The Obelisk Presents: Heavy Mash 2018, Oct. 13 in Arlington, TX

Posted in The Obelisk Presents on June 20th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

heavy mash 2018 poster

After being fortunate enough to have been asked last year, there was no way I wasn’t going to be up for having The Obelisk on board to present Heavy Mash 2018. The second edition of the Arlington, Texas-based festival will take place on Oct. 13 and feature a full day and a full lineup of all-killer heavy rock, doom, psych and whatnot, with Austin-dwellers Duel as the headliners on the heels of their 2017 sophomore album, Witchbanger (review here). In fact, when fest organizer Mark Kitchens — also of Stone Machine Electric — brought up the issue recently, my only question was whether the awesome frog from last year’s poster would make a return. To the benefit of all humanity, you can see clearly above that it has.

Duel sit atop the lineup with Californian imports Great Electric Quest and Dallas’ Mountain of Smoke, whose second album, Gods of Biomechanics, will be out July 7 and is an absolute crusher. As it turns out, Great Electric Quest are the only non-Texas band on the bill, as amid the roster of DoomstressStone Machine ElectricSwitchblade JesusOrthodox FuzzGypsy Sun RevivalWitchcryer and Dead Hawke, there isn’t one group that doesn’t call the Lone Star State home. I guess that’s what happens when the place you’re from is awash in creativity and, uh, huge. Just ask California.

The geographic theme at play only makes Heavy Mash 2018 more special, since Texas’ heavy underground is nothing if not worth highlighting, and no doubt at least some of the acts will have shared stages in the past, making it all the more of a party at Division Brewing, which once again will host the event and seems to just be asking for trouble in so doing. So much riffs. So much beer. I hope they have a good mop for afterward.

Get your ass to Texas:

The Obelisk Presents: Heavy Mash 2018

Oct 13 at 1 PM

Division Brewing
506 E Main St, Arlington, Texas 76010

After last year’s successful event, we are pleased to announce this year’s Heavy Mash! Once again, our great friend Wade hosts this event at Division Brewing in Arlington, TX on October 13th, 2018.

Nothing but heavy music and great beer! Here is this year’s line-up:

DUEL – 11pm
Great Electric Quest – 10pm
Mountain of Smoke – 9pm
Doomstress – 8pm
Stone Machine Electric – 7pm
Switchblade Jesus – 6pm
Orthodox Fuzz – 5pm
Witchcryer – 4pm
Gypsy Sun Revival – 3pm
DEAD HAWKE – 2pm

Duel, Witchbanger (2017)

Heavy Mash 2018 event page

Heavy Mash on Thee Facebooks

Division Brewing website

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First-Ever Bayou Doom Fest Set for Next Weekend

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 1st, 2013 by JJ Koczan

We’re just 10 days out from the fist-ever Bayou Doom Fest, set to take place May 11 in Houston, Texas, with a killer lineup of native and regional acts who run a gamut of heaviness from the thrashing Warbeast all the way to the heavy rock of Orthodox Fuzz with no shortage of doom in between. I know Las Cruces have been working on new material — they’ll also play Doom in June 3 in a couple weeks — so maybe they’ll have something on tap for the setlist, and with Wo Fat just back from Europe and Mothership just off the road with Gypsyhawk, you know these guys are going to deliver an awesome night.

Details came down the PR wire:

Warbeast and Venomous Maximus to Headline Inaugural Bayou Doom Fest

Presented by the Houston Doom Brigade, the inaugural Bayou Doom Fest, to be held at Fitzgerald’s in Houston, TX on May 11, 2013, will be headlined by DFW thrash-masters Warbeast and Houston’s occult metal kings, Venomous Maximus.  The show marks the first time that Warbeast and Venomous Maximus have shared the stage since a run of shows in January supporting the legendary Down.  The show will also be Warbeast’s first since returning from a successful tour supporting GWAR and Venomous Maximus’ first hometown appearance since signing to Napalm Records.  Making the festival even more special is the fact that it will be a free event for those 21 and up ($10 under 21).

Joining Warbeast and Venomous Maximus on the bill are psychedelic fuzz rockers Wo Fat (fresh off appearances at Roadburn and Desertfest), Maligno (Mexico), Sanctus Bellum (Houston), Mothership (DFW), Las Cruces (San Antonio), Project Armageddon (Houston), Orthodox Fuzz (DFW), and Serpent Sun (Houston).

Houston Doom Brigade Presents:  Bayou Doom Fest I
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Fitzgerald’s
2706 White Oak, Houston, TX
Doors, 5:00 – Show 5:15
Free for 21+ (under 21: $10)

Warbeast (Housecore Records)
Venomous Maximus (Napalm Records)
Wo Fat (Small Stone Records)
Mothership (Ripple Music)
Las Cruces (Brainticket Records)
Maligno
Sanctus Bellum
Project Armageddon
Orthodox Fuzz
Serpent Sun

Las Cruces, “Cocaine Wizard Woman”

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Frydee Orthodox Fuzz

Posted in Bootleg Theater on April 1st, 2011 by JJ Koczan

I thought we’d close out this week with a new clip from ballsy Ft. Worth stoner metallers Orthodox Fuzz. They posted the link on the forum. It’s a new song called “Village of the Widows,” and it’s reportedly the first time they played the song live and with their new drummer, so in addition to making for a cool, professional-looking video, it’s a bit of an occasion. Hope you enjoy it.

At a little after 5PM, I left my office and came back to the valley here to meet up with The Patient Mrs. for an active Friday night out. Two and a half hours of naptime later, the night’s pretty much over as regards going out to dinner or anything like that, but no regrets. I wouldn’t have crashed so hard if I didn’t need it. Sometimes that’s the only way to go.

Thanks to everyone who stopped in this week. If you haven’t yet, you really should check out the Suplecs interview that went up this morning. Danny Nick has a pretty crazy story to tell, and he’s a super-cool guy in the process of telling it, so it’s doubly worth the read. And between the Nether Regions record, Indian track and Thinning the Herd song, there’s a lot of music on the page at the moment too. Hope you dig the sounds.

If you’re in the area, don’t forget that Kings Destroy are playing with Winter (and Wormrot and Deathcycle) this coming Sunday in Brooklyn. Should be a killer show. I’m relatively sure it’s sold out, but maybe you can get in if you show up. Info is here.

However you spend your weekend, I hope it’s a good one. You know where to find me if you need me. Be safe and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

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Houston is Doomed (So, Apparently, are the Rest of Us)

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 23rd, 2010 by JJ Koczan

The dudes from Orthodox Fuzz checked in to let me (and, more likely, everyone else who sees this) know about the inaugural We’re all Doomed Festival on March 20 in Houston. It’s set to take place at the White Swan Live and feature, along with Orthodox Fuzz, the likes of Project Armageddon, Black Hole Caravan, Soul Crusher, Sanctus Bellum, Heavy Stoned, The Morning Becomes and All Dead Here. If that seems like a lot of info to take in one shot, here it is in poster form:

Rumor has it the whole night will be broadcast on local access. I, for one, look forward to reaping the benefits of someone else’s hard work via YouTube later.

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New Orthodox Fuzz for Your Head

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 27th, 2009 by JJ Koczan

Whilst trolling the StonerRock.com message boards, I came upon the following update from guitarist Brian Harshaw of Fort Worth, Texas, rockers Orthodox Fuzz. When last I checked in on them, they were looking for a singer and drummer. Guess they got that all worked out.

New song called “Black Goat” has been uploaded to the MySpace site, we still want to mix this a bit more but its getting close. Also, a new recording (with new vocalist and drummer) of an old tune called “Don’t Preach.” I left the original up there for comparison.

Anyone in the DFW area who wants to catch Orthodox Fuzz live can do so tonight, Nov. 27, at O’Riley’s. It’s their first gig with the new lineup. Here’s the flier:

It's a show. You could go to it.

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