26. Conjurer, Dogtooth Stage on Friday, 16:00 - 16:25
Do you want to go darker? Download every now and again excels in finding the cream of the crop of emerging Extreme Metal acts and shoves them onto the bill primarily to scare the living shit out of the pop punk kids. This year, it is British dark overlords in waiting, Conjurer who peddle a rich and nihilistic blend of Black, Doom and Post Metals. There might even be some Armenian Soul in there for good measure but the point is that as good as these influences are indivdually, Conjurer pour them into a pitch black cauldron. What makes the stuff they create so enticing and invigorating is the way that all the different styles fold into together. This is not music, this is a claustrophobic and deliciously dense wall of dark doomy noise layered with continent shaking riffs that bore down to your very being and it is ruddy stunning. This may not be happy music but god is it good for the soul. So leave your mates at Zebrahead, and go to revel in the real heavy shit…. it’s good, very good.
By Stewart Lucas