In our second installment of Descendants of Crom IV coverage, we focus on the bands of DOC IV. Get some info about the bands and listen to creator & organizer Shy Kennedy’s curated list of their heaviest songs!
Descendants of Crom is a curated event. When Shy picks bands for DOC, she starts with bands she loves. Shy explains, “The bands selected for DOC are heavy, they are part of the underground, and they are pushing to make it and thrive. If they are not the only band of their kind, they’re 100% great at what they do.”
While Shy leans towards doom, sludge, psych, and noise styles she admits that anything that is good and heavy goes. Last but not least, most of the picks are people she’s worked with or knows somehow. Shy has “zero tolerance for unprofessionalism or jerks.”
ABOUT DESCENDANTS OF CROM IV
The fourth annual Descendants of Crom, A Gathering of the Heavy Underground, will be held again this year June 3 & 4 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on both floors of Cattivo Nightclub. Featuring over 15 heavy bands, including legendary fan-favorites, the events begin early Friday evening and are followed by an all-dayer Saturday. Descendants of Crom began in 2017 and has been a strong contender among other established underground music festivals.
Learn more about DOC IV and get tickets here.
In upcoming articles, we will explore the meaning of heavy music with DOC IV bands and share with you what they find to be their heaviest offerings. For now, let’s delve into Shy’s Heavy Picks for each DOC IV band!
Shy’s Heavy Picks for DOC IV Bands
I asked Shy to pick a song for each DOC IV band that illustrates their particular brand of heavy. See what she picked below!
Hey: Most bands are on the Spotify playlist, but some didn’t have their songs there. Links for all songs (Spotify or Bandcamp) are below. Where possible, I also added a music video for the same song. Check it out!
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Bridesmaid: “Hungry Like Nick Wolf” from International House of Mancakes (self-released, 2016).
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Foehammer: “Black Númenórean” from Second Sight (self-released, 2018).
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Heavy Temple: “A Desert Through the Trees” from Lupi Amoris (Magnetic Eye Records, 2021).
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Horehound: “L’appel du Vide” from Holocene (Doom Stew Records, 2018).
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Horseburner: “The Oak” from The Thief (Ripple Music, 2019).
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Howling Giant: “Nomad” from The Space Between Worlds (Blues Funeral Recordings, 2019).
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Ironflame: “Shadow Queen” from Lightning Strikes the Crown (self-released, 2017).
THe Long Hunt
Shy’s Heavy Pick for The Long Hunt: “Procession of Dust” from Threshold Wanderer (self-released, 2022).
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Makeshift Urn: “The Great Attractor” from Makeshift Urn (self-released, 2019).
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Orodruin: “Voice in the Dark” from Ruins of Eternity (self-released, 2019).
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Pillärs: “We Will Rise” from Pillärs / Wallcreeper split (self-released, 2019).
Quiet Man is a sludge / noise / drone band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They’ve been releasing music as God Root since 2016 (in 2021 they altered the lineup and changed the name to Quiet Man). You can find all of their offerings here.
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Quiet Man: “Of Control” from God Root (self-released, 2016).
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Rebreather: “Open Your Eyes” from Rebreather EP (self-released, 2018).
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Tel: “Downer” from Vigils (split with Age of the Wolf, Electric Talon Records, 2021).
Shy’s Heavy Pick for Witching: “The Pack” from Vernal (self-released, 2020).
We. (formerly We, the Creature) is a noise duo from Youngstown, Ohio. They released their first album in 2019, and you can listen to it here.
Shy’s Heavy Pick for We.: “Cliffs of Maturity” from riB (self-released, 2019).
Thanks for taking the time to check out the DOC IV artists and Shy’s Heavy Picks for each band! Next, we will be exploring the meaning of heavy music with DOC IV artists and learning which songs of theirs they feel are their heaviest. Be well!
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