(Almost) Complete Camel of Doom setlists! And in depth history of the earliest days!

Posted in News on January 26, 2012 by camelofcode

I just stumbled upon this whilst crawling the net… it was on a secret website I used to maintain to disseminate information about various Camel of Doom related activities. Not sure how or why it is still online, but it is. Unfortunately the file host for it was not, meaning the lost bootlegs that it linked to are still lost.

What we DO have here though, is an almost complete list of all Camel of Doom gigs ever performed, complete with dates, locations, set lists and line-ups.

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Date: 12/12/02 Musicians: Kris Clayton Tom Sadler
Town: Congleton Alex Hutchison
Venue: Eaton Bank School
Set: Child of the Scream
More: n/a
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Date: 03/05/04 Musicians: Kris Clayton Tom Sadler
Town: Stoke-on-Trent Laura Whittingham Rosie Potts
Venue: The Talbot
Set: Desert of the Stars; Dragonaut; Child of the Scream; Master of
 the Universe; Death on the Ship of the Desert; High Rise; Can
 I be bothered to name this?
More: First Gig, Battle of the Bands.
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Date: 06/07/04 Musicians: Kris Clayton Tom Sadler
Town: Congleton Laura Whittingham Carl Brunsdon
Venue: Eaton Bank School
Set: Desert of the Stars; Dragonaut; Child of the Scream; Master of
 the Universe
More: Annual Pop Concert
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Date: 10/07/04 Musicians: Kris Clayton Tom Sadler
Town: Stoke-on-Trent Laura Whittingham Rosie Potts
Venue: The Talbot
Set: Desert of the Stars; Run Camel Run; The Power; Wakeham; March of
 The Nomads; EarthHammer
More: With Nailed and Imindain
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Date: 14/08/04 Musicians: Kris Clayton Tom Sadler
Town: Stoke-on-Trent Laura Whittingham Rosie Potts
Venue: The Talbot
Set: Death on the Ship of the Desert; The Power; Wakeham; March of the
 Nomads; Vinum Sabbathi; Dragonaut; King Dragon; EarthHammer
More: With Rise to Thunder
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Date: 04/09/04 Musicians: Kris Clayton Tom Sadler
Town: Stoke-on-Trent Laura Whittingham Rosie Potts
Venue: The Talbot
Set: King Dragon; EarthHammer
More: Charity gig for Macmillan
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Date: 17/11/04 Musicians: Kris Clayton Tom Sadler
Town: Stoke-on-Trent Laura Whittingham Rosie Potts
Venue: The Talbot
Set: Monolith; Dragonaut; Vinum Sabbathi; EarthHammer
More: With Firechild, Apogee, Social Malfunction, Vice, Oxygen Thieves
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Date: 11/12/04 Musicians: Kris Clayton Tom Sadler
Town: Stoke-on-Trent Laura Whittingham Rosie Potts
Venue: The Talbot
Set: Monolith; King Dragon (Part II - Camel of Doom);
 EarthHammer
More: With Apogee, Onset Cold, Hecatomb, Sarpanitum, Necrocest+Amputated
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Date: 17/01/05 Musicians: Kris Clayton Tom Sadler
Town: Newcastle-Under-Lyme Laura Whittingham Rosie Potts
Venue: The Rigger
Set: Monolith; Dragonaut; King Dragon; From Beyond; EarthHammer
More: With Civilian Project
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Date: 11/02/05 Musicians: Kris Clayton Tom Sadler
Town: Derby Laura Whittingham Rosie Potts
Venue: Victoria Inn
Set: Monolith; Dragonaut; King Dragon; From Beyond; EarthHammer
More: With Avatar and Sovet
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Date: 12/02/05 Musicians: Kris Clayton Tom Sadler
Town: Stoke-on-Trent Laura Whittingham Phil Symmonds
Venue: The Talbot
Set: Monolith; Dragonaut; King Dragon; From Beyond; The Diviners Sage;
 High Rise; EarthHammer
More: With No-one... both other bands cancelled, camel played a longer
 set with new material.
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Covers:
Hawkwind: Master of the Universe, High Rise
Sleep: Dragonaut, From Beyond
Electric Wizard: Vinum Sabbathi

If my memory serves (bear in mind this was 7 years ago!) we played one final gig at  both the Talbot and the Rigger. I know we played the rigger again because I have photos with a Clayton/Sadler/Whittingham/Potts/Symmonds line up that never played together elsewhere. And I’m SURE we played the talbot another time because I can remember doing a cover of Neurosis/Locust Star there… although that might have been Soundcheck only, who can say…

Musician wise, you will recognise Clayton/Sadler/Whittingham/Potts as the main line up. Alex Hutchison was a good friend of mine and Toms. He was the original guitarist, as I was actually the bass player! Carl Brunsden was our music teacher at school. He played sax at a gig Rosie couldn’t make. Phil Symmonds played with us a few times on Keys.

Material wise, some of these songs have names listed here that wern’t put out on the actual record (I believe the unofficial record containing them was called ‘Unreleased 1’). Wakeham was never released on a studio record, but the gig we first played it at is floating around as a bootleg. The Diviners sage was a TOTAL improv/jam the few times it was performed. I think it got a lot better by the time the album came out.

And now… drumroll… from the same source, comes the very badly written, extremely biased and slightly offensive to some former members HISTORY OF THE BAND prior to anything anyone knows about us. It mentions lots of things never previously mentioned. It also accurately states that the band was formed in 2002, not 2001 as state elsewhere. Cue the 10th anniversary celebrations this July! I wish I still had some of the unreleased material here, but I don’t so don’t ask 😦 NB. This history was written at the time, so is accurate, however it is also being written by an ignorant teenager, so it isn’t going to win any prizes.

July 2002 – Disgruntled (pissed off) with his band, Retribution, Kris Clayton forms The Band with Rocks In with himself on bass, Tom Sadler on guitar and Alex Hutchison on drums. Kris records “The Song with Rocks In” as a demo

August 2002 – Tom and Alex switch place – to their natural instruments! as they cudn’t play each others instruments at all. The band change their name to Camel of Doom

September 2002 – camelofdoom.com appears. Kris starts work on an EP

October 2002 – “Child of the Scream EP” is released.

November 2002 – Work starts on the debut album.

December 2002 – The band perform “Child of the Scream” to 10 people. It goes down well. They sucked.

January 2003 – Kris leaves Retribution to go full-time Camel. “The Desert at Night” is released. Martyn Godber (MBGV) is added on Keyboards.

March 2003 – “The Spice Extends Life, The Spice Expands Conciousness” is recorded. It is never released. Alex is removed from the band, and Martyn leaves. Kris switches to guitar. The band now have no bass player, although Ben Nield is rumoured to be joining.

July 2003 – Kris gets drunk and invites Ross Drummond to join on lead guitar. Still no bass player.

August 2003 – Work starts on the 2nd album. With no bass player.

October 2003 – Kris releases a solo album called “Distorted Sound Patterns”

January 2004 – Ben Nield is officially added on bass. Ross is sacked. “The Desert at Night – Special Edition” is released.

February 2004- First new tracks in 13 months appear on camelofdoom.com. “The Pyschedelic Jam” is recorded. It hasn’t yet been released. Bens solo album “Futurus” comes out.

March 2004- Matt Cliffe joins on rythm guitar. Ben Nield later leaves on extremly friendly agreed terms. Matt is sacked. On not very friendly unagreed terms. Matt is shortest ever (read that how you like) member of Camel of Doom.

April 2004-Laura Whittingham is added on Bass and Rosie Potts on Sax.

May 2004-Debut gig at the Talbot goes down very well.

July 2004-The ‘Camel do some good gigs with some cool bands and start writing longer more complex songs.

September 2004-The band play a charity gig at The Talbot for Macmillan Cancer Care

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Doommantia.com review

Posted in Reviews on July 14, 2011 by camelofcode

The press release reads; “The Night After Time is a collection of re-recorded songs from the band’s first album ‘The Desert at Night’, which was originally recorded in 2002 when Camel of Doom front man Kris Clayton was just 14 years old. Now older, wiser and poles apart in musical and technical ability, Kris decided to revisit these tracks to help them reach their full potential. The tracks were laid down in November and December of 2009, but were shelved when work on the next full length album began in earnest. After a busy period which saw work on both EP and album grind to a halt, Kris took the tracks to Priory Recording Studios and completed the work with much assistance from his close friend and former colleague, Greg Chandler of Esoteric. This release aims to simultaneously look back and forward, gazing fondly at the bands routes whilst preparing the unsuspecting public for the new material that lurks in wait… Watch this space!”

Now that the press-release has explained the reasoning behind the re-recording of these songs, it is on with the review. ‘The Desert At Night’album was a very underrated album at its time of release and still is very under-appreciated. The album was long and meandering in parts and the production on the album wasn’t the greatest with the amount of over-processed hiss that is on the recording. Perhaps that is one of the reasons for the re-recording of these 4 songs. What is great however and a little freaky is the four songs chosen are not only some of the best tracks from that album but four personal favorites of yours truly.

Camel Of Doom’s brand of doom is in the psychedelic vein and extremely jammy, it many respects it is closer to King Crimson than it isSaint Vitus as it has a strange jazzy ambience to it and the feel of the songs is very hypnotic.

Despite the flaws in the production of ‘The Desert At Night’ I personally feel that the songs had a character all of their own so re-recording them is a surprising move on behalf of Kris Clayton but I was glad to hear, the songs have been given some much-needed tweaks all in the right places but the songs themselves still carry the original vibe of the songs, much to my relief. ‘Death On The Ship Of The Desert’ was one of the tracks on the original recording that stood out and it again stands out on this EP. The hypnotic nature of the track is still there and it sounds even more mesmerizing this time around. ‘Child of the Scream’ which opens this EP is a wonderful dose sludge and doom monolithic instrumental workout and ‘The Power’ is still like being stranded in a psychedelic desert high on LSD and much of the music has that vibe about it.

The pick of the litter though goes to ‘Run Camel Run’ which is a strangely twisted blast of doomy psychedelia that sounds even better with this reworking. It might seem odd to re-record songs that are so old but when you hear the strength of these tunes and the new treatment that they are given, it all becomes all too clear – it was totally worth it. Camel Of Doom are and always have been a ‘a jew in the rough’ of the underground doom scene. A band that remains in obscurity purely because of circumstance and not because of the actual music. The songs and playing is right up there with the likes of Sleep and other legends of stoner-doom but it has never been given the credit it deserves. Hopefully this EP and the upcoming album will be the turning-point, it is long overdue………9/10

http://www.doommantia.com/2011/06/camel-of-doom-night-after-time.html

 

The Night After Time

Posted in News on July 14, 2011 by camelofcode
The Night After Time

The Night After Time

Camel of Doom have just finished work on a new EP, ‘The Night After Time’. This new release features re recordings of the most popular songs from the bands debut album ‘The Desert At Night’.

The majority of the record was recorded by the band in Nov/Dec 2009, and was completed over the weekend of 5th/6th March 2011 at Priory Recording Studios.

  1. Child of the Scream
  2. Run Camel Run
  3. Death on the Ship of the Desert
  4. The Power

Performed by Camel of Doom. Produced and Engineered by Kris Clayton and Greg Chandler. Mastered by Greg Chandler.

The EP is available via all major digital distribution networks from the end of April, with a possible 10″ release to follow.

Work continues on the full length follow up to 2008’s ‘The Diviners Sage’.

OUT NOW:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Night-After-Time/dp/B00528177U/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1310638920&sr=8-4

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-night-after-time/id427657674

Direct from out distributer (benefits us a whole lot more): http://routenote.com/music/CamelofDoom/TheNightAfterTime/5051813597206


Now on WordPress

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2011 by camelofcode

Camel of Doom are now on WordPress at camelofdoom.wordpress.com