Grey Aura to expose and explore the darker side of the mind at Roadburn 2019

As well as participating in Maalstroom, Grey Aura, hailing from Utrecht, The Netherlands, will also bring their conceptual Black Metal to Roadburn 2019 on Sunday, April 14. Grey Aura is using their playful yet sometimes schizophrenic take on this genre (like some of the others participating in Maalstroom too) as a vehicle to expose and explore the darker side of the mind. Be it a man who commits suicide after his spouse leaves him, a 16th-century explorer dying from scurvy in the Arctic, or a fictional painter who loses his mind over a black square – Grey Aura doesn’t shy away from intrusive thoughts or anxieties.

“It would be fair to say that we do not write music to heal people”, says guitarist/vocalist Ruben Wijlacker. “Our music is not calming; it is certainly not easy-listening. But there is a source of happiness to be found in it. There is joy in exploring the unknown territories of the mind and letting one’s anxieties and dark thoughts come to the surface. Artistic intensity can be a pathway to inner rest. There is something good about facing disturbing thoughts and ideas.”

Grey Aura’s sophomore album, 2: De bezwijkende deugd, will be released on cassette in March through Tartarus Records.

You can check out a track premiere from Grey Aura right now thanks to Never Mind The Hype – click HERE.

Vocalist/guitarist’s Ruben Wijlacker‘s novel De protodood in zwarte haren (conceptually connected to Grey Aura‘s music) will be released on March 8 and will be for sale at Roadburn 2019.

Date: April 14

Time: 18.10-19.00

Stage: Hall of Fame