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Wanderers of the progosphere rejoice because the universe’s supreme festival of all that is cosmic, leftfield, riff-filled and a bit stoned, Roadburn, has announced that next year’s curator is to be none other than Opeth mainman, Mikael Åkerfeldt.

Following in the footsteps of Electic Wizard, Triptykon’s Tom G Fischer and Sunn O))), Mikael will be personally selecting a number of bands to play at the festival for one day, which will be headlined by Opeth themselves. The festival as a whole takes place at the 013 venue in Tilburg from April 10-13, 2014.

Says Mikael: “It’s with great honour that I accepted the invitation to be the curator for the 2014 Roadburn festival. I’m pretty damn far from being a professional booker/promoter and I’ve never been part in choosing bands for an event apart from bands that Opeth has toured with. So this is a first for me, but I have to say I’m very excited.”

“I’ve reached out to a handful of my favourite bands from the past and present,” he continues. “As of now it looks like it will be an amazing musical event. Still brainstorming about possible bands for this glorious festival but I already know that I’m going to be like a kid at Xmas. It will be amazing! Plain and simple. Obviously Opeth will perform as well, but to be quite honest with you, our own performance doesn’t get me nearly as excited as the thought of experiencing the bands that have shown interest. It will be remarkable and memorable. A celebration, bitches!”

Also just announced for the festival are two ghouls from the darkest corner of the Relapse Records stable: blackened soundcape specialists Locrian, and occultic outriders True Widow. They’ll be joining the likes of new doom kids on the chopping block, Conan and psych rock legends Loop. Happy daze!

Check Roadburn’s official website here, and their Facebook page here

Locrian’s Facebook here

And True Widow’s Facebook here

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Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH has agreed to curate Roadburn Festival 2014 on Friday, April 11 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. As curator, Mikael will personally select the bands for his special event, and play a headline show with OPETH, too!

OPETH‘s body of work is highly respected by Roadburn audiences, which makes Mikael the ideal choice to carry on the tradition that began in 2008 with David Tibet of CURRENT 93, and continued with NEUROSIS, Tom G. Warrior, SUNN 0))), VOIVOD and Jus Oborn of ELECTRIC WIZARD.

“It’s with great honor that I accepted the invitation to be the curator for the 2014 Roadburn festival”, says Mikael Åkerfeldt. “I’m pretty damn far from being a professional booker/promoter, and I’ve never been part in choosing bands for an event apart from bands that OPETH has toured with. So this is a first for me, but I have to say I’m very excited.”

He continued: “I’ve reached out to a handful of my favourite bands from the past and present. As of now it looks like it will be an amazing musical event. Still brainstorming about possible bands for this glorious festival but I already know that I’m going to be like a kid at Christmas. It will be amazing! Plain and simple. Obviously, OPETH will perform as well, but to be quite honest with you, our own performance doesn’t get me nearly as excited as the thought of experiencing the bands that have shown interest. It will be remarkable and memorable. A celebration, bitches!”

Beginning a new chapter of their ongoing legacy, Bristol’s psych rock band THE HEADS will follow in the footsteps of ENSLAVED, CIRCLE, Justin K Broadrick and Neige (ALCEST) as Artist In Residence at the 2014 Roadburn Festival.

Roadburn is THE HEADS‘ spiritual home, and they are honoured to be asked to be the Artist in Residence and are excited to have John McBain (of MONSTER MAGNET fame) join them for this and new recordings.

As part of the Artist in Residence, KANDODO will perform as a three-piece on Friday, April 11. THE HEADS will play a live set for the first time with John McBain on Saturday, April 12 at the Main Stage.

Holland’s very own Roadburn Festival has become Europe’s leading festival for psychedelic, avant-metal, doom, heavy ’70s or any other variation of leftfield sonic pleasures that push the boundaries of music.

Roadburn Festival 2014 (including Mikael Åkerfeldt‘s curated event, OPETH and LOOP) will run for four days — from Thursday, April 10 to Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Pre-sales will start Friday, October 11, 2013.

For more information, visit www.roadburn.com.

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Wanderers of the progosphere rejoice because the universe’s supreme festival of all that is cosmic, leftfield, riff-filled and a bit stoned, Roadburn, has announced that next year’s curator is to be none other than Opeth mainman, Mikael Åkerfeldt.

Following in the footsteps of Electic Wizard, Triptykon’s Tom G Fischer and Sunn O))), Mikael will be personally selecting a number of bands to play at the festival for one day, which will be headlined by Opeth themselves. The festival as a whole takes place at the 013 venue in Tilburg from April 10-13, 2014.

Says Mikael: “It’s with great honour that I accepted the invitation to be the curator for the 2014 Roadburn festival. I’m pretty damn far from being a professional booker/promoter and I’ve never been part in choosing bands for an event apart from bands that Opeth has toured with. So this is a first for me, but I have to say I’m very excited.”

“I’ve reached out to a handful of my favourite bands from the past and present,” he continues. “As of now it looks like it will be an amazing musical event. Still brainstorming about possible bands for this glorious festival but I already know that I’m going to be like a kid at Xmas. It will be amazing! Plain and simple. Obviously Opeth will perform as well, but to be quite honest with you, our own performance doesn’t get me nearly as excited as the thought of experiencing the bands that have shown interest. It will be remarkable and memorable. A celebration, bitches!”

Also just announced for the festival are two ghouls from the darkest corner of the Relapse Records stable: blackened soundcape specialists Locrian, and occultic outriders True Widow. They’ll be joining the likes of new doom kids on the chopping block, Conan and psych rock legends Loop. Happy daze!

Check Roadburn’s official website here, and their Facebook page here

Locrian’s Facebook here

And True Widow’s Facebook here

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For any lover of doom, psych and all-round mindbending underground rock, the news that Loop are reforming should have you running to the hills in ecstatic Sound Of Music style. The band’s mesmerising, ritualistic sound, with mantric grooves bathed in layers of wahwah, fuzz, and frontman Robert Hampson’s spectral vocals, have left an indelible imprint on the likes of Electric Wizard and Sunn O))) and countless others. Below, we travel to the dark side with Robert Hampson himself.

You had your own influences, but you created new connections and something very new out of them.

“That was the whole point of what Loop was about, without every wearing our influences on our sleeves. It was very deliberate, and I made it clear that I loved The Stooges and The Velvet Underground, and Can and Neu!, but the intention was to try to throw it all into the cauldron and see what came out of it, without trying to sound generic. It was definitely of its own planet, and certainly by the time of Fade Out [1989] it had definitely become something in itself.

“At the time, I think a lot of people didn’t understand that record, it was too harsh for them. Hearing it again, it really pleased me. I was really happy with A Gilded Eternity [1990, Loop’s final album] too. I think that’s my favourite of all of them, because that was really where we got the bull by the horns, but that was also the beginning of the end. What I’ve never understood is why people wanted bands to keep making the same record all over again.”

At the heart of Loop there was a real sense of repetition. Was that creatively liberating?

“It was a variation on a theme. It never hurt Steve Reich or Glenn Branca. There’s an identity there, but we were just trying to do something different with it every time. I think the core was in Heaven’s End, you can really hear what it was all about in there, but it was maybe slightly more psychedelic, for want of a better word, but it was always quite dark, and it had an internal spirit that kind of motored along in its own way.”

What I love about that album is that there are bits, like in Got To Get It Over, when you can really hear the 60s influence, but it’s a completely different universe, and it bought out something latent in the music, amplified a spookiness that was there.

“Yeah, it was definitely dark matter. It wasn’t all 60s love and sing-about-the-flowers psychedelia, but it was a darker, heavier take on it all.”

A lot of bands see psychedelia as this open free-for-all, but for you it was a very claustrophobic experience.

“Yeah, it was about inner space. It was purely internalised at the same time. I wanted it to be this black hole that just sucked everything into it, and that was the point. It was about this universe that just collapses in on itself. It had a very inward, reflective nature to it all. It wasn’t all bad karma, I always like to think it was this collapsing star that sucked everything in around it, with the repetition, and it just became this pulsing void.”

Some of your sources were a certain period, and I had this feeling that Loop got this spooky from was at the end of the 60s when the drugs started to go bad and Charles Manson was haunting the consciousness.

“Yeah, it was Charles Manson, Altamont and all these things rolled into one. It was definitely that. I’m not going to say, ‘It was a bad trip, maaan’, it was more than that, but it was more about the wrong side of all that, the dark undercurrent that was always there. Put any group of people in a room and they’re all taking drugs, a few of them are going to go fucking nuts, and that’s what it is, it’s that schizophrenic nature of who’s going to drop first.”

It’s playing with fire, which is what Loop did too, which is what a lot of rock music’s forgotten how to do, to test your limits.

“Yeah, but I always made a very strong point that you didn’t have to be on drugs to listen to Loop. I still think people could feel what it was about without being on drugs. It had a physicality to it that I think was lacking in a lot of other drug-influenced music. Yeah, we took a lot of them, but it’s not big deal.”

I think the physicality and the ritualistic aspect of it was what got you out of yourself more.

“Yeah, I like to think there was something more important to it. Drugs were never a necessity. I’ve always found it very hard to talk about my music. It comes out through me, but it exists in its own right. I think we were forgotten about.”

Because what you did, to some extent, was so specific, it was hard to know what you could do with it, but there are a lot of doomy bands have picked up on it.

“I went to see Neurosis last time they played, and they were playing Heavens End before they came on. I was standing there with my brother, and it wasn’t very loud, but I turned to my brother and said, ‘What is this? I know this…’ and then suddenly it just dawned on me and they played the whole of Heaven’s End before they came on…”

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German doom metal band Orcus Chylde recently issued its debut self-titled EP and is streaming four songs from it. Below is the track “Valley of Thorns,” with three others posted on the same YouTube page. Orcus Chylde is a six-piece band from the town of Aschaffenburg that started out in 2009 and are inspired by 70′s heavy rock, doom, psych and prog.

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“Psych Minus Space Control” — the deranged fifth full-length from curious Norwegian black metal peddler Furze — is currently streaming in its entirety, in conjunction with its release this week via Fysisk Format. Open the gateways to all forty-three hypnotic, disturbing minutes encompassing the album in the player below. The following press release was also issued:

“The latest psychedelically-inclined blackened rock output from Furze’s primary solo artist Woe J. Reaper and his close-knit team of henchmen have once again defied all expectations and delivered an expectedly odd, intriguing collection of unconventional blackened rock.

“Psych Minus Space Control is now ready for public consumption in multiple formats including digital download, CD and standard gatefold LP, and a special diehard vinyl version of the LP bearing a numbered logbook limited to 200 copies. Check out photos of the diehard version as well as an audio preview of the album at this location.

“Following a long line of releases including four previous LPs on labels including Candlelight and Agonia, Psych Minus Space Control, defies even the eccentric practices of past Furze albums, more rock/jam/broken-prog-oriented than ever, yet not without the usual oddities evenly mixing up the entire production. Recorded in three different studios, with sessions dating over ten years, the album contains material dating back to 1992. With over ninety percent of the LP lying in the vocal-free realms, Furze transgress the borders of black metal and classic psychedelic rock, evoking a mystic sensation of terror and elevation, suggesting a musical archetype where the powers of Sun Ra, Hellhammer and Black Sabbath come into one.”

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Norwegian black metal deconstructivist cell Furze has completed the fifth chapter in the band’s curious discography, and is prepared to release its most psychedelically-inclined blackened rock spectacle to date, in the form of “Psych Minus Space Control.” The following press release was issued about the album:

“Those who have studied previous releases cultivated by the Furzement are aware how each album this rogue outfit unleash steadily dumbfounds and intrigues, the more adventurous musical deviants immediately come back for more. The songs of Furze are almost completely cultivated by the infamous Woe J. Reaper — who metaphysically cultures these hymns, from inception, through execution, all the way into production of the final product including the cultivation cover artwork and overall aesthetics of each release’s delivery.

“A plethora of Furze releases have infiltrated the masses over the past fourteen or so, years including several EPs and a slew of scattered demos, amidst four LPs. Trident Autocrat (2000) and Necromanzee Cogent (2003) were initially released on Apocalyptic Empire Records and later reissued by Candlelight Records directly after releasing the UTD full-length worldwide in 2007, followed by the 2010-released Reaper Subconscious Guide via Agonia Records.

“The newest opus in this lineage of experimentalism, Psych Minus Space Control, defies even the unconventional practices of past Furze albums, more rock/jam/broken-prog-oriented than ever, yet not without the usual oddities evenly mixing up the entire production. Recorded in three different studios, with sessions dating over ten years, the album contains material dating back to 1992. With over ninety percent of the LP lying in the vocal-free realms, the overall odd yet infectious qualities of the 43 minutes Psych Minus Space Control bears let the music do the preaching, and transport the listener to questionable, otherworldly realms, whether you wanted to be taken there or not… Furze transgress the borders of black metal and classic psychedelic rock, evoking a mystic sensation of terror and elevation, suggesting a musical archetype where the powers of Sun Ra, Hellhammer and Black Sabbath come into one.”

The album’s cover artwork is available here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Occult Soul, With Mind
2. Psych Mooz Space Control
3. Reaper Subconscious Guide
4. Triad of Lucifer
5. When Always Ready

“Psych Minus Space Control” will see release under the banner of Fysisk Format, a Norwegian label responsible for releases by Obliteration, Arabrot, Okkultokrati and more, and will be available to the North American public on May 15th, under distribution of RedEye USA.

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Norwegian black metal deconstructivist cell FURZE has completed the fifth chapter in the band’s curious discography, and is prepared to release its most psychedelically-inclined blackened rock spectacle to date in the form of “Psych Minus Space Control”.

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Kemado Records has finalized the lineup for its 2011 SXSW showcase. Thursday, March 17, at Valhalla in Austin, TX, Kemado “summons a night of thunderous, space-travelling sounds, promising more steel, sludge, and psych than any other show at the festival.” The full details follow: KEMADO RECORDS SXSW Showcase: Thursday, March 17 Valhalla 71… Read More/Discuss on Metal Underground.com

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According to Creative Loafing, Atlanta, Georgia “psych metal” band ZOROASTER will head out on the road at the end of the month without bass player and founding member Brent Anderson.

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