It’s been quiet around here lately because work has been a beast and I haven’t had a lot of time for listening to records. Don’t cry for me, Argentina, I’ll get back on the horse soon enough. Instead of a long-overdue review for today, I wanted to bring up this great, two-day festival we’ve been invited to play this summer.
The folks over at the Doomed & Stoned blog have been steadily expanding their reach and influence and this July will see the first officially sanctioned event here in Ohio. The brainchild of Black Spirit Crown’s Dan Simone (also a D&S contributor) and all around rocker and bass-playing professional Bill Govan is being held Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 22nd at the Buzzbin Art & Music Shop in downtown Canton, OH. The event is being presented by Akron’s own EARTHQUAKER DEVICES, so you can expect to see and hear plenty of pedals to try and buy between getting your ass handed to you by rock bands.
Across these two days in July, twenty-four block-rocking bands will take to the stage and perform their concussion-inducing riffs. Actually – it’ll be two stages: one outdoor, tented stage, and the normal venue stage within Buzzbin. Hot!
Check out the finalized line-up and a copy of the poster (by Joel Chastain from Matter of Planets) below!
July 21 – Day 1
Monastery – Stoner/Doom Metal from Cleveland. It’s my first time seeing these guys and I’m curious to see what they’re capable of. The kids are the future, man.
DoomChrist – You know what’s hot right now? Harsh noise. You know, people with tables full of pedals and tone generators and noise makers and all that crap. Well, DoomChrist is just that, a doom influenced noise duo sure to harsh your mellow and smother your hopes and dreams. Fun!
Cult of Sorrow – Doom Metal from Cincinnati. I don’t know anything about these guys, but the name is cool. Come get sad, together!
DeathCrawl – Sludge from Cleveland. We might play some new songs if I can convince the other guys any of them are ready enough to be tested live.
Black Spirit Crown – Heavy Doom Metal from Cleveland. Frontman Dan Simone is responsible for this party, so you better make sure you’re in attendance in time to check out his band. As is the sad trend here, this will be my first time seeing them.
Matter of Planets – Sci-Fi Post Metal from Columbus. We’ve played with these dudes a couple of times now and it’s always a fun set of intricate tunes that pack plenty of punch.
Night Goat – Noise Rock from Canton. The sole “home town” band on the bill, this band is dishing out all that AmRep style nastiness you desire.
Enhailer – Sludge/Stoner/Doom from Akron. We’ve played a ton with Enhailer. They’re in an almost constant state of evolution, but their current line-up is their most fierce yet and not to be missed.
Maharaja – Sludge from Dayton. Whoops, this will be my first time seeing this band. Can’t wait!
Bridesmaid – Instrumental Hard Rock (Awesomeness) from Columbus. I’ve said it many times before, but Bridesmaid is one of my all time favorite bands. They are playing SATURDAY (not Sunday like the initial poster stated). They will rule, and I will drool.
Pale Grey Lore – Heavy Psychedelic Doom Rock from Columbus. These guys are hitting it pretty hard and heavy as of late, but of course this will be my first time seeing them. Pumped.
Weed Demon – Doom/Stoner/Sludge from Columbus. I don’t know these guys, but I have a feeling that they really love marijuana. Whether you do or not, I bet their riffs are killer.
Horseburner – Sludge/Stoner Metal/Rock from Parkersburg, West Virginia. Horseburner rules. They’re the real deal, stoner-metal band you’ve always wanted to hear. The power of early Metallica with the swagger of a drunken master.
Howling Giant – Rock from Nashville, Tennessee. I don’t know Howling Giant, but they’re driving all the way up from Nashville so you better stick around and check them out. I know I will!
July 22 – Day 2
Reflex Machine – Noise Sludge from Columbus. I love noise rock and I love sludge, so there’s a good chance I might love this band. How about you?
Urns – Doom Metal/Sludge from Pittsburgh. I don’t know anything about Urns and this will be my first time seeing them. Neat.
Sweaty Mammoth – Sludge Metal/Hard Rock from Akron. These guys are also constantly working and putting the time in. I can’t wait to see them with Mike Shea on second guitar for the first time.
supercorrupter – Hard Rock/Stoner Punk/Sludge Rock from Cuyahoga Falls. We’re gonna play some new stuff and maybe dig way back in the catalog and let rip a few of the nastier Gingerdead Men songs.
Blackwater – Sludge/Stoner/Doom from Cleveland. Once again, I’m dreadfully unaware of this band.
goosed – Heavy Metal from Akron/Randolph. They use only the best blanks for their shirts and their logo is ace. Be the envy of your entire neighborhood by buying a goosed shirt at this event. Also, be ready to bang your head cause these dudes got riffs on top of riffs and they don’t give any effs.
Contra – Instrumental Stoner/Doom Riff Rock from Cleveland. We’ve shared a ton of bills with Contra and they never fail to deliver. They’ve got memorable riffs, nasty tones, and straight-up kick out the jams.
Pillärs – Stoner Punk/Doom/Sludge/DBeat from Cleveland. I’ve said it before, but it bares repeating, Pillärs is one of the best bands coming out of the region at the moment. If you haven’t seen them, this is a heck of a place to catch them for the first time.
Close The Hatch – Post Metal from Dayton. I’m not familiar with this band either, but I can’t wait to see what they’re all about.
Silent Monolith – Stoner Rock/Doom Rock from Nashville, Tennessee. Day two sees another headliner from Nashville. Look, I think maybe this “music city” thing might be getting to Nashville’s head. All jokes aside, I’m new to this band as well and I’m excited to hear them up close and personal.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or vending at the event, send an email for more information to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, you can familiarize yourself with most (if not all the bands) by downloading and voraciously consuming the Doomed & Stoned in Ohio compilation from Bandcamp.