Recommended by Mark Lore
Ceremony of Sludge oozes into its seventh (!) year with another weekend of wall-to-wall bangers. While the two-night metal/doom fest used to feature lesser-known bands, it’s evolved to focus on a solid mix of obscure and globetrotting heavies. Disenchanter, who has risen to the top of Portland’s heavy metal heap through hard work and incessant live performances, leads the pack on night one. The addition of drummer Douglas Jennings Barrett has given the band a jolt, and the result is a lethal combination of American doom and NWOBHM. The funereal Will and heavy metalists Mane of the Cur creep out onstage for rare performances. (The latter’s forthcoming record Retreat of the Glaciers is out this month.) Newcomers Void Realm (featuring former Atriarch guitarist Brooks Blackhawk) and two-piece electronic doom band Glacial Fall round out a bill that’s so action-packed, you might need to wear a hardhat and safety goggles.