Oranssi Pazuzu will be performing their as-yet unnamed new album in full at Roadburn 2020, as a part of James Kent’s curated event

Today marks a new chapter for Oranssi Pazuzu; it’s seemingly nondescript Thursday afternoon, the band are in Baltimore, Maryland preparing for a show tonight at Metro. And yet today, the Finnish ensemble are marking the start of all kinds of new endeavours. A new label, a new booking agent, new management… and most excitingly, a new album is on the horizon.

There are so many pieces of the puzzle that will fall into place between now and next April, and we’re sworn to secrecy on just about all of it. But what we can tell you is that Oranssi Pazuzu will be performing their as-yet unnamed new album in full at Roadburn 2020, as a part of James Kent’s curated event. However, this won’t be the first time that we’ve asked for your trust on matters relating to Oranssi Pazuzu

Cast your mind back to our very first commissioned project in 2018 when Oranssi Pazuzu joined forces with Dark Buddha Rising as the Waste of Space Orchestra. Not a note had been heard outside of their rehearsal rooms and yet they held 3,000+ people captivated for over an hour. We had no doubt then that they would deliver in spades – and they surpassed our expectations and we were all so richly rewarded.

But of course, that was not the first chapter in the RoadburnOranssi Pazuzu love affair, as the band made their debut with us way back in 2012. We invited them to return in 2016 and evidently underestimated how much they and their fanbase had blossomed, leading to a queue around the block. We insisted upon their return the following year to ensure that nobody missed out, and they tore the house down!

James comments on his choice: “When I first heard Oranssi Pazuzu back when they released their album “Kosmonument”, I felt like I had struck gold. Still to this day there is not a single band that sounds even remotely similar to their unique mix of psychedelic rock infused with black metal, and each of their tracks has successfully managed to make me feel like I was having a drug induced trip while making my head bang all at the same time.”

The band adds:

“The Roadburn bond keeps on growing stronger.

“Roadburn Festival has been a special place for us already for several years, offering a platform for experimenting and expansion of the band’s sonic palette. This has resulted in our recent ‘Waste of Space Orchestra’ collaboration and also the freshly released “Live at Roadburn” album, recorded at the festival’s 013 stage in 2017.

“Not taking any of this for granted, we are massively excited to announce that we are asked once again, to return to the festival in its 2020 edition, as part of James Kent’s curation. Further, in true Roadburn fashion, we will not be playing just a regular show, but instead we will perform our upcoming new album live, in its entirety, for the first time, prior to the release!

“We consider this possibility an inspiring challenge, and one that will shape the band’s live form into its next phase.”

It seems incomprehensible that Oranssi Pazuzu may have evaded your attention at this point. But we’re sure there’s a few of you out there – the uninitiated. Begin preparations immediately, as come April 2020, there will be dark forces at work here in Tilburg. A magical, mind-melting mangle of psychedelic avant-garde spirit will cast a spell over us all.

This turning of the page signals exciting developments… we can’t wait!

Oranssi Pazuzu will perform at Roadburn 2020 as part of James Kent’s curation.

Becky Laverty / October 2019

Date: April 18

Time: TBA

Stage: Main Stage




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