What do you get when you mix southern with Metal its an awesomely wicked band known as Ol' Scratch. This band has a groove of darkness that throws back to the earlier days of true pounding Metal with dark lulling rifts and spiking lead guitars. I guarantee the hillbillies in our parts will be lighting some herbage and blasting this band a extremely loud levels. This band has a dark groove not seen since the glory days of Sabbath. Out of all these great bands from our Virginia Metal special Ol' Scratch is definitely going to be a long term member of the playlist. If you don't like Ol' Scratch you ain't no Twisted Hillbilly!
Beginning life in 2004, Ol' Scratch began as a 5 piece monster in a garage in Northern Virginia. Playing metal with a sludgy southern tinge, they began playing shows locally in 2005. Switching bassists halfway through the year, the new lineup went on the road for a few tours and a ton of DC area shows supporting such acts as Alabama Thunderpussy, Trouble, and Dixie Witch.
Early 2006 saw the release of "Blood Puddin'", a five song EP recorded at Harmonia Studios with engineer Greg Clark (Clutch, King Valley...) and mastered by Uncle Punchy. More shows followed, playing with doom icons Unorthodox, Earthride and War Injun. On the road again, they made a strong showing at 2006's “Maine Stonerfest” and played shows everywhere from Maine to Florida.
Late in 2006 the band recorded and released a split CD with Fredericksburg, VA metal band LORD, recorded by engineer Tim Otis (Admiral Browning, Black Canary...) and mastered by Vince Burke (Sourvein, Beaten Back to Pure...).
2007 brought big changes with the loss of another bassist, Steve changing from rhythm guitar to handle the low end duties, and their vocalist, Joel, mysteriously quitting the band.
The new 4 piece lineup, finds Tim Otis (of Admiral Browning) temporarily on drums, Steven Kerchner (VOG, 7th Gate) on vox, Steve Payne on bass, and James Haun handling guitar. The new lineup shows the band evolving into a darker, heavier doom-metal style in the vein of Goatsnake, Weedeater and Electric Wizard with the release of their newest EP "In Nex Illic Est Vita". Two tours then proceeded in support of the new disc, Hell or High Water with prog/sludge outfit Admiral Browning, and the second, a solo tour, culminating in a blistering performance at 2007's Stoner Hands of Doom 8 festival in Mesa, AZ.
Even more touring and recording are on tap for Ol' Scratch in 2008. They are scheduled to enter the infamous Polar Bear Lair studios with analog recording wizard Chris Koslowski (Melvins, Pentagram, Internal Void, Earthride, Valkyrie etc..) to begin work on their first full length disc, tentatively titled "Cantos
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