Essential Sounds: 2.8.19

August 2, 2019

We’re edging closer to making our first announcements for Roadburn 2020 – we’re finalising details, working on designs and planning out a whole array of treats for next April. And we’re so fortunate to have so much new and exciting music to be the soundtrack to our hard work.

Here we’ve collated just a handful of the artists who are inspiring us and keeping us motivated through many hours in front of a computer!

If you’d like to seek out the music on the playlist elsewhere, then this is the info you’ll need:

HIDE – Raw Dream (Dais)

Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance (They Grow Inside Pt 2) (20 Buck Spin)

Cloud Rat – Webspinner (Artoffact)

Crypt Sermon – Christ Is Dead (Dark Descent)

Russian Circles – Kohokia (Sargent House)

Be Forest – K (wwnbb)

Chelsea Wolfe – American Darkness (Sargent House)

Carla dal Forno – Took A Long Time (Kallista)

Kayo Dot – Blasphemy: A Prophecy (Prophecy Productions)

Cherubs – Full Regalia (Relapse)

Dire Wolves – Every Step Is Birth (Beyond Beyond is Beyond)

Föllakzoid – IIII (Sacred Bones)

Essential Sounds: 26.7.19

July 26, 2019

As Europe swelters in an unforgiving heatwave, real life carries on – and so we bring you another playlist. Also going crazy from the heat this week is Pijn and Conjurer who have collaborated to create Curse These Metal Hands (we put a track on a playlist a few weeks back).

They’ll have an LP on Holy Roar in a few weeks, but this week we asked them to put their heads together and ahem… conjurer up a playlist for us.  It’s a bit different to our usual fare, but if the end of the world is nigh (it certainly feels like it right now…) then why not go out with a little bit of Duran Duran…

Here’s what they told us:

“After spending a lot of time together over the last couple of years, both bands have realised that you can’t be ‘All Roadburn, All Day’ so we’ve put together a collection of songs to lift the spirit and thrown in a few to bring you right back down. These are all tracks we blast on the road, especially when we’re on our way to a show about to listen to lots of heavy music, and many of these tracks hold a special significance for each of us. We hope you enjoy something a little different, from the minds of five people who love music. Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen…”

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

George Michael & Elton JohnDon’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Sony Music)

TorcheKicking (Volcom Entertainment)

BaptistsBetterment (Southern Lord)

KvelertakBlodtørst (Indie Recordings)

Hop AlongThe Knock (Saddle Creek)

CHVRCHESBury It (Virgin Records)

Jim GhediBanks of Mulroy Bay (Basin Rock)

Fang IslandDaisy (Sargent House)

Toots & The Maytals54-56 Was My Number (Island Recordings)

Bloc PartyHelicopter (Wichita Records)

Delta SleepSingle File (Big Scary Monsters)

PupScorpion Hill (Rise Records / BMG)

The Twilight SadI/m Not Here (Rock Action Records)

The HotelierHousebroken (Tiny Engines)

Aztec CameraSomewhere In My Heart (Warner Music UK)

Duran DuranThe Chauffeur (Parlophone Records)

WeezerSay It Ain’t So (DGC Group)

Childish GambinoRedbone (Glassnote Entertainment Group)

RefusedNew Noise (Burning Heart Records)

Essential Sounds: 19.07.19

July 19, 2019

While everyone seems on holiday or attending a festival, we’re working away behind the scenes on Roadburn 2020, and our weekly playlist to keep your summer going – and ours, too!

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

Culted Dirt Black Chalice (Season of Mist)

Lingua IgnotaDays Of Tears And Mourning (Profoud Lore)

PetbrickHorse (Rocket Recordings)

Hante.Wild Animal (Synth Religion)

She Past AwayDisko Anksiyete (Remoov)

Lord Kesseli & the DrumsChemical Mother (Bookmakers Records)

Isolated YouthOath (Fabrika Records)

Bremen Earthbound (Blackets Ever Black)

The Quiet TempleThe Last Opium Den (On Earth) (Point Of Departure)

MoontribeTechnology (Fortuna Records)

The Utopia StrongBrainsurgeons 3 (Rocket Recordings)

落差草原 WWWW / Prairie WWWWSemiotics (Self-Release)

Here Lies ManClad In Silver (RidingEasy Records)

Thee Oh SeesHenchlock (Castle Face)

Essential Sounds: 12.07.19

July 12, 2019

Once again it’s a nice feeling to put together a playlist that features Roadburn alumni… so often when we host an artist at Roadburn we start to consider them family and we follow what they do forever more with pride and enthusiasm. We’ve also dug up a few gems who have no prior association with Roadburn, so it’s a good ol’ mix of stuff.

If you don’t already subscribe to the playlist on Spotify, please do so HERE. We’re thrilled to have over 2k subscribers that get an automatic update to the playlist every Friday!

As ever, if you’d rather seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Wear Your Wounds – Paper Panther (Deathwish Inc)

Year Of The Knife – Sick Statistic (Pure Noise Records)

Opeth – Heart In Hand (Nuclear Blast)

Ride – Repetition (Wichita)

Drab Majesty – Out of Sequence (Dais Records)

Majeure – Longing, Love, Loss (Holodeck)

Pharmakon – Self-Regulating System (Sacred Bones)

Lightning Dust – Devoted To (Western Vinyl)

Fee Lion – Heaven (self release)

Wreck and Reference – What Goes in and Comes Out (The Flenser)

Roadburn 2019: Audio streams for Thou, Lingua Ignota, Grails and Seven That Spells among others posted on line

July 5, 2019

We’re thrilled to bring you the latest collection of audio streams from Roadburn performances. Among those that are going live today from RB2019 are Thou (acoustic and Magus-era), Lingua Ignota, Henrik Palm, MJ Guider, Louise Lemón, Thor & Friends, Grails, Wolvennest, Bliss Signal and the Seven That Spells album trilogy shows.

Once again we have teamed up with VPRO 3voor12, Holland’s major cultural network, to bring you these streams in all their glory. As has become tradition, with the invaluable help of Marcel Van De Vondervoort (Torture Garden Studio) and his team, you are now able to relive or uncover some true highlights from the Roadburn vaults.


Marcel van de Vondervoort (Spacejam Records / Torture Garden Studio)

Robert de Lorijn (Spacejam Records)

Roadburn Festival audio engineers:

Michiel Ferweda
Matthijs Herder
Kristian Vloet
Han Pannekoek
Nikki Nijsten
Leon van Zuijlen

Essential Sounds: 05.07.19

Another week – another playlist. This one veers from blissful to brutal stopping off at various other states in between. It’s always a delight to hear new music from those who have graced the Roadburn stages previously – this week we’ve got tracks from Uniform x The Body, Street Sects, Sacri Monti, and Drab Majesty – all of whom will likely be familiar to Roadburners already!

Hopefully there’s scope for some new discoveries too.

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

Uniform x The Body – Penance (Sacred Bones)

Street Sects – Goodbye Recidivist Road (The Flenser)

Cherubs – 18 the Number (Relapse)

Foscor – Cel Rogent (Season of Mist)

Time For Dreams – You’ve Got A Friend (It Records)

Drab Majesty – Oxytocin (Dais Records)

A Pregnant Light – My Last Song (Colloquial Sounds)

Torche – Admission (Relapse)

Sacri Monti – Starlight (Tee Pee Records)

Tomb Mold – Accelerative Phenomenae (20 Buck Spin)

Immortal Bird – Avolition (20 Buck Spin)

Essential Sounds: 28.06.19

June 28, 2019

Lingua Ignota performed two of the most talked about sets at Roadburn 2019, and is now gearing up to release what is sure to be one of the most impactful albums of the year – CALIGULA. There’s a few more weeks to wait until that’s unleashed on us all, but for now we have a small blessing in the form of the latest single which kicks off this week’s playlist.

Another much talked about performance at Roadburn was of course Heilung whose long awaited album Futha is out now! Sandwiched between these two artists is a clutch of the weird and wonderful that’s been streaming into our ears for the past week or so.

There’s often a lull in album releases over the summer as attention turns to summer festivals… but there’s already been such a wealth of new music released this year, it will give us a chance to backtrack and pick up on anything we missed already. If there’s a band you really think we should be listening to, you can tweet us and let us know.

Til next time, enjoy this week’s Essential Sounds

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

Lingua Ignota – DO YOU DOUBT ME TRAITOR (Sargent House)

Mvgre – Æuphoria (Self Release)

HIDE – Girl on Girl (Sub Pop)

Idle Hands – Nightfall (Eisenwald)

Alameda 5 – Tubarao (Instant Classic)

Vanderschrick – Ochtendgris (Stroom)

Pyrit – Control, Pt 2 (Kick The Flame)

Vonnis – Bikini Season (Hypertension)

Victims – The Horse and Sparrow Theory (Relapse Records)

Heilung – Norupo (Season of Mist)

Essential Sounds: 21.06.19

June 21, 2019

Walter has gone on holiday and it’s my birthday this weekend, so to my mind, that gives me free rein to do whatever I please with this week’s playlist. So I picked some of my favourite songs by artists that have played Roadburn previously. And then I finished it off with Nancy Sinatra – who has most definitely not played Roadburn, but it’s my birthday so I can do what I want – right?

Not all of these songs have been performed on a Roadburn stage, but the artist has been a guest of ours in Tilburg. Lots of these tracks have a personal meaning to me – which I won’t bore you with now! But nonetheless, I hope you enjoy the playlist – and normal service will resume next week!


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

Marriages – Love, Texas (Sargent House)

Ulver – Eos (Jester)

SubRosa – Troubled Cells (Profound Lore)

Cult of Luna – Finland (Earache Records)

Daughters – Guest House (Ipecac)

Lingua Ignota – BUTCHER OF THE WORLD (Profound Lore)

Chelsea Wolfe – The Mother Road (Sargent House)

Darkher – Moths (Prophecy Productions)

Warning – Footprints (Svart/Cappio)

Emma Ruth Rundle – Protection (Sargent House)

King Woman – Hierophant (Relapse Records)

Pallbearer – Love You To Death (Profound Lore)

True Widow – FOUR TEETH (Relapse Records)

Helms Alee – Pleasure Centre (Sargent House)

Zola Jesus – Soak (Sacred Bones)

GOLD – Teenage Lust (Ván Records)

Cave In – Paranormal (Hydra Head)

Napalm Death – Morale (Century Media)

Indian – Rhetoric of No (Relapse)

The Atlas Moth – Coma Noir (Prosthetic Records)

Zombi – Earthly Powers (Relapse Records)

Nancy Sinatra – Sugar Town (Boots Enterprises)

Essential Sounds: 14.06.18

June 14, 2019

A slight delay in getting last week’s Essential Sounds playlist out into the world led to people to enquire as to its whereabouts. Whilst we felt bad for the delay, it was a little bit heartwarming to know that these playlists have become a part of people’s Friday routine. Same over here!

This week’s playlist was pieced together whilst we engaged in some in depth conversations about the direction that Roadburn 2020 would take. It’s never easy to take the plunge and head in a new direction, but whilst ruminating on such thoughts it’s always a pleasure to have such a wealth of new and inspirational music as the soundtrack.

Cave In – Winter Window (HydraHead Industries)

Pijn & Conjurer – High Spirits (Holy Roar)

Wear Your Wounds – Shrinking Violet (Deathwish Inc)

Dead To A Dying World – Empty Hands, Hollow Hymns (Profound Lore)

Drowse – Between Fence Posts (The Flenser)

Pallbearer – Atlantis (Sub Pop)

Immortal Bird – Vestigial Warnings (20 Buck Spin)

Misþyrming – Ísland, Steingelda Krummaskuð (NoEvDiA)

Memoriam – Undefeated (Nuclear Blast)

Possessed – The Word (Nuclear Blast)

The Armed – FT. FRANK TURNER (Sargent House)

Howling Sycamore – Initiation (Prosthetic)

White Ring – Spiral Clown (Rocket Girl)

Exclusive Premiere: Gore 'Waste Taste Live at Roadburn' 2019 video

June 12, 2019

After Gore‘s serious punch-in-the-face-reunion-performance at Roadburn 2019, we’re excited to share the live video for ‘Waste Taste’ below. A a big, black instrumental ball of tension and release, ‘Waste Taste’ is taken from the band’s latest album, Revanche, released via Exile on Mainstream.

Revanche is a creative interpretation of Gore’s Lifelong Deadline, the band’s fifth album (originally released in 1992), and wrapping up a 27 years old unfinished business. Both Revanche – expertly mixed by Terry Date – and the reunion shows are elevating Gore‘s levels of intensity and frantic relentlessness to new, artistic heights – we couldn’t ask for more; welcome back, Gore!