By: Andy Little
The fabulously titled, Doom Over London festival, returns for its sixth incarnation to the Dome in North London’s Tufnell Park. No grey areas or uncertainty as to what will be blasting from the venue’s speakers on this forthcoming Easter bank holiday. A vast array of doom, stoner, and pummelling extreme metal inspired artists shall be showering their power chords and down tuned crushing riffs upon the suspecting gig goers over the three days. Like most festivals, and also the beauty of such events, is the combined opportunity to catch the familiar, the hotly anticipated acts, and the potential to discover hitherto unearthed gems. With a staggering 40 or so acts across three stages this pre-view is a brief overview on what is on offer.
The festival kicks off on the Friday with a single stage pre-show. On the bill is Ireland’s doomy Mourning Beloveth, the atmospheric doom deepens with Autumanal, sludge/stoner instrumentalists SardoniS, while to up the noise element bludgeoning death metal from Denmark’s Undergang before rounding off the evening’s heaviness is some extreme metal in the shape of Impaled Nazarene.
Onto Saturday as it expands into three stages and therefore a considerable extra amount of acts to embrace. Some of the highlights on offer are Welsh spacey doomsters Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – a name to tempt t-shirt purchasing if ever there was one – promoting their recent album. Another band inspiring attention and critical acclaim with their recently released new album Rise of the Dawn Crusher is the heavy stoner sludge vibes of Slabdragger. Sharing the birthplace of the godfathers and pioneers of all things metal, Black Sabbath, (did you really think I could get through this preview without mentioning Ozzy and co?) is the underrated Soph Day’s led Alunah to provide seductive Sabbathian melodies and vibes to proceedings. If menacing doom is more your thing then there is Sea Bastard, while representing the gothic side of doom are My Silent Wake and Naplam Records Portuguese goth metallers Moonspell.
So we arrive to Sunday and gracing the stage is one of the best British rock bands to emerge in recent years, the fun fuelled ferocity of doom/grunge groovers Black Moth. Their first London gig of the year we may even be treated to a new track or two after a recent short footage announcing, rather teasingly, their Saltaire Sessions on Twitter. Other bands on the bill are heavy doomsters The Wounded Kings and headlining two of the stages are 40 Watt Sun and Norway’s progressive metallers In the Woods….
So a weekend’s worth of heaviness, which should crush stone boulders and destroy metal girders. For further info and to purchase day and weekend tickets check out the Doom Over London Facebook page, and the Dome Tufnell Park website.