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)

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 3.8.18

August 3, 2018

Well, this week, Walter has gone to Iceland to the Norðanpaunk festival leaving me (Becky) unattended as I put together the weekly playlist. It seemed fitting to kick off with some Manilla Road in honour of Mark Shelton – so that’s exactly what I did.

Try as I might, I couldn’t find a way to squeeze in anything from Janelle Monae or U.S Girls, so you’ll just have to listen to those albums separately. The juxtaposition with the likes of Primitive Man and False was just a bit too jarring – even for me.

As ever, thanks to everyone who has subscribed – we’re creeping closer to the 1000 mark!

Manilla Road – Crystal Logic (Goldencore Records)

Voivod – Obsolete Beings (Century Media)

Haunt – Luminous Eyes (Self Release)

Tropical Fuck Storm – Soft Power (Mistletone)

Drowse – Fog In Air (Glowing Window Recordings)

Windhand – Grey Garden (Relapse)

Slugdge – Salt Thrower (Willowtip)

Secret Cutter – Trampled By Light (Holy Roar)

Gouge Away – Only Friend (Deathwish)

False – Anhedonia (Gilead Media)

Primitive Man – Naked (Relapse)

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 27.7.18

July 27, 2018

Whilst much of Europe – and no doubt other parts of the world – swelter in the summer heat, we thought it might be nice to cool off with a selection of tracks some of which that have the capacity to send chills down your spine.

Whilst typing out the below list of songs, Underdark’s The Smell Of Autumn had us yearning for a bit of cloud, the suggestion of drizzle, maybe the possibility of wearing a jacket when venturing outside. Elsewhere on the list, the likes of Lingua Ignota and Roadburn favourites Thou take us to ever darker and colder places – and we revel in it.

Amen Dunes Believe (Sacred Bones)

Morission KincannonI’ll Be Ok Tomorrow (Spacetalk)

Howlin RainComing Down (Silver Current)

SungodHypnotism (Holodeck Records)

MessaSnakeskin Drape (Aural Music)

TrollerTorch (Holodeck Records)

Lingua Ignota – For I Am the Light (and Mine is the Only Way) (Profound Lore)

Vile Creature – Circuits, Bending & Breaking (Halo of Flies/ Dry Cough)

Thou – The Changeling Prince (Sacred Bones)

Bosse-de-Nage – Crux (The Flenser)

DaughtersSatan In The Wait (Ipecac Recordings)

Whispering Sons – Performance (Weyrd Son)

Monkey JuiceRefuse Happy (813326 Records DK)

Dust WitchSister Planet (Holodeck Records)

TalonsThe Drowning (Holy Roar Records)

Underdark – The Smell of Autumn (Self Release)

Evil WarriorsAll the Stars (War Anthem Records)

Never Mind The Hype Roadburn 2018 Documentary

July 20, 2018

This year – during the four days of madness that was Roadburn 2018 – the team at Never Mind The Hype set about documenting the festival. They spoke to the artists that helped make the festival such an incredible experience for us, for them and for everybody that participated in the festival.  The resulting footage was pored over and edited in to an (almost) half hour documentary that captures the spirit of the 2018 edition of the festival.

Our suggestion is that you grab yourself a brew (tea, or something stronger if you prefer!) and relive those four fantastic days back in April.

Huge thanks to Waldo, Ingmar and their team at NMTH!

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 20.7.18

Whilst we enormously enjoy sharing with you the new music that we discover on a weekly basis, from time to time it’s nice to mix it up a little bit. Buoyed by World Cup fever, a few weeks back we committed to creating a playlist of tracks that originated from the winning country.  We’re terribly sorry that Uruguay missed out on World Cup glory, and it’s a shame that Croatia got pipped at the post, but in all honesty, we breathed a sigh of relief when France took home the trophy.

It was a joy to go through the options that France presented in terms of music for this playlist. It’s not all brand new bands and songs, but they’re all fitting for a Roadburn-related playlist. The options were rich pickings, with many genres represented. Here’s a selection of French and France-related artists for our latest Roadburn: Essential Sounds playlist. Amusez-vous!

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

AlcestSouvenirs d’un autre monde (Prophecy)

AmesoeursGas in Veins (Aural Music)

Les DiscretsRue octavio mey (Prophecy)

DétroitHorizon (Barclay)

VarsovieDiscipline (Eitrin Editions)

Hangman’s ChairCan’t Talk (Dooweet Agency SAS)

Phuture DoomRites (Self released)

TerritoireEsclvvv (Humo)

PerturbatorCorrupted by Design (Blood Music)

Eryn Non Dae.Eclipse (Eitrin Editions)

Deathspell OmegaThe synarchy of Molten Bones (NoEvDiA)

Blut aus NordPaien (Eitrin Editions)

The Great Old OnesWhen the Stars Align (Season of Mist)

MoonreichWith Open Throat for Way Too Long (Les Acteurs De L’Ombre)

Decline of the IDisruption (Agonia Records)

Year Of No LightPerséphone II (Conspiracy Records)

DDENTlongue, obscure et triste lune (Self released)

AbductionSous les cendres et la pierre (Finisterian Dead End)

Birds in RowWe Count So We Don’t Have To Listen (Deathwish Inc)

Jessica93Venus Flytrap (Teenage Menopause)

Natural Snow BuildingDawn on a Buck Skin (Self released)

MagmaHortz for dehn stekehn west (Seventh records)

GongMaster Builder (Virgin Records LTD)

SchizoParaphrenia Praecox (ODL)

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 13.7.18

July 13, 2018

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Kraut Rock is still as vibrant and highly influential as it was back in the late ’60s and early ’70s. German bands like Can, Neu!, Kraftwerk, Guru Guru, Cluster, and Tangerine Dream among others broke new musical ground as an expression of a desire for freedom.

Their experimental presence can still be heard and felt today through a wide array of Kraut Rock-influenced bands keeping the legacy alive – from Pharaoh Overlord to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, from Kikagaku Moyo to Minami Deutsch and from Beak> to Ulan Bator and Nordra. This week’s playlist offers 11 deep cuts, showcasing bands that operate under the modern umbrella of Kraut Rock as a tribute to the much lauded originators.

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

Pharaoh OverlordMaailmanlopun ateriana (Ektro Records)

King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardEvil Dead Roll (Heavenly Recordings)

Kikagaku MoyoGreen Sugar (GuruGuru Brain)

Minami Deutsch I’ve Seen a U.F.O. (GuruGuru Brain)

Ulan BatorNeuNeu (Bureau B)

Die VerbotenDafalgänger (DEEWEE)

Die Wilde JagdStangentanz (Bureau B)

TonstartssbandhtBreathe (Kemado Records)

HydroparkOctober (Life Like)

Beak>Welcome To The Machine (Invada Records)

HexenschussDa Bus (Self released)

DollkrautLezdom (Pinkman)

NordraApologize To Me, Humanity (Sige Records)