DOOM, HELLSHOCK, DEATHCHARGE, RELIGIOUS WAR, RIPPER
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) After 20-plus years, UK crust pioneers Doom have finally decided to play a few shows in the States. Portland is in the middle of a tour that brings them to two of the most important pilgrimages for DIY punk and metal fans in the US: Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas. Which is fitting, being that Doom are cornerstones of the scene, and 99 percent of the fans at these shows will be seeing them for the first time—strange for such a hugely influential and accepted band that has been around off and on since 1987. It's also a bit odd considering that Bri Doom and Stick are all that remain of the first incarnation of Doom. Why now? Does it really matter? The volume of anger, desperation, frustration, and urgency in their records is still thick and fresh as ever, and so many crust, metal, and even some grind bands are still trying to capture the feeling that Doom absolutely nailed to the wall over two decades ago.┬áJAY WILLIAMS