Roadburn: Essential Sounds 21.9.18

September 20, 2018

You’ll have to forgive us – we’re a day early this week, cutting short GOLD‘s tenure as the key holders to the Roadburn: Essential Sounds playlist.

Anyway, we’re back with another selection of tunes for you, and you get these ones for a bonus day so make the most of them.

If you’d like to seek out these songs elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

Foie GrasRed Moon (Yellow Year Records)

PijnDenial (Holy Roar Records)

BosskKobe (Deathwish Inc)

VoivodIconspiracy (Century Media)

MORNEScorn (Armageddon Label)

SepulcherCorrupting The Cosmos (Edged Circle Production)

MJ GuiderLit Negative (Kranky)

Boy HarsherYr Body Is Nothing (Self Release)

The Black QueenThrown Into The Dark (Self Release)

Marissa NadlerI Can’t Listen To Gen Clark Anymore (Bella Union)

SlowgoldVäntar (Playground Music Scandinavia)

Träd Gräs och Stenar, TrädenHymn (Subliminal Sounds)

Stuck in MotionMoon (Self Release)

Crypt TripAquarena Daydream (Crypt Trip Records)

Warp TransmissionUltra Thrust (Creepy Crawl)

Jake SchrockCosmic Ocean (Holodeck Records)

More names for Roadburn 2019; ticket onsale date confirmed!

September 15, 2018


We are thrilled to confirm that Cave In will be performing at Roadburn. At the 2018 edition of the festival, Stephen Brodsky and Adam McGrath paid a moving tribute to bandmate Caleb Scofield who died the previous month, with an acoustic set of covers and Cave In tracks. As the audience and band members alike found catharsis through music, we wouldn’t have begrudged them one bit if this performance was the closest we ever got to Cave In at Roadburn.

When whispers reached us that Cave In would potentially be open to a Roadburn set for 2019 – our interest was well and truly piqued. Some months later, we’re beyond delighted to say it’s true – it’s really happening.

Stephen Brodsky comments: “Without question, it’s a high honor of artistic merit to perform at Roadburn. Members of Cave In have had the fortune of playing with other bands/projects in years past. Seems only a matter of time that we’d do a proper set at one of the best festivals on the planet devoted to forward-thinking music. We hope you’ll join us for a celebratory sonic lift-off into Roadburn 2019.”

Cave In will perform on Saturday, 13 AprilRead more here.

The impromptu set Stephen Brodsky and Adam McGrath played at Roadburn 2018 to honour Caleb Scofield will be released digitally and on CD on November 30 via Roadburn Records. Vinyl will follow in early 2019. Part of the proceeds will go to the Caleb Scofield Memorial Fund.


Since Old Man Gloom last played Roadburn in 2014, a lot has changed. Later that year they released The Ape of God, and The Ape of God… a pair of identically named albums which were challenging in all the right ways, and a few of the wrong ways too.

Following the death of bassist, Caleb Scofield, earlier this year, Old Man Gloom vowed to continue what they had already started. Stephen Brodsky will be handling bass duties for this performance, and in turn Nate Newton will be taking on the role for Cave In’s set. This collaborative trip across the pond is made by a group of friends united by love and a desire to celebrate the life of Caleb. To that effect, Old Man Gloom promise a special set at Roadburn and more details will be available in due course.

Old Man Gloom will perform on Sunday, 14 April. Read more here.


There are a few pretty immovable parts of Roadburn these days; traditions that we maintain to showcase the best and brightest in our little world. One of these cornerstones is our Artist In Residence – a band or solo artist who will perform multiple times across the weekend, and with each set they showcase a different facet of their creativity. Past artists in residence include Earthless, Gnod and Misþyrming.

The choice for 2019 was… easy. If there’s one band who have surpassed themselves – and arguably many of their peers – in terms of creative output this year, it’s Thou. They will play four times across the weekend; there will be a collaborative set, a covers set, an acoustic set, and a Magus era set. What exact form those performances take, and the details of them will unfold between now and… well, the moment they step on stage for each of those specific sets.

Thou will perform on each day of the festival. Read more here.


As lovers of terrifying innovation, we’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Daughters to the 2019 roster. We anticipate lurching horror and bombastic heft to keep the room in constant tension as they deliver the intensity they’re known for. What we know for certain is that fans of everything from The Locust to The Birthday Party will find a little something in this performance, which is bound to leave the room sweaty and exhausted.

“Partaking in Roadburn is similar to what I expect it’s like to be involved in a Scorsese film; performing is a close second only to the opportunity to work with an array of talented artists. We are grateful to be included”Alexis Marshall.

Daughters will ruin the room on Sunday, April 14. Read more here.


The first artist out of the bag for Tomas Lindberg’s The Burning Darkness curated event at Roadburn 2019 is none other than Henrik Palm.

Tomas explains his choice: “His name should ring a bell with everybody into anything heavier in our beloved alternative underground scene. He has been a part of seminal bands such as In Solitude and Ghost, and also more “off the map” bands such as the groundbreaking Pig Eyes.

“When I finally got to see him live some time ago, the performance just blew me away. Be sure to not miss out on this. It’s a must see show.”

Henrik Palm will perform on Saturday, April 13 as part of Tomas Lindberg‘s The Burning Darkness curated event. Read more here.


Here on Planet Roadburn, we’ve always welcomed visitors of a cosmic sort. While this often means the wildest fringes of psychedelic rock, it also means the asteroid-riding, hazy new wave of Californian duo Drab Majesty is in perfect universal alignment with the festival. Drab Majesty began as a home recording project for former Marriages drummer Andrew Clinco but quickly became its own entity, warranting the need for his alter ego Deb Demure to take the forefront as guitarist, vocalist, and mastermind.

With synthesizer accompaniment from Mona D, Demure guides audiences through a show that is truly beyond time and space, functioning as more of a setting for altered states and new experience than a mere recital of songs from records.

With such strangely seductive sounds and such darkly intriguing subject matter, we can’t wait to watch as Drab Majesty brings their demonstration to Roadburn 2019 as they suspend time on Friday, 12 April. Read more here.


We are delighted to announce that Ulcerate will be making their Roadburn debut at the 2019 edition of the festival. They will come a long way to do so, and yet already have come so far, deftly positioning themselves as the standard-bearers for a new era of death metal.

Making the trek from New Zealand to be with us in Tilburg means that we’re in for a treat… or torment, depending on your worldview. To witness Ulcerate live is a brain-altering, bone-shifting experience; it is, to put it bluntly, like going through the wringer. That three men can turn a whole room on its axis is no mean feat.

If you’re up for a Sunday (14 April) sermon like no other – one that will leave you blinking in the Dutch sunlight, feeling like your very soul has been flayed – then may we suggest you make a date with Ulcerate for next April. Read more here.


Hailing from one of the biggest cities in the world, and one where those contrasts are the more poignant, New York, Imperial Triumphant founded by guitarist/vocalist Ilya thirteen years ago has reached, on its third full-length album, a critical mass that fully embodies the essence of their geographical origin, and also acts as an allegory for modern societies in general.

As impressed as we were with Vile Luxury, the band seems to consider it highly as well – their set at Roadburn 2019 will consist of the album performed in full, plus two pieces born out of studio improvisation on. “Imperial Triumphant is ecstatic to be invited to Roadburn’s 2019 festival,” Ilya told us. “We will bring the high society city ritual to Holland; exclusively performing tracks from our critically acclaimed summer release Vile Luxury. It is an honour.”  

Let us prepare the throne for the emperor of gold and filth to sit upon at Roadburn 2019 on Sunday, 14 April! Read more here.


Poland has always been a fertile ground for quality black metal, and in the past few years, some of the country’s more wonderfully twisted sons have been taking the rich heritage of that scene and building upon it, reaching for those uncharted musical territories that we cherish so much here at Roadburn. Furia and Thaw were great examples of this bubbling creativity last year, and in 2019 it’s up to Mord’A’Stigmata to fire the opening Polish salvo on Sunday, 14 April.

“Two years after the release of “Hope”, it’s high time to open a new chapter in the activity of Mord’A’Stigmata. In April 2019, we will premiere the whole new material at one of the finest events dedicated to genuine sonic experiences, Netherlands’ own Roadburn Festival in Tilburg. To say we are thrilled to be part of it, is to say nothing at all. It’s hard to imagine a better time and place to unfold the music we have been bringing to life and dedicating our lives to for the last months.” Read more here.


Belgium’s Wolvennest ranked among the highlights of the 2017 Roadburn Festival, playing at the 250 capacity Extase. Such was the excitement around their set, the band could just as easily have played on the main stage, as their creepy yet cinematic drone-scapes resonated with everyone present.

Saddened by the idea of people missing out on all that Wolvennest have to offer, and encouraged by the release of their sophomore album, Void, it was necessary to welcome them back to the 2019 festival. Wolvennest will conquer the main stage this time around by playing Void in full on Saturday, 13 April. Read more here.


That Gold have been in the studio recently (with renowned produced Jaime Gomez Arellano) fills us with joy. An invitation to Roadburn 2019 (on Friday, 12 April) was mandatory – and made all the more glorious by the news that they’ll be presenting music from that new – as yet un-named – album during their set.

Until Roadburn is upon us, and indeed, until this new album drops, wrap yourself around the melody-drenched heaviness of previous albums, No Image and Optimist, in preparation. Read more here.


With their second record, Feast for Water, Italy’s Messa proved once again they’re more than just a great logo. We’re proud to welcome them to Roadburn Festival for the first time in 2019!

Feast for Water, preceded by the four-piece’s 2016 debut, Belfry — as in, where the bats are — is an anti-genre work of richly atmospheric weight. Taking elements from black metal, heavy rock, doom, jazz, ambient psychedelia, cult and goth rock, songs like ‘Leah’ and ‘Tulsi’ offer transcendent spaces for the listener to dwell within. It’s a sonic journey we can’t wait to take when Messa perform a special set as part of next year’s festival. Read more here.

Weekend tickets for Roadburn 2019 will go on sale on Thursday, October 4. They will be available to purchase in person from Sounds Tilburg record store (from 6pm) for those in the vicinity.  For those further afield, tickets will be available from from 8pm CEST/ 7pm BST/ 2pm EDT. We recommend setting up a account in advance.

Tickets will be priced as follows:
3 days ticket €181 + €4,50 service fee
4 days ticket €204 + €4,50 service fee
Day ticket (Thu, Fri or Sat€62 + 4,50 service fee
Sunday ticket €55,50 + €4,50 service fee

We also know that having somewhere to sleep is kind of a big deal, so before October 4, we’ll have news regarding the the new luxury cabins at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park, and information regarding the 2019 Urban Campsite in Tilburg. We might even be able to squeeze in another band or two before tickets drop too…

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 14.9.18

September 14, 2018

Once again, things got a bit hectic around here this week as we announced another slew of artists for Roadburn 2019. Among them was the Dutch post-everything band, GOLD. We called upon their good natures and excellent music taste to enlist their help with this week’s playlist.

Milena and Thomas put their heads together and came up with a great selection of tracks. They commented:

“To make a playlist for Roadburn is such an honor and it’s also sooooo hard! So many good songs we’d love to share. Our taste is very versatile, there’s black metal, there’s post punk, folk, soul, pop, hiphop, electronic, orchestral and experimental, which makes it quite the task to choose.

“For us the fun starts when everything comes together, and so does this collection of favorites. We start off with the best voice ever. Nina Simone brings us depth and contemplation. This song is especially important to us, as we start every live show listening to this together with our audience. From there on we take off to all these different places, that are often as dark and real as they are beautiful and personal. Welcome to the world of GOLD.”

If you’d like to seek out these songs elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

Nina Simone – Images (live) (UMG)

Oranssi Pazuzu – Olen Avannut Uuden Silmän (Oranssi Pazuzu)

The Cure – Cold (Fiction)

Nico – Janitor of Lunacy (Domino)

Light Asylum – Dark Allies (Mexican Summer)

Wiegedood – Prowl (Century Media)

Algiers – Death March (Matador)

Mica Levi – Love (Rough Trade)

Portishead – Machine Gun (Go!Discs)

Linda Perhaps – Chimacum Rain (Geffen)

Liturgy – Follow (Thrill Jockey)

Dead Can Dance – Ascension (4AD)

Moor Mother – Deadbeat Protest (Don Giovanni Records

Swans – When Will I Return? (Young God Records)

Arvo Pärt, Gil ShahamTabula Rasa: 2. Silentium: Senza moto (Deutsche Grammophon)

Ticket Onsale Date Thursday, 4 October

September 13, 2018

As well as bringing you a new bunch of bands just added to the Roadburn line up, we’re delighted to bring you details of the 2019 tickets. We know that this is a key part of your planning for Roadburn each year, so here’s what you need to know…

Tickets for Roadburn 2019 will go on sale on Thursday, October 4. They will be available to purchase in person from Sounds Tilburg record store (from 6pm) for those in the vicinity. For those further afield, tickets will be available from from 8pm CEST/ 7pm BST/ 2pm EDT. We recommend setting up a account in advance.

Tickets will be priced as follows:
3 days ticket €181 + €4,50 service fee
4 days ticket €204 + €4,50 service fee
Day ticket (Thu, Fri or Sat) €62 + 4,50 service fee
Sunday ticket €55,50 + €4,50 service fee

We also know that having somewhere to sleep is kind of a big deal, so before October 4, we’ll have news regarding the the new luxury cabins at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park, and information regarding the 2019 Urban Campsite in Tilburg. We might even be able to squeeze in another band or two before tickets drop too…

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 7.9.18

September 7, 2018

While we’re working really hard behind the scenes on the 2019 festival, this week’s playlist is full of little discoveries, as we need to rejuvenate ourselves too – plus, it’s in the spirit of next year’s festival as well.

Kicking off with Roadburn luminaries The Ocean and The Secret, we’ll veer into different aural territories with the likes of Rakta, Fontän, Mythic Sunship and Futuropaco as we’d like you to trip hard together with us.

If you’d like to seek out this week’s songs elsewhere, here’s the info you need

The OceanPermian: the Great Dying (Metal Blade)

The SecretVertigo (Southern Lord)

DaughtersThe Reason They Hate Me (Ipecac Records)

AkitsaEspoir vassal (Profound Lore)

RaktaMemória Do Futuro (Iron Lung Records)

Mythic SunshipTectonic Breach (El Paraiso)

FuturopacoFantasma Arancione (El Paraiso)

FontänMangsebung (Höga Nord Records)

Ed WynneShim (Snapper Music)

The Legendary Pink DotsThe Grain Kings (Caciocavallo)

Henrik PalmDogs (Fetish)

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs PigsGNT – Radio Edit (Rocket Recordings)

DSNKTResurgence of Primordial Void Aperture (Clavis Secretorvm)

HorrendousDevotion – Blood for Ink (Season of Mist)

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 31.8.18

August 31, 2018

This week’s playlist kicks off with a Weedeater track as something of a tribute to their drummer Carlos Denogean who sadly passed away last week. It was an honour to have them at Roadburn this year, and a thrill to witness a rapt audience experience a full on classic Weedeater set. Our condolences go out to Carlos’ friends and family.

Elsewhere on the playlist we have new tracks by Pig Destroyer and Bosse-de-Nage among others, plus we’ll also dive head first into psychedelic, prog and Krautrock territory with the likes of Cave, Ed Wynne (of Ozric Tentacles-fame), Gösta Berlings Saga, and Mia Doi Todd ft. Dungen.

If you’d like to seek out this week’s songs elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

WeedeaterGod Luck and Good Speed (Seaon of Mist)

Pig DestroyerMt.Skull (Relapse)

NagSigh (Fysisk Format)

ConjurerChoke (Holy Roar Records)

Bosse-de-NageMy Shroud (The Flenser)

Oiseaux TempêteBaalshamin (Sub Rosa)

Gösta Berlings SagaCapercaillie Lammergeyer Cassowary & Repeat (InsideOutMusic)

CaveSan’ Yago (Drag City)

Mia Doi Todd & DungenFly This Place (City Zen Music)

Bart de PaepeAlvinclarvord (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records)

Ed WynneShim (Snapper Music)

SungodWave Refraction (Holodeck Records)

End ChristianAnywhere W/You (Translation Loss Records)

SunswitchThe Cleansing of Summer Rain (Crispin Glover Records)

ChevalierChevalier (Cruz Del Sur Music)

VisigothSteel and Silver (Metal Blade)

AshburyMadman (Self release)

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 24.8.18

August 24, 2018

This playlist was compiled with heavy grey rain lashing against the window – not August weather, that’s for sure. Perhaps it’s fitting, as summer festival season is nearing an end already, and soon we’ll be headlong into the colder months. But alongside that dreariness is the silver lining of September and October being rich pickings for new releases!  We’re eagerly keeping an eye on what’s coming out towards the end of the year.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Spotify playlist to keep up to date with the latest sounds that are tickling our ears – perhaps you’ll find something new that will carry you through to the winter months!

If you’d like to seek out this week’s songs elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

Dead Now – Powershapes (Brutal Panda)

Nothing – Blue Line Baby (Relapse)

Bliss Signal – Bliss Signal (True Panther Sounds)

Marissa Nadler – Blue Vapor (Bella Union)

Kurt Vile – Loading Zones (Matador)

Street Sects – In For A World of Hurt (The Flenser)

A Forest of Stars – Precipice Pirouette (Lupus Lounge)

Antre – One (Self Released)

Leeched – Guilt (Prosthetic Records)

Witchsorrow – Demons of the Mind (Candlelight)

Sumac – Attis’ Blade (Thrill Jockey)

Headliner, Curator and More Announced For Roadburn 2019

August 17, 2018


Roadburn is thrilled to welcome Sleep back to the festival as our main headliners for 2019. In two career-spanning sets, Sleep will shine the spotlight first on their iconic album, Holy Mountain, and then the following night focus on their latest – crushing – release, The Sciences. There will be enough time for some bonus tracks and surprises, adding to the once-in-a-lifetime feel of this pair of sets.

For almost 30 years, Sleep have been penning anthems for stoners, dropouts and appreciators of thee riff. It’s something of an understatement to say that Sleep have been an influential band in the world of heavy music – and directly on us at Roadburn too.

Whilst our relationship with the individuals in Sleep pre-dates their 2012 Roadburn performance (Om, High on Fire and Neurosis being no stranger to the Roadburn stages), that show, six years ago cemented the bond between band and festival; our histories forever entwined. It feels appropriate to celebrate together – another chapter in this incredible band’s tale.

Sleep will perform on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. Read more here.


Roadburn has a diverse history of curators. Each year, one creative is selected to put their stamp on a corner of the festival, imprinting a little bit of themselves on the Roadburn map. Carrying the torch for the curator tradition in 2019 is Tomas Lindberg who will present bands under the banner The Burning Darkness.

Having performed at Roadburn in 2016 with Disfear, Lindberg is no stranger to our stages. Although best known for his work with At The Gates and Disfear, stints in Skitsystem and Lock Up plus his output with The Great Deceiver likely mean that he’s gotten a look in on many a Roadburner’s record collection.

Tomas says: “Roadburn for me has always been about eclecticism, and underground music of all styles that desperately demand your attention. Walter and I have already started talking about possibilities, and I am super excited about the direction of these talks. See you there!”

Tomas Lindberg‘s The Burning Darkness curated event will take place across multiple stages on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13Read more here.


Have A Nice Life released Deathconsciousness ten years ago, and the slow, quiet ripples have been making an impact ever since. With only a select few shows under their belts, we’re thrilled that Have A Nice Life will be playing not one, but two shows at Roadburn 2019. With one show dedicated to Deathconsciouness and another “regular” show (as regular as such a rare treat can be!), Have A Nice Life will truly celebrate the big gloom at Roadburn.

Have A Nice Life will perform on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. Read more here.


Birds In Row‘s much-anticipated second album, We Already Lost The World, is a solid, varied and tremendously mature record that can be filed under the very inclusive banner of post-hardcore, but also a record which nevertheless maintains that anguished, raw intensity that has always been their trademark. We didn’t need much convincing, but it sealed the deal – we couldn’t resist having them at Roadburn 2019.

Birds in Row will play on Sunday, April 14. Read more here.


A heady mix of droning doom and sludgy bang-your-head-slowly moments, Vile Creature wear their collective hearts on their sleeve and don’t hold back. Whilst their latest album, Cast of Static and Smoke may have its roots in a sci-fi-influenced short story that the duo concocted together, a immovable streak of socio-political commentary and compassion run through the very core of the band. Self-described “weird queer kids with lofty ambitions”, we’re hopeful that at least one of their ambitions will be fulfilled come April.

Vile Creature will play on Thursday, April 11. Read more here.


Pack your leather jackets, bullet belts and face masks, because you’ll surely need them when Midnight ride to RoadburnOn The Wings Of Satan! We have a Melting Brain just thinking about it, but 2019 is finally the year when we will be Crushed By Demons, as Midnight will finally rip our stages apart and Take You To Hell with their unholy Black Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Midnight play Roadburn 2019 on Thursday, April 11. Read more here.


Ten years have passed since the last visitation of Seven That Spells to Roadburn Festival. In that time, the Croatian progressives have embarked on and completed the wildly ambitious trilogy The Death and Resurrection of Krautrock, offering its three different parts – Aum, Io and Omega, in 2011, 2014 and 2018, respectively.

Here at Roadburn HQ, we pride ourselves on bringing you the very best and most forward-thinking acts from all around the world, and we can’t wait to welcome back Seven That Spells to the 013 venue with their cross-genre epic in tow. Krautrock will be reborn at Roadburn 2019!

Seven That Spells will play on Friday, April 12. Read more here.


Before Roadburn 2018 was even complete, a trio of acts for 2019 were announced. Headed up by Heilung who are making monumental waves at the moment, the blueprint for Roadburn 2019 started to come into focus. Describing their ethos as “amplified history” from early Medieval  Northern Europe, their daring and thought-provoking attitude will fit in perfectly at Roadburn.

Elsewhere, Louise Lemón‘s “death gospel” will lend an ethereal, otherworldly vibe to proceedings, whilst Dutch hardcore legends Gore will signal their return with an intense reunion show.

The Artists performing at Roadburn 2019 are:
Birds In Row
Curator: Tomas Lindberg
Have A Nice Life
Louise Lemón
Seven That Spells
Vile Creature

To watch the Roadburn 2018 documentary made by Never Mind The Hype, click HERE.
To listen to the 2018 audio streams courtesy of VPRO 3voor12, click HERE.

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 17.8.18

Not sure if you noticed, but this week we announced a bunch of bands for Roadburn 2019. Given that we were so wrapped up in that, we barely had time to breathe, never mind hunt down the best tunes you should be checking out this week. So, thank goodness for Vile Creature.

One half of this politically charged, sludgy whirlpool, KW, volunteered to take over the reigns for today – what a wonderful human being! If we hadn’t intervened, we’re pretty sure KW would have presented a list comprised entirely of Thou tracks, which certainly wouldn’t have been a terrible thing, but the final list did eventually end up with some variation.

As Vile Creature will be heading this way for Roadburn next year, you could consider this a little peek into their inner workings – what makes them tick! So, what is it that joins all these artists together? KW explains:

“These songs are all heavy and have wonderful movement to them. Also the bands contain no Nazis. Honestly, what’s not to love?”

If you’d like to seek out this week’s tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

Sunrot – Gormandize (Self release)

Aseethe – Into the Sun (Part II) (Thrill Jockey)

Immortal Bird – To a Watery Grave (Manatee Rampage)

Thou – Deepest Sun (Deathwish Inc)

Body Void – Swan (Dry Cough)

Yellow Eyes – Sick with Bloom (Gilead Media)

Elizabeth Colour Wheel – Mika Says (Midnight Werewolf)

Fórn – Suffering in the Eternal Void (Gilead Media)

Yob – Prepare the Ground (Relapse)

Dawn Ray’d – Cauldron of Birth (Moment of Collapse)

Svffer – Systematisierung (Self Release)

Cavernlight – To Wallow In The Filth Where Despair is Born (Gilead Media)

Vattnet Viskar – Intention Oblivion (Burning World Records)

Samothrace  – When We Emerged (20 Buck Spin)

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 10.8.18

August 10, 2018

Each Friday we aim to bring you new music from a varied selection of artists that are tickling our ears throughout the week. Sometimes we’re restricted by which artists are on Spotify, and sometimes we have to sit on our hands and wait when we’ve been granted an early listen of an upcoming album that we love. A lot of thought and patience goes into the whole process.

Sometimes, we’re overwhelmed by choice – it goes both ways! This week we have included tracks from Crippled Black Phoenix, Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou – all artists that have appeared here already in the last month or so. As much as we try to mix it up, some artists are just consistently delivering the goods. What we’re saying is, these records are so essential, we can’t resist adding each new track as it pops up online.

But there’s plenty of other stuff too – hopefully something in there will tickle your ears and carry you through to next week!

If you’d prefer to seek out the contents of the playlist elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

AncestorsThrough a Window (Pelagic Records)

Träd, Gräs och Stenar, TrädenHymn (Subliminal Sounds)

Crippled Black PhoenixNebulas (Season of Mist)

Emma Ruth RundleDarkhorseEdit (Sargent House)

Slow CrushAurora (Holy Roar Records)

Thousand Foot Whale ClawNo Kingdom (Holodeck Records)

Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas (Perturbator) – Cygnus Remix (Blood Music)

Author and PunisherNihil Strength (Relapse Records)

Body VoidPhantom Limb (Crown and Throne / Dry Cough)

ThouUnfortunate Times (Deathwish Inc)

Portrayal of GuiltChamber of Misery Pt.1 (Portrayal of Guilt Records)

AgrimoniaForeshadowed (Southern Lord)

AbstracterWings of Nihilation (Sentient Ruin Laboratories)

MyrkraverkNær Døden (Blut & Eisen Prod)

Split CraniumWhirling Dusk (Ipecac Recordings)

Black SalvationA Direction Is Futile (Relapse Records)

Spiritual CrampI Feel Bad Bein’ Me (Deranged Records)

Young WidowsPrey for the Beast (Temporary Residence)