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Hard rocking Erosion Festival hits Machinery Row on Friday in Great Falls

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Erosion FestivalGreat Falls gets pulverized by some hard-hitting metal music Friday night at the Erosion Festival 2015 featuring some well-known bands, some up-and-comers and a few local favorites.

The festival gets under way, with the doors opening at 5 p.m. and the music starting at 6 at Machinery Row.

The bands performing are Egypt, Midnight Ghost Train, Witchden, Chron Goblin, Swamp Ritual, Wyrm Ryder, Piranha Dog and P.M.F.

A Kansas-based band, Midnight Ghost Train formed in 2007 by Steve Moss as a eulogy to his friend, John Goff, who passed away that August from a severe asthma attack.

Moss recruited several musicians from his hometown of Buffalo, NY and started recording their first album “The Johnny Boy EP.”

After a few line-up changes, the band released it’s third full-length album this February titled “Cold Was the Ground.”

The band plays metal that mixes in blues, gospel and elements of southern rock.

Egypt is a desert rock, doom rock, stoner rock band from Fargo, ND.

They’re signed to Doomentia Records, a metal record label headquartered in the Czech Republic. Their latest record “Endless Flight” is expected to come out next month.

Witchden is a sludge metal band from Minneapolis. They formed in 2010 and later added an additional guitarist, Dinis deCaralho in 2012.

They describe their sound on their Bandcamp page, saying,

“Witchden fuses all their genres brilliantly to provide a great blast of Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs with extra lashings of Punk Rock and good old Rock and Roll to truly stand out from the crowd. The band have just released their superb new album “Consulting The Bones”. A 9 song 44 minute blast of amazing Sludge and Roll riffs as they call their own blend of hard-hitting Stoner/Sludge Metal music. ”

Chron Goblin is a Calgary-based rock four-piece formed in 2009.

Their a band that, according to the Calgary Herald’s Mike Bell, “takes the best acts of Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Faith No More, and Danzig, cuts it with a strain all of their own, rolls it, and sparks it up for a sticky, icky spliff.”

Chron Goblin will release a new album later this spring. Their latest album “Life for the Living” came out in 2013.

Swamp Ritual is a Missoula band that according to it’s Bandcamp page is, “best described as a fuzzed-out stampede of riffs, solos, wah pedals, oversized floor toms and a couple of scuzzballs who need to play something loud.”

The band released the LP “The Bearded Dragon (Ritual Rising)” in 2013.

Wyrm Ryder is a sludge metal band from Billings, and both Pirahna Dog and P.M.F.  are Great Falls-based sludge metal/stoner rock bands.

Admission to the Erosion Festival is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling Stuart Corey at 406-781-5675 before 4 p.m. on Friday.

For more information on the festival, check out the event’s Facebook page here.

 

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