Hammer of Doom Festival
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Background information
Genre(s) Doom Metal, Gothic Doom, Traditional Doom, Hard Rock
Location Würzburg, Germany
Venue(s) Various
Years active 2009 - Present
Website Hammer of Doom Festival on Facebook

Hammer of Doom Festival is a festival event held in Würzburg, Germany. The first two editions were held in 2009 with each year hosting two events until becoming a yearly fest in 2012 onward. While the festival hosts many variations of the doom metal genre, Hammer of Doom tends to favor Gothic Doom, Classic Doom and Traditional Doom. The festival has also been notable for hosting special marquee performances and in the case of several doom bands, their first ever performances Europe.

To date the festival has held fourteen editions over ten years, typically held as an "all-dayer" event on a single stage. Almost every edition of the festival has been hosted at the Posthalle.

Hammer of Doom I: 2009[edit | edit source]

The inaugural Hammer of Doom Festival was hosted at the B-Hof in Würzburg, Germany. Hosting six bands over the course of a single day, the inaugural event was on 31 January 2009.[1]

B-Hof; 31 January
The Devil's Blood
Dark Quaterer
In Aevum Agere
Ereb Altor

Hammer of Doom II: 2009[edit | edit source]

The second edition of Hammer of Doom would be hosted on 17 October 2009 at Posthalle Würzburg.[2] Notably this edition would feature Albert Witchfinder performing with Spiritus Mortis and a rare appearance by Death Row, featuring the lineup of Swaney, Hasselvander and Griffin. However, Griffin would suffer vocal issues and Eric Wagner would fill in on vocals.

Posthalle; 17 October
Death Row
Pagan Altar
Count Raven
The Gates of Slumber
The Lamp of Thoth
Atlantean Kodex
Spiritus Mortis
Dark Forest
Fall of The Idols

Hammer of Doom III: 2010[edit | edit source]

The third edition of Hammer of Doom would be held at Posthalle on 6 February 2010, notably featuring nine bands on the bill. This edition would be headlined by Saint Vitus and a special all-doom set by death metal/death-doom band Asphyx.[3]

Posthalle; 6 February
Saint Vitus
Special Doom Set
While Heaven Wept
Lord Vicar
Centurion's Ghost
Old Season
Atlantean Kodex
The Wizar'd

Hammer of Doom IV: 2010[edit | edit source]

The fourth edition of Hammer of Doom would be held at Posthalle on 23 October 2010. This edition would feature Solitude Aeturnus as the headliner and notably feature the live debut of the Swedish rock/metal band Ghost.

Posthalle; 23 October
Solitude Aeturnus
Iron Man
Place of Skulls
Jex Thoth
Mirror of Deception
Eternal Elysium

Hammer of Doom V: 2011[edit | edit source]

The fifth edition of Hammer of Doom would be held at Posthalle on 16 April 2011, featuring ten bands. Notably this showcase would feature the first ever European appearances for Blood Farmers and Argus. Atlantean Kodex would host their first ever live show with their original singer Markus Becker. While Heaven Wept's performance at Hammer of Doom also served as their release party for their album Fear of Infinity. Lastly, Pentagram served as the headliner, celebrating their 40th anniversary.[4]

Posthalle; 23 October
While Heaven Wept
Blood Farmers
Atlantean Kodex
In Solitude
Black Pyramid
Age of Taurus
Arkham Witch

Hammer of Doom VI: 2011[edit | edit source]

The sixth edition of Hammer of Doom would be hosted at Posthalle in Würzburg on 28 and 29 October 2011. Notably this would mark a turning point for the festival as this would be the first edition to span two days, initially billing the first day as "Epic Night" and the second as "Doomsday". It would also be the last year the festival would host two events in a calendar year and the last event held in October before the Festival would settle on hosting annually in November.

This event would notably see Manilla Road perform a special 150-minute set and headlined by The Devil's Blood doing a special "pre-release" show for the band's second album The Thousandfold Epicentre.[5]

28 October
Epic Night
29 October
Manilla Road The Devil's Blood
Doomsword Yet So Far
Mountain Throne Blood Ceremony
Battleroar Forsaken
Lord Vicar
Nomad Son
Eleventh Hour

Hammer of Doom VII: 2012[edit | edit source]

The seventh edition of the Hammer of Doom Festival would be hosted at Posthalle on 9 and 10 November 2012, the first time the festival would maintain a tradition of hosting the festival in November. Featuring fourteen bands over two days, the event would notably feature the second European show of Chicago-based doom metal band The Skull and a headlining appearance by Pentagram.[6]

9 November
Epic Night
10 November
Demon Pentagram
Dark Quarterer The Skull
Dark At Dawn Solstice
Desolation Angels Necros Christos
Wrathblade Naevus
Coven 13
Orcus Chylde

Hammer of Doom VIII: 2013[edit | edit source]

The eighth edition of Hammer of Doom Festival would be hosted at Posthalle on 15 and 16 November 2013. Featuring thirteen bands over two days, notably this edition would be headlined by While Heaven Wept in what would be their 25th Anniversary performance.[7]

15 November 16 November
Orchid While Heaven Wept
25th Anniversary Show
Ashbury Jex Thoth
Blues Pills Procession
Scorpion Child Year of The Goat
Altar of Oblivion
Age of Taurus

Hammer of Doom IX: 2014[edit | edit source]

The 2014 edition of Hammer of Doom would initially be announced on 18 April 2014, announcing seven of the fifteen acts.[8] The full lineup would be revealed, one band at a time, through the summer leading up to the event at Posthalle on 14 and 15 November 2014.

Notably Trouble would perform a special 30th Anniversary show doing the entirety of Psalm 9. Saint Vitus would also perform in lieu of their 25th anniversary and perform all of Born Too Late with other songs. However on 11 November, vocalist Scott Weinrich would be detained and arrested in Norway for possession of illicit substances, ultimately deported back to the United States the next day. This would force Dave Chandler and various guests to handle vocal duties for their performance.[9]

14 November 15 November
Kadavar Saint Vitus
35th Anniversary performance,
featuring Born Too Late
30th Anniversary
performance of Psalm 9
Orange Goblin
Jess and The Ancient Ones Avatarium
Reino Ermitano The Ruins of Beverast
Wolfspirit Hamferd
Mount Salem

Hammer of Doom X: 2015[edit | edit source]

The tenth edition of Hammer of Doom Festival would initially be announced on 19 January 2015 with the first two bands announced being Swedish doom band The Order of Israfel and Canadian band Funeral Circle in their first ever European appearance.[10] By 27 October 2015 the full lineup would be announced, though Funeral Circle would drop off.[11] Hammer of Doom X would be held at Posthalle on 20 and 21 November 2015.

20 November 21 November
Pentagram My Dying Bride
Sorcerer Candlemass
Path of Samsara 40 Watt Sun
Cross Vault Skepticism
The Order of Israfel
Black Oath
Lord Vigo

Hammer of Doom XI: 2016[edit | edit source]

The eleventh edition of Hammer of Doom Festival was held at Posthalle on 18 and 19 November 2016. The initial announcement would be held on 11 May 2016, announcing the first four of thirteen bands, including The Skull and Witch Mountain (Though Witch Mountain would drop off.).[12] More bands would be announced, leading up to the announcement of Saint Vitus with original singer Scott Reagers.[13] Notably this edition of the festival would branch into implementing black metal bands with subtle doom elements such as Friday headliner Primodial and a special set from Samael showcasing Ceremony of Opposites.

18 November 19 November
Primordial Saint Vitus
The Skull Samael
Performing Ceremony of Opposites
Cauchemar Antimatter
Monasterium Lord Vicar
Dark Millennium
Universe 217
Apostle of Solitude
Iron Void
Night Gaunt

Hammer of Doom XII: 2017[edit | edit source]

The twelfth edition of Hammer of Doom Festival would be hosted at Posthalle on 17 and 18 November 2017. The festival would be announced initially on 30 November 2016 with Lucifer's Friend, Naevus and The Temple announced as the first three bands.[14] In the next few months, several more names would be announced such as Cirith Ungol, Count Raven,[15] a rare live performance by The Doomsday Kingdom, Warning (performing Watching From a Distance),[16] and Time Lord: A tribute to Terry Jones featuring members of Pagan Altar.[17]

17 November 18 November

Performing Watching From a Distance

Cirith Ungol
Lucifer's Friend Time Lord
Procession Count Raven
Witchwood The Doomsday Kingdom
The Temple The Vision Bleak
Crippled Black Phoenix

Hammer of Doom XIII: 2018[edit | edit source]

The thirteenth edition of Hammer of Doom Festival would be announced on 21 December 2017, announcing three of the fourteen bands set to perform.[18] On 17 April 2018 it would be announced that While Heaven Wept would return to Hammer of Doom for their farewell tour and their final performance in Germany.[19] By 2 November 2018 the full lineup would be arranged and announced.[20] Unorthodox was initially intended for the festival but dropped off by 11 November.[21]

Hammer of Doom XIII would be hosted at Posthalle on 16 and 17 November 2018.

16 November 17 November
While Heaven Wept
Final performance in Germany
Eric Clayton and The Nine
Performing early Saviour Machine and more
Apostle of Solitude Sorcerer
The Wizards Stillborn
Goat Explosion Pale Divine
Dawn of Winter
Old Mother Hell

Hammer of Doom XIV: 2019[edit | edit source]

The fourteenth edition of Hammer of Doom Festival was initially announced on 29 January 2019, initially announcing two bands: Russian Epic Doom Metal band Scald in their first ever performance outside of Russia and German doom band Mirror of Deception.[22] On 5 February 2019 the band would announce Uli Jon Roth, performing a hand-picked curated setlist via Hammer of Doom, also featuring Scorpions drummer Rudy Lenner.[23] On 21 June 2019 the festival would be up to thirteen bands over the two days.[24] Hammer of Doom XIV is set for 15 and 16 November 2019 at Posthalle. In September 2019 it would be announced that Trouble had dropped off, intended to perform Psalm 9 for it's 35th anniversary due to various conflicts. The Skull would be announced as their replacement, performing an all Trouble set including the entirety of Psalm 9.

15 November 16 November
Uli Jon Roth
Special Hammer of Doom Set
Atlantean Kodex
The Skull
Psalm 9 35th Anniversary
Exclusive performance
Antimatter Swallow The Sun
Orodruin Lord Vicar
Crestfallen Queen Khemmis
Mirror of Deception
Iron Walrus

Hammer of Doom XV: 2021[edit | edit source]

The 2020 edition of Hammer of Doom had been announced in September 2019, set for 13 and 14 November 2020 at Posthalle Würzburg.[25] It would however be postponed to 2021 due to The CO-VID19 Pandemic.

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