Acid King (Stoner/Doom, San Francisco)
Bathed in distortion, baptized in a plume of smoke, and born again in 2015, Bay Area trio Acid King—Lori S. [vocals, guitars], Joey Osborne [drums], and Mark Lamb [bass]—re-emerged with their first offering in a decade, Middle of Nowhere Center of Everywhere. Tastemakers such as Noisey, Blabbermouth, Invisible Oranges, Ultimate Guitar, and New Noise lauded the album. They embarked on tours of the States and Australia, appearing on festivals including Psycho Las Vegas, Erosion Fest, Desert Generator, and more as well as sharing the stage with everyone from Sleep and Down to Blue Öyster Cult and Red Fang. It extended a celebrated discography that encompasses three EPs and three full-lengths, namely Zoroaster , Busse Woods , and Acid King III . It’s no surprise strains of their style infect luminaries such as The Sword and Kylesa, and they’ve earned a place in tomes like The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal and the A to Z of Doom, Gothic & Stoner Metal.
Forever etched in the Acid King Necronomicon, Joey and Mark announced an amicable split during late 2016. Kicking off the new year, Lori invited an old friend Black Cobra’s Rafa Martinez [bass] and avowed Acid King fan Bil Bowman of Hornss behind the kit for a string of shows in 2017. The new year sees the group primed for Upstream Festival with Dinosaur Jr. followed by Maryland Death Fest, Modified Ghost Festival, and Electric Funeral Festival.