Essential Sounds: 22.01.21

January 22, 2021

Don’t let the current state of affairs keep you from discovering new music. Please consider this week’s playlist a guiding light – a beacon of creativity and hope!

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Ulver & Carpenter BrutMachine Guns and Peacock Feathers (House Of Mythology)

Spill GoldHighway Hypnosis (Knekelhuis) (header pic)

Ghost Funk OrchestraKing of Misdirection (Karma Chief Records)

Mourning [A] BLKstarIf I Can If I May (Don Giovanni Records)

Moor Mother & Billy WoodsFuries(Backwoodz Studioz)

ExhalantsBang</strong> (Hex Records)

GulchLie, Deny, Sanctify (Closed Casket Activities)

Terminal BlissMarch of the Grieving Droid (Relapse Records)

Pupil SlicerWounds Upon My Skin (Prosthetic Records)

AutarkhTurbulence (Season of Mist)

WesenwilleThe Descent (LADLO)

EmptinessVide, incomplet (Season of Mist)

Kira McSpiceDaylight (Self-Release)

Ece CanliUmayuma (Lovers & Lollypops)

Future MuseumsSide 2 (Aural Canyon)

Prairie WWWWShells (Self Release)

AuratWada (Self Release)

Gaye Su AkyolIsyan Manifestosu (Glitterbeat Records)


Essential Sounds: 15.01.21

January 15, 2021

Alright – now we’re talking! This year is really starting to churn out some future classics. Dive in to a selection of tracks that have been keeping us hooked up to our headphones this week.

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

GatecreeperSick of Being Sober (Close Casket Activities)

The BodyTied Up and Locked In (Beast and Man SESAC)

Emma Ruth Rundle & ThouCrone Dance (Sacred Bones Records)

AlkerdeelZop (Consouling Sounds / Babylon Doom Cult)

EyeHateGodFake What’s Yours (Century Media)

TribulationFuneral Pyre (Century Media)

The Lion’s DaughterNeon Teeth (Season of Mist)

Here Lies ManCollector of Vanities (RidingEasy Records)

Perfume Genius x Boy HarsherYour Body Changes Everything (Matador Records)

Blanck MassStarstuff (Sacred Bones Records)

Alice GlassSuffer and Swallow (Eating Glass Records)

GrayceonThe Lucky Ones (We Can Records)

WardrunaSkugge (Fimbulljod Productions / Sony Music)


Essential Sounds: 08.01.21

January 8, 2021

We’re only a week into a new year and it feels like longer! Fortunately there’s been some new tunes released already to help keep us sane… plus, we’re still (re)discovering and uncovering gems from 2020!

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Sven WunderSnowdrops (Piano Piano Records)

Planning For BurialWhen Summer Turns To Fall (The Flenser)

Zola JesusKrunk (Sacred Bones)

PÅGÅWater Strider (Svart Records)

Patriarchy x Drab MajestyBurn The Witch (DERO Arcade)

Divide and DissolveDenial (Invada Records)

FolterkammerDas Magnificat (Gilead Media)

The Ruins Of BeverastAnchoress in Furs (Ván Records)

Portrayal Of GuiltGarden of Despair (Closed Casket Activities)

CultedBlack Bird (Season of Mist)

AkhlysSomniloquy (Eitrin)

KnollLambent Urn (Self-Release)

MF DOOMDoomsday (Self-Release)


Update On Roadburn 2021: Refunds, rollover and more...

December 16, 2020

We’re aware that many people have been speculating about the practicalities around hosting Roadburn 2021 as we originally planned – with everything simply carried over from 2020. Despite encouraging news about vaccines we are just not in a position to assume that will be possible in four months from now.

We are currently planning a very much scaled down, COVID-proof version of Roadburn for April 2021, which will be accessible whether you’re in Tilburg or somewhere else around the globe. We’ll have more information on that in the new year…

We’re so grateful that back in March/April you decided to roll over your tickets to 2021, but we understand that you might not be in a position to roll over again to 2022, so we will be offering refunds to those who would like to claim them. Holding on to your ticket is a huge help to us, and it guarantees your access to Roadburn in 2022 (set for April 21-24) – at 2020 prices!

Your options are as follows:

ROLLOVER – you’ve done it once, if you’d like to do it again and secure your ticket for Roadburn 2022 (set for April 21-24) then you don’t need to do anything and your ticket will automatically rollover.

REFUNDS – if you would like a refund you can request one via TicketmasterCLICK HERE.
You will have until February 10, 2021 to decide what you would like to do (if you do nothing, your ticket converts to a 2022 Roadburn ticket). Refundsincluding those requested earlier this year – will take place on February 19, 2021.

If you booked a camping ticket of any sort or the night bus this will be refunded at the same time in February, regardless of whether you roll over your festival ticket or not. We will make plans for the 2022 Roadburn campsite in due course, but felt that it was fair to free up your money now so you can revisit your accommodation choices closer to the time.

Like many festivals, we are still facing tough decisions about how to progress in the face of an unpredictable, unprecedented pandemic. We have decided that we will not be rolling over the entire line up to 2022; it would be a huge risk and for many reasons it’s not practical to do so. However, we are in communication with bands, booking agents, labels etc to work out the best way to move forward. We have so many once-in-a-lifetime sets at Roadburn, and for some we’re going to have to wait a bit longer for those unique performances. Whilst we cannot tell you our 2022 plans now – we promise to deliver the high-level, special shows that you’ve become accustomed to.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. Despite the silver lining of being able to connect with the Roadburn community this coming April – more news on that in the new year – it is still with a sense of disbelief that we tackle each and every part of this endeavour. We hope you’re safe, well and finding solace in music, as we are.


EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Jo Quail - Adder Stone (Live)

December 7, 2020

Jo Quail is – arguably – one of the artists that most embodies the Roadburn ethos. Her explorations in heavy music are captivating, ambitious and boundary shattering. Since we first stumbled upon her work, we’ve been huge fans of everything she does, so it’s a great honour to be premiering a live performance video from her, of the track Adder Stone.

The track is taken from her 2014 album Caldera, but despite having lived with it for the best part of six years, it sounds as fresh now as it did the first time round. Performed live at Chauvert Professional, Jo‘s performance of Adder Stone is an enthralling watch. Of the song, Jo tells us:

“Inspired by the wild seas and the craggy cliffs on the South East coast, this is a celebration of the power of the water in all her unpredictable glory. Rhythmic repetitions and wild solos crash over one another and coalesce to describe the magic that permeates this sea.”

In a year when we were due to be celebrating the originality and uniqueness of Jo’s talents in a brand new way, this video offers us solace and an striking reminder of what we’re missing out on. Until such a time as we are able to witness this passion and creativity in a live setting again, we suggest you kick back, and let this one wash over you.


Essential Sounds: 27.11.20

November 27, 2020

We’re nearing the end of the albums that will be released this year – but already we’re starting to hear new music from artists who will release albums in 2021. This week’s playlist is a mixture of both. As always, we hope you find something new or inspiring to get stuck into.

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Carpenter Brut & David Eugene EdwardsFab Tool (No Quarter Prod) (Header pic)

PG.LostE22 (Pelagic Records)

A.A. WilliamsPorcelina Of The Vast Oceans (Bella Union)

Palm ReaderA Bird and Its Feathers (Church Road Records)

The White SwanNocturnal Transmission (CockThermos)

Corrupt Moral AltarSpirit Breaker (APF Records)

Wolf KingSanctuary (Phrostetic Records)

Fuming MouthMaster of Extremity (Nuclear Blast)

Portrayal Of GuiltIt’s Already Over (Closed Casket Activities)

ConvulsifTorn From The Stone (Self-Release)

My Dying BrideMacabre Cabaret (Nuclear Blast)

Mizmor & Andrew BlackLooking At | Looking Through (Gilead Media)


Essential Sounds: 20.11.20

November 20, 2020

Let this week’s lengthy (and wildly diverse) playlist be the antidote to the crushing isolation and ongoing insanity!

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Black NarcissusIn a Forest of Nothingness I found Myself (Self-Release)

JesuSleeping In (Avalanche Recordings)

Soft KillOil Burner (Cercle Social Recordings)

Peel Dream MagazineEmotional Devotion Creator (Tough Love)

Tan CologneHeretic Porcelain (Labrador)

Mustard Gas and RosesCop Shoot Cop (Pax Aeternum)

Sturle DagslandHarajuku (Self-Release)

HekátēCrisis (La Vida En Un Mus Discos)

Lebanon HangoverDigital Ocean (Fabrika Records)

Hey ColossusStylites In Reverse (Wrong Speed Records)

Gunn – Truscinski DuoFor Eddie Hazel (Self-Release)

Causa SuiMerging Waters (El Paraiso)

Onségen EnsembleFear (Self Release)

Craven FaultsDoubler Stones (The Leaf Records)

Pauline Anna StromMarking Time (RVNG Intl)

Scott MoveInterlude Request (Omen Logic)

Coarse, Street SectsUntitled (Only Death Remix) (Self-Release)

Reverorum ib MalachtTill försvar för det personliga vittnesbördet (Rubeus Obex)

ThroaneUne balle dans le pied (Eitrin Editions)

AkhlysEphialtes (Eitrin Editions)

Arrogant DestruktorScarred Ashen Planet (Self-Release)

DaufødtSammen er vi Daufødt (Fysisk Format)


Album Premiere: Morne - Live at Roadburn

November 19, 2020

Today, American doom/crust titans Morne stream the entirety of their highly anticipated live album, Live at Roadburn. Set for international release on November 27th via Armageddon Label and Morne Records on CD and vinyl LP formats, hear Morne‘s Live at Roadburn in its entirety exclusively HERE.

This colossal tome that you are now able to preview in full registers the Boston band’s earth-shattering show at Roadburn 2019, and all of those present surely remember the dense miasma created by the band’s sludgy, merciless riffage on massive songs like ‘To The Night Unknown’ or ‘Not Our Flame’, an enormity of sound now further amplified by a powerful Brad Boatright mastering job.

Morne‘s raw and crusty approach that resonated throughout the Koepelhal on April 13th 2019 is perfectly captured on this recording, but don’t just take our word for it – frontman Milosz Gassan himself says, “Being invited to return to Roadburn Festival was a great honour for us, and we are excited to be able to share our set at Koepelhal in its entirety,” he told us. “We’re equally excited to release it on vinyl and join the ‘Live at Roadburn’ family. We would like to thank everyone involved in making it happen. Enjoy the album premiere!”


Essential Sounds: 13.11.20

November 13, 2020

This week’s playlist is short and sweet! There should still be plenty for you to sink your teeth into though…

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Howlin RainRainbow Trout (Live) (Silver Current)

FleuretyFuture Day (Peaceville Records)

Black WingIs This Real Life, Jesus Christ (The Flenser)

SólstafirAlda Syndanna (Season of Mist) (picture)

TribulationLeviathans (Century Media)

LiturgyLonely OIOION (YLYLCYN)

Dark Buddha RisingNagathama (Svart Records)

VölurInviolate Grove (Prophecy Productions)

WowodProshchenie (Church Road Records)

Mountain CallerA Clamour Of Limbs (New Heavy Sounds)

Junior BruceThe Sleeper Awakens (Sludgelord Records)


Essential Sounds: 06.11.20

November 6, 2020

Let this week’s lengthy playlist inspire you to head over to Bandcamp and support these bands and artists. Bandcamp is waiving their fees today! In case it’s just not possible to order anything, then please enjoy these tracks and spread the word – let these artists offer solace as it has been hard to find lately.

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Forever AutumnOwl Bones and River Stones (Self-Released)

Divide and DissolveWe Are Really Worried About You (Invada Records) (Pic above)

The BodyA Lament (Thrill Jockey)

Lesser GlowFostering This Nullity (Pelagic Records)

WrenSeek The Unkindred (Gizeh Records)

Blood From The SoulCalcified Youth (Deathwish Inc.)

Black CurseFinality | Behold (Sepulchral Voice Records)

BorealDusk (Nebulae Artifacta)

FluisteraarsBeringheim (Eisenwald)

Friendship CommandersStonechild (Self-Released)

The Intelligence Service People Are Sleeping (Transgressors)

Warren SchoenbrightPolyglot Abyss (Heterotopias) (Hominid Sounds)

UrdogIce On Water (Rocket Recordings)

EartheaterKiss of The Phoenix (Pan)

OffermoseTvillingeflamme (Third Comming Records)

Karl Hector & MalcounsStossgebet (Now-Again Records)

Alex MaasAmerican Conquest (Basin Rock)

Uffe LorenzenTornerose (Bad Afro Records)

LykantropiKom ta mig ut (Despotz Records)

Wytch HazelDry Bones (Bad Omen Records)