Posts Tagged ‘Season of Mist’

Esben And The Witch Will Creep Up On Roadburn 2017 And Will Fill It With Terror

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

They do creep up on us, don’t they? Esben And The Witch, we mean. Ever since their inception in Brighton a few years ago, they seem to have been the sort of band that will draw in unknowing listeners out of curiosity for their name, their sombre, nondescript sort of image or the apparent moroseness of their slowly-developing songs.

They don’t have fancy costumes or evil pseudonyms or a logo that seems like it’s made of tree branches, “goth” or “pop” are usually genres tagged to them by other people who should know better, it all seems pretty harmless. But we’re just like any innocent character in any horror movie just going to get that frisbee from the woods, aren’t we? The trees look healthy and welcoming as we go in, it’s just a fun springtime activity, and after a minute of not finding the damn frisbee that should have been right there, we notice that the landscape has changed dramatically, that suddenly we’re not so comfortable anymore, and that we might be spending a while in this place whether we want to or not.

Nowhere is this metaphor more appropriate than on Esben And The Witch‘s new album, Older Terrors, their fourth already, the one that sealed the deal for good on our decision to bring them to Roadburn. The signs are there from the start – four songs all reaching two digits in minutes’ length, the creepy trees on the cover… hell, there’s the word “terror” on its title. But no, we still press play, because it’s only a pop band, as we were told, right? Even if they have been known to describe themselves, when really pushed to do it, as “atmospheric, apocalyptic rock”, there’s only three of them in the band, how apocalyptic can it really be?

Then ‘Sylvan’, the first song, comes on, and it’s all very minimalist, and Rachel Davies‘ voice comes on after a while and it’s all fun and games until you blink and when you open your eyes she’s screaming at you through a wall of noisy guitar work to come with her to the place where the walls are weak. But by that time you’re so enraptured by the whole thing that you just go, long past caring about the consistency of walls.

This constant dualities such as this contrast between harmless and viciously menacing are what makes Esben And The Witch so fascinating. They’re goth without all the pomp and pretence of goth, atmospheric without the lengthy swathes of nothingness you have to endure on “atmospheric” records. They are sparse and minimalist but never leave you astray without anything to hold on to, even if it’s just a broken strand of melody delivered by the amazing Rachel.

They seem breezy enough to be a band you could show your granny, but then humongous bass grooves or flare ups of screechy guitar feedbacks and sneaky riffs make their way in almost unnoticed. They could be easily categorised as doom, but just as easily captivate listeners that have never listened to a doom record in their lives.

Ultimately, Esben And The Witch might not have feel like a Roadburn band at first glance, but not only they are one, they epitomise many of the foggy, half-undefined qualities of what makes a Roadburn band. They get it, and they can’t wait to make sure everyone else gets it too, as is clear by their statement: “We are psyched to have been invited to play Roadburn. Long have we admired the festival’s spirit and fine line-ups, and we look forward to carving our own path through Tilburg next April.”

We are delighted to receive them and walk that new path at Roadburn 2017 on Thursday, April 20, at the 013 venue 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, November 2016


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Album Premiere: Crippled Black Phoenix – Bronze

Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Ahead of their Roadburn 2017 performance on Thursday, April 20, we’re thrilled to bring you a premiere this afternoon for Crippled Black Phoenix. The much lauded band is going to release their upcoming album, Bronze, via Season of Mist on November 4, and we have the full album premiere. A […]

Emptiness To Delve Deep Into Darkness At Roadburn 2017

Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Founded in Brussels, Belgium’s Emptiness are currently carving a niche; their burning vision to delve deep into darkness is paired with an artistic approach to different musical styles such as black metal, ambient soundscapes and eerie power electronics. Open minded, and driven by continuous experimentation, Emptiness are pushing the boundaries […]

Audn Will be Another Soldier In The Icelandic Invasion of Roadburn 2017

Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Sólstafir were the first man through the breach, then Svartidauði, and then with the Misþyrming panzer division the floodgates truly opened, the Icelandic troops keep being unloaded in Tilburg, and there’s no end in sight to this invasion. We are, however, a happy invaded bunch – the Icelandic metal underground […]

Album of the Day: Thy Catafalque – Meta

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: After blowing my microbial brain through a nuclear-powered orgasmatron with last year’s full-length Sgùrr, I was slightly surprised Thy Catafalque had any creative juice left in the tank. Not only was Sgùrr one of the best albums I heard last year, it was one of […]

Song Premiere: Sinistro – Relíquia; Band To Play Roadburn 2016

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016

This afternoon, we’re pleased to bring you the premiere of a brand new Sinistro track. Taken from their forthcoming album, Semente, due out via Season of Mist on April 8th, ‘Relíquia’ is the first track to be unveiled. Sinistro: “Relíquia is about an old lady revisiting past memories and daydreaming about […]

Album of the Day: Wildlights – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina, here is a story of two buddies, one a drummer from Thunderlip!, one a frontman and guitarist for ASG, never quite being able to make time to write and perform together. Wildlights (formerly known as Crusades) marks the point in […]

Album Premiere Wildlights, ft. ASG’s Jason Shi and Thunderlip!’s Johnny Collins, S/T

Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015

We’re thrilled to bring you a premiere this afternoon for Wildlights, featuring ASG’s Jason Shi and Thunderlip!’s Johnny Collins. The band is going to release their S/T debut via Season of Mist on August 21, and we have the full album premiere. Wildlights’ driving and melodic take on hard rock […]

Song Premiere: Kylesa – Lost and Confused

Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

This afternoon, we’re pleased to bring you the premiere of a brand new Kylesa track. Taken from their forthcoming album, Exhausting Fire, due out via Season of Mist in October, ‘Lost and Confused’ is the first track to be unveiled. Picking up where previous album – 2013’s Ultraviolet – left […]

Album of the Day: Weedeater – Goliathan

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015

Lovinly pinched from The Obelisk: For those who would be inclined to do so, there are really two ways to take on listening to Weedeater at this stage in their career. One can take a record like the 10-track / 34-minute Goliathan, the fifth full-length of their 17-year tenure, first for […]