I’m in love…I have fallen for the sweet sounds of Blood Ceremony. It took a couple dates (spins) before I looked her in the eyes and proclaimed my infatuation. The music created by the Canadian four piece is breathtaking…but I understand love is in the eye of the beholder.
Against my better judgment (don’t want to jinx it) I will now gush about my new love.
The album begins with “The Great God Pan”, a guitar driven doom/stoner monster. Alia O’Brien’s vocals are sultry and perfect. I feel my heart racing. “Coven Tree” is next with its slow paced doom. This is our first taste of O’Brien’s ability on the flute and it is impressive. It’s as if she uses the flute as a voice, with the growls and softness dancing in fields of flowers and fire. Love is tricky. (more…)
PARANOIA-INDUCING “WITCH ROCK” BAND TO APPEAR AT 2011 ROADBURN FESTIVAL
Toronto-based occult rockers BLOOD CEREMONY will release their sophomore album Living with the Ancients on March 1, 2011 via Rise Above Records / Metal Blade. Living with the Ancients expands on the sound cultivated by the quartet with its critically-celebrated self-titled debut which was released in 2008 and dubbed “skull-crushing by SPIN.
A bunch of new bands have been announced for the upcoming Roadburn 2011 show.
Roadburn is very pleased to report that Louisiana math-sludge merchants Soilent Green have been confirmed for Roadburn Festival 2011. Their Roadburn performance will be part of the band’s 2011 European tour, their first appearance on the continent in over 10 years! Having honed their technical prowess in recent years while overcoming an enormous amount of adversity, Soilent Green will add a psychopathically frenzied dose of death-metalized stoner grooves, and we are extremely happy to welcome them to the Roadburn stage on Thursday, April 14th at the 013 venue, Tilburg – Holland.
Roadburn is very happy to report that Alcest has been confirmed for the Thursday Roadburn date, Thursday, April 14, 2011.
Musician and former Peste Noire guitarist Stéphane “Neige” Paut’s solo project Alcest gracefully walks a pastoral, innocent, melancholy and devastatingly beautiful line between shoegaze and atmospheric black metal in a way that nobody has previously managed to pull off.
Alcest’s latest album, “Écailles de Lune,” showcases DIY aesthetics and a production leaning to underground metal. The insistent riffing, arching atmospherics, celestial melodies and suffocating roars sound like the second coming of Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine or Swervedriver.
Those who are willing to enter Niege’s dark, yet romantic and poetic realm with an open mind are in for a beguiling trip filled with a dense, dreamy, hypnotic mixture of shoegaze and black metal that taps into the best of both worlds.
Roadburn Festival is excited to report that Blood Ceremony and Ghost have been confirmed for the Thursday Roadburn date, Thursday, April 14th, 2011. Both Blood Ceremony and Ghost’s Roadburn appearance will be part of their upcoming 2011 European tour.
Devoted to celebrating all aspects of cinematic Eurotrash, Sixties saturnalia and occult miscellanea,Blood Ceremony‘s band name was inspired by the 1972 Spanish horror flick “Ceremonia Sangrienta.” This adaptation of the Elizabeth Bathory legend is heavy on atmosphere and dread, with stunning visuals and a bleak ending. Blood Ceremony’s doomy vibes conjure up the very same imagery, embodying heavy riffs, paranoia-inducing trills and 70s fills.
Musically, the Toronto-based band is a cross between Black Sabbath and early Jethro Tull, with generous helpings of English folk as well as any noteworthy band that has incorporated the flute as a major instrument, such as Culpepper’s Orchard or Los Dug Dugs.
Delivering litanies of sexually pulsating and satanic rock glorifying and glamorizing the perverted and profane, Sweden’s Ghost is a devil worshiping ministry currently making black, oppressive waves in the underground.
Standing motionless and anonymous beneath the painted faces, hoods and robes required by their sect, the six nameless ghouls of Ghost cast their melodic spell of evil on listeners, intent on achieving the downfall of humanity.
Ghost’s debut full-length, Opus Eponymous, a combination heavy rock with a twisted pop sensibility as well, is scheduled for release on October 18 on Rise Above Records.
Roadburn is very pleased to report that In Solitude has been confirmed for the Thursday Roadburn date, Thursday, April 14th, 2011.
Formed in 2002 in the city of Uppsala, In Solitude are regarded as one of the hottest heavy metal bands to emerge from Sweden during the past decade.
Listening to In Solitude’s catchy, old school heavy metal, these young Swedes will undoubtedly prompt comparisons not only to Mercyful Fate given the high-pitched singing, complex songwriting and diabolical lyrics, but also to the first two Maiden albums on account of the strong guitar melodies. In Solitude is true to the core!
We at Roadburn’s HQ end up having a whiplash-worth headbanging session every time we crank In Solitude’s stunning debut album. Don’t forget your foam neckbraces!