Posts Tagged ‘Roadburn’

Album of the Day: Colour Haze – Live Vol. 1 – Europa Tournee 2015

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Technically speaking, this isn’t the first Colour Haze live record, but it most definitely is the first they’ve put out through Elektrohasch, and it’s their most complete-feeling to date.

A set from the Berg Herzberg festival aptly-titled Berg Herzberg Festival 18 Juli 2008 was issued in 2009, but in comparison, Live Vol. 1 – Europa Tournee 2015 attempts to capture the best performances of a whole tour and winds up with two discs and over two hours and 11 minutes of music as a result. Spend an afternoon with Colour Haze. There are few better ways I can think of to dedicate that time, honestly, though I’m hardly impartial as a fan of the band.


Comprised of 13 tracks, Live Vol. 1 – Europa Tournee 2015 culls material recorded in Paris, Frankfurt, Wurzberg, Berlin, Köln and puts it together fluidly — presumably in an effort to give an idea of what any given night’s setlist might’ve been — while spanning a decent portion of the Munich trio’s widely influential career.

As ever, Colour Haze are guitarist / vocalist Stefan Koglek, bassist Philipp Rasthofer and drummer Manfred Merwald, and this live outing was taped early last year as they were out with Radio Moscow, Cherry Choke and The Sun and the Wolf to support the late-2014 release of To the Highest Gods We Know, their 11th studio album.

Though they continue to be regular denizens of Duna Jam — and why not? — they’ve done less overall touring the last several years, having nestled themselves into a kind of statesman-like status in Europe’s heavy rock scene and provided a formative blueprint for an entire swath of jam-based heavy psychedelia with their unmatched instrumental chemistry, depth of tone and memorable songcraft.

Fortunately for anyone who might pick it up, all of those are on display throughout Live Vol. 1 – Europa Tournee 2015, and Colour Haze show just how successful they’ve been in bringing an on-stage feel to their recordings all along as they dig into the still-exploratory-feeling title-track from 2012’s double-LP She Said (review here), from which ‘Transformation’ and ‘Grace’ are also featured, in succession, both with different arrangements than appear on the album.

Countinue reading: REVIEW: Colour Haze, Live Vol. 1 – Europa Tournee 2015
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)

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Hear It Here – Roadburn 2016 Audio Streams Posted On Line: Blind Idiot God, Blood Ceremony, CHVE and Of The Wand And The Moon Among Others

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016

We’re currently working behind the scenes on Roadburn Festival 2017, but you can relive the much talked-about 2016 festival with our series of audio streams. 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, […]

Album of the Day: Völur – Disir

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Nine Circles: Somewhere in the malaise of post-rock and folk music lies Völur which accepts influences all the way from King Crimson to Warren Ellis. Yet, somehow, the band remains squarely within the realm of folk metal. Perhaps their influences are so diverse because of their Canadian […]

Album of the Day: Russian Circles – Guidance

Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For five albums now, the Chicago-based trio Russian Circles have made great use of post-rock most familiar’s dynamic tricks—loud and quiet; stop and start, swell and subside. But they’ve never had qualms about splicing elements of everything from metal and noise-rock to krautrock and post-hardcore into […]

Album of the Day: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel

Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Elmore Magazine: It’s not easy to get your bearings with this record, but that’s the way The Chris Robinson Brotherhood wanted it – loose, experimental and unpredictable. They traverse plenty of ground, from funk to soul to roots, and of course their trademark psychedelic jamming. This is […]

Album of the Day: Radio Moscow – Live In California

Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: It must have been one hot night in California when San Diego heavy psych veterans Radio Moscow rolled into town. Full of smoking riffs and barking vocals, the years since Hendrix last laid waste to Monterey were rolled back and the spirit of ‘69 […]

Album of the Day: Causa Sui – Return To Sky

Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It may be in part because it’s so steadfastly instrumental that Danish four-piece Causa Sui‘s output hits with such an evocative effect on the listener. The material, as on Return to Sky, the band’s latest and upwards of ninth full-length, depending on what you count […]

Album of the Day: Wreck and Reference – Indifferent Rivers Romance End

Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Want, the previous record from California duo Wreck and Reference, was a metal record at war with metal’s allergies to adaptation. Felix Skinner’s sampler and Ignat Frege’s drumming made bare piano as sharp as any HM-2-blasted riff, and Skinner weaponized existential dread with his commanding vocal […]

Album of the Day: Kayo Dot – Plastic House on Base of Sky

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: I have to admit, I’ve sat on this review a while. A good while, in fact. The review copy dropped ino my inbox on the 9th of May and I thought that I’d have plenty of time to listen, absorb and ruminate. Followed, of […]

Album of the Day: LLNN – Loss

Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Sound Not The Word: It takes all of 35 seconds for Loss to force its way in to the centre of your attention. The desperate scream that marks the end of the introduction heralds the point where LLNN begin to show just what they mean by […]