Posts Tagged ‘Roadburn 2016’
Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
It was like being kept prisoner in the torture chamber’s tiniest cage, all those years that Gnaw Their Tongues didn’t play live. We loved the records already, how could we not? Ever since that initial shock with 2006‘s Spit At Me And Wreak Havoc On My Flesh, we surrendered unashamedly to the whip of the master torturer, Maurice “Mories” De Jong.
No other music seemed to convey abject horror and inhumane suffering with the same unease, no other artist seemed capable of transmitting pestilence, sadism and horror in the same unique and frighteningly real way. As subsequent releases, so many of them, followed throughout the years, as other Mories projects surfaced as well, it became apparent that we were before one of the greatest extreme (and then some) music revelations of the century. No exaggeration.
Any lesser artist would have caved in before the multitude of releases and different outlets. Not Mories. Somehow, everything still feels fresh, a million (give or take) albums / EPs / compilations / collaborations / singles / what-have-yous later (not to mention all the other Mories bands / projects!), the screams, the swathes of clanging industrial noises, the spine-tinglingly scary samples, all is recognisable as Gnaw Their Tongues by now, but the music never fell into a stuck formula, it’s still unpredictable and refreshingly genre-free. Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent, the spectacular new album released this week, leaves sonic cuts as deep as anything else he’s done.
So, something had to give. We couldn’t be stuck in our rooms forever listening to this petrifying noise all by ourselves much longer. The possibility of live shows seemed remote for a while, was even denied by the man himself, but in the end the noise just burst out inevitably. We were let out of the tiny cage, stretched our muscles and had the whole chamber of torture terror to explore.
The debut happened at Roadburn, of course, where amazingly unlikely things tend to happen a bit more often than anywhere else. You’ll remember if you were there in 2015 – the anticipation in the air, the small crown hovering around the small Cul de Sac some time before the show, making sure they wouldn’t be left out of this unique event, and the audio chaos that ensued as soon as Mories and his stage cohort Eric Eijspaart unleashed.
Since then, Gnaw Their Tongues have turned into a live favourite worldwide – from the United States to Iceland, they have grown as a proper band, a devastating unit that has demolished stage after stage. So if you thought that live debut at Roadburn 2015 was impressive, wait until your face is peeled off by the lean, mean stage machine that Gnaw Their Tongues (who now also incorporate Grietje de Haan on their shows) have become.
They are promising “something special” for their Roadburn performance… which could mean anything in Gnaw Their Tongues’ world. Prepare for the aural torture as much as you can, and try not to tremble too much when they hit Roadburn 2017 at the 013 venue, on Friday, April 21 in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
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, 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 […]
Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
The world of heavy music is very fond of categorisation. As much as every band prides themselves on at least attempting to do something different from prevailing trends, there is nearly always a comfortable pigeonhole awaiting them. But not every band, of course. Whether through the joyously eccentric musical vision […]
Hear It Here – Roadburn 2016 Audio Streams Posted On Line: Chaos Echoes, CHRCH, Hell (USA) and Nadra Among Others
Posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Today we’re continuing with our series of audio streams from Roadburn 2016, and as ever we bring them to you with huge thanks to Marcel van de Vondervoort (Torture Garden Studio) and his recording team, and VPRO 3voor12, which is the best cultural media network in the Netherlands. The third […]
Hear It Here – Roadburn 2016 Audio Streams Posted On Line: Buried At Sea, Misthyrming, Full of Hell and Hexvessel Among Others
Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Audio streams from Beastmaker, Buried at Sea, Epitaph, Full of Hell, Hair of The Dog, Hangman’s Chair, Hexvessel and Misþyrming (performing Söngvar elds og óreiðu in its entirety), all recorded at Roadburn 2016 have been added to VPRO 3voor12. Marcel Van De Vondervoort (Torture Garden Studio) and his amazing team […]
Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2016
This year at Roadburn, Phil Wallis was filming for TeamRock and really captured what Roadburn is all about! He did an amazing job and included Lee Dorrian, Neurosis, Paradise Lost, Becky Cloonan and more when interviewing people for this short film. Watching this was emotional; it brings back happy memories […]
Hear It Here – Roadburn 2016 Audio Streams Posted On Line: Dark Buddha Rising, Oranssi Pazuzu, Sinistro, Tau Cross and The Skull Among Others
Posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
As with previous years, Marcel Van De Vondervoort (Torture Garden Studio) and his amazing team have captured the essence of Roadburn in these incredible audio recordings, hosted by VPRO 3voor12, Holland‘s major cultural network. We will continue to add more, but to kick things off, we have live audio from […]
Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Amenra captivated a full capacity main stage not once, but twice at Roadburn 2016. Showing the scope of their creativity across two very different sets, Amenra had us in the palm of their hand. Watch this fan-filmed footage and feel the magic all over again. “Amenra was not to be […]
Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
Neurosis celebrating their thirtieth anniversary at Roadburn is not just a landmark moment for the band, but also for us. Our history is entwined with that of the band, and it felt like things came full circle at Roadburn 2016. It was an emotional experience; relive it here via this […]
Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2016
This year’s Roadburn Festival was such an overwhelming and emotional wild ride. One of the most touching performances was Converge’s Blood Moon, which brought a lot of people to tears. Check the quality, fan-filmed footage below, and see why Blood Moon had such an impact.