ROADBURN 2016 AFTERBURNER: Black Magick Boogieland

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Vocals were sporadic but well suited to the grueling mood, and the set as a whole seemed to be working on a gradual build in intensity until, as they were finishing,¬†Kelly was throwing his shoulders as he might headbanging during one of¬†Neurosis¬†more riotous parts. Needless to say, they closed loud.¬†Green Carnation¬†were on the Main Stage playing¬†Light of Day, Day of Darkness, which is a cool record to be sure, but I didn’t want to miss the start of¬†Blind Idiot God, the New York trio playing the fourth show of their maiden voyage to Europe. Their latest albumblind idiot god 1 (Photo by JJ Koczan),¬†Before Ever After (review here), has just had its worldwide release, and in addition to the notable reggae nod in “Night Driver,” the instrumental three piece played “Antiquity” and a host of others from what was their first LP in 23 years, their focus on blurring lines between NY aggro noise crunch, proggy brilliance and heavy atmospheres.

Add to that drummer¬†Tim Wyskida‘s winning for most elaborate drum kit of the weekend — at least of the ones I saw — and¬†Blind Idiot God offered intrigue and dissonance in kind. Their stage presence was progressive, led in that regard by guitarist¬†Andy Hawkins, but still had a bit of pre-Giuliani Manhattan noise rock grit about them beneath that came out here and there in their sound, which was wide open stylistically, but delivered by¬†Hawkins,¬†Wyskida and bassist¬†Will Dahl with precision and due emphasis on the complexity in the material. There were people in the crowd who’d waited 25 years to see the band. You could say the response was solid. Respected scribe and all-around hyper-passionate supporter of music¬†Stefan Raduta gave me the hard sell on catching¬†Jakob, though really all he had to say was “they’re from New Zealand.” Anyone who’s traveled that far to play¬†Roadburn must have a good reason.

Complemented with visuals by J√©r√īme Siegelaer, the three-piece’s set found its reason in a lush post-rock, full in tone and l-o-u-d loud, but still evocative enough to keep the crowd in its grasp to the point where, after applauding, the room quickly fell into silence as those in attendance waited to hear the first notes of whatever it was Jakob were going to play next. Their fourth album, Sines, came out in 2014, but this was my first exposure to them, and it was a recommendation I was glad I took jakob 1 (Photo by JJ Koczan)when they were finished, the vibe setting itself up for a departure into the darker post-metallurgy of Belgium’s Amenra. But first, Ecstatic Vision in the Green Room. I’ve seen them before and they’re from Philadelphia, which is much, much closer to where I live than New Zealand, so I stayed through the end of Jakob, but managed to poke my head in the door of the packed out smaller stage and find the trio’s blend of heavy psych and space rock intact from when I last left it. Their debut, Sonic Praise (review here), was right on for Roadburn from the outset, so there was little surprise when they were added, but they’ve put in some considerable road time already, so good to see them doing well, even if I’m seeing it through the doorway instead of in the room itself.

The sense of presentation back in the Main Stage began even before Amenra actually started playing. A large white curtain was brought out and raised in front of the stage so that the band’s video background could cover even more territory, and after everything was ready to go, vocalist Colin H. van Eeckhout — who also has a solo record out called Rasa (review here) — came out first, knelt down in front of the drum riser, facing away from the crowd as he did for yesterday’s acoustic Amenra set and as is apparently his wont, and started beating two sticks together, slowly and ritualistically. He was joined soon by drummer Bjorn Lebon, who had his own sticks, and followed soon by the rest of the band, guitarists Mathieu van de Kerckhove (also Syndrome, which played Cul de Sac earlier in the day) and Lennart Bossu and bassist Levy Seynaeve, and there began a amenra 1 (Photo by JJ Koczan)set of some of the most intense post-metal I’ve ever seen outside of Neurosis themselves.

On par with Isis at their angriest, but crisper in their songwriting and use of ambience,¬†Amenra were further distinguished by their direct affinity for “Times of Grace” but more so by the flashing strobes, high-energy delivery and their obvious mastery of the form. What I learned at the Roadburn 2016 Afterburner was that people go apeshit for that stuff. I can’t argue it wasn’t cohesive, but the power of Amenra‘s aesthetic and the force with which they drove it at the assembled masses earned them the night’s second biggest response, and the Main Stage was crowded enough that I had to go all the way up top just to find a place to stand, and even that didn’t come easy. It was an impressive showing, and while I’m not sure I’d count myself in the getting-it camp — or in a parish of the Church of Ra, as it were — much of their set was undeniable. One would not win a debate arguing against it.

There was a considerable break before¬†Neurosis¬†came out for the second set of their two-night 30th anniversary celebratory stint headlining on the Main Stage. My first¬†Roadburn was 2009, the year they curated,¬†and I can still remember standing in the balcony of what’s now the old-013 big room and being awed. It wasn’t my first time seeing them, but it was something special, and the same goes for last night and tonight together as well. Yes, partially because they broke out older, not-really-played-anymore songs like “Blisters,” “Grey” and “Double-Edged Sword” from¬†The Word as Law, “The Web” and “To Crawl Under One’s Skin”neurosis ab 1 (Photo by JJ Koczan) from¬†Souls at Zero and¬†Pain of Mind‘s “Life on Your Knees” and “Pollution” from 1989’s¬†Aberration EP. They went as far forward as 2012’s¬†Honor Found in Decay (review here) and touched on all the ground in between,¬†guitarist/vocalist¬†Scott Kelly having some technical issues — the first time I’ve ever seen Neurosis have tech problems —¬†with his guitar after opening with “To Crawl Under One’s Skin,” but sorting it out with guitarist/vocalist¬†Steve Von Till and the crew as¬†Noah Landis covered for them with a huge, kind of abrasive drone, and drummer¬†Jason Roeder and god-damn-it’s-a-joy-to-watch bassist/backing vocalist¬†Dave Edwardson sat tight.

When they got going again, it was “Locust Star,” and, you know, the universe collapsed on itself and folded into the deeper reaches of subspace, so whether or not the guitar was working didn’t really matter anymore because all existence was wiped out. At least that’s how I remember it. Pretty standard for¬†Neurosis. In all seriousness, I don’t know if there’s a heavy band of their generation that’s inspired so much wax poetry — I’m guilty in this regard as well, in case you didn’t click that review link above — but it seems to me that speaks to the level on which¬†Neurosis resonate with their audience. It’s often credited as this cerebral, arthouse phenomenon, but it’s not that. It’s rawer, from the gut, and it captures an experience that isn’t necessarily universal, but which this crowd — the¬†Roadburn crowd, here and worldwide — relates to like it doesn’t relate to anything else. As they wrapped with “The Tide” and drew the tension out to cruel extremes before¬†Kelly started the opening riff of set-finale “The Doorway,” it occurred to me again how special this band is, how much it derives from the players that comprise it, and that however much others try to capture the same sonic spirit, they only wind up with a fraction of it at best. It was a two-hour set. If they’d decided to do a third, I’d have stuck around for it.

A lot of people stuck around anyway, as it happens, to see¬†PH — formerly¬†MPH, formerly¬†Mr. Peter Hayden — in the Green Room. The Finnish band is a cosmic wrecking ball and I managed to catch some of their set last time theyph 1 (Photo by JJ Koczan) played¬†Roadburn, but¬†Buried at Sea were also coming on the Main Stage, and if you know¬†Migration, you know why it was the back and forth between the two that it was. The Chicago four-piece released that LP, their only one, in 2003 and though guitarist/vocalist¬†Sanford Parker (also¬†Corrections House and¬†Mirrors for Psychic Warfare, as well as¬†War Crime Recordings) has gone on to become a household name in the underground for his production work for the likes of¬†Blood Ceremony,¬†YOB,¬†Pelican, etc., it was the band as a whole that really made an impact. They were among the first to consciously proffer tone worship in US doom, and that’s not something that’s easily forgotten for those who were there to hear it the first time around or who’ve caught on since.

Even following two hours of¬†Neurosis, which has to be one of the least enviable festival slots in the history of recorded sound,¬†Buried at Sea¬†kept the crowd there and delivered the vicious heft with which they’ve become synonymous, largely in their absence — their last EP,¬†Ghost, came out on¬†Neurot in 2007 — and while I don’t know if they have any plans to do more or maybe put a sophomore album together, but with the lineup of¬†Parker, bassist/vocalist¬†Chris Sowell, guitarist¬†Jason Depew and drummer¬†Brandon Pierce, they sounded vital. Gave me hope where previously I’d sort of figured they’d do a couple shows and then go back their separate ways.

It was getting late. My feet were telling me. With pain. Always bittersweet to say goodbye to¬†Roadburn, and¬†2016 having gone so quicklyburied at sea 1 (Photo by JJ Koczan), all the more so.¬†Death Alley were rounding out the fest at¬†Cul de Sac, so after hanging for a while at¬†PH, I made my way over there. It was too packed to get up front for pictures or anything like that, plus everyone around me was smashed and I didn’t want to feel like a dickhead American invader, so I hung in the back and listened as a bass-heavy take on “Over Under” started off their set. The place was immediate into it, even where I was, and rightly so. How far that band has come in just a couple years, they’re legitimately one of the Netherlands’ most exciting acts going, and they just have one record, 2015’s Black Magick Boogieland¬†(review here). It’ll need a follow-up sooner or later, but still, that’s a considerable accomplishment starting out.

They played the title-track “Black Magick Boogieland,” and standing back by the door of the¬†Cul de Sac with my earplugs in, drunken revelry on all sides of me — I got told tonight my face radiates love; mostly I think I just look tired — my camera bag on the floor to give my shoulder a rest, I thought back to the interview I did with the band for the album last year prior to the release and their talking about the concept of what the title meant and about the power of music to draw people in, to change minds, to shape lives, excite and inspire. roadburn 2016 poster becky cloonanHow lucky I am to have been here this week and the seven years prior. For me,¬†Roadburn has become that sacred space that I keep trying to live up to, to be worthy of, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to cap¬†it than with “Black Magick Boogieland,” because that’s what it’s all about. That was how I wanted my night and my¬†Roadburn¬†2016 to finish, on that feeling of warmth and belonging.

And so that’s how it ended.

I’ll have another post to wrap up the coverage series, but I need to be up in three hours to go to the airport and fly home and there are still pictures to sort, so I’ll just say thanks for reading for now.

More pics after the jump.

Mirrors for Psychic Warfare

Blind Idiot God

Jakob

Amenra

Neurosis

Buried at Sea

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One Response to “ROADBURN 2016 AFTERBURNER: Black Magick Boogieland”

  1. Aris Tombul says:

    JJ, another great review, glad to see you with your new hairdo, take care my friend, see you next year hopefully

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