For 10,000(ish) years, you have asked us, begged us, pleaded with us and wished with us and now we are ecstatic to reveal that 2018 is the year the rumours of war finally come true: High On Fire will celebrate 20 Sunless Yearswhen they headline Desertfest in Camden Town. Not only that, but we’ve added another 11 killer acts to Desertfest 2018.
You all know the story. Californian legends of the riff Sleep split in 1998, leaving a void in the stoner ozone that would take significant time to refill. But a presence such as Matt Pike can’t disappear. And so High on Fire was born; a breakneck, foot-down, exhaust-blazing approach to primitive piledriving like no-one had ever attempted before. The amps, the volume, the force and the grandiose nature of Sleep were still there, but the newfound speed and aggression was at the time of The Art of Self Defense (and still is now) mind-blowing.
With every album, a little bit faster, a little bit tighter and a little bit heavier, High of Fire have evolved over their two decades, resulting in, by the time of 2015’s Luminiferous, one of the most comfortable, complete and devastatingly powerful trios that heavy music has ever seen. You’d be a fool to miss them at Desertfest 2018.
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Also on the bill, after a hefty absence from the UK, are The Obsessed. Almost synonymous with the doom underground, Wino and The Obsessed are true rock survivors. Up there with fathers of doom such as Pentagram and Saint Vitus, The Obsessed are as vital now as they were back in 1980, with 2017’s Sacred sure to be hailed by many as their album of the year; and rightly so.
We’ve managed to snag Japan’s greatest band, Church of Misery, to play Desertfest too. Founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1995, Church of Misery were immediately a force to be reckoned with in the doom scene. Centred around constant member Tatsu Mikami, the pure brutality of their output is doubled down on with haunting lyrical imagery surrounding infamously grisly crimes. Six dark, destructive discs in they continue to slay.
Yet more bands on the bill include the brutality of extreme metal quartet Akercocke, one of the most underrated bands in the UK, the fantastic Old Man Lizard, the Pantera meets Orange Goblin madness that is Pist and the syrupy thick riffs of Morass of Molasses.
But that’s not all. We also have the swaggering stoner/hard rock of Black Rainbows, the psyched out riff-worship of Death Alley, the measured rock tones of Puppy and the doom laden The Watchers & BlackWülf.
So make sure you don’t miss out on our biggest Desertfest to date, book your tickets today.