After DOTD III blew the roof off the Blue Pig last year, I’m making my way back down to Milwaukee for the fourth–and apparently final–installment next weekend. Once again, a collection of the finest American purveyors of the slow ‘n heavy will be invading Cudahy…this year, at the same time as a national Jehovah’s Witness convention, giving a whole new meaning to Black Sabbath.
Alas, the Bullring Brummies won’t be bollocking about this one, but here are a few reasons why this festival has once again landed on my radar:
6. Jason McCash
Last year, The Gates of Slumber headlined the second Day of the Doomed, and their headbanging bassist was front-and-stage-left. I stuck around until 2 am to watch them play, despite having endured 12+ hours of slow-burning riffs and pummeling percussion, because I dug the band that much. It was actually the fourth different city in which I saw TGOS, for what would be the last time. Not sure if they even played another gig after the fest–the band broke up not long afterwards, and a few months later, McCash passed away, a couple weeks shy of his 38th birthday.
Though I didn’t know the guy personally, he was certainly well liked within the doom community. And that’s why DOTD IV is dedicated to his memory. I don’t normally do shots (unless someone else buys them), but I’ll certainly be slamming back a few “McCash Slammers” for the occasion. RIP.