Nibiru to Headline UK Tour Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 14th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Even though they wouldn’t let me hang out at the downstairs bar with The Pecan earlier this year, The Black Heart in London is still an excellent place to see a show, and I’d imagine that when Italian ritualistic sludgers Nibiru hit that stage — which is upstairs, far away from anywhere I’d have tried to take the baby, plus it was daytime! — they’ll have no problem filling that room with a wash of sometimes harsh but always immersive noise.

Nibiru will land at The Black Heart as part of a UK tour that also includes stops in Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham, and they’ll be headlining while doing shows with Varego and Surya as well as The Medea Project and Even Vast. They’re also working on a new record, which is only good news for anyone who digs a little psychosis in their psych.

The PR wire has details:

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NIBIRU announce UK headline tour in October 2018

For the first time in their successful career Italian ritual psychedelic sludgers NIBIRU will tour as headliners in UK in October 2018!

The band will be hitting the road for 4 dates next month. Italian heavy prog outfit VAREGO and London-based doom atmospheric sludge post-metal merchants SURYA have been confirmed as special guests at The Black Heart in London on Thursday October 11th.

Nottingham based gothic death doom trio THE MEDEA PROJECT and UK sludge doomers EVEN VAST will support NIBIRU in Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham.

NIBIRU was born in 2012, following a relentless process of spiritual and emotional knowledge that involves every member of the band and is reflected in a totally free and impetuous creative approach. Since the first album Caosgon, the music of NIBIRU is recognized a unique identity, instinctive and difficult to label in an artistic panorama overloaded by clone bands and lack of originality. These characteristics are further developed in the next records. Netrayoni, Padmalotus and Qaal Babalon got amazing reviews from press worldwide.

The genre proposed by NIBIRU could be described as Ritual Psychedelic Sludge and finds no term of stylistic comparison with other active bands, although the influences of Black Sabbath, Neurosis and MZ.412 have always been pretty clear since their inception until today. The musical journey to the dark star NIBIRU is an experience from which anyone can only come back deeply changed, an evil and visceral representation that sets new rules for genres such as black metal, sludge and drone as we know them.

NIBIRU managed to play several shows with ORANSSI PAZUZU, UADA, MORTIIS, SUMA, NIGHTSTALKER and PHANTOM WINTER. Their performance at Roadburn Festival 2016 was unforgettable! The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their upcoming full-length album.

Make sure to catch the band live on the following UK dates presented by Neecee Agency, Leynir Booking & Fabiola Santini Photography.

Thursday October 11th 2018 – UK – The Black Heart, London (+)
Friday October 12th 2018 – UK – Star and Garter, Manchester (*)
Saturday October 13th 2018 – UK – Hammer and Anvil, Birmingham (*)
Sunday October 14th 2018 – UK – The Old Salutation Inn, Nottingham (*)

Special guests (+) VAREGO & SURYA; (*) THE MEDEA PROJECT & EVEN VAST

Pre-sales are available now!

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Quarterly Review: Nibiru, The Ditch and the Delta, Cyanna Mercury, Surya Kris Peters, Golden Bats, Blind Hen, The Black Wizards, Low Flying Hawks, Brother Sister Hex, Cold Insight

Posted in Reviews on September 28th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Ready for round three of the Fall 2017 Quarterly Review? I hope so, because it’s a doozy. Things get pretty weird and pretty rockin’ in this batch, and at the risk of being completely honest, I much prefer it that way. It’s a varied group — maybe the most diverse in terms of sound throughout the entire week, though there’s stiff competition still to come — and as we hit the 30th review, that brings us to the halfway point of the Quarterly Review itself, which if all keeps proceeding according to plan will wrap up on Monday with a grand total of 60 done. Let’s hope no pianos fall on my head between now and then, literally or figuratively. Onward.

Quarterly Review #21-30:

Nibiru, Qaal Babalon

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The fourth full-length from Italian sludge ritualists Nibiru, Qaal Babalon (on Argonauta) is an encompassing, 57-minute grind comprised of four extended tracks, the longest of which is opener (immediate points) “Oroch” at 19:07 – a song whose depths run dark and cruel and which, even when the tempo pushes upward from its initial slow crawl, still feels massively slow. Still, the spirit behind “Oroch” as well as the following and much faster “Faboan” (10:51), the buzzsaw noise cutting avant insanity of “Bahal Gah” (16:40) and full-drone rite of “Oxex” (11:05) is less directly about the punishment itself than about the exploration enacted thereby. That is, Nibiru aren’t just heavy for heaviness’ own sake and they’re not just assaulting their listenership without reason. Though I won’t take away from its raw sonic impact, Qaal Babalon’s greatest asset is its atmospheric impression and the experimentalism it brings to bear, which moves Nibiru into a terrifying place sound-wise that they seem to have all to themselves.

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The Ditch and the Delta, Hives in Decline

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Hailing from the unlikely heavy hotbed of Salt Lake City, Utah – though where better for a counterculture to emerge? – sludge rocking trio The Ditch and the Delta made their debut earlier in 2017 with the seven-song Hives in Decline via Battleground Records before being picked up by Prosthetic for this reissue. Comprised of bassist/vocalist Kory Quist (see also: Making Fuck), guitarist/vocalist Elliot Secrist and drummer Charles Bogus, the three-piece pummel handily throughout early cuts like opener and longest track (immediate points) “Hives in Decline” “Fuck on Asphalt” and the nodding “Sleeping Dogs,” but with the instrumental interlude “Dry Land,” they tap into post-Across Tundras heavy Americana and in that brief two-minute stretch deeply affect the mood of the release overall. They’re back to angular noise rock turns soon enough on “Till Body Quits” and the Remission-era-Mastodon-style “Mud” before alternating between lurching crush and airier prog/post-rock on closer “Dread Spectacle,” but by then the secret’s out of their underlying complexity, and rather than offset the sense of drive in the prior cuts, one finds them only enhanced by the later unfolding. Intense, and very much in the process of sorting through these impulses, but loaded with potential.

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Cyanna Mercury, Archetypes

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From Greek dialogue in “Hermes” to the Nick Cave-style piano balladry of “Apollo” to the organ-and-handclaps Mediterranean pop underscoring “Lilith”’s boogie and the spoken verses and explosive hook of “Snake” ahead of moody closer “There will be a Time,” Cyanna Mercury’s debut long-player, Archetypes, seems to leave no sonic stone unturned. The Athens-based five-piece hone a thoroughly progressive approach across the 10-track/40-minute (plus a CD bonus track) outing, touching on heavy psych in opener “Horse Dark as Night” and injecting a darker theatricality into centerpiece “Ode to the Absent Father” and the later “Nothing We Can Do,” but refusing to relegate themselves ultimately to one sound or another. Elements of folk, heavy rock, psychedelia, classic prog, pop and more besides show themselves across what’s a legitimate head-trip of a record, and though it’s hard to get a grip on where Cyanna Mercury are ultimately headed with this sonic brew already so potent and already so much their own, they seem to be completely in control of how it all plays out in arrangement and songwriting, and they work quickly to earn the listener’s trust via a resonant overarching flow that renders Archetypes truly immersive. Will fly under most radar, but a stunningly creative debut.

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Surya Kris Peters, 2nd Chances

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Numerically-titled three-song EP 2nd Chances is – since we’re going by the numbers – the third release of 2017 from Surya Kris Peters, behind the synth-driven Dream Exit EP digitally-issued this past summer and January’s Holy Holy Holy (review here) full-length. With it, Samsara Blues Experiment frontman Christian Peters further expands the contextual breadth of his solo work, revisiting songs from his prior outfit Terraplane in the Mellotron-infused melancholy of “Smalltown Blues” and the quick, folkish rambling instrumental “Dark Euphoria” while also covering Jefferson Airplane’s “Come up the Years” between. All told, it’s only 10 minutes long, but Peters brings a particularly progressive psychedelic folk vibe to the tracks, and from the shimmering guitar lead that takes hold in “Come up the Years” and the intimate feel of “Smalltown Blues” despite an arrangement of keys, vocals, multiple layers of guitar and effects, an emotional and sonic resonance is still very much achieved. One never wants to guess what Peters will do next, but if he had a full-length of this kind of thing out at some point, you wouldn’t be likely to find me complaining.

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Golden Bats, Residual Dread

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An underlying mournfulness pervades Golden BatsResidual Dread, or maybe that’s just the Brisbane-based solo-project of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/engineer Geordie Stafford living up to the title chosen for the album on “Nothing.” Elsewhere, Residual Dread takes on guitar-as-keyboard plotted soloing in 11-minute closer “The Crows Build a Fire” and find a place between black metal and doomly roll, and add piano to tapped Godflesh-style programming on opener “Trouble in the Sewers” and bring organ to the relative bounce of “Eye Juices” as far-back echoing shouts provide the vocal presence. Setting elements against each other would seem to be a core aspect of Stafford’s intent, and the feel on Residual Dread is more about the smashing them together and seeing what happens than trying to gently meld one idea from two or three. That lends a raw, experimentalist sensibility to the lumber of “Outer Body” and “Into the Silver Valley” that serves them well, like a Large Hadron Collider driven by riffs and thickness of tone.

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Blind Hen, Life

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In its first two minutes, Blind Hen’s “As a Monster” moves from electronica-style Euro dance rock to heavy-riffed progressive metal. Then it turns back. This is just the start of the Finnish four-piece’s four-track/21-minute Life EP, and “Titanic” follows stylistic suit with an even more intense thrust early before moving into psychedelia in its second half with an underlying tension in its beat to contrast the melodic wash overtop. The chugging “The Maze” is more guitar-led and straightforward, but even there, Blind Hen find room for nuance in their vocal arrangement, also bringing in acoustics amid the multiple layers of singing, and with a sample at the outset, closer “Catch” moves once again toward the danceability of the earlier fare, if in a via-Mr.Bungle rhythmic restlessness rather than the fusion beatmaking. Weird, weird, weird. What draws Life together is the fact that Blind Hen cross this aesthetic swath with stuck-in-your-head choruses as a constant, essentially giving the audience something to grasp onto while they go wherever they want in terms of sound. It is appreciated to say the least, and shows the band to be all the more attuned to their craft, even when they seem at their most unhinged.

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The Black Wizards, What the Fuzz!

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If you’ve got 68 minutes, Portuguese four-piece The Black Wizards are ready to have a heavy blues shindig on their second 2LP full-length, What the Fuzz!, and I do believe we’re all invited. The nine-song outing emphasizes the vocals of guitarist Joana Brito, who emerges on post-intro opener “Freaks and Geeks” with a prominent kind of trilling in her voice of the sort Parker Griggs brings to Radio Moscow that holds for the duration as a steady presence. Joined by guitarist Paulo Ferreira, bassist/acoustic guitarist B and drummer/backing vocalist Helena Peixoto, Brito leads the way through the fuzzy rollout of the nine-minute “The Story of an Hopeless Drummer” (sic), stepping back to let the guitar/bass have a righteously nodding moment late in the track, but holds firm in a forward position on the short, twanging “Just Not Today” as well as the early going of the prior subdued-blues-smoker highlight “Floating Blues.” “Build Your Home,” “I Don’t Wanna Die” and the particularly-classic-sounding “Fire” revive the classic heavy rock spirit of “Freaks and Geeks,” and 16-minute finale “Everything is Good Until Trouble Comes” uses its extra runtime for a satisfying and patient execution with an expanded arrangement including choral vocals, organ and additional guitar effects. You might be boogied out by the time they’re done, but as The Black Wizards crash through their big finish, they sound like their party’s just getting started.

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Low Flying Hawks, Genkaku

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One might expect that with all the Melvins affiliation going on in the second Magnetic Eye Records full-length from L.A. duo Low Flying Hawks, Genkaku would sound, you know, more like the Melvins, but despite working with bassist Trevor Dunn, drummer Dale Crover and producer Toshi Kasai, and despite bringing in Buzz Osbourne for guest vocal spots on eight-minute opener/longest track (immediate points) “Smile” and side B leadoff “Space Wizard,” initials-only multi-instrumentalists EHA and AAL follow their 2016 debut, Kofuku (review here), with a sound even more their own, balancing between thick riffy rollout and post-rock atmospherics. Of course, they weird out a bit on “Smile” and the lumberingly spacious “Uncool” and “Virgin Witch,” but whether it’s the later mournfulness of “Hallucination” or “Twilight” toying with noisy fuckall while seeming to mock heavy rocker burl ahead of the melodic payoff in closer “Sinister Waves,” there’s more EHA and AAL in Low Flying Hawks than the prominent pedigree of their collaborators might lead you to believe. All the better for what becomes a richly satisfying 43-minute listen rife with depth, patience, and yes, personality.

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Brother Sister Hex, End Times

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Coherent songwriting rests at the core of what Denver’s Brother Sister Hex bring to their five-song third EP, End Times, which darkens up Queens of the Stone Age-circa-Songs for the Deaf vibing on its title-track (also a bit of Kyuss’ “El Rodeo” in there for good measure) before delving into more ambient fare on the centerpiece “Confessions.” Vocalist/guitarist Colfax Mingo demonstrates SubRosa-style vocal command there, but the context is more rock-based, uptempo and straightforward as she, guitarist Patrick Huddleson, bassist Drew Hicks and guest-drummer Jordan Palmer (Plastic Daggers) meld traditionalist structures with atmospheric moodiness. Opener “Hey” offers a suitable greeting through hook and groove, and the shuffle of “Sweet and Sleazy” and the rumbling fuzz (Hicks makes it a highlight) of closer “News Feed” wraps with another grunge-style QOTSA melody efficiently drawn, shouting the question “what have we done?” as it thuds into its second half. Uh, you’ve made a professional-sounding, excellently-constructed EP that shows you’re more than ready to embark on a debut full-length, permanent drummer or no. So yeah, get on that.

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Cold Insight, Further Nowhere

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As progressive as it is brutal, Further Nowhere is ostensibly the debut release from Paris’ Cold Insight. The material seems to date back at least to 2013, if not earlier than that, when band-spearhead Sébastien Pierre (also of Enshine, Fractal Gates, and others) first issued what’s now tagged as a “pre-production album” version, but it’s hardly as though the lush, growling, melodeathly doom sounds dated. With sonic likenesses throughout to bands like Amorphis, Dark Tranquility and Paradise Lost, Cold Insight – on which Pierre, who also did the artwork, is joined by drummer Christian Netzell while Jari Lindholm adds lead guitar – hit on a very particular, very European style, and not an unfamiliar one as displayed in the righteously driving “Distance,” but the find-the-beauty-in-darkness spirit behind “Close Your Eyes” and songs like “Even Dies a Sun” and the more uptempo later piece “I Will Rise” help ensure that the formidable 12-song/66-minute run of Further Nowhere never gets too bogged down in its melancholy. It may have been a while in the making, and one hopes a follow-up won’t take as long to arrive, but the precise execution Pierre hones in these songs and the depths to which he can bring a willing audience are a fitting payoff for the years of work that went into their construction.

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Here are 40+ New Releases to Look for in the Next Three Weeks

Posted in Features on September 21st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Starting tomorrow, the next three weeks are absolutely stupid with new albums. Over-the-top, ridiculous. An immediately-go-broke amount of music. Nothing less than an onslaught. We’re under attack.

Far be it from me to tell you how to spend your money — also far be it from me not to — but there’s some really killer stuff in here. As to why it’s all landing now? Some of it of course has to do with the timing of when it was recorded, bands hitting the studio in Spring before heading out on the road over the summer, but Fall releases also line up nicely for tours in October and November, heading into the holiday season, when the music industry basically shuts down. This is the last chance for releases to come out in 2017 and be considered for best-of-year lists.

I doubt the likes of Chelsea Wolfe or Godspeed You! Black Emperor or even Kadavar would cop to that as a motivating factor, instead pointing to the timing of Fall touring and so on, but these things are rarely coincidental. You know how there aren’t any blockbusters in January but every movie feels like it’s trying to win an Oscar? Same kind of deal.

Nonetheless, 2017 is laying it on particularly thick these next couple weeks, and as you can see in the lists below, if you’ve got cash to spend, you can pretty much choose your rock and roll adventure. I’ll add to this as need be as well, so keep an eye for changes:

Sept. 22:

Alcest, Souveinirs d’un Autre Monde (10th Anniversary Edition)
Brant Bjork, Europe ’16
Chelsea Wolfe, Hiss Spunthe-flying-eyes-burning-of-the-season
Epitaph, Claws
Faces of the Bog, Ego Death
The Flying Eyes, Burning of the Season
Fvzz Popvli, Fvzz Dei
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Luciferian Towers
Jarboe & Father Murphy, Jarboe & Father Murphy
Monarch, Never Forever
Nibiru, Qaal Babalon
Process of Guilt, Black Earth
Satyricon, Deep Calleth Upon Deep
Spelljammer, Inches from the Sun (Reissue)
Thonian Horde, Inconnu
Trash Titan, Welcome to the Banana Party
Ufomammut, 8
With the Dead, Love from With the Dead
Wolves in the Throne Room, Thrice Woven

Sept. 29:

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Cities of Mars, Temporal Rifts
Deadsmoke, Mountain Legacy
A Devil’s Din, One Hallucination Under God
Disastroid, Missiles
Jim Healey, Just a Minute More (Sept. 26)
Idylls, The Barn
Kadavar, Rough Times
Lucifer’s Chalice, The Pact
Monolord, Rust
Outsideinside, Sniff a Hot Rock
Radio Moscow, New Beginnings
Scream of the Butterfly, Ignition
Tronald, Tronald (Sept. 30)
Unsane, Sterilize
Wucan, Reap the Storm

Oct. 6:

fireball-ministry-remember-the-storyElder Druid, Carmina Satanae
Fireball Ministry, Remember the Story
Frank Sabbath, Are You Waiting? (Oct. 2)
Himmellegeme, Myth of Earth
House of Broken Promises, Twisted EP
O.R.B., Naturality
Primitive Man, Caustic
Spirit Adrift, Curse of Conception
Spotlights, Seismic
Sumokem, The Guardian of Yosemite
Torso, Limbs
White Manna, Bleeding Eyes

Also:

Oct. 13: Enslaved, Firebreather, I Klatus, R.I.P., Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (reissue), Weird Owl, etc.

Oct. 20: Iron Monkey, Spectral Haze, Bell Witch, The Spacelords, etc.

Something I forgot?

Invariably, right? If you know of something not seen above that should be, then by all means, please leave a comment letting me know. My only ask is that you keep it civil and not call me a fucking idiot or anything like that. I write these posts very early in the day, and if something has been neglected, I assure you it’s not on purpose and I’m happy to correct any and all oversights.

Thanks for reading and happy shopping. Support local record stores.

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Nibiru Announce New Album Qaal Babalon Due Sept. 22

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 31st, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Proffering noise-infused sludge ritualism over the course of its four extended tracks, Nibiru‘s forthcoming Qaal Babalon is a chamber of horrors worthy of headphone-and-closed-eye immersion. Its 57-minute stretch begins with the engulfing drone extremity of “Oroch” (19:07) and unfolds from there in manners deathly and churning, whether it’s the hammering “Faboan” that follows or the feedback-laden crashing recesses of “Bahal Gah” and the Ramesses-style altar-building of the instrumental “Oxex” that finishes out, all expansive guitar and echoing thud and ultra-creeper moodiness. It’s a weight as much ambient as it is tonal, but rest assured, it’s a weight all the same, and the Torino trio wield it in the manner of some kind of obscure medieval weaponry. Not that I’ve heard it or anything.

Qaal Babalon is available now to preorder via the near-ubiquitous Argonauta Records and follows a 2017 special edition of Nibiru‘s 2013 debut, Caosgon, that the same label released just earlier this month. No substitute for keeping busy.

From the PR wire:

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NIBIRU – Qaal Babalon

(Argonauta Records) Italian Ritual Sludgers new album! Their best to date, the natural continuation of the very first works CAOSGON and NETRAYONI. PREORDER NOW AND SAVE 20% – RELEASE DATE SEPT 22nd, 2017.

After their latest full length PADMALOTUS (2015), the impressive EP TELOCH (2016) and the Roadburn Documentary (2017), NIBIRU are today a consolidated strength of the international underground scene, thanks to their inexhaustible attitude both in composition and in live performances, a physically and mental experience.

QAAL BABALON is “the exact continuation of our first opus CAOSGON (2013, re-released in 2017) and NETRAYONI (2014)” the band says “Anger, uncontrolled psychedelia, and now the most sick, intense and suffering creation. ‘Qaal Babalon’ is the lacerating scream of a lost soul.”

TRACK LISTING
1 Oroch
2 Faboan
3 Bahal Gah
4 Oxex

Nibiru is:
Ardath | Guitars, Percussions and Vocals
Ri | Bass, Drones and Synthesizers
L.C. Chertan | Drums

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Nibiru to Reissue Debut Album Caosgon Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 5th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Italian hypnotists Nibiru released their Caosgon album in 2013 as their first outing. It’s a work of darkened swirl that doubtless owes some of its pulsating cosmic intensity to synth-sludge countrymen forebears Ufomammut but that set the three-piece on a course toward their own identity within atmospheric extremes that they’d continue to develop across offerings like 2015’s Padmalotus and last year’s Teloch, working as part of the diverse and perpetually-growing lineup of Argonauta Records. That same label has stepped forward and will reissue Caosgon next month in an expanded “2017 Edition” with a new tracklist, cover and master, including an unreleased song from the original sessions, “Invokation III : L.S.D.”

You can hear the original version of the record at the bottom of this post. It’s trippy as hell, and one expects the update wouldn’t be any less so given the work the band has done since. You’ll also pardon me, I hope, if as I take the time to dig into the blackened swirl of “Invokation IV: Heru, Khentan, Maati” I also pause to reflect in horror at the fact that the “next month” referred to in the headline above is July, and the implications of that for how quickly this year is going by so far. Doom is slow, time is fleeting. The madness is a lot to keep up with.

Speaking of madness:

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Thrilled to announce Argonauta Records will release an extended edition of the stunning 2013 album by Italian psychonauts Nibiru.

CAOSGON is actually a milestone of the ritual sludge scene, been praised by awesome reviews and by massive feedbacks all across the board.

Now the album will benefit of a completely new artwork, new master and a bonus track from the original recording sessions, previously unreleased!

NIBIRU “Caosgon – 2017 Edition” will be released in CD/DD and available from July 7th, 2017. Preorders run here: http://bit.ly/2rfb3su

TRACK-LIST:
1) Invokation I: the Acid skull
2) Smashanam, the Crematorium Ground of Kali
3) Aster Argos
4) Invokation IV: Heru, Khentan, Maati
5) Umbra Venefica
6) Invokation III : L.S.D

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Nibiru is:
Ardath | Guitars, Percussions and Vocals
Ri | Bass, Drones and Synthesizers
L.C. Chertan | Drums

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Roadburn 2016 Audio Streams: Carousel, Crumbling Ghost, Zone Six, Night Viper, Nibiru, Lugubrum Trio, Green Carnation and Russel Haswell

Posted in audiObelisk on September 26th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

Zone Six at Roadburn 2016 (Photo by JJ Koczan)

Always one of life’s great pleasures to revisit Roadburn via the subsequent audio streams that emerge from each edition of the Netherlands-based megafest/underground gathering. I’ll admit that most of these acts I didn’t see at Roadburn 2016, but that hardly lessens the appeal at all. If anything, it gives me a chance to hear some stuff I missed like Pittsburgh natives Carousel — whose unceremonious breakup earlier this month was both a surprise and a bummer — playing a set with Alejandro Necochea of Tee Pee labelmates Worshipper filling in on guitar, or Green Carnation, whose adventurous progressive death metal was an unexpected addition and a callback to earlier days.

Of this round though, I did manage to catch Zone Six playing at the Cul de Sac, the second-smallest room at Roadburn 2016 behind Extase. They played late on the first night of the fest (review here) and were a psychedelic joy to behold, with Sula Bassana on drums and synth and Komet Lulu on bass and Rainer Neeff playing guitar. It was an immediately different personality than one might get from seeing Electric Moon, in which Sula and Lulu also play (the former on guitar/synth), but immersive and gloriously spaced out. Goes without saying I recommend you check out all this stuff, but that one for sure, speaking as someone who was there to see it. I’ve been hoping they press it to disc.

Pretty wide gamut covered here as well, so there should be something for everyone:

Carousel – Live at Roadburn 2016

Crumbling Ghost – Live at Roadburn 2016

Green Carnation – Live at Roadburn 2016

Russel Haswell – Live at Roadburn 2016

Lugubrum Trio – Live at Roadburn 2016

Nibiru- Live at Roadburn 2016

Night Viper – Live at Roadburn 2016

Zone Six – Live at Roadburn 2016

Thanks as ever to Walter for letting me host the streams, as I am perpetually honored to do. To hear the first batch of Roadburn 2016 audio streams, click here, to hear the second one, click here, to hear the third one, click here, to hear the third one, click here, the fourth one, click here, and for all of this site’s coverage of Roadburn 2016, click here.

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Roadburn 2016: Hexvessel, Astrosoniq, Skepticism, Gentlemans Pistols, The Poisoned Glass, Klone, Yodok III and Nibiru Added to Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 18th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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I know that Hexvessel‘s return to Roadburn and Skepticism playing a fan-picked set of favorites from out of their groundbreaking catalog are probably more likely to grab the headlines, and I get it. I saw Hexvessel there in 2012 and it’s still a pleasant memory, and the thought of hearing Skepticism play something from Stormcrowfleet is enough to get the doomer in me to lift his depressive head from where it’s resting on his arms. That said, what’s really kicked my ass in this latest batch of announcements from Roadburn 2016, the much-venerable fest geared up for next April in its ritual home of Tilburg, the Netherlands, is the thought of seeing wildly underrated, largely inactive and unflinchingly badass rockers Astrosoniq play a set.

It’s been a hot minute since the last time I wrote about the band, and even longer since their latest album, Quadrant (review here), was released in 2009, but even more than half a decade later I can still hear “Downfall Lover” and “As Soon as They Got Airborne” ringing in my head, and I made my way back through their catalog after that album — with some thoroughly appreciated help from the band — and interviewed drummer Marcel van de Vondervoort, also known for helming the audio recordings from each Roadburn, and have considered myself a fan ever since. And it’s even more of a killer prospect since Roadburn‘s artistic directer, Walter, will provide live visuals while they play. Anyone who watched The Heads this year on the Main Stage of the 013 and was hypnotized by the oozing colors and ’70s hotties knows that’s a special treat and not something that happens for just anybody.

So yeah, fucking Astrosoniq. Way down at the bottom of the post is the YouTube clip with Quadrant in its entirety if you’ve never had the chance to check it out. Consider it a win that they’re even playing again, whether or not you get to see it:

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SKEPTICISM

Finnish funeral doom pioneers SKEPTICISM have been long over due for a Roadburn appearance, so we’re excited to announce that the band will not only play on Saturday, April 16, along with Neurosis and Amenra, but that they will play a fan-favorite set exclusively for the festival to celebrate their oeuvre.

Over the next few weeks we will keep you informed about how to vote for your picks; whether it’s tracks from Stormcrowfleet – a genuine underground classic and the band’s innovative funeral doom touchstone; the stunning Alloy; or SKEPTICISM’s latest album, the much lauded, Ordeal. You can take your pick from their entire back catalogue.

To find out more about Skepticism at Roadburn, click HERE.

HEXVESSEL

Enigmatic “spirit-trafficking” Finnish forest-psych weirdos HEXVESSEL will play the main stage at Roadburn Festival 2016 on Thursday 14 April. They will be performing material from their forthcoming, folk-tinged, acid-rock opus, alongside selections from their last three seminal releases.

HEXVESSEL’s main man Mat McNerney comments: “We are so honoured to have been invited to play the main stage at 013 on Thursday at Roadburn 2016. We couldn’t think of a more fitting place to debut the new material from our forthcoming album. Releasing our third album just before our third visit to Roadburn feels like a cosmic sign, it was meant to be!”

Renowned Romanian artist, Costin Chioreanu, will be providing bespoke visuals to accompany HEXVESSEL’s Roadburn set.

To find out more about Hexvessel at Roadburn, click HERE.

GENTLEMANS PISTOLS

GENTLEMAN’S PISTOLS bring with them the promise of a good old fashioned Yorkshire knees up; a party long into the night, with the drink free-flowing and the riffs a-plenty. The raucous four piece have been packing out sweaty venues around Europe for years now, honing their rock’n’roll swagger into a not-to-be-missed, electrifying performance. We’re thrilled to have the retro-infused four piece bring their melodic grooves to Roadburn, on Sunday April 17. Gentlemen, hustlers – and everybody in between – are more than welcome.

To find out more about Gentleman’s Pistols at Roadburn, click HERE.

THE POISONED GLASS

Four-string subsonic drone wizard G Stuart Dahlquist and black-lunged banshee Edgy 59 surely need no introduction at this point – need we mention Burning Witch, Sunn O))) and Asva? – so you can imagine exactly how excited we were to discover that the gruesome twosome were once more working on music together under the name THE POISONED GLASS. With a debut album out via Ritual Productions in early 2016, we’re already looking forward to drinking deep from THE POISONED GLASS at Roadburn 2016 on Thursday, April 14.

To find out more about The Poisoned Glass at Roadburn, click HERE.

ASTROSONIQ

Cleverly named the “Wizards of Oss” after their hometown, ASTROSONIQ have the musical prowess to blend genres and easily transcend any given sound, as captured on their four stunning and much-lauded albums.

It was heartbreaking to witness ASTROSONIQ’s inactivity over the past few years, but being able to announce the band’s return to Roadburn 2016 for a very rare performance on Saturday, April 16, is more than we could ever hope to do. The fact that the band will plunge deep into full blown space-rock territory is beyond our comprehension.

To find out more about Astrosoniq at Roadburn, click HERE.

KLONE

In keeping with the tradition of treading a fine line between progressive rock and (post-)metal, we’re excited to announce that French quintet metallers KLONE will be playing on Sunday, April 17. The band’s latest, seventh, full-length albumHere Comes The Sun, the follow up, to 2012’s Dreamer’s Hideaway, heads in a more progressive direction – KLONE excels at pairing prog-rock with atmospheric metal and bringing in a delicate ambience to create an ethereal yet visceral sound.

The band’s rich, passionate and accessible tapestry is brilliantly executed, and those who enjoyed Opeth and Anathema at previous editions of Roadburn, will be sure to find a new favorite band in Klone.

To find out more about Klone at Roadburn, click HERE.

YODOK III

Primarily a study in avant-garde, YODOK III, comprised of guitarist Dirk Serries, drummer Tomas Järmyr and Kristoffer Lo (tuba), is bridging genres like ambient, free jazz, drone, shoegaze, post-rock, and even classical into a mind bending tapestry. YODOK III is certainly from the jazz school of thought, but jazz this is not! We can’t wait for the band to discard all musical boundaries at Roadburn 2016.

To find out more about Yodok III at Roadburn, click HERE.

NIBIRU

Transformative, terrifying and a journey to the most unstable shores of consciousness, Turin, Italy’s NIBIRU are the sonic equivalent of the sense-overload torture scene in A Clockwork Orange, only meted out to your third eye. “Harmony, sacrifice, fury, passion. Music is our life expression. Playing at Roadburn will give us an incomparable emotive force. It’s a truly honour to be part of a huge and intense event like this”, declares NIBIRU frontman Ardath.

To find out more about Nibiru at Roadburn, click HERE.

FURTHER TICKETING INFORMATION
In addition to the information sent out last week regarding the Roadburn 2016 ticket on sale date – October 2 for those who missed it – we have some additional information for people who wish to buy their tickets in person. Sounds in Tilburg will be open for you to purchase tickets in person from 18.30 – 20.30, and showing your Roadburn ticket at the door will get you entry to two Roadburn-approved gigs in the city that evening. Click HERE for all the details.

Roadburn Festival takes place at the 013 venue, Tilburg, The Netherlands, between 14 – 17 April 2016. The line up this year includes Neurosis (30th anniversary), Paradise Lost (performing Gothic in full), curation by Lee Dorrian, Amenra, The Skull, La Muerte, Of The Wand And The Moon, and Green Carnation.

Roadburn Festival takes place at the 013 venue, Tilburg, The Netherlands, between 14 – 17 April 2016.

Tickets for the festival will be on sale from October 2 2015

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Astrosoniq, Quadrant (2009)

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Argonauta Records Releases Devouring the Mountains Vol. II Label Compilation

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 8th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

Argonauta Records went ahead and made you a mixtape. And they put Christopher Lee on the cover, so, you know, right on. Devouring the Mountains Vol. II includes 12 tracks from bands on the Italian imprint’s growing and increasingly diverse roster, including the likes of DenizenKayleth and Witch Charmer. A little all over style-wise — or if not all over, at least some — maybe, but you get a good sense of what’s driving the label’s taste from it and what’s underlying to bring all these bands together in the first place.

Worth noting that the first Devouring the Mountains comp was issued in May 2014, and there are no bands repeated between the two. Not one act appears on the second one who also appeared in the previous. Pretty impressive that Argonauta would not only have that many groups on its roster, but would have enough fresh material from them not to have to double up. Not even once. Wild.

It’s a free download, which is even better. For the digging:

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Argonauta Records presents Devouring the Mountains vol.2

Today we celebrate another twelve months spent together, with 12 great bands and awesome albums! This new sampler is our gift to thank you for the continued support: DEVOURING THE MOUNTAINS VOL.2 features tons of heavy riffs from our Stoner, Sludge, Doom, Drone, Post Metal roster. FREE DOWNLOAD, make sure to not miss it! 12 songs also featuring a previously unreleased track by Italian Psych Sludgers NIBIRU, directly from “Padmalotus” recording sessions.

Cover artwork by Argonauta Records, our personal tribute to legendary Christopher Lee in the movie The Wicker Man.

TRACKLIST:
1. BANTORIAK – Entering the Temple 02:19
2. WITCH CHARMER – A Watching of Wolves 06:47
3. DEAF EYES – Black Canvas 04:30
4. TOVARISH – Call of the Kursk 05:40
5. DENIZEN – Whoresmoker 04:59
6. THEE MALDOROR KOLLECTIVE – Mariguanda 08:31
7. KAYLETH – Lies of Mind 04:40
8. [‘selv?] – Persistent 06:46
9. LAST MINUTE TO JAFFNA – Chapter DCCXV 08:08
10. OBESE – Down the Gauntlet 04:18
11. MAGI – A Million Questions 06:28
12. NIBIRU – Carma Geta (previously unreleased) 10:35

More info:
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VA, Devouring the Mountains Vol. II (2015)

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