Brudenell Social Club will be Destroyed
CONAN - 22:00
KHOST - 21:15
BONG CAULDRON - 20:30
FAMINE - 19:45
CLENSTCH - 19:00
With monolithic tones and barbarian tales, Conan were born to destroy. The UK trio of guitarist/vocalist Jon Paul Davis, bassist/vocalist Chris Fielding and drummer Rich Lewis began in 2006 with the Battle in the Swamp EP as their first outing in 2007, but it was 2010’s Horseback Battle Hammer EP that first caught the attention of the international underground, and the impression of Conan’s “caveman battle doom” was immediate.
Songs like “Satsumo” and “Krull” showed that just because the band sounded big didn’t mean they couldn’t also write a ong, and when their debut long- player, Monnos, followed in 2012 preceded by a 2011 split with Slomatics, the response was duly huge. A slot at the Netherlands’ prestigious Roadburn festival in 2012 resulted in 2013’s Mount Wrath live album, and Conan continued to shake venue floors and cave in chest cavities wherever they played. Touring Europe, they shared the stage with Sleep in Norway and in 2013, Conan featured at Desertfest in London, laying waste to Camden’s famed Underworld club alongside Chicago’s Bongripper, with whom they also released a split EP, Conan’s contribution coming in the form of the sprawling, droned-out “Beheaded,” their longest song to date at over 17 minutes.
After tracking them using forensic experts and analysis of the footprints the band left stomping across the UK and Europe to support Monnos, including at the 2013 Damnation Festival, Napalm Records signed Conan for the release of their second album. Davis, in turn, set about building a temple. Working with the band’s longtime producer Chris Fielding, he constructed Skyhammer Studio, where, as the house engineer, Fielding would helm 2014’s Blood Eagle for Napalm as both Conan’s and the studio’s reputation continued to grow.
To celebrate their return with their most accomplished blend yet of riff-largesse and memorable hooks, topped off as always by Tony Roberts artwork featuring their mascot “The Sentinel,” Conan set forth a full European tour for Spring 2014, including a return to Roadburn and appearances at Doom Over Leipzig, Dronenburg Festival, Temples Festival, the St. Helena Doom Fest and France’s famed Hellfest plus several other outings including Amplifest in Porto, Desertfest in Antwerp and a full Australia tour. Next year Conan venture to the US where they make their US debut at Maryland Deathfest. ￼Their shows already the stuff of legend and the Blood Eagle songs being their most bludgeoning ￼material, Conan’s conquering days have just be