Ephedra Sign to Argonauta Records; Can’-Ka No Rey Due Jan. 30

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

Swiss heavy rock instrumentalists Ephedra take the rather complicated name of their sophomore full-length, Can’-Ka No Rey, from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, which is probably good to know because if you, like me, have never read it, you might also have been wondering where the hell they came up with that from. Fair enough. The riffy foursome have signed to emergent Italian imprint Argonauta Records to release Can’-Ka No Rey, and they’re giving a preview now of the kind of heavy grooving fare one can expect when the album releases at the end of January in the form of the new track “Mother Stone,” which you can stream below.

Also check out the bio if you can, and note the part where it talks about how playing with The Midnight Ghost Train changed their trajectory as a band after their 2013 self-titled debut. I believe it. There are few acts whose on-stage ferocity fits as neatly in a show-’em-how-it’s-done model as theirs, and it’s awesome that Ephedra have been able to take some lessons from that. Maybe that’s part of the energy behind “Mother Stone,” but we’ll hear more when the album comes along.

Info comes via the PR wire:

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ARGONAUTA Records welcomes Heavy Instrumental Stoner Rockers EPHEDRA from Switzerland in its roster!

The four Heavy Rockers from Zofingen (CH), have their musical roots all over the place, reaching from Stoner Rock, Metal, Hardcore Punk to Death Metal. If you hear the band’s music for the first time, you’ll notice the different influences moving along between dreamy Space melodies & the Sound of a Tractor refueled with Kerosene! For a final result already described as a perfect blend of KARMA TO BURN meet DOZER.

The band says: “We are stoked & excited to be Part of the Argonauta Records family. This is a huge landmark in the history of EPHEDRA & will hopefully spread the band’s name all over the place.”

Founded in 2012 by Bass player Kilian & Drummer Tomi to have a fun project that should go in the direction of Kyuss, Karma to Burn & Monster Magnet, they went through some lineup changes in their early days before completing their current lineup with the 2 guitarist Andy & Roman in 2013.

Being asked to support the Midnight Ghost Train, this show changed the Band’s spirit forever. They knew now that they wanted to play as many shows as possible. Over the past 2 years they played in Germany, Poland, Austria & Switzerland. Shared stages with bands such as Electric Wizard, Truckfighters, Yawning Man, Monkey 3, 1000 Mods, Karma To Burn, Sasquatch, Elder, Greenleaf, The Midnight Ghost Train, Goatess & Pentagram.

Ephedra went back into the Studio at the Foolpark Studios, Luzern, to record their second Album “Can’- Ka No Rey”, which is named after a place in Stephen King’s Fantasy Saga “The Dark Tower”, and will be released on CD/DD by ARGONAUTA Records by January 30th 2017.

Ephedra are:
Guitar: Andy Brunner
Guitar: Roman Hüsler
Bass: Kilian Tellenbach
Drums: Tomi Roth

https://ephedra.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/ephedraband2
www.ephedraband.ch
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Ephedra, “Mother Stone”

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Monkey3 Announce Italian Tour Dates for December

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

Swiss mostly-instrumentalists Monkey3 are currently on a European tour alongside 1000mods and Moaning Cities that has already seen them perform at this year’s Up in Smoke and that before it’s done will find them at Desertfest Belgium 2016 and Keep it Low in Munich. Not a bad run, but as we find out today, it’s not all the long-running outfit have in store as they support their new album, Astra Symmetry (review here), as Heavy Psych Sounds and Sound of Liberation have partnered again — as they’re doing increasingly often; take note — to present an Italian tour in December.

Italy’s emergence within the sphere of European heavy rock over the last three to four years is in no small part thanks to the efforts of Heavy Psych Sounds, as I’ve said on multiple occasions, so as that steps forward into bringing bands from the rest of the continent in as well as promoting homegrown countrymen acts, it can only make the scene as a whole stronger. Also, Monkey3 rule, so that’s kind of nice as well.

If you can dig it, here are all of Monkey3‘s announced upcoming dates, current and future:

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Monkey3 Italian Tour

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records & Booking in collaboration with Sound of Liberation UG is very proud to present the Italian dates of the Swiss quartet Monkey3.

Monkey3 is just out with their new album ASTRA SYMMETRY, an incredible anthem of instrumental psychedelia, and the band for the last 14 years have out their antlers in all of Europe by participating in festivals like Hellfest, DesertFest, and many many others…

Here are the dates:

Monkey3 European tour with 1000mods & Moaning Cities:
07.10.16 HANNOVER | FAUST *without 1000MODS
08.10.16 BERLIN | BI NUU
09.10.16 LEIPZIG | WERK 2
10.10.16 WIESBADEN | SCHLACHTHOF
11.10.16 MANNHEIM | 7er CLUB
12.10.16 JENA | KULTURBAHNHOF
13.10.16 HAMBURG | HAFENKLANG
14.10.16 KIEL | SCHAUBUDE
15.10.16 ANTWERP | DESERTFEST
16.10.16 DRACHTEN | IDUNA *without MOANING CITIES
18.10.16 WÜRZBURG | IMMERHIN
19.10.16 WIEN | ARENA
20.10.16 LINZ | STADTWERSTATT
21.10.16 EBENSEE | KINO EBENSEE
22.10.16 MUNICH | KEEP IT LOW FESTIVAL

Monkey3 Italian tour dates:
01.12.2016 Torino – Café Liber
02.12.2016 Pisa – Café Albatross
03.12.2016 Parma – Titty Twister
04.12.2016 Erba – Centrale Rock
05.12.2016 North East Tbc
06.12.2016 Zerobranco – Altroquando
07.12.2016 Roma – Init
09.12.2016 Cagliari – La Cueva Rock
10.12.2016 Sassari – The Hor

https://www.facebook.com/monkey3band/
http://www.napalmrecordsamerica.com/store/monkey3
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
www.heavypsychsounds.com
https://www.soundofliberation.com/

Monkey3, “Dead Planet’s Eyes” lyric video

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Up in Smoke 2016: Lineup Final; Trailer Posted

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

The final addition to the lineup for Up in Smoke 2016, which starts this Friday at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland? Camping space. Namely the floor of the venue, which will be cleaned after the last band finishes each night so that fest goers can grab their sleeping bags and bed down for the night, only to find breakfast waiting when they roll back to consciousness the next morning. I’ve never slept on a venue floor before. That would be a new one. But provided they get the beer/other fluids up, which I’ve no doubt they’ll be able to do because it’s Switzerland and things like that increase the likelihood that anyone gives a shit about what they’re doing, it seems like a cool way to achieve total immersion in a festival atmosphere. I’ve never gone camping either, though, so don’t necessarily take my word as an expert or anything.

With the festival’s most massive lineup yet, Up in Smoke 2016 kicks off this Friday. A new trailer for the fest with some 1000mods in it has been posted and you can find that under the camping info and complete billing below:

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SOUND OF LIBERATION and Z7 KONZERTFABRIK PRATTELN proudly present the 4th edition of UP IN SMOKE INDOOR FESTIVAL on September 30th and October 1st 2016! Musical Highlights include Electric Wizard, Yob, Truckfighters, Pentagram and many many more.

Many of you asked for the chance to sleep over in the venue, like we offered in the last editions. Here´s the procedure:

After the last band is done playing, we will go on partying with Dj music for another hour. Then afterwards, we will ask everybody to step out of the main hall for a few minutes. The floor will be cleaned and covered with a sheet so that the place gets clean for all our “in site – campers”. If you want to sleep over in the venue, you should bring your sleeping bag and camping mat. Upon your arrival on the festival site you can store your belongings in the wardrobe and get it back for the night.

In the morning, we will offer you a nice breakfast with coffee/tea, bread and breadrolls, meat and cheese and sweet stuff to get you in shape for the next festival day! The price for sleep over and breakfast is 15.- CHF per person/night. There´s no option of separate bookings like ” only sleep over and no breakfast” or “only breakfast”.

Up in Smoke 2016 Final Line Up
Electric Wizard
Pentagram
Truckfighters
YOB
Elder
Greenleaf
Monkey 3
Cough
Black Cobra
1000mods
Yawning Man
Fatso Jetson
Dyse
Wucan
Desert Mountain Tribe
Giobia
High Fighter
Mother’s Cake
Ephedra

Also not to forget: No overlapping set times, sleep over/breakfast possibiity in the venue + some more specials to be announced soon to sweeten you the “TWO NOT TO BE MISSED DAYS OF VOLUME WORSHIP” !!! Grab your ticket (2-day passes) right now on our website, on www.z-7.ch and on our Facebook (tab ‘Buy Tickets’). If you prefer to buy an original, real hard-ticket, our partner Woolheads is selling them!

http://woolheads.com/cms/shop-2/festivalmerchandise/up-in-smoke-the-indoor-festival-vol-iv-ticket/
http://www.upinsmoke.de/eventinfo-indoor-festival
https://www.facebook.com/UpInSmokeIndoorFestivalInZ7
https://www.soundofliberation.com

Up in Smoke 2016, festival trailer

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Monkey3 Premiere Lyric Video for “Dead Planet’s Eyes”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 14th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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I haven’t yet done a full-on zen sitdown with Monkey3‘s fifth long-player, Astra Symmetry — though I absolutely plan to — so allow for the fact that my opinions might change pending that, but the record seems more consuming on the first couple runthroughs even than was 2013’s The 5th Sun. Tonally and in its stylistic scope, it plays off the traditions of heavy psychedelia in its warmth and range of effects, but it also finds the Lausanne, Switzerland-based outfit pushing their own boundaries, most notably incorporating vocals in the 70-minute behemoth’s first half. Not the first time they’ve dabbled in words, but I don’t think they’ve ever done so to such an extent across multiple tracks — someone please correct me if I’m wrong.

Mercifully, their doing so comes at no expense as regards the atmosphere of the album overall, which retains a meditative space rock feel even as it dips into elements of doomed riffing on “Moon” or drones out behind some spoken word and who knows what else. It’s a clear case of an already-adventurous band breaking through the limits of what they’ve done before, and as Astra Symmetry moves into the last five or so tracks, all almost entirely instrumental in the Monkey3 tradition (there’s some whispering on “The Guardian”), the flow created seems increasingly apparent for the distance they’ve already covered in sound. Looking at the album that way, with the last five tracks as the second of two LPs, “Dead Planet’s Eyes” plays all the more of a pivotal role in closing out the first platter.

At least that’s how I presume the vinyl breaks up or is intended to do so, and if you’re looking for a signal of some of what Monkey3 are doing differently this time around, “Dead Planet’s Eyes” will more than suffice. Bringing in guest vocalist Tony Jelencovich (Transport League), the song has a decidedly metallic finish, moving into growls late in what, relative to some of its surroundings, is a pretty concise 4:32 runtime. It might be a departure even from the departure — brain explodes — but I think it makes sense even as a general introduction to just how really open Astra Symmetry is as a whole.

You can watch a lyric video premiere for “Dead Planet’s Eyes” below. Monkey3‘s Astra Symmetry is out Sept. 2 on Napalm Records, and the band has newly announced a European tour alongside Greek outfit 1000mods (see? I told you they’d be touring) and Belgium’s Moaning Cities that includes stops at Up in Smoke, Desertfest Belgium and Keep it Low in Munich.

Dates follow the video here. Enjoy:

Monkey3, “Dead Planet’s Eyes” lyric video

Roadburn, Hellfest, Desertfest – it`s pretty much impossible that you missed out on MONKEY3! The fourpiece from Lausanne, Switzerland have been blowing the minds of stoner and psych rock fans alike for the past 15 years: trippiness and groove are the cornerstones of their elegant yet powerful sound, and Astra Symmetry is your magic carpet ride!

Decidedly cosmic instrumental music that loves melding heavy riffing with proggy keyboard landscapes – so buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Monkey3 on tour with 1000mods and Moaning Cities:
29.09.16 STUTTGART | KELLERCLUB
30.09.16 PRATTELN | UP IN SMOKE FESTIVAL
02.10.16 FULDA | KULTURKELLER
03.10.16 COLOGNE | UNDERGROUND
04.10.16 NIJMEGEN | DOORNROOSJE
05.10.16 BREMEN | SCHLACHTHOF (Magazinkeller)
06.10.16 BIELEFELD | FORUM
07.10.16 HANNOVER | FAUST *without 1000MODS
08.10.16 BERLIN | BI NUU
09.10.16 LEIPZIG | WERK 2
10.10.16 WIESBADEN | SCHLACHTHOF
11.10.16 MANNHEIM | 7er CLUB
12.10.16 JENA | KULTURBAHNHOF
13.10.16 HAMBURG | HAFENKLANG
14.10.16 KIEL | SCHAUBUDE
15.10.16 ANTWERP | DESERTFEST
16.10.16 DRACHTEN | IDUNA *without MOANING CITIES
18.10.16 WÜRZBURG | IMMERHIN
19.10.16 WIEN | ARENA
20.10.16 LINZ | STADTWERSTATT
21.10.16 EBENSEE | KINO EBENSEE
22.10.16 MUNICH | KEEP IT LOW FESTIVAL

Monkey3 on Thee Facebooks

Monkey3 at Napalm Records

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Up in Smoke 2016 Lineup Complete; Black Cobra, Dÿse, Mother’s Cake and High Fighter Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 30th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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With the additions of Black Cobra, Dÿse, Mother’s Cake and High Fighter, the lineup for Up in Smoke 2016 is complete. The Pratteln, Switzerland-based festival runs for two nights, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and will be headlined by Electric Wizard, John Garcia, Pentagram and Truckfighters, with YOB, Elder, Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson and more listed below on the bill.

Black Cobra and High Fighter are particularly interesting of this final batch of adds. I’m not an expert on Desert Mountain Tribe or Ephedra to say for sure, but it would seem the San Francisco heavy thrash duo and the German sludgecore rockers are the two most aggressive acts playing. I guess you could make an argument for Cough, but they’re more about drowning you in tone than getting a pit going, where it doesn’t seem unreasonable to think that in the right setting Black Cobra or High Fighter would do just that.

The PR wire has this:

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UP IN SMOKE 2016! Sept. 30th / Oct. 1st … Black Cobra, Dÿse, Mother’s Cake & High Fighter complete the line-up!

Summer is here, and before you all go on vacation trying to find the sun far, far away (…), we’d like to give you the last bands confirmed for our Up In Smoke Indoor Festival 2016! We are thrilled to welcome San Francisco’s Hardcore-fueled Sludge Metal duo Black Cobra, Berlin’s incredible Noiserock stage freaks Dÿse, Austrian Alternative Space Rock outfit Mother’s Cake (touring with John Garcia next fall) and Hamburg’s rising Heavy Stoner Bluescore band High Fighter (who just released their debut album ‘Scars & Crosses’ on Svart Records)!!

Taking place on September 30th and October 1st 2016, in our dear Z7 Konzertfabrik (Pratteln / near Basel / Dreiländereck) this year’s edition also features Electric Wizard, John Garcia, Pentagram, Truckfighters, Yob, Elder, Cough, Greenleaf, Monkey3, 1000Mods, Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson, Wucan, Giöbia, Desert Mountain Tribe and Ephedra.

Unfortunately, the Italian band Noon had to cancel their appearance for medical reason.

Also not to forget: No overlapping set times, sleep over/breakfast possibiity in the venue + some more specials to be announced soon to sweeten you the “TWO NOT TO BE MISSED DAYS OF VOLUME WORSHIP” !!! Grab your ticket (2-day passes) right now on our website, on www.z-7.ch and on our Facebook (tab ‘Buy Tickets’). If you prefer to buy an original, real hard-ticket, our partner Woolheads is selling them!

http://woolheads.com/cms/shop-2/festivalmerchandise/up-in-smoke-the-indoor-festival-vol-iv-ticket/
http://www.upinsmoke.de/eventinfo-indoor-festival
https://www.facebook.com/UpInSmokeIndoorFestivalInZ7
https://www.soundofliberation.com

Black Cobra, “Imperium Simulacra”

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Monkey3 to Release Astra Symmetry Sept. 2

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 6th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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I’m not sure if Monkey3‘s new album is slated for distribution in North America or not, or if it is if it’s going to be out the same day, but the below announcement would seem to confirm the details for a Sept. 2 European release for Astra Symmetry. If you read through the words below, initially posted by Napalm Records on their label site (linked below), it looks like a cool project, with the tracklisting working in distinct movements to create what’s touted as an overarching progressive feel. I’d be interested to hear how that plays out, and if I come across any word specifically of a US release different from this one — which I post because the band is good, this site has readers in the EU and because I firmly believe in purchasing imports when necessary — I’ll let you know.

Until then, they’ve already been confirmed for Keep it Low 2016 in Munich and Up in Smoke in Switzerland, and presumably there are more tour dates to come. Here’s album art and details:

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Roadburn, Hellfest, Desertfest – it`s pretty much impossible that you missed out on MONKEY3!

This four piece from Lausanne, Switzerland have been blowing the minds of stoner and psych rock fans alike for the past 15 years: trippiness and groove are the cornerstones of their elegant yet powerful sound, and their upcoming album Astra Symmetry is your magic carpet ride!

Astra Symmetry will be released on September 2nd via Napalm Records.

MONKEY3’s new album, Astra Symmetry, feeds its inspiration from the mapping of the stars and their symbolic associations, interpreting the constellations stranded over the dark sky.

Taking its roots in the pristine abyss, Astra Symmetry is a journey towards sidereal soundscapes making their course over four progressive chapters revolved around the zodiac wheel, unifying astrological signs under their elemental nature. What begins in the deep waters, ascends into thin air and acquires earthly consciousness before burning in the sacred fire. Decidedly cosmic instrumental music that loves melding heavy riffing with proggy keyboard landscapes – so buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Astra Symmetry track listing reads as follows:

1 Abyss
2 Moon
3 Endless Ocean
4 The Water Bearer
5 Crossroad
6 Mirrors
7 Dead Planet’s Eyes
8 Seeds
9 Astraea
10 Arch
11 The Guardian
12 Realms Of Lights

Astra Symmetry available formats:
– 6 Page Digipack
– 2 LP Gatefold

Pre-Orders will be available shortly!

www.facebook.com/monkey3band
www.monkey3official.com
http://label.napalmrecords.com/
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Monkey3, “Birth of Venus” official video

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Up in Smoke 2016: YOB, John Garcia, Fatso Jetson and Giöbia Join Lineup

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

The European fall festival scene continues to develop with the news that Up in Smoke 2016 in Switzerland has brought YOBJohn GarciaFatso Jetson and Giöbia to its already-considerable lineup with Electric Wizard, PentagramTruckfightersGreenleaf and so on. Similar to watching the spring Desertfests in Berlin and London take shape, it continues to be fascinating to watch Up in Smoke 2016 and the several fests on weekends in close proximity — Desertfest in Athens and Belgium as well as Keep it Low in Munich — as they come together, which bands will be shared between them, whose tours are we waiting to see announced (looking at you, Fatso Jetson), and what ultimately will be the crux of each.

Interesting to have it work out like this, with fests on consecutive weekends in different areas throughout Europe. I think it only makes everybody’s product stronger, and I just hope that an indoor two-dayer like Up in Smoke 2016 can continue to distinguish itself as it has thus far.

From the PR wire:

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UP IN SMOKE 2016! Sept. 30th / Oct. 1st … John Garcia, Yob, Fatso Jetson & Giöbia added to the line-up!

Here we go, the next 4 bands added to the most outstanding Heavy Rock Line-up Switzerland have ever seen before!!!

Taking place on September 30th and October 1st 2016, in our dear Z7 Konzertfabrik (Pratteln / near Basel / Dreiländereck) this year’s edition will feature John Garcia (X Kyuss with full band show, new album and surely some Kuyss classics in the pocket), the crushing doom metal trio Yob, the legendary Desert Rock Godfather Mario Lalli with his Fatso Jetson and Italian acid/space rock outfit Giöbia, alongside previously announced Electric Wizard, Pentagram, Truckfighters, Elder, Cough, Greenleaf, Monkey3, 1000Mods, Yawning Man, Wucan, Desert Mountain Tribe, Noon and Ephedra.

Also not to forget: No overlapping set times, sleep over/breakfast possibiity in the venue + some more specials to be announced soon to sweeten you the “TWO NOT TO BE MISSED DAYS OF VOLUME WORSHIP” !!! Grab your ticket (2-day passes) right now on our website, on www.z-7.ch and on our Facebook (tab ‘Buy Tickets’). If you prefer to buy an original, real hard-ticket, our partner Woolheads is selling them!

http://woolheads.com/cms/shop-2/festivalmerchandise/up-in-smoke-the-indoor-festival-vol-iv-ticket/
http://www.upinsmoke.de/eventinfo-indoor-festival
https://www.facebook.com/UpInSmokeIndoorFestivalInZ7
https://www.soundofliberation.com

John Garcia, “Pilot the Dune” live in Stockholm, 2014

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Up in Smoke 2016: Greenleaf, Wucan and Desert Mountain Tribe Added to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 6th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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By my count, Up in Smoke 2016 currently has 13 bands slated for its lineup. According to the ticket page, the end goal is a total of 20 — listed as Electric Wizard and 19 others, which is fair enough — so they’re well on their way to unveiling the complete bill, still more than four months off from the fest itself. I’ll admit to having missed an announcement (if you admit to having missed that I missed it) before this latest one, which brings GreenleafWucan and Desert Mountain Tribe, but better late than never in including it here, especially since it adds TruckfightersElder1000mods, and Cough, as well as Swiss instrumentalists Ephedra, to the mix. That’s enough for a fest right there.

Of the latest bunch, Greenleaf easily steal the headline. The Swedish outfit will be out heralding their latest LP and Napalm Records debut, Rise Above the Meadow (review here), which continues to astonish. I’ll have an interview with guitarist Tommi Holappa up in the next couple weeks, so keep an eye out for that, but in the meantime, here’s the latest from Up in Smoke 2016:

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We couldn’t post that before Desertfest as we planned, but those of you who were in Berlin last week-end got the news… for others, there you go! Swedish heavy-rockers Greenleaf, Germand kräuterrock quartet Wucan and English psych-noisenik three-piece Desert Mountain Tribe are confirmed for UP in SMOKE indoor festival in Z7 2016!

Alongside the previously announced bands, we are proud to add to this year’s line-up:

– Swedish high-voltage fuzz rockers Truckfighters,
– Massachusetts’ ultimate progressive stoner rock trio Elder,
– Virginia’s sludge/doom mongers COUGH,
– Hellenic grooviest psychedelic outfit 1000mods,
– and Switzerland’s instrumental heavy rockers Ephedra!

E-tickets can be purchased on www.upinsmoke.de, on www.z-7.ch and on our Facebook. If you prefer to buy a hard-ticket, our partner Woolheads is selling them!

20 Bands – 2 Stages
2 days of Volume Worship

No Overlapping Stage Times
Indoor Camping possible

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http://www.upinsmoke.de/eventinfo-indoor-festival
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Up in Smoke 2015 wrap-up video

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