Heavy Days In Doom Town, a festival that runs for 4 days in Copenhagen, Denmark have now announced CONAN, SAMOTHRACE, PAGAN ALTAR & DARK BUDDHA RISING are the first bands that have been confirmed to play this monumental weekend which takes place between the 2nd – 5th May 2013 and ticket sales start on the 1st January 2013.
Read on for more info from the festival organisers about the recent announcements…
The first band to be announced for HDDT 2013; UK heavyweights CONAN! Hailing from the grim North West of England. Three men bear the wretched burden of this abyssal, droning, charging heaviness. Through yawning chasms and bleak devastated battlefields they deliver riffs and tone so grim and so thick that the Gods turn away, to avoid suffocating under the band’s unearthly delivery.
“This festival is one we have wanted to play for quite a while. We played Denmark on our last European tour and enjoyed the city and the atmosphere, when we were asked to play this year we had a very easy decision to make – we’ll see you all in May. ONWARDS NORTHMEN” – Conan
In a series of “first time in Europe ever bands”, HDDT are very excited to announce the first performance of Seattle based SAMOTHRACE on European soil ever!
Samothrace is a pacific north western atmospheric doom band with members and ex members of Bell Witch, Lethe, Book of Black Earth, Splatterhouse, Sentient and Septinomicon among others. Samothrace initially came together out of friendship made through involvement in DIY Punk/Hardcore/Metal community. Although currently based in Seattle, WA, their hometowns span from New Mexico, Kansas, New York City and Oklahoma. Their lyrics, albeit poetic, are rooted in the ideals of social change, political incoherence, and a bleak but positive outlook on life… intended for those who’ve taken back their breath and risen on their own and those who wish to do so. The band is named after a Greek island that is the home of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, a site of important Hellenic and pre-Hellenic religious ceremonies. The most famous artifact from this site is a large, half-crumbled statue of Nike, the goddess of victory in ancient Greek mythology. Samothrace is an evolving beast. Keep it heavy… keep it underground. Heavy music for heavy times.
“Its about fucking time we got ourselves over to Europe, and at a badass diy festival like Heavy Days none the less” – Samothrace
It didn´t work out last year, due to unfortunate circumstances, but HDDT are thrilled to announce that legendary masters of classic doom, PAGAN ALTAR will make their much anticipated appearance at HDDT II!!!
“After the unfortunate cancellation of our planned performance of HDDT 2012 we are very pleased to have been asked again to play at HDDT 2013. With our new album ‘Never Quite Dead’ due to be completed next year, We hope to perform a set covering all the classic favourite tracks along with coverage of our brand new material. See you there….” -Pagan Altar.
To those of you who aren´t familiar with Pagan Altar; They were formed in 1976 by Alan and Terry Jones and are one of the few NWOBHM bands to play doom metal. The band’s concerts are characterised by moody, epic and heavy music, blended with stage effects which accentuate their interest in occult themes. Prepare to be doomed!
And finally, the 4th band to be confirmed is the performance of DARK BUDDHA RISING who perform a black arts of psychedelia, which manifests in hypnotic crushing riffs and lysergic passages that erupt in order to descent deeper into the abyss.
The band is known for its weird hypnotic abstract soundscapes combined with slugde doom riffing and a theatrical dark atmosperic stage performance that will give you goose bumps all over. Prepare for a journey through the deeper levels of the mind with the black arts of Dark Buddha Rising!
“The collective human participants in the summoning that is Dark Buddha Rising are compelled to convey our nefarious delight at the vibrations and repercussions that our trip to Denmark will bring. The black sun will rise upon the Doomtown and impregnate its dwellers with drugged horror” – Dark Buddha Rising
Photo Credit: Maija Lahtinen (Dark Buddha Rising)