Pussy Vulturez, Bereft, Captive, American Plains, The American Dead, Bryan Morris (stand-up)
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703
This event is 21 and over
Zeej Fest is a benefit show for Zach Zeej Sabbath who had brain surgery a few weeks back. Art auction, raffle, band's, and a comedian will all be part of the entertainment. We are raising money to help Zach with his living expenses while he recovers from surgery. We will have a limited run of posters and tee shirts with the flyer art so get there early.
What began as a steadfast expression of the human condition, moves forward with momentum for Madison, WI’s atmospheric doom metal band, Bereft. Founded by Zach Johnson and Alex Linden in 2011, the band is rounded out by Cade Gentry on bass and Patrick Hotlen on drums. Bereft weave elements of doom with black metal and post-metal into exhaustive, dynamic songs. Lyrically, they draw from their views on religion, politics and social injustice. It is in this spirit that they creates their own style of powerful metal, unbound to any genre and fully conscious of the impression.
Bereft released their first demo in 2013 and immediately set out playing shows throughout the Midwest. The following year, they recorded their debut EP, Lost Ages, for War Crime/Silent Pendulum Recordings. CVLT Nation cited that the album “possesses a tendency to allow the racing blasts to carry them into more post-rock passages or a beefy, sludge-ridden pace.”
Shows and tours with Agalloch, Gloom, Downfall of Gaia and North kept the band busy for most of 2015. The band is currently hammering out new material for their forthcoming worldwide release on Prosthetic Records, set for a tentative Spring, 2016 release.
We live in two worlds, visible, invisible. Captive's Seth, Michael, Steven, and Josh look to weave these worlds together with melodic portraits of life and faith. Admitting Skillet, Switchfoot and Red influences, Captive uses a driving rock sound to debut their first EP "Only Human."
Worlds collide in a regret filled cover "Young Rich Man." Dizzying layered guitar riffs portray the confusion of a man sure and not so sure he made the right decision. Clean vocal lines and pure harmonies build to an appropriate musical reprise. The invisible world triumphs over a world of doubt in pop ballad "Flowers." Lyrical imagery and percussion
accompaniment tell of Gods always present and quiet love.
"Only Human's" music lyric synergy drives home a single message - we are flawed and we desperately need God's grace. Captive laments our limits and reminds us of God's greatness - we are worlds apart. Captive gets loud about the distance, composing musical scores that draw us into the reach the One who loves us most.
The American Dead
"...pours copious amounts of whiskey through the Americana pop lens" - The Onion