Here are descriptions of all the bands playing HDDT with links so you can get to know all the bands a bit better before you come to Copenhagen. We hope you enjoy!
Alunah, recently billed as the “Future of Doom” by Terrorizer Magazine consists of Soph Day (vocals and guitar), Dave Day (guitar), Gaz Imber (bass) and Jake Mason (drums). Hailing from Sabbath county – Birmingham in England, Alunah have spent the last 6 years building up a reputation for being one of the country’s most hardworking and consistent live bands by playing dates with international artists such as Paradise Lost, Trouble, Fu Manchu, Orange Goblin, Karma to Burn, Acid King, Witchcraft, Graveyard, Gentleman’s Pistols, Conan, Lord Vicar and Nebula to name just a few. They will begin 2013 by playing with The Sword and Black Moth.
Alunah’s second album “White Hoarhound”, was released in September 2012 on PsycheDOOMelic Records, and received rave reviews in the international press. In January 2013, Alunah signed to Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions who will release a limited edition 12″ of “White Hoarhound”. Recorded by Greg Chandler (Serpentcult, Esoteric & Moss) and mixed / mastered by Tony Reed (St.Vitus), “White Hoarhound” see’s the band take their Paganistic Doom sound to new levels.
White Hoarhound – 12″ Vinyl Album (Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin Productions, 2013)
White Hoarhound – Album (PsycheDOOMelic Records, 2012)
Call Of Avernus – Album (Catacomb Records, 2010)
Alunah / Queen Elephantine Split 7″ Vinyl (Catacomb Records, 2009)
Fall To Earth – 4 track 10″ Vinyl (Nasoni Records, 2009)
Fall To Earth – 3 track E.P (Catacomb Records, 2008)
Bell Witch (us)
Bell Witch is a doom metal duo comprised of bassist / vocalist Dylan Desmond (also a member of Samothrace) and drummer / vocalist Adrian Guerra (from Lethe and Sod Hauler) based in Seattle. With only the bare minimum at their disposal, the pair crafts some of the darkest, heaviest and most dismal time-stretching doom in recent memory, and their first releases, a 2011 self-titled demo and a 12” entitled “Longing” has already garnered significant recognition from the underground scene. With a more sinister and enveloping sound, Bell Witch’s debut full-length Longing is a marathon-like exercise in extreme doom. Testing the thresholds of listeners who become engrossed in its overwhelming sonic experience, it’s a powerful statement from one of the most promising acts the American scene has to offer.
The bass and drum duo mount the lead of a tattered line of speakers and volley complex, introspective rhythm lines of sadness and grief. Being no hurry in a storm, the heaviness of the songs crush into multiple layers. There are somber, sustained choral chants reserved for dark cathedrals and aching funerals in contrast to the grimaced, even hateful shrieks and guttural harrowing that carry the eerie storm. Grimly, the drums of a war horde sire a march of dual melody lines played from two hands tapping bass strings with the roaring thunder and floral lightning of the mighty storm. There is shock when the eyes see two bodies where the ears believed five.
Bell Witch – Demo 2011
Bell Witch – Longing 2012
Polish heavy-doomfuzz-metal Belzebong started in 2008, since then they have been bringing tons of evil weedian riffage for president ones. The band drowns themselves in a sea of distortion, fuzz and enough bottom-end to cure the worst case of constipation – in other words this music will make you shit. Their album “Sonic Scapes & Weedy Grooves” is a wicked trip down the hazy and introspective fuzziness associated with a massive blast to the lungs. The band already shared stages with Weedeater, Ufomammut, Blood Ceremony, Black Cobra and Saviours among others.
Alchemist – demo 2008
Sonic Scapes & Weedy Grooves – 2011, Emetic Records
Bottom Feeder (dk)
Their sound is thick and heavy, distorted and raw, and will leave a crater in your skull from their concrete riffs and filthy grooves along with a lyrical theme of suffering and misery.
BOTTOM FEEDER released a 7” EP on Raw Birth Records at last years HDDT, and this year our Debut album will be on the streets, and ready to kick your teeth in. We are touring Europe in february/march with danish Moonless, and will be in the sharpest condition when we kick out the jams at HDDT pt. II.
Demo 11, 2011
S/t 7″, 2012
Conan hail from the grim North West of England. Three men bear the wretched burden of this abyssal, droning, charging heaviness. 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 delivery.
Towards the end of 2011 Conan descended upon a capacity crowd at Damnation Festival beckoning a huge tide of sludge to tsunami-like stature before crushing all present. Finally in December they headed to the remote wilderness of Foel Studio, Wales and into the capable hands of producer Chris Fielding for their new album Monnos set for released on the influential label Burning World Records in April 2012.
The vinyl version of Monnos was presented at the prestigious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland in front of a packed out room where Conan performed as part of their European tour which also included a slot with stoner rock gods Sleep, in Oslo.
The band end this year by performing at Hard Rock Hell Festival alongside Testament, but return in early 2013 when Burning World Records release Conan’s ‘Live at Roadburn’ album, which will act as testament to the sheer power and force that people witnessed at the festival. Expect the highly anticipated follow-up to Monnos later in the year.
Split with Slomatics (2012)
Horseback Battle Hammer (2009)
Cough is a sludge/doom metal band that was conceived in the fertile metal underground of Richmond, VA circa 2005. The newly formed band sought out to be the heaviest band ever from Richmond, and took inspiration from traditional doom metal bands (Sabbath, Cathedral, Pentagram, Grief, Electric Wizard, Goatsnake, etc.), grimy sludge (Sleep, Eyehategod, Cavity) and early metal (Bathory).
The band self-released an EP, ‘The Kingdom’, in 2007, and followed it quickly with their first proper full-length ‘Sigillum Luciferi’ in 2008. Recorded w/ acclaimed producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Rwake, Pelican, Nachtmystium), ‘Sigillum Luciferi’ is an ugly, agonizing set of misanthropy set to music. Slight bits of psychedelia had wormed into the massive riffs and woven throughout the bands inhuman screams, making this one of the most promising pieces of doom metal to emerge from North America in quite some time.
Sporadic gigging followed the release before the band holed up in a Richmond warehouse to write the follow up. Winter 2008 was brutal, the warehouse was filthy and unheated, and the band slowly labored forward with the writing between hospital visits and bouts of near-insanity. By winter 2009/2010, the band had signed to Relapse Records and returned to Chicago, IL, enlisting Parker once again to record the follow-up to ‘Sigillum Luciferi’.
That follow-up, their aptly titled Relapse debut ‘Ritual Abuse’, delivers thoroughly massive, psychedelic doom. The albums five epic tracks are impenetrable walls of sludge; at some points suffocating and claustrophobic, at others warped and hallucinogenic. ‘Ritual Abuse’ is an impressive monolith of sound and volume, and one of the finest moments yet for 21st century doom metal.
The Kingdom, ep, 2006
Sigillum Luciferi, Full-length, 2008
Ritual Abuse, Full-Length, 2010
An Introduction to the Black Arts, Split, 2010
There are many paths to the jeweled gates of liberation. Possession, ecstasy, sacrilege, heresy. Paradox subjugates ego in the transcendent thrust toward the eternally expansive. The star studded spacecraft known as Danava, dispatched as it was from America’s rainy northwest coast, emerges on the midnight horizon as a shining symbol of freedom in sound. Critics have done their best to identify this flying object with all manner of convenient but ultimately meaningless qualifiers…and all have missed the mark. This is not “stoner rock”, even if the pilots are probably stoned. This is not “progressive rock”, for the boundless soul thwarts gentrification. This is not “space rock”, although their heads are full of meteor dust their boots still waltz in the gutter. This is not “retro rock”, because tomorrow calls even as the third eye glances in reverse to hail electric ancestry. Armed to the teeth with Orgone amplification and mesmeric Luciferian aether, the technicolor demon people have risen from primordial depths to dispel all curses and sever all bonds. The illusion crawls and the skull in the looking glass grins. This is where beauty and terror dance to the symphonie fantastique. –Dennis Dread
Quiet Babies Astray in a Manger, single – 2006
Danava, Full-lenght, 2006
Where Beauty & Terror Dance, EP – 2007
UnonoU, Full-lenght, 2008
Danava / Earthless / Lecherous Gaze, Split – 2011
White Nights of Murder / I’ll Cut You Down, Split – 2011
Hemisphere of Shadows, Full-Lenght, 2011
Dark Buddha Rising (fin)
Dark Buddha Rising performs the black arts of psychedelia, which manifests in hypnotic crushing riffs and lysergic passages that erupt in order to descent deeper into the abyss.
The collective human participants in the summoning that is Dark Buddha Rising are compelled to convey our nefarious delight at the vibrations and repercussions that our trip to Denmark will bring. The black sun will rise upon the Doomtown and impregnate its dwellers with drugged horror.
“Disturbing, theatrical and downright scary performance I’ve ever witnessed at this festival“. (Roadburn 2012)
“The soundscape of unparalleled uniqueness as well as the astounding stage presence created a atmosphere that gave goose bumps to everyone present“. (Dark Bombastic Festival 2012)
I (Self Released 2007)
Ritual IX (Post-RBMM 2008)
Entheomorphosis (Post-RBMM 2009)
Abyssolute Transfinite (Post-RBMM 2011)
Graves at Sea (us)
Formed in 2002, originally hailing from Phoenix, AZ and now residing in Oakland, California, and Portland , Oregon, Graves at Sea play a blackened doom/ sludge. In 2007, the band decided to call it quits. They played their last show January 11th, 2008 at Slim’s in San Francisco. In 2012 they got back together again, with Chiyo (Noothgrush) and Greg (Brainoil) and recorded for a split with Loss. With another line up change, Graves at Sea is now a mostly Portland based band and will be working on new material.
Vocals – Nathan Misterek (Laudanum)
Guitars – Nick Phit (Uzala, Nonservant, Carol Ann)
Drums – Chuck Watkins (Uzala, Ephemeros, Nonservant)
Bass guitar – Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Cruevo, Laudanum)
Drums – Chiyo Nukaga (Noothgrush)
Bass guitar – Miguel Veliz (Suiciety, Sourvein, The Roller)
Bass guitar – Roger Williams (Altar of Earth)
Drums – Steve Klatz RIP 2011
Documents of Grief cd (self release) 2003
Cirrhosis/ Atavist Arise 7″ (Southern Lord) 2004
Graves at Sea/ Asunder split cd (Life is Abuse) 2005
Graves at Sea/ Asunder split 12″ (20 Buck Spin) 2005
Documents of Grief 12″ (20 Buck Spin) 2006
Grime is a 3-piece sludge band from Trieste, Italy. They started their mission back in the summer of 2010 and their only goal ever since have been to bring destruction to a town near you. Their sound is rooted into the rotten burial ground and their songs are the sound of a decaying swamp filled with trash. Their slow and heavy groove is filthy and vicious, guitar riffs are sharp and covered with rust, drums and bass hit with the unstoppable power of a mud avalanche.
Grime, EP – 2011
Heat was formed in late 2010 in Berlin with members from several well known Berlin bands like The Hara-Kee-Rees or Samsara Blues Experiment. Heat plays an energetic Blues-drenched 70s Rock mixture of early Sabbath, Zeppelin, Jerusalem, whatever… Pull a name from your Classic Hard Rock collection, they have it all! Their first album “Old Sparky” was recorded in 2012 in the Big Snuff Studio and released by Electric Magic Records. The first vinyl pressing was sold out after almoust 3 weeks. After a first tour through germany they already shared the stage with bands like St Vitus, Voivod and Horisont.
2012 Heat – Old Sparky on Electric Magic Records(Vinyl + CD)
Hexvessel was founded by Englishman Mat McNerney after he moved to Helsinki in 2009. Fusing late 60s and early 70s English folk/psych with Finnish nature mysticism, they play a witches brew of heavy, tripped-out atmospherics and hypnotic paeans. Their debut album Dawnbearer, which is now considered an occult folk classic, garnered rave reviews from the media and fans alike, making it to the top of many people’s Best of 2011 lists.
The band have grown into a respected live act, playing many shows at home and abroad including a showcase gig at the well-renowned Roadburn Festival in Holland, festival shows at a fortress in the heart of Transylvania, Lithuanian Devilstone Festival and club shows in Budapest, Hungary. They have toured Finland twice, once supporting the renowned Icelandic band Solstafir and later on their own sold-out headline tour. Now the band have been invited to play SXSW in Texas USA 2013 and following that will embark on a European tour with fellow label cohorts Sabbath Assembly. 2013 looks to be a busy time for the group, including repressings of both albums and an EP release.
As Ondarock, online music magazine from Italy put it, Hexvessel are “the rising stars of psychedelic folk in Europe.”
No Holier Temple, September 2012, LP & CD, Svart Records
Vainolainen, April 2012, 7”, Svart Records
Dawnbearer, February 2011, LP & CD, Svart Records
High Priest of Saturn (n)
High Priest of Saturn is a female fronted psychedelic doom band from Trondheim, Norway. The idea was born in early 2011, and a two-track demo was released in August 2011. The music is inspired by classic stoner doom bands, such as Sleep, Om and Acid King, as well as the psychedelic rock bands of the 60s and 70s. HPoS aim to create unique, groovy and mesmerizing sounds through the use of slow-paced riffs, ethereal vocals and menacing organ sounds. A full-length album will be released by Svart Records in March 2013. Their performance at Heavy Days In Doomtown 203 will be their first appearance outside Norway.
Demo – 2011
Gathering our disciples for fuzz ritual ceremonies, we are the luminous legacy of the sacred green land. Under the mourning star we preach, the great light of truth, the holy power of extra-terrestrials initiators that guide us to glorious times. Our music is rooted into the actual musical landscape (Electric Wizard, Goatsnake, Cathedral, Bongzilla, Church Of Misery etc.) but also colored with vintage tones (Coven, Black Widow, Black Sabbath, Goblin, Magma etc.). Here is the Occult!
EP Open the gates of Shambhala, released on Throatruiner records – 2010
Atavist of Mann album, released on De arte Magica (Throatruiner records, Boue records, Mordgrimm, Psychedoomelics, Odio sonoro) – 2012
KADAVAR are the new sensation within the extraordinarily vital Retro Rock / Doom / Psychedelic Rock genre. The Berlin based trio consists of Wolf (vocals / guitar), Mammut (bass) and Tiger (drums). Together they revel in 70s occult Rock, Proto Metal and Psychedelic Rock in the veins of Black Sabbath, Pentagram or Hawkwind. KADAVAR’s self-titled debut album which was released at the beginning of March hit the scene like a bomb: The vinyl-only release which is being published by the German DIY-label This Charming Man Records in cooperation with American Tee Pee Records sold out three editions (3.000 copies) within 8 weeks of its release. Dubbed “a phenomenon” by Visions, one of the biggest German music magazines, KADAVAR can only rub their eyes in disbelief upon their meteoric rise: By the end of the summer the band will have played supports for Sleep, Pentagram, Saint Vitus and Electric Wizard, festival shows are booked at Desert Fest, Stoned From The Underground, Yellowstock Festival, Duna Jam, Heavy Days In Doomtown and Roadburn 2013.
Kadavar (LP/ CD, 2012)
Creature of the Demon (7″, 2012)
White Ring (2LP split, 2012)
Lecherous Gaze (us)
Lecherous Gaze was formed in 2009 out of the ashes of the well known hardcore punk band, Annihilation Time. Steeping themselves in the Hendrix-tripped guitar-god worship of bombastic 70’s rock and the primordial 60s rockin’ rawness of Chuck Berry, Clise and company’s hard-core of Flag and Sabbath worship congealed into a sticky sweet nug of potent hard rock hash.
The band released a self-titled 4 song EP with singer Lakis Panagiotopulos on Tee Pee Records in 2011. However, after some brief touring of the US and a full European tour, the Gaze decided to part ways with their first singer Lakis, again taking a brief period off to expand their arsenal of riffs. They soon enlisted the help of long time friend, Zaryan Zaidi of the band Char-Man to join the Gaze as their new front man. With his raspy Beefheart/Howlin’ Wolf delivery coupling with the aggressively dark tones of Alice Cooper, Zaryan gelled perfectly with the frustrated and heavy sonic assault the band had been building up for release since the break up of Annihilation Time. October 2012 saw the release of the debut full length 3 years in the making; which with its maelstromic mixture of heavy rock riffage, punk snarl attitude, and Zep-like attention to detail, comes across as a heshers record collection melted together into one crushing slab of volcanic rock and roll.
Lecherous Gaze – s/t 12″ EP (2011)
Born on A River “12 EP (2012)
Bagagazo 7′ EP (2012)
On the Skids LP (2012)
Meth Drinker (nz)
Meth Drinker come from Wellington, New Zealand and have been playing raw, aggressive, disturbing Sludge since 2010. Inspired by classic sludge bands from the 90′s like Grief, Noothgrush, Corrupted, Iron Monkey, Eyehategod and Dystopia. They released a debut self-titled LP in 2011 and a split 12″ with fellow New Zealand Sludge band Open Tomb in 2012. The self-titled 12″ was re-released by Raw Birth Records in 2012. Meth Drinker have an upcoming 7″ as well as split 12″ with British band, Moloch which should be out by HDDT 2013. Keep an eye out for Meth Drinker shows throughout Europe in May 2013.
Meth Drinker – s/t LP 2011 – Always Never Fun
Meth Drinker / Open Tomb split 12″ – 2012 – Always Never Fun / United Blasphemy
Meth Drinker – s/t re-release – 2012 – Raw Birth Records
Formed in Southampton in 2000, Moss was born from drug abuse, boredom, and a love of horror and the arcane. Initally their own way of escape from the toils of city life, through intense study of the dark arts Moss became a beast to be feared that only rears it’s head when the stars are right. Moss is horror music in it’s purest form, a sickening mass of sound, a time stretching trip through your most terrifying thoughts. After several years of silence, Moss returns in their 13th year with a new album of colossal doom metal, ‘Horrible Night’ – heavier than ever with darker depths awakened upon a fresh (rotting) approach to their sound. Welcome to their nightmare.
Cthonic Rites (2005)
Sub Templum (2008)
Tombs of the Blind Drugged (2009)
Never Say Live (2010)
Horrible Night (2013)
Mournful Congregation (aus)
Mournful Congregation is from Adelaide, Australia and was formed in late 1993. Throughout the 90′s they recorded two demo tapes, and one full length album, which would only be officially released in 2002. From the beginning they dedicated themselves to writing “Extreme Doom Metal”, utilising extra-slow tempos, down-tuned heaviness and multiple guitar harmonies for the aim of creating depressing, epic and mournful music. With these recordings they slowly spread through the underground metal scene, mostly via tape trading.
In 2005 their second full length, “The Monad of Creation” was released through Weird Truth Productions (JAP) , which solidified their dedication to “Funeral Doom”. 2009 saw the release of their third full length, “The June Frost” also through Weird Truth (JAP) and Ostra Records (FRA). At this point the band played live for the first time ever in their career, starting with an Australian tour, and then moving onto play a 17-date tour throughout Europe.
In late 2011, they released their fourth full length, “The Book of Kings” through 20 Buck Spin (US), Osmose Productions (FRA), Weird Truth (JAP) and Ostra Records (FRA), and subsequently toured the US West Coast. In 2012, they once again toured the West Coast of the US, comprising of 11 dates and a performance at the Stella Natura Festival in California.
1994 – “Weeping” – Demo Tape
1995 – “An Epic Dream of Desire” – Demo Tape
1998 – “Tears From A Grieving Heart” – Full Length Demo Tape
2002 – “The Epitome of Gods and Men Alike” – Split 7″
2002 – “The Dawning of Mournful Hymns” – double CD
2002 – “Tears From A Grieving Heart” – LP
2004 – “A Slow March to the Burial” – Split 7″
2005 – “The Monad of Creation” – CD/ double LP
2007 – “Descent of the Flames” – Split 10″
2008 – “Four Burials” – Split CD
2009 – “The June Frost” – CD/ double LP/ MC
2011 – “The Unspoken Hymns” – CD/ LP
2011 – “Weeping/ An Epic Dream of Desire” – double LP
Arisen from a cruel night during the winter of ’11, Nocturnal from Linköping, Sweden started to write songs in the vein of 70′s heavy rockbands such as Deep purple, Led Zeppelin, UFO and Rainbow. A couple of months later they recorded their debut 7″, which was released by the swedish independent label Gaphals. Since then they have made a few gigs in sweden and a Eurotour in collaboration with Killtown Bookings and Gaphals. As soon as the 7″ was released they started to write new songs and went straight into the Whitelight studio in Linköping to record what later will become their first full-length album, which will be released during the spring ’13, also by Gaphals. In winter’13 they will release the first singel from the self-titled album, followed by touring europe with swedish stonerband Skraeckoedlan and will end the tour by playing at Heavy Days In Doomtown.
Until the Morning Light 7″, 2012
Pagan Altar (uk)
Pagan Altar was formed in 1976 by Alan and Terry Jones. They are one of the few NWOBHM bands to play doom metal. The band’s concerts are characterised by moody, epic and heavy music, blended with stage effects which accentuate their interest in occult themes.
Pagan Altar’s only release from the NWOBHM era was an independent, self-released, self-titled cassette (which was bootlegged in later years). Their debut album was officially re-released on Oracle Records in 1998, retitled “Volume 1″.
The group reformed in 2004 to re-record an album of previously unreleased material which had been written during their original tenure as a band. The resulting album, “Lords of Hypocrisy”, met with a positive reception from fans, and a third full-length album duly followed in 2006, entitled “Mythical and Magical”.
In 2012, Pagan Altar are recoring a new album called “Never Quite Dead”, in a purpose-built recording studio in the back garden of vocalist Terry Jones’s home set to be released by the middle of 2013 when the Debut in USA at Maryland Deathfest.
The 2012 lineup included: Vince Hempstead on guitars, Dean Alexander on drums and William Gallagher on bass guitar.
Volume 1 CD (1998)
Lords of Hypocrisy CD (2004)
Mythical and Magical CD (2006)
Judgment of the Dead remastered. (2012)
The Time Lord remastered for CD (2012)
Never Quite Dead CD (2013)
The Time Lord (2004, re-released as a special edition in 2012)
Pagan Altar – Walking in the Dark / Jex Thoth – Stone Evil (Split single, 2007)
Pagan Altar – Portrait of Dorian Gray / Mirror of Deception – Beltaine’s Joy (Imperial Anthems split single, 2011)
Pagan Altar (1982)
Formed in Chile (and now established in Sweden), Procession plays crushing heavy doom metal in the vein of Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Count Raven, Solstice, etc… since 2006. After 2 European tours and festivals like Doom Shall Rise, Hole In The Sky, Keep it True, Rock Hard, Hammer of Doom, HellsPleasure, Metal Magic, Up the Hammers, Muskelrock, among others… the band has now finished the recordings of their new LP “To Reap Heavens Apart” (High Roller Recs, Germany), the follow up to “Destroyers Of The Faith”, acclaimed by several magazines as the “doom metal album of 2010”. Felipe Plaza, Jonas Pedersen, Claudio Botarro & Uno Bruniusson will deliver melodies of perdition, anger and loss. Live fast, play slow!
Burn (Demo) – 2008
The Cult of Disease (EP) – 2009
Destroyers of the Faith (LP) – 2010
Procession / Mountain Throne Split 7″ – 2011
Death and Judgement (EP) – 2012
To Reap Heavens Apart (LP) – 2013
Resonaut is a continuation of ’70s heavy rock with heavy grooves and psychedelic jams topped with strong, distinct vocals. The band is very conscious about their sound, which is reflected in what they present on stage; thunderous, massive and loud performances. Resonaut’s lyrical concepts are influenced by a fascination with knowledge about nature, space, and eastern religion and history.
“Step aboard the Resonautilus / Align with the vibrations and plunge into inner space / Travel beyond colour and sound / Watch ancient rituals unfurl before your mind’s eye / Witness the ascetic practices of the nothing thinkers / and let yourself be buried in a clear blue sky / The Resonauts are your shaman Guiding you into the beyond” -Resonaut
“Til Dovre Faller” (Live Demo ) 2010
“Molten Planet” 7″ (2011)
Samothrace is a pacific north wester atmospheric doom band with members and ex members of Bell Witch, Lethe, Book of Black Earh, Splatterhouse, Sentient and Septinomicon among others. Samothrace initially came together out of friendship made through involvement in DIY Punk/Hardcore/Metal community. Although currently based in Seattle, WA, their hometowns span from New Mexico, Kansas, New York City and Oklahoma. Their lyrics, albeit poetic, are rooted in the ideals of social change, political incoherence, and a bleak but positive outlook on life… intended for those who’ve taken back their breath and risen on their own and those who wish to do so. The band is named after a Greek island that is the home of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, a site of important Hellenic and pre-Hellenic religious ceremonies. The most famous artifact from this site is a large, half-crumbled statue of Nike, the goddess of victory in ancient Greek mythology. Samothrace is an evolving beast. Keep it heavy… keep it underground. Heavy music for heavy times.
Lifes Trade 2008
Reverence to Stone 2011
Saturnalia Temple (swe)
Saturnalia Temple was born from ages of dark magical strife, to explode in Draconian outbursts of Doom infested trance. Like no other group in the present occult musical revival, Saturnalia Temple actually matches the outspoken rituals with long-term magical dedication as well as a unique chalice of extreme metal through heavy blues and psychedelia.
Their critically acclaimed first record UR (2007) has now achieved a strong cult status, and the second album Aion of Drakon (2011) led to more brilliant reviews and dedicated interviews in Metal Hammer and Rock Hard and several others. Fenriz chose the group as one among only seven for his 40 years playlist in VICE magazine. 2012 saw them conduct a very successful ritual at the crucial Roadburn Festival in Holland, as well as doing a European tour and opening for Doom legends Pentagram. The winter of 12/13 sees the group entering their own studio in the forests outside Stockholm to record a 12″ vinyl. They will also perform chosen shows around Europe. A new LP is planned for late 2013.
Presently the group consists of founder/songwriter Tommie (guitar, vocals, drums) and bassist Peter. The band uses different session drummers for tours.
UR (Nuclear Winter) Casette 2007
UR (Psychedoomelic) CD 2007
UR (Monumentum) Vinyl 2009
EP – Forgotten Cults (Nuclear Winter) 2009
Comp-On the Powers of the Sphinx (Ajna Offensive) Vinyl 2009
Aion of Drakon CD (Ajna Offensive) 2011
Aion of Drakon LP (Ajna Offensive) 2011
Saturnus is Denmarks oldest still active doom death metal band spreading its doom since 1991. In the first two years of their existence they played under the moniker “Assesino” and in 1993 they changed their name into Saturnus. In 2013 Saturnus can celebrate their 20th year anniversary as Saturnus with 4 full-length albums behind them. The 4th fulll length album, Saturn In Ascension, was recorded at Winding Road Studio with the famous producer Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel, Blind Gaurdian etc.) and the album was released on the 30th of November 2012. The release was celebrated with an amazing 3½ hour performance at Loppen, Christiania the night before the release. The music of Saturnus can be descirbed as melodic death/doom metal with touches of gothic metal while their lyrical universe deals with sorrow, loss, and death.
Paradise Belongs to You (1996)
For the Loveless Lonely Nights (EP) (1998)
Veronika Decides to Die (2006)
Saturn In Ascension (2012)
There are a few bands from Finland that play some sort of old school psychedelic hard rock, but none of them sing in their native language.
The debut album by Seremonia (Finnish for ceremony) features fuzz-laden guitar riffage, out-of-control drum grooves, spacey synthscapes, eerily beautiful female vocals and esoteric and apocalyptic lyrics sung in Finnish.
Seremonia’s hard rocking is influence
d by the muddy sounds of Anglo-American proto metal, the weirdly fuzzy grooves of Latin psychedelic rock, the experimental ideas of Finnish progressive rock and universal D.I.Y.
punk rock ethics. The guitar riffs are doomy and the lyrics are dark, but Seremonia rolls on with an uplifting spirit. The band plays with uncontrollable abandon, furiously stumbling through the songs. Upon the wild fuzz jams vocalist Noora Federley delivers the lyrics in a chillingly cold blooded manner.
Boring modern production standards don’t seem to interest Seremonia at all. The album is a part of a great and age-old lineage of eccentric rock ‘n’ roll.
Although Seremonia’s music is informed by the heavy rock of the past decades, it is music for these apocalyptic times. Visions of environmental catastrophes or themes of natural and supernatural evil have never been more current topics.
Love for nasty guitar riffs and demented rocking are never out of fashion.
Rock’n'rollin maailma b/w Nämä kesäiset päivät 7″ (Svart records, 500 copies)
S/T lp (Svart records, 500 copies on black vinyl, 500 on cd)
Shadow of the Torturer (us)
Shadow of the Torturer formed in Eugene, Oregon, USA during the winter of 2005 as a side project of Mikey Brown from Aldebaran. Along with ex Yob bassist Isamu Sato and original Yob drummer, Gabe Morely, SOTT released “Marching into Chaos” on Blinddate Records (Germany). This slow, spiteful, yet catchy album dealt with loss and solitude. In 2010, it was rerecorded and rereleased in CD format on Memento Mori Records (Spain). After an ever changing lineup, in 2011 SOTT solidified the lineup in Seattle, Washington with B joining on bass and ex HC Minds drummer, Thor, on drums. 2013 will see the release of “Cities of the Damned” split 10” on Blinddate Records as well as a new full length album entitled “Dronestown.”
-Marching Into Chaos”- 2009 Blinddate Records (Album Only)
-Marching Into Chaos”-2010 Memento Mori Records (CD Format)
-Cities of the Damned”-2013 Blinddate Record
Siena Root (swe)
Siena Root is an experimental project with its roots in analogue old school rock music. The foundation is a trio from Stockholm that’s been around since the late ‘90s. The sound is classic but yet original, founded on heavy organ, strat leads, bass riffing and big drums. It is also often enriched with bluesy soulful vocals, Indian classical instruments and psychedelic vibes.
Siena Root is well known for its unique spectra of appearances, its many great guest artists, and its different interpretations of rock music. It’s a constant transforming group, ranging from acoustic sitar to distorted hurdy gurdy. Yet, with a foundation in a traditional rock trio, and a sound rooted in late 60s analogue music. Don’t expect to experience the same Siena Root show twice.
Through touring the music has developed in such a way, that jamming and improvising has become an essential element, always keeping you on the edge of your seat. A Siena Root concert is dramatic and exciting, visually, as well as emotionally. It’s a dynamic rootrock experience.
A new day dawning (2004)
Mountain Songs (2005 – 7″)
Burg Herzberg Festival (2006 – Compilation DVD)
Far from the sun (2008)
Different realities (2009)
Live at Roj (2010 – DVD)
Root Jam (2011)
Skraeckoedlan is a fuzzmetal quartet from Norrköping, Sweden. They started playing together the early spring of 2009 with the ambition to play groovy rock music with a touch of doom. In 2011 they signed with Transubstans Records (Abramis Brama, Graveyard) and released their critically acclaimed debut album “Äppelträdet”, produced and recorded by Oskar Cedermalm (Truckfighters). Late fall of 2012 the band once again enters the studio. This time with Niklas Berglöf as producer(maskinen, ghost). Their second album “Gigantos” is set to be released sometime in the beginning of 2013. With a brand new album and over 100 live shows, Skraeckoedlan enters the stage at Heavy days in doom town for their first gig in Denmark.
Flykten Från Tellus (EP) – Own release – 2010
Världarnas Fall (digi-EP) – Own release – 2010
Äppelträdet (CD) – Transubstans – 2011
Äppelträdet (12″ vinyl) – Transubstans/Gaphals – 2012
Mesozoikum (12″ Vinyl) – Walking LizzY – 2012
Toner Low (nl)
Psychedelic doom-band Toner Low from Holland have been around since 1998. Starting off as a more or less traditional stonerrock-outfit, over the years they evolved into the heaviest band of the lowlands. Toner Low released two full-length albums so far, their untitled debut (2005/2006) and II (2008). In the past years the band toured/played in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, the UK, France, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Italy and the Netherlands. Toner Low played at festivals such as Roadburn 2006 (Hol), Swamp Room Happening 2007 (De), Sauzipf Rocks 2007 (At), Stoned From The Underground 2008 (De), Doom Over Bielefeld 2009 (De), Stoned Hand Of Doom 2010 (It), Doom Over Berlin 2011 (De), Desert Fest Berlin 2012 (De) and Play Fast Or Don’t 2012 (Cz), and did gigs with a.o. Electric Wizard (UK), Acid King (USA), Boris (Japan), Colour Haze (De), SUMA (Swe), Monarch! (Fr), Rose Kemp (UK), Astrosoniq (Hol), Heavy Lord (Hol) and Orange Sunshine (Hol). Toner Low will release their third album in 2013.
Toner Low (2005/2006)
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Øresund Space Collective (dk/swe)
The Øresund Space Collective is a super group made up of members from various Scandinavian rock groups. These include the Carpet Knights (SE), Mantric Muse (DK), Bland Bladen (SE), Gas Giant (DK), Sgt. Sunshine (SE), First band from Outer Space (SE), Siena Root (SE), My Brother the Wind (SE), The Univerzals (DK) and others. Most recently, the famous Danish guitar player, Claus Bøhling from Hurdy Gurdy (DK) and Secret Oyster (DK/UK) fame has played with us both live and in the studio.
The band has played numerous festivals around Europe including the Copenhagen Jazz Festival (2010), Kildemose Festival (Denmark), Roadburn Festival (Holland 2010), Space Rock Odyssey (Sweden 2008), Space Force 1 (Finland 2009), Psychedelic Network (Germany 2009), Slotsskogen goes Progressive (Sweden 2008) and Occultrance Festival in Belgium (2011). OSC is an exciting live band and always gets the crowd moving and dancing to the improvised progressive psychedelic groove music. The band is quite different live than in the studio.
The band first started releasing music in 2006 on the Transubstans Label in Sweden and has over the past 5 years released many albums on several different labels. In 2012, the band will released 1 studio CD, a 7” split with Danish band Papir, and two studio vinyl records. A live limited edition “Live at Kildemose Festival Vol 1 vinyl record on the Interior Massacre label from Italy will also be released in November. A limited edition DVD release is also planned but has not been completed as of yet. A studio session in April 2012 will likely yield at least two releases in 2013.
Øresund Space Collective (Transubstans Records 018) Jan 2006
Picks from Space Vol. 1 (OSCPFS001) Jan 2006
Picks from Space Vol. 2 (OSCPFS002) Jan 2006
Picks from Space Vol. 3 (OSCPFS003) Jan 2006
Picks from Space Vol. 4 (OSCPFS004) Jan 2006
Picks from Space Vol. 5 (OSCPFS005) Jan 2006
Picks from Space Vol. 6 (OSCPFS006) Jan 2006
Picks from Space Vol. 7 (OSCPFS007) Jan 2006
Picks from Space Vol. 8 (OSCPFS008) May 2006
Picks from Space Vol. 9 (OSCPFS009) May 2006
Picks from Space Vol. 10 (OSCPFS0010) May 2006
It’s all about Delay (Transubstans 026) Oct 2006
The Black Tomato (Transubstans 032) August 2007
Picks from Space Vol. 11 (OSCPFS0011) December 2007
Picks from Space Vol. 12 (OSCPFS0012) December 2007
Inside your Head CD (Sulatron Records) August 2008
Good planets are hard to Find (Transubstans 034) Feb 2009
Dead man in Space LP (Pariah Child/Kommun2:7) January 2010
Glossolalia (Facemop) April 2010
Slip into the Vortex (Transubstans Records ) June 2010
Dead Man in Space CD (Space Rock Productions SRP002) April 2011
Live at Roadburn 2LP (Space Rock Productons SRP003) May 2011
Entering into the Space Country (Kommun2:11) July 2011
Sleeping with the Sunworm CD (Space rock Productions SRP004) Nov 2011
West, Space and Love (Space Rock Productions SRP006) March 2012
Phaze your Fears LP (Space Rock Productions SRP007) April 2012
Give your Brain a rest from the Matrix CD (SRP008) Oct 2012
Live at Kildemose Festival Vol 1 (Inferior Massacre) Nov 2012
ØSC/Papir split 7” (Transubstans 115) December 2012