Posts Tagged ‘doom’
Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
Roadburn is a wild mix, isn’t it? Our extended family is a profoundly heterogeneous bunch, a seemingly dysfunctional collection of music people who, during those days of almost magical communion, all come together and become musical brothers and sisters, united by the unstoppable power of music.
There are 60 year old and 20 year old musicians, there are bands with 40 years of existence and bands put together months ago, bands with millions of followers and bands with mere dozens of fans.
Between old passions and recent infatuations, and because the festival (unfortunately!) doesn’t last two weeks spread across twenty venues so that we can accommodate everyone we’d like to, sometimes we get them when they’ve just shown up, and sometimes things just take a little while more to happen. More than they should, perhaps, and such is the case with Serpent Venom.
The London band’s presence at Roadburn is a long, long overdue one – to be honest, we already knew in our guts they would one day be treading the boards in Tilburg as soon as we heard that three-track self-titled demo in 2010.
The amazing first album, Carnal Altar, followed shortly the next year, and it only confirmed our suspicions. Its follow-up Of Things Seen & Unseen, from 2014, further refined the band’s traditional yet unmistakable approach to doom and made it even more urgent to have them on a Roadburn bill, especially when some of the band members were coming to Roadburn as fans of the festival themselves throughout the years, as we’re sure they don’t mind that we reveal.
It’s a marriage destined to happen from the very beginning, and 2017 is finally the year it happens, a year in which we’re told by little birdies that a third album is being written too. Whatever happens on that front, however, there are riffs aplenty to be dropped upon an adoring audience, lulled into headbanging heaven by the ominous yet warmly soothing bellow of Gary Ricketts, by Roland Scriver’s thick riffing or the titanium-strong, groove-laden rhythm section of Nick Davies and Paul Sutherland.
Nick Davies commented: “Serpent Venom are extremely honoured to announce that we will be part of the Roadburn Festival in 2017.
“It is very exciting to say the least, as the festival is pretty much the ‘Mecca’ for heavy and diverse music, and it holds such a strong place in the hearts of all who attend. It is a real privilege and extremely humbling to be considered and play alongside such legendary acts!
“We cannot wait to perform for you all and debut some newer material from our upcoming third album.”
Serpent Venom are one of the few bands that can boast a true spiritual connection to the sound of the true doom classics – from Black Sabbath to Pentagram, from Saint Vitus to early Candlemass, all those old ghosts haunt these songs – and yet still maintain a healthy individuality and a decidedly non-retro approach to their songwriting.
They’re trippy, they’re heavy, they have Roadburn written all over them, and when they unleash all their massive doom power on Saturday, April 22, they will finally reach their promised land.
Roadburn Festival 2017 will take place April 20-23 at the 013 venue, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Tickets are now on sale!
José Carlos Santos , December 2016
Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
For Karl Simon – formerly of the much revered doom-metal stalwarts, The Gates of Slumber – Wretch‘s heartfelt traditional metal heraldry is much more than mere Sabbath worship; it’s a gut wrenching form of art, reflecting Simon’s heart and soul, and also functions as catharsis in time of need, especially […]
Warning Return From The Shadows To Play Their Classic Watching From A Distance Album At Roadburn 2017
Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Some records stay with us in a way that we even remember the very first time we listened to them, no matter how many years ago it was, we remember the impact they had and the way they might have changed us as listeners. Watching from a Distance is such […]
Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016
Lovingly pinched from New Noise Magazine: I’ve been waiting for what feels like an eternity for this first full-length release from Arizona’s Spirit Adrift. After hearing the man’s former work in Take Over and Destroy (TOAD) as well as the long defunct local act Queen Beast (yeah, I remember that […]
Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
Do you remember the first time you listened to Earth, or at least Sunn O))), if that’s where you started your droning expeditions? Or the first time that Pyramids debut assaulted and caressed your ears at the same time? Or all the other first times you listened to music that […]
Posted on Monday, September 7th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Invisible Oranges: There has been a deluge of upstart doom bands over the last decade, some of them great (Kongh, Pallbearer, Orchid) and many others not so much (seriously, there are way too many to name). The oversaturation point for low and slow approaches quickly, so new […]
Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It has been 19 years since New York City doomers Blood Farmers released their self-titled debut on Hellhound Records, and while that album and their 1991 Permanent Brain Damage demo were reissued via Japan’s Leaf Hound Records in 2008 and 2004, respectively, and trio have […]
Posted on Saturday, June 7th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: The word ‘supergroup’ is an often misleading term, as it rarely fits the output that much feted members of other bands produce for these side projects. Luckily, Vallenfyre are different, very different indeed. Born out of tragedy and loss, the group of assembled icons from punk […]
Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014
Death moves in circles. It starts out slow, prowling around the outer borders of your consciousness. When you’re small, your mother has to explain that the dog ran away and won’t be coming back, or that the nice lady from the library won’t be around to help you find new […]
Posted on Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Consolamentum is the fourth full-length from increasingly progressive UK-based doomers The Wounded Kings and also their debut on Candlelight Records. It’s also their most consistent album-to-album lineup in the band since 2010′s The Shadow over Atlantis followed 2008′s Embrace of the Narrow House debut with […]