Even as Europe — yes, the entire frickin’ continent — reels from an autumn filled with successive weekend festivals, the next season begins. Germany-based Freak Valley has put its early-bird tickets on sale for Freak Valley 2017, which will be held June 15 through June 17 in Siegen, and as I understand it, they’ve already blown through the lot of them. At very least the ones they were selling at the Brutus and Godsleep show this weekend, also in Siegen. And the ones they subsequently put up for sale online? Apparently they sold twice as many as they’d planned to sell, so it seems safe to say that Freak Valley 2017 is off to a good start.
Fair enough. Would be hard not to trust the taste of Jens Heide and company at this point not to deliver a rock-solid lineup of heavy in its various incarnations and permutations. For example, just before tickets went on sale, they posted the first band added to the lineup, and of course it’s a monster. From Italy. Named Ufomammut.
If you’ve never seen Ufomammut — and you probably have, because I know you’re down, but just go with me on this — it’s one of life’s great joys. Here’s the first of many announcements from Freak Valley 2017 that I expect to come over the next eight months, probably one at a time, just like this year:
°!° First Band Announcement & Early Bird Tickets °!°
Here we go! Please welcome Italy’s psychedelic metal heavyweights UFOMAMMUT !!
UFOMAMMUT is a power trio formed in 1999 in Italy by Poia, Urlo and Vita, worldwide recognized as the creator of a unique brand of psychedelic sludge. With long songs, droning vocals and massive effects the band combines a monumental riffing attitude with the psychedelia of the more visionary Pink Floyd. UFOMAMMUT’s status as one of the most potent, powerful and artistic contemporary doom artists in existence, continues to captivate the masses, and the band’s worldwide grasp grows wider with each release.
Ufomammut’s live show is supported by the internationally acclaimed video and graphic art of Malleus ROCK ART LAB, a rock artists’ collective who conjure the entirety of Ufomammut’s visual impact.
Freak Valley Festival 2017: No Fillers – Just Killers