Here we are, about to kick off the Spring incarnations of Desertfest, and Desertfest Belgium 2017 has already started representing the Fall season. And formidably, with Windhand and Radio Moscow providing immediate heft and scorch for a bill that’s only bound to continue to grow over the next couple months as we move into and through the summer. Also part of this first lineup announcement are Part Chimp and Hemelbestormer, so it seems there’s a pretty wide spread of styles and geography already to Desertfest Belgium this year. That’ll very likely continue to be a running theme as well.
More to come, most certainly:
DesertFest Antwerp 2017 First Names – WINDHAND, RADIO MOSCOW and more!
We know you all have been aching for this, so without further ado let us present the first names for the 2017 edition of Desertfest Antwerp!
We kick things off with Windhand, a scene favorite that has also managed to capture the hearts and minds of rock fans worldwide with their unique brand of female-led Sabbathian worship. Radio Moscow is another winner with a stone solid live reputation that will be sure to set the DF stage on fire.
Next up, something more out of the ordinary: Part Chimp blends sludgey riffage with the acid bite of Amphetamine noiserock, and will delight anyone with a fine ear for heavily distorted blues. Finally, we keep the tradition of presenting Belgian bands to our international crowd. Hemelbestormer (that’s Dutch for ‘Stormer of Heaven’) is a local postmetal band that has been making waves in Europe and the States for the last couple of years.
WINDHAND convey an irrepressible sense of motion even within the slowest of songs. The unique siren voice of Dorthia Cottrell combines beauty with enormous power, while the twin-guitar attack of Garrett Morris and Asechiah Bogdan can deliver both perfect riffs and fuzzed-out bliss. Add the colossal rhythmic mastery of bassist Parker Chandler and drummer Ryan Wolfe, and it’s easy to see how Windhand has become one of the premier metal bands of our time.
How to describe a RADIO MOSCOW live show? Imagine the feeling of being blown back by a whirlwind of energy and power, concocted by three guys locked in a groove. This is heavy blues-infused rock at its finest! The San Diego outfit has recently made the leap to a worldwide deal with Century Media Records, for whom they are currently preparing their next upcoming studio album to be released in late-summer 2017.
PART CHIMP emerged from South London in 2003 as a full formed noise rock leviathan. The band’s penchant for shockingly large riffs and monumental volume earned them a fully blown cult status by the time they split up in 2011. Recently reformed, their comeback shows already proved that time has far from diminished their extraordinary power. This year will see them deliver a new album for Rock Action – we can’t wait to hear what they’ll cook up next!
“HEMELBESTORMER” is a Dutch word which is literally translated as “stormer of heaven”, but is used to describe the outsiders with revolutionary and idealist minds. Since 2012 the Belgian band has combined post-rock, sludge, ambient, doom and even black metal into an instrumental sound that balances between light and dark. Hemelbestormer aims for quality, not quantity. With the visual spectacle of their custom sigils and entrancing wall projections, each live show feels like being sucked into a black hole.