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Doom metal pioneers Saint Vitus returned to the state capital of Texas. Earlier in the year, the cult icons played SXSW as part of the “Metal Alliance Tour” with Helmet, Crowbar and other masters of the down beat. Many of the group’s hardcore fans, however, were shunned by SXSW in lieu of badge and wristband holders. St. Vitus original and hippie prototype, guitarist Dave Chandler cursed SXSW in between a song, confessing his displeasure with SX’s unfair practice. August 20, 2011 went down as a night not for industry elitists, but for true fans of stoner/doom and rock-n-roll in general.
Sabbath still provides, at least, a base for all hard rock/heavy metal bands of today. Some bands owe their entire existence to Black Sabbath. In fact, so many of these bands exist, even 40 years after the birth of Sabbath, that we have categories for these bands. Still, these bands seem a small part of the metal contingency when compared to the masses of black and death metal bands. In a town known for death metal blast beats and machine-gun-delivered punk vocals, it was nice to finally slow down the tempo.
While figure heads of the doom and stoner/doom movement, Saint Vitus deservedly took the lead, Austin’s masters of slow banging rounded at a lineup that was true to fans of this style. Mala Suerte came up first. These guys have a huge sound that borrows heavily from Sabbath and Cathedral, although they create tones with harshness owing to sludge. Singer Gary Rosas possesses a Lee Dorian-type stage swagger, dancing around the stage like an enthralled Dionysus follower. The group played a five-song set that elicited a strong crowd response. More...
One of the most comprehensive southern metal documentaries ever made is coming in 2010. Appropriately dubbed "Slow Southern Steel," the 80+ minute film is executive produced by Karim Khan (I'm Better Than Everyone Records) and directed by Rwake vocalist CT and David Lipke with the additional and integral assistance of George Hancock, Alix Petrovich and Beer Wolf guitarist Christian Sweeney (who will be releasing a paperback version of the production) among many others.
"Slow Southern Steel" peers into the world of true southern metal/doom through live footage and personal interviews; CT's devout commitment/knowledge/love of the topic at hand bringing the movie to life in a way few first-time directors can. Said CT about the laborious undertaking: "I knew there were things I could get out of these bands that other film makers could not." Added Khan, "There's just something very appealing to me about taking unyielding heavy songs and adding a strong southern element to them."
At press time, the film was still being shot and thus far, featured bands will include (in alphabetical order): A Hanging, ASG, Baron Grod, Beaten Back To Pure, Beer Wolf, Black Skies, Black Tusk, Blackblood Division, Blood Of The Sun, Collapsar, Colossus, Cough, Dark Castle, Deadbird, Dead-I-On, Dixie Witch, Doomsayer, Eyehategod, Flesh Parade, Haarp, Hawg Jaw, HOD, Hope And Suicide, Hostile Apostle, House Of Lightning, In The Lurch, Jucifer, Ketea, Khann, Kylesa, Mala Suerte, Music Hates You, Parasytic, Queen Beast, Royal Thunder, Rwake, Seahag, SeaWitch, Sourvein, Speedealer, Spickle, Suplecs, Subrig Destroyer, The Devil And The Sea, The Dumps, The Roller, The Unbeheld, Vessel Of The Divine, Weedeater, Withered and Zoroaster.
"Slow Southern Steel" will make its debut at the renowned Little Rock Film Festival in May of 2010 (www.littlerockfilmfestival.org) where many of the bands featured will be in attendance. Additional festival previews will follow.
The DVD edition is slated to be released in 2011 via fast-growing, vinyl-only (and now DVD) Chicago imprint, I'm Better Than Everyone Records.
You can check out a two-minute "Slow Southern Steel" trailer below.
Upcoming Goatwhore shows:
07/25 Dallas, TX Club Indigo [Deep Ellum] (w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Deadman Circus, and Demonseed)
07/26 San Antonio, TX The Sanctuary (w/ Cannibal Corpse and The Black Dahlia Murder)
07/27 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Live (w/ The Black Dahlia Murder)
Dates with Cattle Decapitation, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Watch Them Die
07/28 Denver, CO Climax Lounge
07/29 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
07/30 Milwaukee, WI Modjeska Theater (Milwaukee Metal Fest)
07/31 Des Moines, IA Hairy Mary's
08/01 Minneapolis, MN Ascot Room @ Quest Club
08/02 Omaha, NEB Ranch Bowl
08/03 Detroit, MI The Shelter at St. Andrew's
08/04 Toledo, OH Masonic Auditorium
08/05 Reading, PA The Silo
08/06 Irvington, NJ Cricket Club
08/07 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
08/08 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre / Underground
08/09 Farmingdale, NY Downtown
08/10 Richmond, VA Nanci Raygun
08/11 Baltimore, MD Thunderdome
08/13 Portland, ME The Asylum
08/14 Worcester, MA The Palladium
08/16 Hagerstown, MD Wilson Ruritan
08/17 Nashville, TN The 5 Spot More...