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On The Road//Doomed and Stoned Fest 2018//Chicago

This time On The Road, we attended the first annual Doomed and Stoned Event in Chicago, IL, for three days of the very best in heavy metal! Featuring some of Chicagoland’s greatest bands, as well as other band features from across the country! This is a community-driven festival that aims to recognize local musicians, artisans, and merchants.

“In DOOM we trust. Praise the RIFF!”

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chicagodoomedandstonedfest/

Official site: http://www.chicagodoomedandstonedfestival.com/
I coincidentally arrived at Reggie’s at 4:20PM where I met with the crew out back to get everything settled in for the weekend. I was parked right under the train where there was a back alley covered in beautiful graffiti, and I could even see the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) in the distance. This was like a microcosm of everything you have ever heard or seen about Chicago. I then met with Lara, the promoter and the organizer of Doomed and Stoned Fest, who gave me my passes. She briefed me a bit on the event and where about everything was located.

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Photo featuring: Lara McGlynn
Lara also mentioned that Shane, a Chicago promoter for Empire Productions, also helped her on the event. Doomed and Stoned Fest was birthed two years ago and existed as an annual event in Indianapolis, but was expanded to add the first Chicago event, making this experience a biannual rendezvous for metalheads everywhere. The event showcases 20 bands in three days as well as many artists, including Nick Gurly who designed the poster art for the even as well.


As I proceeded into the building, I could tell it was something made from what appeared to be a renovated old theater. I was able to meet with all of the employees at Reggie’s personally. They were all friendly, cooperative, and helpful. They really brought the show to life and made my experience at the event very enjoyable.
Day one of Doomed and Stoned Fest featured the following bands in this order starting at 7P.M
Pale Grey Lore

https://www.facebook.com/palegreylore/
Shadow Witch

https://www.facebook.com/shadowwitch.band/
Attalla

https://www.facebook.com/attallawi/
Black Road

https://www.facebook.com/BlackRoadChicago
Black Pyramid

https://www.facebook.com/Black-Pyramid-49292323952/
Inter Arma

https://www.facebook.com/INTERARMA/
Pale Grey Lore showed up and immediately began to unload onto the stage having travelled all the way from Columbus, OH. They did their sound check and the festival began! Their performance was the perfect way to get the vibe of what Stoned and Doomed fest was going to be like. They were very engaging with the crowd and welcomed all the bands as they continued through their set list. After Pale Grey Lore was Shadow Witch, of Hudson Valley New York.
Prior to their performance, I was able to speak to the bass guitarist and vocalist Dave Pannullo. He told me all about how excited he was to be a part of the festival as we welcomed each other to the weekend ahead. Dave told me a bit about Shadow Witch stating that they were under the record label Salt Of The Earth; however, they are putting out a vinyl that was self -romoted under the label called Broomstick. He informed me about the albums of Shadow Witch including their first album Sunkiller, which came out in 2016, and their album, Disciples Of The Crow, which came out in 2017. Shadow Witch was inspired by bands such as Red Fang, Alice In Chains and Mastodon, and I could see that reflected in their performance.
While Shadow Witch was on stage, the venue really began to fill up. The other bands began to arrive and the festival started to kick into full swing. Next was Attalla, who had just pulled up and had to get right onto the stage. Codi laughed, “That’s how we like it. Just roll up, unpack and go straight from the highway!” Chicago appeared to really like Attalla and they made Wisconsin proud. They had a ton of energy in their performance and got the crowd super hyped. I was glad to see them once again for their performance is really strong. Being really familiar with our Wisconsin scene it was nice to see them bring our energy to the south as well.
I took a moment away from the stage to watch the merch table for Black Road’s lead vocalist Suzi Uzi while she recorded Attalla for a live stream on the internet. Suzi told me that Reggie’s was their home venue, and you could tell when they hit the stage that she truly felt in her comfort zone there.
Black Road hit hard and heavy representing the Chicago doom and stoner metal scene extremely well. They held everyone’s attention as they brought a stellar performance to Doomed and Stoned. At the end of the performance, Suzi humbly announced that their performance was dedicated to her father. All of us who know Suzi knew that he had recently passed away and it was very touching to see her love for him.
After Black Road was another dark,doomy band called Black Pyramid , who describe themselves as “Psychedelic War Metal”. They hail from western Massachusetts and made it very clear that they were NOT from Boston. I spoke with the two Andys: Andy B. and Andy K., who informed me that their latest album release was Black Pyramid II. The inspiration of Black Pyramid comes from many types of bands including 13th Floor Elevators, Neurosis, High On Fire, Black Sabbath, Black Flag and the occult in general.
The headliner, Inter Arma, was up next. Drummer T.J Childers told me that they were from Richmond, VA. They are with Relapse Records, releasing their most recent album Paradise Gallows which came out in 2016. Currently, Inter Arma is working on writing new music while touring. It was at this point that T.J asked me if I was a cop, which made me laugh because I realized I had forgotten to introduce myself. He described their sound as dirty, mystical, hillbilly metal, which I loved. He was a great guy with a lot of personality. He told me that their overall inspiration are acts like ZZ Top, Led Zepplin and classic rock over all. They owned the night, so it was no wonder they were the headlining act. This was a full force band that was definitely the stoner part of Doomed and Stoned Fest. To me, they were a band for big venues. They also have a European tour coming up!
Thus, the first day of Doomed and Stoned Fest was concluded. It was a great evening full of cool and dedicated fans, bands, and others who support the music scene. I was impressed with everything that had gone on so far, including the hard work that Lara had clearly put into putting everything together. The evening went without a hitch, and I couldn’t wait until day two.

After leaving my hotel room and picking up coffee and a crescent at Dunkin’ Donuts, I was off to get an early start to day two of the Doomed and Stoned Festival. I arrived at 2:30 PM, which was a bit before anything really began.

Day two acts of Doomed and Stoned Fest included:

Thorr-Axe

https://www.facebook.com/thorraxedoom/

Of Wolves

https://www.facebook.com/ofWOLVES/

WAFT

https://www.facebook.com/WaftSC/

Brume

https://www.facebook.com/brumeband/

Huntsmen

https://www.facebook.com/HuntsmenBand/

Sixes

https://www.facebook.com/Sixesdoom/

The Skull

https://www.facebook.com/troubletheskull/

 

When I returned to the venue, I met up with the members of the band Age Of Truth from Philadelphia. They are defined as garage-style stoner metal. I was unfortunately unable to attend for the third day of the event, which was the day they were to perform, but I did get to speak with them about their career, which lead to us being “event buddies” for the weekend. First I talked with their drummer, Scott Frassetto. I found out he was the newest member of the band and had only playing with them for seven months. Their latest LP is Threshold, which came out in 2017. Age Of Truth is in the process of a new album and he said that he feels this style is leaning more to a progressive style. Scott said they were invited by Lara to be a part of Doomed and Stoned Fest, and continued to tell me how the drive was smooth and they were planning on being there the entire weekend. I spent the majority of my time at the festival with the members of Age Of Truth thrashing to the other bands.

Thorr-Axe, from Bloomington, IN, kicked off day two and it was like the festival never stopped. As Of Wolves entered and it was as if they brought the pack with them and the whole venue was buzzing once again. Of Wolves guitarist and vocalist Steve took the time to speak with us. He told us about the album release for Evolved, and then on the fly decided to include us on an exclusive title announcement for their album release this September: Balance. A company they work with, Decibel, will be releasing a single and a video to go with this album. For Steve, the influence for Of Wolves is politically driven because he is angry and frustrated about having to raise his family in the world as is, and he said he finds it to be emotional therapy. They put on a great show and all of their fans filled the venue to the brim.

During the time that the band WAFT was up, I had left to take a break. I had just realized I hadn’t eaten all day and by this time it was 9PM. However, from what I had heard they really brought it, and kept they show rolling. To check them out, be sure to click the link we provided above.

The food at Reggie’s was spectacular, great service, great eats, and the atmosphere was amazing as well.

When I re-entered the venue, Brume from San Francisco, CA, had taken the stage. Jordan, the drummer, talked about how Rooster was their first L.P., and was engineered by Billy Anderson. He told me that Brume was heavily influenced by the bands Yob and High On Fire. They too talk up Doomed and Stoned Fest, talking about how good everyone was to them and so on. They were really full for a three-member band. The haunting quality of the female vocalist/bassist Susie stole the show. I have seen many female vocalists attempt to achieve this sound, but she really perfected the style. Her voice along with the rest of the talent of the band brought everything together so beautifully, it was a memorable moment for everyone at the festival.

Next was Huntsmen, one of Chicagoland’s very own. They released their last album in February of 2018, called American Scrap, under Prosthetic Records. They described their brand of doom as Americana metal, which is story telling. Bands that inspire them are Sleep and High On Fire.

I was able to sit with the band Sixes, which is featured in the video below. This band is sludge-doom with very heavy bass. They kept the pace of the festival with a heavy performance.

Lastly, there was the headliner for night two– The Skull.

I was able to spend time with guitarist Rob Wrong, who is not only in The Skull but was also in a band called Witch Mountain. He told us how he spent a lot of time flying between gigs with the two bands. He said he’s been very busy, which we found as no surprise. You could tell Chicago was the hometown of The Skull because they were surrounded by fans from the moment of the arrival. You can tell they are very loyal to their fans. Below is some live footage of their amazing performance.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend day three, but I really wish I could have stayed. I watched the live feed from home and it had continued to be a success. This festival was extremely successful. There were no hassles for the fans or the bands and everyone was extremely down to earth. It felt something similar to a family reunion, but one where you got along with everyone who was there.

I want to give a special thank you to Tim and Suzi for inviting us down to cover the Doomed and Stoned event, as well as give special thanks to bands Attalla and Black Road. Thank you as well to the band Shadow Witch for being the biggest contributor to our giveaway, but of course thank you to all the other bands who contributed as well. Thank you especially to Lara once again for working endlessly to put the festival together as well as all the others who worked over that weekend and beyond it as well.

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Don Niesen

Edited by- Cat Sullivan

Video/photo edits by- Emily Mae

On The Road//Metal For Muttz 2018

Metal 4 Muttz is a charity concert to help the Lincoln & Marathon County Humane Society. The hosts of this event was Shannon Barden of the band Syght Unscene and Brittnay Loka. Also in support was Hazardous Beauties Modeling. This year Metal For Muttz was held at The Cabaret Bar in Wausau,WI on April 21st. This event featured 10 bands including:

  • All Kings Fall
  • Downgrade
  • Syght Unscene
  • Un-Broken
  • Auf-ki
  • Infantivore
  • Our Last Vision
  • For Once
  • Constance
  • Artists Unknown
  • Suck Bucket
  • Zippnuttz
  • Masochistic Jag
  • Death The Kid

There were many people in attendance of this show. The venue was packed from wall to wall with supporters-band members and fans alike. There was quite the variety of metal acts, and even some punk bands in the mix that came together for the cause. Metal 4 Muttz also put together a raffle as well as food that was provided for those who were volunteering their time at the event. The weather that day was more than perfect for the event as well, it was the first nice day in what had seemed like an eternity. So, this was the perfect excuse to leave the house, not to mention the fact that it was for an amazing cause. We took the time to not only photograph and film the bands but also to interview with some of the people who helped this event be possible. Featured is Shannon Barden, Brittnay Loka, and Cat Taylor.

Interview:

Stage 1:

Stage 2:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Metal4Muttz/

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Hazardous Beauties Modeling: https://www.facebook.com/HazardousBeauties/

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Photos: Emily Mae For complete gallery visit- https://www.facebook.com/Emilymaehem25/

Video: Cat Sullivan

Emily Mae and Cat Sullivan

Extended Play//The Divide-Those Dirty Thieves

 

Welcome Music Maehem readers and subscribers to Extended Play with the Illinois punk/metal band, Those Dirty Thieves!

They just dropped their new single “So What” on 4/20, which was then followed by the release of their newest EP The Divide! Personally, I have been waiting for this EP since I saw it announced way back in February, so it was my pleasure to bring it over here for a review!

For those of you who haven’t seen these guys killin’ it on stage, you should get out there ASAP! They have the amazing energy of metal combined with the attitude of punk, and have an extraordinary talent of turning the entire room into a pit with ease. I got to witness this firsthand one evening at the Pollock Inn in Wausau, Wisconsin. Ever since that night, this band has stayed stuck in my brain, so I have just been waiting for the first chance I had to jump on a feature for these guys!

This EP enthralls you from the very first note. As soon as it begins, I couldn’t help but think, “Ooooh shit!” –I knew I was in for something sweet!

The first track is “Full Moon”, which is full of attitude and rage. It gives you the feeling of being chased by wolves, or maybe even fighting wolves! Either way, you feeling the mighty wrath of wolves and it gets your blood pumping!  I’m sure that has something to do with the name of the track, but that being said, as Marceline The Vampire Queen of Adventure Time once put it, “The only thing women love more than fun is excitement. She needs to feel her blood pump, man! She needs to… BE CHASED BY WOLVES!”

“Full Moon” fades perfectly into the next track, “Growing Old”. Those Dirty Theives have adopted the tagline “WRECK YOUR NECK”, and this track is guaranteed to fulfill that goal for the listener! Fast, thrashy, and relentless with plenty of killer bass licks to peak your heart’s desire. This track has so much drive and force to it, it’s a tough call, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be this one. I’m in love with the thrash metal influence throughout, but that very punk ending reminded me a bit of the old Offspring albums as well.

“So What” was the first track that Those Dirty Thieves revealed to all of us. It’s easy to see why, as it is the perfect highlight of what to expect from this EP. It has great hooks and heavy riffs as well as the powerful drums and catchy lyrics that are all married together into this track. When I first heard this tune, it hooked me instantly.  Just to be nice, here is the link to the single below for your listening pleasure, but don’t stop there!

Things slow down just a bit in  the next track, “Chasers”. There are heavy breakdowns that hold some of the nu-metal flavor. Of course though, things speed back up and the thrash returns once again, featuring one HELL of a sick guitar solo!

We finish out this EP with “Back From The Dead”. This track is also a little bit slower at times, but still keeping the fast, brutal and definitely face melting style that is Those Dirty Thieves. This is the perfect ending for this EP– the fact that it had to end at all was a real bummer, but all good things come to an end as they say, and if it HAS to end, this track is the best way to do it. Continuing to show they are heavy as fuck, it ends just in time for you to give your neck a much needed break.

Overall this EP is an absolute must on any playlist worth having. Each track is pretty short, so it helps you get your energy and anger out right in time to finish your lunch break and get back to the grind. If that’s not enough for you, just put this bad boy on repeat!

The Divide by Those Dirty Thieves is available now–hit that link below and prepare to WRECK YOUR NECK!

You can also join them in person with the neck-wrecking at their next show on May 11th at Smith’s Downtown!

Be sure to follow Those Dirty Thieves on all the social media you can find!

https://open.spotify.com/album/0NbWXRaDKY2MyzHDU66aAL

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/those-dirty-thieves/id1092872590

https://www.facebook.com/thosedirtythieves/

Want to see them live? Check them out at Smith’s Downtown May 11th!

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-Written and co-written/edited by Emily Mae and Cat Sullivan, respectively 

 

On The Road//Stonefest 4/20

Welcome to another great show On The Road with Music Maehem! There were a lot of amazing shows going on over the 4/20 weekend in celebration of the “green” but the one we are featuring this year is the 16th annual Stonefest presented by Grave Marker Music and the band Headstone.

There were two stages with bands for feature, one on the first level and a second upstairs. The switch over between the two stages ran very smoothly and everything rolled right into one another without a hitch.  I arrived just in time to catch the first band Seven Cities Dead. They were full of brutality which was a great way to start this evening of metal. The second band to follow was our good friends Shield The Survivors. They played the second stage as well in the upper area. They had a lot of energy which started to draw in the evening crowd quite quickly.  After they were done loading everything up, we stayed to catch some of the set for the Rictus Grin. They had a very unique twist to thrash that kept you moving and was very entertaining. The crowd brought waffles and threw them at Rictus Grin during their tune about beer and waffles which only added to the entertainment.

After my interview with Shield the survivors, I floated through the crowd and talked to some fans about a how well the turn out was and how the lineup was very consistent. It was nice to see multiple generes of bands on the bill as well. I unfortunately had A.K.F. business to do as well so I didn’t get a chance to film every band at the show, but there was no ill words said about a single performance.

Shane had some amazing things to say about the history of 420, and everyone was really into the spirit of the holiday the entire night. I was definitely honored to be a part of Stone Fest this year. Triple P’s is an amazing venue for smaller festival type shows. They  appreciate what  we are trying to do as local musicians and are very respectful to our community.  I  look forward to many more Stone Fests and other shows at this venue in the future!

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Please be sure to check out Grave Marker Music for more events in the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/GraveMarkerMusic/

Be sure to check out all the bands that played there as well and as always show support! Support local music! Thrash fast!

Mitchel Fulcer 

 

 

Welcome to Power Slide

Welcome welcome to Music Maehem’s new slot installment, POWERSLIDE! Featuring your host and new team member for MM, Ian Gray of All Kings Fall.
Powerslide will be bringing you news on national acts, local acts, rants, an album of the week segment, and more!
This week, Ian brings you news on Slayer, all the best 4/20 and weekend shows coming up, a thoughtful side about the importance of bass players, plus music featuring All Kings Fall and SEISMA.
 Subscribe to our channel on youtube so you never miss an episode of Powerslide as well as all of our interviews and coverage of our local scene! Thank you for supporting us and local music! Keep it metal!!
For more info on the shows mentioned, head on over to the All Kings Fall, Wrath of the Girth, Cold Black River, The Hook Up and Metal 4 Muttz facebook pages!

On The Road//Metal St. Patty’s Day Party

What do you get when you mix heavy metal, beer from the Back Bar, Chuck E.Cheese, hand jobs, and a guest appearance from Squidhammer Metal? You get one hell of an interesting interview with Act Of Defiance when they came to Janesville, WI  to melt faces.

Be sure to pick up their newest album Old Scars, New Wounds:  from Metal Blade Records!  Watch/listen/order:http://www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance

Part 2 of our St. Patrick’s Day coverage, Henry and Matt were gracious enough to take some time to be interviewed for Music Maehem.
Also featured this week is a compilation video of the bands that opened for Act Of Defiance that night–some great talent all around that night at the Back Bar, make sure you check it out!
Featuring:
  • Bury The Enemy : https://burytheenemy.bandcamp.com/
  • Squidhammer Metal: http://www.squidhedz.com/
  • American Zeros: http://www.americanzeros.com/
  • Shattered Sun: https://www.facebook.com/ShatteredSunBand/
Cat Sullivan

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Attalla

 

Attalla is a doom metal band with with a classic rock n roll edge that hails from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. They have been on the scene since 2012, and have been accomplishing all kinds of things since their beginning 6 years ago. After they were recommended to us, we gave them a listen and were not disappointed. Their Black Sabbath-like twist to modern doom metal was the perfect thing for our feature. With a few tours under their belt, (including the east coast) one album release (with another new album released recently), while all of this being self-promoted, we were nothing short of impressed. We tracked them down to the Pollock Inn in Wausau for an interview, presented to you by our very own Don Niesen.  The band collectively decided that he should sit with Cody Stieg and get the low down on what Attalla has to tell us!

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So the band was formed in 2012, the year the world ended, what have been some of your accomplishments after you survived this?

2012 was when we got together and worked on and recorded the self titled concept album Attalla, which was released in July 2014. 2015 was our first tour east, which was all self promoted. There were great crowds and great feedback due to online promotion from reviews and interviews we sustained crowds throughout the tour there.

 

So, Glacial Rule is your next album?

We began writing and recording in 2016 and it was released in 2017. Glacier Rule was recorded at Howel Recording Studio in Milwaukee. All the songs on the album are inspired by natural things found in Wisconsin, such as how the glaciers shaped our state and the power it took to do that. The album art was designed by Adam Burke from Portland, Oregon. It was hand painted on a very large scale canvas. Please be sure to look up his artwork!

(We did our detective work and found his instagram which is the handle @nightjarillustration–be sure to follow it!)

We had vinyl albums made as well as special editions. 100 of them were fire red and we sold all of them in one month after the release. Then, we made 400 frostbite clear blue vinyls that are currently available. We have had great reviews and over 50,000 views on our Youtube!

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So, back to the tour for Glacial Rule, how did that go?

In 2016, we spent a month touring the west coast, which went well and had even bigger crowds. Since we had already toured the east coast, it made booking the west coast much easier. Then, we kind of ran into a hiccup with drummers so in 2017 we went through 3 drummer changes from the time of the release to September. That kind of complicated things but we kept moving forward. In September of 2017 we booked another tour to the east coast. It was 17 shows and our following had grown so we had larger crowds there as well. As of November of 2017, we have started writing material for our third album and have been doing 3 to 4 shows a month locally here in the Midwest.

 

Have you had any radio airplay or podcasts?

We sent out 100 press kits to radio stations and it didn’t really amount to a whole lot. We were featured on the 94.7 on the Edge on the Razor. It’s not a main goal to impress the radio but whatever exposure we get from it– great! We are on Spotify, and it turns out that there is a rapper with a same name and the same spelling which is causing a conflict for the rapper, even confusion for the rapper’s management. We are on bandcamp and Facebook of course. Social media is a great way to get our name out there.

 

I see you’re playing at the Doomed and Stoned Festival in Chicago, what can you tell us about it? Where can we find tickets?

We are playing June 1st which is a Friday with six other bands. The festival is three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and it features seven bands per night. This festival has been going on in Indianapolis for two years and this is the first year they are adding a Chicago location. The tickets are $20 a day or $50 for all three days. You can find them at the Doomed and Stoned Web page. (Link below)

https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1637329?utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent&utm_source=fbTfly

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Thank you once again to Attalla for spending time with Music Maehem! It was a pleasure to meet them and we look forward to seeing them again on the scene! As always, be sure to like and follow them on Facebook and other social media!

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/attallawi/

Bandcamp: https://attallawi.bandcamp.com/

Below is a peak at their album Glacial Rule. 

Don Niesen