On June 13th, Portland doomsters Witch Mountain are coming to town, playing the Hard Luck Bar on Dundas. I’ve been dying to see ‘em ever since I first heard South of Salem, their comeback album, which ended up topping my year-end list last year. The sultry, soulful, otherworldly vocals of Uta Plotkin really give the songs a big boost. And on this occasion, her band will be joined by another pair of female-fronted doom units in Blood Ceremony and Castle–a Toronto exclusive for both acts. Thus, in anticipation of this estrogen-laced triple bill, I figured it was time to count down my Top 10 Female-Fronted Stoner/Doom Bands Going Today.
Another power trio–at least on record, though they’ve primarily played live as a four-piece. Like the 10th band on this list, Cauchemar isn’t strictly a doom band, per se; their La Vierge Noire EP shows them at various tempos, mixing the doom with the cult 80′s trad metal of Angel Witch and Witchfinder General. What makes singer Annick Giroux unique is that she sings exclusively in French, making Cauchemar one of the only bands on earth to combine la langue de Molière with the riffs of Black Sabbath. I think there are a couple in France, but Cauchemar is the only Franco-Canadian doom band I’m aware of. Mind you, they haven’t been based out of Canada in a while, as Giroux and guitarist François Patry have been traveling the world for the past 18 months and keeping an online diary of their trip. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been updated in several weeks–it seems the band is in the midst of a European tour right now. Check out this clip of them performing “Magie rouge” at the Keep It True festival: