Rhode Island-based doom metal trio, Pilgrim, has confirmed three special shows with Castle and Blizaro this August.
Guitarist / vocalist The Wizard comments: "We are very excited and grateful to be asked to join Castle on the east coast portion of their tour. We are also ecstatic to reunite with John Gallow (Blizaro, Orodruin), a great friend and a huge inspiration and influence, and finally see the almighty Blizaro live! Hopefully we'll get some Dungeons & Dragons in on the journey to Philadelphia!"
Pilgrim w/ Castle, Blizaro:
8/04/2016 Ralph's Rock Diner - Worcester, MA
8/05/2016 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY
8/06/2016 The Fire - Philadelphia, PA
Pilgrim will be playing in support of their latest album, "II: Void Worship". A frighteningly crushing exercise in pure, sonic doom, "II: Void Worship" ebbs and flows into frenzied climaxes, while fading into sweet audio depressions - all moulding perfectly crafted rock songs into twisted spires of shadowy doom metal epics. To preview and purchase "II: Void Worship", visit: metalblade.com/pilgrim.
Iconic doom-bringers, The Obsessed, will kick off their first tour in over a decade tonight in Washington, DC. The long-anticipated trek will run through two dozen cities, coming to a close on June 11th in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional support will be provided by The Atomic Bitchwax and Karma To Burn.
Forged in 1976 in Maryland and led by the inimitable Scott "Wino" Weinrich (who'd go on to front Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, Place Of Skulls, The Hidden Hand, and more), The Obsessed weathered various line up shifts and an on-again-off-again status over the course of a winding, forty-year history. The band released three now-legendary full-lengths -- 1990's "The Obsessed", 1991's "Lunar Womb", and 1994's "The Church Within" - as well as a gaggle of seven-inch singles and compilation appearances. The Obsessed is Weinrich alongside long-time partner Dave Sherman (Spirit Caravan, Earthride) and drummer Brian Constantino (a former The Obsessed drum tech). The line-up is currently writing material and will hit the studio immediately after the tour for an as-yet-untitled new full-length set for an Autumn 2016 release.
5/13/2016 Black Cat - Washington, DC
5/14/2016 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
5/15/2016 Golden Pony - Harrisonburg, VA
5/16/2016 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
5/18/2016 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
5/19/2016 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
5/20/2016 V Club - Huntington, WV
5/21/2016 5th Quarter Lounge - Indianapolis, IN
5/22/2016 The Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
5/23/2016 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
5/24/2016 Rock Island Brewing Co. - Rock Island, IL
5/25/2016 Fubar - Saint Louis, MO
5/26/2016 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
5/28/2016 3 Kings Tavern - Denver, CO
5/31/2016 Dante's - Portland, OR
6/02/2016 Slim's - San Francisco, CA
6/03/2016 The Complex - Los Angeles, CA
6/04/2016 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
6/05/2016 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
6/07/2016 Dirty Dog - Austin, TX
6/08/2016 Tom Cat's West - Fort Worth, TX
6/09/2016 Walter's - Houston, TX
6/10/2016 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
6/11/2016 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
On a warm summers evening, in the concrete jungle of Camden's abyss, three bands were about to let rip on the unsuspecting local civilization.
Two wallowing figures soon emerged on stage being watched by those attending The Fiddlers Elbow, this duo were 5 Lives left whose unique style of rock was running wild with different influences here and there. Sure the drummer was giving his all as if he was high on matured crack, hitting everything in sight and luckily not breaking the drum kit. Whilst the crowd clearly appreciated their performance with the unsuspected encore, the vocals at times were dire and seemingly need a lot of work done to improve this, not only that but the guitarist who was also in charge of vocals lacked motion and to some extent emotion. It was a hard time to decipher what this duo were capable of and frankly some nearby felt they would find answers in downing a bottle of beer, it was going to be a long night.
 RHYS STEVENSON
Suddenly the temperature seemed to drop greatly, as if outside the sun had blown out or the fridge door was left wide open to allow a cold and bitter atmosphere to freeze everything in sight, literally the crowd were rooted to the spot when Melodic Death / Doom Metallers Spectral Darkwave shafted out their cunning and eloquent dramatis persona that welcomed them to induct impromptu after impromptu via extravagant music playing. This may well be a huge step for the London boys but the best is sure to come in the future, it is early days but this trio could well be a promising act from the deepest and darkest sewers in the underground algorithm that is leading many unsigned bands in the UK to being justly recognized.
 RHYS STEVENSON
< One Final Stitch message was black and white, they were born to rock
The final act of the evening was One Final Stitch, a no-nonsense hard rock band tinged with what they call 'Girl Metal', hailing from the back streets of Ockendon, they brought another killer performance given due this was their first live show in London, accidentally headlining (headliner pulled out) and 2nd gig overall. Since their first gig at Southend Chinnerys a couple or so weeks back, the fearsome foursome have excelled in making their music more tighter, more meaningful and with added grit, grisliness and good ole fashion rock 'n' roll. During their set they unleashed now tracks, some of which were so powerful Camden was lucky not to suffer window explosions let alone earth tremors let off by this Teutonic musical machine. As they ground into the dirt and delivered sting after sting, the crowd roared with excitement and appraisal, not only had the band done the remarkable at performing sensationally well at their second gig, but more so in London as their 2nd overall gig. However the show was not complete as it did not feature any 'this is what happens when the lights go down' jokes.
 RHYS STEVENSON
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