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Gorguts tears up Mojo 13 and our second podcast!

I don’t go to Delaware for shows that often. But when you are presented with the option of driving an hour and a half to Springfield, Virginia on a weekday night  or driving on hour and twenty minutes to Wilmington, Delaware on a Saturday night to see Gorguts, you pick Delaware. At least that’s what I do.

Gorguts is a technical death metal band from Quebec. They have been around since 1989, which is probably longer than many of their fans have been alive. My exposure to Gorguts came backhandedly because I listened to the German tech death group Obscura first and then later found out that they took their name from Gorguts album by that name. I felt late to the party.

This week, my podcast partner Derek and I traveled to Delaware to see Gorguts, Sapremia, Pale Existence, Lesch-Nyhan, Nightfire and Alustrium. This week’s podcast talks about that show and the new Gorguts album Colored Sands. Everyone seems to love this album. Find out what we think and then decide for yourself.  You can stream the album here on YouTube for reference. Check out some of the photos I shot in the gallery and leave your comments about what you might like to hear on the podcast in the future.

Here is a list of events we mention in the podcast:

9/11 Iron Man at Cafe 611

9/14 Beelzefuzz at Lallos

9/19 Day of the Beast at  The Sidebar

9/20-22 Stella Natura Fest

9/26 DC Heavymetal.com 4th Anniversary Party

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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 SnakeCharmerBooking@gmail.com.
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