Reviews

A Rawkward Review – The Picturebooks: Once Upon a Time in Melkweg

‘There were three men in her life. One to take her, one to love her, and one to kill her’ Voor een wijze, diepgravende en indrukwekkende les in hoe je een stervend genre reanimeert op een manier die gevoelens van melancholie, nostalgie en vrijheid opwekt, kun je het niet beter treffen dan The Picturebooks. In het kader van het onlangs verschenen album The Hands Of Our Time, deden de immer

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Inside the Inferno Music Conference 2019: a report

If you want to know how the international metal business network is threaded, you should check out the Inferno Music Conference and the Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo, Norway. Mark van Schaick did, and he came home a tired but happy bunny. Text & photos by Mark van Schaick Every year at Easter, Inferno Metal Festival offers a selection of the biggest names in Norwegian extreme metal, and not just

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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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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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Black Skies over Roadburn – Part II

As the day progresses, the Patronaat gets more crowded and some visitors would appear to have set up camp in the front of the classic venue. Some curse the venue for its tricky entrance and lack of tasty drinks. Yet, no one can deny the beauty of live shows in the hallowed church and its sad we have to see it go soon. Editor: Guido Segers Laster has just released

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Roadburn pulling another daring move with Seven That Spells’ Croatian Krautrock trilogy

Sure, we could have focussed on countless impressive, taintingly ambitious projects here at Roadburn, but this one definitely caught our eye. Allowing one band to play three sets in a row in one venue, it’s daring to say the least. Croatian space-, psych- and progressive rockers Seven That Spells played their The Death and Resurrection Of Krautrock Trilogy in full in the Green Room on Friday. Editor: Ingmar Griffioen /

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Roadburn Recap: The Burning Darkness in full swing on day 2

So far Roadburn has been treated to the black metal stylings of Slaegt at Patronaat and the emotional rollercoaster ride MONO featuring the Jo Quail Quartet at 013. But Thursday proved just to be the start of Tomas Lindberg’s curation. The second day of Roadburn is chock-full of bands straight out of The Burning Darkness selection. With, among others, Anna Von Hausswolff, Loop and At the Gates themselves. Such a

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