Posts Tagged ‘Roadburn Festival’

Ahab To Play The Call Of The Wretched Sea In Its Entirety At Roadburn 2017

Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

When self-proclaimed “nautik funeral doom” legends Ahab first surfaced with their 2005 demo The Oath, the heavy metal community quickly became aware. Despite anticipation, few of us expected something as massive as their 2006 debut LP, The Call of the Wretched Sea.

From the universally familiar subject matter of Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick to the endlessly crushing, haunting doom the band crafted over the course of the album’s hour-plus span, it grabbed attention in every way. With ten years between the album’s release and the present day, we’re honored to announce that the album will be performed in full at the 013 venue as part of Roadburn 2017.

From its chilling, crawling synthesizer intro on, The Call of the Wretched Sea is an album that bores its way into the consciousness and memory of the listener with cavernous sparseness and vocals that sound like the awakening of a great ancient beast. While the funeral doom tradition was long established and rooted by the time Ahab came to the forefront, they revitalized and imagined new territories that few had dared to explore. With lyrics culled almost exclusively from Melville’s writing, the band took its inspiration seriously, evoking the timeless horror and wonder of the ocean’s unknown depths.

While Ahab has progressed and shifted beautifully over the years, with 2015’s The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” showcasing a lush sense of melody and subtlety, the band is eager to share this essential album with audiences at Roadburn, acknowledging the impact it’s had on the community and in their own development as musicians.

“It’s been almost 12 years since Chris and me wrote the very first Ahab-songs – back then as a two man project,” says founding member Daniel Drost. “Ever since, we’ve been asked countless times to play the first album The Call Of The Wretched Sea in its entirety. Well, now is the time to finally just do it as a proper band with Stephan and Cornelius. Couldn’t think of a better place than Roadburn.”

We can’t think of a better place either and we’re ready to take Ahab’s oath to heart as we sink to the briniest depths that funeral doom can offer when they perform The Call of the Wretched Sea in its entirety for the first time ever on Saturday, April 22 at 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Ben Handelman, October 2016.

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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Free Spirits In An Age of Conformity, Crippled Black Phoenix To Play Roadburn 2017

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 […]

John Dyer Baizley Announced As Roadburn’s 2017 Curator; Baroness To Play, Friday 21 April

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Statement from John Dyer Baizley: “Over the course of my career, as musician and visual artist, I have come to realize that the Roadburn Festival, 013 Venue, and city of Tilburg have become a critical and integral part of my yearly routine. Both the festival, and so many of the wonderful people […]

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 1969.  Coven’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, […]

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 […]

GNOD To Celebrate Their Tenth Anniversary As Artist In Residence At Roadburn 2017

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Drawing a direct line from angular punk to heavy motorik, and from noisy techno vibrations to tripped out near-ambient, tribal rituals, the UK’s psych renegades GNOD will return to Roadburn – their spiritual home overseas – and celebrate their tenth anniversary as Artist In Residence at the 2017 festival, set […]

Oranssi Pazuzu Playing The Main Stage At Roadburn Festival 2017

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

We were anticipating great things from Oranssi Pazuzu at this year’s Roadburn, but even so we were overwhelmed about every single aspect of their appearance. From the passionate performance of the band, to the amount of Roadburners that got caught up in the positivity and the incredible vibe of the show; it was […]

Roadburn 2017 Will Be Driven Into The Ground By Perturbator’s Mighty Electronic Beats

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

A futuristic, dystopian landscape, like the ones you instantly visualise if you happen to be a fan of the Fallout games or of classic films such as Blade Runner or Total Recall or many others. Now, a big, scary android armed with a fat chaingun mightily stomping across it, incessantly firing and shredding to pieces hordes […]

Les Discrets Will Welcome You Into Their Dreamscape Once More At Roadburn 2017

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

We are positively delighted to welcome Les Discrets back to Roadburn in 2017. These French purveyors of shadowy, dreamlike moods first visited the festival back in 2013, as a part of Neige‘s residency, and they enthralled the Het Patronaat to such an extent that they subsequently put out their ‘Live At Roadburn‘ album, taken from that show. Now, four […]

Schammasch Will Invoke The Darkest Triangle Of All At Roadburn 2017

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Never underestimate the powers of Roadburn! There is an eerie magic aura floating around our beloved festival, an unseen force that is fed by the minds and hearts and souls of everyone who congregates in Tilburg every April, artists, audience and staff, and it grows bigger and more powerful all the […]