One of the best, largest gatherings of underground extreme Metal and Hard Rock bands and their music has been announced with the first annual Starkfest 2017! The two-day and a half day (with pre-show) event is set to ravage Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, South Carolina beginning on June 1st to the 3rd. There will be a pre-fest show atRadio Roomin Greenville as well that will include several must-see bands. But that is just the start of festivities as the roster of acts for it and the full-on fest weekend is an impressive array of sonic brutalists.
Along with all of the enjoyable features atThomas Creek Brewery itself there will also be food truck vendors and folks on hand from retail record outlets including Greenville’s ownPharmacy Records. Starkfest 2017 is being brought to music fans from these sponsors along with Iron Rust Productions.
Tickets for Starkfest 2017 are on sale NOW and available at this location.
The line-ups for each day are as follows:
Thursday, June 1st (6/1 Pre-Show) at the Radio Room:
Black Mountain Hunger Death/Of Kingdom Faust Tone Waft (special set)
Friday, June 2nd (6/2 Day 1) at Thomas Creek Brewery:
Abacus All Hell Cazador Dreaded False Light Mothmother Uninhabitable Wvrm
Saturday, June 3rd (6/3 Day 2) at Thomas Creek Brewery:
Avalon Steel Bask Bathe Canopy Cikada Come To Grief Crawl Heathen Bastard Midmourner Swallow The Sky Tar Hag The Asound Waft
Atlanta’s embodiment of sonic savagery, Crawl, are back with a new limited pressing 7″, ‘30 Year Suicide‘. While the release date is yet TBA, the 300 count EP (250 black vinyl, 50 gray w/ black specks) is imminent via Russia’s Bad Road Records. Artwork for the effort was created by Eric C. Harrison. Further details and pre-order info will be provided soon.
Now, with all of that out of the way, let’s talk about the music. If you are already in the loop and know about ATL’s Crawl, then you know that they play no frills, no-bullshit, straightforward heavy ass sludgened doom. ‘30 Year Suicide‘ is the next step in the band’s legacy and finds guitarist/vox Eric Crowe, bassist Patrick Lowe and drummer Tommy Butler doing what they do best. Channeling emanations resulting from time spent in the dark realms of anxiety and mental breakdowns, these two cuts are plodding dirges of horrific bleakness. For the record, Tommy Butler recently exited Crawl and they are currently seeking his replacement.
‘Pornography Of Grief’ is a slow descent into funeral doom-fueled despair, one where down-tuning and feedback navigate the fall. Acidic vocals screech across the invisible airwaves while hopelessness seems to resonate right along with them. The guitar solos are quite powerful, minimalist and poignant while the track takes you right up to the brink of the abyss. Haunting notes begin to reverberate, announcing the arrival of ‘30 Year Suicide‘ with a simple guitar/vocal intro segment. Things begin to simmer with eerie noise effects and slow-churned drumming before the full eruption of the track’s hellish aural agony is fully pronounced. Crowe takes a much different vocal approach here as well, one with bellowing guttural, death metal-ish vocalizations.
Doom, progressive sludge, post-hardcore…call the latest Crawl offering, ‘30 Year Suicide‘, whatever you want really. It all fits while also barely scratching the surface of what is being explored here. It will be available for you to suffer along with soon too, if you dare because one thing is more than certain: If ATL is The Dirty South, then Crawl comes forth from a place that is The Unworthy’s South Of Heaven.