Future Noise and The Sleeping Shaman are thrilled to announce that this July will see the coming together of 2 doom warhorses in the guise of Londonâ€™s SERPENT VENOM and Liverpoolâ€™s BLACK MAGICIAN.
We still need to fill a couple of dates on the Friday and Sunday, so if you think you can help, please do drop Lee an email at lee (at) thesleepingshaman (dot) com and the so far confirmed tour schedule is as follows:
Thurs 5th July: The Black Heart, Camden, London w/ Throne
Fri 6th July: TBC
Sat 7th July: Bannermans, Edinburgh
Sun 8th July: TBC
And hereâ€™s a bit of info about the bandsâ€¦
Serpent Venom arose from the grave in 2008. Originally conceived by Pete Fox (Olde Crone) and enlisting Paul Sutherland (Blood Island Raiders) they sought out Garry Ricketts (Sloth) to tell his tales to the backdrop of their sounds. The weight of the guitar and sheer fury of the drums had to be kept together by bassist Nick. Together they channelled Peteâ€™s riffs, Paulâ€™s thunder and Garryâ€™s tales of sacrifice and woe into the sonic potion that is â€˜Carnal Altarâ€™. Receiving high praise from the doom community the band ventured forth to the live arena in support of their Church Within debut.
In 2011, Pete amicably left the band to live in the US and the band have enlisted 6 string wizard Roland Scriver (Sloth, End of Level Boss) to continue their path towards the blessed darkness. Sharing the stage with such bands as Blood Ceremony, Lord Vicar, the Devilâ€™s Blood, Taint, Manatees and Devil to touring with Orchid, Seamount, Conan, Grimpen MIre and Undersmile, the band continue to lay waste to live venues in the UK and Europe.
In an age when music tends towards the derivative, the mechanical, the over-produced, Black Magician cast their attention backwards, and then back some more. The result of many a long discussion in country pubs, and long rambles through the more isolated areas of the English countryside, they formed through mutual appreciation of 70s prog, eerie folklore and a good real ale.
While they confess to being just as influenced by the late 60s British folk scene as by the old guard of heavy metal and doom, thereâ€™s no hippy-drippy philosophising here. Black Magicianâ€™s ideology is firmly rooted in the sinister. The brooding landscape of Arthur Machen, the haunted countryside of M.R. James, is where they reside most contentedly.
Black Magician distance themselves from the current trend for pseudo-occult rehashed doom posturing and clichÃ©d horror film imagery. What you can expect is something much more sincere, a genuine fascination with the darker side of British history.
Monolithic cosmic-nod-inducing riffs, swirling Hammond organ and dark acoustic passages are the ingredients in this alchemical brew, the resulting concoction a grim incantation, an ode to anti-urbanism, a very English darkness.