WINDHAND For a band who traffic in measured, unhurried riffage, Richmond’s WINDHAND have moved awfully quickly over the last few years. Founded in 2009, the VA quintet have been making waves since the release of their 2010 practice space demo, a two-track CD that garnered the band comparisons to artists like Electric Wizard, The Devil’s Blood, and Black Sabbath. That auspicious start was further realized in March 2012 when the band released their self-titled debut, which quickly became an underground hit and sold out of multiple vinyl presses in a matter of months. A year later, the band officially signed to Relapse Records. After a steady touring schedule, the band collaborated with Richmond brethren Cough on a split entitled Reflection of the Negative, which was released on Relapse in April 2013. Pitchfork deemed the split WINDHAND’s “best music to date,” and the record’s positive critical reception helped pave the way for WINDHAND to release the … [Read more...] about Windhand • rock, psychedelic, metal • Satan’s Satyrs
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YOB bio: Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, YOB has achieved legendary status in recent years due to their unmatched aesthetic and incredible body of work. Formed in 1996 in Eugene, Oregon under the leadership of doom metal mastermind Mike Scheidt on guitars and vocals, the group initially released a three song demo tape in 2000 that garnered them international attention. Drawing comparisons to groups like Neurosis, Sleep and Electric Wizard, YOB succeeded in developing modern sounding doom metal that hearkened back to the classics. In 2002, YOB released their debut album Elaborations of Carbon followed by Catharsis in 2003, a three song record that clocked in at a colossal 50 minutes. The buzz about YOB was beginning to grow and the trio began to tour more extensively. Remaining quite prolific during this period, YOB continued to release an album each year with The Illusion of Motion coming in 2004 followed by The Unreal Never Lived in 2005. Despite all the momentum, YOB … [Read more...] about YOB • Acid King • doom metal, stoner • Chrch • drone
For the first couple years, members came and went, creating a bit of a revolving door around guitarist and vocalist Neil Hernandez.Then, the band changed its name from Black Sea Voyage (not bad) to Voideater (very cool).And somewhere along the way, Hernandez expanded the band from a two-piece to a trio with the addition of David Saylor on drums and Arthur Kitching on bass.Which is good, because the songs on Voideater’s new EP Alchemy of Man are heavy. Not heavy like two-man-attack heavy. We’re talking deep, dark, psychedelic sludge-doom, the kind with an army of serrated guitars and drum beats that thunder and bass lines that’ll dig a trench in your chest.At four tracks that run more than 22 minutes long, Alchemy of Man is almost an album ... but not quite. Whatever it lacks in length, however, it makes up for with density of doom and clarity of vision. It’s those two qualities that make Voideater an exciting, up-and-coming presence in Denver.Before the band … [Read more...] about Voideater on Astrophysics and Doom Metal
click to enlarge Jen Cray Royal Graves at the Patio THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND Doom on the Patio, May 1 It sure was nice being back out at the Patio for a show again, really one of the best, most underrated places downtown to experience live music. Even better was seeing Doom on the Patio, a great themed riff (see what I did there?) on Marshal Rones’ Best of Orlando award-winning Punk on the Patio live series featuring heavy, heavy grooves, man. click to enlarge Jen Cray Electric Dawn at the Patio POTP has always been flexible about its concept, seldom sticking to just punk. And this chapter wasn’t all by-the-numbers doom. But most typifying the night’s motif was Electric Dawn, an Orlando trio steeped in the tradition. click to enlarge Jen Cray Electric Dawn at the Patio click to enlarge Jen Cray Electric Dawn at the Patio With all the stoner fantasy oozing from their prog tendencies, their name just begs to be elaborately sketched … [Read more...] about Punk on the Patio goes doom with Electric Dawn, Royal Graves and Fighting the Silence
click to enlarge Jaime Monzon Art Villarreal, James Rivera and Robert "Bobdog" Catlin (left to right) perform with the South Texas Legion supergroup at TexPop's Metal Mayhem show. Guitarist Art Villarreal discovered just how big the legends of S.A.’s ’80s heavy metal scene loomed when Karion, one of his bands from that era, reunited a few years ago to play Germany’s Keep It True Festival. In the crowd of 3,000 metalheads, he spotted t-shirts for old-school Texas bands like Militia and S.A. Slayer, another of his old outfits. But the fans he met weren’t just familiar with the names of the bands he played in 30 years ago. They also traded their unreleased demo recordings on the Internet. “I had a Portuguese kid come up and ask what we had in the water down here,” Villarreal said. “He knew about bands from the late ’70s that I didn’t think anybody outside of here had ever heard of. He knew the demos I’d played on. We … [Read more...] about San Antonio Was Once the ‘Heavy Metal Capital of the World.’ Will It Ever Be Again?