This week, the magnificent Temples Festival sold out of weekend tickets. For a new festival to do this in their opening year is pretty damn impressive, and speaks volumes for just how strong Temples Festival’s line-up curation has been. It also makes for a goddamn murderously good Sunday Slaylist.
Conan is a doom metal band from Liverpool, England. They stylize their sound as 'Caveman battle doom'. In 2006, Conan formed as a two piece. Eventually becoming a three piece with Jon Davis on guitar/vocals, Phil Coumbe on bass/vocals and Paul O’Neil on drums.
Conan have since recorded as series of releases starting with their 2007 EP "Battle in the Swamp" and "Horseback Battle Hammer" (2010, Throne), followed by a split with Northern Irish band Slomatics (2011, Head of Crom, Burning World). Read more on Last.fm
Conan on Thrash Hits
February 24th, 2014
03 March 2014
Nostalgia is a soft-edged, sepia tinted arcadia that has increasingly been used by musicians to swerve listeners away from the rapid self-consumption of the metal world. For the less inspired, vapidly imitating the past rarely produces anything other than a cheap Instagram effect that lies on top of average music like an oil slick on water.
October 11th, 2013
They’ve come a long way since we gave them the Future Hits treatment nearly two years ago – Conan are now one of the rising stars of the UK doom scene, being booked for festivals all over Europe and suchlike. Hugh Platt made sure he got down amongst it when Liverpool’s most pummelling trio made it to the Black Heart of Camden.
6 things we learned watching Conan in London…
October 2nd, 2013
For this week’s Cloudcast, our deputy editor Hugh is going it alone – we’ve got a cut from In Solitude (our pick for If You Buy One Thing This Week), as well as tracks by Soulfly, More Than Conquerors, Baby Godzilla, Conan, and Wet Nuns. Oh, and a track by a little-known Watford punk band called Shockmaster. Apparently, they are so very proud of all their boys.
September 22nd, 2013
It’s just a few short weeks away now – Damnation Festival 2013 is (once again) going to be the heavy music event of the Winter here in the UK. We’re going to be heading up to Leeds University in force come 02 November, but until then, we’ve put together a Sunday Spotify Slaylist to hype us up for what’s (once again) one of the best one-dayer metal fest line-ups the UK has ever seen.
May 6th, 2013
April 24th, 2013
The weather might’ve taken a sudden turn for the better here in the UK, but the one thing we can always count on is that we’re never far from gangs of young men making surly, dark, and altogether stormy music. Such is the doom thrown out by Bongripper and Conan. Our man around the North West, Matt Thomas, was on hand to snap the lot of them when they came to Liverpool.
February 17th, 2013
Of all the indoor multi-day festivals that take place in the UK, there’s one right here in London that has always stood head and shoulders above all the others as far as we’re concerned – DesertFest. Returning to a brace of venues across Camden over a weekend this coming April, DesertFest is three days of the best sludge, stoner and doom carnage the UK will see in 2013. That’s why we’ve dedicated this week’s Slaylist to this year’s line-up.
March 14th, 2012
02 April 2012
by Tom Dare
Just as thrash comes in degrees of ridiculously fast, the doom/stoner metal bands come in various shades of galactically heavy. Conan are from the end of that spectrum where you literally (in the correct, non-Redknappian use of the word) fear for your speaker cones. You’ll probably have to turn their new album Monnos down a touch after your stereo begins to emit some worrying noises. As a basic premise for an album, this is a bloody good start.
February 17th, 2012
Thrash Hits Verdict: We first became aware of Conan last year, when one of our photographers, Matt Thomas, started singing their praises at us. Well, when say “singing”, we really mean “sent us an email”. Given that like Conan, he’s based up in Liverpool, he’s far too far away from us for us to hear him if he did start singing. Conan on the other hand….let’s just say when they play live, you can probably hear them on the other side of the planet. However it was a result of their talents – rather than their volume – that will see the trio support the legendary Sleep over in Norway later this year. We got on the blower to the band’s guitarist/vocalist, Jon Davis, to find out what it’s like when your idols want you to open shows for them.