4.12. MONOLORD + BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT

Swedish power trio MONOLORD return with their highly anticipated new album, Your Time to Shine. Recorded by MONOLORD drummer Esben Willems at Studio Berserk, Your Time to Shine sees the trio looking inward, cultivating the elements that take their monstrous, heavy riffing to new heights with a darker edge. A five-track journey that spans across crushing doom rock to more spacey, groove laden opuses, Your Time to Shine is MONOLORD at their most unfiltered and focused.

Out of the gate, MONOLORD kick-off a wild ride with the soaring, fist-raising opener “The Weary” and its insanely catchy melodies. Elsewhere, the stop/start switch between sweetness and abrasiveness of “To Each Their Own” showcases a new element to the band’s repertoire. MONOLORD embraces the power of the riff with pulsating chugs on “I’ll Be Damned” and the mind-expanding title-track, whose final section brings back some of the band’s spaced-out rock n’ roll beginnings. Everything culminates in their new epic, “The Siren Of Yersinia”, whose lonesome call can be heard in each feedback-ridden note and in each pained, buried vocal line

 Your Time to Shine is yet another turn for MONOLORD. While the band clearly stays on “Riff Street”, they are poised to find darker avenues.


https://monolord.bandcamp.com

Blackwater Holylight, as the name suggests, is all about contrasts. It’s a fluid convergence of sound that’s heavy, psychedelic, melodic, terrifying and beautiful all at once.

As a heavy band, their songs aren’t anchored to riffs, but rather riffs come and go in waves that surface throughout the band’s meditative, entrancing songs. It’s a hypnotic sound, with orchestral structures that often build tension and intrigue before turning the song on its head — not by simply getting louder or heavier, nor by just layering elements. They expertly subvert the implied heaviness of a part, dissecting it and splaying the songs guts out to seep across the sonic spectrum.


Their live set is all about the slow build, seeming to combine the melodic tension of early Sonic Youth crossed with the laconic fever-dream blues of the first Black Sabbath album, and wiry experimentation of post-punk and krautrock.

Blackwater Holylight´s third LP, “SILENCE/MOTION” is out on October 22nd via Riding Easy Records.

https://blackwaterholylight.bandcamp.com


Arena Vienna / small space / adv 19€ / doors 20.00h

Tickets:
https://arena.wien/Home/Programm-Detail/concert-id/46266

21.11. LUCIFER + DEAD LORD

The multinational Heavy Rock Megalith from Stockholm LUCIFER is defined by their very heavy 1970s hard rock sound spiced with a good dose of Proto Heavy Metal and Doom Rock.

Main influences include groups such as Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Blue Öyster Cult, 70’s Heart & Fleetwood Mac.

With nearly 200 shows under their belt Lucifer has toured the US, Canada, Japan and Europe multiple times and played renowned international festivals like The Kiss Kruise, Psycho Las Vegas, Hellfest, MetalDays, Sweden Rock, Desertfest, the long standing German cult TV program Rockapalast twice, to name only but a few. Founded in 2014 in Berlin by The Oath front woman Johanna Sadonis, the group first consisted of Cathedral, Angel Witch and Ladytron members. The debut album “Lucifer I”, penned by Johanna and Cathedra’s Garry Jennings and released by British label Rise Above Records, brought LUCIFER international recognition.

With a shift of constellation within the band in 2016 and Johanna Sadonis’ move from Berlin to Stockholm, LUCIFER were ready for chapter two. In Nicke Andersson, notable for his groups The Hellacopters, Entombed, Imperial State Electric, Death Breath among others, Johanna found a new renowned writing partner.
Now signed to Century Media/Sony Music, Johanna and Nicke wrote and produced the albums “Lucifer II” and “Lucifer III” at Nicke’s studio The Honk Palace in Stockholm which both jolted LUCIFER into the Swedish, German, British and American charts and earned them several nominations such as Best Hard Rock/Metal album by renowned Swedish Radio Price P3, Hard Rock/Metal act of the year by Gaffa Price as well as a Swedish Grammy in the category Hard Rock/Metal. In between albums LUCIFER has released multiple outstanding stand-alone singles that have quickly become sought after collectors’ items. Relentless touring and recording have turned LUCIFER into an explosive live beast and a reliable source of timeless rock and roll.
LUCIFER wasted no time and used the pandemic to record yet another long player that rings in a new chapter and dives even further into the grande realms of colossal old fashioned rock, with a severe morbid twist. For this opus they entered guitarist Linus Björklund’s Studio Ryssviken for an even more heart pounding drum sound while continuing their work at The Honk Palace.

This time LUCIFER has expanded their song writing partnership within the band and Johanna has not only penned the new material with Nicke but also with guitarist Linus, as well as guitarist Martin Nordin contributing. With “Lucifer IV” the group is proving furthermore to be steadily building their very own pillar of rock history, brick by brick. The first single to give you a glimpse of what’s to come is “Wild Hearses” – buckle up for a deliciously morbid sweet and heavy ride past tombs and churches!
“Lucifer IV” is set to be released Halloween 2021 on Century Media Records/Sony Music.

https://lucifer.merchants.se

Rocking on all cylinders, wild and free, Dead Lord have brought the furious talent of their music-craft and the promise of their songwriting to the fore with their new album Surrender. Dead Lord’s fourth record, after the breakout Goodbye Repentance 2013, the follow up Heads Held High 2015 and their breakthrough album In Ignorance We Trust 2017, Surrender is a one-stop shop of everything from sweet licks and stylish solos, to simply remarkable catchy songs that hit you in the feels, and fill the gas- tank to the brim. Whether getting yourself through the hard days or rising up in the rebellious struggles of our time, raising a middle finger to the air never felt so good when taking the medicine that Surrender has to offer.

Synonymous with the giant names of rock and in the same breath, rarely does a band stand on the shoulders of the greats so proudly and more justified. Dead Lord should find their home in any self-respecting rock-aficionados top tier collection, next to treasured vinyls of bands like Nazareth, Thin Lizzy, early ZZ Top and Free.

On Surrender’s narrative drive, front-man and singer Hakim says:
“We’re sticking to the old way of looking at the world through hopeless glasses. A bit of heart break and a reflection of the times we live in. Trying to channel what’s wrong with the world and ourselves into a snappy upbeat rock record. Rock now, cry later.”

Radio-ready, melodious jewels of classic rock that swagger with sophistication and heart, kick back and let Dead Lord pour their solid gold vibrations out of your speakers and transform your laptop or headphones into a blaring full-stack of tweed tones and sweet analogue warmth. Face-melting vintage amplifiers cooking on max, and a sophisticated retro-chic finesse that will twin-guitar you into a frenzy, Surrender is an album to submit to.

http://www.deadlord.com/

Arena Vienna / Small Hall / adv 20 € / doors 19.00h

Tickets:
https://arena.wien/Home/Programm-Detail/concert-id/42003

15.10. MOTHERS OF THE LAND + LOWBAU + THE RÖAD CREW

Mothers of the Land is a rock group founded in Vienna 2012, by Georg Pluschkowitz (Pastor) on guitar, Johannes ‘Jon’ Zeininger
on bass and Jakob Haug on the drums. After having tried different formations, they found their ideal constellation in 2015 with
Jack Jindra (Locracy) on the additional guitar.

Not long after, in June 2016, their live recorded DIY Debut-Album ‚Temple without Walls‘ was released and gained a great international reception from listeners, artists and bloggers, resulting in fruitful collaborations around the globe.
Having played dozens of concerts with international headliners like Asteroid, Elder and Red Fang, the band provides powerful performances that lure in the audiences deeply through the surreal worlds they create.

All those experiences were used to forge new material, which finally formed their second album ‘Hunting Grounds’ which was released on June 19 via Stonefree records.

https://mothersoftheland.bandcamp.com

Keep going,…
a slogan stitched on the hearts of all that come to see a Lowbau show.
For over a decade this band has been surpassing trends and scenes, borders and miles, labels and bookers.
Blessed with a DIY spirit and driven only by passion, the bands efforts have gotten them to both edges of Europe and got them gigs with the likes of Crowbar, Eyehategod, Grand Magus and many, many more.

Their first record “The EP“ as well as the follow up album“A darker shade of blues” were well received amongst the Heavy listeners.
On 24. December 2016 they handed out another lethal blow called “Urban Voodoo”.

https://lowbau.bandcamp.com

We are The Röad Crew, Austria’s Motörhead Tribute Band, ready to KICK YOUR ASSES!!

www.facebook.com/TheRoadCrew.MotorheadTribute


Arena Vienna / Small Hall / adv 14 € / doors 20.00h

Tickets:
arena.wien/Home/Programm-Detail/concert-id/46287

25.10. SAVANAH + OZYMANDIAS

To get things rolling and live music experienced again in all it´s glory and loudness, Roadtrip To Outta Space will be continuously hosting seated shows in the big hall.

If you want to support Arena Wien directly, you can do that by purchasing “Support Tickets” in our online ticket store:
tickets.arena.wien/at/Events/65977

Due to the Covid 19 situation, we kindly ask you to accept the following rules and guidelines:

> a maximum of 200 tickets will be sold
> FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE
if you want to sit up front or sit in a group, make sure to be there early
> the show will be over at 22.00
> unfortunately, you will have to wear a mask, when not seated
>  there will be a bar with plenty of drinks, but it´s outside
>  please keep a distance of 1 metre
>  due to changes in the official handling with the pandemic, these guidelines and rules could be changed in the future.
>  please be respectful to staff, artists and each other. this  situation sucks for everyone, so let´s be nice to each other!

Savanah is an austrian Stoner Rock Trio from Graz, formed in 2014.
They suppported bands like Colour Haze, Karma to Burn, Rotor, Black Cobra, Seven That Spells, Black Rainbows and Acid King.

The band takes influences from Doom, Desert and Psychedelic Rock to create their unique sound, once described as aggressive Stoner with a deafening bass and powerful riffs. Energetic Live-Performances are part of the bands character and attitude.

savanah1.bandcamp.com

That the inspiration for the name Ozymandias was actually drawn from the TV-series “Breaking Bad”, when Walter White recites the thusly named poem by Shelley – pah! Education from TV is still education. If you fuse various styles of metal into your own sound, if you aren’t scared of heavy old-fashioned hard rock, you’re not that busy reading …

Rather scream until your voice fails and then batter the guitar strings! That led to nine songs that you will be hard pressed to forget. You don’t think so? Listen to this!

ozymandiasrocks.bandcamp.com

Arena Vienna / Mini Open Air / adv 14 €
Free entry with  “Kulturpass”

Tickets:
tickets.arena.wien/at/Events/65977

10.10. AVALANCHE + LUPUS *COVID OPEN AIR*

To get things rolling and live music experienced again in all it´s glory and loudness, Roadtrip To Outta Space and the infamous Arena Beisl have teamed up and will be hosting a number of shows on a small open air stage set up at the Arena grounds.

If you want to support Arena Wien directly, you can do that by purchasing “Support Tickets” in our online ticket store:
tickets.arena.wien/at/Events/65864

Due to the Covid 19 situation, we kindly ask you to accept the following rules and guidelines:

– a maximum of 200 people can enter
– the show will be over at 22.00
– there will be plenty of seats
– please keep a distance of 1 metre
– disinfectants will be at hand
– shows will take place during light or medium rainfall, you can bring umbrellas
– due to changes in the official handling with the pandemic, these guidelines and rules could be changed in the future


Vienna´s own Hardcore-Sludge-Thrashers Avalanche celebrate their 10th Anniversary.

Psychedelic/70s/Blues/Rock from Vienna.

www.facebook.com/LUPUS-310874099372181/

 

 

Arena Vienna / Mini Open Air / adv 12 € / doors 15 € /
doors with “Kulturpass” 10 €

Tickets:
tickets.arena.wien/at/Events/65159

16.9. CHICOS DE NAZCA + DOOMINA *COVID OPEN AIR*

To get things rolling and live music experienced again in all it´s glory and loudness, Roadtrip To Outta Space and the infamous Arena Beisl have teamed up and will be hosting a number of shows on a small open air stage set up at the Arena grounds.

If you want to support Arena Wien directly, you can do that by purchasing “Support Tickets” in our online ticket store:
tickets.arena.wien/at/Events/65864





Due to the Covid 19 situation, we kindly ask you to accept the following rules and guidelines:

– a maximum of 200 people can enter
– the show will be over at 22.00
– there will be plenty of seats
– please keep a distance of 1 metre
– disinfectants will be at hand 
– shows will take place during light or medium rainfall, you can bring umbrellas
– due to changes in the official handling with the pandemic, these guidelines and rules could be changed in the future

 

Since their inception in 2006, Doomina have made a conscious effort to transform their influences in to an original and independent product (both conceptually and through their releases) and even after swelling to a quintet, this approach has not been lost. It wouldn’t be entirely wrong to call their music post rock, but at the same time it sells Doomina’s artistic vision short.

Although Daniel Gedermann cites bands like Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky as major influences, Doomina ultimately sound like all and none of these bands. First and foremost, they sound like themselves. Daniel describes it as “emotions set to sound”. These emotions however, should not be vocalized with the help of a human voice but solely by their instrumentation.

https://doomina.bandcamp.com

Chicos de Nazca is a chilean band, based in Berlin, of neo-psychedelia formed in 2010.

Arena Vienna / Open Air / adv 16 € / doors 19 € / 18.00h

Tickets
https://tickets.arena.wien/at/Events/65864

22.3. HÄLLAS / NIGHT *CANCELLED*

Alle Veranstaltungen sind aufgrund der Covid-19-Situation per Regierungserlass (nach § 15 Epidemiegesetz) bis 3.4.2020 abgesagt/verschoben! 
Genauere Informationen bezüglich Nachholtermin, Tickets etc. findet Ihr in der jeweiligen Veranstaltung. 
Bitte um etwas Geduld und danke für euer Verständnis!

Due to the current Covid-19 situation all events are cancelled/postponed until April 3rd 2020 by official government order (§ 15 Epidemiegesetz). 
For further information regarding tickets, new dates etc., please look into the concert you‘re interested in. 
Please be patient and thanks for understanding!


Forget about everyday stuff and step into an adventurous fantasy world. That’s what Hällas want those who listen to their records or see their live shows to experience.

Quite obviously a growing number of people are drawn to the quintet’s 70’s inspired and dynamic mix of progressive rock, metal and folk. The upcoming album Conundrum, the third and last part of a trilogy, may be their most varied and complex so far, but still essential Hällas in its sound and lyricism.

Hällas, founded in 2011, got something of an underground breakthrough with the previous album Excerpts From A Future Past (2017) and its hit single Star Rider.



On Jan 31st 2020 their new album Conundrum was released.

rmv-grammofon.lnk.to/hallas



It´s easy to grow fond of Night. It´s easy to say that their influences today could be found in history with artists as Phil Lynott, Mark Knopfler, or Scorpions ’76, or Blue Öyster Cult around ’77. But it´s so much more. With their last album ‘Raft of the World’ (2017 The Sign Records) the band got hails from most part of the rock scene. The dark album moved the band several steps away from the NWOBHM background and towards a proto-metal atmosphere of the ’70s.

Night keeps moving and during the spring of 2020 the band is releasing a two-track 7” called ’Feeling it Everywhere’. The directions of the new tracks take the band even more into the rhythm and style where the ’70s collided with the ’80s. Where Rock music meets up with Disco. It was a golden age for music, and the go-to period for many bands to find their influences. The recording was done as an in-studio live session to keep the feeling of live music.

Night is preparing to release their new album set for release in autumn 2020. The band is once again taking help from producer Ola Ersfjord (Primordial, Dead Lord, Imperial State Electric) that the band started to work with on ’Raft of the World’.

nightband.bandcamp.com

Arena Vienna / “Small Hall” / adv 16 € / doors 20 € / 19.00h

Tickets: tickets.arena.wien

 

21.3. AVALANCHE / RYTE / LUPUS *CANCELLED*

Alle Veranstaltungen sind aufgrund der Covid-19-Situation per Regierungserlass (nach § 15 Epidemiegesetz) bis 3.4.2020 abgesagt/verschoben! 
Genauere Informationen bezüglich Nachholtermin, Tickets etc. findet Ihr in der jeweiligen Veranstaltung. 
Bitte um etwas Geduld und danke für euer Verständnis!

Due to the current Covid-19 situation all events are cancelled/postponed until April 3rd 2020 by official government order (§ 15 Epidemiegesetz). 
For further information regarding tickets, new dates etc., please look into the concert you‘re interested in. 
Please be patient and thanks for understanding!


Avalanche celebrate their 10th circle around the sun with a lunar ceremony.

Hardcore/Sludge/Thrash from Vienna, since 2010.

avalanchexiii.bandcamp.com/

Heavy Mammoth Psych Jams, LP-Release-Show.

heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ryte-ryte

Psychedelic/70s/Blues/Rock from Vienna.


www.facebook.com/LUPUS-310874099372181/

Arena Vienna / Dreiraum / adv 12 € / doors 15 €

Tickets: tickets.arena.wien

12.2. HEXVESSEL

Founded in the magical forests of Finland, via the green and pleasant lands of England and Ireland, HEXVESSEL are wyrd folk. Formed in 2009 by Mat “Kvohst” McNerney, who having already made a name for himself in extreme metal bands in the UK where he was born and raised, and again in the Norwegian Black Metal scene, finally found his home in the land of the midnight sun. Settling in a country where mythology, tradition and pre-Christian heritage is still alive McNerney, (who also fronts 1980s-excess-tinged gothic pop band Grave Pleasures), found solace in the constant reflection of Finland’s pagan past, awakening secret knowledge that led to the formation of HEXVESSEL.

Since acclaimed debut album “Dawnbearer” (2011), HEXVESSEL have released two further albums of forest folk and bewitching psychedelia. They have played sold out headline tours in their homeland, been nominated for 2 Finnish Grammy awards, toured Europe together with bands like Sabbath Assembly and Alcest, graced the main stage at Roadburn in Holland and performed at SXSW in Texas, seeing their music on the charts and on many critics lists. They embellished their sonic rituals with mushroom-induced psychedelia on third and most recent best-selling album “When We Are Death” to widespread critical acclaim and continue to develop their sound. Their new album “All Tree” sees the band expand upon McNerney’s personal spiritual journey. Reunited with his co-songwriter from “Dawnbearer”, Andrew McIvor, they unfurl their primordial storytelling with a contemporary command of song-craft.

During the writing of “All Tree”, as he sat by the fire in his summerhouse in the Finnish wilderness, McNerney recalled the summers of his youth, spent listening to Celtic ghost stories on his father’s family farm in Galway, Ireland. He began to write music that grew out of that connection between myth and nature and wanted the album to symbolise a pathway toward a spiritual revival of the old fables. From a youth spent in pastoral England to the boggy marsh woods of Ireland, to his homeland forests of Finland, McNerney’s HEXVESSEL reveals nature’s universal tales of hidden spirits. The pagan wilds are portals to reality. You go through them and you enter the universe.


HEXVESSEL write songs in the oral tradition of the old balladeers. They weave everyman stories that create a bond between the teller and the audience, bringing alive a sense of shared purpose and spiritual history. With wife and collaborator Marja Konttinen, like-minded troubadour and co-writer Kimmo Helén, guitarist Jesse Heikkinen, the primal rhythms of Jukka Rämänen (Dark Buddha Rising), and the occult found-sounds of Antti Haapapuro (Aural Hypnox/Arktau Eos), HEXVESSEL has truly become a melting cauldron or “vessel,” a potent “hex” of spellwork.


By drawing on older folk acts like Shirley Collins, Vashti Bunyan, later folk rock bands such as Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention and King Crimson, to more recent artists such as Nick Cave and Coil, imbued with Karelian and Nordic folklore rhythms, HEXVESSEL have created a sound that is both ancient and modern. “All Tree” is about connection and roots, bringing the spirits of the past that we all share to a more mystical and fulfilling vision of the future.

www.hexvessel.com

Arena Vienna / “Dreiraum” / adv 16 € / doors 19 € / 20.00h
Tickets: arena.wien

 

 

 

24.11. EARTH + HELEN MONEY

Earth is an American musical group based in Seattle, Washington, formed in 1989 and led by guitarist Dylan Carlson. Earth’s music is mostly instrumental, and can be divided into two distinct stages. Their early work grew out of the Seattle-area grunge scene and is recognized as pioneering the genre of drone doom — an experimental offshoot of doom metal, characterized by droning, minimalist, lengthy, and repetitive structures.


Earth’s early albums were usually recorded as a duo (Carlson and a bass guitarist), and could be seen as a variation of the experimental doom-influenced metal of The Melvins. Earth currently features a markedly different sound, slow-paced and lengthy, but now with a drummer and featuring strong elements of country music and jazz.

With their latest album “Full Upon Her Burning Lips”, Earth purges the layers of auxiliary instrumentation that embellished some of their previous records and deconstructed their dynamic to the core duo of Dylan Carlson on guitar and bass and Adrienne Davies on drums and percussion. In the process, they tapped into the Platonic ideal of Earth—an incarnation of the long running band bolstered by the authority of purpose, where every note and every strike on the drum kit carries the weight of the world.

Full Upon Her Burning Lips opens with “Datura’s Crimson Veils”, a twelve-minute opus that adheres to Earth’s 21st century approach with Carlson’s sepia-toned Bakersfield Sound guitars lurching across a barren landscape while Davies punctuates the melodies with death knell drums. It’s a sound that harkens back to the riff-constructed vistas of their Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light albums, but stripped of their ornateness.

“It was definitely a very organically developed record,” Carlson says of the process. “I limited the number of effects I used. I always like the limiting of materials to force oneself to employ them more creatively. Previous Earth records were quite lush sounding, and I wanted a more upfront and drier sound, using very few studio effects.” In less capable hands, these kinds of limitations might diminish the aural scope of the compositions, but Carlson and Davies have always thrived on reductive methods.

The stripped down approach had another advantage. “I really wanted the drums to be present,” Carlson says. “I felt with previous Earth records that other instrumentation took up so much of the sonic space that the drums were kind of pushed to the side.” This tactic helps highlight Davies’ ability to elevate the drum kit beyond its mere metronomic functions and allows it to serve as an expressive, nuanced, and tonally rich component to Earth’s arsenal of sound.

In addition to scaling back on their ranks, Earth altered their previous trajectory by entering into Full Upon Her Burning Lips without a conceptual arc to guide the process, relying instead on their collective subconscious to hone in on the overarching muse as the songs developed. “In the past I’ve usually had a strong framework for an album,” Carlson says. “This one developed over the course of writing and recording. It just felt like ‘Earth’—like just the two players doing their best work at playing, serving the music.”

The absence of a pre-existing narrative guiding the compositions meant that the songs were more open and intuitive, often resulting in more terse musical vignettes like the richly harmonic “Exaltation of Larks” or the dreamily itinerant “Maidens Catafalque”. Yet subconscious impulses gradually created their own subtext for the album. “I wanted this to be a ‘sexy’ record, a record acknowledging the ‘witchy’ and ‘sensual’ aspects in the music… sort of a ‘witch’s garden’ kind of theme, with references to mind altering plants and animals that people have always held superstitious beliefs towards. A conjuror or root doctor’s herbarium of songs, as it were.”


thronesanddominions.com


Alison Chesley aka Helen Money is a cellist who has become known for her adventurous sound, bold compositions, and compelling stage performance. Called “A classical-cellist-turned-avant-metal virtuoso” by the Boston Phoenix, Chesley channels her sensibilities and experience as a rock musician through a classical instrument, altering both genres without apology. She has played on over 150 albums with artists such as Disturbed, Bob Mould, Mono, Anthrax, Broken Social Scene, Russian Circles, and Archer Prewitt among others.

She began composing music for films, theater and dance including two world premiers with the modernist icon Shirley Mordine. And, in 2007, Alison wrote the first Helen Money album and released it on her own label, Cellobird Records. Since then, she’s recorded three additional albums as Helen Money, the latest of which, Become Zero, is available on Thrill Jockey Records. Helen Money has toured the world several times over opening for bands such as Sleep, Shellac, Earth, Mono, Neurosis, Magma and Jarboe including a 2015 appearance on The David Letterman Show with Bob Mould and an appearance at the 2012 ATP Festival in London curated by Portishead.

helenmoney.com

Arena Vienna / “Small Hall” / adv 20 € / doors 19.00

Tickets: arena.wien