Roadburn: Essential Sounds 14.9.18

September 14, 2018

Once again, things got a bit hectic around here this week as we announced another slew of artists for Roadburn 2019. Among them was the Dutch post-everything band, GOLD. We called upon their good natures and excellent music taste to enlist their help with this week’s playlist.

Milena and Thomas put their heads together and came up with a great selection of tracks. They commented:

“To make a playlist for Roadburn is such an honor and it’s also sooooo hard! So many good songs we’d love to share. Our taste is very versatile, there’s black metal, there’s post punk, folk, soul, pop, hiphop, electronic, orchestral and experimental, which makes it quite the task to choose.

“For us the fun starts when everything comes together, and so does this collection of favorites. We start off with the best voice ever. Nina Simone brings us depth and contemplation. This song is especially important to us, as we start every live show listening to this together with our audience. From there on we take off to all these different places, that are often as dark and real as they are beautiful and personal. Welcome to the world of GOLD.”

If you’d like to seek out these songs elsewhere, here’s the info you need:

Nina Simone – Images (live) (UMG)

Oranssi Pazuzu – Olen Avannut Uuden Silmän (Oranssi Pazuzu)

The Cure – Cold (Fiction)

Nico – Janitor of Lunacy (Domino)

Light Asylum – Dark Allies (Mexican Summer)

Wiegedood – Prowl (Century Media)

Algiers – Death March (Matador)

Mica Levi – Love (Rough Trade)

Portishead – Machine Gun (Go!Discs)

Linda Perhaps – Chimacum Rain (Geffen)

Liturgy – Follow (Thrill Jockey)

Dead Can Dance – Ascension (4AD)

Moor Mother – Deadbeat Protest (Don Giovanni Records

Swans – When Will I Return? (Young God Records)

Arvo Pärt, Gil ShahamTabula Rasa: 2. Silentium: Senza moto (Deutsche Grammophon)

Roadburn: Essential Sounds 7.9.18

September 7, 2018

While we’re working really hard behind the scenes on the 2019 festival, this week’s playlist is full of little discoveries, as we need to rejuvenate ourselves too – plus, it’s in the spirit of next year’s festival as well.

Kicking off with Roadburn luminaries The Ocean and The Secret, we’ll veer into different aural territories with the likes of Rakta, Fontän, Mythic Sunship and Futuropaco as we’d like you to trip hard together with us.

If you’d like to seek out this week’s songs elsewhere, here’s the info you need

The OceanPermian: the Great Dying (Metal Blade)

The SecretVertigo (Southern Lord)

DaughtersThe Reason They Hate Me (Ipecac Records)

AkitsaEspoir vassal (Profound Lore)

RaktaMemória Do Futuro (Iron Lung Records)

Mythic SunshipTectonic Breach (El Paraiso)

FuturopacoFantasma Arancione (El Paraiso)

FontänMangsebung (Höga Nord Records)

Ed WynneShim (Snapper Music)

The Legendary Pink DotsThe Grain Kings (Caciocavallo)

Henrik PalmDogs (Fetish)

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs PigsGNT – Radio Edit (Rocket Recordings)

DSNKTResurgence of Primordial Void Aperture (Clavis Secretorvm)

HorrendousDevotion – Blood for Ink (Season of Mist)

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!