Doom Over The World 1.0 @ Gato Calavera, México City
Prepare yourself for a heavy and dense meeting !
Two weeks ago, on Friday 14th of August, I went to Gato Calavera, one of the most loyal venues to the Mexican heavy scene, to see 5 bands of the underground scene. That night, some 50 “heavyhead” brothers reunited to bang their head with this amazing bill, and, as far as I can tell you, of all the bands that play that night, at least 4 of them delivered the fuzz: high-quality psych, space and heavy music.
Sons of Hell
Sons Of Hell is a side project of members of Jesus On Dope. They are trio (electroacoustic guitar, bass and drums) that plays some fine instrumental jams with a Space/Psych vibes, and by this description you can assume correctly that their Haze level was very high. At times, you could hear passages close to Led Zeppelin and Motörhead, but for most of the set dominated a contemplative and trippy vibe. For that reason, I think they were the perfect choice to serve as the starter of this “noisy night”.
Rebirth Of Pain
Rebirth Of Pain is probably the only strange choice of the night. They are a grindcore band formed by members of other bands of the local underground scene: Necrotic, Drowned In Blood and Zamak. They played well, a very intricate grindcore, with lots of tempo changes. But I don’t really dig this type of metal anymore, don’t get me wrong, they were good, but I used to listen to grindcore bands when I was 15 years old. Because this concert was called “Doom Over The World” I was expecting only heavy bands.
Saturno Grooves is a band from Durango and this was their first time playing in México City. For that reason, expectations were very high. The band is a trio that delivers high-quality instrumental psych/stoner rock. The band focused their presentation on their first EP, released a couple of months ago. Their set was full of fuzzy riffs, groovy bass and heavy drums. If you want my opinion, they were one of the main dishes of this heavy and noisy night, and I strongly recommend to keep an eye on these guys in the near future.
The next band on the bill comes from Mexico City, and plays a great bricolage of stoner and sludge metal. They turn on the temperature level to the maximum with very dense guitar and heavy bass and drums, and on top of that, some harsh and death growls. Weedsnake have been very active for the last years and have loyal followers that said “present” that night to bang some heads with one of their favorite bands.
Time for the main dish of this heavy and noisy feast. Vinnum Sabbathi is a band who has been playing constantly for the past year and half, gaining a loyal following here and abroad that can recognize the amazing quality of this drone/doom metal band. In this opportunity, the band played some tunes from their recent Fuzznaut Split. Juan Alberto, who plays the guitar, is the creative force behind the band, and the fat level of his instrument was epic. His brother Roman handles the samplers splendidly. Samuel, the bass player, seemed to be possessed by evil spirits and built a solid rhythmic base alongside Gerardo, who played like there was no tomorrow punishing his drum kit.
In the end, this concert was a proof that the underground heavy scene from this country is very strong and I recommend keeping an eye on these bands, because their future is very bright, or dark, if you know what I mean.
Some pictures of that night below
sorry for the phone quality 😉