Announcement #20: First ever European performance of DRUID LORD (us)!!!
Today marks the halfway point of the announcements. 20 up – 20 more to go go! We have made an overview of the bands that have been announced below in case you lost track. To mark this halfway point we have another special treat for you – a band that has never been over to this side of the pond before. We are excited to present, the Florida based doom/death outfit DRUID LORD‘s first ever performance, as part of the the “Gloomy Sunday”!!!
Druid Lord was formed in the scorching wastelands of Orlando, Florida in 2010 by guitarist Pete Slate (Acheron, Equinox) , bassist/vocalist Tony Blakk (Acheron, Equinox, Diabolic) and original drummer Stephen Spillers (Equinox). All veterans of the FL early 90’s Death Metal scene they felt it was time to evoke something new and cryptic. From the beginning, the band’s intent was and still is to create crushing songs that take inspiration from early death metal (Possessed, Necrovore, Autopsy) and the heavy riffing of ’70s and ’80s doom bands like Cirith Ungol, Winter, and Celtic Frost. Druid Lord take considerable influence from old horror films and the classic movies of Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and John Carpenter. It’s a journey that takes twists and turns within the music giving the listener a feeling of constant dread.
Druid Lord released their debut album, “Hymns for the Wicked”, in 2010 on Horror, Pain, Gore, Death productions. The album gained an impressive strong underground following in a short period of time. Over the years a series of EP’s and split records were released including the haunting “Druid Death Cult” and “Baron Blood” EP’s for Doomentia Records. The band went through some various changes over the course of 2015 with current drummer Elden Santos joining the band and adding the perfect piece to their gloomy ensemble.
In 2018, Druid Lord released their 2nd full length album “Grotesque Offerings” with the support of Hells Headbangers, spreading their supernatural death and doom far and wide. The album recorded at Tony Blakk’s own Blakk Magik Studios and mixed/mastered by Mikko Saastamoinen (Hooded Menace) had been festering within the band for the last few years and has received high praises in the death/doom scene. Haunted castles, witchcraft, the occult, the living dead, dark folklore, and cryptic stories: no ancient stone is left unturned here.
Summer of 2018 saw the addition of guitarist Chris Wicklein from the FL Death Metal band Killing Addiction replacing Ben Ross. A series of live shows followed and now in 2019 Druid Lord continues to write new music for an upcoming EP as well as planning tours and festivals in support of “Grotesque Offerings”. Killtown Death fest will be very a special occasion for the band as it marks their first time on European soil.
Bands announced so far:
-ABHORRENCE (fin) -first performance outside Finland since 1990!
-ADVERSARIAL (can) – exclusive one-off European 2019 gig!
-ANTEDILUVIAN (can) -European one-off!
-BASTARD GRAVE (swe)
-DRUID LORD (us) – first European performance ever! One-off excluisve!
-IGNIVOMOUS (aus) -first European performance in 10 years
-KEVER (il) -first European performance ever!
-MORTUOUS (us) -first European performance ever!
-OF FEATHER AND BONE (us)
-PROFETUS (fin) – debuting their forthcoming album “The Sadness of Time Passing” in its entirety!
-RITUAL NECROMANCY (us)
-SUFFERING HOUR (us) -first European performance ever!
-TOMB MOLD (can) -first European performance ever!
-TRANSGRESSOR (jp) -first European performance ever!
-VASTUM (us) – exclusive 2019 European one-off!