October 11, 2017

We love to navigate unchartered artistic territories here at Roadburn and found a keen ally in Dutch breakcore pioneer Bong-Ra. Currently reinventing himself musically and spiritually, ever forward thinking and his eyes and ears set on the future. Together with his cohorts – whether it’s his partner in dark matters, Svart Lava, or by way of inspiring the elusive Phuture Doom collective – they are pairing a futuristic take on modern day occultism with an eclectic outlook on (doom) metal and electronics.

It’s such an exhilarating glimpse of what’s to come – a crossover of ritualistic metal electronics; a digital and technological / analogue and spiritual movement named Future Occultism.

We can’t wait for Bong-Ra to lift doom into it’s futuristic path at Roadburn 2018. His visionary performance on Thursday, 19 April – along with Servants Of The Apocalyptic Goat Rave (the binary view and vision of Future Occultism), and Phuture Doom (their preachings: digital sonic alchemy) – will mark such a seismological shift from Roadburn‘s more traditional doom-leanings.

The Future Occultism collective grasps back to forgotten roots of shamanism, paganism, tribalism and the natural force of nature, the female and the spiritual bond with the universe … the unknowns of the vastness that surrounds us, the eternal mystery of our existence, while embracing the technological reality surrounding us. Future Occultism will be presented at Roadburn in three distinct chapters…

Bong-Ra:
Bong-Ra‘s sonic ritual simultaneously lies in the past as it does in the future. The Omega and the Alpha, the end and the beginning, no finish and no starting point. Monolithic sounds from a futuristic prehistory, shrouded by paganism and a forgotten matriarchal past. Incorporating a personal vision of philosophy and spirituality and focussing on a mantra from within the lower frequencies of the audio spectrum. A modern technological interpretation of an ancient priesthood ritual.

Phuture Doom:
“Incoming transmissions are not accidental.
“They hold glimpses of the phuture sent from an autonomous form of intelligence, an entity struggling for its extraction and prophesying the advent of the Great Schism.
At the dawn of the Technological Singularity, humanity will divide. Transcendents promise immortality to those willing to connect and abandon themselves into the omniscient web. Alternatively, the Orthodoxy establishes a technophobic system, imposing a regressive lifestyle dictated by the ideals of human purity.
“A faction of dissidents is emerging however, a cult sworn to life, embracing technology to empower human occult practices – Phuture Doom.”

Phuture Doom is a transmedia project driven by an anonymous collective of artists, rooted in occult imagery and a rich narrative background tackling concepts like Transhumanism, Artificial Intelligence and Technological Singularity.

Their music is a dark blend of electronic and instrumental elements – cementing metal, rave, drum & bass and traditional music in what could be the soundtrack to a futuristic ritual ceremony.

Servants Of The Apocalyptic Goat:
The dark and the light, translated to the 1 and 0 is S.O.T.A.G.R binary view and vision of Future Occultism. The divine and the universe as a glitch, the abstract imperfections that manifests itself as the beauty of darkness. The immense universe, the beauty and fear of infinity and mortality. And their philosophy of a possible Fractal Consciousness: immortality, rebirth and reincarnation.

S.O.T.A.G.R transmit their ‘binary’ vision of Future Occultism in extreme bursts of musical composition, incorporating the extremes from the digital world of electronic music and the rawness and brutality of Black Metal, using spacious Ambient and Soundscape composition to set the sonic contrast to their creative vision.