Heavy Days In Doom Town

BANDS

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! They will be posted one by one as they have been announced.

Abysmal Grief (it)


AbysmalGrief-fb_webAbysmal Grief hail from Italy and began in 1995. 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.”

Discography:

1998 – Funereal (demo)
1999 – Mors te audit (demo)
2000 – Exsequia Occulta (single)
2002 – Hearse (single)
2004 – Creatures From the Grave / Le entità della salvazione (split with Tony Tears)
2006 – Mors Eleison (EP)
2007 – Abysmal Grief (full-length)
2009 – Resurrection of the Damned / Brides of the Goat (split with Denial of God)
2009 – The Samhain Feast (EP)
2009 – Misfortune (full-length)
2011 – Foetor Funereus Mortuorum (EP)

Links:

www.abysmalgrief.com
www.facebook.com/pages/abysmal-grief/111740495525876?fref=ts

Baby Woodrose (dk)


Baby_Woodrose_web1Baby Woodrose is a Danish psychedelic rock band formed in Copenhagen in 2001. The name is taken from the Argyreia Nervosa, a plant commonly known as Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, which can be used for hallucinogenic effects. When Baby Woodrose released their debut album “Blows Your Mind” in 2001 it was in reality a one-man operation by Lorenzo Woodrose who wrote the songs, played all the instruments, produced it and released it on his own record label Pan Records. Since then the band has been very productive with touring Europe and Denmark every year and releasing classic 60’s inspired psychedelic music, with each record having a new flavour. Fronted by Lorenzo Woodrose, Baby Woodrose is currently backed up by the guys from the Telestar Drone Sound, another local Copenhagen band.

Discography:

Blows Your Mind / Pan Records (CD – 2001)
Blows Your Mind / Animal Records (LP – 2002)
Blows Your Mind / Bad Afro (CD – 2003)
Never Coming Back b/w Flash On You / Bad Afro (7″single – 2002)
Double Six b/w That’s How Strong / Pan Records (7″ single – 2002)
Don’t Look Back / Ewing Records (splitsingle with The Defectors – 2002)
Disconnected b/w Too Far Gone / Bad Afro (7″ single – 2003)
Carrie b/w Too Far Gone / Bad Afro (CD single – 2003)
Money For Soul / Bad Afro ( CD/LP – 2003)
Live At Gutter Island / Bad Afro (LP – 2003)
With Peter Belli: Nok Af Dig b/w Det Du Ka’ Li / Bad Afro (7″single – 2004)
Dropout! / Bad Afro (CD/LP – 2004)
Hold It! / Bad Afro (splitsingle with Sweatmaster – 2004)
Love Comes Down / Spinello – Playground (CD/LP -2006)
Love Comes Down / Bad Afro (CD/LP – 2011)
No Other Girl b/w Live Wire / Spinello – Playground (7″ single – 2006)
Chasing Rainbows / Bad Afro (CD/LP – 2007)
I’m Gonna Make You Mine b/w Information Overload / Crusher Records (7″ single – 2008)
Let Yourself Go b/w A Good Day To Die / Longfellowdeeds (7″ single – 2008)
Here Today Gone Tomorrow / Bad Afro (splitsingle with Dollhouse – 2008)
Coming Around Again b/w I Feel High / Bad Afro (7″ single – 2008)
Baby Woodrose / Bad Afro (CD/LP 2009)
No Mas b/w Making My Time / Sound Effect Records (7″ single – 2009)
Countdown To Breakdown b/w Long Way Down / Fat People Records (7″ single 2010)
Take It b/w I Need / Get Hip (7″ single 2011)
Mindblowing Seeds & Disconnected Flowers / Bad Afro (LP/CD 2011)
Third Eye Surgery / Bad Afro (LP/CD – 2012)
Light Up Your Mind b/w Bubblegum / Bad Afro (7” single – 2013)

Links:

http://babywoodrose.wordpress.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvfU0cgnnEM

Demon Head (dk)


Demon head_photo_logo_web1Long winters and short glimpses of the sun brought Demon Head to life in Copenhagen sometime during spring 2012. Jamming and refining the sounds of sinister voices has been the purpose since then, resulting in the first sonic outings in the course of the last year. Demon Head is heavy rock, aiming to fuse the atmosphere of 70′s dark heavy metal with twin guitar lead harmonies.

After a tour through the Winterland of northern Scandinavia, this February saw the release of a demo tape that we’ve been dying to put out. The recordings were made when the leaves fell red in 2013 and represent a starting point of what we’re trying to achieve in terms of sound. In March, a 7″ will be born from the hands of ourselves and the Danish record coven Levitation Records. Ride the wilderness with us…

Discography:

Demo, 2014
Demon Head/Winterland, 7”, 2014

Links:

http://demonhead.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/Demoncoven?fref=ts

Dopelord (pl)


Dopelord_web_1If you liked Polish Belzebong who played last year’s HDDT, then you are going to love the band we are announcing tonight…! We had to look all over the place to find a band as weed inflicted, stripped down and with no bull shit that could bring the classic weed focused stoner doom feeling to HDDT. We succeeded once again in Poland – this time in the town of Lublin in the far east of Poland, close to Belarus and Ukraine. We are excited to bring to you, this great new-comer to the stoner doom community, the amazing DOPELORD!!!Dopelord is a stoner/doom band from Poland, founded in late 2010 in Lublin. They self-released their debut album “Magick Rites” in 2012. Smoking, rehearsing and touring. Their main inspirations are: old movies, 70s music and magical herbs. Tunes low, plays slow.

Discography:

Magick Rites, LP, 2012

Links:

http://dopelord.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/Dopelord666

Doublestone (dk)


Doublestone_web1After three years of live performances and three EP’s on several formats, Doublestone recently released their debut album “Wingmakers” on LP on Levitation Records. With Tony Reed (Saint Vitus producer) flying in from the states to turn the knobs on the reel-to-reel recorder, and mixing and mastering the live recordings, the dry and raw sound the band sought for, has really come through on this 10 track release.In the time Doublestone have excisted, they have been touring and playing with great acts, such as Orange Goblin, Endless Boogie, Sabbath Assembly, Sienna Root, Spiders, Toner Low, and 3AM.

Discography:

3 track EP 7″ vinyl, 2011
3 track EP CD, 2012
6 track EP 12″ vinyl, 2013
Wingmakers, LP, 2013

Links:

http://doublestone.b-evil.dk
https://doublestone.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/doublestone

Dread Sovereign (irl)


dread-sovereign_logo_web1Dread Sovereign is the born dead brain child of Nemtheanga from Primordial. Years of string hacking and slashing on guitar have finally come to realization as backed by Dubh SOL (Primordial) on drums and Bones (Wizards of Firetop Mountain/ZOM) on guitar they have forged a new band.The blueprint is rough, raw old school doom / metal which hails of Venom, Saint Vitus, Cirith Ungol and touches of late 80s early sepulchral black metal. Not intended to re-invent the wheel just to give it a good kicking in the true old evil metal fashion.

Discography:

We Pray to the Devil in Man E.P. Roadburn Records/Burning World (limited to 500)
We Pray to the Devil in Man E.P. and Mini CD re-release Van Records
Debut album coming soon via Van Records

Links:

www.facebook.com/DreadSovereign
http://dreadsovereign.bandcamp.com
www.van-records.de/band/en/Dread-Sovereign.html

“Dwellers in Twilight” performed in its entirety by members of Aldebaran and Shadow of the torturer (us)


dwellers HDIDT_web1The stars are right once again for the Yellow Sign will manifest in Physical form to call forth the The Old Ones, those Dwellers in Twilight at HDIDT III.
Released in 2007, the debut album went farther into doom territory than ALDEBARAN’s previous ep’s with longer and slower songs and a much more oppressive atmosphere. It continued to fester in the underground slowly becoming a sludge/doom classic for those initiated.2 of the 3 original members on ALDEBARAN’s 2007 “Dwellers in twilight” album, M. (guitar, vocals) and T. (Drums, vocals) will be accompanied by B.(Bass) and V.(Guitar) from the current incarnation of SHADOW OF THE TORTURER.
For this one time occasion they will step out from the shadows to perform the ‘Dwellers in Twilight’ album in its entirety at HDIDT III.
You have been warned….

“Dwellers in twilight” is an amazing album. I got it as soon as it came out, cos’ the Asunder guys recommended it to me. It’s a legendary album, it has its own, unique and desperate sound, I got really deeply into it”.

-Billy Anderson, producer, sound engineer, musician

Links:

Listen to “Sightless And Silent Into Blackened Gulphs” from “Dwellers in Twillight” (to be reissued on 2xLP in 2014):
https://soundcloud.com/parasiticrec/sightless-and-silent-into
Check out Aldebaran here:
http://aldebaran2.bandcamp.com
Check out Shadow of the Torturer here:
http://shadowofthetorturer1.bandcamp.com

Eagle Twin (us)


Eagle_Twin_photo_logo_web1Eagle Twin is a two-man outfit from Salt Lake City, Utah, United States formed in 2007 featuring Gentry Densley (Ascend, Iceburn) on baritone guitar / vocals and Tyler Smith (Form of Rocket) on drums. Eagle Twin’s music could be broadly classified as doom metal or sludge metal, but also touches on progressive rock, blues rock, jazz fusion and psychedelic rock, featuring lengthy instrumental passages and Densley’s gruff, half-chanted vocals, which occasionally veer into overtone singing.

Although Eagle Twin is a very new entity its helmsman; Gentry Densley is no stranger to innovative, heavy music. Densley was the musical visionary and leader of the legendary jazz, prog, rock, metal, hardcore group Iceburn (aka The Iceburn Collective) from 1991-2001. Iceburn has been called the greatest and most important musical offering from Salt Lake City since the Osmonds! Gentrys’ playing has been very influential to a lot of successful modern music groups such as: Isis, Pelican, Sunn O))) etc…

In order to disseminate his majestic and mountainous riffs in the present day he enlisted massively behemoth skinsman Tyler Smith. The drums are not only a driving force that efficiently steam rolls over you they conjure a repetitious mantra that is eerily infectious. Although Iceburn was primarily an instrumental force, with Eagle Twin Gentry is much more vocal and the depth of his lyrics is endless. His vocal evocations bring to mind the hoarse rasp of Tom Waits and Howlin Wolf but possibly channeled through Tuvan throat singers. His voice, is used much like an instrument and often times creates a unique drone of its own. The riffs and music definitely have familiar reference points (Caspar Brotzmann Massaker, Earth, Sunn O))), Melvins etc…) but are crafted in a way that stands miles beyond the others.

Discography:

Eagle Twin / Night Terror, Split, 2009
The Unkindness of Crows, Full-length, 2009
Pombagira / Eagly Twin, Spilt, 2010
The Feather Tippen the Serpant´s Scale, Full-length, 2012

Links:

http://eagletwin.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/eagletwinmusic

Glitter Wizard (us)


Glitterwizard_web1Something new is going down, brother. It’s happening in the public soul, the collective consciousness. Right now it’s infiltrating the scenesters and the heads with its sights set on creeping through the church doors and screened porches of America and beyond. Make no mistake, it’s coming for you. That thing, well, it’s an exciting new group. That group is GLITTER WIZARD. See them live and this dynamite rock act from Northern California may just blow your mind to smithereens. The sparks that spit from fret boards by blitzkrieg fingers, the snapping crackle of a ripping synthesizer, the jaguar slash of vocals, the lens flare cast off of a glinting junk bulge. Legend has it that they sleep in midair rock jumps. They will collect you up in spandex arms, and soar through galaxies of colorful dervish gasses, through acid planets of usurpers and witch kings, through high desert biker brawls beside campfires displaying hallucinatory visions jigging through the orange flicker, through bongwater seas to the heart of the subconscious where in mirage form they will boogie in the gloam of your reptilian brain. Open up your spell pouch, pull forth this wad of uncut riffage and let Glitter Wizard chop a line on the mirror of your mind.” – Dan Shaw

Discography:

Black Lotus/Witch´s Limbo, ep, 2009
Solar Hits, Lp, 2011
Horses / Fire, ep, 2012
Hunting Gatherers, LP, 2012

Links:

http://glitterwizard.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glitter-Wizard/77619029508

Goatess (swe)


Goatess_photo_logo_web1The band was formed in early summer of 2009, but had been the project of Niklas and Chritus for several years. Originally WEEKEND BEAST, the band changed name to GOATESS in August 2012.After recording a two track demo, one of the songs, “King One”, was seen on YouTube and the rumor spread rapidly and the band received massive response from both fans and press.

The self-titled album came out on Svart records in july 2013. Vocalist Chritus, also in Lord Vicar, has a past in Count Raven, Saint Vitus and Terra Firma.

Discography:

S/T, Full-lenght, 2013

Links:

www.facebook.com/baldersounds

Graves at Sea (us)


Graves_at_Sea_web1GRAVES AT SEA crushed the last edition of Heavy Days In Doomtown Festival and proceeded on a two week European tour with Meth Drinker leaving the continent in ruins. Next year they will be back, just as feirce, dark and crushingly doomy, but with new songs, and new recorded material!!! The legendary Graves At Sea have for good proved that rising from the ashes of their yearlong hitatus was by far the best favor they could do to the international doom scene, so be prepared as they come to destroy Europe once again!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.

Discography:

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

Links:

www.facebook.com/GravesAtSea

Isole (swe)


isole_pic_web1ISOLE formed under the name Forlorn back in 1990 with two sole members, Crister and Daniel. Several demo tapes were recorded in the 1990′s, including Waves of Sorrow in 1994 — a recording still revered by Epic Doom Metal fans.After a few years of turmoil, in which the band suffered myriad line-up changes, I Hate Records approached them in 2003. With a newly signed contract and much motivation, the band saw it fit to adopt a new moniker, thus becoming ISOLE.

With their first releases, ISOLE was able to secure an excellent reputation within the doom metal underground. They have now elevated their status even further with their last two albums, “Bliss of Solitude” and “Silent Ruins”. Their current work, “Born from Shadows”, impressively maintains their well-earned position and lays any doubts as to their superiority to rest. The Swedish quartet understands more than any other band how to effectively merge hypnotic melodies with viscous guitar lines. The album’s main focus is undeniably the heavy riffs, but occasional digressions into more aggressive realms, where growls and vicious drumming reign, also find their niche. As such, even the epic tracks remain tantalizing and require one’s complete attention, so as not to miss the fine details of this musical tristesse. The dark euphonious landscapes relate the third part of the “Moonstone Trilogy”, which dates back to the band’s debut. The story of an endless struggle between good and evil couldn’t have found a better soundtrack than that of “Born from Shadows”. The four Swedes guarantee genuine and essential doom metal. Get it now and lose yourself! Once again the album was recorded and mixed by ISOLE at Apocalypse and Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Firewind) provided his artistic know-how to convey a feeling of mysticism and darkness through his symbolic artwork, while Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Enslaved) took on the mastering responsibilities.

Discography:

Tired, Demo, 1991
Vivere non necesse est, Demo, 1992
Waves Of Sorrow, Demo, 1994
Autumn Promos, Compilation, 2005
Forevermore, Full-length, 2005
The Beyond, ep, 2006
Throne Of Void, Full-length, 2006
Bliss Of Solitude, Full-length, 2008
Silent Ruins, Full-length, 2009
Isole vs. Semlah, split, 2010
Born from Shadows, Full-length, 2011

Links:

www.facebook.com/Isoleofficial
http://forevermore.se

Leechfeast (sl)


Leechfeast_web1Take the madness of decaying urban jungle, endless nights without sleep, strange dreams that you remain thinking about through the next day, chronic back pain, cramped up stomach, pathethic porcelain faces around you with a permanent smile, the fact that you can relate to the cat that lives with you more than you can to other people, years of repressed aggression that needs to get out badly and strange relief and attraction to something you can’t really describe when you’re walking in the nature at night. Now, throw in a good dose of weird cinema and mix it with sounds ranging from Portishead to Grief and you will probably end up with something simillar to Leechfeast.Formed in 2010 by a group of friends from different punk bands out of need of something much heavier. Released a self-titled cassete the same year and then a couple of songs for a split that never saw the light of day in the end. In 2012, when the whole thing finally became a full blown sludgy doom infection, they released an LP “hideous illusions” with the help of a small label Shitpiece records from Austria. Upcoming Upcoming split with czech black metal band Marnost in 2014.

Discography:

Leechfeast, Demotape, 2010
Hideous Illusions, full lenght, 2012
Leechfeast / Marnost, Split, out in 2014

Links:

http://leechfeast.blogspot.com
http://leechfeast.bandcamp.com

Loss (us)


Loss_web1LOSS was born in October 2003 as four men sealed a pact to create wretched, mournful art, culled from a collective, bleak experience. It was to be a combined vision, encapsulating depression, anxiety, failure, illness, disease, despair, pain, fear and loss, to express what they felt sonically represented the idea of Funeral Doom.They have released an impressive amount of both splits and albums throughout the years and their latest Double LP “Despond” from 2011 received global praise as one the best funeral doom records in years. This will be their first time ever on European soil, so be prepared for a crushing experience of doom in its prime!

Discography:

Conceptual Funeralism, Demo, 2004
Life Without Hope… Death Without Reason, Demo, 2004
Necros Christos / Loss, Split, 2005
Worship / Loss, Split, 2005
Fo(u)r Burials, Split w/ Otesanek, Orthodox, Mournful Congregation, 2008
Life Without Hope… Death Without Reason, LP, 2010
Despond, Full-length, 2011
Profound Lore Records, Split w/ Pallbearer, Wolvhammer, The Atlas Moth, Yob, 2012

Links:

www.facebook.com/LossDoom?fref=ts
http://loss.bandcamp.com
http://lossdoom.blogspot.com

Nightslug (d)


Nighslug_web1 Hailing from the depths of Germany, 3-piece Sludge beast NIGHTSLUG started out in 2011 at the behest to play some sick and ugly music. Their background is deeply rooted in the punk scene with a past in bands like Burial, Doomtown and The Now Denial, and currently Union of Sleep. Their first full-length album released earlier this year, “Dismal Fucker” was named the number one sludge album of 2013 by Cvlt Nation!Nightslug is a dark, fucked-up journey of raging songs, pissed-off vocals, lots of noise and unholy thick riffs. Grim and filthy doom carrying a raw and brutal energy that creates a terrifying, destructive atmosphere. Influenced by both Punk and Metal.

Discography:

3 song demo tape, 2011
One sided demo 12″, 2012
Dismal Fucker. Full-length, 2013
Repress 3 song demo tape, 2013

Links:

www.facebook.com/nightslug
http://nightslug.bandcamp.com

Noctum (swe)


noctum_photo_logo_web1In the town of Uppsala, Sweden in the year 2009 a band called Séance was formed. Moving at breakneck speed the band formed in September, recorded a two-song demo after adding guitarist Per Wikström to the lineup in October, and by November had changed their name to NOCTUM. Within those three months, the band signed an LP deal with High-Roller Records, and a CD deal with Stormspell Records.
NOCTUM’s debut album, The Séance, was released in September 2010 via High-Roller and in December by Stormspell. The band finally embarked on their first European tour in July of 2011, and followed that up with a new EP, The Fiddler.
By August of 2011, NOCTUM created enough buzz in the underground to gain the attention of Metal Blade Records, which led to a new worldwide record deal. With a new record deal in place with a global label, NOCTUM spent the majority of 2012 refining their sound and writing new songs. Their search for original and interesting material led them to a heavier and darker sound. The progression came very naturally for the band and differs from the typical 70′s vibe. The new material successfully evokes a heaviness and emotion one might not expect from a “retro” sounding band.

Noctum toured Europe again in 2012, and then welcomed the addition of drummer Fredrik Jansson after Gustaf’s departure. Jansson, who spent time in Witchcraft, Count Raven, and Abramis Brama, was added to the lineup in time to record Final Sacrifice in April 2013.

Discography:

The Séance, full length, 2010
The Fiddler, EP, 2011
Final Sacrifice, full length, 2013

Links:

www.noctumofficial.com
www.facebook.com/Noctumofficial
www.metalblade.com/Noctum/

Oranssi Pazuzu (fin)


Oranssi Pazuzu_web1Oranssi Pazuzu offer a vibrant, colorful cataclysm of psych, space rock, and black metal that cannot be easily categorized as any one particular genre or any single influence. At once celestial and boundless yet malevolently grim and harsh, Oranssi Pazuzu´s latest album “Valonielu” is certain to elevate Oranssi Pazuzu to new levels of importance within the modern music scene.Oranssi Pazuzu’s previous album “Kosmonument” was received with great critical acclaim as a brilliant album by a band developing into something all their own. On “Valonielu”, the band has sharpened their songcraft into a more succinct and salient statement, formidably invoking ’90s-era Darkthrone yet boldly reaching further out into the multiverse of the psych and experimental side they have always inhabited.

Oranssi Pazuzu was formed in 2007 by Jun-His (vocals, guitar) and Ontto (bass guitar), who started jamming with Korjak (drums), and Evill (synthesizers, organ, effects) in order to travel into uncharted musical territories. Very soon Moit (guitar) completed the lineup and Oranssi Pazuzu, The Demon of the Wind with the Colour of Cosmic Energy, was born.

Discography:

Muukalainen puhuu, Full-length, 2009
Candy Cane – Oranssi Pazuzu, Split 2010
Kosmonument, Full-length, 2011
Valonielu, Full-length, 2013

Links:

www.oranssipazuzu.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Oranssi-pazuzu/58437793552
http://oranssipazuzu.bandcamp.com

Of the Wand & the Moon (dk)


Of The Wand and the Moon_web1Of The Wand & The Moon is the creative live and recorded music works of Danish musician Kim Larsen (not to be confused with the Danish folk singer by the same name) and various guest contributors. After irreconcilable differences with his previous musical project, Saturnus, Larsen began writing music of a different vein, similar in style to his neofolk influences but very different than the doom metal he had previously created.
Characterized by folk songs with themes ranging from expressions of love, loss, joy and ancestral Germanic paganism, Of the Wand & the Moon is best described as experimental, dark ambient neofolk. When their debut album “Nighttime Nightrhymes” came out in 1999 it marked a new entry for Denmark in a new wave of Germanic post-industrial folk projects, alongside contemporaries such as Forseti and Sonne Hagal.

Discography:

Nighttime Nightrhymes, LP, 1999
Sól Ek Sà, 7”, 2000
Midnight Will, 10”, 2000
:Emptiness: Emptiness: Emtiness:, LP, 2001
Bringing Light and Darkness, 12” Split with Sol Invictus, 2001
My Black Faith, 7”, 2001
I Crave For You, 7”, 2001
Lucifer, LP, 2003
1998-2003, Boxset, 2003
Hail Hail Hail, 7”, 2005
Sonnenheim, LP, 2005
The Lone Descent, LP, 2011

Links:

http://ofthewandandthemoon.dk
www.facebook.com/wandmoon

Purple Hill Witch (n)


Purple_Hill_Witch_web1Purple Hill Witch was summoned out of the Norwegian countryside for about three years ago. The young trio (who’s members are also to be found in Spectral Haze, Condor and Flight) are under heavy influence of bands such as Pentagram, Witchfinder General and Black Sabbath, complimented by the filthiness of old heavy- and thrash- metal bands from the 70′s and 80′s.After spending their first couple of years playing alongside many great bands in Oslo’s shady basements, they crossed the Norwegian border for the first time this November, as they hit the European roads together with the doom legends of Lord Vicar. The 7″-vinyl entitled “Alchemy” is their only official release so far, but the band has recently been in the studio finishing up their first full length album, which is expected to finally surface in the early parts of 2014.

Discography:

Doomstone Blues, Demo, 2011
Alchemy, EP, 2013

Links:

www.facebook.com/PurpleHillWitch
www.reverbnation.com/purplehillwitch

Sabbath Assembly (us)


Sabbath Assembly_web1The band Sabbath Assembly presents the hymns and theology of the Process Church of the Final Judgment, a religious movement that came to prominence in the 60′s and 70′s UK and US spiritual awakening. The Church’s unusual message proposes a “Unity of Christ and Satan” and worships a quaternity of deities: Jehovah, Lucifer, Satan, and Christ. Linked with the Satanic underground movement of the West Coast in the 70′s as well as the Manson murders, the Church dissolved in an unholy blaze of bad press and internal strife. Resurrecting the message, Sabbath Assembly formed in 2009 with singer Jex Thoth and released its critically acclaimed album Restored to One in 2010 in cooperation with author and original Processian Timothy Wyllie. Following an international tour with Earth, Jex was replaced with Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune/Wolves in the Throne Room). The band partnered with longtime Process Church enthusiast Genesis P-Orridge to create the ritualistic album Ye Are Gods in 2012. Sabbath Assembly toured Europe with Hexvessel in 2013, culminating in a performance at Roadburn with Genesis, and subsequently recorded the apocalyptic album Quaternity, due for release in Spring 2014 on Svart Records.

Discography:

Restored to One, full-length, 2010
Ye Are Gods, full-length, 2012
The Four Horsemen, 7″, 2012
Quaternity, full-lenght, forthcoming March 2014

Links:

www.sabbathassembly.com
www.facebook.com/SabbathAssembly
http://sabbathassembly.bandcamp.com

Sangre De Muerdago (es)


Sangre de Muerdago_photo_logo_web1Sangre De Muerdago puts together the four winds to create a world of fairy-like reality. Calling up our oldest memories and melodies and giving the quieter and more melancholic Galician Folk from the late 70s and early 80s a new dimension, where nature, folk tales, old wisdom, mysteries and love get together to build up a future far from technological civilization. Finger picked guitars, cello, violin/viola, baroque flute and ocassional percussion and hurdy-gurdy, dance together on a beauty invocation, on a feast of passion and melodies that will awake our sleeping “myself”, our true soul. After five international tours in Europe and the United States, Sangre De Muerdago brings us once again to a world of ancient musical enchantment.

Sangre De Muerdago is an expression of gratitude; a healing experience. It’s the sound of a band with dirt under their fingernails, mud between their toes, fallen leaves tangled in their rainsoaked hair, both a lamentation and defiant celebration of the experience of life in a time of ruin and contraction. It’s a secret whispered between lovers huddled around a fire, a solitary walk through abandoned fields overrun with gnarled apple trees and deer-bed depressions in the grass, the smell of a cedar swamp, a myth spoken in the trills of winter wrens flitting between verdant ferns and rotten logs.” -Worm Gear Webzine

Discography:

Demo 2007”, demo, 2007
Sangre de Muerdago, ful-length, 2011
Deixademe Morrer no Bosquem, 2xLP, 2013
Braided Paths, Split Lp with Novemthree, March 2014
Nas Fragas do Rio Eume, 10″, March 2014

Links:

www.facebook.com/thecrowcallstheravenblack
www.sangredemuerdago.bandcamp.com

Skepticism (fin)


Skepticism_photo_logo_webSkepticism is a Finnish metal band formed in 1991 bringing together beautiful and dark atmospheres. These atmospheres consist of northern landscapes, autumn and farmakon.. The band is often stated to be one of pioneers of the funeral doom sub-genre (atmospheric, slow and heavy music with funeral dirge music nuances).Starting out with a death metal sound on their first 7″, Skepticism soon began to evolve into a more distinctive style, a combination of slow doom metal and death metal with prolific use of keyboards, especially using an organ sound. The keyboards intend to create a depressive sound, rather than the gothic sound that many metal bands using keyboards tend to focus on. This style was first heard on the Aeothe Kaear demo (1994), which was still up-tempo compared to the material that was to follow. The debut full-length Stormcrowfleet took that style a step further, consisting of six long and slow tracks with an average length of nearly ten minutes each.
After this, the band released its first ‘pair’, an EP and album which are thematically connected: Ethere (1997) and Lead and Aether (1998). In 1999, Aes was released, a one-track EP lasting almost 28 minutes, and another departure into different stylistic territory from the band. A variety of musical themes are explored before the song turns back upon itself and returns to the opening theme.
The band’s latest releases were contained in the second ‘pair’, The Process of Farmakon (2002) and Farmakon (2003). These releases involve another slight departure from earlier releases, by introducing more elements of dissonance and experimentation. Their 2008 release is called Alloy.

Between 2009 and 2013 Skepticism was composing new material and performing occasional concerts mainly in European area. Skepticism is targeting to release new album in 2014, thus providing yet another extreme and beautiful experience for listeners.

Discography:

Towards my end, 7″, 1992
Aeothe Kaear, demo, 1994
Stormcrowfleet, Full-length, 1995
Ethere, EP 1997
Lead and Aether, Full-length, 1997
Aes, EP, 1998
The Process of Farmakon, EP, 2002
Farmakon, Full-length, 2003
Alloy, Full-length, 2008

Links:

www.skepticism.fi
www.facebook.com/officialskepticism

Sourvein (us)


Sourvein_web1SOURVEIN led by singer T-Roy Medling is embarking as headliners on a european trail of destruction to celebrate their 20th annivesary along with revived underground doom legends GRAVES AT SEA. Sourvein destroyed Europe on their last tour in 2011 where they also headlined the Afterburner at Roadburn Festival.SOURVEIN have been around longer than most of the bands the scene have to offer today, and they have proven time and time again to be heavyweights in the game. Their discography is impressingly filled with crushing release after release year after year, and despite several lineup changes, T-Roy have managed to keep this beast of a slugde band alive and kicking! With slumbering grooves and muddy guitars T-Roy filthy and gritty vocals makes Sourvein stand out from the crowd, and be one of the most vicious sludge bands out there.

Discography:

Souvein / Buzzoven – Another day in the lost lives of.., split 7″, 1996
Sourvein, Full-length, 2000
Will To Mangle, Full-length, 2002
Emerald Vulture, EP, 2005
Sourvein / Rabies Caste, Split 7”, 2005
Sourvein / Church Of Misery, split 7″, 2006
Imperial Bastard, EP, 2008
Ghetto Angel, EP, 2008
Sourvein / Blood Island Raiders – Black Cloud Revelations/The Phobia, Split 7, 2009
Sourvein / Coffins – Dingy Haunt / Axis Of Vengeance, EP, 2012

Links:

www.facebook.com/pages/SOURVEIN/238932972468
www.reverbnation.com/sourvein

Switchblade (swe)


Switchblade_web1Formed back in 1997, Switchblade have released 6 full-lenght albums and last year with the release of their latest self titled album they were nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award. Thriving on a stripped-down approach of repetitive, slow-burning riffs, heavy slow-mo prog moves, and even hypnotic grooves bolstered by a thrumming, sinister hammond organ, Switchblade utilize their keep-it-simple aesthetic to flesh out a skeletal, haunting doom plod. Drummer Tim Bertilsson and guitarist Johan Folkesson will be joined by Per Wiberg (Ex-Opeth, Spiritual Beggars and Candlemass) on Hammond organ as the band return to Denmark for the first time since opening for Ghost in early 2013.

Discography:

Switchblade / Last Match, Split, 1998
Switchblade, EP, 1998
Switchblade, EP, 1999
The Insect Split, Split, 1999
Cut of Luna / Switchblade, Split, 2000
Switchblade, Full-Length, 2000
Switchblade, Compilation, 2001
Switchblade, Full-Length, 2001
Switchblade, Full-Length, 2003
Switchblade, Single, 2004
Switchblade, Full-Length, 2006
Switchblade, Full-Length, 2000
Switchblade, Full-Length, 2009
Switchblade, Full-Length, 2012

Links:

www.switchblade.se

The Body (us)


The Body band pic_web1It has been said by more than a few intrepid listeners that The Body is the most brutal band on the planet. With ravishing grimness and impenetrable walls of noise, the duo of Chip King and Lee Buford create music that goes beyond what is normally considered harsh and violent, advocating a doctrine of misanthropy to those brave enough to take the plunge.Since their recording career began in earnest in 2004, The Body has expanded the definition of what it means to be a metal band, incorporating elements of noise, avant-garde composition, and experimental electronic music into their crushing doom and searing black metal foundation. Christs, Redeemers, the duo’s latest transmission of loathing and
revulsion, finds King and Buford pushing even further into the horrifying unknown.

Discography:

The Body, Demo, 2004
The Body, Full-length, 2004
The Body / Get Killed, split, 2004
Copkiller, EP, 2005
Even the Saints Knew Their Hour of Failure and Loss, EP, 2006
2008 Tour CD-R, EP, 2008
All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood, Full-length, 2010
Anthology, Compilation, 2011
The Body / Whitehorse, Split, 2011
Nothing Passes, Full-length, 2011
The Cold Suffocating Dark Gies on Forever and We are Alone, EP, 2012
Master, We Perish, EP, 2013
Christ Redeemers, Full-length, 2013

Links:

http://thebody.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/pages/the-body/334047229514

The Graviators (swe)


The Graviators_web1The Graviators was formed deep in the woods of southern Sweden in 2009, with a vision to write and record music inspired by the sounds of the great rock ‘n’ roll groups of the 70′s. With a mix of heavy, yet melodic riffs, that will take you on a trip back in time, when bands like Black Sabbath and Pentagram took heavy rock to new heights, The Graviators caught the ear of Swedish label Transubstans Records who signed them in early 2009. On December 11th, The Graviators self titled debut hit the stores. Their first music video, for the song Back to the Sabbath, was shot by renowned music video director Thomas Tjäder who have made videos for In Flames, At The Gates, The Haunted, and Soilwork etc. The band was featured with the track The Magician, which also appeared on the vinyl release, on the Planet Fuzz compilation Cowbells & Cobwebs. In 2010 Dutch label Clear Spot/ Headspin Records released the album as an exclusive double splatter vinyl. The artwork for this vinyl release (and the 2nd press of the album on CD) was made by the incredible artist Vance Kelly.
In December 2010 they had the great honor of supporting the American doom legends Saint Vitus on their European tour, which took the bands through eight countries.
2011 saw the release of a vinyl split with Swedish/Norwegian band Brutus, a 14-minute epic called Druid’s Ritual. The track was mixed and mastered by Henryk Lipp, who has produced records by Thåström, Millencolin, Union Carbide Productions to name a few.In September 2011, The Graviators entered Studio Berno to record their second album, entitled Evil Deeds. Producer Berno Paulsson have produced such records as Spiritual Beggars “Another way to shine” and The Haunted “The Haunted made me do it”. It was recorded with analouge equipment, for that retro feel! The record features Petrus Fredestad on Hammond organ, Wurlitzer piano & Synths. Petrus was also a guest musician on Graveyards album “Hisingen Blues”. Evil Deeds also featured the incredible artwork by Vance Kelly.
In late 2011 The Graviators signed with Napalm Records, and in august of 2012 Evil Deeds was released worldwide to positive reviews. The video for Häxagram was done by Thomas Tjäder. The band also signed with the Sound Of Liberation booking agency, and in october of 2012 The Graviators took part of SOL’s european tour called Brainbanger’s Ball Vol. 2, along with Brain Police, Greenleaf, and Mirror Queen.
In october of 2013 the band once again entered Studio Berno to record their third album, entitled Motherload. It was engineered, mixed and mastered, analouge all the way, by Berno Paulsson.
The record features once again with Petrus Fredestad on Hammond organ, Wurlitzer piano & Synths.
The artwork for the album will be done once again by Vance Kelly, and it will be out March 28th on Napalm Records and it’s subsidiary Spinning Goblin.

Discography:

The Graviators – The Graviators, full-lenght, 2009
The Graviators / Brutus, split 12″, 2011
The Graviators – Häxagram 7″ Single, 2012
The Graviators – Evil Deeds, full-length, 2012

Links:

www.facebook.com/thegraviators

Uzala (us)


Uzala_web1UZALA hails from the Mountain West of the USA, conceived and birthed in a Cold War fallout shelter in Idaho with a hunger for late sixties acid damaged rock and Celtic Frost riffs.Drenched in fuzz, feedback, bombastic drumming and lyrical storytelling with heady melodies provided by chanteuse/rhythm guitarist Darcy Nutt. Her voice has been compared to Grace Slick by some, but there is more to her voice than just hookah smoking caterpillars and the pills that Mother gives you. There is a dark undercurrent to her voice, bewitching and entrancing, a siren song to lead you astray and cast your body to the rocks waiting below. All of this is shrouded by sinuous and muscular riffs delivered by Nutt and lead guitarist Chad Remains, punctuated by howls of feedback and guitar lead lines that twist in and around Nutt’s voice, underpinned and propelled lurchingly forward by monster skinsman Chuck Watkins (Ephemeros).

UZALA released their sophomore LP, Tales of Blood & Fire, in October 2013 via King of the Monsters Records. Recorded by the legendary Tad Doyle (TAD, Lumbar, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth) and mixed/mastered by Mell Dettmer (Earth, SUNNO))), Boris, Wolves in the Throne Room) with Nick Phit (Graves at Sea) on bass guitar.

“UZALA is pleased to bring Tales of Blood & Fire and new songs to the soil of Europe and Scandinavia in May with our Brothers and Sisters SABBATH ASSEMBLY”

Discography:

Uzala, Demo, 2010
Uzala, Full-length, 2012
Cataract / Death Masque, EP, 2012
Uzala / Mala Suerte, Split, 2012
Tales of Blood and Fire, Full-length, 2013

Links:

http://uzala.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/pages/UZALA/108093595875096

Vidunder (swe)


vidunder_web1Vidunder plays 70’s rock with influences deeply rooted in the early days of bluesy rock bands like Captain Beyond and Blue Cheer. The band was formed in mid-2011 and not long after they released their debut single Asmodeus on Crusher Records. The record has an authentic vintage feel to it bringing the thoughts back to country fellows Witchcraft, and maybe even the predecessors Norrsken. In late 2012, it was once again time to step into the studio, this time to begin the recording of the Vidunder debut album. The result was a ten tracks album. On the album can be found, for instance, Summoning The Not Living, reminding of a young Roky Erickson and his 13th Floor Elevators; the bluesy ballad Threefold giving the album a balance to the more heavier and up-tempo songs; Threat From The Underground which is one of the three tracks on this album with guest appearance by guitarist John Hoyles (guitarist of Spiders, ex-member of Witchcraft and Troubled Horse). The music can just as easily bring to mind the past days of Captain Beyond or Blue Cheer, as for today’s always topical and compatriots in Graveyard.

Discography:

Asmodeus, EP, 2011
S/T, LP, 2012

Links:

http://vidunderband.com
www.facebook.com/vidunder/info
https://soundcloud.com/crusherrecords/vidunder-threat-from-the
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ10Gvl3Y-s

Whitehorse (aus)


white-horse_web12014 will be the tenth year that Whitehorse has gathered together members of Melbourne’s underground music community to create crushingly heavy, sludge-metal layered with electronics. Drafting members from the punk, grindcore, experimental, rock, and noise scenes Whitehorse often garner comparisons to the likes of Corrupted and Khanate. Whitehorse have toured Japan, the USA multiple times and Australia and have released over a dozen audio documents on Australian, Belgian, German, US, and UK labels with a few more in the works (Sweatlung / Vendetta / Small Doses / At a Loss / Aum War / Super-Fi / Sabbatical / Conspiracy / Blind Date / 20 Buck Spin).The current line up of Whitehorse includes members of Ignivomous, Evil Ways, Hans Harms, Pneumatic Slaughter, Occult Blood, Encircling Sea, Infinite Void, Collapsed Toilet Vietnam, Ivens and more.

Discography:

Whitehorse – Live At Sinkugara, Osaka, Japan 29.06.2005, 2005
Whitehorse – Caverns CD, 2005
Whitehorse – West Of The Sun / Ocean Turns To Black CD, 2005
Whitehorse – Fire To Light The Way / Everything Ablaze 12”, 2006
Whitehorse – Whitehorse 2xCD collection, 2007
Whitehorse – Document 250407 12”, 2010
Whitehorse / The Body – split 7”, 2011
Whitehorse – Progression, LP, 2011
Whitehorse / Hot Graves – split 7”, 2012
Whitehorse / Cross – split 12”, 2012
Whitehorse / Batillus – split 12”, 2012
Whitehorse – Live Ritual July 25th 2011, 2012

Links:

http://whitehorsedestroys.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/getonthehorse

Windhand (us)


Windhand_webFounded in 2009 in Richmond VA, Windhand is a stoner, doom metal band made up of Aschiah Bogdan, Parker Chandler, Dorthia Cottrell, Garrett Morris, and Ryan Wolfe. They have been compared to Electric Wizard, Blood Ceremony, the Devil’s Blood, and Black Sabbath.
In March 2012, Windhand released their self-titled debut which quickly became an underground hit, selling out of multiple vinyl presses in a matter of months. It was recorded and mixed at the Dark Room by Garrett Morris and mastered at Slipped Disc Audio by Bill McElroy in 2011. After a steady touring schedule, the band collaborated with Richmond brethren Cough on a split entitled “Reflections of the Negative” due out on Relapse Records in April 2013. Windhand officially signed to Relapse Records in March 2013 and will release their highly anticipated sophomore debut later this fall.

Discography:

Windhand (Practice Space Demo), Demo 2010
Windhand, Full-Length, 2012
Reflection of the Negative, Split, 2013
Orchard, Single, 2013
Soma, Full-length, 2013

Links:

http://windhandva.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/WindhandVA
https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/windhand-woodbine

Witchsorrow (uk)


Witchsorrow_web1British Witchsorrow trio will bring the doom over Copenhagen in the spring and just how we like it, heavy, as it can get, slow, brutal and very very dark. The band’s style makes no attempt to shift doom metal’s usual pattern, but instead pays tribute to its innovators. Witchsorrow play their pure and epic non-pretentious brand of doom metal straight from the heart. If their self-titled 2010 debut album suggested that, the second album God Curse Us confirms it across almost an hour of unsullied doom.They bring the dark spirit of ’70s Sabbath forward to 2012. Capturing the dark essence of classic doom: heavy, mournful riffs; oppressive atmosphere, bleak, sinister vocals and full-power metal freakouts, there’s no mistaking it for anything else.

“There isn’t any light at all in the album,” asserts Necroskull. “It’s far too easy for metal to become a parody. We’re not the band out high-fiving everyone and pouring shots down your throat. Everything is falling apart, you can almost taste Armageddon – we’re the ones peering ahead to the end of the world.”

Well ok, we guess you will have a taste of death in May. The time of the Apocalypse is coming, and you will be right where you belong!

Discography:

Rehearsal Tape June MMVIII, deom, 2008
Witchsrrow, LP, 2010
God Curse US, LP, 2012
De Mysteriis Doom Sabbathas, ep, 2013

Links:

http://metalblade.com/witchsorrow
www.facebook.com/witchsorrowdoom

Yuri Gagarin (swe)


Yuri Gagarin_web1Yuri Gagarin is the name of a cosmonaut and first man in space. It is also the name of a Swedish hypnotic trip started in January 2012. It all started when the lead-guitarist Christian and the drummer Stefan decided to start a space rock band. They got a band together with people from previous band constellations with Leffe on bass, Robin on synth and Jonny on guitar. All in to space rock and together they formed the band Yuri Gagarin. They recorded some songs in the rehearsal room with frizzy sound, put them up on soundcloud and right away they were appointed as band of the week by Fenriz.A few months later they were offered to release an LP on Levande Begravd Records which resulted in a self-titled album. At present their only release! But just you wait for more cause this is as you understood a band from outer space, a trippy dark, heavy sound and a ship that just took of. Now, full speed aheaaaad!

Links:

http://yurigagarinswe.bandcamp.com/music
www.facebook.com/yurigagarinspacerock