Apostle of Solitude – Of Woe and Wounds (2014), Devil to Pay – A Bend through Space and Time (2016)

Apostle of SolitudeOf Woe and Wounds (Cruz del Sur Music, 04 November 2014)

 

Devil to PayA Bend through Space and Time (Ripple Music, 12 August 2016)

 

So — maybe you’ve noticed a running theme this week — but once again I’m sharing some music with you from a band that will be playing at The Maryland Doom Fest this weekend! That would be Apostle of Solitude, whose latest album Of Woe and Wounds has been hovering on my to-do list ever since it was released nearly three whole years ago. And while I’m at it, there’s another album I’d like to bring to your attention, last year’s offering by a band who are Indianapolis neighbors (and even overlap by one guitarist) with Apostle of Solitude, and whom we’ve spoken of highly in the past, Devil to Pay.

 

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Wretch – Wretch (2016)

WretchWretch (Bad Omen Records, 26 August 2016)

 

From the instant I first heard 2008’s Conqueror, I’ve been a huge fan of Indianan doom titans The Gates of Slumber. Certainly one of the greatest highlights of running this website was getting the opportunity to chat with that group’s founder, guitarist and vocalist Karl Simon, back in 2013 — and then a few days later actually meeting him and bassist Jason McCash in person before their incredible performance at the Winter’s Wake festival in Pittsburgh. Tragically, the following year would see the loss of iconic bassist McCash, and a grieving Simon decided to put the band permanently on hold.

Since that time, though, he seems to have felt the need to continue expressing himself musically, and with the help of bassist Bryce Clarke and drummer Chris Gordon (who has done previous tours of duty with both TGoS and fellow Indianapolitans Devil to Pay) formed a new trio named for his previous band’s final album, 2011’s The Wretch. By last summer this new group had put together an album’s worth of material and released their self-titled debut, which happened to be one of the best things I heard last year. And now I’d like to share that record with all of you, in advance of Wretch making an appearance at The Maryland Doom Fest later this week (along with a handful of other shows — scroll down to the comments section for more details)

UPDATE 21 June 2017: all Wretch shows that were scheduled for this week have been cancelled.

 
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The Maryland Doom Fest (June 2017, Frederick MD)

The Maryland Doom Fest

Thursday 22 June through Sunday 25 June 2017

at Cafe 611, 611 N Market St, Frederick MD 21701

 

All Ages | 3 day weekend pass $69 | Friday or Saturday single ticket $35

Sunday single ticket $20 | Thursday Pre Fest Party $30 ($10 with weekend pass)

“A 4 day weekend of doom metal in its purest form.”

 
THIS WEEKEND, starting with a pre-fest party Thursday night, will see the return of DOOM to central Maryland — featuring quite a few bands we’ve written about in the past (Pilgrim, Brimstone Coven, Black Tar Prophet, The Atomic Bitchwax, Lifetime Shitlist, Borracho, Apostle of Solitude, and Hollow Leg) along with a few others we’re big fans of (including Cavern and Pittsburgh’s own Horehound), plus TONS more!

More details: http://www.themarylanddoomfest.com
http://www.facebook.com/events/1794418777500202/
Tickets: https://www.themarylanddoomfest.com/tickets

 
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