The heaviest stage award of Desertfest London 2018 goes to the Human Disease Promo and When Planets Collide Stage at the Camden Underworld on Sunday. If the likes of Monster Magnet and Hawkwind are not heavy or nihilistic enough, then the Underworld is the place for you.
At one of their earlier shows, a man in the audience described Bismuth’s music as “like stonehenge but music.” A more perfect descripton could not be written by the gods themselves. Bismuth are one of the UK’s best drone acts and lovely people to go alongside it, creating lengthy, powerful songs that shake venues to their core and damage their foundations. If there ever was a band to blow away the morning cobwebs/hangover, it would be Bismuth.
Moloch are one of the UK’s best kept secrets. With an impressive history of splits and tours with the likes of Lich, Cloud Rat and Thou, Moloch are a band that really should be bigger than they are. A band who are without a doubt a force to the reckoned with, Nottingham’s favourite sludge punks are a band to see.
Fister are a band who make music that is pure audio filth; disgusting, raw sludgey music. It’s also music that’s like jumping headfirst into a black hole via an abyss of misery. Fister make music that isn’t for the faint hearted, but the Underworld will be packed for them and a rare apperance in the UK will not be one to miss if you like your music as depressing and dark.
Suma are one of the best post-metal acts in Europe right now. Pushing the genre’s boundaries and themselves with every new album, Suma are a band who are long overdue an apperance at the Camden Underworld, the perfect venue for their claustrophobic assault. Walls of sound will dominate the venue as Suma play honest material, one for the ages.
Bison are back! Playing England for what seems to be the first time in eternity, the sludge rockers are back and ready to party. Playing hits from across their discography, including cuts from the recently re-released Earthbound, the band’s anthems will make for a change from the depression of previous acts. Bouncy, grooves riffs and infectious beats, it can only be Bison!
Primitive Man are an unstoppable power trip from Denver and one of the best bands in the US underground. Pure nihilism condenced into music form, Primitive Man left the Underworld broken only in June last year, but they’re back for more with some of the heaviest songs on the planet. If Hawkwind is not your thing, Primitive Man are the only choice.
Weedeater are legends, they’re stoner kings and a band no one has any qualms with playing twice at Desertfest. But for the Sunday they’ll be playing a special set of material from the band’s younger years. A rare chance to hear a set dedicated to the early years of the material that made Weedeater a household name in the stoner scene, so grab a bottle of a whiskey and head down to the Underworld to hear Dixie scream about drugs, marvel at Travis Owen’s drumming and get ready for Sixteen Tons of stoner gold.