|Stoner Hands of Doom|
Logo for the 2000 edition of the Festival.
|Genre(s)||Stoner Rock, Stoner Metal, Doom Metal, Traditional Doom, Sludge Metal, Psychedelic Rock|
|Location||United States, Germany|
|Years active||1999 - 2013|
|Associated Events||Eye of the Stoned Goat, The Maryland Doom Fest|
Stoner Hands of Doom (Sometmes abbreviated as SHoD) was a festival run in different cities in the United States (Except for 2008 which was in Germany.) from 1999-2013 with a few short hiatuses. The festival was initially organized by Rob and Cheryl Levey to present a premier festival for doom metal and stoner rock bands.
Background[edit | edit source]
Lineups[edit | edit source]
1999[edit | edit source]
The inaugural edition of the Stoner Hands of Doom Festival was held on 14 August 1999. Initially the festival was held at The Bull Run State Park in Manassas, Virginia but sets were cut short due to a freak thunderstorm happening that day.
|“||“The first SHoD was held at an outdoor venue in August after an entire summer of drought, not a drop of rain. At the moment Bobby Liebling (singer of Pentagram) arrived, the storm clouds appeared out of nowhere so suddenly that no one could even prepare, and we got what felt like a hurricane. One of the memories of that one was Wino on stage desperately trying to hold tarps down over the amps and everyone crowded under the tent we had and then the incredible coolness of everyone as we moved the whole thing to a club in Wheaton (Phantasmagoria).”||”|
— Cheryl Levey, Metallomusikum 
Luckily, the remainder of the festival was moved to Phantasmagoria in Wheaton, Maryland that same evening. This festival was notable as being a billed reunion set for Revelation. Trouble billed this performance as "Their last performance ever" at the time, with Kyle Thomas (Exhorder) on vocals. Notably, Pentagram performed a one-song set as well. Bobby Leibling performed onstage with Rick Wartell, Ron Holzner and Joe Hasselvander performed "Relentless" as a bonus to festival attendees. The band also proposed other bands such as Volume, Drag Pack, Nebula, Sheavy and Internal Void.
|Bull Run State Park||Phantasmagoria|
|Revelation (Reunion Set)||Leadfoot|
|Las Cruces||Pentagram (One-song set with guests.)|
|Fireball Ministry||The Mystick Crewe of Clearlight|
|Pale Divine||While Heaven Wept|
|Smoke in Sunshine||Rotos To Rust|
|Revelation (Reunion Set)|
2000[edit | edit source]
The second edition of Stoner Hands of Doom was held at Nyabinghi in Youngstown, Ohio on September 2 & 3, 2000.
|September 2||September 3|
|Kung Pao||Pale Divine|
|After The Sun||Soul Of The Earth|
2001[edit | edit source]
The third edition of Stoner Hands of Doom, now expanded to a three-day event, was held between October 5 - 7, 2001. It was held at The Red Blood Club in Dallas, Texas.
|October 5||October 6||October 7|
|Dixie Witch||The Glasspack||Sourvein|
|The Men of Porn||Las Cruces||Solitude Aeturnus|
|Burnout||Acid King||Witch Mountain|
|Mr. Plow||Place of Skulls||Oversoul|
|Super Heavy Goat Ass||Plaster||After The Sun|
|Slow Horse||Die Daily|
|Calamus||Well Of Souls|
|Life Beyond||Soul Of The Earth|
|Roller||Zero The Hero|
|Thee Plague of Gentlemen||Santeria|
|Mala Suerte||Sons Of Serro|
2002[edit | edit source]
The fourth edition of Stoner Hands of Doom was held from November 8 - 10, 2002. Notably, it was one of three times the event would be held at Hollywood Alley in Mesa, Arizona and also was notable for being a rare United States appearance for japanese stoner metal band Eternal Elysium.
|November 8||November 9||November 10|
|Sourvein||Witch Mountain||Sons of Serro|
|Dixie Witch||Eternal Elysium||Pale Divine|
|Carol Ann||Slow Horse||The Rubes|
|Marshan||Smoke in Sunshine||Graves At Sea|
|Super Heavy Goat Ass||Borgo Pass||Mountain Maker|
|Southern Gun Culture||Volume||Hillbilly Devilspeak|
|Hognose||The Deed||Thee Plague of Gentlemen|
|Floating Goat||Iron Kind|
|Core Of The Earth||Solid Donkey|
2003[edit | edit source]
The fifth edition of Stoner Hands of Doom was held at Berbati's Pan in Portland, Oregon between August 29 - 31, 2003. Early on in the festival's booking it was originally planned to be the final edition but ultimately ended up not being the case. It would gain sponsorship by Relapse Records for the event. Also of note was The Prophecy, Mourning Beloveth and Orodruin participated in this festival during the Doomination of America tour.
|August 29||August 30||August 31|
|Sunn O)))||The Men Of Porn||Subarachnoid Space|
|Goatsblood||Fireballs of Freedom||Turbo 400|
|Floor||The Lizards||Hillbilly Devilspeak|
|Graves At Sea||Fall Of The Bastards||Ten Miles Wide|
|The Prophecy||Mountain Maker||M-Squad|
|God's Iron Tooth||Secret Order of Tusk||Sons of Serro|
|Avoid The Future Shadow||Castrati|
2004[edit | edit source]
The sixth edition of Stoner Hands of Doom was held at Nyabinghi in Youngstown, Ohio from September 3 to September 5, 2004
|September 3||September 4||September 5|
|Delicious||Sons Of Otis||The Atomic Bitchwax|
|Beaten Back To Pure||Throttlerod||Solace|
|Headache||Unorthodox||A Thousand Knives of Fire|
|Secret Order of Tusk||Penance|
|Rue||Devil To Pay|
|We're All Gonna Die|
2006[edit | edit source]
The seventh edition of Stoner Hands of Doom was held after a short hiatus between from August 31 to September 3, 2006. For the first time the festival was held at two venues with the main portion of the festival being at the Hollywood Alley in Mesa, Arizona while the August 31 set was held at Chaser's in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Game Two Records and 13th Floor Records served as vendors for the event.
|August 31||September 1||September 2||September 3|
|Smokey Mountain Skull Busters||Graves At Sea||Greenhaven||Middian|
|Hazard County Girls||Grey||Greenhouse Effect||Acid King|
|Dexter Jones Circus Orchestra||Deer Creek||Against Nature||Eternal Elysium|
|Mosara||Turambar||Golden Godz||Black Cobra|
|Suicide Circus||Salt Of The Earth||Valkyrie||Dirty Red|
|Inflatable||Reverend Doom||King Valley||Hazard County Girls|
|Via Vengeance||Admiral Browning||Hognose|
|Dexter Jones Circus Orchestra||Iota|
|Sinister Farmers Big Machine||Automatic Animal|
|Vincent Black Shadow|
2007[edit | edit source]
The eighth edition of Stoner Hands of Doom was held between November 9 and 11, 2007 at the Hollywood Alley in Mesa, Arizona.
|November 9||November 10||November 11|
|Against Nature||Bottom||House of Broken Promises|
|Black Hell||Blood of the Sun||HDR|
|Iota||Greenhouse Effect||Super Destroyer|
|Electric Magma||The Cremains||Antique Scream|
|Iron of Odra||Devil To Pay||Chowder|
|Space Truckers||Devil Riding Shotgun|
|Iron Mountain||Golden Pig Electric Blues Band|
|Soul Broker||Ol' Scratch|
2008[edit | edit source]
The ninth edition of Stoner Hands of Doom was brought outside of the United States for the first time by booking group Caligula666. It was held on September 19 and 20th, 2008 at the Stadtgarten in Erfurt, Germany.
|September 19||September 20|
|The Freeks||End of Level Boss|
|Greenhaven||Black Shape of Nexus|
|Obiat||Versus The Stillborn Minded|
|Mills of God||Petrified|
2009[edit | edit source]
The tenth edition of Stoner Hands of Doom was held at Krug's Place in Fredrick, Maryland from September 3 - September 6, 2009. Iron Horse Magazine was a partner for the festival.
|September 3||September 4||September 5||September 6|
|Backwoods Payback||Valkyrie||Place of Skulls||Solace|
|Argus||Unorthodox||Earthride||Sixty Watt Shaman|
|Ol' Scratch||Professor Dark Project||Internal Void||Against Nature|
|Megashira||Pale Divine||Sons Of Otis||Flood Foundation|
|The Crimson Electric||Hatchetface||The Gates of Slumber||Elder|
|Ambition Burning||Borgo Pass||Devil To Pay||White Witch Canyon|
|John Wilkes Booth||Admiral Browning||Nitroseed|
|Stone Axe||Electric Magma|
|Sun Gods In Exile||Black Cowgirl|
|We're All Gonna Die||Centrifuge|
|Count Von Count||Nagato|
2010[edit | edit source]
The eleventh edition of Stoner Hands of Doom was held between August 12 - 14, 2010 at Krug's Place in Fredrick, Maryland. The tenth edition the previous year was intended to be the final edition at the time, according to Rob Levey:
|“||“Cheryl and I just can't seem to let it go we love the music and the scene and just want to do our part as best we can. Honestly, we went to a Valkyrie show in Harrisonburg VA. Bible of the Devil was playing with them as well. But it was on a Wednesday and the show was very well attended. The energy and enthusiasm just overwhelmed plus both those bands jammed and it just motivated me.”||”|
— Rob Levey, Stoner Hands of Doom 
The Gates of Slumber were intended to play on Friday but for unknown reasons canceled.
|August 12||August 13||August 14|
|Negative Reaction||Earthride||Backwoods Payback|
|Apostle of Solitude||Blood Farmers||Hour of 13|
|Windhand||War Injun||Weed Is Weed|
|Against Nature||Pale Divine||Lord|
|Ancient Astralnaught||Admiral Browning||Cough|
|Electric Magma||Wrath of Typhon|
|Muffler Crunch||Acid Queen|
|Sinister Realm||Fire Faithful|
|PB Army||Heavy Burner|
2012[edit | edit source]
The twelfth edition of Stoner Hands of Doom was held From August 30 to September 2 at The El Gee Club in New London, Connecticut. Notably, The Obelisk did full coverage of the entire festival that year in an effort to promote the bands and festival.
|August 30||August 31||September 1||September 2|
|Road Saw||Pilgrim||The Skull||Iron Man|
|Black Thai||Revelation||Pale Divine||Elder|
|Ichabod||Lord Fowl||Devil To Pay||Black Pyramid|
|Raw Radar War||Faces of Bayon||Earthen Grave||Summoner|
|Birch Hill Dam||John Wilkes Booth||Admiral Browning||Negative Reaction|
|When The Deadbolt Breaks||One Inch Giant||Hovel|
|Beelzefuzz||Gypsy Chief Goliath|
|Kin of Ettins||Fire Faithful|
|Curse The Sun||Infernal Overdrive|
2013[edit | edit source]
The thirteenth and final edition of Stoner Hands of Doom was held between November 7 - 10 at Strange Matter in Richmond, Virginia. Roughly, a month before the festival happened it was canceled by Rob and Cheryl Levey before Brendan Burns of Eye of the Stoned Goat took over to make sure the festival still went as planned.
|“||“We regret to inform you that after careful consideration Cheryl and I have decided we cannot go through with SHoD Festival this year or in the future. We appreciate all that have helped and support our efforts and regret and problems this will create but we are done with our festival thank you for all you do and hope to see you in the future.
Peace, Rob and Cheryl
— Rob Levey, The Obelisk 
|“||“To all bands playing SHoD this year-
I am working on trying to take over this event as a ‘Eye of the Stoned Goat’ event. I would really love your support and if we can get Robert Levey to give us his blessing I would still like to see the event go as planned…. -Brendan -
Just talked to Mark at strange matter we are still good to go! Spoke to Rob, I have his full support… SHoD XIII will go on as planned”
— Brendan Burns, The Obelisk 
|November 7||November 8||November 9||November 10|
|Compel||Order Of The Owl||The Skull||Devil To Pay|
|Pillbuster||Weed Is Weed||While Heaven Wept||Akris|
|Gritter||Freedom Hawk||Backwoods Payback||Wizard Eye|
|Dirt Merchant||Doctor Smoke||Pale Divine||Stone Magnum|
|Druglord||Fire Faithful||Admiral Browning||Lord|
|APF||Demonaut||Beelzefuzz||Kin of Ettins|
|Pike Possum||Wasted Theory||Faces of Bayon|
|It's Not Night: It's Space||Grel||Destroyer of Light|
|Second Grave||Blind Horse|
External Links[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Metallomusikum A dozen years of doom: SHoD fest celebrates pearl anniversary, accessed 21st February 2016
- Stoner Hands of Doom WebsiteSHoD I: 1999, accessed 21st February 2016.
- Stoner Hands of Doom Official
- Stoner Hands of DoomShoD II: 2000, accessed February 23, 2016.
- Stoner Hands of Doom WebsiteSHoD III: 2001, accessed February 24, 2016.
- Stoner Hands of DoomSHoD 4: 2002, accessed February 25, 2016.
- Portland Mercury
- Stoner Hands of Doom Page
- Stoner Hands of DoomSHoD Eight: 2007, accessed February 25, 2016
- Heavy Planet
- Stoner Hands of Doom WebsiteSHoD X: Labor Day Weekend 2009, accessed February 26, 2016.
- Stoner Hands of Doom Webpage ShoD 11 - The 12th Anniversary,grammar adjusted and accessed 26th February, 2016
- The ObeliskSHoD XII Total Coverage, accessed February 26, 2016.
- The Obelisk Stoner Hands of Doom 2013 Canceled? NO!!!, accessed 26th February, 2016
- The Obelisk Stoner Hands of Doom 2013 Canceled? NO!!!, accessed 26th February, 2016