“Portland is quickly becoming one of the biggest metal hubs in North America, if not the world, and our first annual Ceremony of Sludge is aimed at capturing this heavy moment in time. March 2nd & 3rd we are bringing you two nights of some of Portland’s up-and-coming Heavy acts at The Alleyway!”
The first night features Heavy Voodoo, Axxicorn, Avi Dei and Zmoke.
The second night features Lamprey, Towers, Doomsower, and Witch Throne.
Everyone who attends will receive a voucher for a free download of
“Ceremony of Sludge Vol. I” a live complilation from both nights of music.
If you cannot make it to the show; “Ceremony of Sludge Vol. 1” will be available for purchase on Captain Couch Records website.
It’s $4 per night, and music starts at 8 sharp.
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February 21, 2012 | Categories: Live Shows, News | Tags: Avi Dei, Axxicorn, Captain Couch Records, Ceremony Of Sludge, doom metal, Doomsower, Heavy Voodo, Lamprey, slude, Sludge Metal, Towers, Witch Throne, Zmoke | Leave a comment
Well it’s that time of year again. Time to name my favorite albums of 2011. 2011 brought us a lot of good stuff by a lot of great bands. 2011 also brought on a lot of surprises from bands that were really unknown until their material was released or well afterwards. Bandcamp played a huge role in music discovery for me. It turned out hundreds of great albums not only released in 2011 but in years past as well. This list, my favorites as well as honorable mentions, is no way a complete list of what was released this year. There is just to much out there that I don’t either have time to get to, never heard of or won’t discover until well after this year is completely over. I know there’s going to be a few surprises. Let it be known that I listened to a LOT of new albums this year and picking my top 20 out of the hundreds was very hard to do.
20. The Sade – Damned Love – (review) I really didn’t know what to expect when this one came across my desk but I needed to check it out. And check it out I did. I was pretty damn impressed that I listened to the album at least 10 times in a row. In my review I stated “The majority of the album is all alchchol fueled hard rock. Throughout my listening of the album I couldn’t help but think that this is what Social Distortion may sound like if they were more rooted in 70′s hard rock as opposed to their punk roots.” Granted it’s been a few months since I’ve listened to it, it still has a strong spot in my top 20.
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Christmas is almost here if you go by the calendar but in my eyes, it has arrived early in the for of War of the Giants by Axxicorn. Axxicorn is a stoner metal band from Portland Oregon. The band is heavily influenced by proto-metal and the Chicago math-rock scene. Mike McDonnell is on drums, Kerr Mahnke plays bass and sings and Jeremy Hansen is the guitar player. Axxicorn popped up on the radar recently and has had many go rounds through these speakers. All for one reason too. It kicks ass!
War of the Giants revolves around one central theme and that is of Greek Mythology. Each song is named after a Greek God with the exception of the 4th track which is titled “Revolt of the Titans/Wasteland.” The album is huge, it’s heavy and crushing. It’s probably the best mix of stoner and progressive metal that I’ve ever heard. The album is great sounding. It’s not impaired by any studio overdubs or other garbage. That album is about as natural sounding as an album can get and it sounds great. The guitar riffs are plenty. They’re crushing and technical. The vocals are slightly on the (more…)
You may be wondering what an axxicorn is, but don’t worry about that yet. All you need to know is the band Axxicorn is a crossbreed of love for classic metal and a penchant for Greek mythology. With songs like “Poseidon” and “Theseus and the Minotaur,” this trio of metalheads has been laying waste to Portland audiences in recent months, bringing Sabbath-style metal back to life without a single trace of irony. Guitarist Jeremy Hanson lays out riffs that make heads bang, relentlessly shredding and thick with doom, while bass player Kerr Mahnke thumbs out lines as heavy as Zeus slinging lightning bolts from Mount Olympus, and Mike McDonnell’s drumming is like the chaos that existed before the Gods intervened. Altogether they create a cathartic noise much needed in these times.
Seriously, this fucking rocks! Stoner, proto, heavy metal, where can you go wrong? The CD hits on December 1st but you can get the digital download right now if you wish. $6 is all it costs so forgo the Big Mac with cheese.