With the final band announcement before the ticket pre-sale begins, and the final announcement of 2014, we are proud to head into 2015 with a band who have been steadily smothering listeners in fuzzed out thick riffs and hypnotizing sound since 1993! You may recognize the name, as it was inspired in full by a novel entitled ‘Say you Love Satan’ – which is a “bizarre, tongue-in-cheek account of a Mansonesque stoner dude named Ricky Kasso who, well… dropped acid and did fucked-up stuff.” – according to the band’s front woman herself!
If you have yet to figure it out, today we are presenting you the San Francisco trio ACID KING!!!!
When founding vocalist / guitar player Lori S. ripped her way through ‘Say you Love Satan’ by David St. Claire, to say she was inspired would be an understatement – her experience with the novel singlehandedly laid name and atmosphere to the band she had yet to start! Kicking off with a mighty blend of heavy, spacey stylings the band created a signature formula of distortion, tight guitar-bass riff attacks and a Marshall- stacked, bloated low bottom end. The hazy wafting sound blows over the listener with a dense, heavy, murky weight creating an opaque fog of blissful stoner doom. Lori’s vocals have a soaring, eerie quality which is never lost or drowned in the music, creating an aloof yet commanding presence amongst the powerful riffs and pulsing drumming. Running at a steady yet sluggish pace, each song builds itself into something memorable and the guitar tone is sure to leave a lingering buzz in your head. We are so much looking forward to having ACID KING on stage at the final edition of HDDT, to melt minds and induce acid flashbacks!!
Tomorrow we will announce one more band as a last treat for you in 2014! We are excited and hope you are too! We still have a few more bands up our sleeve that will be announced in the beginning of the new year along with the line-up poster.
Dont forget that the pre-sale will start January 1st at 12pm cet!
Get your tickets for the final HDDT before its too late!
We are straddling midnight with this announcement to draw it into tomorrow, before we take a short break from presenting bands over the next few days! The band we are bringing you now, hail from California – and despite being a two piece, rage with the fury of many more. Spewing their downtuned filth at HDDT, the bay area’s devastating duo BLACK COBRA!!!!
Formed by drummer Rafa Martinez (ex-16, ex-Acid King) and guitarist/vocalist Jason Landrian (ex-Cavity), BLACK COBRA catapulted themselves onto the scene in 2001 with their ravenous, upbeat and ultimately unique style of punk/hardcore-fueled sludge metal.
With speed and finesse, this gruesome twosome pack a punishing dose of heavy brutality in their diverse material. Being renowned for the incredible energy and explosive energy in their live performances, BLACK COBRA are sure to rampage through their set like an unstoppable freight train of heaviness! It’s impossible to feel anything is missing, despite the lack of a bass player in the band – they will surely tear your face off with their full sound and primal adrenaline at HDDT IV!
We hope that the winter solstice was good to you all, and that the energy of the sun’s re-birth is alive within you! Tonight we are announcing another band to partake in our Sunday Black Mass – and they are fitting for the season, the long nights of deep dark. Honoring darkness and welcoming the newly reborn sun, we are proud to bring forth not only an exclusive performance, but a first ever venture onto European soil… Canada’s NIGHT PROFOUND!!!
Night Profound harnesses a united will to express in depth all of the tortures and triumphs of ascendance. A dark folk collective submerging headlong into the Nightside …
Toiling away in secrecy since 2007, Night Profound has developed through many permutations and identities before exposing the rest of the world to the illumination within. What began as a very personal alternative outlet to the extreme music more familiar to founders S.P Hache and R.H Hamilton, the dark acoustic force has evolved into a functioning spiritual vehicle and taken on a life of its own. Now, a core duo and a revolving cast of allied musicians seek to ignite the spark that was initiated all those years ago.
The homage to the neofolk originators found on 2011’s MMXI demo has grown, developed, and flourished into a unique sound of power and meditation. The year of death, 2013, pulled NIGHT PROFOUND from the ashes of dormancy. A handful of compilation appearances over the following year, like Heathen Harvest’s Midsummer and Morituri te Salutant’s Divided We Fall, have established the band alongside some of the greats of the genre. A pact was soon forged with TJ Cowgill’s (King Dude) NOT JUST RELIGIOUS MUSIC record label in order to release the first MLP Invocatio Lux, Evocatio Nox in 2015, which will truly reveal the manifestation of the Night.
The future continues to fall under the will of the Brotherhood of the Black Serpent and the limitations are boundless! Night Profound will entrance you at HDDT XV.
Tonight’s announcement comes with great excitement, as the band has actually been on the Heavy Days wish list for years! Since forming in 2006, this Swedish quintet have steadily established themselves as one of Europe’s premier underground rock bands. You can see first-hand the cause for our enthusiasm when HORISONT hit the stage!
Real rock‘n’roll cannot be faked. It is the immortal celebration of prized atavistic values – power and volume, sweat and adrenalin, uncompromising good times and the invigorating squall of past, present and future colliding. Those with the artistry and soul required to make music that stirs the blood will never stop chasing that distant horizon, and so Horisont have both the name and the know-how to blow minds and disperse life’s oppressive clouds. They are real rock’n’roll incarnate: an exhilarating blast of sonic euphoria, custom built to raise spirits and quicken the pulse of any right-thinking rock or metal fan.
Horisont have tapped directly into the heart of heaviness and guitar-wielding derring-do, gleefully obliterating the divide between the wonders of the distant past and the unmistakable allure of the here and now. This band consistently display a magic touch, rendering every last note, riff and melody in majestic Technicolor 70’s glory! Get those hips ready to shake at HDDT!
Commemorating the final edition of HDDT, we are hosting something a little different. This year, we are having a “Sunday Mass” of sorts – a proper funerary finale. Coming from Seattle and bringing Lucifer’s light upon us all, the visionary KING DUDE!!!
Pulling together the biblical sound and isolation of the bygone days of revelation with an atmosphere filled with hope and salvation, King Dude has woven his own brand of American music. Evoking bleak desolation with ballad style tracks, next to hymnal blues numbers rattling onward like dusty bones, he brandishes many varied influences in his songwriting – everything from British Folk, Americana, Country, Black Sabbath and the Blues can be heard in his songs. Ominous, esoteric and profound, it is impossible not to be drawn in by the somber and dark choral atmosphere immaculately created by King Dude. Deep and gritty, stained by hardship and driven by passion, his ghostly voice is even met with notes dragged from the depths of heavy metal, slithering their way into the King Dude canon. Commonly described as dark and occult neo-folk, the music begs the soul to lift itself up from the darkness of ignorance, towards the ever shining and glorious ‘light’ that exists outside of us all yet that which we are eternally connected to – at once connecting everyone on earth.
King Dude will lift you up and bring you down with his Luciferian blues at the Sunday Mass, sending off HDDT into the abyss.
The band we are presenting tonight are venturing all the way from Chile, to blanket you in beautiful and epic doom! It is an honor to have them on stage at HDDT, as they have not yet played on European soil. We proudly bring you CAPILLA ARDIENTE!!
An Epic Doom metal band from Chile, Capilla Ardiente features members from the amazing PROCESSION who have previously graced the Heavy Days stage. Formed by Claudio Botarro Neira and Felipe Plaza Kutzbach in 2002, the band was created with the only purpose of playing from the heart, and worshiping the epic riffing of bands like Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus, Sorcerer and Solstice, mixing in the rawness and weight of Heavy Metal and even Thrash.
Capilla Ardiente is a Spanish phrase, translating to “Burning Chapel”. The words allude to where the recently deceased are to receive their funerary rites. Namely their home, church, or another specific personal place, it is atmospherically lit by many funeral candles – hence the ‘burning’ element. Flowing melodies carress harmonious guitar pairings, amongst intense and ever-changing riffing. Audible and catching basslines, along with the prominent vocals stand out within the genre, and all of these elements are wrapped in the dark and gloomy atmosphere of traditional doom metal.
In 2013 the band recorded their debut album “Bravery, Truth and the Endless Darkness”, which has had excellent reviews and feedback both from media and followers of the band. The LP was released by High Roller Records and later that year, their first live show was performed to a full venue in Chile!
2015 will see the first European tour from the band, where they will spread their sound amongst different countries and important festivals such as Muskelrock in Sweden!
Tonight’s band have been referred to as ‘advocates of anything ancient, shadowy, and obscure that vanishes with the dawn.’ Which perfectly coincides with the atmosphere they created on their self-titled full length, released in 2013. We are proud to present the ominous HEAD OF THE DEMON at the final celebration of all things slow and heavy!!
Swedish group Head of the Demon are not easily described, nor is the feeling of woe and the not entirely unpleasant emptiness you are left with after experiencing their unique sound. As expressed in a review of their S/T full length earlier this year, “After an hour or so spent with the Swedes’ debut, I fell into a stretch of utter hopelessness. The sun wasn’t ever coming up again, and I’d yearned a bottle of absinthe in which to drown my woes.” The sun is forever setting on Heavy Days in Doomtown, and Head of the Demon’s somber mesh of doom and black metal elements shall crest the funeral pyre fittingly.
Harsh, hoarse, strained vocals are laid atop minimalistic yet unnerving and unsettling riffs – winding through obscurity and at times becoming more powerful to rival the growing heaviness in the percussion. Prevalent bass lines and occasional, haunting organ effects draw the listener further into the chasm of discontent. Head of the Demon will drag you into darkness at HDDT 2015!
Can’t find your bong? With a lineup featuring the names Inhalator, Weed Wizard, and The Grim Reefer, we might have an idea where it went….Blazing Heavy Days at the final edition….. We present to you Copenhagen’s own unique stoner death outfit REEFER!
During the winter of 2010, hazed and clouded, two smokey locals with too much time on their hands decided to start jamming some heavy rock and headed down the Catacombs of Copenhagen to set free their regurgitated version of heavy tunes. Putting down the joints and picking up their instruments, stoner death act REEFER manifested in the fog.
With stoned slow drumming, fuzzy down-tuned riffs and bong-gurgling vocals REEFER were slowly rocking for 2 years in a dank rehearsal space ‘til they got an offer to play a show – and thus decided to have a fellow red-eye join on bass to make the entity proper heavy in the live installment. The now trio then recorded their three song demo tape “Bow Before the Altar of the Drugs” in time to have a release ready for their debut show, playing at a warm-up show for the Heavy Days in Doomtown festival in February 2013!
Since then Reefer have played a few local shows, and on low heat brewed new songs for future toe-tapping listening pleasures…
….If only they could remember how to tap their toes!
Drowned in bong-water may seem a terrible fate to some, but for the crowd at this year’s HDDT we think it will suit just fine!
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Today we are presenting a unique two piece, who’s last album release in 2014 was a raw, self-produced, 100% DIY display of power! The half German and half Turkish duo are set to destroy with their vicious lashing of heaviness at HDDT. Combining elements of Doom, Punk and Sludge with a healthy dose of black bile, we give you MANTAR!!!!!
Despite being only fueled by drums and guitar, the music of Hamburg based MANTAR will crush you with the fluidity and force of a thousand waterfalls. In spite of not having the usual accompaniment of a bass guitar, the band manage to bring forth a heaviness that many 5 pieces struggle to deliver! Full of filth and fuzz, ferocious and harsh vocals, anvil-heavy riffs and just the right dash of southern swagger to round it all off, the musical style is as refreshing as it is devastating. Collapsing into doom laden passages cloaked in darkness and drenched in black metal tendencies, each song decimates the listener with fiery aggression.
The band have been described as the ‘sure soundtrack to the coming apocalypse’. Harnessing such intensity and ugliness, this deadly duo are sure to knock you sideways with their performance at Heavy Days – The Final Edition!