Pagan Altar are one of the originators of doomy NWOBHM, mixing their 70’s influences into occult-tinged heavy metal. Alongside bands like Witchfinder General and Legend, their very own unique breed of mystical doom metal was unfortunately sunk into obscurity. Despite that, the timelessness of their music ultimately prevailed as doom-obsessed fanatics kept Pagan Altar’s music alive over two and a half decades by trading their self-titled demo cassette and even bootlegging it. After receiving so much interest from the underground scene, the original master tapes were re-released in 1998 and re-christened Volume 1. The band then reformed in 2004 and released two albums of re-recorded materials – namely “Lords of Hypocrisy” and “Mythical and Magical”. These two records proved to be the best and most exciting releases of the genre, and brought the band to international attention. They have since played numerous shows, traveling ashore to Canada and the United States, as well as everywhere in Europe. The songs for their last album, “The Room of Shadows” were originally written back in 2004-2005, and the album was set to be released as “Never Quite Dead” in 2014… until the tragic passing of their beloved frontman Terry Jones, who had been bravely battling cancer for a year prior. The album was re-recorded keeping the original vocal tracks, and released by Temple of Mystery Records in 2017 as an homage to this true gentleman. Brendan Radigan, who also pays in the American Doom Metal band Magic Circle, now fronts the band and together they have been bringing Pagan Altar's music back to the stage in the most magical way. This will be their first Los Angeles appearance.
Cauchemar is a heavy metal band founded in 2007 in Montreal, Canada. Its music is distinguished by its doom metal and hard rock influences, and by the mystical french-language singing of Annick Giroux. The band has released one EP and two LPs, and have recently contributed a track to the "Trapped Under Ice" compilation, released in January 2019. They are working on a third album at the moment. This will be their first Los Angeles appearance.