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Cough (USA) to headline Doomsday Festival 2011

Posted by Lachlan

666 Entertainment presents Doomsday Festiaval 2011 featuring Cough (USA)Some excessively-nice doom-related news this morning! After the disappointment that was Church of Misery's cancellation for Doomsday 2011, Cough have been announced as the more-than-adequate replacement.

Cough play some seriously sludged-out doom with psychedelic overtones (listen here). As for me personally? I'm stoked. Nice on 666 Entertainment pals.

Check out more at 666 Entertainment's Facebook page. Go and be stoned.

Full line-ups for the festival below:

  • October 14th at The Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane:
    • Cough (USA), Clagg, Looking Glass, Summonus and Fear the Setting Sun
  • October 15th at The Sando, Sydney:
    • Cough (USA), Clagg, Pod People, Summonus, Looking Glass, Daredevil, Mother Mars, The Devil Rides Out and Rituals of the Oak
  • October 21st at Enigma Bar, Adelaide:
    • Cough (USA), Space Bong, Hydromedua and Mammoth
  • October 22nd @ Northcote Social Club, Melbourne:
    • Cough (USA), d.USK, Clagg, Looking Glass, Summonus, Hydromedusa, Sons of the Ionian Sea, Mother Mars and Wurms

REVIEW: Mother Mars – Fossil Fuel Blues

Posted by Lachlan

Mother Mars - Fossil Fuel BluesMother Mars have always been a band that I enjoy watching live. However, I can remember that about a year ago - sometime around Doomsday 2010 - I noticed a subtle shift in the attitude of the band. It was almost like, after some internal or personal turmoil the trio had finally begun to relax into their music, that they had found their own voice as a band. Mother Mars' attention to sonic detail has always been impressive, but they now seemed more cohesive and more comfortable - and their performance became undeniably stronger as a result.

As it turns out that over the aforementioned period, the group had been working quitely away on recording their new album 'Fossil Fuel Blues'. That immaculate attention to detail, and almost obsessive process of revision and recording has resulted in Mother Mars nowdays delivering some of the most best stoner/desert groove in Australia.

If there is one truly impressive thing about Mother Mars, it is the trios' impeccable and infectious sense of groove - and that is on full display on 'Fossil Fuel Blues'. Groove and feel is something I don't believe you can teach, and these guys have it in spades. Whether it's on a high-energy rock number like 'Ride Like the Wind' or a darker, more sedate piece like the albums title track, their feel is impeccable. These guys are so fucking chilled you half expect them to slip into a coma at any second.

For a home recording, the sound quality is solid. The tones and textures are absolutely beautiful. The bass is warm, fuzzy and fat. Matt's Strat sings with a gorgeous bluesy fuzz-and-overdrive treatment. The vocals too are tinged with psychedelic textures. Clearly a lot of time has gone into the crafting and layering of this album, as it continuously proves to be multifaceted. The only hallmark that this is infact a home recording is the volume, which sits considerably below most other albums. However, that approach has also let the band keep the depth and definition of their sound, so it really isn't a flaw.

Mother Mars live at Black Wire RecordsThe tunes themselves call to mind the stoner groove of Kyuss, the bluesy psychedelia Jimi Hendrix and the spaced-out rock of early Monster Magnet - an awesome combination if there ever was one.

'Fossil Fuel Blues' is another one of those seemingly countless local, underground releases that has seriously reinvigorated my passion for the Australian music scene. The sheer quality and range of releases that have been offered up in 2011 is mind-blowing, such that I am absolutely sure this has to be the best year for the Australian underground in a long, long time - but more on that wider narrative another time.

Once more I recall my disappointment at seeing the widely acclaimed Earthless live -- and once more I  juxtapose that with the awesome local and relatively unknown talent of Looking Glass and Mother Mars. Both bands eclipse the vast majority of releases that the global stoner scene attempts to offer up as its best.

With 'Fossil Fuel Blues', Mother Mars have delivered a gorgeous sounding album thats smooth, psychedelic and with serious fucking groove. Any fan of psychedelic of desert or stoner rock would be a fool not to check this release out.

Mother Mars on Facebook
Buy the album from 65 Degrees


Church of Misery headlining Doomsday and Australian tour

Posted by Lachlan

Church of Misery to tour AustraliaJapanese psychedelic stoner rock group Church of Misery band are all kinds of awesome. They're also touring Australia and headlining 666 Entertainment's Doomsday Festival this October.

Friday 14th October - Doomsday Festival Brisbane 2011 at The Jubilee Hotel

Saturday 15th October - Doomsday Festival Sydney 2011 at The Sandringham Hotel

Friday 21st October - Doomsday Festival Adelaide 2011 at The Enigma Bar

Saturday 22nd October - Doomsday Festival Melbourne 2011 at The Northcote Social Club

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Save the date. More details to come!


Doomsday dawns in Brisbane and Sydney this weekend with headliners Acid King (US)

Posted by Lachlan

This weekend sees 666 Entertainment's Doomsday Festival - arguably Australia's best festival for all that is slow and headlined by Acid King (US) - take to the road in Brisbane and Sydney.

On Friday night this formidable line-up storms Brisbane's Rosies Live:

Acid King (USA) 12am-1am (downstairs)
Clagg (VIC) 11:05pm-11:40pm (downstairs)
Looking Glass (ACT) 10:10pm-10:45pm (downstairs)
Sons of the Ionian Sea (VIC) 9:35m-10:10pm (upstairs)
Summonus (NSW) 9:20pm-9:50pm (downstairs)
Fattura Della Morte (NSW) 8:40pm-9:15pm (upstairs)
Fear the Setting Sun (QLD) 8:30pm-9pm (downstairs)
Agonhymn (VIC) 7:45pm-8:20pm (upstairs)
Adrift for Days (NSW) 7:40pm-8:10pm (downstairs)

Then on Saturday Doomsday takes to Newtown RSL (which is oddly being rebranded as Shush Newtown):

Adrift for Days 1:20am-1:50am
Mother Mars 12:30am-1am
Acid King (USA) 11pm-12am
Pod People (ACT) 10:15pm-10:45pm
Summonus (NSW) 9:45pm-10:45pm
Looking Glass (ACT) 9pm-9:30pm
Clagg (VIC) 8:15pm-8:45pm
Sons of the Ionian Sea (VIC) 7:30pm-8pm
Fattura Della Morte (NSW) 6:45pm-7:15pm
VAN (NSW) 6pm-6:30pm

Tickers are still available via Moshtix for Sydney and Brisbane. The following weekend will see the Doomsday monolith stalk Melbourne and Adelaide. Be sure to check it out.


The aftermath of Doomsday Festival

Posted by Lachlan

After successful festivals in Melbourne and Canberra, 666 Entertainment's Doomsday Festival finally came to Sydney last weekend. And after all the hype it definitely didn't disappoint.

After suffering a number of venue changes (from The Bald Face Stag to The Town and Country Hotel to the Sandringham Hotel) and a minor line-up shuffle that saw Pod People and Blarke Bayer’s Black Widow pull-out in return for yet another Fattura Della Morte reformation, everything ran smoothly on the night. Ivan's work in keeping 10 bands who specialise in long, droning sets with plenty of potential to overrun their designated time slots was impressive.

Boonhorse played a solid set of catchy, bass-heavy sludge rock, and I also really enjoyed Fattura Della Morte's set - which was a first for me. My personal highlights were Space Bong's relentless droning stoner/doom in a set which was their best show within New South Wales, and - not suprisingly - Looking Glass who absolutely stole the show once again. It's awesome to have seen a band like Looking Glass gather up a solid Sydney following over the last 12 months. It is extremely well deserved.

All day I'd been hearing about this two-piece Agonhymn. They were spoken about in hushed, reverent tones - and I became really keen to check them out. However, I ran over to Brian Campeau's CD launch at The Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills to find that show sold out; and Agonhymn finished by the time I got back to the Sando. Lame.

All in all it was a fantastic festival and definitely the best local show in recent memory. Cheers to Nathan of 666 Entertainment for organising such a great line-up and giving so many bands a well deserved platform of doom. Check out some videos of the festival below; and maybe keep an eye on our Grindhead Records YouTube channel - I'm going to start throwing up more and more shows on there. I've recently thrown up some clips from Captain Cleanoff, Space Bong, Michael Crafter, Boonhorse, Dining in Tuscany and Looking Glass up there.

Space Bong at Doomsday NSW 2009

Boonhorse - Beau Bag at Doomsday NSW 2009

Boonhorse - Flight of the Boonadactyl at Doomsday NSW 2009


Doomsday, High and Dry and Soundwave

Posted by Lachlan

A few words about three upcoming - and radically different - festivals; Doomsday, High And Dry and Soundwave.

Doomsday Festival
First up; Doomsday hits Sydney tomorrow. To answer the rumours; yes unfortunately both Pod People and Blarke Bayer's (of Grey Datura's I believe) Black Widow have had to pull out of the festival. They have been replaced by Fattura Della Morte; who will once more be reforming to play one of their "final shows ever".

Here is the final line-up and set times. Doors open at the Sandringham Hotel in Newtown at 4pm and entry is now $20 (since Ivan of 666 Entertainment thought it wasn't fair to keep the price as is without Pod People, and because he's just an all-around nice guy).

Sore: 4:15 - 4:45
Fattura Della Morte: 5:05 - 5:35
Space Bong: 5:55 - 6:25
Dread: 6:45 - 7:15
Boonhorse: 7:35 - 8:05
Summonus: 8:25 - 8:55
Looking Glass: 9:15 - 9:45
Agonhymn: 10:05 - 10:40
Clagg: 11:00 - 11:45

I'll definitely be there; however I'll be heading off towards the end to see the amazing Sydney-based singer/songwriter Brian Campeau launch his new album 'Mostly Winter, Sometimes Spring' at The Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills.

Soundwave Festival
Next; the line-ups for both High And Dry festival and Soundwave are impressive. Soundwave have secured my interest by promising Faith No More, Meshuggah, Isis and Baroness. I never expected to ever go to one of those awful festivals; but I think this year might just be an essential.

High and Dry Festival
Lastly, the High and Dry line-up already includes such fantastic local acts as The Crooked Fiddle Band, Squid, Svelt, Juke Baritone and the Swamp Dogs, Charlie and the Maddox Factory, Brackets, The Bakery, Monk Fly, Fuji Collective and The Phonies. Early bird tickets are only $120, so hook one up if you want a dose of killer local independent music.

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