Roadburn Festival 2017 Part II, Tilburg Netherlands

Baroness, by Susanne A, Maathuis Photography

The outside area around 013 was set up as a place to relax away from all the noise. You can hang out at the picnic tables, drink local specialty Schröbbeler (a sweet herb liquor) and enjoy food from one of the many food trucks that adorn the festival these days. Continue reading

Roadburn Festival 2017 Part I, Tilburg Netherlands

Have your earplugs at the ready and put your day job put on hold, because the day we marked on our calendar 366 days ago has finally arrived. In the vibrant and ever-changing Dutch city of Tilburg, an influx of heavy music fans from all over the world are taking over the town as Roadburn Festival is ready to kick off. A couple of thousand people will spend their weekend sauntering between five magnificent stages, from the cushy cafes of Cul de Sac and Extase, to the wooden beams and stained glass windows of Het Patronaat and the two fabulous stages of music venue 013: the 3000-capacity monster main stage and it’s little quarter capacity brother The Green Room. Roadburn 2017, we are ready for you!Continue reading

Roadburn Festival Announces Camping Packages, On Sale Tonight



Roadburn Festival 2017 tickets are already on sale and moving fast. The massive lineup will be curated by John Dyer Bailey of Baroness. Roadburn Festival will take place 20-23 April, 2017 at on of Ghost Cult’s home venues 013, in Tilburg, The Netherlands. The fest has announced full details for camping option for the fest, including all weekend options. Continue reading

My Dying Bride, Wolves In The Throne Room, Oxbow, SUMAC, Emma Ruth Rundle, Memoriam Added to Roadburn 2017


My Dying Bride

A cavalcade of top talent from across every corner of heavy music has been added to Roadburn Festival 2017. Twenty-six new bands have been added to an already massive lineup currated by John Dyer Bailey of Baroness. . Roadburn Festival will take place 20-23 April, 2017 at on of Ghost Cult’s home venues 013, in Tilburg, The Netherlands.Continue reading

Niskala – Panak



True invention often comes from the least likely of sources. Augmenting the obtuse tendencies of math rock with Gamelan percussion you would expect from some radical new act from the Far East. Yet Niskala call Manchester, England home.

The origin of the band is certainly not the only unconventional aspect of this bewildering and intoxicating ep. The percussive assault blends perfectly with the downtuned riffs and weird and sinister vocals which are delivered supposedly in Balinese.

‘Kekawa’ evokes images of Cannibal Holocaust with its native chanting and sinister witch doctor laughter. It’s a truly demented cocktail of heavy music and haunting ambience. The samples of crickets chirping and the pan pipe intro don’t prepare you for the onslaught of ‘Sarebi’. This number offers a brief moment of familiarity with a gang chant taken from Mr Bungle’s “Goodbye Sober Day” yet it is delivered clearly as a homage to an influential act rather than an attempt to plagiarise one of their heroes.

Mastering quiet to loud dynamics Niskala realise the importance of building tension before unleashing their vicious tribal racket. Off kilter rhythms keep you on the end of your seat waiting for the next barrage of distortion and snarling vocals. Image abandoning members of Sikth and Secret Chiefs 3 on an island with only instruments and 70s horror films to inspire them and you’ll be close to the disturbing yet engrossing sounds of this intriguing release.

‘Kelem’ builds on angular stabbing ostinatos with some truly bloodcurdling screams. It’s the sound of feral tribesmen cannibalising eastern music with western extreme metal in a bold and authentic fashion. As disturbing as some of this stuff sounds it also feels like a wicked time was had by its creators. A fact which translates very well when experiencing this tense cocktail of jungle madness. At only three songs under fifteen minutes this journey to forbidden paradise is all too brief but suffice to say it will whet the appetite for forthcoming works. Intense and exotic Niskala produce the sound of shamanistic rituals and bewildering devilment. We gleefully await their next chapter.




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Words: Ross Baker