Posts Tagged ‘Roadburn Festival 2012’

The Sleeping Shaman: Roadburn 2012 Review By Saúl Do Caixão

Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Bloody Hell, another Roadburn review, I hear you cry! The reason I too am adding my proverbial iron to the fire is the same thing that makes this festival sell out in under ten minutes every year – of the four Shamanic disciples that attended this festival, we all saw vastly different lineups, arguably completely different festivals in some cases!

And so, it remains for me to clear up the scraps left behind by my trusty colleagues Paul (Devil’s grip, the Iron Bladder) and Adam, not least to voice my disagreement with The Right Honourable Mr. Stone over The Obsessed, but I digress… As you will probably deduce, I am a man who likes his doom fairly traditional or firmly within the murky realms of death metal, but there’s no concrete formula!

The maddening thing is, even with our merry quartet’s eclectic palette, there are holes in our report, and for that we are sorry; we would have loved to have been everywhere at once, but we haven’t quite mastered the art of bending space and time to meet our will – working on it for 2013, but enough introductory drivel, on with the show…

As an opening act, diSEMBOWELMENT (or rather, their mutated clone d.USK) seemed like a rather odd choice, not least because they were one of the main draws of the festival for a number of people! However, it’s indicative that, despite the odd timing, the main room of the 013 was packed for the return of this seminal Antipodean death doom collective. Minus founding guitarists Renato Gallina (also vocals) and Jason Kells, I must admit to having felt a twinge of apprehension as the lights dimmed, compounded by the fact that the sound of Transcendence Into The Peripheral (their seminal 1992 opus from which this special set was drawn) is so unique as to have left doubts in my mind as to whether a live re-enactment twenty years later could live up to my expectations.

I’m delighted to say that these suspicions proved to be completely wrong, as we were treated to over an hour of perfect death metal. From the moment the grinding initial riff of ‘The Tree Of Life And Death‘ rang out, it was clear that a group of skilled musicians were on stage – when the odd time change set in, with its glacial, almost black metal riff, it was unmistakably diSEMBOWELMENT. The unconventional song structures, tones and guttural vocals are what have caused this band to stand the test of time and be held in such high regard by so many.

Interestingly, you only had to glance at the singer’s patches (Brujeria, Corrupted…) to realize that this band was one of the first to successfully merge death, grind and doom metal into a coherent whole, and it was a total lesson in brutality and skill as they tore through the whole album (I think?), complemented by the usual perfect Roadburn sound and a backdrop of suitably grim, pagan and ancient atmospheric visuals. A performance so intense that it left me needing a moment of quiet reflection, and wondering quite how the rest of the festival was going to live up to this flawless opening act!

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The Sleeping Shaman: Roadburn 2012 Day 2, 3 & Afterburner Review by Paul Robertson

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

Before we do this thing a second time, I have a confession to make… I am a very bad journalist. They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions and I’m pretty sure I’ll find that out first hand. There were a number of bands on day […]

The Sleeping Shaman: Roadburn 2012 Day 1 Review by Paul Robertson

Posted on Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Undaunted, bloody, but unbowed after my first visit last year I made my way to lovely Tilburg once more to take on the beast known as ‘Roadburn’. The quest to reach Tilburg was somewhat longer and more arduous than last time, but I was aided by my trusty travelling companions […]

Hear It Here: Roadburn Festival 2012 Audio Streams (Bongripper, Chelsea Wolfe, GNOD and Orchid Among Others)

Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

On the first day of Roadburn 2012, there were 26 different shows. On the second, 25. By the time Saturday ended, another 26 terrific sets had been delivered. And another 12 during the Afterburner. Obviously, only some kind of alien creature spawned by the imagination of Voivod‘s Michel “Away” Langevin […]

The Sleeping Shaman: Roadburn 2012 by Adam Stone

Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

No sleep till Roadburn. This wasn’t just a four day gig (which it kind of was), it was a road movie…that was never filmed. An epic drive courtesy of your ever grafting editor in one damn fine Transit camper van. All I did was navigate, badly. Shaman reviewer Paul ‘Robbo’ […]

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 […]

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 […]