1476 (Salem, MA)
New England’s +1476+ creates dark, atmospheric, album-oriented music that draws upon elements of many genres including metal, punk, neofolk, and ambient. They harbor an energy & mood that reflects the environment of the old, haunting landscapes of New England’s coastal regions as well as their spiritual/philosophical interests and practices. As a two-piece, they are completely self-contained — writing, recording, and releasing their albums & EPs through their own imprint and studio, Seraphim House. As of 2016, +1476+ has the honor of working with Germany’s Prophecy Productions.
The intent of +1476+ is to always follow their instincts, reinventing themselves with each release on their own terms.
Blues Funeral (Houston, TX)
Formed in late 2014 by Jan Kimmel (guitar, Sanctus Bellum), Cory Cousins (drums, Sanctus Bellum) and Maurice Eggenschwiler (guitar, Sanctus Bellum), Blues Funeral plays a unique brand of 60’s and 70’s infused music with a metal twist. Experienced upright bass player, Gabe Katz, decided to tip his bass over and play it through an amp to complete the band’s lineup. The band name, inspired by the 1969 Groundhogs cut, “Blues Obituary”, is an ode to many of the group’s influences including classic bands like: Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult, Mountain, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, etc. In their prior project, the trio has shared the stage with acts like: Pentagram, St. Vitus, Trouble, Orange Goblin, Kylessa, Dio Disciples, Gates of Slumber, Las Cruces, and local Houston metal legends, Helstar. Though Blues Funeral explores new musical territory for the trio, it will still feel like snake’s venom with a twist of absinthe under a purple sky. You will be witnesses!
Pyreship (Houston, TX)
Houston sludge thugs PyreShip expertly blend post metal and doom with a raft of 90’s slowcore and noise rock influences. Comprised of four road-hardened musicians, PyreShip’s songs are reflective of their formative environment – stripped down, unpretentious, and resilient.
Live, the music is meant to be both heard and felt, with Steve Smith’s relentless jackhammer beats melding seamlessly with the molten slag spilling out of George Lusito’s bass amp. Co-guitarists Jason Jordan and Sam Waters stoke the bellows. PyreShip is one of the few remaining bands running an unapologetically monolithic backline. They use it to slam out slow, deliberate riffs that resonate long after the show has ended and the crowd dispersed.