Desertfest Berlin 2017: Mars Red Sky, Samsara Blues Experiment, The Well, Tuber and Wucan Join Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 28th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Let’s get one thing straight: I really want to go to Desertfest Berlin 2017. For one thing, I’ve never been, and quite frankly I’m more than a little ashamed of it at this point. I spent about two days in Berlin over a decade ago, and aside from the raging jetlag — one did not know at the time to simply stay in one’s own timezone; also I was drunk like the entire trip — found the city to be beautiful, a little sad in the way cool cities are, and welcoming.

But even putting the palce itself aside, Desertfest Berlin has been going on for years now and it’s always been just out of my reach, right there on the horizon. I’ve been to the London incarnation of the festival and wouldn’t mind getting back there either, but to cross this one off my list would be big, especially since as this lineup continues to come together it’s looking more and more admirable. The chance to see Samsara Blues Experiment on their home turf? Come on.

Five bands added in the second lineup announcement, as the PR wire informs:

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Desertfest Berlin 2017 – 5 new Names on the Bill (Mars Red Sky, Samsara Blues Experiment, Tuber, Wucan, The Well)

DESERTFEST BERLIN 2017 – APRIL 28-29-30

Hey everybody! We are glad to get back to you today with a new batch of bands to announce for our 2017 edition of DESERTFEST BERLIN! Alongside previously confirmed LOWRIDER, TOUNDRA, ECSTATIC VISION, THE COSMIC DEAD and SATAN’S SATYRS, we are thrilled to welcome aboard five new stunning acts:

MARS RED SKY (FR)
We are stoked to have Mars Red Sky back for next year DESERTFEST! The Bordeaux three-piece played the very first edition of our festival in 2012 when they were just promoting their self-titled debut album. They always showed “a penchant for 60s space rock filled with doomy tones and tempos, accentuated with pop sensibilities” (The Sludgelord), and 4 years later, after touring relentlessly, they pushed boundaries further into a colossal heavy sound by releasing their third full-length, “Apex III (Praise for the Burning Soul),” an album that represents the most significant sonic progression the band has made so far, forging grandiose and hypnotizing thickly produced songs. Their show is going to be a crazy psychedelic trip and Mars Red Sky will be your tour guide!

SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT (D)
It is always a pleasure to have Samsara Blues Experiment at DESERTFEST BERLIN. Founded in 2007 by guitarist/singer Christian Peters and completed by bassplayer Hans Eiselt and drummer Thomas Vedder, they are one of Berlin underground scene’s pride, and a household name in the “stoner scene” in general. Playing a mixture of stoner rock, psychedelic blues, Indian raga, thrash metal and traditional folk, the trio is currently working one a new album, their long-awaited fourth one, which should be released around next spring… “Good tunes come to those who wait” guys!

TUBER (GR)
Tuber is an instrumental band from Greece blending post, stoner, desert and space rock with a sublime psych edge. They recorded their first self-titled EP in 2011 and their stunning debut album “Desert Overcrowded” in December 2013. Two and a half years removed from the release of this full-length, but having built a steady following all the while (and after traveling in 2015 to play Freak Valley), Tuber hit the European roads for the very first time this past spring and clearly made an impression! So if you guys want to enjoy some rock aesthetic flirting with psychedelic atmosphere and a touch of romantic mood, do not miss them!

WUCAN (D)
The Saxonian band Wucan entered the German Rock Scene with a splash by releasing their first EP “Vikarma” in the fall of 2014 and their full-length debut “Sow the Wind” in August 2015, to excellent critical acclaim. Deeply rooted in the 70s, the band’s fresh sounding kaleidoscopic Rock Fusion of groovy Funk, Psychedelic, Hard Rock and Kraut Rock, and enigmatic live performances have proven that the band is capable to hypnotize a receptive audience and take it onto a journey into a rockworld of it’s own creation. The band is currently writing their follow-up second album (tentatively titled “Reap the Storm”) scheduled for a spring release…

THE WELL (US)
Austin-based power trio The Well redefine heavy rock by merging massive riffs with sophisticated melodies. Their progressive sound stems from a nostalgic desire to blend different musical styles as diversified as Joy Division to Blue Cheer. As fans of cult horror films, they embrace the sinister, revel in dark themes and find inspiration in haunting echoes. Thet have created a sound that reflects doom, punk and horror all rolled together in a ghostly rock soundtrack. After releasing their debut album “Samsara” in 2014 and toured on it relentlessly, they dropped a furiously strong sophomore effort “Pagan Science” last month, and can’t wait to share it with the European crowd!

There are still 20 more acts to be unveiled, including all our headliners, so stay tuned! Next announcement will be on Friday 2nd of December. Meanwhile do not miss your chance to be part of the amazing DESERTFEST BERLIN experience… Check out our Website to get your tickets, or the links below in this release! We were sold out last year in February, so better be quick!

Let’s turn all the DESERTFEST BERLIN 2017 into another milestone when it comes to Berlin and festivals!

http://www.desertfest.de/tickets
https://www.facebook.com/DesertfestBerlin
http://woolheads.com/shop-2/festivalmerchandise/desertfest-berlin-2016-early-bird-ticket-action-1/
https://shop3.ticketscript.com/channel/html/get-products/rid/4MGC3S6H/eid/327518/validity/any_day/language/en

Samsara Blues Experiment, Waiting for the Flood (2013)

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My Sleeping Karma to Release Mela Ananda – Live Feb. 24

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 23rd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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“Decade-long career.” I had trouble believing it, to be honest, so I went into my archive and checked and yes, it’s been 10 years since German heavy psych mostly-instrumentalists My Sleeping Karma released their self-titled debut on Elektrohasch. Somewhat astounding to think of what they’ve accomplished in terms of aesthetic across their five albums — the latest of them, Moksha (review here), came out last year — in that span of time, as well as the rate of releases they’ve managed to keep up. They are persistent and persistently creative. They’ve never put out a record that hasn’t moved forward from where they were previously. That in itself is to be admired.

Their first live outing, Mela Ananda – Live, will be out in February via Napalm Records and feels well earned. I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing them play, sorry to note, and I guess that’s one more reason to look forward to hearing this, but even as a summary of their first decade, I can’t find any argument against. Admittedly, as a fan of the band, I’m not looking that hard for one.

From the PR wire:

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MY SLEEPING KARMA – Unleash Title, Artwork, Track Listing & Release Date Of Upcoming LIVE Album!

Please welcome MY SLEEPING KARMA`s first live record of their decade long career: Mela Ananda – Live! This is wildly appropriate!

If you’ve been lucky enough to be a part of the live experience that this German four-piece unleashes, you’ll agree that the concert atmosphere provides a healthy dose of enchantment for their much-loved brand of psychedelic rock. Today the stunning album artwork, track listing & release date have been unveiled.

The incredible detailed artwork is the great work of Sebastian Jerke. Mela Ananda – translates directly to “a gathering of bliss” – will be released on February 24th 2017 via Napalm Records.

Read the full tracklisting here:

Mela Ananda – Live
1 Prithvi
2 Enigma42
3 Glow11
4 Ephedra
5 Vayu
6 Akasha
7 Brahama
8 Psilocybe
9 Tamas
10 Hymn72

This 8 page digipak also includes a very special bonus DVD „Let´s give it a try” (video documentary of 10 years of MY SLEEPING KARMA) and My Sleeping Karma live at Rockpalast in Cologne with the following track listing:

1 Brahama
2 23 Enigma
3 Glow11
4 Ahimsa
5 Tamas
6 Hymn72

Reckless heavy rock and multi-layered melodies to make you groove, freak out and dream away – whether you`re sweating in a tightly packed club or listening to Mela Ananda – Live on your headphones, these instrumental wizards. will bring light into even the darkest of souls!

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My Sleeping Karma, Live at Dunk Festival 2016, Belgium

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Slo Burn Reunion Added to Freak Valley 2017

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 18th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Two decades after playing Dynamo Festival and releasing their EP and only album, Amusing the Amazing, desert rockers Slo Burn will reunite for Freak Valley 2017. Their time together was short, and their legacy has done nothing but grow in the years since their breakup. As the first of John Garcia‘s post-Kyuss projects — followed by the likes of Unida, Hermano, etc. — Slo Burn was the beginning of a new era of desert rock, a moment at which an entire branch of the family tree began to grow, and the punch their sounds could pack when they wanted to remains unmatched in his catalog. Slo Burn, completed by guitarist Chris Hale, bassist Damon Garrison and drummer Brady Houghton, remain a standout 20 years later, despite only ever really having had one release. That in itself is saying something.

Great get for Freak Valley 2017, no question. Very interested to see what becomes of this reunion, whether it’s a reissue for the first version of Amusing the Amazing or its second, full-length incarnation, or a live album, or more touring. Seems like if they’re going on a European run, they’d probably want to take something more over than just t-shirts to sell, but that’s just my speculation. Will keep an eye out for updates, of course.

Here’s an announcement I wrote circled back through the PR wire:

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Freaks!

Prepare to be amused! Prepare to be amazed! Prepare to Pilot the Dune!

Slo Burn is coming to Freak Valley Festival 2017!

This will be an **EXCLUSIVE** German reunion show for the John Garcia-fronted desert rockers, featuring the original lineup with Damon Garrison, Erickson Houghton, and Chris Hale playing the original Slo Burn 10” – classics like “July,” “Muezli,” “The Prizefighter” and “Pilot the Dune” – as well as select songs from the Kyuss catalog! This is an incredible, one-time German show from these guys, so don’t miss your chance to see it!

2017 marks 20 years since Slo Burn released their EP and the Amusing the Amazing album, which would be their only record. The band formed with Garcia as frontman after the breakup of Kyuss and though they didn’t last long, their cult following has only grown over the years to be a landmark in desert rock. We are thrilled to help them celebrate this anniversary and can’t wait to see them onstage at Freak Valley 2017!

FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL – 15th-16th-17th June 2017
www.freakvalley.de www.rockfreaks.de

Freak Valley Festival 2017: No Fillers – Just Killers

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Slo Burn, Live at Dynamo Festival 1997

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Deamon’s Child Post Videos for “Das Vogellied” and “Geld”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 17th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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German heavy noise rockers Deamon’s Child released their second album, Scherben Müssen Sein, earlier this year through Zygmatron Music. This coming weekend — starting tomorrow, in other words — they’ll take part on Exile on Mainstream‘s three-day North of Mainstream festival at Jaz in Rostock, playing as part of a lineup that also includes the likes of Rotor, Naevus, and Kristian Harting and Conny Ochs, among others. They should fit right in, in that they don’t at all fit in, and if you’re not acquainted with Scherben Müssen Sein or didn’t catch their 2014 self-titled debut (review here), the three-piece have two new videos that should aid their crunching cause and hopefully give some idea of what the kind of aggression they’re fostering.

If you’re sensitive to strobe effects, you’ll want to go cautiously into the first minute or so of “Das Vogellied,” but from there the clip evens out, and taken in combination with “Geld,” which the band released a couple weeks back, you’ll immediately notice some interplay of light and dark in terms of the surroundings. Deamon’s Child are no less at home in the stark whites of “Geld” than the obscuring murk of “Das Vogellied,” and that speaks to their aesthetic as well, which offers punkish intensity with dense tones and a rawness from the vocals of bassist Ana Muhi — wait for the shouts in “Geld” — that complements the weighted tone of guitarist Sven Missullis and the push from drummer Tim Mohr. They’ve got Scherben Müssen Sein out on vinyl now if that’s your thing, but like they’re malleable in terms of lighting, I’d think it would probably sound just as vicious regardless of format. Tape, anyone?

More info on Deamon’s Child and North of Mainstream at the various links under the videos below.

Please dig in and enjoy:

Deamon’s Child, “Das Vogellied” official video

Deamon’s Child, “Geld” official video

Taken from the album “Scherben müssen sein.” CD, MP3 and a limited Vinyl edition out on Zygmatron Music. ZYG4 – 2016.

Ana Muhi – Bass & Vocals
Sven Missullis – Guitar
Tim Mohr – Drums

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Friday Full-Length: Colour Haze, Tempel

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Wherever you might lie on the political spectrum, it seemed important to me to close out this week with something radiating love, and in the decade since it came out I’ve yet to put on Colour Haze‘s Tempel and hear or feel anything else from it.

One doesn’t generally think of a band’s eighth album as being a particularly landmark moment in their progression. By the time most acts get that far — and make no mistake, most acts don’t — they’ve probably settled into their sound or at least solidified their processes to a point where they’re kind of on autopilot, even if that autopilot involves a natural growth pattern. For Colour Haze, it was different. The Berlin trio’s seventh outing, their 2004 self-titled (discussed here) had served as a stunning follow-up to the preceding 2001 double-album, Los Sounds de Krauts, and thrust the band to the fore of what seems in hindsight to have been a nascent movement of heavy psychedelia they’d spearhead both aesthetically and through the contributions of guitarist/vocalist Stefan Koglek‘s label, Elektrohasch Schallplatten. The challenge before them was how to answer the warmth and the expanse of the self-titled without repeating themselves, losing the ultra-organic sensibility that made that outing such a joy, or sacrifice songcraft in the process. No small task.

I remember getting Tempel as a fan of the band, putting it on, hearing “Fire” for the first time and immediately knowing they’d done it. From the gentle opening of the winding “Aquamaria” (also the longest track on the album; immediate points) down through later liquefication of “Ozean” and the harmonized finale “Stratofarm,” Tempel presented a vision of psychedelic heft that seemed to need neither but fed off both. The chemistry between Koglek, bassist Philipp Rasthofer and drummer Manfred Merwald was all it needed to convey this — underscoring the point of just how special a group Colour Haze had become. To listen to “Mind” or “Gold and Silver” or the memorable instrumental title-track, they bring forth a varied approach that ties together with fluidity that few beyond Colour Haze can claim to have matched in the years since, classic in style but perhaps even more so now sounding fresh and like something that was genuinely new. One could hear shades of their earlier and more strictly desert rocking work in the later thrust of “Gold and Silver” and the subsequent shuffle of “Earth,” which follows, reminding of records like 1999’s Periscope, 2000’s CO2 or 2001’s Ewige Blumenkraft, but even these are met with shimmering organ and/or a depth of tone that were a definitive forward step even from where Colour Haze were two years earlier.

A couple weeks ago, I was having an email back and forth with someone whose opinion I greatly respect, and the conversation turned to Colour Haze. My thoughts were simple: People still don’t know how incredible this band is. I genuinely feel that way. As much as KoglekRasthofer and Merwald have helped to influence a generation of European heavy psych, played a large role in establishing what those words mean when placed in succession, they’re still somehow underrated. Their progression would continue from Tempel on through 2008’s spectacular All, 2012’s much-delayed but glorious 2LP She Said (review here), and late-2014’s surprise outing, To the Highest Gods We Know (review here), the touring for which also resulted in earlier-2016’s  Live Vol. 1 – Europa Tournee 2015 (review here). I haven’t heard from them in a bit, but I wouldn’t be the least surprised if they had new stuff in the works for next year or 2018 as well. They never seem to stop, which of course is another part of the appeal. One hopes that if they keep going perpetually, they’ll finally get the recognition they deserve.

As always, I hope you enjoy.

Hug someone you love. Pet your dog or your cat. Write something on the internet. Smoke what you smoke. Drink what you drink. Eat what you eat. Do whatever you have to do to get by. I don’t really want to say much about politics in this space. Somehow I’ve become increasingly wary of doing so over the last couple years. When I was at The Aquarian I wrote a political column every week, often little more than a 700-800 word rant about something pissing me off. I was younger, and drunk. Apart from these posts, which have become half-personal update, half-music (not that music’s not personal), I don’t do that here, or really on Thee Facebooks either.

What I will note is that this election affected me on a personal and emotional level in a way no presidential contest has done in my 35 years. The anxiety beforehand — for months beforehand — and the shock and sadness at the result have been much, much deeper than I expected them to be. I’m actually a pretty political guy, comparatively. I keep up on issues, news of the day, who’s doing what and so on to the best of my ability. This isn’t the first time I’ve ever paid attention. But yeah, it’s been like nothing I’ve ever felt before, even during the Bush/Cheney years. Of course, as a straight white male, it ain’t like the Supreme Court’s coming to take away my rights or like my healthcare is less secure — though state funding for public higher ed., in which The Patient Mrs. works and from which our insurance comes, is more of a question in an arena of increased privatization and budget slashing — but there are people I love whose lives will change directly for the worse because of what happened in my country on Tuesday night. I have a niece whom I worship and adore who will enter her formative years under a president who has openly bragged about sexually assaulting women, and yes, that hurts. It should hurt.

That’s all I’ll say about it. For now. If shit goes full-on 2006-levels-of-despair, I may need to establish some kind of rant space around here just so I don’t lose my fucking mind. We’ll see.

Here’s what’s in the notes for next week. Subject to change:

Mon. – Full album stream/review of the new Borracho.
Tue. – Season of Arrows track premiere.
Wed. – Ice Dragon‘s new single reviewed.
Thu. – EYE‘s new album reviewed day before release.
Fri. – Full album stream/review of The Munsens.

That’s where we’re at for now. I have a couple fest writeups to work on as well, so will be busy over the weekend one way or another. But I’ve also got my best friend up from NJ for the next couple days, and I got my Playstation 4 Pro yesterday and a demo of Final Fantasy XV that I’m looking forward to digging into further, and The Patient Mrs. is very likely buying a new car today to replace the one that died en route to The Obelisk All-Dayer in August, so yeah, there’s kind of a lot going on. My sister also had a special birthday yesterday, which I’ll note because I love her deeply and was sorry to not be there for it. She’s also in Jersey, along with the rest of my family.

You should also know that revisiting Tempel has been inspiration enough to re-load the complete Colour Haze catalog into my iTunes — it’s been there previously but was removed; software stuff; long story — so I expect that will be a good portion of the weekend’s fare as well, which can only be to the benefit of the next few days.

I hope whatever you’re up to you have a great time and that you stay safe.

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Wight Announce Tour Dates in Germany and Switzerland Supporting Love is Not Only What You Know

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 7th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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German heavy psych rockers Wight released their funk-fortified third album (I kind of wish it was their fourth, just so I could continue the alliteration), Love is Not Only What You Know (review here), in September on Fat and Holy RecordsKozmik Artifactz, etc. Like everything they’ve done to-date, it represented a significant turn in sound from where they’d been previously, taking some of the psychedelic elements of 2012’s sophomore outing, Through the Woods into Deep Water (review here), to upbeat places that many even in the jammiest spheres wouldn’t dare to go. Adding a fourth member in percussionist/vocalist Steffen KirchpfeningWight signaled clearly they were embarking on a new era, and if you heard the record — if you haven’t, stream it below — you know the results were righteous.

Now they’ll take the show on the road in Germany and Switzerland. Joined by Kes from Istanbul, Wight head into 2017 in grand style on a run presented by Sound of Liberation that starts on Dec. 27 and goes until Jan. 7. They seem to have given the tour the name “The Green Baron and the Flying Fist of Bosphorus,” so, you know, that’s something. I have no idea what it means, but it sounds like a good time, and that could very well be the point.

Dates follow as announced by the band via the social medias:

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We are happy to announce the upcoming Germany/Switzerland tour between the years with KES from Istanbul as support. You might have never heard of them but now it’s time. We are also working on new songs to present you at one of the following dates:

Wight & Kes, The Green Baron and the Flying Fist of Bosphorous tour:
27.12 MICHELSTADT – Unterholz
28.12 MÜNCHEN – Feierwerk
29.12 WÜRZBURG – Immerhin
30.12 OLTEN – Coq D’or
31.12 DARMSTADT – Goldene Krone
03.01 HAMBURG – Bar227
04.01 KIEL – Schaubude
05.01 DRESDEN – Sabotage
06.01 BERLIN – Zukunft am Ostkreuz
07.01 TBA please get in contact with us for booking!

Poster by Maarten Donders and René Hofmann

Wight is:
René Hofmann – Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer
Peter-Philipp Schierhorn – Bass, Additional Vocals
Thomas Kurek – Drums, Additional Vocals
Steffen Kirchpfening – Percussion, Additional Vocals

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Wight, Love is Not Only What You Know (2016)

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Witch Ritual Sign to DHU Records; Rising Doom Vinyl out in 2017

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 2nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Brooding traditionalism would seem to be the order of the day on Witch Ritual‘s debut EP, Rising Doom. The German dual-guitar outfit released the five/six-tracker just about two months ago as a digital-DIY offering and limited run of digipak CDs, and presumably contact with DHU Records, if it wasn’t already in progress, came only moments later. Reasonably enough for the raw vibes the band conjure, the eerie but commanding vocals of Lacri and the dark proto-NWOBHM vibe in the riffing of Marcus and Boris. Can’t really argue with a classic formula, and from the chugging “My Doom” through the consuming fuzz lurch of closer “Desert Noise,” Witch Ritual definitely seem versed in the classics.

By which I mean Saint Vitus and Candlemass. What classics were you thinking of?

DHU will have a vinyl pressing out next year at some point of Rising Doom, and while I haven’t seen word of a follow-up as yet, that doesn’t necessarily mean one doesn’t exist or isn’t in progress. In any case, you can hear the appeal in the tracks themselves, which of course are streaming at the bottom of this post, and check out the announcement that the label put out in honor of Halloween earlier this week.

Goes like this:

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DHU Records is proud to announce the signing of Berlin’s Cult outfit Witch Ritual!!!

Heavy riffs, demanding and powerful female vocals woven into Occult dirges are what make Witch Ritual’s debut EP Rising Doom a strong and evocative release.

Listen and embrace the Rising Doom: witchritual.bandcamp.com

Coming to you on Limited Edition Vinyl in 2017!

Stay Tuned, Stay Heavy

Witch Ritual, Rising Doom tracklisting:
1. Intro 00:16
2. My Doom 07:33
3. Ancient Ones 05:56
4. The Road 04:15
5. Desert Noise 06:03

Witch Ritual live:
Dec 03 Werk 9 Berlin, Germany
Dec 16 Postbahnhof Berlin, Germany

Witch Ritual is:
Lacri – Vocals
Marcus – Guitars
Boris – Guitars
Jens – Bass
Martin – Drums

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Witch Ritual, Rising Doom (2016)

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Desertfest Berlin 2017 First Announcements: Lowrider, The Cosmic Dead, Toundra, Satan’s Satyrs and Ecstatic Vision Join Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 31st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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This was bound to happen. Desertfest Berlin 2017 has made its first lineup announcements. Already we’ve started to see Europe’s Spring festival season start to take shape, and as the German incarnation of Desertfest‘s London-based counterpart has already unveiled its first round of bands, it seems only fitting it should be Berlin’s turn. A return of Lowrider is notable, and frankly so are ToundraThe Cosmic DeadSatan’s Satyrs and Ecstatic Vision, but as someone who keeps holding out hope the vaguely-reformed Swedish heavy rockers will show up one day with a new album, the more shows they do the merrier. One often finds them paired with Dozer at fests — that was the case last time they did Desertfest, in 2013 — so maybe they’ll show up as well in some future announcement. Wouldn’t complain at seeing either again one of these days.

Desertfest Berlin 2017 is April 28-30 at the Astra Kulturhaus. Look for much more to come, including some headliner info next month teased below:

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Desertfest Berlin 2017 – First Bands Announcements (Lowrider, Toundra, The Cosmic Dead, Satan’s Satyrs, Ecstatic Vision)

DESERTFEST BERLIN 2017 – APRIL 28-29-30

Last year’s Desertfest Berlin was a great success with people taking part from almost 40 countries all over the globe. You came, you saw, you conquered! Now it’s about time for all you riff-rockers, doom and psych-heads to pump up the volume in your earchannel, because here is the first band announcement!!

LOWRIDER (SWE)
We are stoked to have Lowrider back for our 6th edition of the Desertfest. The band hasn’t play any shows since 2014 and so it´s greater to welcome them back at our festival in Berlin. Even if it’s not about cars, this combo is as powerful as a Chevy 356 engine and will surely tear down the walls of Astra.

TOUNDRA (SP)
Clear your mind for a musical journey with the beautiful soundscapes form the Spanish capital. This exclusive show will end up as one of those you’ll remember for years to come.

SATAN’S SATYRS (US)
Hot rocking Virginia quartet Satan’s Satyrs is releasing a new album in spring and they asked themselves; “Is there any better way to celebrate this than doing it at Desertfest Berlin?” Of course not, so here they come.

THE COSMIC DEAD (UK)
Trippy sounds from Glasgow will emerge when these four guys hit the stage. With a menu raging from psych to powerful cosmic rock, so let’s just pretend we are the space cadets.

ECSTATIC VISION (US)
Bring back the 70’s would be a tempting phrase to use on Ecstatic Vision if you remember bands like Amon Düül II and Hawkwind. Forget all chemical substances, this music is a trip itself.

Stay tuned, by mid-November we’ll be back with a new announcement where some headliners will be unfolded. Last year’s 3-day festival tickets were sold out already early February, so don’t wait too long if you want to come along and experience some of the best acts in the genres of doom, sludge, psych, desert and stoner rock.

http://www.desertfest.de/tickets
https://www.facebook.com/DesertfestBerlin
http://woolheads.com/shop-2/festivalmerchandise/desertfest-berlin-2016-early-bird-ticket-action-1/
https://shop3.ticketscript.com/channel/html/get-products/rid/4MGC3S6H/eid/327518/validity/any_day/language/en

Lowrider, “Shivaree” live at Desertfest Berlin 2013

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