Starting out in a small town in coastal Massachusetts as a shared musical passion between three long-time friends, Elder is the definition of a work in progress. With each new release, the group continues to meld the familiar sounds of Sleep‘s colossal riffage with an ever-evolving vision of soaring melodies and sonic soundscapes. This continuous quest for musical adventure has received praise from the traditional stoner/doom crowd, as well as reaching listeners outside this often insular scene. Their audience will find themselves locked into the trio’s lengthy epics, which toe the line between the chasms of classic stoner metal and mindblowing psychedelia.
In a world gone mad, there are few certainties to cling to. But one thing remains forever unwavering and true: Orange fucking Goblin! Diehard exponents of the noble art of heavy metal since 1995, the London-based quartet have spent the last two decades steadily but surely establishing themselves as one of the UK’s most loved and respected bands. Starting out as one of the most important UK doom bands of the '90s, Goblin has been adding more and more influences to their unique sound, resulting in some of their best work being done over the last few years. 2018's 'The Wolf Bites Back' once again proved there's still a lot of creative fury in the Goblin's spirit.
The Obsessed was formed in the late 1970s in Potomac, Maryland by legendary guitarist Scott “Wino” Wenrich. Since then, the band has weathered many storms, with several breakups, label and lineup changes and reunions, until their full-time return in 2016 signing to Relapse Records to record their first studio album in over 20 years. In the meanwhile, their reputation had grown to truly legendary proportions, being cited as a true pioneer in the thriving doom scene. Now performing once again as three piece featuring Wino alongside new members Reid Raley and Brian Costantino, The Obsessed sounds heavier and more relevant than ever before.
Throughout 8 albums, the Italian powerhouse Ufomammut has developed a sound characterised by lengthy songs centered on repeated heavy riffs coupled with droning vocals, sound effects and synths. The band’s worldwide acclaim has grown wider with each release, to the point where they are now one of doom's most revered acts. The live show is supported by the internationally acclaimed video and graphic art of Malleus, a rock artists’ collective of which band members Poia and Urlo form a part. Their illustrations and animations match the monumental power of the music in sheer visceral impact, making Ufomammut a sensory live experience like no other.
For a band who traffic in measured, unhurried riffage, Richmond’s Windhand have moved awfully quickly over the last few years. Founded in 2009, the Virginia quintet have been making waves since the release of their 2010 practice space demo. Their self-titled debut immediately became an underground hit, selling out multiple vinyl presses in a matter of months. But the band has proven to be no flash-in-the-pan internet phenomenon. Throughout 4 albums and incessant touring, they have evolved their Sabbath-with-siren-vocals underpinning with every step they take, leading to some of the most accomplished songwriting to be found in the genre.