Galway’s Doom Metal festival returns on the 29th-30th of April with the 6th incarnation of Walpurgis Night and its strongest lineup yet. This years event for the first time will be spread across two nights with a warm-up gig and record fair opening proceedings in the Cellar on Saturday the 29th of April, and the main event in the Loft on Sunday the 30th. Walpurgis Night VI consists of the old, the new and the heaviest… a history lesson while look to the future of the Doom Metal produced on this emerald island.
Headlining the event, and making an extremely rare live appearance is Graveyard Dirt. Formed back in 1994, inspired by the early Peaceville doom/death sound Graveyard Dirt have remained dormant in the live scene the past decade since supporting Primordial and Mourning Beloveth in 2008, which for anyone fortunate enough to be in attendance was a great performance. They have written some of the best Doom Metal this island has ever produced. Re-emerging from their hiatus with 2015’s 3 track EP, “My Scourge, My Plague ” is a master work of Doom as are their earlier essentials ‘‘Shadows of old Ghosts’’ and ‘’For Grace and Damnation’’. But Graveyard Dirt aren’t the only band making a very rare appearance.
Second-to-the headliners TOME resurface from the swamps of Belfast.. Since releasing their split with Nomadic Rituals in 2015 the band have only played twice live. Their possessed brand of eerie blackened doom, TOME really do suck the listener in with their dark murky void cantations, which is especially apparent on their excellent demo released by Into The Void Records back in 2012.
Cork’s Soothsayer, are a new black metal influenced Atmospheric Doom band, on top form after just releasing their second EP “At this Great Depth” which displays great depths in their songwriting ability.
One of the most exciting new Irish metal bands to form recently. Belfast heavies Owlcrusher return to Galway after a crushingly unhinged appearance at last year’s Dark Arts Fest. After developing a new found momentum the band are now finished recording their first proper release, which after gaining attention for visceral live performances it’s great to see them finally emerge from a studio. Until its release though, anyone interested to hear their brand of sludge metal can still find their unreleased ‘The Spoiler’ recording on youtube.
Genuflection, a new Doom Metal band from Galway with some very familiar faces from the city’s ever quietening hardcore punk scene. Genuflection arise from the ashes of ritualic Sludge Doom band Rites, a Galway favorite, who split back in 2013 with the release of Rites II. Genuflection is the heavier slower and more demented older brother of Rites which will be unveiled for the first time with their debut appearance at Walpurgis Night VI.
Sludge Groove merchants Ten Ton Slug need no introduction in Galway (or Ireland) at this stage. The band have risen very quickly in the scene with their energetic and tight live performances, and two well received releases. Its no secret that the band’s success is down to their relentless hard work which, quickly lead them to international appearances and landed them onto a packed New Blood Stage at Bloodstock last year, and after recently supporting Crowbar in Dublin and Belfast the band shows no signs of slowing down whatsoever. On the night will also perform Belfasts So Much for the Sun, Weeping Ulcer from Dublin, Slung from a Tree from Clare and Galway’s Stonecarver
The Warm up lineup includes Tension Head and Between The Lines and 1 more yet to be announced.
Walpurgis Night – Sunday 30th April, the Loft 3pm – €10
Walpurgis Warmup Night – 29th April, the Cellar 5pm – €5
Walpurgis Record Fair – 29th April, the Cellar 11am to 2pm – FREE
2 Day pass – €13