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.
Conceived in 1996, this six piece orchestra of doom includes Jeff Morgan on drums, B. running the moog/vocals/samples, Kiffin Rogers on guitar, C.T. on vocals, Gravy on guitar, and John-Judkins on bass. There are elements of Rwake that remind me of Amebix, of Mastodon, of the Allman Brothers Band, and of nothing I have ever heard before. There is something twangy and definitely Southern about their groove, though I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe it is just the pace. They don’t seem like they are in a rush to get a song over with, but more likely to enjoy playing around the riff for a while.
This group writes progressive, complex and meditative music. Newer 11-minute missives like “It was Beautiful but Now it is Sour,” rise to desperate crescendos and then descend into depths of despair. Earlier recordings like “The Cat and the Snake” tread more within the confines of traditional doom with buzzing distortion and a heavy plodding beat. Lyrically, they remain philosophical and apocalyptic.
Rwake perfoms at the 2012 Maryland Deathfest on Sunday afternoon, May 27.
“Looking forward to the party! We’re gonna be around for the whole fest so let’s get irresponsible,” said bassist Parker Chandler.
Chill out and check out some of these tunes. They have a 40 minute set at MDF. Cough’s average song is 10 minutes long, so they will probably only play three or four songs. But what will be on their set list?
“Without giving too much away, we plan on playing a song we’ve never played live. Other than that, it’s all up in the air,” Parker said in an email.
Cough has shows scheduled before and after MDF. “We’re playing at The Bell House in Brooklyn with Yob on May 23rd. After MDF we start a tour with Dragged Into Sunlight that will take us down to Austin for Chaos in Tejas,” he said.
“We’ve got some beer coozies. We’ll also have some vinyl copies of our first record and our split with The Wounded Kings,” Parker said.
While a band like Backslider might be one of the fastest you’ve ever heard, Winter may be among the slowest. Even their faster songs, such as The Hour of Doom, are restrained by the low, echoing vocals of bassist John Alman. Drummer Joe Goncalves makes every beat deliberate and contemplative and guitarist Stephen Flam marinates every riff in sludge-y goodness. Just when another band might pick up the pace, Winter slows it down even further.
Winter disbanded for many years, reuniting only a couple of years ago to perform for festivals such as Roadburn. Apparently, like another famous (though fictional) New Yorker, Rip Van Winkle, they have awoken from long a Winter’s nap to find the music scene ready to receive them. Let Winter lull you into a pleasant, yet slightly disturbing, dream-like state on Sunday afternoon, May 27, at the 2012 Maryland Deathfest.
This band plays crushingly heavy, misanthropic sludge that rolls over you like a Panzer VIII tank. If they actually follow The Devil’s Blood on Saturday afternoon, May 26, of the 2012 Maryland Deathfest, as the running order indicates, then I will view them as a welcomed relief.
Noothgrush’s music is incredibly powerful, cathartic, melodic, trudging and emotive. And frankly sometimes that just feels really good. Why sweat to all the rush, rush of thrash metal? Why scowl and grimace to all the “serious business” and blast beats of black metal? Take a break. Catch your breath. Clutch some “invisible oranges” and enjoy a little Noothgrush with me. They released an album, Noothgrush, in the fall of 201l, and I love the album cover (shown right), which is apparently their take on the Seussian toothbrush menace.
Formed in 1994 in Oakland, California, the group’s current line-up includes Gary Niederhoff – bass/vocals, Russ Kent – guitars, and Chiyo Nukaga – drums. The group split up back in 2001 but have since reunited and are playing gigs here and there. Right before MDF X, Noothgrush will be on tour with Alderbaran in Europe. Check out their Facebook page.
The following song includes my favorite Richard Nixon quote ever.
My blogging oversight though, would be the least of Eyehategod’s worries. This band, and Williams, have persevered through drug addiction, Hurricane Katrina, temporary breakups, and now, most recently, a shunning by Scion A/V metal for who-knows-what. Drama, drama, drama. None of that really matters though because Eyehategod engenders the kind of ravenous and hardcore fan devotion that most bands can only drink themselves into believing they have.
And why is that? Well, just listen to them. Taking the best from bands like Black Sabbath, The Melvins and even some punk bands like Black Flag, Eyehategod grinds out distorted riffs and slamming rhythms that hypnotise the audience into a slow stoner sway. Unlike some stoner doom or sludge bands who use clean or traditional vocals, Eyehategod opts for the grindcore like screams and rants of lead vocalist Williams. And they don’t always keep the tempo at a snails pace, but will bust out a punk-inspired bridge in the middle of the slowest drone. Lyrically intelligent, Eyehategod explores violence, social unrest and personal emotional turmoil.
At one time a prolific “tweaker,” Williams now is a prolific tweeter. So if you are into Twitter, you can follow his commentary on society and all things related to Eyehategod and his side projects here. He has written a book called Cancer As a Social Activity. It’s powerful stuff that should be heard, so I have included a link to him reading from it below.
This stoner metal band was reportedly founded on the auspicious date of April 20, in 1988. Along with Williams, the current line up includes Jimmy Bower (guitars), Brian Patton (guitars), Gary Mader (bass) and Joey LaCaze (drums). According to the running order on the MDF X website, they play after Absu and before Agalloch.