Archive for April, 2012

The Quietus: Roadburn Festival 2012 by Jamie Thomson

Posted on Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Last year, Jamie Thomson road all the way to Roadburn for The Quietus. This time around, he’s taken powered transport… but his trusty two-wheeler is still along for a basting from some of the finest names in metal.

Wow, rush hour in Eindhoven is just as bad as it is in London. This is total bedlam!” I thought to myself as I negotiated teeming crowds of very damp, very angry Dutch people at the city’s central station. I was on my way to Tilburg, home to the Roadburn Festival and its annual celebration of all things heavy. My companions for the weekend had gone ahead of me, and – after having a disco nap, much-needed after a 6am start – my plan was to breeze into the festival well-rested, and catch up with them during Agalloch’s set.

Unfortunately, the thunderstorm whose distant rumbles had lulled me to sleep in my Eindhoven hotel had other plans. A lightning strike had knocked out the power for most of the rail network in the area, and the station was filling up with more and more people desperate to get home, but with no way of doing so. In among the throng was the odd hairy man in a black metal shirt, looking panicked at the thought of missing Roadburn’s opening day.

Had I had more presence of mind, I would have corralled us all together, jumped in a cab and make the 30-mile or so journey that way, 120 euros lighter of pocket between us. Instead, I fumed slightly at the irony of the situation, given that it was only last year that I cycled to the festival from London as an example of what can be done when the entire travel network goes tits up in the face of nature’s meddlesome ways (as it had done in 2010). I even had my bike with me, too (albeit, put to bed for the night in the cycle park under the station.) But cycling 30 miles without maps? Or preparation? With the light fading? In this bloody weather?!? Nah. I’ll wait it out. Besides, the trains can’t be down for that long, can they?

Day 1 (slight delay)

Four hours later, I finally make it to 013, the venue that is the jewel in Roadburn‘s crown and where 75% of the weekend’s action will take place. All the performances that I’d planned to ease into the festival with had long since finished, and exist now only as text-message appraisals (Agalloch were ‘fcking brillaint’), one-sided conversations (‘Did you see Saturnalia Temple? They were amazing!’ ‘Ummm…’) or overheard snippets of bar conversations (Red Fang were ‘very Baronessy’, apparently). However, most of Roadburn is experienced this way.

While there’ll be a few touchstones that everyone wants to see – Sleep, OM, The Obsessed – and will cram into the main room for a mass congregation in praise of ‘the riff’, it’s entirely possible for three people to have three entirely different weekends all within a few feet of each other.

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Nachtmystium: Video Footage of Instinct Decay Performance at Roadburn 2012 Posted

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012

Nachtmystium played their landmark album Instinct: Decay in its entirety for the first time ever at Roadburn 2012 during Voivod‘s curated Au-delà du Réel event on Friday, April 13th. Nachtmystium gave it their all, and their intense performance was one of the very special shows at this year’s festival. Watch […]

The Unexpected Highlights of Roadburn 2012 Pt 10 (Last In The Series): Ancestors

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012

This is the final instalment of the “unexpected highlights of Roadburn 2012.” We decided to compile this series not because we had low expectations for any of the bands or solo artists featured in this top 10, but because they brought us to euphoric heights and doomed down depths we […]

Why Stoner Legends Sleep Stole This Year’s Roadburn Festival; Performance Footage Available

Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Sleep stole this year’s festival by delivering a set on Roadburn‘s main stage that was equally crushing and utterly hypnotic. Given the festival’s proud history of consistently delivering the riff-filled goods, it says a lot that the 013 venue was on the verge of bursting at the seams that fateful […]

The Unexpected Highlights of Roadburn 2012 Pt 9: Oranssi Pazuzu

Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Several performances rank among the unexpected but true highlights of Roadburn 2012. See for yourself why Oranssi Pazuzu made such an impact by watching the clips below. Combining organic old-school psychedelic rock with mid-tempo black metal, Oranssi Pazuzu craft extremely compelling, totally original music that feels like the late 60′s […]

Sleep Rehearse Dopesmoker at Roadburn; Video Footage Available

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

A jet-lagged Sleep practice for the next night’s  headlining slot on the main stage at Roadburn. Shot at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands on Friday, April 13th, 2012, by Tinnitus Photography for

The Unexpected Highlights of Roadburn 2012 Pt 8: Hexvessel

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Several performances rank among the unexpected but true highlights of Roadburn 2012. See for yourself why Hexvessel made such an impact by watching the clips below. Gavin Turner said: “Sometimes you hear an album for the first time and just know instantly that the music contained within is going to […]

Roadburn 2012: Barn Owl, Sleep – Reviews and Pics by Tim Bugbee (

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Day one… actually day zero. To properly prep for the four day marathon of Roadburn, I flew in early and spent an extra day in Amsterdam to fight jet lag and spent some time at Excalibur and The Cave with a local metal fan originally from Poland. At a late […]

Conan: Entire Roadburn 2012 Performance Posted On Youtube

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Roadburn‘s Stage01 was packed for Conan‘s first gig outside the British Isles. As expected, they crushed. Watch the whole set on video below. The six songs can be viewed individually HERE, courtesy of Burialxchamber.

Roadburn 2012 Revisited Part 2: The Ten Most Memorable Performances I Saw at Roadburn 2012 by Adrien Begrand

Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

As I mentioned in my previous post, there were far too many cool performances at Roadburn 2012 to go into great detail about without risking repeating myself horribly, so I’ve narrowed it down to eleven that deserve special mention. That said, I’d be remiss not to at the very least […]