1000mods, Naxatras, Nightstalker and More Feature in Greek Rock Revolution Documentary

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 14th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Well this looks fucking awesome. No question that the rise of the Greek heavy rock scene over the course of the last decade has been a boon to the European underground. Greece can now stand toe to toe with Germany, Sweden or any of the other continental hotbeds of heavy, and along with Italy, has become essential the character worldwide of heavy rock and roll. The feature-length documentary Greek Rock Revolution puts this emergence in the context of the country’s social condition, the effect that austerity and rampant unemployment has had on the art being made, as well as the prejudice of those outside not caring about the scene or the important work being done there by bands covered in the trailer at the bottom of this post like 1000mods, Tuber, Naxatras, Puta Volcano, Villagers of Ioannina City, Planet of Zeus and the elder statesmen in Nightstalker. There seems to be plenty of concert and interview footage, and yeah, it looks fucking awesome. I’d spend 95 minutes watching this thing, happily. I hope I get to review it.

As a side note while we’re on the topic of Greek heavy, I’ve got a track premiere for BUS going up tomorrow from their new album that marks their debut on RidingEasy Records, so that release will be another fascinating instance of a Greek band reaching a wider international audience.

Greek Rock Revolution is directed by Miguel Cano. Here’s the press release that came with the trailer:

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The official trailer for the upcoming Greek Rock Revolution movie is now live! The documentary film will have a length of 95 minutes, featuring 1000mods, Tuber, Naxatras, Puta Volcano, Villagers of Ioannina City, Planet of Zeus & Nightstalker
In the recent years these bands have gained a massive support in Greece and global recognition elsewhere, with circles in Europe and North America starting to speak very seriously about the Greek Rock Scene.

Last September, Spanish Film Director Miguel Cano interviewed all bands and filmed their live concerts and rehearsals in Thessaloniki, Chania, Serres, Athens, Patras, Chiliomodi and Ioannina. The Filmmaker sees in Greece resemblances with historical cultural momentum in Mississippi back when the blues was born or in Seattle when the grunge flourished: a long-lasting unstable social situation boosting artistic expression through a common feeling of non-conformity.

As the Director of Metal Hammer Greece, Kostas Chronopoulos states in the film, “it’s not easy to fight all for your own, you need to feel part of something which is there for you. And rock ‘n roll is here for us.”

Greek Rock Revolution is now on its last phases of post-production and it is expected to be released in March of this year. The goal is set first on screening the film in International Film Festivals, and then bring it to the wide audience in TV, cinemas and online platforms.

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Greek Rock Revolution trailer

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Desertfest Belgium 2018 Completes Lineup; Orange Goblin Headline; My Sleeping Karma & More Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 6th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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What do you even say at this point about Desertfest Belgium 2018? “Uh, it’s in Antwerp and we should go?” I’m at something of a loss. The festival has gradually put together one of the most solid lineups I think I’ve ever seen, with High on FireAmenra and now Orange Goblin headlining, and performances from the likes of YOBEnslavedCrowbarElderMy Sleeping KarmaWo Fat, Acid King and Dead Meadow— any of whom, if you told me they were headlining, I’d be like, “Wow that’s awesome and totally deserved.” Plus there are a bunch of bands down on the bottom of the poster I don’t know, which I also love and another whole bunch in between who also kick ass, so yeah, you mean you’ve got NaxatrasCastleChildThe Skull and Sasquatch all kicking around the same place on the same weekend? Who the hell wouldn’t want to be there?

Madness. Sheer madness. Witness:

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Let’s start with the final headliner for our festival. A true mainstay of the stoner circuit, Orange Goblin have spent the last few years since ‘Back From The Abyss’ (2014) touring the world and harvesting souls. The result of this tireless work ethic? ‘The Wolf Bites Back’ released late spring of 2018, considered to be one of the best albums in their career. They’ve truly earned their place at the throne, and DF Belgium will receive them as true kings of the stoner community.

Of course, the same could be said of My Sleeping Karma, another band that has built its reputation by shutting up (literally) and playing the music, night after night after night for years and years. Their 2017 concert album ‘Mela Ananda’ proved once again that a sweaty stage is the best place to experience them, so we’ll gladly provide it.

We fill out the holes in our schedule with a couple of inspired leftfield choices. How about some heady Greek post-rock with traditional folk influences? Villagers of Ioannina City (V.I.C. in short) is a truly undefinable band that will sure surprise quite a few of our fellow Festers. The same can be said of Jozef Van Wissem – are you ready for some heavy experimental drones… on a medieval lute? Jozef will redefine your notions of what is psychedelic music.

Back to more traditional territory, Earth Ship from Berlin will hit you hard with some serious monolithic doom. With Kraków (No) and Domkraft (Sw), we bring you a couple of esteemed riff peddlers from the North.

And what more fitting end to this final announcement, than to round off with a trio of fine Belgian brews for you to taste and savour? Lethvm, WYATT E. and Goddog are three exponents of the local scene that we want you to discover.

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Orange Goblin, “The Wolf Bites Back” live at Stonefree Festival, June 16, 2018

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Freak Valley 2016: Villagers of Ioannina City Added; Windhand Drop Off

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 5th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

Easy come, easy go. Freak Valley 2016 has announced that Greek heavy psych rockers Villagers of Ioannina City have been added to the lineup and that Windhand have dropped off. The two events occurred in that order, so when the fest speaks below about finding a replacement for Windhand, they don’t necessarily mean Villagers of Ioannina City as that replacement. What does that tell us? That Freak Valley 2016 still has not completed unveiling its full lineup. The festival is set for the end of next month in Netphen, Germany, and has been sold out for I don’t even know how long. Long enough.

Announcements and the full to-date lineup for Freak Valley 2016 — though I say that knowing that as soon as this post goes live they’ll put another band on the bill; keeping up is a challenge — follow here for your perusal, including some comment from Windhand, whose entire European tour has been canceled:

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Greek Experimentelle Psychedelic-Folk Rockers V.I.C (Villagers of Ioannina City) will play FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL 2016!!

Hey Freaks!! Today we have a very special announcement for you!!

V.I.C (Villagers of Ioannina City) is an experimental psychedelic/rock band from Ioannina City (Greece). They play a kind of post rock with a big dose of greek-folk traditional music from Epirus. The region’s musical tradition is characterized by polyphony and the use of clarinet. The band’s sound fuses traditional music into modern psychedelic forms, creating a unique sound.

They formed in 2007 and since then they had played in a numerous of shows all over the country in many different venues and festivals.

Unfortunately WINDHAND are having to cancel all their European plans for this year. The reason is Very valid and unfortunately they have no choice in the matter.
During the last days we worked very very hard to find a cool replacement. And we can tell you that we are thrilled it worked out. We will do the announcement very soon!

Here’s the official statement from Windhand:

“It’s with a very heavy heart that we regretfully must announce the cancelation of our 2016 European tour. Family, health, and personal life is always our number one priority, and due to a series of serious, unforeseen circumstances, we will not be able to make the journey abroad this June. Our sincerest apologies to all our friends and fans who have supported us so much over the last several years. We were very much looking forward to seeing all of you this summer. We would also like to apologize to all the promoters, venues, road crew support, and festival organizers that worked so hard putting the tour together for us. This is a very unfortunate situation and very much out of our control. Again, please accept our sincerest apologies and we promise to see everyone again very, very soon. Thank you again and take care. – Windhand”

FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL – 26th-27th-28th May 2016
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FVF 2016 is SOLD OUT!!

FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL 2016: No Fillers – Just Killers
Line-up 2016:
GRAVEYARD [SW] – Vintage Rock
ORANGE GOBLIN [UK] – Heavy Metal
DEAD MEADOW [US] – Psychedelic Stonerrock
SPIDERGAWD [NO] – Post-Boogie
WHITE HILLS [US] – Fuzzed Out Motorik Psychedelic
THE SHRINE [US] – Psychedelic Violence Rock and Roll
BABY WOODROSE [DK]- Psychedelic Garagerock
LONELY KAMEL [NO]- Heavy Blues, Hardrock & Stoner
ROTOR [D] – Instrumental StonerRock/Psychedelic
MONOLORD [SW] – Doom/Sludge
MANTAR [D] – Death Metal Doom Punk
TOUNDRA [SP] – Postrock
FARFLUNG [US] – Spacerock for 21st Century Heads
BLACK RAINBOWS [IT] – Heavy Psych
THE GOLDEN GRASS [US]- Heavy/Funk//Psych/Freakbeat
SPIDERS [SW] – Hard/Glam Rock
V.I.C (Villagers of Ioannina City) [GR] – Post/Stoner/Folk/Rock
GIÖBIA [IT] – Acid Rock
THE DEVIL AND THE ALMIGHTY BLUES [NO] – HeavyBluesRock
THE SONIC DAWN [DK] – Psychedelic Rock
JEREMY IRONS & THE RATGANG MALIBUS [SW] – Space Rock/Stoner/Psychedelic
GOMER PYLE [NL] – Psychedelic/Rock/Stonerrock
MOTHER ENGINE [D] – Stoner/Rock/Psychedelic
BUSHFIRE [D] – Heavy Blues Rock

…more tba very soon

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Villagers of Ioannina City, “Zvara”

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