Posts Tagged ‘electric wizard’

Roadburn 2013: Friday, April 19th by Kim Kelly

Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

My fearless leader and partner in crime Louise Brown has already done a bang-up job of telling y’all about how awesome Thursday was (though I’ve got to give an extra-robust shout-out to Pallbearer, The Atlas Moth, Royal Thunder, Pilgrim, Primordial, Lord Mantis, and most especially Mournful Congregation!).

Friday started off strong with Dread Sovereign’s first show outside of their native Dublin, and the fact that Het Patronaat was already packed to the gills by the time they came onstage at 2pm gives you an idea of what we were dealing with. While Sol Dubh got to stretch his legs a bit with some more complex drumming than usual and guitarist Bones hurled himself into every slow, deadly stroke, erstwhile Primordial frontman Alan Averill strapped on a bass, wiped off his customary corpsepaint, and loosened up.

Dread Sovereign is a brand-new project but sounds old as the hills thanks to the vintage doom and heavy metal riffs the trio smacked down, and Averill’s soaring vocals paid tribute to Solitude Aeturnus and Candlemass. A little bit of rock’n’roll swagger crept in, too, and you could tell the lads were having a blast. Definitely a highlight – and I hadn’t even had a breakfast beer yet!

Dream Death thundered and thudded on the mainstage – with every moment, it became more and more apparent just why so many bands worship (and rip off) their monolithic riffs. I peeked in at Tombstoned, who were a quintessential Roadburn band (lots of fuzz, long hair, and funky vibes) on my way to see Sabbath Assembly. I’m a massive fan of the project, but have to say that I preferred seeing them with Jex Thoth – the ceremonial aesthetic had been stripped down and cast aside in favor of a looser, more rock-oriented performance, and some of the magic got lost in translation.

Witch Mountain set Het Patronaat ablaze with Rob Wrong’s Hendrix-heavy leads and Uta Plotkin’s dizzying range – they’re always great live, but the clean European air seemed to give them a burst of energy, and you could see how much they were loving it up there. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats packed out the main hall, but for me, it was all about Hexvessel, and fighting my way into the church to soak up their wondrous Finnish freak forest folk was worth every jostled second. They really are a special band; I was unmoved by their performance last year, but this time around, I was entranced (alongside the scores of others who seemed similarly lost in the moment).

As The Pretty Things glided through their flowery, 60’s-style pop tunes on the mainstage, I was on the hunt for something uglier. Moss did the trick quite nicely with a bass, a voice, and a LOT of volume (vocalist Olly’s retina-searing purple vest didn’t hurt). Upstairs in the Bat Cave (“Stage 01” if we’re being formal) where Electric Wizard’s Grindhouse Cinema had been unsettling patrons all day, Attila Csihar as Void Ov Voices twiddled knobs and chanted / groaned / growled along to a strange horror film, creating the sort of atmosphere any director would kill his lead for.

Long lines kept me away from Les Discrets’ airy compositions, but cramming into the beyond-full Green Room to see my old friends in Cough lay it the fuck down was a priority anyway. They’re a main stage band if I ever saw one, and proved their point with one of the best sets I’ve ever seen them play. Pure evil, pure crushing menace, pure fucking riffs. You should’ve been there.

Perennial favorites Electric Wizard did what they do best, delighting longtime fans with some older tunes and paying tribute to their newest black mass as well. Druglust, bloodlust, and acres of long hair filled the hall as the air filled with green smoke and the gods of Roadburn smiled down through bleary eyes. Hail the Wizard.

As tough as it can be to tear yourself away from the friends you only see once a year and kept to a strict schedule, it’s a sacrifice that must be made if you really want to see everything – especially buzz bands like Goat and Amenra. Het Patronaat was already sporting epic lines before Wizard had even finished playing, and to my chagrin, I missed both!

All accounts assure me that I missed two amazing performances – next year, I’ll have to be quicker. A quick peek apiece at Psychic TV (100% not my cup of tea, though the Pallbearer dudes swear up and down that it was the most amazing set of the weekend) and Satan’s Satyrs, who piled on the fuzz and left the Green Room awash in stale weed smoke and dirty punk riffs.

And then the real party began…

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Roadburn Festival 2013 On YouTube (Our Unofficial Roadburn Channel)

Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

We have christened Kkpgijsbers Youtube channel as our unofficial home of Roadburn due to its amazing content of fan-filmed, high-quality video footage of Roadburn 2013. If you missed anything at the festival, or if you want to relive your favorite moments, check it out HERE. Watch some teasers below.

Roadburn 2013: Video Report Day Two

Posted on Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Once again, our video crew from Super 208 Productions is out there in the thick of the festival this year. Here is their daily report. Enjoy!

Album of the day: Serpentine Path – Serpentine Path

Posted on Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Sometimes the “featuring ex-members of” tag can be misleading, but in the case of Serpentine Path, pedigree is important. The band, which debuted in February on a self-titled 7″, includes the entirety of Unearthly Trance, a Brooklyn-via-Long Island trio that issued a string of harrowing, unpredictable […]

Electric Wizard: Fan-Filmed Video Footage of Venlo (NL) Performance Posted On Line (Quality Audio)

Posted on Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Fan-filmed video footage of Electric Wizard‘s performance at this year’s Zomerparkfeest — shot Friday, August 3 in Venlo, Holland — can be seen below.

Electric Wizard: HMV Forum Footage Posted On Line

Posted on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Fan-filmed video footage of Electric Wizard‘s headling  performance at the HMV Forum in London on Saturday, March 31, can be seen below.

Metal Blog – NME.COM: The Twenty Heaviest (Metal) Records Of All Time by John Doran

Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2011

This blog has been written to upset you. “OMFG! He’s compiled a list of the world’s heaviest albums and not included ‘Necrotic Wolf Enslavement’ by Crepuscular Molestation Cauldron!”, “No ‘Massive Fucking Apocalypse’ by Cataclysmic Death Flange – no credibility!” Don’t worry that the concept of heaviness in any kind of […]

Ufomammut’s Eve: Album of 2010 According To Roadburn.com Readers

Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

In the beginning of December 2010 we asked you, our beloved Roadburn readers, to list your Top 10 Roadburn-flavored albums of 2010. By Christmas Eve we had received 110 lists. Thanks to everyone who took the time to send us their list! This is how we compiled the rankings: the […]

We want your top 10 Albums of 2010

Posted on Monday, January 3rd, 2011

[Update, January 3rd]: And the winner is: Italy’s own Ufomammut with the album Eve! Felicitazioni! Congratulations, gentlemen! Roadburn’s Album of the Day has become a tradition and now that the year is drawing to a close we at Roadburn HQ thought it would be fun to let our loyal readers, […]

Roadburn's Album of the Decade: Electric Wizard – Dopethrone

Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The votes are in, the points have been awarded and the math has been done. More than 150 of you have taken the time to forward your Top 10 list for the Roadburn Album of the Decade. Here then is your list (and a stunning list it is). It seems […]

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