Tonight’s band have been referred to as ‘advocates of anything ancient, shadowy, and obscure that vanishes with the dawn.’ Which perfectly coincides with the atmosphere they created on their self-titled full length, released in 2013. We are proud to present the ominous HEAD OF THE DEMON at the final celebration of all things slow and heavy!!
Swedish group Head of the Demon are not easily described, nor is the feeling of woe and the not entirely unpleasant emptiness you are left with after experiencing their unique sound. As expressed in a review of their S/T full length earlier this year, “After an hour or so spent with the Swedes’ debut, I fell into a stretch of utter hopelessness. The sun wasn’t ever coming up again, and I’d yearned a bottle of absinthe in which to drown my woes.” The sun is forever setting on Heavy Days in Doomtown, and Head of the Demon’s somber mesh of doom and black metal elements shall crest the funeral pyre fittingly.
Harsh, hoarse, strained vocals are laid atop minimalistic yet unnerving and unsettling riffs – winding through obscurity and at times becoming more powerful to rival the growing heaviness in the percussion. Prevalent bass lines and occasional, haunting organ effects draw the listener further into the chasm of discontent. Head of the Demon will drag you into darkness at HDDT 2015!
Can’t find your bong? With a lineup featuring the names Inhalator, Weed Wizard, and The Grim Reefer, we might have an idea where it went….Blazing Heavy Days at the final edition….. We present to you Copenhagen’s own unique stoner death outfit REEFER!
During the winter of 2010, hazed and clouded, two smokey locals with too much time on their hands decided to start jamming some heavy rock and headed down the Catacombs of Copenhagen to set free their regurgitated version of heavy tunes. Putting down the joints and picking up their instruments, stoner death act REEFER manifested in the fog.
With stoned slow drumming, fuzzy down-tuned riffs and bong-gurgling vocals REEFER were slowly rocking for 2 years in a dank rehearsal space ‘til they got an offer to play a show – and thus decided to have a fellow red-eye join on bass to make the entity proper heavy in the live installment. The now trio then recorded their three song demo tape “Bow Before the Altar of the Drugs” in time to have a release ready for their debut show, playing at a warm-up show for the Heavy Days in Doomtown festival in February 2013!
Since then Reefer have played a few local shows, and on low heat brewed new songs for future toe-tapping listening pleasures…
….If only they could remember how to tap their toes!
Drowned in bong-water may seem a terrible fate to some, but for the crowd at this year’s HDDT we think it will suit just fine!
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Today we are presenting a unique two piece, who’s last album release in 2014 was a raw, self-produced, 100% DIY display of power! The half German and half Turkish duo are set to destroy with their vicious lashing of heaviness at HDDT. Combining elements of Doom, Punk and Sludge with a healthy dose of black bile, we give you MANTAR!!!!!
Despite being only fueled by drums and guitar, the music of Hamburg based MANTAR will crush you with the fluidity and force of a thousand waterfalls. In spite of not having the usual accompaniment of a bass guitar, the band manage to bring forth a heaviness that many 5 pieces struggle to deliver! Full of filth and fuzz, ferocious and harsh vocals, anvil-heavy riffs and just the right dash of southern swagger to round it all off, the musical style is as refreshing as it is devastating. Collapsing into doom laden passages cloaked in darkness and drenched in black metal tendencies, each song decimates the listener with fiery aggression.
The band have been described as the ‘sure soundtrack to the coming apocalypse’. Harnessing such intensity and ugliness, this deadly duo are sure to knock you sideways with their performance at Heavy Days – The Final Edition!
There are bands that are just too big and wide-ranging to fit in a box, like the band we are announcing tonight. Perhaps that’s how it’s gotten so late in the evening…! With two members of the line-up already have made it big in the Doom scene, we can be sure this Swedish epic doom band will be well enjoyed at HDDT. Without further delay, before the clock strikes midnight ….. THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL!
A project put together by heavy hitters all around, Tom Sutton (ex Church of Misery), Patrik Andersson Winberg (Doomdogs), Hans Lilja and Staffan Björck have emerged from Gothenburg as THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL, forming an addictive fusion of classic Sabbath like doom, 70’s hard rock, The Obsessed and the Cathedral school of mega heavy riffs.
THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL are rooted in Doom, but they shouldn’t be reduced to the pure slow-motion sound. Their debut album Wisdom is more complex, and has been referred to as mystical and mysterious – a magic which we look forward to sharing with the HDDT crowd. Full of grandeur and epic beauty, this is not music to be consumed just casually, but as a panoramic sound with invitation to dive into tempting and dangerous worlds. Doom, Hard Rock, Metal, Folk – THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL play with many elements and form a powerful and moving blend, with high potential to get hopelessly hooked!
Bringing up the level of death at this years’ HDDT, the band we are announcing tonight draw influence from the rotting, eyeless Templar knights who rode upon grim horses and drank the blood of their victims. The slow, heavy pacing of the blind dead is decomposing in the riffs and in the drum beats of Finland’s finest, HOODED MENACE!!!
Hooded Menace formed in 2007, very much influenced by the 80´s Candlemass, early Cathedral and Paradise Lost, Winter, Autopsy and Asphyx. Wanting to play heavily doom-laden death metal that combined crushing, somber riffs with a hint of melody,the band drew lyrical inspiration from the classic 70’s Spanish horror series the Blind Dead that included the films “Tombs of the Blind Dead”, “Return of the Evil Dead”, “Horror of the Zombies”, and “Night of the Seagulls”.
Cloaked in doom, and trudging along like a horde of the undead, you can feel the weight of the Templar horses hooves on your chest as Hooded Menace perform their spine chilling horror show. Murky, raw and coarse the combination of doom and early 90’s style death metal is reminiscent of the gurgling of a final death rattle.
Ominous, dark, and sure to invoke unease, the malevolent force that is Hooded Menace will surely exhume some cobwebbed corpses and bring the cold hands of death clawing at your back at the doomsday edition of HDDT.
Again tonight we are announcing a band who have graced the HDDT stage in the past – and we couldn’t be happier to have them back! If you attended the festival in 2013, you may recall beer bottles jumping a foot off the ground as the floor quaked under the immense weight of their monolithic tones and barbarian tales! Back to destroy your hearing for good….. the almighty CONAN!!!
The UK trio began shaking floors in 2006, and have steadily increased in force ever since with their “caveman battle doom”, each new release as punishing as the last. Having mastered an exquisite blend of riff-largesse and memorable hooks finding their perfect niche in the sprawling and droned-out wall of sound that Conan push forth, they conquer the stage with bludgeoning force.
Through yawning chasms and bleak devastated battlefields they deliver riffs and tone so grim and so thick that the Gods turn away, to avoid suffocating under the band’s unearthly might.
The newest album “Blood Eagle” released in 2014 is their most relentless material yet, and their live shows have become legendary – caving in chest cavities with their abyssal, droning, charging heaviness wherever they play. Conan rivals the deepest rumblings from the pit of the earth itself, and if you have yet to experience their wrath we assure you that you will be blown away. Don’t forget your earplugs!
We are incredibly lucky and honored for the HDDT legacy to reach a variety of countries and cultures, and this year we are pleased as punch to bring a group from Japan for an exclusive show – just for you!!!! Tokyo Heavy Rock Quartet GUEVNNA comes back to Copenhagen just to stir up the final edition of Heavy Days in Doom Town!
GUEVNNA was born in late 2011, with no solid plans… only the understanding that the guys love Bongzilla and Iron Monkey. At first these two bands gave strong influence to their sound; however, gradually they added elements of their other favorites… such as New Wave and Disco Music, to their big fuzz stream. The group are now reaching a quite unique state, combining heavy doom/sludge and “danceable” music. Directly quoted, “It’s like Bongzilla and Iron Monkey united, and produced by Giorgio Moroder.”
Featuring those low and brutal vocals made famous by front man Rio’s previous endeavors with COFFINS, and accompanied by surprisingly groovy jams, GUEVNNA have forged themselves a unique pocket in the Doom community.
So how can we describe their music? Dance Doom? Groove Sludge? Or Stoner Disco?
The band have decried that categorizing is no use for them… We shall all just surrender ourselves to their filthy, heavy, groovy ritual!
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Today we are announcing a Danish band very near and dear to us all, who we are very excited to see on stage! This new breed on the Raw Birth Records label out of Copenhagen´s underground, has members from grindcore masters Dead Instrument, the dark rock orchestra Hand Of Dust, and the now defunct Bottom Feeder who you may remember from Heavy Days 2011 & 2012. Full of anguish and intensity, Copenhagen’s own WEAK will be shredding the stage at HDDT!!!
Playing a bastard style of sludge, hardcore, and downtempo grooves with gutting guitar riffs, caveman drums, thundering bass and agonizing vocals, WEAK are reminiscent of 90’s Bay Area bands like Dystopia and Noothgrush, with notes to Crowbar.
If you have ever felt so much rage and frustration that you’ve wanted to smash your head through a wall, you will identify with the pure adrenaline outburst that WEAK display. The manic, antagonized vocals are full of so much suffering and the musical style is so raw, you’ll feel a combination of elated and exhausted when they’re finished ripping through the set.
WEAK will have both their debut EP “første EP”, and their first 12 “s/t/” released at Heavy Days In Doomtown – just in time for their debut Euro tour with New Zealand sludge monsters METH DRINKER, and the frantic hardcore hysterics DOGMATIST, also on Raw Birth. Not to be missed!!!!
Tonight we are excited to announce yet another act from the school of great Italian doom. This band is one of the leading bands in the horror doom genre and delivered one of the absolute highlights of last year’s HDDT! Since they will set out on a tour with fellow Italians, Saturnine, called “Funerals over Europe” in the spring, we felt inclined to invite them back for this last doomsday edition! We are honoured to once more host the incredible ABYSMAL GRIEF!!!
Abysmal Grief hail from Genoa, Italy and began in 1996. The band plays DOOM with a lyrical focus on horror and the occult and can be seen as a direct continuation of the Italian horror doom legacy mastered by pioneers like Paul Chain, Death SS and Black Hole. The band has released three full length records, including 2013’s Feretri, and numerous EPs and have since 2009 been released on the Danish label Horror Records.
The concept of the music of Abysmal Grief is based on the medianic relations with the World Beyond and the inner spiritual research by the divination of the deceased. The deep contemplation of the funereal mysticism (far from every kind of religious conviction and connected to a serious and objective interpretation of occult texts) provides the starting point for the drawing up of the lyrics, often inspired also by the interest in the Horror cinematography and literature. The music is partly influenced by the Dark Rock of the Seventies and mostly by the tradition of the Italian Dark Sound, and must be considered as a sort of soundtrack for the narrations.
“To be born, to die, to be reborn again and to always progress, that is the Law.”
The Bay area band we are bringing you tonight will play their first ever set on European soil this coming spring when they set out on a tour with Bell Witch. Their show at HDDT will be the last of the tour. As somber as the final edition of the festival will be, the atmosphere of this group will contrast with the heavier and harsher groups – softly reminding us all of the finality of the festival. Creating a creeping, dark landscape full of murky dreams and emotions through their music, we present to you; WORM OUROBOROS!
Drawing inspiration from a variety of places such as metal, doom, folk, progressive, and dark ambient genres, they set out to create music which explores the lines between fragility and strength, darkness and light, harmony and discord.
The soft and melancholic music, driven by the harmonies created between the two female vocalists is sometimes interjected with subdued yet heavy sludge and doom metal riffs. Worm Ouroboros features members of bands you may be familiar with, such as Amber Asylum, The Gault, Barren Harvest, Ludicra, and Agalloch. Each song is purposefully, thoughtfully composed and moves forth with a gracefully menacing prowess that will stay with you beyond the end of their set.
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