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Glenn Danzig started his Blackest of the Black tour over a decade ago in 2003. I caught it first in 2005 when he toured with Mortiis, Behemoth (among others) and what I believe was the first appearance of Doyle performing Misfits songs with Danzig. While this year’s lineup isn’t the “blackest,” that distinction goes to the last Blackest of the Black tour in 2010 when he took out Marduk and Possessed, Superjoint and Prong were solid acts nonetheless at this showing at Stubb’s in Austin.
Although they don’t carry the name recognition of a Phil Anselmo or Tommy Victor, openers Witch Mountain put on an impressive performance. The Portland-based doom act were in the news a year ago when longtime singer Uta Plotkin left the group and they hired 19-year-old Kayla Dixon as replacement. Dixon’s performance certainly showed she was up for the task this night. Her range was excellent. Whether she sang in a soaring almost R & B type voice or a death metal growl, her vocals were spot on. The rest of the band’s tones sounded great in their down tempo dirges. Even though there was only about 50 people in the crowd during their set, those in attendance seemed to show their approval. Touring with a big name like Danzig has to be doing wonders for their career.
Danzig's "Blackest Of The Black" tour dates this coming October will feature Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong, and Witch Mountain.
The trek runs from October 2nd through Halloween and will hit the following cities and venues:
10/2 Sat - Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
10/5 Mon - Austin, TX Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre
10/7 Wed - Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
10/9 Fri - New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre
10/11 Sun - Birmingham, AL Iron City
10/12 Mon - Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
10/14 Wed - Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
10/16 Fri - Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
10/17 Sat - Worcester, MA 'rock & Shock' The Palladium
10/18 Sun - Montreal, QC Metropolis
10/20 Tues - Portland, ME State Theatre
10/21 Wed - Nyc, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/23 Fri - Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
10/24 Sat - Milwaukee, WI The Rave
10/25 Sun - Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
10/27 Tues - Boulder, CO Boulder Theatre
10/29 Thur - San Jose, CA City National Civic
10/31 Sat - Halloween Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theatre
Hovercraft Amplifiers' mastermind Nial McGaughey has announced a second edition of the Hoverfest in Portland.
This year Cravedog, Hovercraft Amplifiers, and Nanotear Booking is proud to reveal the lineup set to level the stage on Saturday, August 8th rom noon 'til dusk in the alleyway between Cravedog and Type Foundry Recording Studio (611 N Tillamook St. Suite B22, Portland, Oregon 97227).
Join these bands for a day devoted to celebrating riffs, amplifiers, motorcycles, and the fantastic people and good times that come together when all of those are combined:
Sons Of Huns
Mane Of The Cur
In addition to a previously announced North American live takeover this March supporting progressive black metal outfit Enslaved, long-running Portland doom monarchs Yob today reveal additional headlining stage rumblings.
With various performances scattered prior to, throughout, and following the Enslaved run, Yob will decimate ears in Sacramento, Boise, Columbus, Raleigh, Johnson City, Atlanta, Memphis, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, Albuquerque and Tucson.
Support will be provided by noise rock group Will Haven, doom wrangling outfit Witch Mountain, and trance-inducing psych rock perpetrators Ecstatic Vision (also on the Enslaved tour) on select dates. See the confirmed itinerary below. More...
Portland, OR doom metal outfit Witch Mountain has completed work on the "Mobile Of Angels" album. Profound Lore Records comments:
"In what will be seen as the doom metal veterans’ mightiest work yet, 'Mobile Of Angels' sees Witch Mountain create a wondrous album of heavy, bluesy sultry doom with their latest release which merges the band’s signature crushing rhythms with moving doom-metal balladry.
"New surprises also lurk amongst the journey of 'Mobile Of Angels' where the band take their implementation of melancholy to a whole new epic level where vocalist Uta Plotkin delivers her most stunning and most developed vocal performance to date. Where the band continue to progress musically with each succeeding album, Plotkin’s vocal performance continues to grow stronger, more defined and moving. 'Mobile Of Angels' is the evidence of all this."
The album was produced and engineered by Billy Anderson, who has now had a long-standing working relationship with the band, and it is to be officially released in North American on September 30th. The track listing will be:
1. Psycho Animundi
2. Can’t Settle
3. Your Corrupt Ways (Sour The Hymn)
4. Mobile Of Angles
5. The Shape Truth Takes More...
The full lineup for Hoverfest has now been revealed, which will be happening on August 23rd in the alleyway behind Cravedog in Portland, Oregon, at 12:00pm. The lineup is as follows:
Danava (First live show with the band's new lineup)
The following press release was also issued about the show:
"As the world of heavy music continues to burst at the seams in the Pacific Northwest and worldwide, so does the need for the equipment to keep things loud. Nial McGaughey, local Portlander and engineering wizard, has been building custom, recycled tube amplifiers since 2010 under the name Hovercraft Amplifiers, a name which is becoming increasingly synonymous with the ear-crushing, chest-thudding sounds of Pacific Northwest heavyweights like YOB, Blackwitch Pudding, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, and many more. More...
The first-annual Hoverfest, a festival created with Hovercraft amps, will take place on August 23rd, 2014 in the blocked-off alleyway by Type Foundry Studios at 611 N. Tillamook St. in Portland, Oregon.
Presales will be available in the coming weeks for the event being graciously hosted by Cravedog Media, booked by Nanotear, and with live music on the day of the show being mixed by Billy Anderson. More bands are still to be announced, and the currently confirmed lineup is as follows:
Stay tuned to the festival's Facebook event page for more announcements and further details.
Looming near the release of fantastic new album “Mobile Of Angels,” Witch Mountain will be doing a massive North American tour (which includes a stopover at this year’s Hopscotch Fest) with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind. Support comes from Hedersleben, and the dates are as follows:
08/26 – Oakland, CA @ Uptown
08/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
08/28 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
08/29 – Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress
08/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
09/01 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
09/02 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
09/03 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
09/04 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
09/05 – Lafayette, GA @ Meltasia Fest
09/06 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Fest*
09/07 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
09/08 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
09/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
09/10 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
09/11 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
09/12 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
09/14 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
09/15 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
09/16 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
09/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
09/18 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
09/19 – Rock Island, IL @ RIBCO
09/20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club*
09/21 – Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club
09/22 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret*
09/23 – Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis Tavern
09/24 – Calgary, AB @ Palomino
09/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue (early evening show)
09/27 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
09/28 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
* = no Hedersleben More...
Witch Mountain is pleased to announce its second voyage to the old world. This tour comes shortly before the release of the band's fourth album, "Mobile of Angels."
The new record was produced in May 2014 at Type Foundry studios in Portland, Oregon by master "Engine-Ear" Billy Anderson and will feature the artwork of Mark McCormick. With "Mobile of Angels," Witch Mountain stretches out into new musical frontiers, while still remaining firmly in the tradition of classic heavy doomed rock 'n' roll.
The album will be released in September 2014 in Europe by Svart Records, and in North America by Profound Lore.
To coincide with the Euro tour, Svart Records is also issuing a limited vinyl version of the band's earlier album "South of Salem." This edition of the classic album is expanded to a double-LP with a second disc consisting of rare tracks, unreleased cover songs, and demos. See the band live on these dates: More...
Witch Mountain has checked in with the following announcement about recording an upcoming album:
"Today we enter the studio to begin recording our 4th album. Billy Anderson is producing once again. It shall be mighty. Look for it this Fall on Profound Lore (North America) and Svart Records (Europe)."
Further details are forthcoming, and you can also hear the previous release "Cauldron of the Wild" below.
Witch Mountain has announced the release of a single, "Bloodhound," along with a rerecording of the track "A Power Greater." The release is now available as a free digital download through Scion A/V here or in the player below, and will be made into a limited run of 7" vinyl, which the band will be selling on tour. The following press release was also issued about the tracks:
"Hot on the heels of 2011’s critically acclaimed album South of Salem and 2012’s career-making Cauldron of the Wild, comes Witch Mountain’s latest single, 'Bloodhound.' Penned in eight days and recorded immediately thereafter, the group’s newest tune is a paean against violent authority.
"The b-side features a new recording of the band’s oldest song, 'A Power Greater," which was originally jammed at the very first WM rehearsal way back in July of 1997. Taking inspiration from their 1960s heroes, Witch Mountain ducked into the studio between headlining tours to knock out another fresh slab of doom, buoyed by nods from NPR and SPIN magazine, as well as an appearance on this year’s Scion Rock Fest."
A recent interview with the band can also be viewed after the jump. More...
Portland doom band Witch Mountain is streaming its entire recent album "Cauldron of the Wild" over at Bandcamp, or check it out below in the player. "Cauldron of the Wild" was produced by Billy Anderson and features new bass player Neal Munson and female vocalist Uta Plotkin, who both joined when the band came back from a period of hiatus in 2011.
Witch Mountain is back in action and has teamed with Scion A/V to plot a massive North American trek alongside Prosthetic Records' new doom three piece Castle. The tour will kick-off in Portland on October 11th and run all the way through to another Portland show on November 18th.
10/11 – Portland, OR @ Plan B (w/Rabbits)
10/12 - Vancouver, BC @ Interuban Gallery
10/13 – Seattle, WA @ Highline
10/14 – Moscow, ID @ Prichard Gallery
10/15 – Boise, ID @ Shredder
10/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Bard Deluxe (w/SUBROSA)
10/19 – St. Paul @ Turf Club
10/21 – Madison, WI @ High Noon
10/22 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
10/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
10/24 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
10/25 – Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
10/26 – Hamilton, ON @ Corktown Pub
10/27 – Ottawa, ON @ Café Dekcuf
10/28 – Montreal, PQ @ Katacombes
10/29 – Burlington, VT @ Nectars
10/30 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
10/31 – New Haven, CT @ BAR
11/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
11/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
11/04 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/05 – Asheville, NC @ Static Age Records
11/06 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
11/08 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
11/09 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
11/10 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
11/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap
11/13 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
11/14 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar (w/Ides Of Gemini)
11/15 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
11/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Parkside
11/17 – Arcata, CA @ Alibi
11/18 – Portland, OR @ Ash St Saloon (w/Lord Dying) More...
Witch Mountain was born in Portland, Oregon in 1997, the doom rock creation of Sunn0))) collaborator Nate Carson and Rob Wrong. The band released debut "...Come The Mountain" in 2001 and toured with the likes of Isis, Yob, Clutch, Agalloch, Electric Wizard, Unsane and plenty more. Soon after, the band fell silent before bursting back into effect in 2009, this time with the stunning vocal addition of Uta Plotkin for the release of "South of Salem."
The band has now completed work on "Cauldron of the Wild" with the help of producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Melvins, High on Fire, Mr. Bungle, etc) and the record will be made available on June 12th through a partnership with Profound Lore Records. Check out a new track from the release, titled "Beekeeper," in the player below.
The track listing is as follows:
1. The Ballad of Lanky Rae
4. Veil of the Forgotten
6. Never Know More...
Profound Lore Records has issued the following announcement about streaming a new Witch Mountain song online:
"We have just uploaded a new Witch Mountain song entitled 'Beekeeper' from their upcoming new album 'Cauldron Of The Wild' (out June 12th) on our BandPage player.
"Along with them playing this year's Scion Rock Fest, look for the band to do an extensive tour following (tour dates to be announced shortly)."
For more on Portland's Witch Mountain, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Portland, Oregon based stoner/doom rockers Witch Mountain have entered Audible Alchemy Studios with Billy Anderson today to record the band's third LP and follow up to the 2011 release "South Of Salem" (see Metal Underground's review here). More news on the forthcoming album with Profound Lore Records is expected soon.
On the second day of SXSW Music, there were more options for metal shows at night. I enjoyed bouncing around between shows on the first day and hoped to catch a few bands at different shows this evening, such as Christian Mistress, Agalloch, and the Alex Skolnick Trio. It didn’t pan out exactly as planned, but was a good night nonetheless.
As I wandered a few alleyways, looking for a few of the more obscure venues where these bands were playing, I stumbled upon the Barbarella Patio first, which is where Agalloch would be playing later that night. Upon entry, Amber Asylum was playing and I literally went back to the gate to double check the lineup posted there. They were so mellow that I thought I was in the wrong place. The band did have a couple of slightly heavier moments toward the end of their set, but overall they were far too mellow for my tastes. More...
Olympia, Washington's Christian Mistress has just confirmed the details on the band's next round of touring, which kicks off in early March. The new West Coast tour runs through most of the month, kicking off in the Northwest and raging down to Texas and back over three weeks. The dates will feature Christian Mistress sharing the stage with Danava, Witch Mountain, Slough Feg and more, including a showcase at Austin's SXSW as well as the Scion Rock Fest in Los Angeles alongside Obituary, Morbid Angel, Integrity, Crom, Nails, Atheist, Bastard Noise, The Body and tons more on March 5th.
The band's upcoming dates are as follows:
3/04/2011 The East End - Portland, OR w/ Danava
3/05/2011 The Glass House - Pomona, CA @ Scion Rock Fest
3/11/2011 The Alibi - Arcata, CA
3/12/2011 The Hemlock - San Francisco, CA w/ Slough Feg, Witch Mountain
3/13/2011 BLVD - Los Angeles, CA
3/14/2011 Sound Kontrol - Phoenix, AZ
3/15/2011 Warehouse 21 - Santa Fe, NM
3/16/2011 The Trainyard - Las Cruces, NM
3/17/2011 Headhunters - Austin, TX @ SXSW w/ True Widow, Danava
3/19/2011 The Yard - San Diego, CA
3/20/2011 Eli's Mile High Club - Oakland, CA
3/21/2011 *equinox party - Rogue Valley, OR w/ RVIVR, Vradiazei
3/22/2011 The Know - Portland, OR w/ Burials, Druden
Scion and Adult Swim have come together to release a new free compilation titled "Metal Swim." The compilation features rare and unreleased tracks from Isis, Torche, Skeletonwitch, Death Angel, Red Fang and many others. The "Metal Swim" compilation is availbe for streaming and free download at this location.
Here is the "Metal Swim" tracklisting:
1. Death Angel -Truce
2. Skeletonwitch – Bringers of Death
3. Torche – Arrowhead
4. Ludicra – Path of Ash
5. Kylesa – Forsaken
6. Black Tusk – Fatal Kiss
7. Red Fang – Hank Is Dead
8. Black Cobra – Frozen Night
9. Saviours – Dixie Dieway
10. Witch Mountain – Veil of the Forgotten
11. Isis – Pliable Foe
12. Jesu – Dethroned
13. Pelican – Inch Above Sand
14. Zoroaster – Witch Hammer
15. Withered – Extinguished With the Misery
16. Boris – Luna