Festivals tend to save the best to last and Mammothfest is no different. Drawing in the cream of the British sludge, stoner and doom scene with an UK exclusive performance by a headliner at the top of their game.
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Even though the main stage is dominated by sludge, stoner and doom bands, there are lots of excellent bands from other genres on the Rikstock stage. The highlight being Brighton’s death punk heroes Rotten Foxes. Taking a queue from Turbonegro (who the band have covered live before), and by singing about Eastenders and Danny Dyer, Rotten Foxes may just be one of your new favourite bands.
Another excellent addition to the brilliant Holy Roar Records roster, Haast’s Eagled are eyeing the throne that Conan claimed in the doom scene. Haast’s Eagled have the tools to do so, like Conan they are creating doom that is monolithic, epic and conjures images of battlefields covered with corpses. They’re on the way to the stop, see them before they get huge.
Another brilliant band on Holy Roar Records, Wren have quickly become one of my favourite bands. Playing a menacing, foreboding mix of post-metal and sludge, Wren released one of the best releases of the year in Auburn Rule, an outstanding journey through treacherous terrain. Wren are an exceptional band and if you can’t catch them at Mammothfest, then there is always Damnation.
After opening Desertfest this year, Grave Lines are returning to Brighton to grace the main stage of Mammothfest. Delivering one of the best sets of the festival and winning new fans in the process, Grave Lines deliver songs that are slow and heavy with hypnotic, dread laden riffs. With new material in the pipeline, Grave Lines are a band to keep an eye on.
2017 has been an outstanding year for Telepathy. Releasing an outstanding new album in Tempest which contained one of the best songs of the year in ‘Metanoia’. They’ve played Roadburn, Desertfest, Incubate and now they can add Mammothfest to the list of festivals they’ve played. Instrumental post-metal that creates bleak images, but also moments of pure hope and euphoria. The Colchester quartet’s path to legendary status has begun, in ten years they will be headlining.
After performances at Bloodstock, ArcTanGent and a bunch of European festivals, you’d think OHHMS would be tired of festivals but they are still going strong. Striking gold for the third time in a row with their album The Fool, the Kent quartet’s unique fusion of genres has shot them into the stratosphere. The band opened the Sunday in 2015 and now return as the band before the sub-headliner. As I said in my review of The Fool, they make music that is “intelligent, well-written, loud and thought-provoking, they are one of the most important bands in the UK”.
Vodun are truly a rare band as there is nothing like them out there. As someone who has witnessed their live ritual on three occasions, they are a band who are a beautiful sight to behold. A beautiful display of passion on stage; soul, afropunk, doom metal and tribal music are just some of the genres they draw from in their cauldron. A band that are truly breaking barriers on stage and off, a great force of nature that will leave you wanting more.
Mammothfest was started with the goal of hosting bands of Amenra‘s quality. Amenra’s music is awe-inspiring, creating soundscapes which cause overwhelming sense of power. Their only UK performance of the year cannot be missed for a band whose performances have stayed with those who have witnessed them for years.