Monthly Archives: January 2013

Eye of the Stone Goat 2 fest dooms Delaware

As if Delaware were not doomed enough, Snake Charmer Booking has announced a new doom metal music festival “The Eye of the Stoned Goat 2” for Saturday, February 9. Set at JB McGinnes Pub in New Castle, the show features 10 stoner rock and doom metal bands from the mid-Atlantic. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 5 p.m.

The festival line up includes Delaware locals Wasted Theory and Heavy Temple along with Maryland heavyweights Iron Man, Blackhand and Beelzefuzz. Pennsylvania acts include Wizard Eye, Clamfight, Skeleton Hands, Thee Nosebleeds and Pale Divine.

I spoke with festival organizer Brendan Burns, who is also the drummer for Wasted Theory, about why he decided to put on Eye of the Stoned Goat:

What was your inspiration for organizing this fest?
I wanted to do a smaller version of the Stoner Hands of Doom festival basically. I just love the idea of a three or four day long show where you can see so many great bands at the same time. So, it had occurred to me that between Delaware, Philly and Maryland, that I could do a miniature festival of my own, with some of my personal faves from the area. And that’s really what inspired me.

What was the first Eye of the Stoned Goat Festival like?
Last November I did a five band show at Mojo 13 in Wilmington with Black Cowgirl, Borracho, Wizard Eye, Wasted Theory, and Behind the Ghost. It was really just me testing the waters to see if anyone besides me enjoyed this type of music enough to fill a venue. The turnout was decent, not jam-packed like I was hoping, but decent. All the bands had a great time, and I just liked the name of the event so much that I decided to continue with it.

Tell me about the vendors. Why are you including them too?

When I decided I was going to do 10 bands on this bill, I really wanted to bring a festival-like vibe to it. All the festivals I’ve ever been too there’s always lots of great vendors doing some really cool stuff, and I wanted a little sample of that at my show. So, I decided I wanted some record labels to come sell their their records and swag and any other cool music inspired merchandisers. So, at this year’s event we have Anthropic Records and Dullest Records from Philly, Red Heart 13, which is a jewelry and photo type company, Useless Rebel Imaging will be there, he does amazing band photo’s, and DeadDave from DeadDavesRadio will be there.

What about the venue?

The venue is awesome, it’s at a bar called JB McGinnes, in New Castle, DE. It has a sound system that could rival the Trocadero (in Philadelphia) and is seriously one of the best places to have such a show. I think people are going to be blown away by how great the stage and sound really is there. 
What else do we need to know?
JB McGinnes Pub is located at 519 E. Basin Rd, New Castle, DE 19720.

Tickets for Eye of the Stoned Goat 2 are $10. You can find out more about Snake Charmer Booking events on their website or Facebook page. The website has tons of useful links to audio and videos fo the bands playing as well as to listings of nearby lodging and so forth.
Brendan says he is already looking into making next year’s ESG a two-day event, so if bands are interested in being considered they should contact him at

Corrections House live stream tonight from Miami

Corrections House at Metro Gallery 1/25/13

For those of you who were scared of a little snow last Friday to attend the performance of Corrections House at Baltimore’s Metro Gallery, the group presents a live stream tonight (January 30) at midnight, EST at this location. The show will be broadcast from Churchill’s in Miami, Florida. 

Corrections House is a “collective” of well known musicians from other groups including Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza). I recommend ponying up the pittance these venues will charge to see the actual show, but if they are not coming to your town, I suppose a live stream is ok. I believe a video stream will pale in comparison to the live performance, however. 
I have heard some criticism of this musical experiment. But I suggest approaching this group with an open mind. You are not going to see the bastard child of Neurosis and Eyehategod or any other permutation of the aforementioned groups these cats have been involved in. What you will see is the artistic expression of four super talented people who are stepping off of well worn paths to share their ideas of what music and poetry and sound and performance can be.
People these days spend a lot of time alone listening to music that was by created by people alone in studios. What Corrections House does is form a living organism comprised of a marriage of the performers and the audience.  Mike Williams said no two performances are exactly alike, and I believe that. 
I also DON’T recommend that you watch the somewhat pretentious video that was made for the group’s composition “Hoax The System”. I watched the video and I think it may have colored my expectations a bit too much. I would like to have unwatched it. Don’t even listen to the song. In fact, stop reading this blog post right now. No, just kidding because there is still a little bit more important info here. 
Here are the remaining Corrections House tour dates. If you care about the future of music or are just curious, I encourage you to go: 
1/30/2013 Churchill’s – Miami, FL [LIVE BROADCAST!]
1/31/2013 Crowbar – Tampa, FL
2/01/2013 529 – Atlanta, GA
2/02/2013 Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
2/05/2013 Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA
2/06/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
2/07/2013 Walter’s Downtown – Houston, TX
2/08/2013 Korova – San Antonio, TX
2/09/2013 Red 7 – Austin, TX
2/10/2013 Bryan Street Tavern – Dallas, TX
2/11/2013 Opolis – Norman, OK
2/12/2013 Hero’s – Fort Smith, AR
2/13/2013 Slowdown – Omaha, NE
2/15/2013 Moon Room – Denver, CO

Heavy Metal Chris recounts some of his favorite metal moments from 2012–like Chicken Man at MDF! Love it!

2012 has been a hell of a year here at, in the area’s metal scene, and in the world of metal overall. As usual around this time of year, I like to make a post with a wrap up of the things that have gone on throughout the year, or at least those that I can remember. This year has been’s best year by far for site traffic and numbers, and that is all thanks to you who keep reading this site and telling your friends about it. DCHM requires a lot of my time, and I don’t get paid for this, so if you want to donate some beer/camera gear money to me you can do so via Paypal (even if you don’t have a Paypal account) by going here.

In 2013 I’m planning on overhauling the venues page to have totally updated and more detailed…

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Patricia Thomas manages several bands I like. Here’s some news from one.


After 18 years, one EP and five full-length albums which have placed CREST OF DARKNESS firmly at the top of the Extreme Metal genre, the Norwegian masters are back with their most complete, extreme and intense release so far. The ten-track album, titled “In the Presence of Death”, is the band’s sixth full-length release and amply demonstrates that CREST OF DARKNESS are masters of the genre both in terms of writing and musicianship.  It is, in fact, an album that has been described by many as the very essence of Extreme Metal.

Track listing for “In the Presence of Death”, which is set for release on My Kingdom Music on the 25th February is as follows:

1. Intro
2. In The Presence Of Death
3. Demon Child
4. Redemption
5. The Priest From Hell
6. Welcome To My Funeral
7. Womb Of The Wolf
8. Vampire Dreams
9. From…

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Bands named for New England Metal and Hardcore fest

The 2013 New England Metal & Hardcore Festival have confirmed the dates and preliminary list of bands for this year’s annual event, so put in for your vacation days now. The festivities begin with a pre-party on April 18th, and the three official days of the fest following on the 19th, 20th, and 21st at The Palladium. Tickets for the event will go on sale next Wednesday, January 16th.


Suicidal Tendencies
After The Burial
Alpha & Omega
Antagonist AD
Ark Of The Covenant
Black Breath
Born Of Osiris
The Contortionist
Dead By Wednesday
Death Before Dishonor
Fit For An Autopsy
Holy Grail
I Declare War
The Mongoloids
Mother Of Mercy
Municipal Waste
No Mercy
Power Trip
Rude Awakening
Saving Grace
Shadows Fall
Suburban Scum
Those Who Fear
Trap Them
Twitching Tongues
Within The Ruins

Darsombra drone in Metro Gallery’s first show of 2013

Baltimore’s audio/visual mind-benders Darsombra perform Friday, Jan. 4 at Metro Gallery with the unpredictable duo Jucifer of Athens, Ga. and heavy hitting thrashers, Radical Discharge. Darsombra recently completed a quick European tour with Stinking Lizaveta and launched a new album Climax Community. If your New Year’s resolutions included expanding your mind, then tuning in and dropping out at this show would be a great way to start.


I listed Climax Community among my top albums of 2012, and for good reason. Guitarist Brian Daniloski uses multiple guitars and effects pedals to transport listeners to another auditory realm. His partner Ann Everton pairs his sounds with visual experiences that will make psycho-active chemicals seem quite unnecessary.  Released in October 2012, Climax Community is Darsombra’s first on the German label Exile On Mainstream. You can listen to a full stream of the recording at this link on Decibel Magazine.

Brian and Ann were willing to answer some of my inane questions. Their answers follow.

How did you come up with your specific sound? 
Brian: My sound was developed over a long time, by playing guitar and experimenting with effects pedals. Especially around the beginning of the century, I was trying to make one lone instrument sound like a whole band, or even an orchestra, and things just evolved from there. I was really inspired by the Thrones, Robert Fripp, and KK Null, at the time.

Why do you like to incorporate visuals into your show?
Brian: I’ve always enjoyed incorporating visuals into the live shows of the bands I’ve been in (Meatjack, and before that, Stranger Than Fiction), but with Darsombra, we’re taking it to the next level.
Ann: What that means is that we’re working with a sense of synergy. We’re finding ourselves in a symbiotic relationship–Brian makes the music, and then I make the videos in response to the music, and then he plays the music back in time with the videos–keeping time with them sort of the way a band keeps time with a drummer.

What was the European tour like? What were some highlights? 
Brian: The tour was a blast–it’s always fun to travel, see new places, make new friends, and catch up with old ones.
Ann: Also, it’s fun to examine the difference between Europe and America–it makes us realize things we want to change about how we live (i.e. no one has a clothes dryer, people bike a lot more than us for transportation, cars are smaller, toilet paper is smaller, people live smaller), but also appreciate things here at home (i.e. the multiculturalism that is inherent to America, despite our weird and often fucked-up history).
Brian: There were lots of highlights on that tour. I remember in particular being woken up in our hotel room in Stolzenhain, Germany, to the sound of The Obsessed rehearsing “The Way She Fly”–from all the way on the other side of the village, about a mile away, where the South of Mainstream festival was held.
Ann: I really loved our time in Luzern, Switzerland. After the show, the promoter fed us homemade chestnut parfait, and then we took a 3 a.m. visit to the neighboring barn to feed the cows. . . and then we went on a walk on the Wanderweg (a Swiss national hiking trail) behind the venue in the moonlight!

What was your goal in selecting the music for Climax Community?
Brian: I wanted the music to document and reflect where I am right now as a musician, and I wanted the album to be epic and expansive. This time around I’ve incorporated acoustic guitar and more vocals than previous efforts. Climax Community is a completely composed album, whereas our previous release in 2012, Mega-Void, was entirely improvised. I wanted to present two sides of Darsombra’s sound.

What’s coming up for Darsombra in 2013?
Ann: We’ve scheduled a tour in February, down to Austin and back to promote the new album. Also, we’ve possibly got another European tour in fall, and we’d like to start contacting people in Japan. We just moved to a new house with new studios so hopefully new music and videos will be coming forth in 2013, and, if there’s time, we’d like to get a quick tour in, before the end of the year on the moon.

Tickets to Friday’s Metro Gallery show are $8 on MissionTix.

Check out this video below. Winter tour dates after the jump.

DARSOMBRA Wintour 2013:
2/15/2013 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
2/16/2013 Blackout Effectors – Asheville, NC
2/17/2013 Wonderroot – Atlanta, GA
2/18/2013 Caledonia Lounge – Athens, GA
2/19/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
2/20/2013 TBA – Lafayette/Baton Rouge, LA
2/21/2013 The Dalzell House – Shreveport, LA
2/22/2013 Club 1808 – Austin, TX
2/23/2013 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR
2/24/2013 TBA – Memphis, TN
2/25/2013 Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN
2/26/2013 TBA – Harrisonburg/Charlottesville, VA

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