FALL INTO DARKNESS FESTIVAL
8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11 and 13; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave.; $12-15.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12; Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave.; $12.
The upcoming Fall Into Darkness festival will have metal fans seeing double even before they start headbanging. It’s a living metal museum of sorts, and some of the main exhibits could be labeled “1 of 2.”
Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, which headlines Thursday night, is a chance to see a piece of music history in an intimate setting, edginess intact. The co-founder of space rock pioneers Hawkwind — which also once counted Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister among their ranks — revives the spirit of an early ’70s tour and live album the band did that included dancers and poets. Turner’s contingent (also known as Nik Turner’s Space Ritual when the original Hawkwind franchise is playing nearby) is a colorful parallel dimension for the classic band.
Fellow Brits Orange Goblin, who headline Friday, have also been pushing the psychedelic biker metal vibe to the limit since 1995. They owe a bit to the American doom metal founders in Sunday’s headliner, the Skull, too.
The Skull includes original Trouble vocalist, Erik Wagner, and is named after their 1985 album. They perform Trouble’s earlier, slower material that helped seed the ground for the stoner metal sound. Trouble’s guitarists do the rest elsewhere under the band’s official banner.
The local acts are a bit easier to track. Portland’s Agalloch bridges black metal, progressive rock and folk. They headline Saturday. Mike Sheidt kicks things off on Sunday in very basic fashion: with an acoustic guitar and the rest of his acclaimed metal trio, YOB, back in Eugene. Predictability: Not on the menu.