Plans for Gilead Fest 2014 continue to come together behind the scenes. Every day I’m exchanging emails with folks, working out final details. Four new bands are now confirmed for 2014, and I can’t wait to watch them alongside all those in attendance.


As you should all know, Gilead recently released the debut s/t 2LP from this incredible band. Vhol have not played many shows, and all of the members have terribly busy schedules in their personal lives and with their other bands, so I’m absolutely thrilled that we are able bring them to Gilead Fest. Listen:


These guys continue to be one of my favorite modern doom bands, hands down. I come back to Despond repeatedly, especially as the year is coming to a close and doom dominates my playlist. Very pleased to have them appearing once again. Listen:


Earlier this year Bindrune released what is sure to be one of the finest doom albums of 2013. Seidr’s Ginnungagap takes you on an unreal journey. It’s dense as anything I’ve ever heard, and totally envelopes your senses. Additionally, I’m quite pleased to have Mr. Lunn performing as part of 2014’s festival. He and I first met at Gilead Fest 2012, and were fast friends. Listen:


2013 brought along many enjoyable records, but one of them I’ve been coming back to all year is this amazing debut from Owlfood. I’ve never been so taken by a cold e-mail from a band asking me to carry their record, but I’m awfully glad Thommy hit me up to inquire. This is a top 10 of the year, absolutely. I can’t wait to see them do their thing in Oshkosh next year. Listen:


I’m pleased to announce that EMPEROR Cabinets out of Chicago will be sponsoring Gilead Fest 2014! The backline for bands traveling without gear will be generously provided by Emperor, who make some of the most amazing cabinets in the industry. Many thanks to the fine folks at Emperor for making this happen. I’m quite happy to be partnered with them! Check out their work:

That’s all to announce for now. Familiarize yourself with these bands if you’re not already, and get amped for Gilead Fest 2014. Tickets will be going on sale around February 2014. Stay up to date on fest news at

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