January 8, 2011


Chicago's Bongripper are heading to the studio in January to record a new 7" single. Titled "Sex Tape/Snuff Film", the band are hoping to have it ready for a May release. Their latest album is "Satan Worshipping Doom", and it's one of our favourites of 2010.


January 4, 2011


Roadburn Records will release Nachtmystium's excellent live set at the 2010 Roadburn Festival on vinyl in February. On the 17th to be exact.

The following is from RoadburnRecords.com:

Nachtmystium‘s Blake Judd commented: “Our experience at Roadburn was truly one of a kind. Never have we been treated so well by organizers of any festival or tour we have been a part of, and it was truly a blessing to work with the kind folks behind this amazing festival. I’d also like to thank Ron van Herpen from Astrosoniq / The Devils Blood and Teun van der Velden from Astrosoniq for stepping in on very last minute notice to help us out with the lead guitar and synthesizer duties for this performance. Without these two gentlemen, our show would not have been what it was.

For your information, readers, these two guys had THREE HOURS of practice with us EVER, on the day of the show none the less. We had not met them in person previous to the day of the show. They’d been asked to help us out (due to some unfortunate circumstances with a member of Nachtmystium having to leave for home mid-tour) about nine days before our performance at Roadburn. Both of them learned the entire set from the album recordings of the songs we played in these nine days, and then had a three hour window in the afternoon on show-day to rehearse with us as a full band.

I was (and still am every time I listen to this recording) completely blown away by how well both of these guys played. Their attention to detail was incredible, and we the band are eternally grateful for their services for this performance. So, we hope anyone listening to this recording enjoys it as much as we enjoyed performing it!

Thanks again to Walter, Jurgen and the rest of the Roadburn staff for their efforts with us directly, and for putting on what is, undoubtedly, the best heavy rock music festival in the world. If you’re a fan of festivals, be sure that at some point in your life you get to Tilburg for Roadburn. There is nothing quite like it and you will not be disappointed! Cheers and thanks to everyone who helped out and thanks to the fans who watched our set at Roadburn 2010!”


Away From The Light (Intro)
Your True Enemy
Ghost Of Grace
Life Of Fire
A Seed For Suffering
Chosen By No One

Hellish Overdose
Cry For Help (Intro)
High On Hate
One Of These Nights

Line up:
Blake Judd – Rhythm and lead guitars, vocals
Ron Van Herpen – Rhythm and lead guitars
Teun van der Velden – Synthesizers
Andrew Markuszewski – Bass and vocals
Charlie Fell – Drums and percussion


Another great band presented by the Sunn O))) boys. Last saw Mamiffer in Stockholm when they and Dälek opened for Isis. They're a live act you don't want to miss.

From Roadburn.com:

Mamiffer will be part of Sunn O)))‘s curated event at Roadburn Festival 2011, set for Friday, April 15th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland.

Mamiffer, formed in the desert of California and realized in the forests of Seattle, is based around piano compositions of Faith Coloccia, formerly of Everlovely Lightningheart. Mamiffer’s debut album is titled Hirror Enniffer.

Mamiffer is a move away from a close collaborative process to one of solitary composition and exploration. A move to Seattle completed this process with a rotating cast of collaborators such as Aaron Turner (ISIS), Brian Cook and Chris Common (both from These Arms Are Snakes) providing arrangement, production and instrumentation.


We've previously reported that Earth will play at Roadburn, as part of the day curated by Sunn O))). The poster for the concert was nowhere to be seen back then, and we just wanted to share it with you.

The new album from Earth, "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light: 1" will be out in February via Southern Lord. And yes, it's more amazing than you could hope for. Earth will also head out for a five week tour of Europe with Sabbath Assembly. A few UK dates has been announced, but there's still more to come.


January 3, 2011


Ok, so 2010 came to an end and we've been flooded with lists over the best records of the year. I really hate doing Top 10's (or maybe it should be a Top 5 in my case), but I have to contribute with something right? So, here it goes; here's a bunch of records and live shows that was released/happened during 2010 that I liked, in no particular order.

NAILS Unsilent Death (Southern Lord)
THE SECRET Solve Et Coagula (Southern Lord)
GHOST Opus Eponymous (Rise Above)
ELECTRIC WIZARD Black Masses (Rise Above)
STONE AXE II (Music Abuse)
MELVINS The Bride Screamed Murder (Ipecac)
AGALLOCH Marrow of the Spirit (Profound Lore)
BONGRIPPER Satan Worshipping Doom (Self Released)
WATAIN Lawless Darkness (Season of Mist)
BURZUM Belus (Byelobog Productions)
HIGH ON FIRE Snakes For the Divine (Century Media)
CATHEDRAL The Guessing Game (Nuclear Blast)
BLACK BREATH Heavy Breathing (Southern Lord)
KVELERTAK Kvelertak (Indie Recordings)
DEATHSPELL OMEGA Paracletus (Season of Mist)
KYLESA Spiral Shadow (Season of Mist)

GOATSNAKE Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Holland
GHOST Klubben, Stockholm, Sweden
MF DOOM Strand, Stockholm, Sweden
EYEHATEGOD Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Holland
KTL Kägelbanan, Stockholm, Sweden
RED SPAROWES Debaser Slussen, Stockholm, Sweden
MONO Strand, Stockholm, Sweden
CHURCH OF MISERY Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Holland
MERZBOW Kägelbanan, Stockholm, Sweden
THRONES Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden
THORR'S HAMMER Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Holland
COMUS Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Holland
EARTHLESS Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Holland
BONG Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Holland

There you have it. I'm sure I've forgotten some, but needless to say it was a good year. I already know one album that's going to make my 2011 list. Listening to it right now...


Forgot to write about this, and I'm sure that you already know by now. But just to be sure, Caspar Brötzmann Massaker will play at Roadburn as part of the day curated by Sunn O))). Great news!

From Roadburn.com

Stephen O’ Malley comments: “Greg and I are proud and honored to announce that Caspar Brötzmann Massaker will be performing set during the Sunn O))) curated day at Roadburn Festival, April 15th 2011.  Brötzmann and his band have been a major source of inspiration on both of us over the years and we are very enthusiastic about the booking.”