Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Psychedelic Doom band, Heavy Temple, makes the first stop on their “Weekend Bender In Virginia” tour with special guests Surgeon plus Book of Wyrms and Forest of Legend.
Forest of Legend, the doom metal side project of Gage Shanahan, bass player for Possessor, kicked off the evening. They played “Cursed by Night” from their self-titled EP and introduced the crowd to their latest song, “Brotherhood of the Black Sun.” Fans received the band well, making Forest of Legend a great start to the night.
Richmond’s space metal band, Book of Wyrms, was next. They played songs from their self-titled EP, including “Nightbong.” The crowd was quite pleased with Book of Wyrms, made evident by the many fans headbanging to the music.
The surprise of the night was Philadelphia’s blackened epic metal band, Surgeon, who made their Hampton Roads debut. The crowd was floored by the guitar work of Lydia Giordano and Josh Mustin as they played music more akin to thrash metal than epic. The crowd perked up as they played “War Is Love” and “Beast of Light.” After the set, people in the venue couldn’t stop talking about them.
Heavy Temple, one of the favorite bands at last year’s Shadow Woods Metal Fest, made their first Hampton Roads appearance as well. While most in attendance had heard Heavy Temple’s music, but never the opportunity to see them live. This show was their chance, and none left disappointed. The band roared through songs including “Ursa Machina,” “Key and Bone,” and, when the crowd wanted more, the band responded with “Unholy Communion” as their encore.
For those who made it out on a Thursday night, it was an incredible night of unique music.