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Witch Mountain

Witch Mountain was formed in Portland, OR in 1997 by Rob Wrong (Iommi Stubbs, M99) and Nate "Nanotear" Carson (Point Line Plane, Two Ton Boa, Sunn0))) collaborator). By 2000, the groundwork had been laid, the demo "Homegrown Doom" was remastered and released in Europe, and Dave Hoopaugh (Iommi Stubbs, Comavoid, Towers) was brought in to be the final bass player after a string of many. Debut album ...Come the Mountain was released to critical acclaim in 2001. Man's Ruin tried to license it stateside, but they went under before it could happen. The first printing sold out in 2 months, and an expanded edition was released with bonus tracks composed for the unreleased PC/Dreamcast video game "Shrapnel". A partial list of bands Witch Mountain shared the stage with between 1997 and 2002 includes: Lost Goat, Bongzilla, Goatsnake, Acid King, Bottom, High on Fire, Spaceboy, Add-X, Village Idiot, Merde, Diesto, Wapeka, Blood Hag, Crow (Japan), Orange Goblin, Electric Wizard, YOB, Sea of Green, Dixie Witch, (men of) Porn, HC Minds, Unearthly Trance, Enemymine, Unsane, EyeHateGod, Spirit Caravan, Alabama Thunderpussy, Weedeater, Stovokor, Cuda, The Glasspack, Fireballs of Freedom, Clutch, Gunpro, Unida, Solitude Aeturnus, Unorthodox, Sour Vein, Isis, Soilent Green, Jumbo's Killcrane, Karma to Burn, Nebula, Penance, Raging Slab, Shamelady, Warhorse, Agalloch, Thrones, The Whip, etc, etc. Witch Mountain's last tour was in 2002 with Eternal Elysium from Japan. After that, a period of hibernation was in effect. Rob and Dave had children to raise and families to look after. Nate was touring constantly with PLP. In 2005, WM shook the dust off for an appearance with the mighty YOB (their last Portland gig before their own hiaturs) and Totimoshi. Seasonal gigs followed with Acid King, Atomic Bitchwax, Wolves in the Throneroom, and others. It became clear that the chemistry was better than ever, and the songs had really bloomed over time. 2006-2007 marked the return of Witch Mountain to Portland stages as a trio with new songs and veteran tone and ability. Gigs with Danava, Gargantula, Green Milk from the Planet Orange, Stovokor, Buried Blood, and old friends the Glasspack made for good times and further deafened the local audience. In 2009, Witch Mountain finally found a voice to match its mighty instrumental prowess. Uta Plotkin keeps the tunes strong and melodic, and the music sounds better than ever. With Uta in tow, WM resumed its history of gigging strong with the likes of Pentagram,Saint Vitus, Jucifer, Ludicra, Lesbian, Slough Feg and the reformed YOB. 2010 will be an auspicious year for WM as the sophomore album South of Salem has finally been recorded at Smegma studio with mega-producer Billy Anderson. Mastering has been handled by Mell Dettmer. The results speak for themselves. Oregon is a stronghold for heavy music and its fans. In the valley between YOB's cosmic doom and Red Fang's brash party rawk, there lies a mountain…

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