The doom scene is really thriving in the UK right now and there’s some brilliant bands flying the flag for huge, crushing heaviness. Every once-in-a-while someone comes along and throws something different into the mix with devastating effect and Dopefight are definitely one of those bands
Hailing from Brighton, Dopefight make doom metal with a punk edge. This means the music is a lot faster than the usually plodding drone of most doom bands. What makes Dopefight so interesting is they manage to keep that overbearing weight that doom usually commands and twist it just slightly to make it sound that little bit more original.
The band have also had some brilliant success as a unsigned artist and seem to regularly shift large quantities of merch onto their ever-growing fanbase. Their online store is one of the best stocked for any band I’ve come across with a variety of shirts, patches, CDs and vinyl available at some bargain prices. It just goes to show that there’s still a dedicated audience who are willing to support a band with their wallet.
For the uninitiated, your first port of call should be Dopefight’s debut 2010 album ‘Buds’ which can be picked up from their store for a measly £6. It showcases everything I’ve just detailed and has some wonderful production values which is all too rare on such early releases from a band that is still fairly young.
The band are readying a new split with tourmates Gurt which looks to become one of this years big underground releases. They’ll also be appearing at Desertfest on the 7th of April at the Camden Purple Turtle and have just been announced as support on Eyehategod’s August UK tour.