DOTD Fest Day 2 @ P.L.A.V., Kenosha (US)

All Star SABBATH Jam / IRON MAN / BLACKFINGER / EARTHEN GRAVE / LAS CRUCES / RETRO GRAVE / ARGUS / ORODRUIN / BLACK PYRAMID / APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE / PALLBEARER / CARBELLION

Date: 18th June, 2011
Venue: The P.L.A.V.
Ticket: $40 / (€28) (two days)
Promoter: Days Of The Doomed Fest


DimK: Maybe we are getting older but after Friday’s schedule, running from work straight to a 2 hour drive and an 8 hours festival, we felt a little bit stiff on Saturday. But a doomster has to do his heavy ‘duty’ and hence we took our bodies out of the bed and made our way to the festival area to fill our heads with more Doom! After all, Metal is the perfect healing potion for all diseases!

The day was wonderful and some metalheads were already outside the venue enjoying the sun and the sweat temperatures, while inside CARBELLION were already onstage, defying the tempting weather conditions. Even though there were few metalheads in front of the stage the band was pumped up determined to give 100%. And I think they did; with their Southern Stoner groovy songs they managed to erase our fatigue and gave us an adrenaline shot to start our day. Cameron’s vocals had a melodic layer, carrying the Southern finishing touches that I think made CARBELLION’s sound diverse and great to listen to and drink the first beer of the day. Nice start for this long and heavy as hell day.

CARBELLION

Carbellion @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Carbellion @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Carbellion @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Carbellion @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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MariaV: Well, it was about some really slow tempo / funeral tunes, as we were in the middle of noon, and Central Arkansas doomsters PALLBEARER were the perfect choice. Their sludgy / muddy down tempo melodies, combined to the heartbreaking / mourning vocals by Brett Campbell was the ideal blend that transferred us to the REVELATION/ WARNING-esque world for 40 minutes. I know that many Doom fans are not used to PALLBEARER’s experimental Doom and really heavy sound but once you managed to leave yourself to this mysterious and spooky atmosphere, there is no coming-back. Devin Holt was a real ‘pilot’ in this journey and his performance in “Devoid Of Redemption” was excellent, while Joseph Rowland seemed to lost, between his bass’ chords and Chuck Schaaf was the absolute Doom figure behind the drum kit. Surely, 40 minutes are a short time to deal with PALLBEARER’s music, but I hope to have one more chance in the near future to catch these guys on the road again.

PALLBEARER

Pallbearer @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Pallbearer @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Pallbearer @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Pallbearer @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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DimK: After the slow tempo tunes by PALLBEARER, it was time for APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE to hit the stage with the brand new lineup. And man, did they sound absolutely tight! The mainly mid tempo but ton-heavy Doom Metal started torturing our brains lead by Brown’s reading. The gathered doomsters seemed to enjoy the solid performance while the band was hitting us with “The Messenger”, “Death By Misadventure”, “Confess” and the new track “Stormbringer” that was fast in APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE’s way. It seems the lineup additions gave the band an energy boost reflecting on their show that did not lack of onstage energy, getting the audience absolutely connected. What climaxed their setlist was the fantastic cover on CELTIC FROST’s “Procreation Of The Wicked” that to my surprise was enthusiastically received and many metalheads were singing the chorus lines. That was a great performance!

APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE

Apostle Of Solitude @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Apostle Of Solitude @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Apostle Of Solitude @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Apostle Of Solitude @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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MariaV: When ‘DOTD’ Fest’s billing was announced, I couldn’t hide my joy for having the opportunity to watch finally BLACK PYRAMID onstage! The vintage psych doom trio from Massachusetts was the big surprise for my ears two years ago and the self-titled full length release is still one of my favorite tunes, haunting my iPod till today. So, sacrificing our time for lunch, we went once more in the front rows of the ‘DOTD’ fest’s stage to watch Andy Beresky and the boys in action. The guitar volume might be higher enough to be characterized as ‘annoying’ where bass and drums were almost buried, but that’s the way that BLACK PYRAMID should be listened to, at least for my taste. “Mirror Messiah”, “The Worm Of Ourobros” (what an “Iron Man” riff was that??), and “Twilight Grave” were a decent sample of the band’s skills onstage and Andy didn’t stop for a minute to headbang, sweating his ass off during the entire set, while some of other bands’ members began to follow him in his ‘sacred mission’, showing that there is something special with these guys and you know what? They are sooooooooo right.

BLACK PYRAMID

Black Pyramid @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Black Pyramid @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Black Pyramid @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Black Pyramid @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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MariaV: ORODRUIN is one of my big partialities of ‘DOTD’ Fest’s billing, among others of course - I think there is no need to mention the reason for that, which is, except the SABBATH-esque guitar tunes and the heavy, hair-rising atmosphere, the released split with REVEREND BIZARRE in 2004 (amen). Unfortunately, I hadn’t the opportunity to watch them live before and I’m so embarrassed for that, but it’s not my fault; you see, one of the cons of living in Europe for so many years is missing to watch live all these US based bands. Now that I got this out of my chest, I can continue with the breathtaking performance of ORODRUIN.

The time clocked twenty minutes after 4pm and, as it was scheduled, John Gallo, Mike Puleo and Michael Waske stepped on stage to give us one of the best shows of that day. “Peasant’s Lament” was the opening track for their set and all the gathered doomsters embraced the traditional Doom Metal trio from NY warmly enough which seemed to not believe the crowd’s reaction. Watching John Gallo treating his guitar like a lady and producing all those SABBATH-esque tunes, I started to wonder why the heck the venue wasn’t full-packed, but I’m not going to complain here. “Melancholia” took the baton and turned away the irrelevant thoughts from my mind, leaving me completely surrender to ORODRUIN’s set. And the surprise didn’t take too long to come: “Ascending Damnation” from the split I mentioned before was definitely one of the highlights of their performance, making all of us go crazy, while “Epicurean Mass” was the tombstone to our ‘grave’. Such a professional and excellent performance from these heavy-as-hell doom Metallers! Allright!

ORODRUIN setlist:

01. "Peasant's Lament"
02. "Melancholia"
03. "Shipwrecked"
04. "Into The Hands Of Darkness"
05. "Dark Rune"
06. "Ascending Damnation"
07. "Epicurean Mass"

ORODRUIN

Orodruin @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Orodruin @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Orodruin @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Orodruin @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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MariaV: Having on mind that “Boldly Stride The Doomed” was a real oasis for my ears, I was quite curious to watch the doom-laden twin guitar-driven quintet from Pennsylvania to business! I had already an image of what Butch Balich can do on stage, back from the PENANCE days, but this was way different. Besides, having IRON MAIDEN-esque guitars in a doom-tuned Metal band is more than interesting to watch.

ARGUS stepped on stage few minutes after the outstanding ORODRUIN performance, keeping the schedule on time. The first bands’ members started to take positions in front of the stage as before and one could saw Karl Simon, Jötun, Chuck Brown and Jeff "Oly" Olson side by side, singing and headbanging with their Pennsylvanian blood brothers. ARGUS’ secret ace upon their sleeve is the exhilarating performance of their frontman who didn’t stop a minute to tease his partners on stage, while they were playing live, keeping the good mood in high levels and transferring that atmosphere also to the rest of us who didn’t manage to catch a glimpse of the things taken place in the entire stage. “Wolves Of Dusk” and “From Darkness Light” started ARGUS’ set and Jason Mucio with Erik Johnsson seemed to do an excellent guitar duo, while the ‘octopus’ Kevin Latchaw hit merciless the drums according to the heavy and thick tempo. Few minutes later, Butch asked if there were any ladies in the house to dedicate the next song and “Durendal” hit my ears with no second thoughts. This one is a difficult song to be played live, nevertheless ARGUS made their bet and they won it. The warlike feeling of that song filled every corner of The P.L.A.V. and I’m sure that there wasn’t a single person who didn’t put his eyes on stage that time.

“Devils, Devils” and “The Damnation Of John Faustus” were the closing tracks for their 40-minutes’ set, leaving outside the CANDLEMASS’ cover that they had prepared because of the tight time schedule that didn’t allow any aberrations. Me and Dimitris had few minutes to prepare ourselves for the scheduled interview with Erik and Kevin that you’ll have the chance to read in the next days, so we had to leave the venue for a while. Wait a minute; what band would be next? RETRO GRAVE!

ARGUS setlist:

01. "Wolves Of Dusk"
02. "From Darkness Light"
03. "Fading Silver Light"
04. "Durendal"
05. "Devils Devils"
06. "The Damnation Of John Faustus"

ARGUS

Argus @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Argus @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Argus @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Argus @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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DimK: The only info for RETRO GRAVE I had in my mind was that Jeff "Oly" Olson was the ex-TROUBLE drummer and absolutely nothing on the musical doings of his band (I know, I should have done my homework). So, while watching the crew setting the drum kit right in the middle front of the stage, I was thinking that something over my musical perception was about to happen. Fortunately, I was wrong and Oly with guitarist Michael Leonard Maiewski started playing something that could be described as experimental Hard Rock/ Stoner with a little bit of psychedelia. I know, this description is almost useless, since the duo was ‘touching’ several music genres with the hard hitting drum grooves, the distorted guitar and the collection of electronic sounds that add a kaleidoscope of colors. Even though, the attendance was kind of weak (many had chosen to have a lunch break since the billing was really a killer), RETRO GRAVE did a show from the heart with a lot of feeling and, most of the times, driving grooves. This is a special treat from the festival and I think many lost the opportunity to challenge their musical perception. Sadly we had missed part of the show since we had scheduled an interview with ARGUS.

RETRO GRAVE

Retro Grave @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Retro Grave @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Retro Grave @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Retro Grave @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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MariaV: After warming up for good with ARGUS’ set and dealing with RETRO GRAVE’s mystical tunes, we had to continue even in a more muddy / Thrash-y and aggressive mode though. LAS CRUCES have started to put their gear on stage and I was so curious to watch live the San Antonio Doom-driven quartet which seems to have John Perez’ blessings. You see, we had already the chance to introduce ourselves to Jimmy Bell the other night, the bassist of the band, and we were quite impressed by his directness and coolness, if exists such word in English. Well, the roof didn’t take too long to blow, while the four ‘caballeros’ spit their ‘dirt’ and heavy sound upon our ears and the entire venue filled up with up-tempo, crawling Doom tunes (thanks to “Killer Kane” that opened their set), having Mr. Paul De Leon’s tremendous vocals on top of that, instead of the fact that he was sitting behind drums, a risky and difficult place for a singer, don’t you think?

The strings did an excellent job in the front row though, sharing the front man’s role and of course each guy gained kudos, thanks to the personal playing style: George Trevino was a solid rock in the rhythm guitar, giving us some thrills out there with his thick playing, Jimmy Bell didn’t stop a single minute to headbang, armed with his 6-string bass and Mando Tovar stole our hearts with his VENOM tee and the aggressive lead guitar playing. The truth is that there aren’t too many bands with so energetic presence on stage among doom Metal acts and LAS CRUCES is the bright exception to this rule. Moments like the devilish “Cascade Of Phantoms”, the riff-magnet “Ringmaster”, the addictive “Cocaine Wizard Woman” and the ‘macho’ “Behemoth” that closed their performance were surely the most highlighted from their rousing setlist and I can’t wait to watch them as headliners. Viva LAS CRUCES!

LAS CRUCES setlist:

01. "Killer Kane"
02. "Farewell"
03. "Cascade Of Phantoms"
04. new song
05. "Banished"
06. "Ringmaster"
07. "Cocaine Wizard Woman"
08. new song
09. "Behemoth"

LAS CRUCES

Las Cruces @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Las Cruces @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Las Cruces @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Las Cruces @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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MariaV: How about some heavy Chicagonean Doom Metal? Well, we had to be transferred from the dusty Texas, all the way back to the windy city. Carrying TROUBLE’s trademark sound on the bass is a really heavy thing, you know, but the mighty and rousing in the underground Doom Metal scene EARTHEN GRAVE seems to handle that pretty well. I have regret one zillion times I’ve lost their splendid show in Pfieffer Hall a couple of months ago with the astonishing milady Rachel Barton Pine on violin who didn’t make it to visit Kenosha this time, leaving the EARTHEN boys almost ‘orphans’ but I’m sure that I’ll have my chance in the future.

In really good mood, surrounded by bosom friends and lots of bands’ members who have stayed to enjoy the rest of the fest, the heavy doomsters from Chicago stepped onstage few minutes after 8pm and smashed our brains for 50 minutes, beginning with PENTAGRAM’s “Relentless” which was the most ‘catchy’ way to start their show. Without lots of talking, Mark Weiner (with his awesome IRON MAN t-shirt) and the boys wore their best smile and offered us some really heavy tunes taken from their “Dismal Times” Ep, but also some unreleased stuff that we wish to find the way to our CD player pretty soon. Every time I watch these guys live, I get the impression that they get better and better, looking more solid and synchronized on stage. You see, playing live is the perfect way to measure your strength and fix mistakes - if there are any. That night the mood was in high levels, the sound was great, the atmosphere was really inspiring; the only besetting sin was the choice of the songs (in my opinion) which lowed the up tempo mood of their set, right in the middle. The best tracks though have been kept for the end: “Death On The High Seas” and “Dismal Times” stroke back quite aggressively, raising up the tunes again, finding all of us applauding warmly that decent performance.

EARTHEN GRAVE setlist:

01. "Relentless" (PENTAGRAM cover)
02. "Falling Out"
03. "Earthen Grave"
04. "Beneath The Shoval Load"
05. "Blood Drunk"
06. "Death On The High Seas"
07. "Dismal Times"

EARTHEN GRAVE

Earthen Grave @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Earthen Grave @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Earthen Grave @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)
Earthen Grave @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Earthen Grave @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Earthen Grave @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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DimK: EARTHEN GRAVE did another great show (I think they get better and better as Maria said below) and then, it was time for another special treat. BLACKFINGER were next, being the band of the ex-TROUBLE singer Eric Wagner. Again, I was totally unaware of their music but, on the other hand, this made me an absolutely unbiased listener. So, the stage was ready and Eric with his band showed up receiving an enthusiastic applause from the audience that had grew in number in the first lines. Watching the band onstage, my mind wandered towards Robert Plant’s BAND OF JOY. Like Plant, Eric looked totally relaxed playing this psychedelic Rock, enjoying every single moment. I love bands like this one, since it is all about the music and have nothing to do with egos or other non artistic intentions.

Everyone knew that after the regular setlist there would be something like an ex-TROUBLE members’ reunion and so it happened! While everyone was cheering, shouting and applauding, Ron Holzner and Jeff "Oly" Olson came onstage and stood by the side of Eric and they hit us with four TROUBLE songs, getting the energy levels to the roof top. I was happy to see that there was nothing more than mutual respect between those guys and hence, the tracks were performed with perfection power. I don’t know whether they had rehearsed but they sounded super tight, giving goosebumps to all the TROUBLE fans in the venue (I don’t think there was a single soul that was not a fan of the legendary Chicago based Doom Metal band). The reunited ex TROUBLE guys served us with “Come Touch The Sky”, “Plastic Green Head”, “At The End Of My Daze” and “The Tempter” getting everyone into singing and headbanging!

BLACKFINGER setlist:

01. "I Am John"
02. "Trapped"
03. "So Many Coloured Days"
04. "...New Generation"
05. "Why God"
06. "Till Death Do Us Part"
07. "Here Comes The Rain"
08. "All The Leaves Are Brown"
09. "Yellow Wood"

BLACKFINGER

Blackfinger @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Blackfinger @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Blackfinger @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)
Blackfinger @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Blackfinger @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Blackfinger @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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DimK: And the time had come for the headliners that could be no other than IRON MAN. Their music represents the foundations of Doom Metal set back in the 70s by BLACK SABBATH.  After all, IRON MAN started as a BLACK SABBATH tribute band, so you see the reason why they were the headliners. Watching the band members preparing their gear I couldn’t help but to think how cool/ humble/ true/ dedicated those guys were. Ok, I had the privilege of talking to them earlier that day, so I had previous knowledge of their low profile. Nowadays, bands with just one album (but with a ‘huge’ record label supporting them) believe they own the world and act like superstars… Well, I think Dee Cahoun looked kind of nervous since he was the latest edition in the lineup and has not been onstage with IRON MAN than many times.

With satisfaction I saw that there were many metalheads gathered in the front lines, determined to enjoy the band’s BLACK SABBATH-esque Doom regardless of the fatigue for that long festival day. As it happened during the entire festival, the stage was ready for action according to the timetable. And this should be underlined and highlighted, since in festivals with long billing, messing with the timetable can simply ruin your day and take away all the fun.

So, after the short intro, Al Morris III introduced “The Fury” with a killer sound guitar sound deeply influenced by BLACK SABBATH. There was no time to warm and IRON MAN played hard and heavy from the very beginning. Dee Cahoun stopped being nervous, nailing the vocals in this up-tempo song, while Louis Strachan drew my attention with this relentless bass guitar work. I tell you, his way of pounding the bass guitar, while moving up and down the stage was absolutely inspiring, making you to seek the last drop of energy left in you after that long day. The first stop at the band’s latest release was with the up-tempo and -of course- guitar driven “Ruler Of Ruin” where the bass guitar creates a granite wall sound to bang your head against. I found myself many times watching Al Morris III laying down the guitar riffs, looking absolutely focused and totally connected to this music proving that you cannot play Metal if you don’t put your heart on it! “The next one talks about the end of everything” said Dee and the galloping guitar riff opened “The Final Straw” getting everyone into the headbanging ritual. In fact, I don’t think the headbanging did stop during the band’s set, since IRON MAN did what a headlining act should do in festival: blew everyone away and give a great ending to this great billing.

During this performance I realized the family atmosphere inside the Doom community; among the fans in the front rows there were members of bands that had already played in the festival, even in the first day. They did not leave after playing, but stayed to support their friends and have a good time watching and listening to music. I think it is safe to say that Doom fans are the kindest metalheads in the Metal scene. “On The Mountain” and “Black Night” were the closing songs for IRON MAN’s great set and it was time to have more fun with the second surprise of the two-day Doom festival, the SABBATH jam and celebrate the love about our favorite music which is no other than the love/ addiction to the SABS.

IRON MAN setlist:

01. “The Fury”
02. “Choices”
03. “Run From The Light”
04. “Ruler Of Ruin”
05. “Sodden With Sin”
06. “The Final Straw”
07. “As the Gods Have Spoken”
08. “I Have Returned”
09. “Grown”
10. “Fallen Angel”
11. “On The Mountain”
12. “Black Night”

IRON MAN

Iron Man @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Iron Man @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Iron Man @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)
Iron Man @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Iron Man @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Iron Man @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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MariaV: People say that the best part on a cake is the cherry with crème that comes on top. Well, I have to agree on that and after 12 hours of non stop pure Doom Metal tunes, that cherry was definitely the All Star SABBATH jam which included members of the fest’s bands on stage who wanted to try their skills and strength after that ‘live marathon’ and share with the lasts of the ‘mohicans’ (meaning the rest of us) some of the Holy ‘classics’. It might sound easy, or even silly, but it’s quite challenging, you know. Besides, it’s not an easy thing at all to take the mic and lay yourself open to the crowd, especially if you don’t remember some of the most classic lyrics/ notes in the world.

It was already past midnight and the first brave men who stepped on stage were Al Morris from IRON MAN on guitar, Ron Holzner on bass and Scott Davidson on drums from EARTHEN GRAVE and APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE’s Chuck Brown on vocals, trying to revive the golden era of the 70s with “War Pigs”. Everyone stood near the stage, no matter the fatigue, singing the lyrics and screaming their lungs out, looking so coll and joyful at the same time. And yes, that was the time when magic happened: Al Morris seemed to turn the switch key of his amp to the SABBATH mode and the clone of Iommi appeared in front of us at once! This man has the skills, the talent and the knowledge to transfer even the toughest / unfaithful listener to a real SABBATH fan, I tell you. Watching him standing in the right corner of the stage with his eyes closed and his decency under the spotlight, the feeling that you collect is just indescribable.

Everyone looked so happy, ready to step on stage and try his thing; so, next it was time for Mark Weiner of EARTHEN GRAVE to count his vocal power with “N.I.B.”. These guys managed so easily to travel us again 40 years back and I swear to you that I almost saw Lucifer standing behind Ron Holzner. His devilish playing, bringing on mind Sir Geezer Butler’s figure, was so heavy, following to the letter the rhythm and the feeling of the First Father’s skills, leaving us with our mouths literally open. Of course, the jamming didn’t stop there; Davidson left his place behind drums for Bob Fouts (APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE) and ARGUS’ frontman came onstage, dealing with “Hand Of Doom” this time. I mean, wow! I don’t know if there was a time for rehearsal before, but the four (horse)-men seemed so bonded up there, stealing the best applause so far and they deserved it. The ‘crime scene’ didn’t change very much right after, where Screaming Mad Dee took Butch’s place and hit us with “Into The Void” as a loyal SABS’ pupil.

“Children Of The Grave” was the last in line for the All Star SABBATH jam and Eric Wagner stepped onstage one more time, accompanied with Mark Weiner and KIN OF ETTINSJötun paying debts on vocals all the three of them, creating a magical atmosphere in spite of their fatigue (and potation, I guess). Whoever is into Doom Metal and has done his homework, already knows that playing in such low tempo isn’t an easy task; on the contrary, it’s very difficult to keep the right tempo for more than 6 minutes, especially if you had to play live with people that you hadn’t the chance to play with before. Now you can see the importance and the magnitude of that jam, which, besides the SABBATH character, it was a real ‘All Star’ thing.

‘All Star SABBATH Jam’ setlist:

01. "War Pigs"
02. "N.I.B."
03. "Hand Of Doom"
04. "Into The Void"
05. "Children Of The Grave"

All Star SABBATH Jam

All Star Black Sabbath Jam @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) All Star Black Sabbath Jam @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) All Star Black Sabbath Jam @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)
All Star Black Sabbath Jam @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) All Star Black Sabbath Jam @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) All Star Black Sabbath Jam @ P.L.A.V. Kenosha (photos Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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DimK: So, the first edition of ‘Days Of The Doomed Fest’ had come to an end and it would require a herculean effort to find something to complain about. The organization was smooth as a baby’s butt, the sound was great and it really did not bother me the primitive lights. Everyone was happy to be there and hence, we had great fun and the opportunity to meet some cool guys that love playing Doom Metal. I am sure that the second edition of the festival will attract a bigger crowd and give a pleasant headache to Mike who will have to find a bigger venue to host the event. Until next time, Doom On!!!

MariaV: As it’s happening in the Oscars’ awards (I’m just kidding), I would like to thank Mike Smith who organized the most extreme version of my dreams, since I was a kid: to gather all my beloved Doom Metal bands, sympathized with the BLACK SABBATH tunes in one festival and be all together as a family. He was an excellent, relentless host, doing his best (I have the feeling that all the bands gave him that credit) and I wish him to carry on even next year, and the next after that, and the next... Also, I would like to thank all these guys who don’t stop creating such peaceful and soothing music for our souls and ears, no matter the difficulties and the hard times passing through record labels, full time jobs, family burdens and stuff like that... yeah guys, that’s for you, the bands. Thank you †.

PS: Man, I just don’t want to stop writing about that fest but I can’t help it!