Damnation Festival Preview

So with Damnation Festival fast approaching, it's time to pour over the stage times, figure who’s clashing with who and wondering when the hell there will be time to get a beer. Of course everyone knows about Carcass, Cult Of Luna and Katatonia, but who else is plying their trade that may just be worth holding it in for?

Tides From Nebula
The new kids on the post-rock block, new album Eternal Movement showed a lot of promise for the Polish quartet. Full of delicious riffs and with an agreeable urgency to their instrumental musings, all the signs are pointing towards an uplifting and enjoyable 30 minutes in their company.

In the vanguard of the experimental and avant-garde music scene, I expect Shining to be nothing less than spectacular. Jazz, black metal, prog… this should be a wonderfully mind-bending experience as they bring a close to their Blackjazz trilogy.

A doom band with two bassists can only be a good thing. Not that Palehorse are your typical doom band, not by a long shot. Recent album Harm Starts Here is as violent as the genre gets, one to really kick you when you’re down.

The Ocean
It is unlikely that anyone will be quite as epic as The Ocean will be next Saturday. With concept albums exploring Christianity and the oceanic depth zones in their back pocket, prepare for a set of intense, mind-expanding proggy metal.

An ode to the halcyon days of death metal and the brainchild of one of Britain’s finest doomy musicians, we are in for a rare treat with Vallenfyre. A band full of seasoned musicians playing music that took them to where they are today is a prospect certainly not to be missed.

Damnation Festival takes place on Saturday 2nd November at the Leeds Student Union. See damnationfestival.co.uk for more details.

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