Posts Tagged ‘Occult Rock’

Welcome To The Coven At Roadburn 2017; Jinx Dawson Invites Us To Her Lair

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Devil Horns, the Left Hand Path, Satanic Rituals, Black Magick, Sexuality, and a seminal debut-album that has had a lasting appeal since 1969Coven’s Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls was not only ahead of its time, the iconoclastic troupe – helmed by high priestess, and the original wicked woman, Jinx Dawson – heavily influenced future generations of musicians, from Ghost to The Devil’s Blood, from Witchcraft to In Solitude, from Blood Ceremony to Lucifer, and even our festival.

We are equal measures excited, proud and overwhelmed to be able to announce that Coven will thrill Roadburn Festival to it’s darkened core on Thursday, April 20 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Jinx Dawson, and her unholy union will take their cult-ritual to the stage for the first time in decades – and for the first time ever on European soil.

Jinx Dawson commented: “Roadburn Festival’s intrepid ring master, Walter, hath stirred us from our Coven lair. We shall be performing a musickal ritual for the first time in many ages. We are wickedly delighted to travel to the Netherlands for this very special festival concert, and to bring our musickal form of Witchcraft once again to the live stage.”

Known by many classic rock fans for Jinx Dawson’s early seventies hit, ‘One Tin Soldier’, from the counter culture flick Billy Jack, the song was an anthem for hypocrisy and added more mystery to Coven’s occult imagery and aesthetics that laid the groundwork for hard rock and heavy metal.

The band’s diabolical mix of proto-metal paired with dark psychedelica and prog was dabbed in deeply occult lyrics, and has always been a celebration of all things Left Hand Path. Whether it’s the much sought after and talked about Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls, or the band’s third album Blood on the Snow, Coven’s output has terrified peers and audiences, as well as the moral-elite since their incarnation. Their extreme dark and shocking rites, thriving on a strong woman’s sexuality, was unheard of at the time.

Though Coven went clandestine not long after the release of Blood on the Snow, Jinx Dawson, and the band always remained a landmark within the metal community, and hailed as one of the 10 greatest heavy metal front women. Having battled with record companies, management, opposing religious organisations and law officials has only added to Jinx’s legacy to stay genuinely true to her own firm beliefs, based upon a very long lineage of Occult Adepts and Practitioners of the Ancient Arts.

With the release of 2003’s Goth Queen: Out of the Vault, and 2013’s album, Jinx, Dawson rightfully regained her throne as ‘the originator’ of the burgeoning occult rock scene – a movement that we have wholeheartedly embraced at Roadburn over the years, while offering a platform to her children of the damned.

Having the mysterious Jinx Dawson / Coven at Roadburn isn’t only a thrilling once in a lifetime event, it is also our way of paying a humble tribute to a woman that has been such an integral influence on the festival since its incarnation in 1999, and an inspirational heroine to many bands that graced our stages over the years. We couldn’t think of a more fitting ceremony, and welcome all of you to Jinx’s lair on Thursday, April 20 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands  – don’t break the circle, and join us.

Roadburn Festival 2017 will take place April 20-23 at the 013 venue, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Tickets will be on sale from October 20.

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Album of the Day: Riti Occulti – Riti Occulti

Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Blackened occult doom… The name just roles off the tongue doesn’t it? Conjuring images of midnight witches gathered in a forest conjuring sounds of demonic nature, that’s not a million miles away from what Riti Occulti sound like, and depending on your taste this will […]

Album of the day: In Solitude – Sister

Posted on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Sweden’s In Solitude capitalize upon the visibility generated by their opening slot on the 2012 Decibel Magazine Tour with the release of their third album, Sister. In Solitude made a name for themselves with their first two albums by treading the nether regions of […]

Album of the day: Mansion – We Shall Live

Posted on Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Mystery is a rare thing in music, given that we live in an age of ultra-exposure and social networking. No sooner has a demo been released, than we are regaled with tales of what the band had for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with […]

Album of the day: Jex Thoth – Blood Moon Rise

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: On Blood Moon Rise Jex Thoth take the bluesy, psychedelic laced doom from 2008’s self titled release and turn it up a notch. What I find a bit more striking though is that although it is turned up, it has restraint in all the […]

Album of the day: Witches of God – The Blood of Others

Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013

Praise for Witches of God‘s The Blood of Others from Nocturnal Cult Webzine:  LA’s doomy rockers, Witches Of God have brewed up their debut album and spilled it forth upon humanity in the form of The Blood Of Others. After a campy horror synth we get to the heart of […]

Album of the day: Jess and the Ancient Ones – Astral Sabbat

Posted on Friday, February 8th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: There has been an incredible resurgence of occult rockers with female frontwomen… that pretty much goes without saying (and yet, there I go). The recently / allegedly departed Dutch outfit in The Devil’s Blood was an exemplary go-to over the last few years, and when […]

Album of the day: Bloody Hammers – Bloody Hammers

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Meatmeadmetal: We’ve covered / complained about certain sub-genres of metal swelling up to the point of gruesomeness and having to search extra hard to find the good bands because there are so effing many of them. We kind of said that last week when discussing grindcore and […]

Album of the day: Riti Occulti – Riti Occulti

Posted on Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from MetalasFuck: The dominant distorted bass is chunky, rich and filthy. The suffocating groove it drags behind it is infectious, conjuring images of darkened smoky rooms full of shuffling swaying bodies. A synthesizer lingers behind, developing a psychedelic edge to the blackened morass, leaving sparse space for the […]

Album of the day: Head Of The Demon – Head Of The Demon

Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Praise for Head of the Demon‘s Self-Titled from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Look out! Lurching, lumbering, mesmerically repetitive and rambling, doomed-out blackened metal comin’ at ya here, from Stockholm, Sweden, brought to us by a label that sure knows their hard-to-pigeonhole, psychedelic “occult rock” heaviness (The Ajna Offensive, who most […]