Roadburn Festival 2016 Part II: Various Venues, Tilburg NL


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Part II

Noticing Amenra would be doing an acoustic set on Saturday, it brought nothing but confusion since they are well-known for their vigorous, powerful live performances. Acoustic? Singer Colin van Eeckhout even admitted feeling very nervous at the beginning of the set. The band was sat in a circle in the semi-darkness of the stage, only slightly illuminated by beams of light. 013’s brand new main stage felt almost obscenely big for such an intimate setting. However, once they got started, this added a vibe of disconnection from the band that almost gave you a feeling you were watching something you weren’t supposed to see. They managed to find a way to play their 2009’s acoustic EP Afterlife so timid and delicate, that the crowd seemed to be in trance and didn’t wake up until their cover of Tool’s ‘Parabol’, which earned them a deafening applause. For their second set at the Afterburner, they were back to their post-metal selves, screeching, pounding and shredding in exactly the way we know and love them. Leaving us to timidly watch the ripples forming in our beers as if a T-rex came stomping by, while the magic from the night before faded to a distant memory.

Amenra, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

Amenra, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

An unexpected highlight on the Saturday was Brothers of the Sonic Cloth. Both captivating and furiously loud, their psychedelic visuals and droning music created the perfect setting for a lot of people to hang out on the floor of the main stage and take in the wall of sound the Americans produced. For those of us feeling more awake, progressive space-rockers Astrosoniq, led by a very Rock’n’roll looking singer, gave a more fast-paced performance in the Green Room. Walter, in official terms the artistic director of Roadburn, but in reality the true heart and soul of the festival, brought out his visuals to accompany Astrosoniq’s very psychedelic guitar riffs.

 

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Astroniq, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

Roadburn 2014 favorites The Vintage Caravan showed up for a surprise gig at café Cul de Sac on Sunday. Well, I say surprise, but 30 minutes before showtime the venue was absolutely packed with people. There is only one way to actually see a band in Cul de Sac: be hella early. So we found ourselves snuggly between 150 hot and sweaty, hungover fans with no chance of reaching the bar or the toilets in the next hour-and-a-half. But boy, was it WORTH it. The Islandic rockers tried to drill out our hangovers with their heavy bass and guitarist Oskar‘s relentless headbanging let us forget that this was our fourth day at the festival already and we were supposed to be very tired.

The greatest thing about Roadburn must be the diversity of the people you meet. Surrounded by more foreigners than native Dutch, you usually leave the festival a couple of Finnish words wiser than you were before (none of which probably as innocent as they led you to believe). However, I’m not going to lie: people watching is right up there on my list of favorite pastimes, and there really isn’t a better place for it than Roadburn. Mainly because metal shows in themselves are beacons of creative and eccentric people. And Roadburn, well, that is the holy grail of metal shows. Amidst a goldmine of glorious manes and enviously long beards, there seem to be more crust punks than usual (thank you G.I.S.M and Converge) and of course every back patch under the sun.

 

 

Neurosis, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

Neurosis, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

 

Neurosis, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

Neurosis, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

 

Neurosis, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

Neurosis, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

One of the most spotted patches this year was obviously Neurosis. You’d think that playing two ’30th Anniversary’ sets would bring about its problems. After all, having a thirty-year spanning discography to choose from can’t be easy. Remarkably enough Neurosis managed to represent each and every one of their records during their shows, right back to their 1985 hardcore punk debut Pain of Mind. It is astounding to see how much they have grown and changed over the years, before they settled into their skin of a contemporary hurricane of genres, set to a baseline of doom. When the final tones of 1999’s ‘The Doorway’ sounded at the Afterburner, it left us with nothing but goosebumps, hands sore from clapping and a profound sense that 366 days are way too many to wait until the next Roadburn.

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WORDS BY CÉLINE HUIZER

PHOTOS BY SUSANNE A. MAATHUIS


Neurosis Announces Extensive US Tour This Summer


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Neurosis has announced they will undertake a full US Tour this summer, their first of this scale in 15 years. Not only is the band celebrating 30 years in 2015, but they are working on a new album for release late this year. Various acts will open several dates such as Brothers of The Sonic Cloth, The Body, SUMAC, Pinkish Black, and Iron Tongue, as detailed below. The tour dates include the already announced appearance at Heavy Montreal (HVY MTL), and tickets go on sale this Friday, May 29th.

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Tour Dates:

7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body

8/07/2015 Heavy MontréalMontréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy [info]

8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body

8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac

8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac

8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac

8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac

8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue

8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black

 

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Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth On West Coast Tour, Tour Trailer Streaming


Brothers of the Sonic Cloth. Photo Credit: Invisible Hour

Brothers of the Sonic Cloth. Photo Credit: Invisible Hour

Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth is currently in the midst of their West Coast tour. The band features featuring iconic guitarist/vocalist Tad Doyle (formerly of Tad and Hog Molly) veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki). They are supporting their self titled album out now via Neurot Recordings. Watch the tour trailer below.

May 23: Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA
May 24: Parkside – San Francisco, CA
May 25: Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
May 27: Sister – Albuquerque, NM
May 28: Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
May 29: Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
May 30/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID

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Brothers of the Sonic Cloth – Brothers of the Sonic Cloth


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Come on, admit it: how many of us believed that man-mountain and Grunge legend Tad Doyle was no longer with us?! The most unhealthy-looking of the colossi who bestrode Seattle in the early 90s was nevertheless a commanding figure of the scene, and one of the most quietly admired. Though away for some considerable while, it seems his present outfit Brothers of the Sonic Cloth has been gently simmering for eight years, and this eponymously titled debut album (Neurot) is the first substantial harvest.

The sheer depth and fulminating power of the huge riffs and rhythm section through opener ‘Lava’ is nerve-shredding and, despite a middling pace exposing some old Grunge tendencies, the harsh growls paint a murkier picture. This is reinforced by the funereal rate of the sinister ‘Empires of Dust’; a delightfully morose crawl through the swamps of Sludge, shot-through with a mournful lead which enhances Doyle’s evil croak wonderfully. The opening few minutes of ‘Unnamed’ take us on a varied journey, evocative keys giving way to a monstrous pounding and a nasty, Deathly Doom, Doyle’s growl occasionally evoking Tom G. Warrior. Indeed the overall feel of the track is Triptykon-esque: a swelling, reverberating Stoner groove sandwiched between pulsating, slashing verses and a brutal, industrial coda.

With such a broad range of sub-genres hit already, the only issue here is that the album can’t seem to make its mind up where to go. ‘La Mano Poderosa’ is an at times ponderous bundle through Crowbar country, powerful and crunching yet uneventful; while the emotive, ominous, gently throbbing ‘I Am’ is a crushing depiction of Pearl Jam‘s more subtle moments, Doyle retching and screaming in anguish. The bonus track ‘The Immutable Path’ is an Om-style incantation, quietly rumbling drums and atmospheres combatting the threatening vocal, intoned like a spectral Orson Welles – it’s a spooky sound as Doyle has grown to bear more than a passing resemblance to the acting titan.

Overall this is an intense experience, an album full of resonating weight and passion, and more direction would have turned it into an utter rip-snorter. Welcome back Tad.

7.5/10

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Brothers of the Sonic Cloth Streaming “La Mano Poderosa”


Brothers of the Sonic Cloth. Photo Credit: Invisible Hour

Brothers of the Sonic Cloth. Photo Credit: Invisible Hour

Brothers of The Sonic Cloth is streaming “La Mano Poderosa” off of their album of the same name, out February 17, 2015 via Neurot Recordings, here.

Sample a taste of the heavy ahead of the record’s release date with a five-minute video teaser which finds Tad Doyle presenting an in-depth look at the impetus in creating Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, the tracking process and the weighty themes that bind the record. Watch the video teaser HERE. And check out opening hymn, “Lava,” still streaming HERE.

Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth was captured at Robert Lang Studios and Doyle’s own Witch Ape Studio in Seattle, Washington and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Melvins et al). Thrusting forth five hauntingly heavy tracks, with two bonus hymns included on the CD edition the offering serves as Doyle’s first recorded release in nearly fifteen years. BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH’s audio manifestations are welcomingly unfamiliar, splicing thick, jagged riffs through chilling post-punk drumming and hulking compositions that blow soulfully hot and desolately cold, sometimes within the confines of one track. Their long-form pieces present the kind of mature ideas and expansive progressions that outpace the listener’s short-term memory leading them off the proverbial map; familiar landmarks like sludge, post-metal, rock all but disappeared over the horizon. Authentic and authoritative, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth is as much a persistent thudding body punch of sonic destructive force as it is a thoughtful statement of awareness and the inescapable raw condition of life.

They have booked an upcoming show:

Apr 18: The Columbia City Theater – Seattle, WA

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Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth Releasing Self Titled Debut In February


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Brothers Of the Sonic Cloth will be releasing their self titled debut full length on February 17, 2015 via Neurot Recordings. The band features Tad Doyle (TAD/Hog Molly) on vocals/guitars, along with bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki).

The album was recorded at Robert Lang Studios and Tad Doyle’s Witch Ape Studios in Seattle, WA, and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Melvins). Watch a teaser video here.

Elaborates Doyle of the band’s creation:

“After almost fifteen years without putting out a record, much time was spent woodshedding, riffing and writing new material. BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH was originally a recording-only project and creative outlet for me playing all instruments on early unreleased demos but I quickly realized that I wanted the music to be played live so I would have to enlist other like-minded players. Peggy was an obvious choice with her enthusiasm and energy that made her an asset right from the start of integrating the band with other musicians. Dave French was a guy we both related to on a musical and deep spiritual level. We had played shows together with our respective bands, Peggy and I in BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH and Dave who played bass in his band The Anunnaki. Dave completed the circle when he offered to play drums and his joining was this last piece that solidified the band. We are very honored and excited to have this release on Neurot Recordings whom with their legacy goes a fierce integrity that we are proud to be a part of.”

Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth Track Listing:
1. Lava
2. Empires Of Dust
3. Unnamed
4. La Mano Poderosa
5. I Am
6. The Immutable Path
7. Outro

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