Roadburn 2017: Ulver Added; Tickets on Sale Now

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 21st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

We’re mere days from the previous, massive Roadburn 2017 lineup announcement, but if there’s ever been any act to grace a stage and stand alone, it’s Ulver, so I can hardly argue with the festival giving them their due space. The Norwegian post-black metal innovators are all the more worthy of highlight for the fact that they’ll arrive in the Netherlands this April in order to present a brand new full-length, to be titled The Assassination of Julius Caesar. I was fortunate enough to be there four years ago when Ulver played Roadburn 2012 (review here), and it was a similar openness and spirit that the band sought to capture with earlier-2016’s improv-based collection ATGCLVSSCAP, so while I wouldn’t dare hazard a guess as to what The Assassination of Julius Caesar might have in store in sound or theme, it speaks to the forward-thinking nature of both the band and the fest that it would be the latest work coming into focus on the Roadburn stage. They are a good match for each other.

Tickets for Roadburn 2017 may well be sold out by the time this post goes live, but here’s what came off the PR wire:


Ulver added to Roadburn 2017 line up; tickets on sale today

ULVER will present their new album, The Assassination Of Julius Caesar, at Roadburn 2017
Full current line up listed below – with dozens more artists still to be announced
Tickets on sale now

Ahead of tickets for the 2017 edition of Roadburn Festival going on sale, ULVER have been announced to perform on Sunday, April 23.

The highly revered Norwegian band will present their upcoming album, The Assassination Of Julius Caesar, at the album’s release show at the 013 venue. With little known about the album besides the title at this point, with only the vaguest of hints being dropped by the band, our appetites are well and truly whetted.

Back in 2012, ULVER delighted us with the first and only rendition of the songs on Childhood’s End, their album of obscure 60s psychedelia covers. It was a unique and unrepeatable treat that still resonates deeply within our collective Roadburn memory bank.

The release show for ULVER’s The Assassination Of Julius Caesar takes place on Sunday, April 23, at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Read more about Ulver.

The current line up for Roadburn 2017 is as follows:
Aluk Todolo
Chelsea Wolfe
Crippled Black Phoenix
Gnod (Artist in Residence)
Inter Arma
Les Discrets
Oranssi Pazuzu
The Bug vs. Dylan Carlson of Earth
The Doomsday Kingdom
Zeal & Ardor

There are still dozens more acts to be announced, including artists as part of John Dyer Baizley’s curation.

Tickets go on sale today for Roadburn 2017. They can be purchased in person from 6.30pm local time at the 013 venue box office, where there will also be a pre-sale party featuring Ortega and Gomer Pyle.

Tickets will go on general sale at 9pm (NL and mainland Europe)/ 8pm (UK)/ 3pm (East Coast USA)/ 12 noon (West Coast USA). Tickets can be purchased from this link
4 day – 195 Euro
3 day (Thu, Fri, Sat) – 172 Euro
Single day ticket, Sunday only – 54 Euro

Thursday, Friday and Saturday single day tickets will be on sale at a later date.

For more information on the pre-sale party, click HERE.

Ulver, ATGCLVSSCAP (2016)

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Fatso Jetson and del-Toros to Release Split 7″ on Nov. 25

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 19th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Limited run split with Fatso Jetson and just about anybody would be a pretty easy sell, but they do pair surprisingly well with Dutch heavy surfers del-Toros, whose inclusion, “Die Cast,” starts out with a dice roll and comes topped with samples and reverb in kind. That’s over on the B-side, where on the front end, Fatso Jetson present “Dream Homes,” the organ-laced instrumental that could also recently be found closing off their new album, Idle Hands (review here). Since both tracks are instrumental — those samples notwithstanding — the 11-minute outing feels like it’s over even quicker than that, but each band uses their time wisely in the pursuit of their own brand of heavy rock, and if nothing else, the release reminds of how close the desert and the ocean’s waves can sometimes feel.

Preorders are up now from Shattered Platter ahead of the Nov. 25 Record Store Day Black Friday release. The PR wire has the official announcement:


Fatso Jetson/del-Toros – Record Store Day

California’s own Fatso Jetson and the Netherlands’ own del-Toros are two groups separated by continents but brought together by a sonic linear correlation of Fender powered, boulder heavy tone. Shattered Platter has documented these two together as part of a limited 7″ release to be made available in time for Record Store Day – Black Friday (November 25th, 2016).

Fatso Jetson’s track recorded and mixed with Mathias Schneeberger at Donner and Blitzen Studio in Los Angeles, CA with additional recording at Electric Lalli Land Studios in San Pedro, CA. Del-Toros track recorded at Bootleg Studios with Peter Van Elderen in Eindhoven, NL. Both tracks mastered with care and precision by Peter Lyman of Infrasonic Recordings in Los Angeles, CA and with a landscape illustrative design by Jack C. Gregory.

From the burning sands of Palm Desert, CA, the desert rock pioneers Fatso Jetson took a formula of Sabbath level heaviness and hardcore punk, expanded it by infusing jazz riffs and surf reverb. Forming in the 1990’s, they have releases on iconic US labels such as SST, Man’s Ruin, Bongload Custom, Cobraside and international heavy dealers Go Down & Heavy Psych Sounds. They have toured the United States and Europe with such groups as Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, The Atomic Bitchwax & Yawning Man along with being invited to play domestic and international festivals such as SXSW, Stoned From The Underground, Roadburn, and Desertfest(s) throughout Europe.

From the North Holland city of Alkmaar, surf rock dealers del-Toros combine heavy rock music and surf guitar to form one massive sound. If they were around at the time, they would have been the ideal candidates to compose the soundtrack to Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat! Kill !Kill !Kill! Since forming in 2008, they have released albums on European boutique labels such as Undertow Recordings and Lighttown Fidelity; this split will be their debut for the United States area. del – Toros have toured throughout the Netherlands and into Scandinavia, performing alongside Peter Pan Speedrock, Honky and The Turbo A.C’s.

Track list:
Side A: Fatso Jetson – Dream Homes
Side B: del-Toros – Die Cast

Fatso Jetson & del-Toros, Split 7″ teaser

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Roadburn 2017: Magma, Chelsea Wolfe, SubRosa, Slomatics, Wretch, Ahab, Mysticum, Crippled Black Phoenix, Deafheaven and More Added to Lineup

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

Roadburn 2017 banner

Great googly-moogly, Roadburn. If Roadburn 2017 didn’t already have your attention when it announced Coven as part of its first revelations for next year’s lineup — and it should have, make no mistake — then this should do the trick. The list is, frankly, overwhelming, and it speaks both to how immense the scale of Roadburn has become and how much the event continues to strive to push the boundaries of what it does. The first acts for the day curated by BaronessJohn Dyer Baizley? Magma and Chelsea Wolfe. SubRosa playing two sets, one of which is comprised of this year’s magnificent For this We Fought the Battle of Ages (review here) in full, the other a stripped-down, at least semi-acoustic version of the band. Leif Edling of Candlemass debuting his new project The Doomsday Kingdom. Slomatics, Dylan Carlson of Earth, Wretch, Inter Arma, Crippled Black Phoenix (hope they’re on the Main Stage; fingers crossed), Woe, Ahab, so many more it’s astounding.

If Roadburn 2017 was like, “Okay, that’s it. We’re done.,” could you really argue with what’s been put together already? The terrifying thing is they’re still just getting started.

Fresh off the PR wire:


New names added to Roadburn Festival 2017 ahead of ticket onsale

• MYSTICUM to bring their incredible stage show to Roadburn 2017
• CHELSEA WOLFE and MAGMA are the first names confirmed for John Dyer Baizley’s curation
• THE BUG VS DYLAN CARLSON OF EARTH confirmed for a special Roadburn show
• DEAFHEAVEN finally make their Roadburn debut at the 2017 edition
• SUBROSA to play two exclusive sets
• …and more.

ROADBURN FESTIVAL is pleased to add new names to the bill for Roadburn 2017. The 22nd edition of Roadburn Festival will take place April 20-23, 2017 at the 013 Venue, Tilburg, The Netherlands.

MYSTICUM have been confirmed to play the main stage at Roadburn 2017, bringing their distinctive brand of black metal to Tilburg. Back in 1996, MYSTICUM wrote the rulebook, for what industrial black metal should be with their debut album, In The Streams of Inferno – and then swiftly torched it. Renowned for their incredible stage show, MYSTICUM have some clear intentions for Roadburn 2017: “We shall invade your minds and tear your souls apart.”

MYSTICUM will play the 013 venue on Saturday, April 22.

John Dyer Baizley has confirmed the first two names for his curated event: CHELSEA WOLFE and MAGMA.

Describing himself as “a loyal devotee of her songwriting, performance and recorded output”, John echoed many Roadburn attendees in calling for the return of CHELSEA WOLFE to the Roadburn stage. Having performed at the festival in 2012, and again this year as part of Converge’s Blood Moon Set, we’re thrilled to have CHELSEA WOLFE back in Tilburg.

Unequivocally one of the most talked about moments in the history of Roadburn was MAGMA’s overwhelming performance at the 2014 festival. These seminal progressive rock pioneers went down a storm, and to this day, we still hear so many attendees talking about MAGMA’s set, and craving their return for Roadburn.

Both acts will perform on Friday, April 21 at the 013 venue, as part of John Dyer Baizley’s curation.

Although they come from disparate sonic universes, THE BUG (electronic music wizard Kevin Martin) and DYLAN CARLSON (mastermind of the massively influential EARTH, who have graced Roadburn with their presence in 2009 and 2011) are nevertheless two of the more revered names in experimental music as a whole. Their paths crossed in 2014, when they surprisingly teamed up on a Record Store Day exclusive release. Americana meets industrial, minimalism meets pulsating dance beats, metal meets electronics… who knows what can happen when THE BUG meets DYLAN CARLSON OF EARTH? One thing is for sure, the walls will shake.

THE BUG VS DYLAN CARLSON OF EARTH will perform at the 013 venue on Saturday, April 22.

DEAFHEAVEN’s appearance at Roadburn has been a long time coming. As divisive as they are inclusive, DEAFHEAVEN have thrown the field wide open with regards to what it means to be a metal band. They have managed to bring extreme metal fans to the same room as shoegaze and post-rock/metal fans; their music doesn’t simply tick all those genre boxes, it plays join the dots with them – just as we like to do at Roadburn Festival.

DEAFHEAVEN will play at the 013 venue on Thursday, April 20.

SUBROSA’s For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages has been out less than two months, but at Roadburn HQ it not only hovers near the top of our album of the year lists, it is marked as a future classic. We are delighted to have the Salt Lake City five-piece perform the album in full at Roadburn 2017. Not only that, they will perform SubRosa – Subdued; a not-quite-acoustic set with all the passion at a fraction of the volume of a regular SUBROSA set.

SUBROSA will perform For This We Fought The Battle of Ages at the 013 venue on Thursday, April 20, and Subrosa – Subdued on Friday, April 21.

• CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX will fuse progressive rock, post-rock and righteous, guitar-driven heaviness. Prior to their Roadburn appearance, Crippled Black Phoenix will play Doornroosje, Nijmegen (NL) on December 10.
• DÄLEK will bring a different kind of heaviness to the Roadburn stage, and comment “Some people might wonder why a hip-hop act was added to the bill… we intend to show them why.”
• AHAB will play The Call of the Wretched Sea in full
• ZHRINE bring a slice of Icelandic darkness to Roadburn
• AUÐN join their Icelandic brothers, delivering windswept, atmospheric black metal
• ALUK TODOLO will perform latest album Voix in full
• ZU bring their frenzied experimentation to Roadburn 2017 again
• INTER ARMA will make a triumphant return to Roadburn, and no doubt deliver yet another stunning performance
• Leif Edling’s THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM will make their live debut at Roadburn 2017
• Karl Simon brings his post-Gates of Slumber band WRETCH to Roadburn for their European debut
• Thick tones, soaring melodies, and bone-crunching rhythms will be the order of the day for SLOMATICS
• WOE bring their passionate and potent American black metal to Tilburg
• ULTHA will be making a bid for the heaviest set of the day when they perform
• EMPTINESS will blend black metal and power electronics

Tickets for Roadburn 2017 will go on sale from Thursday, 20 October 2016. They will be available to purchase in person from the 013 venue, Tilburg, The Netherlands from 6.30pm local time – and ticket buyers are invited to the pre-sale party at the venue featuring Ortega and Gomer Pyle. Tickets will go on general sale at 9pm (NL and mainland Europe)/ 8pm (UK)/ 3pm (East Coast USA)/ 12 noon (West Coast USA). Tickets can be purchased from this link.

For more information on the pre-sale party, click HERE.

SubRosa, For this We Fought the Battle of Ages (2016)

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Roadburn 2017 First Announcements: Coven to Headline; John Dyer Baizley to Curate; Many More Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

roadburn 2017

So, uh, 2017 over. Roadburn wins.

The Netherlands-based festival comes out of the gate with its first announcements for Roadburn 2017 and immediately proves why it’s like nothing else happening on this poor pitiful planet we happen to occupy. To bring Coven back to the stage for the first time in untold decades and for their first European show ever? Come on. I don’t care where you live, that’s worth getting on a plane for.

But of course, this is just the start of announcement season for Roadburn 2017. Over the next several months, in addition to these revelations that John Dyer Baizley of Baroness will curate and Baroness will perform as a part of that, that Warning will show up to play Watching from a Distance in full, that Gnod will be artists-in-residence and that Oranssi Pazuzu, Les Discrets, Pillorian, Perturbator, Schammasch and Zeal & Ardor will also play, Roadburn 2017 will spend the next several months unfolding its unparalleled creative progression as an event. Expect once-in-a-lifetime sets — see the ultra-pivotal cult rock progenitors named above — and an amazing and diverse roster of acts such that, by the time they’re done, the biggest complaint people will have is that there are too many incredible things to see that it’s impossible to do it all in the five days between the Hard Rock Hideout on Wednesday and the Afterburner on Sunday. Tough times, to be sure.

Enter Roadburn 2017. Mind already blown:


Roadburn 2017: A Coven, a comeback, a curator and more

COVEN will play their first show in decades, and for the first time ever on European soil.

Jinx Dawson quote: “Roadburn Festival’s intrepid ring master, Walter, hath stirred us from our Coven lair. We shall be performing a musickal ritual for the first time in many ages. We are wickedly delighted to travel to the Netherlands for this very special festival concert, and to bring our musickal form of Witchcraft once again to the live stage.”

Coven play 013 venue on Thursday, 20 April 2017

JOHN DYER BAIZLEY will curate Roadburn 2017 – the main stage on Friday 21 April, and Het Patronaat on Saturday 22 April. BARONESS will perform on the Friday night as part of his curated event.

John said: “It is such a high honor to have even been considered for the role; I feel genuinely privileged to have fostered so many wonderful relationships within the microcosmic-world that surrounds this incredibly unique festival. Without revealing anything too specific concerning the lineup, I can confidently say that the groundwork that Walter and I have laid in the preceding months is staggering, both in it’s scope and it’s diversity. I could never have dreamed that I’d get to communicate with, let alone invite and present so many incredible bands during this one consolidated musical event. I am proud to have the opportunity to showcase so many of those artists, who have had an indelible impact on my own work, so many esteemed friends and tour-mates, and people/ bands with whom so many in our community share fundamental creative ideals.”

WARNING will perform Watching from a Distance in its entirety at Roadburn 2017. Please write the album title as here!

Quote from Patrick Walker: “I am humbled that there is still an interest in Watching from a Distance all these years on, and I’m going to be very moved to be able to play it for an audience at Roadburn 2017.”

Warning play at the 013 venue on Saturday 22 April

GNOD will be Roadburn 2017’s artist in residence, which means they will perform four times throughout the festival. This will mark their tenth anniversary as a band.

ZEAL & ARDOR will perform on Friday, April 21 at Het Patronaat –
PERTURBATOR will perform Friday, April 21 at Het Patronaat – http://wp. me/p1m0FP-aK8
SCHAMMASCH will perform on Friday, April 21 at Het Patronaat –
PILLORIAN will perform on Sunday, April 23 at the 013 venue –
LES DISCRETS will perform on Sunday, April 23 at the 013 venue –
ORANSSI PAZUZU will perform on Saturday, April 22 at the 013 venue – – OP played Roadburn 2016 but a lot of people missed out on them as they played at Het Patonaat and we were overwhelmed by the number of people who wanted to see them. So this time around they will play the MainStage so everybody gets to see them!

Coven, Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls (1969)

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Roadburn 2016 Audio Streams: Carousel, Crumbling Ghost, Zone Six, Night Viper, Nibiru, Lugubrum Trio, Green Carnation and Russel Haswell

Posted in audiObelisk on September 26th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Zone Six at Roadburn 2016 (Photo by JJ Koczan)

Always one of life’s great pleasures to revisit Roadburn via the subsequent audio streams that emerge from each edition of the Netherlands-based megafest/underground gathering. I’ll admit that most of these acts I didn’t see at Roadburn 2016, but that hardly lessens the appeal at all. If anything, it gives me a chance to hear some stuff I missed like Pittsburgh natives Carousel — whose unceremonious breakup earlier this month was both a surprise and a bummer — playing a set with Alejandro Necochea of Tee Pee labelmates Worshipper filling in on guitar, or Green Carnation, whose adventurous progressive death metal was an unexpected addition and a callback to earlier days.

Of this round though, I did manage to catch Zone Six playing at the Cul de Sac, the second-smallest room at Roadburn 2016 behind Extase. They played late on the first night of the fest (review here) and were a psychedelic joy to behold, with Sula Bassana on drums and synth and Komet Lulu on bass and Rainer Neeff playing guitar. It was an immediately different personality than one might get from seeing Electric Moon, in which Sula and Lulu also play (the former on guitar/synth), but immersive and gloriously spaced out. Goes without saying I recommend you check out all this stuff, but that one for sure, speaking as someone who was there to see it. I’ve been hoping they press it to disc.

Pretty wide gamut covered here as well, so there should be something for everyone:

Carousel – Live at Roadburn 2016

Crumbling Ghost – Live at Roadburn 2016

Green Carnation – Live at Roadburn 2016

Russel Haswell – Live at Roadburn 2016

Lugubrum Trio – Live at Roadburn 2016

Nibiru- Live at Roadburn 2016

Night Viper – Live at Roadburn 2016

Zone Six – Live at Roadburn 2016

Thanks as ever to Walter for letting me host the streams, as I am perpetually honored to do. To hear the first batch of Roadburn 2016 audio streams, click here, to hear the second one, click here, to hear the third one, click here, to hear the third one, click here, the fourth one, click here, and for all of this site’s coverage of Roadburn 2016, click here.

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Roadburn 2017: Tickets Available Starting Oct. 20

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 22nd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster


Okay, so I understand the banner above and the poster below for Roadburn 2017 aren’t the final art designs the festival is going with, that these are just out in advance for the announcement that tickets are onsale starting Oct. 20, and that the official artwork will be made public in October or November. I get that. But I love these anyway. In a time when it feels like not a day or two can’t pass without having to shake my head at some band’s shitty, cartoon-titty-filled cover art or show poster, whatever it is, this hearkens toward something entirely more righteous. What I’m assuming is the work of Costin Chioreanu seems to be pulling influence directly from old propaganda posters (think “Rosie the Riveter”) and instead of bullshit objectification, this art is joyful, celebratory, powerful, and in that way, couldn’t be more appropriate to represent Roadburn.

Needless to say, I’m very much looking forward to Roadburn 2017 beginning announcement season when the lineup info starts to trickle out, and I’ll look forward to the final art being unveiled too — Becky Cloonan‘s last year was unbelievable — but to have this in the meantime already makes the festival feel like a gift.

Roadburn 2017 is April 20-23 at the 013 in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

From the Roadburn website:



We’re very aware that people are awaiting an announcement from us regarding the line up for Roadburn 2017. We’re working on that right now and will have some news for you within the next couple of weeks – we’re putting the finishing touches to the first batch of announcements, with more to follow. We hope you’ll agree that they’re worth the wait!

In the mean time, we want to give you advance warning that tickets for Roadburn 2017 will go on sale on October 20! Mark your calendars now, and save your pennies! We’ll have more details available before they go onsale regarding pricing and links etc. But we can tell you now that they will be sold via TICKETMASTER once again, and also will be available to purchase in person from the 013 venue in Tilburg (NL) at our annual onsale party!

In case you missed the news this summer… we have some good news for visitors to Roadburn from outside of Tilburg! After some careful negotiating with local authorities, we can confirm that non-Dutch residents will be able to gain access to Tilburg’s coffee shops and can legally purchase marijuana products – as long as they are wearing a Roadburn wristband!

We’re well aware that this part of our culture is appealing to visitors and we’re very happy to be able to include you during Roadburn 2017. The city of Tilburg has always been very welcoming to Roadburners, and this is yet another extension of that welcome. Tilburg has several recommended coffee shops and we’re sure locals will happily point you in the right direction. So, if you like, you can now go forth, smoke and have a good time!

In the mean time, as with previous years, Marcel Van De Vondervoort (Torture Garden Studio) and his amazing team have captured the essence of Roadburn 2016 in these incredible audio recordings, hosted by VPRO 3voor12, Holland‘s major cultural network.

Stay tuned for more announcements in the first week of October – and, as ever, thank you for your continued support of Roadburn Festival!

– Walter, Becky, and all at the 013 venue.

Bang, Live At Roadburn 2016

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Swampcult Premiere “Chapter I – The Village” from The Festival

Posted in audiObelisk on August 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster


Netherlands-based extreme metallers Swampcult will release their debut album, The Festival, via Transcending Obscurity Records on Oct. 2. That’s nearly still two months out, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense to get an early glimpse at it. If you’ve ever read the work of Romantic-period horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, you know it can be a dense experience, full of challenging concepts and language and invented chants and rhythms that take so long to digest they might as well exist in the belly of whatever swampcult the festivalgargantuan otherworldly monster is being described at the time. The drama is severe; nothing held back. Swampcult — who base their debut album on Lovecraft‘s story “The Festival” — put in a marked effort to work in very much the same way, honing an immediately atmospheric sound that seeks to span genres as Celtic Frost once pioneered. As cavernous as it is multifaceted, The Festival bridges sludgy chug, blackened ambience, raw death metal and doomed groove with ease and captures both the narrative and the mood of Lovecraft‘s work with spoken dialogue, varied growls and shouts, and the music itself, which is irrepressibly dark and somehow classically metallic.

Comprised of guitarist/bassist/narrator D and drummer/vocalist/narrator A, the band works in chapters across the album’s span, beginning of course with “Chapter I – The Village” and working through “Chapter III – Al-Azif Necronomicon,” “Chapter VII – The Dawning” and so on before finally getting to “Chapter VII – The Madness” and the finale “IX Epilogue – Betwixt Dream and Insanity.” All the while songs tie together fluidly so that The Festival flows as a single piece comprised of many different changes, both between and within individual tracks, and Swampcult execute their material with command that undercuts the fact that this is their first album. They call it “Lovecraftian metal,” which is fair enough given their clear allegiance to theme as an essential component in what they do, but that doesn’t necessarily speak to the entirety of their breadth. That is to say, one imagines had they picked a different author or maybe a different story, they’d have no trouble constructing as complete a world for that as they do for this. And it is a world being made. You can hear it in the work they do in the Swampcult story cardsfirst 90 seconds of “Chapter I – The Village” as the bleakness begins to gel and sets the tone — grey, dark — that the rest of The Festival will continue to build on.

If you’ve never read “The Festival,” the album includes story cards so you can follow along with what’s happening in each track. An almost uncharacteristic play toward accessibility, but convenient all the same. Today I have the grim pleasure of hosting “Chapter I – The Village” as a song premiere ahead of The Festival‘s release this Fall. As alluded to above, it’s not immediate in the the sense of “here’s the hook” and it’s by no means a friendly listen, but it is very clearly exactly what Swampcult intended it to be, and so all the more worthy of respect for its final outcome. Please keep in mind as you make your way through its six minutes that it’s just the first of a nine-chapter story, and thus only a fraction of what the album as a whole has on offer, though it should be enough to give an impression of the horrific wonders that await this October.

More info from the PR wire follows. Please enjoy:

Dutch band Swampcult aren’t just inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, they’ve based an album entirely on his highly acclaimed story ‘The Festival’. Each song is divided into chapters tracing the original ‘The Festival’ story, bringing it to life. The sounds of dread were never before so easily captured in this genre.

The very vibe of H.P. Lovecraft’s story has been recreated using a mixture of various extreme sounds; from the strange murmurings in the village to the toll of bells, it’s all encapsulated perfectly in one album. To give it visual appeal, a special ‘story card’ is created for each chapter, each having its own artwork and writings, which is given out free with the purchase of any physical product.

Swampcult, in addition to devoting an album entirely to H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Festival’ story, have written excellent, contemporary music that’s seamless, laden with surprises, and consistent. If there could be a genuine soundtrack for H.P. Lovecraft’s story, this is it. ‘The Festival’ is meant to be heard from start to finish, with at least the lyrics sheet in hand if not the book itself, and is recommended to all those who’re into things horror and extreme.

‘The Festival’ Track list:
1. Chapter I – The Village 06:01
2. Chapter II – The Old Man 02:55
3. Chapter III – Al-Azif Necronomicon 03:54
4. Chapter IV – Procession 05:28
5. Chapter V – The Rite 08:23
6. Chapter VI – The Flight 02:21
7. Chapter VII – The Dawning 06:09
8. Chapter VIII – The Madness 03:11
9. IX – Epilogue – Betwixt Dream and Insanity 02:49

Line up:
D – All strings and narration
A – Percussion, vocals and narration

Swampcult on Thee Facebooks

Swampcult on Bandcamp

Transcending Obscurity Records website

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Roadburn 2016 Audio Streams: Black Moon Circle, Inverloch, Galley Beggar, Usnea, La Muerte, Dead to a Dying World & Kontinuum

Posted in audiObelisk on August 11th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

black moon circle at roadburn 2016 (Photo by JJ Koczan)

Sad as I was to miss Galley Beggar at Roadburn this year, I was just as thrilled to watch Black Moon Circle play later in the evening on Day Two (review here). The Norwegian outfit had made it to Tilburg supporting their third album, Sea of Clouds, and when the weekend was over, they’d be a highlight of the newest stage at the fest, making its first appearance as a part of Roadburn 2016, the Extase.

Actually, the Extase is a venue down the way from the 013 proper, which is still kind of home-base for Roadburn as the events tendrils spread outward into Tilburg. But it’s a small club. Reminds me of places in Manhattan and Brooklyn — it’s smaller than the Saint Vitus Bar, for example, especially in back where the bands are — and was suitably dark, but of course the shows there were top notch anyway. Black Moon Circle were joined onstage by Scott “Dr. Space” Heller, soon to be formerly of Øresund Space Collective, and his journeyman synth was a welcome addition to their already fervent swirl.

Their set is streaming in full below, as well as Galley Beggar‘s and full sets from Usnea, La Muerte, Dead to a Dying World, Inverloch and Kontinuum. Whether you were in the room when any of this was happening or not, please feel free to dig in and enjoy:

Black Moon Circle – Live at Roadburn 2016

Dead to a Dying World – Live at Roadburn 2016

Galley Beggar – Live at Roadburn 2016

Inverloch – Live at Roadburn 2016

Kontinuum – Live at Roadburn 2016

La Muerte – Live at Roadburn 2016

Usnea – Live at Roadburn 2016

Thanks as ever to Walter for letting me host the streams. To hear the first batch of Roadburn 2016 audio streams, click here, to hear the second one, click here, to hear the third one, click here, to hear the third one, click here, and for all of this site’s coverage of Roadburn 2016, click here.

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