Zuriaake bring the fury and melancholy of the Far East to Roadburn 2018

Thinking small is often a result of horizons that are not broadened enough, and so here at Roadburn we try to listen to the whole world, so to speak, as much as it is possible for us to do so. Which is why Roadburn 2018 will welcome the first Chinese band to ever perform at the festival, a band that has collectively blown us away with their reinterpretation of extreme music through the lens of their own history and culture.
We are obviously talking about Zuriaake, or 葬尸湖 in their own language, which roughly translated means “lake of buried corpses”, an image that accurately reflects both the extreme fury and also the beautifully dark melancholy that lies at the heart of Zuriaake‘s music.

Hailing from Jinan, the capital of the Shandong Province, the trio’s origins date back to 1998 already, during the first wave of Chinese black metal, and their debut full-length record, 弈秋 (Afterimage Of Autumn) already raised a lot of praise for those who discovered the band at the time. A distinctive, sublime mix of Chinese folk music and black metal, employing traditional instruments such as the guzheng, bamboo flute or the erhu and expertly merging them with guitar-led extremity, it creates a completely alien mood which nevertheless will still feel strangely welcoming and familiar.

For Westerners, a clumsy but still apt metaphor to describe it might be as if Wolves In The Throne Room were thrown in the middle of a fight scene from any Zhang Yimou epic. A style which was refined to almost perfection on 2015‘s 孤雁 (Gu Yan), a record that stands as one of the unsung pearls of this decade’s extreme music and fully deserves worldwide exposition, that Roadburn will finally provide.

Zuriaake look as striking as they sound too – a quick look at a few photos of their shows on their Facebook page will give you a hint of the full immersion we can expect from this unique band, which will provide us the opportunity to listen to the sound of a fascinating culture still unknown to many of us, while furiously headbanging at the same time, of course.

Zuriaake will bring the Far East to Roadburn 2018 on Sunday, 22 April at the 013 venue.

José Carlos Santos / December 2017

Date: April 22

Time: 23.30

Type: Main Stage

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