Monthly Archives: May 2012
Don’t let the name mislead you. These fellows have been stellar house guests. What I am losing in sleep, I am gaining in amazing memories. Here is what Scruff and guitarist Tom McCombe, bassist Paul O’Shea, drummer Josh Harris and their sound engineer Laine Pearce-Rees have been up to, aside from cooking us dinner, consuming massive quantities of cheap been, and giving the dogs more attention than they get in a year. Watch below.
Come out to see them on Saturday, May 26 at 3:25 p.m., outside on Stage 2. More later. I have to get some sleep.
Founded in 1993, Electric Wizard consists of founding member Justin Oborn (Guitar & Vocals), Liz Buckingham (Guitar), Simon Poole (Drums) and Glenn Charman (Bass). Their music sounds like it’s being piped in from an earlier era. It is chockfull of fuzzy, psychedelic and distorted guitar riffs and droning bass. The group has taken their throw back aesthetic to the extreme, in that their entire 2007 album Witchcult Today was recorded on vintage equipment from the 1970s. Nothing says authentic like recording in analog.
Drugs and the occult form the basis of the group’s lyrical content. Even the Electric Wizard logo looks like the thick smoke billowing up from a pipe or bong. Hearing just a few chords of one of their songs makes me want to dig out my bell bottom jeans and fringed leather jacket, if I had them to dig out.
Electric Wizard is working toward releasing a new full-length album but until then, the group has issued a 7-inch single entitled “Legalise Drugs and Murder.” Their appearance at MDF is the group’s first trip to the US in more than a decade. I don’t know if they all have any kind of psychedelic slide-show back drop, but it would be kind of cool if they did.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Saint Vitus quite possibly invented doom metal. I won’t insult you or the band by attempting to recount their history over the last 30 odd years. You can read that all on the official Saint Vitus website.
What I will say is this. Their first new album in 17 years, Lillie: F-65, comes out just two days before the start of the 2012 Maryland Deathfest, where Saint Vitus will play outside on Sunday, May 27. They will play a few festivals in the US this summer, including the Scion Festival in Tampa and the Chaos and Tejas festival in Austin before heading over to spend the rest of the summer in Europe.
The group’s current lineup includes founders Dave Chandler (guitar) and Mark Adams (bass), on and off and now on again vocalist Scott “Wino” Weinrich and newest member Henry Vasquez on drums. I’ve seen Wino perform solo, but never with Saint Vitus, nor have I ever seen any incarnation of this band. As a newer fan of doom, I am particularly excited to catch their performance this year. Here is something brand new, as well as something old from these doom metal pioneers. Wino sings vocals on both.
As a band, Eugene, Oregon’s Yob can be just as unsettling. Grinding, doom-y guitar riffs, plodding and pulsing rhythms and other-worldly vocals make Yob’s sound memorizing. And as most of their songs are around 10 minutes long or much longer, they give you plenty of time to fall victim to their hypnotic charm. It is the perfect stoner metal. Given the right circumstances (ahem, if you know what I mean), you could still be hearing the sound of Yob for many minutes after a song actually has ended and not even realize it.
Yob is Mike Scheidt ( Guitar, Vocals), Aaron Reiseberg (Bass) and Travis Foster (Drums). They play the 2012 Maryland Deathfest on Sunday evening, May 27. Even without a bong in hand, you will probably enjoy them.
For whatever reason, Church of Misery likes to write songs about serial killers. But their sound is so 70s old school psychedelic that you will have to keep checking to make sure you are not listening to something recorded around the time of Black Sabbath’s first album. In addition, their live performances are reminiscent of Cathedral.
Founding member and bassist Tatsu Mikami earns a beer from me for his replies to my basic interview questions. He wears his bass slung so low on his hip that I am not sure how he manages to play it. But I guess that is his secret to success. Other current members include Junji Narita – drums, Kensuke Suto – guitars, and Hideki Fukasawa – vocals and analogue synthesizers.
“This is first time we will play the US. So we are prepared to play our ‘BEST’ set list including all three albums. All C.O.M fans surely will be satisfied!” Tatsu said.
Just before MDF, Tatsu said C.O. M. will be finishing their seventh European tour. This latest three-week outing included the UK, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. I know the Swedes were digging their sound, as this New Wave of Psychedelic Doom Metal is really popular there.
What special surprises will they have for deathfest attendees? “We will bring special T-shirts for MDF. It’s available only at MDF – very limited!” Tatsu said.
Church of Misery seems anxious to perform for America. “I would like to say – very sorry for keeping you waiting! We will be devastating all venues like GOZILLA!”