performance at Loppen on Thursday April 30th!!!!!
Copenhagen based Gas Giant have been jamming since 1996, formed initially under the band name Blind Man Bluff – which changed in 1999. Balancing sledgehammer riffs with catchy hooks, this pioneer in Danish stoner rock are producing mature songs with strong melodies, never abandoning their heavy roots! Bringing together the best aspects of 70’s heavy rock, contemporary stoner psychedelia, and dirty acid, Gas Giant incorporate garagey riffs, spaced out soundscapes and a general flowing groove rich with catchy hooks!
Their track ‘Too Stoned’ was featured on High Times magazine’s compilation “High Volume: The stoner rock edition”, and their album Mana released in 2003 has received great praise in the years since – we look forward to kicking off the final edition of Heavy Days in Doom Town with these deadly Danes!
This evening we are announcing a fresh, fairly new act in the Scandinavian doom scene. Having played only a few smaller scale shows thus far, we look forward to exhibiting them on a grander scale! If you are a local, you may have caught them when they played at Loppen with The Wounded Kings last week ….. if you sadly missed them, don’t repeat the mistake. We present to you Copenhagen’s own, THE HYLE!
There is much more to doom group The Hyle than their recognizable sound, which unifies melody, mood and the mind. The band draw influence from the occult and the esoteric teachings of Robert Fludd (a well-known English physician and investigator of the occult), receiving it’s main inspiration from the gap between existence and non-existence. The sound can be seen as a manifestation of something both created, and creating.
Fludd himself, among others, had difficulties defining the term ‘the Hyle’ – It can’t be described in isolation, because it is in fact, the essence of not being anything: it is infinite non-existence. Therefore The Hyle is not created, for it is the material of which created things spring.
Musically as captivating as the name transcribes, The Hyle are quickly making an impression on listeners. CVLTNATION recently announced their 2014 demo as the second best demo release of the year – and when you experience their sound first hand we guarantee you will see why. Driven by the ground quavering guitar heaviness, the slow tempo takes your hand and hauls you through the waves of density The Hyle procure. The note-perfect vocals float harmoniously atop the swell, and the combination is enthralling. Although they aren’t constructing anything groundbreakingly new within the doom genre, it is succinct to say that The Hyle are breathing new life into themes we have heard before – and exceeding their predecessors. This is a group to keep your eye on, and if you are not a Copenhagener we look forward to giving you an introduction at the final HDDT!
Today we’ve reached into the simmering depths of the doom cauldron for yet another band to present to you! We only have a small batch left, and as the festival draws near we will announce daily until we post the final running order!!
Hailing from Berlin, the group we bring you today have melded their individual tastes and interests into their own brand of heavy doom. We are pleased to announce that EVIL SPIRIT will be joining the last edition of Heavy Days in Doomtown!!!!!
EVIL SPIRIT were formed in 2010 to bring forth dark, occult influenced doom with dashes of blackness and death metal extremity. At times the villainous, rasping vocals sink into the core of your spine causing chills – thus to be chased away and replaced by a haunting ritualistic moan. Each track that EVIL SPIRIT put forth is unique in its own calculated way, every aspect of the sound and production dedicated to creating the malevolent atmosphere.
Releasing two demos in 2012 before the 2014 drop of their full length Cauldron Messiah on Horror Records, the band have clearly set their mind to the feeling they wish to create through their music and are executing it further with each release.
As described by Metal Forces Magazine;
“Cauldron Messiah serves up a menu of seven tracks, all of which are daubed in mysticism and morgue-like atmospherics and then squeezed out through some cosmic filter by way of a strangled doom dementia. This is very loud, and very heavy – no doubt created to echo around the cold walls of many a cesspit, and with an extra sprig of horror delirium Evil Spirit conjures up all manner of nocturnal predators which’ll render you speechless and sleeping with one eye open.”
Raw and unnerving, the crawling tension of EVIL SPIRIT will linger on in you long after they’ve departed the stage at HDDT IV!
Tonight we are proud to finally present to you the missing piece of the “Heavy Packages” – the screenprinted poster by the 13th Sign Collective!
The poster will be included in both “Heavy Package I and II”. Its limited to 333 copies and the majority has already been sold, so if you are interested in securing yourself a copy of this beautiful artwork, a t-shirt and a 3-day ticket for the event – don’t hesitate – go and buy your “Heavy Package” now from this link:
-the poster will be printed with gold color on heavy passe-partout 300gr paper.
-this will be the last and final print that is closing the cycle of the four elements and four years of Heavy Days in Doom Town festival
-the poster will be exhibited along with the other three festival art posters during the whole weekend as part of the art exhibition at Biblioteket. Remaining prints from all 4 years including the prints from HDDT I from David D´Andrea and Glyn Smyth (Scrawled Design) will be for sale.
Everyone has heard about the infamous “B.C. Bud”, right? Pack a bowl and prepare yourselves, the music it fuels is as intensely powerful!
Joining us for their first ever performance in Europe, HOOPSNAKE from Squamish, British Columbia, will be trashing your eardrums and inflicting sickening unease at this years HDDT!!
Canadian trio Hoopsnake are diehard DIY to the core, having self released their discography to date and booked all of their own tours. Driven by some unseen force of brutality Hoopsnake deliver torn throat eulogies for the psycho-actively elevated… if you know what we mean. Harnessing the filth and fury of ten times as many than the three members, the music they spew forth is a misanthropic, punk layered and catchy wall of noise. The trade off vocals of the bass and guitar player are both equally punishing, on opposite sides of the sound spectrum, harnessing the power of the finest kush. Drug-addled sludge laden with murky, swamp slow riffs and tortured howls, Hoopsnake will chew you up with their rawness and intensity – and spit you out into the bottom of a dirty, resin smeared beer glass. DIY ‘til death!
It is a grey, rainy, and desolate day in Copenhagen today – and there is nothing better suited to the band we are presenting. The deep and dreary Finnish mourners PROFETUS will be moving us all with their funerary art at the final Heavy Days rites!
In 2006 under heavy snow in Tampere, Finland, Funeral Doom group Profetus formed to leave their own traditionally rooted, fresh mark on the soil beneath.
As heirs to early originators of the style such as Skepticism and Thergothon, they seek to drag the decrepit coffin further towards the modern days of misery – without shedding a drop of royal blood into the dust below.
Digging deep into the classic genre atmosphere of the 90`s, Profetus express hopeless, solitary moods and the bleak poetry of Scandinavian down-heartedness, projected against the scenery of it`s unique, raw and godless nature. A pace slow and solemn as the treads of a gravediggers boot, their sound is both crushingly heavy yet eerie and hauntingly beautiful, a truly cinematic funeral procession.
Solemn, majestic organ passages throughout create a feeling of comfort within the discomfort of deep misery. Profetus are the perfect accompaniment to lead HDDT into the mists of the realm of the dead.
Today we regress from the jovial air that most of our announcements possess…
We must unfortunately inform you all that we have had a cancellation for HDDT;
WORM OUROBOROS will no longer be performing at the festival.
The band have cancelled their European tour and therefor will no longer be able to play.
They have released a statement for us and Roadburn to pass on to you –
“It is with regret that we must cancel our plans to tour Europe with Bell Witch this spring. Due to personal extenuating circumstances, the trip has become infeasible at this time. Our sincerest apologies to bookers, bands, and others who have been working with us to make this trip happen. And especially to the gracious and talented gentlemen of Bell Witch who invited us to join them.”
We apologize to everyone who were looking forward to seeing them play at the final edition of Heavy Days in Doom Town!
Look out for the replacement announcement later today
The 4-day tickets are sold out! Thanks so much for all the support!
For the rest of you who hesitated… Don´t despair! We have plenty of 3-day tickets and Heavy Package II left for the main event at Ungdomshuset (Friday-Saturday-Sunday).
But dont think about it too long… Get one now and be sure to be part of the heaviest event of 2015!