Doomstress (Houston, TX)
"I can’t think of a Doom band with a singer that puts so much energy into her vocals and performance. Only Brandon’s remarkable weighty tone and ability to effortlessly conjure lead-heavy Doom-soaked riffs keeps the band from careening wildly into the stratosphere."-Chris Barnes, Hellride Music
"Doomstress, takes cues from bands like Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy, and adds a murkier tone that sounds like its bellowing from the depths of hell. The EP, Supernatural Kvlt Sounds, takes you to a place that sounds like a mix of the past and present to craft its own sound that sticks in your head after the first listen!" -David Garrick, Free Press Houston
"...Doomstress aims for a straightforward, more vocal-oriented approach that takes its cues from 70s rock and traditional metal...The original songs show a lot of potential for what could come in the future and the covers show sides of the band that may also be developed. It’ll be interesting to see where the band and its namesake frontwoman will go from here." -Chris Latta, Indie Metal Shows
"Doomstress Alexis simply said “We are DOOMSTRESS from Houston, Texas” and let Doom do the rest of the talking with the massive “Way Of The Mountain”...Tomasz Scull who was pounding the drum skins like there was no tomorrow...Brandon Johnson and Joe Fortunato delivered the Doom double guitar harmonies with a pinch of heaviness, while Alexis was steadily getting her performing mojo, adding lots of emotion...you don’t get that level of confidence and self-awareness from a lineup which was about to put[only] the seventh gig into the books!" -Maria V & Dimitris Kontogeorgakos, Metal Kaoz
Messa is an italian 4-piece band born in 2014. Obscure, evoking doomy tracks with deliciously haunting female vocals, influenced by Pentagram, Bellwitch, Windhand,Jex Thoth, Sabbath Assembly, Bathory, La piramide di sangue. They deliver a heavy sound, occult-reminding, very experimental, also with ambient episodes, that will drive you through a scarlet velvet trip.
“a belfry obscuring your mind, calling you to come by.. leaving scarlet velvet behind you.”
Witchcryer (Austin, TX)
Retro doom influenced by Sabbath, Priest, Uriah Heep, Blue Oyster Cult, Witchfinder General, Trouble, Saint Vitus, Deep Purple, Pentagram & more.
Fiddle Witch & the Demons of Doom (Houston, TX)
Fiddle Witch and the Demons of Doom is a Houston, Texas based instrumental power trio consisting of Jo Bird (electric viola), SPIKE the Percussionist (drums), and Geoffrey Muller (bass). Their epic musical performances combine elements of classical, metal, and rock with a heavy mix of intricate motifs and a highly entertaining stage show.
Bird, one of the founders of Two Star Symphony, conceived the Fiddle Witch and the Demons of Doom project in 2012, as a way to further explore her diverse influences. Because of the complexity of the material, requiring classical level chops and a strange metal based rhythmic drive, Bird had difficulty finding fellow musicians to fit the part.
After several auditions, Bird was referred to Houston underground legend, SPIKE the Percussionist, who not only shared Bird’s classical training but also her passion for metal and rock. SPIKE instantly understood where Bird was coming from musically and the sound began to take shape. Finally, Bird’s longtime friend and fellow musician, the great bassist Geoffrey Muller, came off tour for a brief jam session and he decided to join the band permanently. With their lineup complete, the Witch and her Demons went straight to work. After a successful full house world premier at Rudyard’s Pub in Houston, Texas, the band was approached by Grammy winning recording engineer, Steve Christensen, who immediately took them into the studio to record their debut album, “Fiddle Witch and the Demons of Doom”.