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The gruesome and unfair… Roadburn 2019 Highlights!

Accepting the inevitable and gruesome, the saying goodbye to a festival we love with all our hearts – for about 360 days – and to make matters worse, to rub it in and make the pain even more tangible: we’ve asked our staff to give us their Roadburn 2019 Highlights. And to confine those picks to just 5… sheer torture, we know. But here goes.  Also; the video crew let

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Changing the game: Emma Ruth Rundle at Roadburn 2019

Roadburn had no shortage of female musicians, generally being awesome. Whether it is the heavy bass work of Tamaki Kunishi (MONO), the multi-layered keyboards of Helen Stanley (Crippled Black Phoenix) or Amalie Bruun (Myrkur) achieving two critically acclaimed black metal albums. Of course, it seems redundant writing about female representation in heavy music today, let alone in regards to a massively diverse festival such as Roadburn. However, it isn’t all

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Faces behind the art at Roadburn

Jacob Bannon – Jacob sings in Converge and as an artist has been part of the three Full Bleed expos at Roadburn. You may remember him as curator of Roadburn 2018. Our photographer Justina Lukosiute shot a couple of beautiful portraits of visual artists at the Full Bleed expo at Roadburn. We simply had to present these to you as well. This is what she has to say about the

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Rawkward Steve reaches nirwana with the psychedelic wizardry of Temple Fang

Walking on planet Roadburn can make you find yourself ‘living in the moment’, realizing what a lucky bastard you are to be there. Which can lead to an overwhelming sense of gratitude of having the privilege to be there, alive, in this corner of time. But the true power of this festival lies not it’s capacity for creating some kind of awakening and humbling experience. For me it ultimately lies

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Black Skies over Roadburn – Part III

The darkness is not done with us and Sunday starts early with Fear Falls Burning playing the Patronaat. But today will also show a number of black metal bands playing sets and even closing down the legendary Roadburn venue tonight. Not all of them are part of the Maalstroom project, but all do connect to the blackened sound that slithers through the day. Editor: Guido Segers In that same venue,

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Have a Nice Life’s Deathconsciousness at Roadburn

The existence of Have a Nice Life is almost an anomaly. What started as a musical project in a bedroom, turned into Deathconsciousness, a debut double album, critically acclaimed and achieving a cult following. However, even after such a phenomenal start the band is shrouded in a certain mystique and anonymity, with live shows and musical output being scarce. This makes their two shows at Roadburn simultaneously befitting as well

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Vinyl lessons from Andreas Kohl on Sunday Afternoon

On Sunday afternoon, there was a Q&A for the real vinyl fans at Roadburn. And that should in a sense mean everyone, yet it isn’t as busy as you would expect during the Vinyl Veda Vault session with Andreas Kohl. Editor: Guido Segers Since we did visit and have learned from the Senior Manager at Optimal Media and founder/owner of Exile on Mainstream, we think it’s only fair we share

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365 Days of Rain: see you next year at Planet Roadburn

The more data-savvy readers might have already noticed a fatal flaw in the title, because it is, obviously slightly less. Still, doesn’t it hurt a bit when you see everything wind down at Roadburn? Slowly the circus is packing up. Editor: Guido Segers The circus is leaving town Oh ruby, roll your stockings down Circus is leaving town Oh Ruby, dry your eyes. – Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell –

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