Festum Carnis 2017: Private Festival to Feature Astral Cult, Nachtmystium, Ninth Moon Black and Many More

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 19th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

If you want to get a sense of how remote the area surrounding the Blue Mountain Event Center in Wilseyville, California, is, just look at it on a map. Surrounded by small towns — Bummerville (not kidding) is to the north — one finds Wilseyville about an hour and a half due east of Sacramento and two and a half hours from the Bay Area. Far enough to be far out, which seems all the more befitting a private festival like Festum Carnis 2017, the full lineup for which has been unveiled and which revels in a deep variety of metallic extremity and underground heft.

Hard not to have the eye caught by one-time US black metal innovators Nachtmystium taking part, and for the sake of the fest in general I hope they show up, but there are many, many others involved as well, from Sacramento psych rockers Astral Cult to thrashers like From Hell and Bombscare. If you want to go camping for the three-night event, you need to get in touch with the fest and secure a place on the guest list, and the info on how to do so follows here, along with the complete lineup and much more, all courtesy of the PR wire:

festum carnis 2017 lineup poster

FESTUM CARNIS, a Northern California Open-Air Metal and Camping Festival, is pleased to unveil the lineup for its 2017 incarnation, which will take place on July 7th through 9th at the Blue Mountain Event Center in Wilseyville, CA. In its fifth year, and third at this venue in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, Festum Carnis invites you – worshippers of all things heavy and close to nature – to come witness the sonic rituals put on by over 25 artists who span the spectrum of underground heavy music, and camp out for up to 3 nights under the light of a full moon.

Blue Mountain Event Center, comprised of over 210 acres of mountainous private property with a running creek, trout pond and A.T.V trails, will open its gate on Friday afternoon for all our Guests who obtained their Passes in advance to arrive and set up camp at designated areas. Food and drinks are available at the bar inside the barn. The barn is what becomes center stage for FESTUM CARNIS that evening as the weekend festivities are kicked off with performances from acts including Nocturnal Slaughter of Portland, Reno’s Ostracized, Dead War from Santa Cruz, The New Plague from Northern California & renowned San Diego black metallers Ruines ov Abaddon. The first night of the fest closes out with the nostalgic sounds of the 80s with San Jose synthwave phenom Vector Hold.

Saturdays schedule includes performances by: standout Southern California black metal bands Conjuror, Skyeater, Coldvoid & Ritual; mock-rock greats Monkeysoop; Portland’s post-rock/psych-sludge outfit Ninth Moon Black and Oakland’s Heavy Metal/Horror supergroup FROM HELL. Late that evening, as the near full moon soars above us and the shadows of the trees shroud us in black, Illinois Black Metal legends NACHTMYSTIUM will take to the stage for what should be a transcendent set. Recently reformed and returning to the scene by way of 2 exclusive 2017 festival appearances, the band will be performing their 2004 EP “Eulogy IV” and 2005 LP “Instinct: Decay” both in their entirety.

Including sets from Lesions, Wandern, Fountain of Bile, Maldicion & more – Sunday, the final day of music and camping at Festum Carnis, is by no means a lazy day or a day to skip for travelling home. Take the always-dreaded Monday off of work and enjoy one final night of ritualistic sonic performances, which will be capped off with a spellbinding performance from Sacramento psychedelic/occult doomsters Astral Cult.

Saturday and Sunday mornings will not have performances scheduled in order to allow guests rest from the night before. For those that like to operate on little to no sleep, the mornings will feature staff-organized activities, games and workshops including a Guitar workshop with Jerry Conner of Monkeysoop, Caricature art with Missy of Monkeysoop and more! Also available for use are the many hiking trails on the property that are just asking to be ventured through, the nearby running creek and pedal boats on the trout pond. Raffles and various organized competitions will also take place throughout both days, with festival merch and other miscellaneous goodies as prizes.

FESTUM CARNIS is brought to you by Arcane Inc., a DreamMaker Project of The Ink People non-profit organization of Eureka, CA. We are honored to be sponsored this year by Broken Psyche Productions, Lagunitas Brewing, The Lazy Cocoon, and Blackstorm Music.

Please note, FESTUM CARNIS is a PRIVATE EVENT, with a VERY limited amount of tickets available. Before tickets can be purchased, an invite must be requested and confirmed. No tickets will be sold at the gates, and anyone who is not confirmed to the guest list will be denied entry. Pre-ordering tickets before the day of event IS IMPERATIVE. To request an invite, and for further information, please visit us @ http://www.festumcarnis.com/

Festum Carnis reserves the right to make adjustments and changes as necessary.

FESTUM CARNIS 2017, Full Lineup (In Alphabetical Order):
Astral Cult – Sacramento, CA (Occult Doom)
Awakened Abyss – San Jose, CA (Black Metal)
Bavmorda – Central Valley, CA (Death Metal)
Bombscare – Bakersfield, CA (Thrash Metal)
Cold Void – Southern California (Black Metal)
Conjuror – Los Angeles, CA (Black Metal/War Metal)
Dead War – Santa Cruz, CA (Blackened Death/Thrash)
Eviscerate – Santa Cruz, CA (Death Metal)
Fountain of Bile – Santa Cruz, CA (Death Metal)
From Hell – Oakland, CA (Death/Thrash Metal)
Incredulous – Napa, CA (Thrash Metal)
Lesions – Los Osos, CA (Hardcore/Doom)
Maldicion – Bakersfield, CA (Black Metal)
Monkeysoop – Texas (Experimental/Weird-Rock)
Nachtmystium – Illinois (Psychedelic Black Metal)
Ninth Moon Black – Portland, OR (Instrumental Psych/Doom)
Nocturnal Awakening – Los Osos, CA (Black Metal)
Nocturnal Slaughter – Portland, OR (Death Metal)
Ostracized – Reno, NV (Stoner/Nerd Metal)
Ritual – Los Angeles, CA (Black Metal)
Ruines ov Abaddon – San Diego, CA (Black Metal)
Skyeater – Los Angeles, CA (Black Metal)
StormBat – Santa Cruz, CA (Thrash Metal)
Suicide Forest – Tucson, AZ (Depressive Black Metal)
The New Plague – Northern California (Death/Black Metal)
Trial By Combat – Bay Area, CA (Death/Groove Metal)
Vector Hold – San Jose, CA (Outrun/Dark Synth)
Wandern – Placerville, CA (Metal)

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Astral Cult, The Sacred Flame (2016)

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New Ramesses Set to Darken the Solstice

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 19th, 2010 by JJ Koczan

Mark it a “yes.” Ramesses, the English trio born out of a restructuring of Electric Wizard in 2003, have announced that they’ll unleash their new slab, Take the Curse, on June 21. Two tracks are up for sampling on the YouzTube, including closer “Khali Mist,” which you’ll find the tripped out psycho-delic video for below. It’s riff-tastic. The PR wire has the details on the album:

The psychedelic doom trio Ramesses were spawned in the woodland of Dorset, England in 2003, and have been brutalizing their devoted fanbase ever since, unleashing a rash of EPs and demos, one full-length release, splits with Negative Reaction and Unearthly Trance and more over the past seven years. They’ve ripped a wound in the UK and across Europe with brutalizing live shows alongside some of the best and heaviest names in the extreme metal world.

2010 brings the next slab of raging doom from Ramesses, in the form of their second mammoth full-length release Take the Curse, which is set to infect the general public on the 2010 Summer Solstice, June 21st. Releasing the album is new label Ritual Productions; the label formed by the band’s management. The beast will see worldwide release on CD and digital download formats through Ritual, as well as a 2xLP version to be released by Scottish label At War with False Noise.

On Take the Curse, mournful harmonies are the backdrop to the ever-increasing influence of The Occult on the band. Although a riff tsunami remains the centerpiece, the Ramesses sound is refracted through even more circles of hell; of dirge-sludge, of rhythm, of Lucifer himself. Grim melodies, blistering spaced-out guitar solos and atmospheric samples add depth to the tracks and display the band’s eclectic traits and ‘70s influences.

Take the Curse track listing:
1. Iron Crow
2. Terrasaw
3. Black Hash Mass
4. Take the Curse
5. Vinho dos Mortos
6. Baptism of the Walking Dead
7. Another Skeleton
8. Hand of Glory
9. The Weakening
10. Khali Mist

Take the Curse is a shattering expression of cruelty where Ramesses’ bleak sound finds an accurate counterpart in UK artists Jake and Dinos Chapman (website here) and their grand vision of suffering; the Chapman’s controversial art piece “Fucking Hell” has become the front cover art of Take the Curse. The pieces of this masterpiece used for the album’s art have never been released to the public until now. The CD version of the album will come with two alternative covers, and first 200 orders through the label website will receive a limited edition collector’s art card set featuring the two alternative covers. The music and the artwork dredge the turpitude of humanity and explore the utter horror of possibility. Prepare to be engulfed by torrential riffing!

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