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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The band we are announcing tonight will bring up the energy level by more than a few notches, because you need to shake that hair! Since we can’t be all gloom and doom all the time, we are excited to have the Gothenburg based heavy metal band joining us for HDDT – NIGHT VIPER!
They may break the rules of low and slow, but that doesn’t mean it’s not heavy! Wicked nights with snake venom in your blood is what you need and that’s what you’ll get!
The classic heavy metal spirit of ‘British Steel’, the riff-intensity of ‘Kill ‘em All’, and a big hot bucket of motown swing, Night Viper leave nothing to be desired. Featuring past and present members of Church Of Misery, Horisont, Miasmal, Mud Walk, Swordwielder, Ill Wicker, and The Order Of Israfel, Gothenburg’s Night Viper have been quickly and warmly embraced by the hard rock world and praised for their freshness, energy, and extremely catchy songs. Their debut single is on its way, and if you missed their first raging show in Copenhagen, the time is right to feel the bite of the viper in the night!!
FFor the first time in Heavy Days history, we are delighted to be featuring an all-female band on stage – and these ladies kill it! Flawlessly combining aspects drawn from the musical interests of each member, the band have carved a unique niche for themselves in the heavy music genre. Making history at the final edition of HDDT, Italy’s SATURNINE!!!
Born in 2010, this Doom/Death act are actually not based solely in Italy – having had various changes to their lineup since they started, the band now features a vocalist based out of Berlin, with the other members each living in different cities spread across Italy. When the group put forth their self-titled demo in 2012, Saturnine were contacted by Razorback Records about an album, and are in the process of releasing their first full-length. Entitled “Mors Vocat”, will be released on CD by Razorback Records and on LP by Italian label Terror From Hell / Elektroplasma music. You can expect it in the new year! Around the festival they will be embarking on their first tour as well, with the legendary Abysmal Grief, also of Italian origin.
The intrigue of Saturnine is created by the backgrounds of the different members – their roots extending across not only the doom and death metal scenes, but also deeply within DIY punk. Not limiting themselves creatively, their music shows elements of multiple genres, tied together with thought and precision. This resulting in slow and obscure music in which the women convey discomfort, suffering and evil in every track. Drums and guitar tinged with stenchcore are accompanied by powerful vocals with tremendous depth. Suffocating at times, but not without alluring differentiated and up-tempo segments, you will be cloaked in darkness when they hit the stage at HDDT.
The band we are about to announce played their very first European show at the second edition of HDDT and will now return to Europe in the spring for a follow up tour. We are very happy to welcome back the Pacific North West´s heaviest doom duo; BELL WITCH!!!
Seattle’s Bell Witch are comprised of bassist / vocalist Dylan Desmond and drummer / vocalist Adrian Guerra. 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. Their first releases, a 2011 self-titled demo and a 12” entitled “Longing” have already garnered significant recognition from the underground scene. With a more sinister and enveloping sound, the 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. The heaviness of the songs crush into multiple layers, storming down upon the listener. There are somber, sustained choral chants reserved for dark cathedrals – blending, yet creating perfect contrast to the grimaced, even hateful shrieks and guttural howls. The drums of a war horde sire a march of dual melody lines played by two hands tapping bass strings with the roaring thunder and floral lightning of the mighty storm. There is undoubtedly shock when the eyes see two bodies where the ears believed five!
Having shredded the audience in Dödsmaskinen with their performance in 2013, we can expect a great wall of sound to fill the big hall when they play the main stage of the final edition of Heavy Days in Doomtown.
Tonight we are presenting a band that will celebrate their 25th anniversary in the coming year! They are considered one of the longest running and best known doom metal bands from Germany and Central Europe with their epic and melodic soundscape. We are very honored and proud to bring to you; MIRROR OF DECEPTION!!!
Mirror of Deception was founded in 1990 near Stuttgart, Germany. Throughout the years the band has found their own niche and unmistakable style which they refer to as ‘unorthodox doom metal’. The musical style successfully pays tribute to the defining bands of the genre, without limiting their own musical or lyrical vision and expression.
Since its inception MIRROR OF DECEPTION went through a number of line-up changes, while founding members Michael Siffermann and Jochen Fopp have always kept the banner waving. Several demos, EPs, split releases and 4 full length albums have been released to date and the band has toured most of Europe with household names like Count Raven, Revelation, Reverend Bizarre, Lord Vicar, Solstice, Warning, 40
Watt Sun and many others!
Revered by many, MIRROR OF DECEPTION have been referred to as “A peerless masterclass in doom” and we are very much looking forward to supporting the celebrations of their 25th anniversary at this final edition of HDDT!!
Tune up your bikes, groom your beards, grab your bandana and crack a beer … it’s time to burn some rubber! Visiting Europe for the very first time, for a special “one off” performance just for the HDDT crowd – we are thrilled and extremely excited to announce the American instrumental stoner outfit, SERPENT THRONE! Arguably Philadelphia’s best kept secret – if not that of the entire international doom/stoner scene… their set will leave you longing for the open road and a THC tinted sunset!
The Philadelphia based quartet formed in 2005 has released four full length albums. At HDDT they will perform their 2007 debut “Ride Satan Ride”, the lost soundtrack to a 70’s satanic biker movie, in its entirety! This album has a very special place in the hearts of the HDDT crew and it has been a long awaited dream to bring Serpent Throne over to perform for our audience!
Serpent Throne represent an authentic and righteous linkage to the revered ’70’s acts of yore. Think Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Blue Cheer, Leafhound, Pentagram, and Sir Lord Baltimore, only instrumental. Described as proto-metal riff worship, hearing Serpent Throne is like sitting in a garage in 1971 listening to your cool uncle’s band practice. The band’s early material has a heavy primitive biker rock vibe, while their later recordings evolve into epic guitar harmony filled journeys. So many instrumental bands of the genre tend to create long drawn out psychedelic jams, yet Serpent Throne are known for their well-structured songs that evoke a range of emotions. One song can blend the heaviness of early Black Sabbath with the triumphant melodies of Wishbone Ash.
Look forward to a very special evening in the company of Serpent Throne and don’t miss out on this once in a life time opportunity to see “Ride Satan Ride” performed from beginning to end! The raw riffing in songs like “Wheels of Satan” and “Back Stabbeth” will have you on your Panhead, running from the cops in no time!
Tonight we cast a call to spirits, and invoke a resurrection of the dead… Rising for a special performance at this years’ HDDT, EPITAPH from Verona, Italy, are back from the grave! These Spaghetti Doom legends who have been on hiatus for nearly twenty years, will not only grace the stage for you all, but will also be performing a Black Hole medley, as both legendary bands share members!
For those not familiar with Epitaph… In the eighties and nineties, Italy spawned a big black mass of great doomy bands, as the underground flourished with illustrious names like Death SS, Black Hole, Sacrilege, Zess, Malombra, Cultus Sanguine, and Abysmal Grief… Epitaph were part of this glorious “Spaghetti Doom” movement, and managed to release three demos which by now have gained cult status among the connoisseurs of Italian doom, before deciding to call it quits. When the third and last demo was released (around 1994) the decision was already made, and Epitaph was laid to rest.
Even though Italian Doom is currently praised up and down the wider metal scene, back in the days being part of the underground did not serve well as a sales argument. “The sub-genre itself was almost despised and ridiculed in our own country, back then: Most people considered us just a bunch of creepy weirdoes!” Even Black Holes legacy didn’t help it.
Epitaph made timid attempts at re-launching itself even before 2012, without luck. Funnily enough, just a few years ago they were completely oblivious to the interest that bands like Epitaph draw nowadays! Having come forth with a new record, their first full-length album to date was recorded in 2013, “Crawling out of the Crypt” on High Roller Records – an album title perfectly suited!
We hope that in the decades to come, the “Spaghetti Doom” movement is steadfast to retain its characteristic traits as presented by acts like Epitaph. In a country scarcely rooted in rock, the doom scene might stand out as a distinguishable tradition, just like those hallowed Italian prog-rock bands from the seventies!
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We might be a little late for Halloween, but tonight we are bringing you a spooktacular treat from our bag of HDDT tricks…. The band we are about to announce have never visited Europe before, but in April and May they will set out on a voyage to spread their eerie, mind bending potions across Europe! We are so fortunate that they will make a pit stop in Copenhagen and cast their magic spells on HDDT for a night of Witchtanic Hellucinations and turn Ungdomshuset into a cauldron of doom, death and enough THC fog to knock all you kids over… We are extremely excited to bring to you the amazing ACID WITCH!!!!
Acid Witch is a psychedelic death doom duo from Detroit, Michigan which formed in 2007. They released their first album, Witchtanic Hellucinations, in 2008 on Razorback Records. Acid Witch began with guitarist/current singer Slasher Dave playing riffs alongside a tape of Halloween sounds and noises. Soon after, Shagrat joined playing bass and they began writing. Lasse Pyykkö joined them, as the original vocalist, but left after their “Witch House” release.
The band’s musical style draws from many genres of music including death metal, doom metal, stoner metal, psychedelic music, and horror films and their soundtracks such as the music of John Carpenter’s Halloween. Some have also noted the influence of NWOBHM. Lead vocalist Slasher Dave has cited Pagan Altar and Witchfinder General as some of his influences. Due to the main overtones of the music, the band has dubbed themselves “Halloween metal”.
The band’s lyrics deal with themes of witchcraft, Halloween, and Satanism, and many of their songs’ lyrics are inspired by horror films and feature a significant amount of gore and references to sex and drugs.
The band now consists of Slasher Dave and Shagrat playing all instruments in the studio, and “Motor City” Chaz and Mike Tuff playing drums and guitar, respectively, live.