Summer’s dying, the leaves will change in two months once it cools off, and there’s an ominous vibe in the air, which must mean it’s time for the annual, mighty Descendants of Crom. But things were not without worry just a few days ago.
Last weekend, A.S.G., one of the main bands set for the third edition of Descendants of Crom, had to drop off the festival with about seven days’ notice. Things happen, right? But that’s a terrible hole to be in with a week to spare, but yet the dark gods moved heaven and earth, and an even more massive band stepped in to take their place.
Yeah, in A.S.G.’s place? Goddamn doom legends The Obsessed who, no offense on the group they’re replacing, actually made the entire weekend even more massive. That’s like replacing a reliable player on a sports team with one of the best players ever. Perhaps fest organizer Shy Kennedy has a little bit of goodwill with those aforementioned deities to pull that one off, but she’s also been bringing killer bands to town for years now, even when she’s not hosting DoC. This year, the fest shifts a bit as it starts with the pre-show gala tonight (it usually kicks off on Thursday), with two full days at Cattivo Saturday and Sunday. I’ve said this before, but this is one of the most fun, well organized, arms-open events you’re bound to find in heavy music, and even if you don’t know some of the bands, chances are you’ll find something you really like (like I’ve done with Horseburner and Doctor Smoke) the past couple years. Below is the lineup for the event. There literally is something for every heavy music fan, as well as the debut of the fest’s official beer, Doom or Death whipped up by North Country Brewing.
Friday, 8 p.m., Howler’s
Motometer (8:15): Pittsburgh-based proggy adventurers.
Fox 45 (8:55): Grimy, punchy psyche metal that’ll level you.
Void King (9:40): Foggy, stoner doom rock n roll.
Submachine (10:25): Legendary Pittsburgh-based hardcore punk band.
Enhailer (11:10): Akron-based doom tanglers.
Icarus Witch (12:05): Pittsburgh long-running epic metal band that just put out their best records “Goodbye, Cruel World.”
Saturday, 4 p.m., Cattivo
Old Dream (4:00): Experimental project that’s half written, half improvised, always inventive.
Coma (4:25): Pittsburgh stoner doom trio.
Action Camp (4:55): Pittsburgh-based trio combining doom, art rock, and post-punk.
Night Vapor (5:25): Pittsburgh noise rock that’ll fuck up your whole day.
Pillars (6:00): Sludgy, thrashy maulers from Cleveland.
Tines (6:35): Heavy progressive rock band from Buffalo.
Witchkiss (7:10): New York-based sludge doom trio.
Potslammer (7:45): Indiana doom trio that occasionally sings about the marijuana.
Sun Voyager (8:20): Psychedelic desert doom conjured in New York.
Kingsnake (8:55): Philly-based rockers that feed from rock’s and doom’s roots.
Foghound (9:30): Baltimore stoner pounders.
Argus (10:05): Pennsylvania-based epic doom metal band. Glorious shit.
Irata (10:45): Loud stoner bashers from Greensboro, N.C.
Valkyrie (11:25): Heavy doom superpower featuring former members of Baroness and Earthling.
The Obsessed (12:10): Doom legends featuring Wino Weinrich that reunited in 2016 for comeback record “Sacred.”
Sunday, 4 p.m., Cattivo
White Alice (4:00): Bizarre drone instrumental solo project from a pretty OK guy.
Riparian (4:25): Pittsburgh death metal warriors whose debut came out on Grimoire Records.
Pale Grey Lore (4:55): Columbus psyche doom metal adventurers.
Killer of Sheep (5:25): Pittsburgh hardcore punishers who will leave you bruised.
Lightning Born (6:00): Throwback doom conjurers containing members of C.O.C and Hour of 13.
Spacelord (6:35): Buffalo-based stoner rock.
Leather Lung (7:10): Boston-bred stoner metal cult.
Frayle (7:45): Heavy, rumbling, mysterious doom machine powered by Gwyn Strang’s vocals.
Brimstone Coven (8:20): Classic hard rock revivalists from Wheeling, W,V.
Backwoods Payback (9:05): Pennsylvania-based stoner doo trio with legitimately spooky name.
Solace (9:50): Long-tenured Jersey stoner doom band.
Brown Angel (10:35): Pittsburgh’s hallowed doom drone harsh noise warriors. Bask in their greatness.
For more on the festival, go here: https://www.facebook.com/DescendantsOfCrom
To buy tickets, go here: http://www.descendantsofcrom.com/Tickets.php