Damnation Festival 2014 is finally upon us and once again there is a plethora of amazing acts from across the pallet of all things brutal, crushing and occasionally despicably heavy. Like last year the PHD will be showcasing the best in the slow, heavy and downright horrid world of Damnation and will hopefully be held in the bunker downstairs once again, which last year only made the levels of intensity in there all the more intense and crushing (particularly during Moss).
Opening up proceedings on the day will be Liverpool based Corrupt Moral Alter, who will be kicking things off in fine style with their own brand of punishing brutality. Primed with their blend of Scandinavian extreme metal influenced savagery, the scouse five piece will be blasting your hangover to pieces at the still reasonably late time of 1 on the PHD stage. (Time playing: 1 – 1.30).
Following them is Dutch experimental doom ensemble Atlantis. Whose eclectic mix of laden doom riffs with electronic sections and the occasional Neurosis sound scopes could work in contrast to the savagery of Corrupt Moral Alter. The six piece will certainly prove an interesting show and are one of the more unusual and intriguing bands on the stage. (Time playing: 2 – 2.30)
Leeds stoner five piece Black Moth are next on the PHD stage and will bring their blend of Kyuss meets Electric Wizard in a witches coven to their hometown show. Off the back of the band’s new album “Condemned To Hope” the band will be in fine form and hopefully bring the tunes to the possibly already inhibited crowd. (Time playing: 3 – 3.35)
Up next are Swansea based bringers of riff H A R K. After being approved by Clutch’s own Neil Fallon and appearing on the bands most recent album “Crystalline”, the welsh trio have hit their stride and especially after tearing the house down at Temples Festival earlier this year. After their successful co-headline tour with Ken Mode earlier this month the band will surely be raring to go and bringing the riffs to Yorkshire. (Time playing: 4.15 – 4.55).
Sólstafir will be bringing their signature brand of atmospheric black n roll to the PHD stage shortly afterwards. The Icelandic four piece who specialise in a slightly bizarre mix of heavy distorted guitars, pummelling drums and blues moments but mixed with soft piano sections as well as an almost Roky Erickson vibe to their tracks. It might not be for everyone but it will certainly be an interesting watch. (Time playing: 5.40 – 6.30)
Bringing the pain to destroy the slightly lightened mood after Sólstafir will be French doom monoliths Monarch! The seven piece will be bringing a tide of hatred to Leeds with an avalanche of doom and suffering. This will no doubt be the grimmest set of the day and will no doubt please those doom masochists in the audience. (Time playing: 7.20 – 8.10)
Rounding out the day will be German funeral doom ensemble Ahab who will be pummelling what is left of Damnation into the ground. Headlining the stage, Ahab will be returning to the UK in a rare appearance since the release of the bands stunning last album “The Giant”. (Time playing: 9.10 – 10.20)
Tickets are still available for this year’s festival and are available from here.