END OF THE WORLD PROMOTIONS PRESENTS
— END OF THE WORLD DEATHFEST —
Slamming Brutality from NORWAY
Welsh Death Metal
FEMALE NOSE BREAKER
Brutal Death Metal from SWITZERLAND
Scottish Death Metal
Kataplexia - Official
Brutal Death Metal from FINLAND
*UK EXCLUSIVE & DEBUT*
Drunken Brutal Death Metal from London(ish)
Cornish Death Metal Groove
Doors open at 16:00
First band on at 16:30
The Black Heart in association with United Talent Agency proudly present:
THOMAS WYNN & THE BELIEVERS
Tickets: £10 (adv)
The Black Heart
2-3 Greenland Place
London NW1 0AP
Meet Thomas Wynn & The Believers, an American band with a striking new organic rock record about building a better life, a life you really believe in. Named #1 Rock Band and #1 Country/Folk Band in the city for seven consecutive years by the Orlando Weekly, Thomas Wynn & The Believers are breaking beyond the Southern rock scene with the release of their new album, Wade Waist Deep, their Mascot Label Group debut.
The record is packed with the facts that make American music timeless—the deep Southern heat of the guitars, the complex, pulsing rhythms, and the male-female vocal harmonies that sound like only a brother and sister can. Breathtakingly in-sync with his vocalist sister, Olivia Wynn, Thomas Wynn sings about overcoming fear to become the person you were meant to be. Wynn, who fell in love with The Band’s first album Music from Big Pink in his early teens, while his peers were into Green Day, brings classic country rock and soul into the new century with tunes that evoke the best of CSNY, Levon Helm, and John Prine.
Scruff of the Neck presents
Romances are indicative of what makes their hometown of London beautiful - International multiculturalism, freedom, expression, creation and rock and roll.
Guitar driven, arid soundscapes with an energetic groove smothered in unique vocal harmonies and original lyrics
LISTEN: (Used only for demos) https://soundcloud.com/user-170957719
"“Swaggering blues rock from an outfit who sound more like their from the Mississippi Delta than London.” - Time Out
The heinous love-child of Morrissey and Noel Gallagher...on a bad day.
Chaos Theory presents THE FACEMELTER ft
A Sudden Burst Of Colour
Get a taste of some of the freshest sounds from the post-rock, post-punk and math rock scenes, with three projects fusing familiar sounds in new ways.
A Sudden Burst of Colour
Hailing from Motherwell, Scotland, this quartet captures fans of electronic, ambient, dance and rock music with their soundscapes and encapsulating songwriting. Their sound is bright, shimmering and generally uplifting.
Their recent single "I Am The Storm" was premiered on Daniel P. Carter's BBC Radio 1 Rock Show and they're currently in pre-production for their forthcoming album, which is due for release at the end of the year
The instrumental quartet have four globally acclaimed EP releases under their belt, which is evidenced by features from BBC Introducing, The Scotsman, Earmilk (USA), Arctic Drones (Turkey), Stereofox (Germany) and many more, so this is a good time to catch them before they break into the wider world.
''Atmospheric, warming, ethereal, uplifting" - Punktastic
"A whole, a fun and meditative frolic through realms of bright notes and fuzzy ideas." - Heavy Blog Is Heavy
A moody, almost post-punk Slint-like sound from this Bristol-based band, who've been making ripples in the math rock scene already, with a set at ArcTanGent Festival and recent support slots with Axes, Poly-Math and I, The Lion.
Their debut album "Aeons" was included in Fecking Bahamas' Top 50 albums of 2018, so we can't wait to see what these guys can do live!
"Unassuming, slow-build instrumentals delivering highest rewards" - Echoes And Dust
"While the music is still played with a technical brilliance, there is a warmth to the bands sound that definitely makes the stand out" - Circuit Sweet
A rare gig from the soloist, who creates layers of tight guitar melodies and riffs by looping them over and over again, before sitting down at his drum kit and smashing out some fantastic rhythms to them.
The range of dynamics and changes he achieves, as well as his ability to make the entire piece a coherent tune from start to finish, is astonishing.
We've seen him perform around the country, including at ArcTanGent and at our late night Facemelter with Poly-Math and EVILLOOKINGBIRD, so we're glad to see him make a return.
"An extraordinary maelstrom of soundscapes, loops, beats and power" - Louder Than War Magazine
Old Empire in association with Artery Global proudly present:
'Frightened' album release show
Download new track 'Petrograph' now:
"Finally we are able to bring our new music to the live arena. This is our night to exhibit, in its purest form, the new material from FRIGHTENED our 3rd album. Collaborating once more with Old Empire we are building our set for the night which promises the new, the old and the unexpected. Voices know that London understands our plight. Come share the love, hate and twisted dreamworld with us together, as one."
Scruff of the Neck presents
"An exciting, different sounding duo. I can’t wait to hear what’s next!!" - Down The Front
Soaring! Stiring! Shimmering! These guys are the real deal. - Andrew Lukiwski, Time Out
Merging anthemic choruses and catchy hooks with challenging, interesting and admittedly cynical lyrics on 21st century life and zeitgeists
Eradication Booking Agency presents..
FRIDAY 13TH DEATH METAL MASSACRE featuring...
DYGORA (co-headline) **EP LAUNCH SHOW**
MAGOGMAGORE (new album out now) https://www.facebook.com/magogmagore/?fref=mentions
DEMOCRATUS (London debut)
N.B. Sadly Cenotaph can no longer make these dates in the UK. Refunds have been issued but the show will continue at a new lower price with the above lineup. This will be Dygoras final show so it's gonna be a killer one to attend!!
Wychhound are a genre defying band. A band you cant cage or define. There are no walls or rules here... Wychhound draw on each others influences to create their unique blend of heavy melodic riff-laden tunes, that will take you on an unforgettable journey... With their debut self-titled EP, sonically captured by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Cathedral, Electric Wizard, Ghost) in tow, Wychhound are here.
BUTCHER IN THE FOG:
A no nonsense heavy band from London, taking elements from metal, rock, punk and noise, sticking it together and getting on with it.
Based out of London, England, heavy three-piece Mountains take the threads of stoner, prog and grunge and weave them together into a tapestry of huge. Applying the dynamics and emotion of early 90’s alt to a hefty desert groove, theirs is a sound both familiar and new. Mountains sit comfortably in both the stoner and alternative scenes and with ‘Dust in the Glare’ they have carved out an ambitious message of intent.
Church of Cat presents:
✞ Tokyo Blade - Heavy Metal, UK
After last year's sold out London show, Tokyo Blade are BACK! and releasing a new album -with the original line-up for the first time since 1984!
We will be showcasing the new album before they go on stage and they will be playing pretty special set list containing both old and new material- you're in for a treat!
Tokyo Blade, from Salisbury, originally formed as White Diamond in 1979 before solidifying at Tokyo Blade in 1982. They are one of the key bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal era with three classic albums from the early 80s and they're still fantastic live. Unleash the beast!
✞ Seven Sisters - Born in the depths of West London, Seven Sisters are a four-piece band forged from the same steel as the NWOBHM acts of yesteryear.
They combine a love for story and folklore with virtuosity and epic atmosphere. Over the course of the album there are twists and turns that take you on a journey embellished with melody, ferocity, and twin lead guitars to create a sound that, although familiar, is Seven Sisters' alone. It can only be described as heavy metal, but it is much more than that and is sure to cement Seven Sister’s place in the thriving metal scene.
HOT VOX presents
Different People are a 4 piece alternative rock band from Essex, blending rock with a punk spirit, heavier moments akin to the 90's grunge scene and with massive soaring melodies. Formed in the early part of 2014, the band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Matthew Whitta, lead guitarist Lee Sambridge, bassist Alissa Owen, and drummer David Nolan. The band soon began making a name for themselves on the Essex and London live circuit with their high energy live sets and engaging performances, supporting Scouting For Girls in November of 2014. After forging an alliance with Backwater Channel Records the band released their debut EP in 2016 entitled Picture Perfect which was followed up in 2017 with a special 2-track release featuring the songs 'Best Before/Used By' and 'Ain't To Fade (acoustic)'. The band have since returned to the studio where they have been busy crafting new material for 2 brand new EP's scheduled for release in 2018.
Oak and Trevor's Head present another succulent day of riffage featuring the cream of the UK stoner/doom/psych/sludge underground!
The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell
Desertscene in association with Sound of Liberation are proud to announce the desert rock innovators, Yawning Man, will be coming to The Black Heart, London on 29th July 2018.
Born among the sand dunes of La Quinta, California in 1986, Yawning Man struck up the perfect sound for their surroundings; raw, flowing and psyched-out. Often playing generator parties deep in the desert, their open air jams made a huge impact on many who went on to lead the stoner rock scene. Brant Bjork, for one, has proudly stated Yawning Man are the greatest band he's ever seen.
As if it wasn't impressive enough that they inspired many of the founding fathers of the stoner rock scene, they managed to gain their reverence without a single release for almost twenty years. The band's first official releases - the Pot Head EP and Rock Formations - dropped in 2005, confirming to the wider scene what they'd already been told; Yawning Man jam hard. Adding to that catalogue with 2016's fantastic Historical Graffiti, they continue to be one of the most exciting bands in the underground thirty years in.
Scruff Of The Neck presents Club SOTN ft
Some have said we're half way between Grunge and Soul.. Some have said we're plain Rock n' Roll..
"With their raw riffs and politicised lyrics, Concrete Caverns epitomise the attitude and pure essence of punk music perfectly. Their sharp licks of spirited punk rawness blend with a riotous youthfulness, giving the band a sparked demeanour."
Brixton-based alternative rock band Silent Fiasco craft music with complexity: their signature blend of cultures and ambivalence to genre cumulates in a dynamic, atmospheric sound that breaks the mould.
Climb the Attic
"""Dynamic rocknroll with a high melody quotient shades of Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro but also trace elements of Classic rock a-la Thin Lizzy, fine work”
"A guttural, groove-laden bruiser that adds an accessible sheen to crushing riff-filled metal. Perfect for 'Emperor Of Sand' fans." 8/10 Metal Hammer
"Melodic metal with huge slabs of sludge riffs" Iron Fist
"Deep and dark sludge metal with superb dual vocals" 9/10 Power Play
Debut UK show! Pre-warm up to Bloodstock Festival
Featuring former members of December (Earache Records)
GODS OF HELLFIRE (Ex Lazarus Blackstar)
WOVEN MAN (Ex Acrimony)
Desertscene in association with SOUND OF LIBERATION proudly present:
The Atomic Bitchwax
plus support TBA
August 8th 2018
Advance tickets: £12
The Black Heart
3 Greenland Pl, Camden Town
Formed in 1993 and originally starting life as a jam band, The Atomic Bitchwax have grown into one of the signature bands of the stoner rock scene. Celebrated for their tripped out licks and driven songwriting, TAB's influence on the noughties stoner scene is undeniable. From those opening few distorted seconds of 'Stork Theme' on 1999's self-titled, right through to the closing moments of the groovy as all hell 'Liv a Little' from last year's Force Field, Bitchwax have always brought the killer stomp.
Throughout their first four releases - the numbered years - Bitchwax made their presence felt by writing timeless anthems for the scene, from 'Shit kicker' to 'Liquor Queen' to 'Hey Alright'. In 2011, they released The Local Fuzz, a sprawling monument to the riff of almost preposterous proportions; an experimental 40 minute instrumental track of over 50 riffs that pushed TAB further out into the reaches of psych than any of their previous recorded work. By the time last 2015's Gravitron and last year's Force Field rolled around though, Bitchwax were back to their traditional style whilst holding on to the intensity of their previous album.
The Atomic Bitchwax are fuzzy, psychedelic 70s worship with the killer solos to prove it.
'Theres two things you need to know about I Am Giant.. one.. they're awesome. and two.. they're awesome' Daniel P Carter - Radio 1 Rock Show
“I Am Giant are one of the must see bands of the day. With big songs and an energetic stage show these guys are ones to keep an eye on for sure.” Big Cheese Magazine
'I Am Giant are without question capable of having their name held with the big players in the hard rock genre”. KillYourStereo
Over the last decade, I Am Giant have dominated mainstream rock radio in New Zealand and wowed some of the biggest festival audiences around the world with their melodic alternative rock anthems. And although they’ve had a phenomenal impact on their home country, I Am Giant’s journey is one that has played out on a global scale, with all the sweat, guitar fuzz, and onstage mayhem you could hope for in a rock and roll story.
Since releasing their first EP City Limits / Neon Sunrise in 2010, I Am Giant have taken their music through Australia, Asia, the UK, and Europe. They have headlined festivals in Poland alongside the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, 1979, Outkast, and Limp Bizkit, performed at Skate and Surf events throughout the UK, Europe and Asia, rocked the Viper Room in Los Angeles, and shared stages in Singapore with the Stone Temple Pilots and Guns N’ Roses guitar hero Slash. That’s all without mentioning Australia, where they toured extensively and rocked the Big Day Out in Sydney twice plus their epic nights in Vietnam and Bali, or the love shown to them by the likes of Zane Lowe (when he was at BBC Radio One) and Kerrang! Magazine and Radio in the UK.
With their third album ‘Life in Captivity’ just released, the band are pleased to announce their Europe album release tour along with their new single ‘Don’t Look Back’.
With ‘Don’t Look Back’ I Am Giant found a way to honor the frenetic energy of their early days and the adventures that came with them while smoothing out the vibe and acknowledging that those days are days gone by. Some things can’t be recaptured, but they can be celebrated as they’ve never been celebrated before.
Bassist, writer and producer Paul Matthews says ‘"This is one of our favourite tracks off the new album and has a pretty sentimental tone and message. This also lines up with the fact that, I actually brought this song into the band when we formed and we have been playing around with it in different incarnations for 10 years now and finally got it right on this record.”
I Am Giant’s third album ‘Life in Captivity’ is available now in Europe on all digital platforms via AWAL and CDF Records in Italy.
Eradication Booking Agency in association with The Flaming Arts Agency presents..
The London return for black metal legends..
Eradication Booking Agency presents..
NOCTEM (Spanish blackened death metal legends)
ETHEREAL (Liverpool black metal)
AGRONA (Welsh black metal)
Eradication Booking Agency presents..
SADISM (old school death metal legends from Chile)
GRAVE DESECRATOR (satanic blackened death metal from Brazil)
plus special guests
RECRUCIDE (putrid metal from Santiago, Chile)
Like your Blues with a lot of Rhythm and your Rock with a lot of Roll?
BIG BOY BLOATER & THE LIMITS bring their much-celebrated brand of R&B with a modern twist to The Black Heart to showcase songs from their brand new album ‘PILLS’ plus a few much loved classics from the critically acclaimed album ‘LUXURY HOBO’.
Bring your dancing shoes and be ready for tales of swamp monsters, stalkers, betrayal, conspiracy, robot lovers + more set to an infectious beat, with world class guitar, and a vocal that has not only been compared to a cross between Tom Waits and Howlin' Wolf but has been voted as one of the ‘top 100 blues vocalists of all time' in a poll by readers of The Blues Magazine.
The band were also nominated in this year’s ‘Vive Le Rock’ magazine awards as ‘Best Roots Act’ along with Madness and The Selecter. He already has countless celebrity fans including Imelda May, Jools Holland, Craig Charles and more, and the general public are catching on fast so don’t miss this show before he takes off for superstardom!
"One of the great blues men of our time" – JOOLS HOLLAND
"I'm a massive fan of Big Boy Bloater" – IMELDA MAY
"Bloater's a phenomenal guitarist" – MARK LAMARR
"Big Boy Bloater and the Limits have a style that swings and an off-kilter sense of humour. The result is hugely entertaining, and the packed tent shows an appreciation for this bright and flowing set" -CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE
“The Big Boy with the big talent and the superb band is a unique artist. On form, like they are here, the three of them know no limits”. – MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC
Dead Infection - Gore grind legends from Poland, who promise to bring a vicious slice of grind.
Basement Torture Killings - 10 years and 1 day since their debut show the psychos once again hunt victims at The Black Heart
Pestifer - Old school blackened death metal from Porto, Portugal. Like fast up tempo DM in the vein of Morbid Angel and Angel Corpse? Then these are for you.
Mutilated Judge - Gory Gore Grind from the Basque Country, are you ready to be judged?
Strangle Wire - We once again welcome this awesome band from Ireland, old school death metal with brutal hooks and grove. One of the best bands from Belfast.
Black Skies Burn - You know who they are, raging grind from the suburban metropolis that is Didcot
Gout - Londons finest purveyors of party grind!
Subservience - Blistering death metal from the South Coast, check them out you won't be disappointed.
Scruff of the Neck presents
Demons of Ruby Mae
Leicester multi-instrumentalists Jonny Gavin and Adam Rowley producing a ‘beautifully haunting and deeply evocative sound’.
"“Exciting new act” - About to Blow
“Ones to watch” - GetIntoThis"
SCRUFF OF THE NECK
“Making waves we shouldn't ignore” - Hattie Pearson, Key 103 & ex-Radio X
"Super-cool imprint” - Manchester Evening News
“Scruff are proving themselves to be instrumental in bringing forward new talent" - Louder Than War
“A one-stop-shop for getting acts to the next level” - Ben Ryles, DHP Family
"Discovering and developing some great talent in Manchester and beyond, it’s exciting to be working with them" - Joe Vesayaporn, Music Glue
ADVANCE TICKETS: £8
AGE POLICY: 18+
DOORS: 7:30 PM
CURFEW: 11:00 PM
Blastphemous Productions presents
The first ever UK show from:
CARNIVORE DIPROSOPUS -- (COLOMBIA)
ATAUD -- (UK)
ANOXIDE -- (UK)
INFECTED DEAD -- (UK)
Naxatras is a hard psychedelic rock band from Thessaloniki. Their music consists of dynamic rhythmic motifs, dream melodies, heavy riffs and trippy guitar solos, all with a strong 70s atmosphere and aesthetics.
Ohio's Fistula have been pumping out a thick torrent of lumpy sludge since their debut full-length Hymns of Slumber in 2001. Built on a foundation of rage and groove, Fistula dwell mostly amongst the bleak but will often emerge from the shadows with a bouncy hook out of nowhere. Equally prevalent through their sound is a vein of hardcore - sludge's swifter cousin - giving the band an energy which radiates under the gloom of a genre built on slow. Through a gargantuan output that includes eight albums and double the splits, Fistula have ever been an explosion of dark matter, destroying everything it touches.
Grime might just be the heaviest thing to come out of Italy and that's not hyperbole. Sludge in the strictest sense, but not without weighty influence from black metal, Grime let loose an almost unfathomable wave of power; not only are they shaped by their blackened approach to vocals, but also the sheer weight behind the wall of thunderously chugging riffs punctuated by southern metal groove.
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Morbid Tales is a trash metal band from Transylvania founded back in 1992. After a break of several years, it was reunited in 2016. Morbid Tales participated at several festivals and concerts in Romania, Hungary and Turkey, with performances featured in the media. Their style with progressive elements, elaborated guitar solos and lyrics is much appreciated by music critics.
Eradication Booking Agency in association with Fightback London / Sounds Like London presents..
ZORNHEYM (Swedish symphonic black/extreme metal featuring past members of Dark Funeral and Scar Symmetry)
ANTE-INFERNO (yorkshire black metal)
THE PINK SLIPS glide ferociously into the Black Heart for an intimate pre-Download performance ahead of various upcoming European shows alongside the likes of Guns N' Roses, L7 and more.
“Pink Slips define their sound as a fusion of ‘synth-pop, punk, dance, and vintage rock n’ roll,’ and are fronted by a genuine star in the making: GRAVE.” – Team Rock
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Live Nation present
THE PINK SLIPS
Playfulness and danger. It’s a wall of sound, behind bare-naked confessionals, infused with biting social satire and calls to self-empowerment.
Led by Grace McKagan’s clever and powerful alter-ego, Grave, The Pink Slips are armed with all of the glamour and weapons of the past, ready to smash through the disillusionment of the future, while ensuring it’s a revolution we can dance to. It’s Ziggy Stardust, Alice Cooper, and CBGBs in spirit, while altogether modern in sound.
The Pink Slips cut their teeth in legendary Hollywood venues like The Troubadour and the Viper Room, well before the band’s members could legally drink at the bar.
Grave is carving a rapidly coalescing identity as a fierce provocateur, crafting new music together with collaborator and producer Isaac Carpenter (AWOLNATION). Beats, guitars, and synths enthrall and tantalize behind Grave’s voice. As Glide observed, “The way McKagan turns her phrases purrs more venom than syrup.”
Invoking the pin-up appeal of ‘50s American rock, the sleek shimmer of ‘60s French pop, the unrelenting energy of ‘70s punk, and the dark romanticism of ‘80s new wave in equal measure, The Pink Slips have arrived at something uniquely modern, shining a timeless creative light through a prism of youthful immediacy and potency.
The Pink Slips are unafraid to embrace the poppy sheen of the solo Paul McCartney, the big choruses of Lady Gaga, and the boundary pushing energy of Marilyn Manson, all underscored with the urgent feminism of Bikini Kill. Songs like “Gimme,”“I’m Ready,” “Hello Heaven,” and “Danger” are an exciting mix of Blondie, Nico, The Kills, with a reverence for the primal fury of Iggy Pop and the transcendent harmony of David Bowie.
The music and stage show of The Pink Slips is a siren call to the outcasts, a celebration and glorification of the underdogs and the disenfranchised everywhere. Grit, authenticity, electricity – The Pink Slips is for anyone who thirsts for freedom of expression, freedom to love, and the true unity to be found in vibrant diversity.
Punk, hard rock, and high-minded fashion courses through Grave’s blood, an energy she summons and releases with every performance, sharing encouragement and catharsis with the audience. The music of The Pink Slips is where confidence, love, and unapologetic individuality converge.
Scruff of the Neck presents
Intense and unique - Nambucca
Formed in Peckham, the group fuse psychedelia with soul, pop melodies with the lush, effects-laden sound of shoegaze - Clash Music
Melodious but raw vocals, incisive but subtle riffs. The energy of the Arctic Monkeys mixed with the harmonies of the Strokes
CHRIS LARSEN EVENTS presents
IGNOCIDE: a prog/industrial metal project based in London influenced by Nine Inch Nails, Meshuggah and Hanz Zimmer.
HEIST AT FIVE: Hailing from London, UK, Heist At Five is an electronic influenced hard rock band that puts on an energetic live show that packs a punch.
AETHER - a progressive metal band who will give you a spectacular concert through dark lyrics and the combination of heavy guitars and ambient textures
Chaos Theory presents THE FACEMELTER ft
Archelon ('Tribe Of Suns' London album release show)
A super special edition of Chaos Theory's long-running night, as we see a southern album release, a UK debut tour pass through from Chile and the latest signing on Rockosmos.
A stunning post-metal and sludge band from Sheffield, who we saw just beginning to explode into their true selves last year.
Now a 5-piece band and with a powerful debut album under their belts, Archelon have reached a point where they have crafted a nuanced and textured sound, taking cues from Neurosis, Cult of Luna and Isis, yet standing out on their own.
Their album 'Tribe Of Suns' is out on 4th May via Sludgelord Records.
"Slow, raw, agressive, groove driven and undeniably heavy." - The Sludgelord
La Bestia de Gevaudan (Chile)
This South American band pass through the UK for the first time on their way from Dunk!festival in Belgium. Blending genres that many of us may be familiar with, such as post-rock, sludge, electronica, post-metal and hardcore, they somehow have created a sound not totally like anything we've heard from European and North American bands in the same scenes.
Having already opened for Neurosis, Ruins Alone, Deafheaven and thisquietarmy, it's time for the UK to catch up and discover something unconventional within a scene that the we know well.
Their forthcoming album 'Kintsukuroi' will be finished in the second half of 2018 and features Mike Armine (Rosetta) and Eric Quach (thisquietarmy).
"One of the most interesting proposals in the Chilean underground music scene" - Rockaxis
The latest band to join the roster for esteemed prog rock label Rockosmos, which already has many releases out for Amplifier, Awooga and Thumpermonkey.
A sumptuous throwback to some of the best grunge bands, so fans of Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and Alice In Chains are going to be overjoyed to hear them. Proof that some of our foundations can be pulled forward and made relevant again.
Desertscene are proud to announce that we'll be bringing two fine examples of the latest generation of doom from opposite edges of the US; Toke and Year of the Cobra will be bringing the best of low and slow to Camden's The Black Heart on 28th May.
Representing the East coast, Wilmington, North Carolina's Toke have been tearing up the US doom scene since 2014. Introduced via 2015's self-titled EP, a release which showcases the band's crunchy, fuzzed-out power, it was clear from the off that Toke are set to be major players of the downtuned sound. It's their 2017 debut full length Orange, however, which threatens to be a future classic in the heavy scene. From plodding opener Within the Sinister Void to the aggression of closing track Four Hours for Hours, Toke inject boatloads of energy into the often lethargic world of doom.
Further out West, in the Emerald City of Seattle, you'll find Year of the Cobra, who, as you'd expect from a near 3000 mile separation, bring an entirely different sound; hovering around the more psychedelic edges of doom, the duo of Year of the Cobra bring to mind Electric Wizard at their best. Groovy as all hell, their 2016 release ...In Shadows Below was one of the albums of the year and we cannot wait to see them perform live.
So for a night of diverse doom, book your tickets today for Toke and Year of the Cobra at The Black Heart on 28th May.
Old Empire proudly presents:
Age of Taurus
"The Colony Slain" Album Release Show
Tickets: £12 (adv)
The Black Heart
2-3 Greenland Place
London NW1 0AP
"Many centuries ago, when the world was slightly younger and a little less ravaged by time's unrelenting grasp, there existed a sprawling empire of unrivalled power. Yet, whilst its might and influence stretched across great oceans and through vast mountain ranges, its immense dominion was born not out of prosperity and industry, but from rampant fear and blind obedience…”
So begins the arcane tale behind The Colony Slain, the second full-length album from doom metal diehards Age Of Taurus. Nearly five years on from the release of acclaimed debut Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times, singer/guitarist and conceptual mastermind Toby W. Wright is ready to unveil a new, ultra-dramatic chapter in the turbulent saga of the Taurean Empire. Showcasing a new line-up featuring new bassist Leo Smee (With The Dead/ex-Cathedral) alongside Wright, drummer Darius Claydon and most recent recruit, guitarist Daniel Knight, The Colony Slain is the sound of a great band reborn in heavy metal glory.
“This record has probably been constructed a little differently this time around,” Toby explains. “Leo, in particular, has brought a huge amount of expertise where arrangements are concerned, as well as some next-level musicianship. His style of playing alone has allowed us to expand what we were doing before and to experiment a lot more with ideas that we maybe hadn't considered. He's also helped us to start introducing synths into the material, which is something I can see evolving further down the line. Daniel actually joined during the recording process but, again, his style of playing has been a fresh injection into our sound.”
Formed in 2009, Age Of Taurus have already established themselves as a doggedly unique force within the modern world of doom. Ever the stubborn mavericks, they have once again conjured a collection of songs that defy lazy notions of doom metal as a one-dimensional creative cul-de-sac. Still rooted in the rumbling sonic bedrock of Trouble, Candlemass and Sabbath but increasingly steeped in the gritty swagger of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and in thrall to numerous left-field, progressive ideas, songs like fiery opener Taken To The Tower and the rampaging In Dream We Die eschew the languorous repetition of much modern doom in favour of subtly elaborate song structures that proudly salute the spirit of old school heavy metal. With nods to everything from radio-friendly hard rock to gritty crossover thrash, The Colony Slain is a flat-out celebration of the metal code.
“I guess we'll always fit the doom metal tag in some sense but we've always taken influence from a lot of different places and we were never really a slow doom metal band,” Toby notes. “Much of Trouble's material is faster, or at least mid-paced, and it's their sound that I feel best represents doom metal. This new album will almost certainly cement some of that sentiment, while also taking us away into different pastures. We've even created our own ‘Great Gig In The Sky’ moment, with some fantastic female guest vocals… Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, it ain't! Musically we've really cast off the shackles this time.”
Lyrically, too, The Colony Slain represents a bold forward step, as Toby’s tale of a malevolent empires, bloody uprisings and fearless heroes unfolds across 47 minutes of imperious bombast. Citing inspirations as diverse as prog gods Genesis, fantasy author Terry Pratchett and director John Carpenter’s The Thing, the frontman’s immersive and obsessive approach to new Age Of Taurus music has led to an album with great depth and substance to back up the songs’ muscular bravado.
As with their debut, The Colony Slain was pieced together in collaboration with esteemed studio guru Jaime ‘Gomez’ Arellano at his Orgone Mk. 2 Studio in Bedfordshire, with vocals recorded at Supervillain HQ in Wright’s hometown of Oslo, Norway, with Yusaf Parvez (Dødheimsgard) at the controls. The result is towering, riff-driven mini-epics like Beyond The Westward Path and To Seal A Mountain: refined but unstoppable bursts of authentic epic doom, delivered with phenomenal sonic heft and yet always sounding thrillingly raw, live and untamed.
“We chose Gomez, as we knew his new set-up was going to be killer and we shared the mindset that we could progress together,” Wright recalls. “Ultimately we wanted to make a heavy metal record that focused on weight of the songs, rather than just a very thick, bottom-heavy sound. Yusaf is a good friend and an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist and it was a pleasure to work with him, too. He takes wild leaps of faith when making music and he encouraged me to try everything that came into my head during the session.”
Rejuvenated and refocused, Age Of Taurus have returned from the wilderness bearing the most potent of gifts. Living, breathing, thunderous proof of doom’s timeless allure and the inspirational power of the riff, The Colony Slain brings past, present and future together in a riot of heartfelt heaviness and, as the story says, unrivalled power. A new age is dawning and this story never ends…
“Hopefully this album will strike a chord with those that are already familiar with Age of Taurus and, if we're lucky, it'll allow us to reach those that had maybe written us off as ‘just another doom metal band!’" Wright laughs. “This is a hard rock/heavy metal record and, in all honesty, some of the purists may struggle with parts of it but we’re very proud of it. With this record, I’d say that we've gained a greater understanding of what we want to achieve as a band.”
Eradication Booking Agency presents..
A night of death metal at The Black Heart featuring...
SABIENDAS (German death metal)
INFECTED DEAD (Kent death metal)
THE BLEEDING (London death metal)
It's Hard To Have Hope release show:
Everybody's favourite Bristolian Stadium-Crust band is now back! Equipped with a stunning sophomore album 'It's Hard To Have Hope' released via the best heavy label in the world... what more could you want? Check out the new single 'Unpaid Intern': https://svalbard.bandcamp.com/album/its-hard-to-have-hope
From the clean streets of Denmark, Møl have crafted their own brand of Blackened Shoegaze. Taking the shimmering tropes of Slowdive and seamlessly blending them with a sharp strain of Black Metal - this instantly deems them one of the best in the genre.
Group Of Man
Cable knit jumpers, beards and heavy riffs your bag? These veterans of Hardcore have been around the block a fair few times in various awesome bands (Hang The Bastard, Hammers, Pariso). Melding influences (consciously or otherwise) from The Bronx and Torche to Fleetwood Mac and even Slade, Group Of Man are a inherently fresh take on well-worn paths.
"Scandinavian hard rockers NIGHT and Demon Head unleash unleash their diabolic rock on the Black Heart for both bands UK debut! Glasgow's Midnight Force open up the night!"
HOT VOX presents
Camden in arguably the heart of live music in London and the heart of Camden is now Black! The Black Heart offers live music fans a friendly and authentic atmosphere right next to Camden Town tube station. It’s a cross between an American biker bar and a classic British rock pub, with awesome decor and a wide variety of local beers. HOT VOX showcases the very best in emerging talent with some of the most exciting bands currently gigging and on tour.
Rolled Up Sleeves
Prog rock and pronk giants The Fierce & The Dead launch their next album 'The Euphoric', with some special guests.
Opening the evening will be comic book artist Mark Buckingham, known for strips and illustrations for a British satire magazine called The Truth in the 1980s, where he first worked with Neil Gaiman, illustrating some of his articles. He's best known for his work on Marvelman, Hellblazer and Fables, including a story in the original graphic novel 1001 Nights of Snowfall. Tonight he'll open with a short acoustic set.
MASCOT RECORDS present
plus special guests
THE DUST CODA
Psychedelic trio DeWolff will be releasing their new album ‘Thrust’ on 4th May via Mascot Records and to celebrate this they will be playing a special show at The Black Heart, London on Tuesday 15th May, support comes from London rockers The Dust Coda.
Talking about coming over to play The Black Heart the band says; "After putting blood, sweat and tears and our hardest and best work ever in making our new album ‘THRUST’, we are freaking excited to come over to the UK and present it live in London! We played a couple of times in London before already, but are really looking forward to this one. And it's gonna be a special one, so join us on this great night together with The Dust Coda.”
Now staples in the Dutch Top 10 Album Charts, on the new album ‘THRUST’, they tackle contemporary social and political issues on ‘Deceit & Woo’ which was written on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration and they explore the political climate closer to home on the opening track ‘Big Talk’. ‘California Burning’ attacks todays loud mouth society, they tackle gambling on ‘Tragedy, Not Today’, dark undertones on ‘Swain’ and they approach the god of death on ‘Tombstone Child’.
They formed in the Netherlands’ Deep South of Geleen, when they were barely teenagers in 2007 by brothers’ Pablo (singer/guitarist) and Luka van de Poel (Drums) and Hammond organist Robin Piso. They have released 5 studio albums previously, all have catapulted them up the charts in their homeland. Whilst still in their teens they played the prestigious Paradiso in Amsterdam and took to the mainstage at PinkPop Festival in front of 10,000 fans, relentless touring followed, earmarking them as a formidable live act. Since then they’ve played to 30,000 at Lowlands Festival, 15,000 at Sziget, as well as Reeperbahn, Rockpalast, Rock Oz Arenas and supported The Black Keys, Blues Pills, Ten Years After, Deep Purple and count Seasick Steve as a fan.
They’ve played Castle’s throughout Europe, been invited to perform at a Russian millionaire’s birthday party in Berlin, they had bodyguards for a show on a Moscow rooftop and at a Biker festival just outside the city, they came face to face with unexpected pyrotechnics, nudity and watched fire spread across the stage during their set.
In 2017, the band celebrated their 10th Anniversary in fine style as they headlined their own DeWolffest to 3,500 fans with support from amongst others, Wolf People and Little Barrie. Ten years of being a band and wanting to produce your greatest record to date has made ‘THRUST’, a full representation of the DeWolff live experience incorporated with the in the studio experimentation. It represents the sound of rock ‘n’ roll in 2018; equal doses of anger, frustration, emotion and at times disillusion with the state of the world today and all delivered in a hooky and gloriously epic fashion.