Roadburn 2011 Report – November 10th   3 comments

Roadburn is thrilled to report that doom supergroup Shrinebuilder will be part of the 2011 Roadburn Festival lineup. Originally scheduled to perform at this years Roadburn Festival in April 2010, Shrinebuilder ended up stuck in New York due to logistic complications arising from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Shrinebuilder is now scheduled to play on Saturday, April 16 at the 013 venue, Tilburg, Holland.

With Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, The Hidden Hand and Wino) on guitar, Al Cisneros (OM, Sleep) on bass and Dale Crover (Melvins) on drums, Shrinebuilder’s self-titled debut full-length (released on Neurot Recordings) is perhaps the most anticipated “Roadburn Festival album” of the year. Over the past year we have watched the Shrinebuilder buzz rise to fever pitch.

We are truly looking forward to see Kelly, Wino, Cisneros and Crover meld their unique, different styles. When these four musicians get together, catchy canyon-size riffs lead to psychedelic guitar solos; subdued vocals add a mellow touch; and the meandering, groove-laden ambience ultimately creates crushing doom riffage. The sum of the parts is only strengthened by the natural vibe between these musical heavyweights – all of whom embody the true spirit of the Roadburn Festival.

Confirmed Bands So Far For Roadburn 2011 – Thursday, April 14th

(performing Streetcleaner in its entirety, and in track order, including the Tiny Tears EP)
Soilent Green

Acid King
Blood Ceremony
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble

Count Raven
Year of no Light
The Atomic Bitchwax
+ 1 more band TBA

In Solitude
Quest For Fire
Carlton Melton
Friday, April 15th – Sunn O)))’s Curated Event at the 013 venue

Sunn O)))
Friday, April 15th – Roadburn Festival – Midi Theatre

Incredible Hog
Pharaoh Overlord
Place of Skulls
Year of no Light
(live soundtrack to CT Dreyer’s horror masterpiece Vampyr)
+1 more band TBA
Saturday, April 16th

(celebrating 25 years of doom, including “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” in its entirety; featuring original vocalist Johan Längquist)

(performing The Unreal Never Lives in its entirety)
Master Musicians of Bukkake

The Gates of Slumber
White Hills
+1 more band tba

Lonely Kamel
Wolf People
Stone Axe
Imaad Wasif
Sunday, April 17th – Roadburn Afterburner – 013 Venue

Black Mountain
Dead meadow
Blood Farmers
Black Pyramid
Gomer Pyle
(+3 more bands tba)

Roadburn is also extremely happy to announce that the legendary Canadian avant-metal quartet Voivod will be performing two separate shows at Roadburn 2011 (one in the 013 venue, and one at the Midi Theater). The band have the core line-up of Away, Snake and Blacky, and guitarist Daniel Mongrain who has done an exceptional job filling in for the late, great Piggy. Both shows will be different, so that diehards can look forward to two full sets.

Formed in 1981 by KISS-worshipping French Canadian teenagers Denis “Piggy” D’Amour and Jean-Yves “Blacky” Thériault, Voivod soon transcended their humble origins and have been on the cutting edge of metal almost ever since – first on the extreme edge of raw, bestial thrash, then (astonishingly) just a few years later as technical, progressive metal masterminds, inhabiting a strange sci-fi universe based on the ideas and artwork of the band’s resident graphics genius and conceptual visionary, drummer Michel “Away” Langevin. Over the course of their nearly 30 year career, Voivod have never stopped venturing boldly into new sonic realms, brilliantly incorporating everything from industrial metal to alt-punk pop and of course Pink Floydian psychedelia into their unique sound…

But they should need no introduction at all to most metalheads, really – if you’re into metal, chances are you’re a Voivod fan, and mourned when founding guitarist Piggy tragically succumbed to cancer in 2005. In a perfect world, Piggy would still be with us, and also in a perfect world, Voivod would be a household name, rather than just mega cult heroes. It’s saying something though, that when Jason Newsted left Metallica, the band he decided to join was Voivod!

Roadburn is pleased to have the latest edition of Voivod but rather than Jason Newsted they’ll have original bassist Blacky the band, alongside original vocalist Denis “Snake” Bélanger, and touring guitarist Daniel Mongrain (Martyr, Gorguts, Cryptopsy) to perform exclusively material from when Blacky was in the band, from their 1984 debut War & Pain through to 1988?s Dimension Hatröss, which would also encompass such classic albums as Killing Technology (1987) and possibly their ultimate statement, Nothingface (1989).

Roadburn Festival is elated to announce that Vancouver riff-machine Black Mountain will headline this years Afterburner event on Sunday, April 17th at the 013 venue, Tilburg, Holland. This means that we’ll be using Roadburn‘s main stage for the Afterburner as well. In fact, we can’t think of a better place than 013 venue’s large sized, sloping auditorium to witness Black Mountain, and rock out to their classic psychedelic rock.

Black Mountain‘s take on late 60?s / early 70?s rock echoes both Black Sabbath and early Pink Floyd. They begin with smoking Marshalls and spooky organ sounds, build into lengthy freakout jams spiced with stomping boogie and ambient melodies and crown it all with twin male/female vocals from Stephen McBean and Amber Webber. “It’s heaviness with fragility”, according to frontman Stephen Mcbean in Rolling Stone. “Anyone can slam out a Black Sabbath riff, but nobody else can do it with Amber’s beautiful voice on top of it.”

Black Mountain go beyond mere demin-clad revisionism with the release of Wilderness Heart, the band’s latest album, as they stunningly juxtapose tender, pastoral balladry with some of their heaviest songs yet, while showcasing a very confident sense of originality.

Also confirmed for the Afterburner are American doom legends Blood Farmers, Dead Meadow, Black Pyramid, Dragontears and Gomer Pyle.

We’re excited to announce that doom metal giants Yob will be playing their seminal album, The Unreal Never Lived, in it’s entirety at Roadburn 2011, on Saturday, April 16th, Midi Theatre, Tilburg, Holland.

Led by Mike Scheidt’s crushing doom riffage and relentless drive, YOB were among the highlights of the 2010 Roadburn Festival this past April. The reunited band played their first ever European shows at the 2010 Roadburn Festival, and the quality and originality of their mind bending doom-metal at these live dates put them squarely in the vanguard of contemporary doom acts.

Now the band is returning to Europe for a short tour, and to reach even greater hights (and doom depths), Yob will be performing The Unreal Never Lived in full at Roadburn Festival 2011.

Mike Scheidt comments: “YOB’s first visit to Europe was incredible, and Roadburn made that experience possible. In 2011, we are thrilled to not only play Roadburn again, but to play The Unreal Never Lived in it’s entirety. It is a very special album to us and to play it live is going to be an amazing feeling. We can’t wait.”

“How do you describe an album that starts with an explosion, ends with Gregorian chants, and has nothing but genius in between the two? That’s the only problem I have with The Unreal Never Lived, the fourth album from Portland, Oregon’s YOB. It’s left me speechless. While the basic DNA of YOB stays the same – epic, dense riffs, otherworldly vocals that can soar to Geddy Lee-like heights and then plummet to a death metal growl, a thunderous rhythm section – what they’ve grown into has become more detailed and impressive. What’s different about The Unreal Never Lived, as compared to their prior releases, is an increase in dynamics and melody. All of these songs are filled with peaks and valleys, as opposed to a constant, full-on distortion assault, and that makes them that much more memorable and involving. You don’t listen to YOB – you live it” — Arzgarth,

Roadburn is very excited to report that Dead Meadow, along with Dragontears and Gomer Pyle have been confirmed for Roadburn Festival Afterburner, set for Sunday, April 17th, 013 venue, Tilburg, Holland.

LA’s Dead Meadow generates a unique brand of earthy, heavy psych that moves far beyond any generic Sabbath-riffage or stonerrock gimmickry. The most fragrant ingredients of Dead Meadow are the band’s meandering, grooved-out riff- heavy journeys, and the ability to fuse their obvious appreciation of 60’s psychedelifa, vintage hard-rock, blues-folk tunes, ambient space-rock with the the literary excesses of H.P. Lovecraft or J.R.R. Tolkien, and all at considerable volume! Distant, high pitched vocals evoke a deleriously eerie atmosphere that plays off well against the band’s smoldering jamming style.

Dragontears, revolving around Lorenzo Woodrose and members of Baby Woodrose and On Trial rarely perform live, and besides a few shows in their homeland, the band’s only performance outside of Denmark took place at Roadburn 2009. Dragontears has a penchant for mining the psychedelic sounds of the late ’60s (think the 13th Floor Elevators meets Syd Barrett or The Silver Apples meets MC5), as showcased on much acclaimed albums like 2000 Micrograms From Home and Tambourine Freak Machine.

Needless to say that we’re really excited about Dragontears performing a second show at Roadburn 2011, throwing the afterburner attendees into a vortex of fuzz fueled riffs, and bubbly wah-wah guitars, all manipulated to take us into a hypnotic journey through the center of the mind. Or as the band puts it on their latest album — Turn On, Tune In, Fuck Off!!

Holland’s Gomer Pyle have caused quite a stir with their latest album, Idiots Savants and stunning live performances. Featuring former 35007 drummer Sander Evers, and firmly rooted in Grunge and Stoner, the band tends also to veer off into heavy rocking jamming psychedelia and full blown 35007 Krautrock territory. Deep space liquid trip guitars and killer riffs lead the way as they travel roads paved by acid drenched rock and old time psych. Things get rhythmically cosmic, keeping a nice rolling groove going as the dual, heavy fuzz guitars and drums explore the cosmos in a high intensity workout.

Roadburn is pleased to report that Master Musicians of Bukkake, along with Imaad Wasif and Ludicra will be part of the 2011 Roadburn Festival lineup, set for Saturday, April 16th, 2011.

Master Musicians of Bukkake excels at acoustic ethnic drones, outerwordly chants, and ventures into uncharted Hawkwind, Gong and Magma waters by pairing spacey guitar leanings, Tibetan bells, chimes and gamelan percussion with electronic FX. Totem One could easily be the soundtrack to a fucked-up underground movie as weird and compelling as Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain or El Topo. Crazy!

Since 1999, San Francisco’s progressive black metal act Ludicra has been one of the best live metal bands on the planet. The group released its massively acclaimed fourth album The Tenant on Profound Lore in 2010 and is now set to make its European debut at long last.

Conceptually, Ludicra draws inspiration from the squalor of urban living in the Bay Area and this dark, yet life-affirming agenda finds an unparalleled voice in singer Laurie Sue Shanaman. Her vocals issue from a body wracked with emotion and terrifying honesty. Guitarists John Cobbett (Hammers of Misfortune, ex-Slough Feg, ex-Amber Asylum) and Christy Cather provide dueling riffs and leads. Bassist Ross Sewage is known for his work in Impaled, Ghoul, and a stint in Wolves in the Throne Room. And the drum throne is filled by none other than Aesop Dekker of Agalloch, and Worm Ouroboros.

Ludicra’s first album Hollow Psalms was originally released on the cult hardcore label Life Is Abuse in 2002 and was finally set to a gorgeous hand-made vinyl edition in 2010. Subsequent albums were handled by Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles label also known for its work with Amebix and Neurosis. Now with Profound Lore Records and Nanotear Booking, Ludicra is outgrowing its cult status and taking its rightful place in the metal pantheon. Few bands can touch the powerful live presence that this band of brothers and sisters wields.

“Guitars sound like guitars, not digital chunks, twisting around each other in mournful wails, triumphant resolutions, and dreamy chords. Ludicra balance the beautiful and the ugly like few can” – Alee Karim, Invisible Oranges.

From his folky debut through the harder-rocking follow-up to his current album, The Voidist, Imaad Wasif (who has worked with the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Folk Implosion) proves himself to be a singer extraordinaire. Elements of mysticism pervade his music, as does a penchant for traditional rock riffs and the folksy plucking of bands like Led Zeppelin. Wasif’s guitar work — whether it be chugging riffs, fuzz-wah leads, or gently shimmering notes, comes straight out of the psych-rock handbook as well (think Nebula as a point of reference). However, it’s Wasif‘s smooth voice and his ability as a songwriter that sets him apart from his peers, whether he’s playing no frills rock and roll, or ghostly folk tunes.

Roadburn Festival is very pleased to report that Rwake will be playing the Saturday Roadburn date, Saturday, April 16th, 2011, Midi Theatre, Tilburg, Holland.

Arkansas’ Rwake represent the next step in southern sludge / doom. They take the musical style of trailblazers like Eyehategod and Buzzov* en and crush it in a metaphysical direction — creating a frightening vortex of intensity, massive riffing and epic songwriting. This is raw, savage and heartfelt music from the dirty south, but don’t think for a second that it isn’t sophisticated and complex. They seemlessly combine virtuosity with intensity to deliver the highest quality headfuck possible — a seething, swirling, smashing, sweating affirmation of life.

Also confirmed for Roadburn festival 2011 are sludge/stoner legends Buzzov*en, sludge bastards Weedeater.

Source: Roadburn Dot Com


Posted November 10, 2010 by doommantia in Roadburn

3 responses to “Roadburn 2011 Report – November 10th

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  1. If I manage to get the ticket I want to see EVERYTHING.
    I guess I have to work harder on mechanisms of molecular transposition and space-time connections … 🙂

  2. Jesus I want to go to this…if only I didn't live in AMERICA! Where none of the good festivals are held.

  3. I might do a post about this in the future but someone with some balls needs to stand-up and put a festival on like Roadburn in the USA. It could be done but America has been a country full of whiny cry-babies who complain about lack of good music, festivals etc and then do nothing about it. Hell I would do it myself if I have the time and money. There is no excuses, just apathy at the moment.

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