Roadburn 2016, Sunday

By |April 16th, 2016|0 Comments

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neurosis

Now the last day, or the Afterburner as it is monickered, is usually a somewhat more mellow affair to ease people’s heads back into something resembling normality after the exertions and exhaustions of the preceding days. Hence I’m usually on my way back to Schipol and home but this year the organisers have thrown caution to the wind and a paint can full of diesel on the embers with a day of no rest and an unmissable second Neurosis set to finish, entirely different to yesterday’s aural feast.

Roadburn 2016, Saturday

By |April 15th, 2016|0 Comments

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neurosis

A day largely to be spent at the main stage with such another wealth of quality bands, Roadburn you are spoiling us.  First up to crush our hopes for the day and eternity are Skepticism from Finland.  Remiss of me not to know them, regarded as they are as pioneers of the funeral doom genre since 1991, and enjoyable they were as that, as a feet dragging procession of sombre riffing washed our worries away, while they cheered various people up by handing out death bouquets. 

Roadburn 2016, Friday

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with the dead

Ah, practical luxury to ease us into the day, with hot showers, coffee and cooked breakfast on the campsite, a supermarket 5 minutes up the road for our refreshment supplies, the good life. 

Roadburn 2016 @ Tilburg, The Netherlands – Thursday

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paradise lost

It is undoubtedly a special festival, but there is often something extra special which ensures my intermittent attendance (fourth time since 2011). This year it was 30th anniversary celebrations of the seminal post-metal behemoths Neurosis, coming over from Oakland Ca. to deliver two nights of entirely differing retrospective sets. The prospect of that emotional devastation was enough but with the sure knowledge that the rest of the bill would fill up with gems to make it once more a worthwhile expedition skipping through the tulips crushed beneath the boots of nihilistic doom!

Roadburn 2015 @ Tilburg, Holland (Saturday)

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The gloom and doom has translated to the weather for Saturday, being a bit grey and showery. Good for the garden, they say, hence our starting the day entering the church to the sound of dawn/mid-afternoon chorus of spring time birdsong, and the eccentric entity that is Botanist (above). A one-man black metal project grown into a band for live, the cowled monks of this unnatural order mix hammered dulcimers, multi-string bass, some squeeze box organ type thing to create explosive harsh viciousness sharply contrasted to delicate ambience of outdoor sounds. Fascinating.