Our third and final preview of this years Damnation Festival gives Steve Fallows the chance to wax lyrical about some of the bands he wanted to see at the year’s festival. Including, amongst others, Humanfly, Cerebral Bore, Medulla Nocte, Godflesh and The Devin Townsend Project!
Before I knew the set times for Damnation, I had my list of bands I wanted to see and it just so happened that I would be able to make it to see all of them without any clashes. This will be my second visit to the festival and once again it covers all bases for fans of all things noisy.
Leeds four piece Humanfly (1.30 – 2.00) should be a good starting point for the day. A hometown appearance for the band featuring former members of Canvas and carrying on their fine legacy for their brand of loud dishevelled noise. The band were a real treat on the Earthtone 9 tour earlier this year, and are sure to kick off the proceedings on the Zero Tolerance Stage in an appropriately noisy manner.
Glasgow death metal crew Cerebral Bore (Terrorizer Stage 2.00 – 2.30) are coming to the end of amazing year, with the release of the excellent “Maniacal Miscreation” earlier this year and a busy schedule of touring since then, which has taken them all over the world. A good chance to blow any remaining cobwebs with an early set and a chance to see one of the rising talents in extreme music.
Former Medulla Nocte (among others) front man Paul Catten is making a special appearance at Damnation Festival with A Man Called Catten (Terrorizer Stage 2.50 – 3.20). After recently releasing his “Themes And Variations For Strings And Electronics”, he revisits one of his former bands for what will be one of the most intense sets of the day.
Norway’s Shining (Terrorizer Stage 3.40 – 4.10) bring their blend of jazz, industrial prog and metal to Damnation. They have recently filmed a show for a forthcoming live album and say of this ‘It feels good to know that people can now truly experience how much fire and effort we pour into our live shows’. The chance to experience the ‘Blackjazz’ live show, is one that should not be missed.
Birmingham crust punk legends Doom (Terrorizer Stage 6.20 – 7.10) continue their third incarnation with a set at this years Damnation. The band was massively influential on early hardcore and grindcore and can pick from nearly a quarter of a century of anger and political invective. Definitely fifty minutes to make sure you see.
The reformed Industrial pioneers Godflesh (Jägermeister Stage 8.10 – 9.20) should be one of the highlights of the day. Adding to the run of festivals after playing at Roadburn, Supersonic and Hellfest in the last couple of years, Justin Broadrick and GC Green continue the long road back which could also lead to a new Godflesh album which Broadrick has hinted at. Recent set lists promise 70 minutes that explores the bands career.
The Devin Townsend Project (Jägermeister Stage 9.50 – 11.00) is the main headline of this years event, coming off the back of a sold out UK tour earlier this year and the much acclaimed release of ‘Ghost’ and ‘Deconstruction’, the final parts of his four part sonic adventure which started with ‘Ki’ and ’Addicted’. The choice of set list will be very interesting as Devin has recently been rehearsing all four of his most recent albums, which will be played in London over four consecutive night a few days after Damnation. Always highly entertaining to watch, equally for his between song banter as much as the pure technical quality on show and extensive and wide ranging back catalogue to choose from.
So, if after our three previews highlighting the endless delights on offer at this year’s Damnation Festival you still don’t have your ticket then we heartily suggest you get your gad damn arses into gear and hit up the Official Damnation Festival Website and get yours tickets today, or all you’ll be left with is a ticket for the Steps reunion tour and you really don’t want that do you!!!