Day one of the very first Chicago Doomed and Stoned Festival was hosted by Reggies Rock Club, a venue that has been rattled for many years by some of the biggest names in metal. This festival was uniquely and specifically aimed towards lovers of doom and stoner metal.
For those who may be curious or are not aware what these genres consist of, these two art forms take what is commonly a complex and competitively speed based style of music, and turns it into a slow, grinding, painfully emotional, and often psychologically crushing rendition of metal.
“Doomed and stoned” is the name of a fest that most fest-goers would probably avoid like the plague, but the individuals who enjoy this type of music purposefully abuse their ears as well as their minds with some of the darkest and most psychedelic music on the market today. These genres distort space and time as they drag the listeners mental construct through the muck and mire of some of the most abrasive music you can find. That being said both genres still have a bond with both rock and blues, it just takes these ideas to the extreme.
With Indiana based Three Floyds Brewery on board as well as the metal influenced restaurant Kuma’s Corner, and a fistful of brilliant local artists, there was much more than heavy music to discover at this Chicago fest. Around every turn there was a friendly face with some form of absolutely brutal and psychedelic artwork or merch to offer. The versatility bled throughout every aspect of the fest as well. While all the bands were extremely heavy, they each brought something unique to the table as well.
Unfortunately, we were only able to make day one of the three days of doomed and stoned glory. That being said, I honestly feel like I wouldn’t have survived if I would have endured all three days. With bands like Inter Arma, The Skull, Scientist, Black Pyramid, Brain Tentacles, Black Road, and Whores on the list of many more, I wasn’t entirely sure the venue would still be standing after 3 full days of euphoric sonic abuse.
Thank you Reggies for combining great beer, killer food, a collection of excessively talented artists, and some of the most brutal doom and stoner metal that could possibly be stuffed into one venue for a weekend. I am sure I am not alone when I say that would love to see this continue and grow as an annual Chicago fest.