Liverpool's Iron Witch have been a fixture of the UK scene since releasing their Single Malt EP on Witch Hunter Records in 2011. Their debut album, "A Harrowed Dawn" was recorded and mixed by Chris Fielding of Conan at Skyhammer Studios and released by Secret Law Records in 2016 to huge acclaim.
Kerrang, 4Ks - "A Harrowed Dawn is a masterclass in filthy heaviness, but what do you expect from one of the weightiest bands in the Brit-metal underground?"
Terrorizer, 8.5/10 - "If last year's 'The First Four Beers' was a party, then 'A Harrowed Dawn' is the painful hangover"
Outlaws Of The Sun - "This ranks as one of the best and heaviest Doom/Sludge Metal albums of 2016. Seriously it's that FUCKING GOOD..."
Five The Hierophant
Supporting them are Five the Hierophant - an instrumental group whose insanely heavy debut album "Over Phlegathon" was released last year and is easily one of the best albums of the year. They're set to steal the show at this year's Desertfest when they play the Electric Ballroom right before Eyehategod. Blackened, atmospheric, post-metal, jazz - there's no pigeon-holing this five-piece.
Seven Hundredth Unicorn
Having seen them playing with Riff Rock's own two-piece noisemongers, Tuskar earlier this month, there was no doubt that Seven Hundredth Unicorn had to be invited to a Riff Rock Records Presents... night. Channeling the likes of Red Fang and Big Business with a touch of post-metal influence, the duo have riffs for days.
SHE'S SO HEAVY
DJing downstairs all night will be She's So Heavy. If you were at the first Riff Rock gig or the afterparty on Saturday night at last year's Desertfest, you'll know that they get any party started!