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After the grand Godflesh + SYK kick-off, East Edge Collective (in collaboration with Vibra Agency) is back, this time to Prosek (Trieste).

Through a psychedelic gospel of riff-worship and misery, the Church have ascended metal’s flaming pulpit and proclaimed the word of doom with resolute conviction, and succeeded, in no small thanks to their undisputed reputation and one of the most frenzied and strangulatingly tight live acts you’re likely to witness (The Quietus)

Black Sabbath, psychedelia, blues, the 60’s heavy rock and serial killers: these are the basics to keep in mind when we talk about CHURCH OF MISERY, a Japanese outfit that has been around since 1995.

The band’s only constant component is one of the founding fathers, the bass wizard Tatsu Mikami, but it’s ever changing line-up has seen such names as Tom Sutton of Firebird/Horisont/Night Viper, Scott Carlson of Repulsion, Eric Little of Earhtride and Dave Szulkin of Blood Farmers, to name a few. Through their filthy – but at the same time refined sound the band establishes the basis to narrate their revolting and macabre tales, keeping faith to the psychological aspects. Their psychedelic doom is groovy and built of many layers, and has different shades from one album to another, without ever compromising the core.

Calling Rise Above their home today, the doom ensemble has been on the books of Southern Lord and Bad Acid in the past, recorded splits with such sacred monsters as Sourvein, Iron Monkey and Acrimony, and brought to light “Live At Roadburn 2009”.

Should these credentials not be good enough, just go listen to Master Of Brutality and Houses Of The Unholy and you’ll see for yourself whom you have in front of you – basically, one of the most important doom bands of the past decades.



MESSA play evoking doom metal with a dark jazz twist. Deliciously haunting female vocals, rhodes piano and 70’s fuzz guitars combine to conjure a sound that is all of their own. With influences as diverse as Windhand, Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, The Devil’s Blood, Jex Thoth, Angelo Badalamenti, Bell Witch, Urfaust and Aluk Todolo, the band has moved from the droning occult doom of their first LP “Belfry” to a new, darker and more atmospheric approach clearly showcased in their new record “Feast for Water”, a concept album centered on the introspective, symbolic and ritual features of the liquid element (source: press release; at the moment “Feast for Water” is getting awesome reviews everywhere).


TYTUS [heavy metal, TS] are the local heroes, but they are getting also a well deserved international recognition: just as Church of Misery, Tytus started from the foundations of metal to make something of their own full of raw energy.

So, this is TYTUS – they are talented and know how to showcase their skills tastefully without making it sound like forced patchwork. They aim directly at my personal taste in Heavy Metal – high performance and highly dynamic songwriting that is easy to identify with and is not too progressive to disperse my interest. This album is highly recommended to all Heavy Metal fans out there (source: metal-temple.com)



GLORY OWL [stoner rock, TS]: five beer & food loving donkeys.

Predatory, rapacious, dusty.