Southwest Terror Fest V: Sunday Main Show at Club Congress

Southwest Terror Fest V

Welcome to the fifth annual installment of Arizona's biggest punk and metal party of the year. We are bringing the madness back to downtown historic Tucson for the third year in a row as well. The kick off show begins on Thursday night and shows run right through Sunday night for four full days of heavy music. Arizona Über Alles.

Saint Vitus

Saint Vitus is an American doom metal band from Los Angeles, formed in 1979. They consist of founding members Dave Chandler (guitarist) and Mark Adams (bass), alongside sporadic singer Scott Weinrich and recently added drummer Henry Vasquez. The band has been regarded and credited as one of the first bands of the genre, along with Pentagram, Witchfinder General, Trouble and Pagan Altar. They have released eight studio albums to date. Although Saint Vitus never achieved a popular breakthrough, the band is considered very influential within the doom and sludge metal subgenres.

The original line-up consisted of Chandler, Adams, drummer Armando Acosta and singer Scott Reagers. They recorded their first two albums before Scott Weinrich replaced Reagers in 1986. The line-up of Chandler, Adams, Acosta and Weinrich was the longest-lasting, and recorded the band's next three albums, Born Too Late (1986), Mournful Cries (1988) and V (1990). Weinrich left the band in 1991 to focus on the reunion of his previous band The Obsessed, and was replaced by Chritus Linderson of Swedish doom metal band Count Raven. Saint Vitus recorded the album C.O.D. (1992) before Linderson was dismissed from the band. In 1994, Saint Vitus reunited with Reagers and recorded Die Healing (1995), which would be their final album for 17 years.

After breaking up in 1996 and briefly reforming in 2003, Saint Vitus reunited again in 2008 with the band's "classic" line-up, featuring Weinrich, Chandler, Adams and Acosta, and embarked on a successful tour. After 31 years in the band, Acosta left Saint Vitus in 2009 due to worsening health, and was replaced by Henry Vasquez. The new line-up went on to record their latest album Lillie: F-65, which was released on April 27, 2012.

Witch Mountain

In 2009, Uta Plotkin added her voice to Witch Mountain in front of a triumphant sold out crowd at Portland, OR's venerable club Satyricon. Supporting Pentagram—East coast godfathers of American doom who also took far too long to receive their rightful due—Plotkin brought the necessary ingredient that Witch Mountain founders Rob Wrong and Nate Carson had been seeking since they initially formed the group back in 1997.
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Originally far out of step with the lazy, indie-rock scene in Portland, guitarist Wrong and drummer Carson sought to put their own stamp on the tradition of doom metal as laid down by Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Trouble, and Saint Vitus. Years of road work in support of peers such as High on Fire, Spirit Caravan, Electric Wizard, YOB, Weedeater, Eyehategod, and all the rest had granted Witch Mountain a solid footnote in the history of one of music's heaviest genres. And though real life careers took the band largely out of commission between 2003 and 2008, Plotkin's emergence kicked the band back into a high gear that shows no signs of waning.
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With renewed vigor, WM returned to the studio to capture the long-awaited sophomore album South of Salem. Produced by master "engine-ear" Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Melvins), the record was self-released by the band on vinyl, and shortly thereafter recognized as the "#4 Best Metal Album of 2011" by NPR. With a SXSW showcase, west coast tours with Christian Mistress and Wino project Premonition 13, and a massively downloaded Adult Swim compilation under its belt, Witch Mountain proved its modern work ethic and soon signed up with dream label Profound Lore.
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Once South of Salem was unleashed on CD and properly distributed, it was time to follow up with all new material. 2012's Cauldron of the Wild was the answer, produced once more by Billy Anderson, and this time featuring a further matured sound and more immersive influence from Plotkin. Rob Wrong was writing the best, heaviest blues-metal he'd yet conjured, and Carson--as both manager and booker--kept the band grounded in a professional DIY ethic. New bassist Neal Munson fit like a glove, and overall the group has never fired on all cylinders so successfully.
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An invitation to play the main stage at Scion Rock Fest 2012 along with Sleep, Saint Vitus, and Down gave the band an opportunity to return to US stages, successfully headlining in the US and Canada for most of June. In August, Scion invited the band back to the studio to cut a brand new single, and sponsored the band's most extensive tour to date—a 5 week headlining trek around the US in Oct/Nov. The groundswell of new fans brought about by touring, social networking, real word of mouth, and heavy-handed press gushing from outlets like Pitchfork and SPIN magazine continues to gain the group new fans in an era when Doom Metal is no longer a synonym for obscurity.
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Following the release of the "Bloodhound" single, the next frontier was Europe. WM took the continent by storm, from Poland to Iceland in Spring 2013. Dates were shared with East coast sludge-masters Cough, with gigs centering around Holland's Roadburn event, as well as the Desert fests in Berlin and London. With a final stop in volcanic Iceland, the group flew home to work on the follow-up to Cauldron of the Wild, and play a few hand-picked support slots for the likes of Blue Öyster Cult and Candlemass.
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For a doom metal band that took the path of longevity, learned from other bands' mistakes, never signed the easy contract, kept in charge of its own destiny, and rightfully owns all its material to date--the future looks bright indeed.

$20.00 - $25.00

Off Sale

Sunday Main Show @ Club Congress

11:00 - end - Saint Vitus
9:50 - 10:40 - The Skull
8:45 - 9:30 - Witch Mountain
7:50 - 8:25 - Khemmis
7:00 - 7:30 - CHRCH
6:15 - 6:45 - Grey Gallows

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