If you want to go to a great sludge line-up, then there’s no better place for that than Camden. Camden is the beating heart of the UK underground and it has attracted a high calibre of artists. The Underworld is a legendary hub at the centre of this. The small 500 capacity venue attracts not only emerging bands but legendary bands. Bands such as Amon Amarth, Atreyu, Bring Me the Horizon, and You Me at Six have down-scaled to play this legendary venue because they love it so much. I went to some of the best gigs of my life at this venue and I imagine this line-up will also be one of them.
Conjurer are one of the most exciting underground bands in the UK, with festival appearances, including Damnation, Bloodstock and Mammothfest, as well as what seems like hundreds of gigs. Conjurer will be the support for the UK leg of the Weedeater tour and this is of course well-deserved as they are one of the best bands to pop up this year. Heavy on the riffs and powerful on the groove, you’d be foolish to miss this band live. One listen to their I EP will show why they were snapped up by Holy Roar and are in so much demand. They are going to be huge as their heroes Mastodon, so catch them before they end up headlining.
I had a chat with Conjurer before they went off to play Bloodstock, you can read it here.
Apey & the Pea are a band dedicated to the art. They are travelling all the way from Budapest for this gig to play what will hopefully be a blinder of a set. I’m sure it will be as Apey & the Pea play an excellent barrage of sludge, with their own added twist to the genre. The Hungarians are masters of their craft and play like there’s no tomorrow as one listen to their album Hellish will show you. With hypnotic vocals and a devilish bass tone to their music, Apey & the Pea deserve your attention.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Slabdragger. Their latest album Rise of the Dawncrusher is probably one of my favourites of the year and its success has built upon their growing cult following. The band who are Holy Roar label mates to Conjurer, have shared stages with Bongzilla, High on Fire, Saint Vitus, Acid King, Ufomammut, Orange Goblin and Church of Misery to name a few. They bring a strong blues element to the genre to create fifteen minute long prog epics. However, they also know when to cut loose with short punches to the jugular such as ‘Evacuate’ and ‘Murky Fen’. They’re a band who are truly destined for greater heights and they deserve to be as big as the band they have the honour of being the main support for, a testament to how far the Croydon three piece have come.
MetalRecusants conducted an interview with Yusuf from Slabdragger earlier this year, you can read that chat here.
Weedeater are one of the kings of the genre, an unstoppable force that cannot be slowed down by time. Their name is a widely respected one for their shear admiration from the fans and other bands. They gave their lives to rock ‘n’ roll and in return have given us a solid discography of classics. ‘God Luck and Good Speed’, ‘Jason the Dragon’, ‘Wizard Fight’, ‘Weed Monkey’ are just a few of the hits in their arsenal. An absolute outstanding band and one that all fans of the genre should be congregating to see. Hail Weedeater!
Tickets are available here or direct from The World’s End Pub in Camden.
19:15 – CONJURER
20:00 – APEY & THE PEA
21:00 – SLABDRAGGER
21:55 – WEEDEATER