Cavemen Battle Doom Trio Descends Upon Japan

Editor's note: Chris is Norwegian, and as such English is not his first language. It may not even be his second language. Like all Nords, his first language is that of stone and tree and soil and stream, so English is probably his third or fourth tongue. I could have gone through his descriptions and alter them so that they sound more natural to us westerners, but frankly I didn't want to. I find his bizarre cosmology and even stranger metaphors rather charming. -- Jim Broadly

The sound of thundering hooves is on the wind, friends, and Doom is approaching. This time in the form of a tour so heavy it may tip the planet off the back of the giant turtle that carries our flat Earth through the void. The first horseman is Conan, a group as heavy as interplanetary thunder amplified through the roaring black hole anus of Azathoth. Remember that sentence, for it is writ large in virgin blood on the walls of the forgotten temple of Bol-Krastor, deep in the steaming forests of forgotten Lemuria. Conan, a monumentally brutal three piece (in the grand tradition of all the hallowed three pieces through time) hold a sinew-tight line and an iron-grip command over the uber-synchronised powerchord changes and tempo-shifts of the anti-holy trio of bass, drums and guitar. Two weary yet defiant men have the task of vocalising truly wretched thoughts over the turgid weight of Conan’s thunder. Task is immense and they bear that weight well. Hear the roar of battle. Smell the stench of spilt blood. A thousand heads piled high like a grim mound of suffering - a blasphemy to nature. Hail Conan!

Forming in 2006, Conan released their earth-flatteningly heavy debut Horseback Battle Hammer in 2010. Having revitalised the UK's slow/heavy scene, they are now signed to Napalm Records and currently recording their fourth album set for release in 2018, though they released the Man Is Myth demo earlier this year.

Joining them on the tour are masters of shamanic hypnotic sludge Kurokuma (UK), otherwise known as Jacob Mazlum (guitar/vocals), George Ionita (bass/vocals) and Joe Allen (drums). After spending a year in the cold reaches of northern Japan and inspired by his time playing the taiko drum, Joe returned to the UK to start a shadowy three-piece that combined the unassailable power of doom with exotic percussion and an enchanting energy. Taking their name from Kurokuma Falls in Aomori, Kurokuma was born. Terrorizer calls them "uneasy psychedelic sludge with pulsing tribal rhythms, hoarse vocals, intricately layered and wildly performed solos and massive Fleshpress-esque riffs, [Kurokuma] is heavy, fiercely unique stuff"

Kurokuma's 2014 demo and the 2016 EP Advorsus (Medusa Crush Recordins) along with savage live performances have been enough to see them establish a reputation as one of metal's most potent new forces. In 2018 they will release their Dope Rider concept EP, as well as playing Brutal Assault festival in Czech Republic.

Lastly, featuring former members of legendary Tokyo band BOMBORI, the very-recent Granule formed in 2017. The five piece soon released AURORA on cassette (w/ zine), this being a rapid crystallisation of the band's cutting, oppressive sludge sound. More recently they released their second demo, titled simply DEMO #2, an all-out, raw, auditory assault that is a fair representation of the band's live show. Granule is heading up the booking/organisation of the Doomed Japan tour, so contact them for tickets and details!

More info (Japanese): granule.tyo at gmail dot com More info (English): joeashef at gmail dot comcontact them for tickets and details!

March 29th (Thu) - Club Zion, Nagoya

March 30th (Fri) - Hokage, Osaka

March 31st (Sat) - Earthdom, Tokyo