Circle Added to Roadburn 2014 Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 16th, 2013 by JJ Koczan

Being more or less a band who’ve got a head-start on their own species, Circle will be returning to Roadburn next year. The staggeringly prolific Finnish outfit will play the same day as Loop, and as the festival makes plain below, the two names are not a coincidence. Very cool to have both these acts sharing the stage, since they both seem to have worked in their career in a sonic sphere unto themselves.

Here’s the official announcement from the Roadburn site:

Circle To Come Full Circle Playing With LOOP at Roadburn Festival 2014

One of the most important musical influences on Finland’s indescribably, uncategorizably brilliant Circle was the band LOOP, and we are ecstatic to be able to announce them both on the same bill. Circle will play their unpredictable but intoxicating blend of psychedelic metal / krautrock / artrock at Roadburn Festival 2014 on Saturday, April 12th at Het Patronaat.

In the beginning, Circle chose its name as a tribute to LOOP, and played incredibly repetitive angular punk / kraut rock. Fast forward 20 years later and Circle will be playing Roadburn with their musical heroes. In the interim time between those two events, Circle have released a bewilderingly diverse and numerically daunting (at least 33 full lengths!) catalog of music that truly defies description.

The one constant for the band has the been the mind blowing quality of their live shows, something we have been fortunate enough to witness at Roadburn in 2007 and 2011. We can only expect something inspired and unexpected as we bring Circle face to face with their influences.

Roadburn Festival 2014 will run for four days from Thursday, April 10th to Sunday, April 13th 2014 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Tickets for the traditional Afterburner event on Sunday, April 13th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands are still available. Get in on the action HERE!

Circle and Pharaoh Overlord, Live at Roadburn 2011

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audiObelisk: Sixth Batch of Roadburn 2011 Streams Posted (Voivod, Wovenhand, Blood Farmers and More)

Posted in audiObelisk on July 1st, 2011 by JJ Koczan

The sixth handful of audio captures from this year’s Roadburn festival might be the most eclectic yet. Sure, past installments had the likes of Black Pyramid or Spindrift, but how many times in your life are you going to see Wovenhand next to Voivod?

That’s all part of the experience of the fest, and as always, it’s presented gorgeously on these streams by Marcel van de Vondervoort and his team at Spacejam. Dig it:


Voivod (Midi Theatre)

Sabbath Assembly

Year of No Light (Vampyr soundtrack)


Blood Farmers (Afterburner)

Special thanks once again to Walter and Roadburn for granting me permission to host these links. Roadburn 2011 took place April 14-17, at the 013 Popcentrum in Tilburg, Netherlands.

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audiObelisk: Second Batch of Roadburn 2011 Streams Posted Online

Posted in audiObelisk on May 13th, 2011 by JJ Koczan

Unfortunately, you can’t actually hear the moment when the mythical beast Sasquatch joined psychedelic rockers Dead Meadow on stage, but rest assured, their set was nonetheless a highlight of this year’s Roadburn festival. Along with performances by Corrosion of Conformity, Weedeater, Count Raven, Today is the Day and others, it’s just been posted in the second batch (first is here in case you missed it) of audio streams. You’ll find the links to the listening pages below. Please enjoy:

Corrosion of Conformity

Circle with Pharaoh Overlord

Count Raven

Dead Meadow

Lonely Kamel


The Secret

Today is the Day



Special thanks as always to Walter and Roadburn for being generally awesome and allowing me to host the stream links. These sets and all live audio from the fest were recorded by Marcel Van de Vondervoort (of Astrosoniq) and his team at Spacejam Recording.

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Roadburn 2011 Adventure Pt. 5: Program the Brain and the Heartbeat

Posted in Features on April 15th, 2011 by JJ Koczan

5:45PM — Friday — Hotel Mercure, Tilburg

Well, there was some sleep to be had, but not much. I got to bed at around three and gave up trying at nine this morning, after nodding off and waking up, putting on headphones to try that, pillow over the head and the rest. I’m notoriously a light sleeper anyway, and Tilburg is short neither on hustle nor bustle. I slept for about 90 minutes solid this afternoon, and that in combination with the 20 minutes here, 20 minutes there, has been enough. I’m not at just this moment, but if I wanted to, I could still be standing.

Place of Skulls started their set with my favorite song of theirs: “Silver Chord Breaks” from With Vision. That felt good to hear. In a little while, Winter will be on in the main stage area, and I want to be there for that, so I don’t know if I’ll post this now or later on in the night like yesterday, but we’ll see how it goes. After missing them in Brooklyn, it’s definitely something I want to catch this time around.

Beyond that, the night has SunnO))) and Voivod on offer, along with Earth, who switched places with Circle with Pharaoh Overlord owing reportedly to a flat tire on the way in, putting the latter on the main stage now and the former in the Midi Theatre at 8:30PM. I’d like to catch some of that.

Funny story: I was headed the photo pit to shoot Circle with Pharaoh Overlord, and security stopped me and told me I needed a photo pass. I said I didn’t think that was the case, since I had a “working” wristband (the same thing happened to me at Metalliance at Irving Plaza a couple weeks ago). Security disagreed, and I said, “Really? You’re going to make me leave and get a photo pass and come back?” and he said, “Really.”

So I went back around to where I first checked in and asked for a photo pass. Walter, who runs this show literally and figuratively, was there, but it wasn’t something I wanted to bother him with, so I asked the girl behind the counter could I please have a photo pass, and she asked me how big was my camera. I took it out, and she scrutinized its size, and said okay. I felt like I was having my junk measured. Glad to have passed muster.

I’d also like a sit-down meal, though, which is something I haven’t had in a couple days. Probably I could hit up any number of the pubs in what I’ve come to (lovingly) refer to as Weirdo Canyon — stay tuned for more on that — but time, etc. Scheduling is an issue in more ways that just trying to see bands. I haven’t talked to The Patient Mrs. since Wednesday morning Jersey time, and I miss her.

Today is SunnO)))‘s curated day, and though I’m still disappointed they didn’t take my suggestion and call it SunnO)))burn, it’s been pretty good. I got to see the one-man drone/noise oddity of Keiji Haino — easy to see the influence he’s had on the day’s curators as he played through three full Marshall stacks and an Ampeg bass rig — and a couple minutes of Year of No Light‘s live soundtrack to the film Yampyr, which was cool in its way. You know how sometimes when you sing along to a song you don’t know that well, the words remind you of the different parts of the song as you go? You finish the line, and so forth? They were kind of finishing the line of the silent movie. Cool to watch, and it synched up to varying degrees, but a bunch of skinny French dudes droning out has its own appeal, at least judging by the crowd it drew.

I didn’t get to see Mamiffer or Trap Them, and I tried to catch a couple minutes of Aluk Todolo, but as usual, the Green Room was impenetrable. Hopefully I’ll have better luck and/or timing when Beaver starts up at 7:15.

Interesting mix so far. Right now it’s more allergy meds for me and then back over for Winter. More to come later.

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