/ Lord Dying / Elder / Magic Circle
Sunday, Jun 10, 2012 9:15 PM EDT
(9:00 PM Doors)
Great Scott, Allston, MA
18 years and over
#4 Metal album of 2011 - NPR
“…fuzzy, Hendrix-ian doom metal riffs” – NPR.org
“…an unyielding force that slowly oozes out of the speakers, carrying jagged riffs and trudging rhythms that stretch on for upward of 12 minutes per song. It’s not hyperbolic in the least to tag the album as “epic.” – Willamette Week
“South of Salem incorporates the band's intensely dosed musical madness with the enchanting fury of Plotkin's vocals that, for lack of any better word, are simply bewitching.” – Portland Mercury
"...punishing slabs of phlegmatic, groove laden grunge lying cheek to jowl with some beautifully light headed moments in the vein of classic Sabbath and especially Welsh rockers, Budgie." - Terrorizer
Biography - WITCH MOUNTAIN was formed in Portland, OR in 1997 by Rob Wrong (Iommi Stubbs, ex-M99) and Nate "Nanotear" Carson (Point Line Plane, Two Ton Boa, Sunn0))) collaborator, etc). By 2000, the groundwork had been laid, the demo Homegrown Doom was remastered and released in Europe, and Dave Hoopaugh (Iommi Stubbs, Comavoid, Towers) was brought in to be the final bass player after a string of many.
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In 2011, Witch Mountain got back on road, touring with Christian Mistress to a climactic SXSW appearance at the Nanotear Showcase alongside old friends YOB, Agalloch, and Amber Asylum. The South of Salem LP was officially self-released by the band in April, and the record release show garnered massive local press in Portland, as well as serious nods from NPR and beyond.
Oregon is a stronghold for heavy music and its fans. In the valley between YOB’s cosmic doom and Red Fang’s brash party rawk, there lies a mountain…