THE DARKER, heavier side of music, the beautiful black beast unleashed originally by Black Sabbath in 1970, will be heard, performed, and celebrated at the Dark Arts Fest in The Cellar this Saturday.
Dark Arts will feature three stages - a record fair, a dark ambient/noise stage, and a heavy metal stage - starting with the record fair at 11am with a large selection of famous and rare vinyl and CDs. The dark ambient/noise experience stage starts at 6pm with performances from underground artists Luxury Mollusc (Dublin ), Harsh Discipline (Dublin ), Ohdaith (Drogheda ), and Ruairi O'Baoighill (Galway ).
The main event, the heavy metal stage, roars into life at 9pm, featuring five bands, along with headliners, Belfast death metallers Overoth.
Overoth have been going strong for a decade, having released the demo Pathway To Demise (2006 ), the EP Death Personified (2007 ), and the album Kingdom Of Shadows (2010 ). They have toured Ireland, Britain, and mainland Europe with Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death, and Obituary. The Metal Rules website has praised their music as "no frills, in-your-face death metal full of twists and turns, technical innovation, and bone- crunching riffage".
The line-up is completed by two Belfast bands Unyielding Love and sludge metallers Nomadic Rituals; Tipperary bands Brigantia, who draw on the legacy of Black Sabbath and Pentagram and industrial/doom metal act Zylum; as well as Galway stoner rock/doom metal trio Weed Priest.
Admission is €5 after 6pm.