5.9. SUNN O))) / BIG BRAVE

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American doom/drone metal/dark ambient band Sunn O)))  formed as a tribute to Earth (2) (and named after this band’s amplifier brand of choice). The two founding members, Stephen O’Malley & Greg Anderson, have appeared at every concert and release under the SUNN O))) moniker. They have also been (and are) active in various other bands (Thorr’s Hammer, Khanate, Goatsnake, Burning Witch, KTL and others). Sunn O))) have employed a number of high-profile guests along the years such as Boris, Ulver, Scott Walker,  Attila Csihar, Julian Cope, Oren Ambarchi, Merzbow and others.

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Their latest full length LP Kannon is an album which was composed in the aftershadow of SUNN O)))’s most recent successes in immersive collaboration (the group worked with Scott Walker on Soused, Ulver on Terrestrials in 2013 and 2014) and also from the broad and influential wake of their epitimous Monolith’s & Dimensions . Kannon emerged both independently as a conceptual entity and with roots in the legacies of those projects, yet was fully realised years later, in 2015. The album is 36 minutes in length and consists of three pieces of a triadic whole : Kannon 1, 2 and 3.

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The album celebrates many Sunn O))) traditions ; Kannon was recorded and mixed with Sunn O)))’s close colleague and coproducer Randall Dunn in Seattle, in Studio Litho, Aleph and Avast! ; and the LP includes performances by long term allies and collaborators Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Rex Ritter, Steve Moore and others. And at the core the composition centers around the dynamic and intense guitar and bass interplay of Sunn O)))’s founders : Stephen O’Malley & Greg Anderson.

It’s possibly the most figurative album Sunn O))) has created, which is unusual as they usually dwell in layers of abstraction and subjectivity. On the other hand the album is the most outright “metal” in years, drawing personal associations and memories of cherished albums like Panzerfaust and Twilight of the Gods again to the forefront of consciousness. At the third time it is very close to the cyclical character of mantra which the band has evolved into as a living creature, the enormity of intense sensate detail and manifestation of the live in concert face of Sunn O))), the organism that has flourished, metamorphosed and transcended tremendously over the past ten years.

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada, three-piece BIG|BRAVE plays sincere, long-form out-rock that ventures in to different directions — at times mournful and unsettling — their music plays out in to moon-bleached grunge where serene vocals crumble over scraping guitars bled of melody.

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Sometimes it’s the sound you don’t make. Big|Brave chooses their silences carefully, oscillating between sparse, gentle arrangements and deep swells of noise. They are patient, their crescendos tidal and graceful. Heavy drums come up against haunting vocal melodies. Moody guitar tones swirl. Slowly they recede into something more atmospheric, a quiet that hangs thick like smoke. Something important is offered in the spaces between sounds. Listen for it, feel. It waits.

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Arena Vienna / big hall / adv 26 € / 19.00h

 

 

 

 

 

1.9. THE FLYING EYES / HIGH BRIAN

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The Flying Eyes are a heavy, psychedelic rock band hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. Their name comes from a 1962 science fiction novel about giant, disembodied eyes that descend from outer space to control humanity…

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Since forming, they have played support gigs for bands such as Dead Meadow, The Raveonettes, The Black Angels, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti among many others.

The Flying Eyes have swiftly achieved a notable following in Europe with extensive club tours and festival appearances.

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In autumn 2013 the musicians Nils Meyer-Kahlen, Benedikt Brands, Paul Berghold and Patrick Windischbauer met in Graz.

Soon they realised that they were meant to create music together, so they formed High Brian.

They live and rehearse in Graz and produce their one of kind rocking-space-sound all over the Austrian club-scene.

On this way, they shared stage with like-minded artists like Danava, Vidunder, Kadavar, The Vintage Caravan and many more.

The guys from Stockholm, Hamburg, Graz and Linz spent many days and nights in the glow of lava lamps, weaving their carpet of sound consisting of a lot of Fuzz and Delay, lay, lay… To do so they take their influences from the past decades of Psychedelic music and climb into their own, personal time-machine.

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Arena Vienna / Dreiraum / adv 12 € / doors 15 € / 20.00h

 

 

 

13.8. „LO SOUND DESERT“ Screening / live: CIRCLE CREEK / YEAR OF NO LIGHT / MONARCH!

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Lo Sound Desert is a documentary by Joerg Steineck about the rock music scene in the ‘Low Desert’ of California.

What was started by revolting punk rock kids, hidden from narrow-minded authorities of sub-urban desert communities in the early 80s, gave birth to bands like Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age.

With its unique artistic approach the film provides a deep, intimate insight and captures the attitude of the ‘Coachella Valley’s’ music scene – from jamming all night in the middle of a surreal desert landscape to headlining European stages, – “Desert Rock” continued its underground spread and became international treasure.

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Lo Sound Desert is narrated by Josh Homme, Mario Lalli, Brant Bjork, Alfredo Hernandez, Scott Reeder, Sean Wheeler and many more from bands such as Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson, Mondo Generator among others… .

 
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Circle Creek will be kicking off the evening.
Monarch! and Year Of No Light will be playing after the screening.

Circle Creek is a long-running Heavy Stoner Rock band from Styria, Austria.
They know how to party and always deliver!

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www.circlecreek.at

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Yet one more band started after too many belgian beers under the sun of the ending summer of 2001, Year Of No Light slightly but undoubtly started to slide down to gloomier atmospheres as the inherent chaos of Bordeaux’s caves and harshness of winter made their common work. As the line-up was getting solid the band clarified their intentions and started to build the basis of what would be their first demo recorded in 2004.

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More and more shows were played and the rather general critical acclaim of the demo quoting them as being “The Cure playing sludge” combined with live reviews becoming more and more encouraging compeled the band into the writing of new tracks that would finally end up on their first album “Nord”, recorded at Rec studio under the direction of Serge Morratel in the fall of 2005. This material was mastered early 2006 in New York with Alan Douches and ends up here on 2*LP gatefold via Atropine & E-vinyl and also there on Cd via Radar swarm and re-issued later in the US via Crucial Blast records.

Year of no Light spent most of the last 4 years spreading its enthralling psychedelic warfare to a continually growing audience. Alongside they parted ways with their singer (R.I.P) and recruited two other thirsty mercenaries. Shiran, of über-doom combo “Monarch!”, brings now his chthonian six strings to an already massive cathedral of noise and ambient drone tones. Mathieu, of deviant-electronics act “Aérôflôt”, strengthens ritualistic tribal rhythm patterns.

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Out of their cave, they secluded into an old theater to record these 4 tracks catching every possible vibration of the trembling frame of this enlivened a new mansion. All the energy collected at that very moment forms “Ausserwelt”, the sophomore album of Year of no Light. Mystical emanations flow out of these riffs colliding into each other to an in ear-splitting shriek. Cranked amps and molested drums hurl their mourning chant as a choir intoning its final psalms at the dawn of the Last Judgment. Year of no Light follows the path opened by “Nord” towards more somber psychedelics, creating its own blend of black metal, sludge, drone or any other influence marked with the seal of darkness.

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yearofnolight.bandcamp.com

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Hailing from the picturesque Northern Basque Country of France, Monarch! (which took  their name from the darkest chapter of the CIA mind control program MK Ultra) unleash a slow motion avalanche of impossibly glacial, blackened sludge and hypnotic feedback, each song a series of epic tarpit riffage stretched out eternally over lumbering drums and the cavernous rumble of speaker cabinets. Over these yawning expanses of black void appears the demonic, throat-shredding shrieks and ghostly singing of Emilie….

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Monarch! ‘s mega-crawling ambient doom/drone/sludge follows in the grand tradition of fellow tarpit adventurers Khanate, Corrupted, Melvins, and Black Sabbath, and accompany their music with an iconoclastic style.

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One of Europe’s most recognized extreme doom metal bands, “Sabbracadaver”, their latest album is the band’s most immense and inducing album to date, a ritualistic and enchanting obsessive work of down-tuned amplifier worship doom that painfully crawls and seductively entrances.

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Arena Vienna / Open Air Cinema & Dreiraum / doors 14 € / screening-only-ticket: 6 € / 19.00

 

4.8. RADIO MOSCOW / KALEIDOBOLT

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Trends come and go, but the idea of a bunch of guys getting together in a garage and playing the kind of music that makes the neighbors call the cops — that’s forever. And it’s that idea that’s crystallized in the form of Radio Moscow. The power trio led by the Stratocaster genius Parker Griggs have found THE formula : powerful, crunching Sabbathstyle chords and fiery solos that earn the right to be called Hendrixian and plants its flag firmly in the territory where psychedelic rock and cranked-up blues meet.

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Parker’s demo caught the ear of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who produced the 2007 self-titled debut. With « Brain Cycles », their second album Radio Moscow proves that they’re not a cheap time machine but a direct descendant from the golden age of Rock’n’Roll. In 2011, Griggs continued his psychedelic trip with « The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz » realesed by Alive Records. 2104 the band recorded their first album as a full trio untitled “Magical Dirt”.

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The band has been touring heavily to an ever growing audience for the past 2 years, cementing their status as one of the most exciting Rock n Roll live acts around today.

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Kaleidobolt is a power trio that came together in early 2014 in Helsinki. In the short time they’ve been together, they’ve gained the reputation of being one of the most exciting live bands from heavy metal´s world capitol Finland.

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Their music is a dizzying maelstrom of progressive song structures, crushing riffs and loose psychedelic soundscapes, delivered with joy and ferociousness. Their first album was released in August 2015 by Pink Tank Records.
“The Zenith Cracks”, their second album will be released on July 1st.

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“It would be tempting to say that Kaleidobolt were born 45 years too late, indeed had this album been released in the early seventies it would now be held up as a classic. But they are of the here and now….the ambitious song structures and the sheer heaviness in places make it a contemporary release, but a classic nonetheless. These guys exude class from every pore…”
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Dayz Of Purple And Orange)

kaleidobolt.bandcamp.com

Arena Vienna / small hall / adv 16 € / 20.00h

Tickets available directly at www.arena.co.at

 

 

 

14.8. NEUROSIS / UFOMAMMUT / TESA

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Neurosis originally formed in Oakland, California in 1985 as a hardcore punk band. Over the years their sound progressed towards a doom metal style that also included influences from dark ambient and industrial music as well as incorporating elements of folk music.

In late 1985, Scott Kelly, Dave Edwardson and Jason Roeder (formerly members of Violent Coercion) founded Neurosis. In this early stage their sound was heavily influenced by pioneering British crust punk actssuch as Amebix, Axegrinder and Hellbastard. In 1986 Chad Salter was added on second guitar. In 1989 Chad Salter was replaced by Steve Von Till.

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From 1990 to 1993, Adam Kendall was recruited to create the visuals and perform live with the band. Following his departure from touring, Pete Inc. took over the job, although Kendall continued to contribute visuals for the band until as late as 1997. Kendall also shot the footage for the “Locust Star” video. Josh Graham took over live visuals in early 2000, and stayed with the band until the end of 2012.

Often experimental and psychedelic in nature, the visuals have added to the reputation of Neurosis’ live performances, and it is safe to say that the way the band created an audio/visual experience has influenced and keeps influencing the underground scene beyond measure.

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In 1996 and 1997, the group toured with Pantera, bringing them to mainstream attention.
Neurosis partnered with the now infamous Relapse Records, retrospectively paving the way for the rise of post metal as we know it today internationally.

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Additionally, the band have founded their own independent record label, Neurot Recordings, which, in addition to releasing material from Neurosis and its associated projects, has since become home to several innovative musicians.

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Neurosis are one the most influential underground acts of the past 30 years. Now more than ever, their approach has led the way for countless artists and their impact can be felt.

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2012 saw the release of the first full length album since 2007´s “Given To The Rising” and 2010´s “Live At Roadburn” live album.


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IN A SHADOW WORLD

An introduction to Neurosis’ Honor Found In Decay

It is said that great art has the power to take us outside of ourselves and bring us closer to ourselves simultaneously. Few bands have accomplished this rare feat on a more profound and consistent basis than Neurosis. For nearly three decades, their music has touched the hearts and minds of young men and women seeking contact with something beyond the physical world, something intangible, something that expresses the inner tumult of the human condition in a way that transcends time and space. Something that not only provokes questions but maybe even hints at answers.

 

In 1996, I was one of those young men. I was 20 years old when I heard Through Silver In Blood, and I could never listen to music the same way again. The album was—and is—so dense, so turbulent, so different than anything I had heard before. It was—and is—like its own weather system. It didn’t just challenge me to think differently; it forced me to. It opened doors that lay beyond the confines of my own narrow experience. Best of all—to an aspiring “writer” at least—the band’s lyrics seemed to be saying something. Not about politics or religion or society or even interpersonal relationships, but about the life of the mind. And the words could be applied to modern life as readily as life a thousand years ago—or three thousand years ago, when our gods were our own and almost everyone still had to fight for their daily bread.

With the passage of time and the accumulation of experience, Neurosis’ work has only become more engaging, more penetrating, more visceral and decimating. Similarly, the band has only become more cognizant of their purpose.

The music on Honor Found In Decay is both torturous and transcendent. It is the ongoing exposition of a vast internal dialogue that seems to carry the weight of eons. With the right kind of ears and eyes, it can seem like the trials and tribulations of mankind are being channeled through five individuals: Steve Von Till, Scott Kelly, Noah Landis, Jason Roeder and Dave Edwardson. And yet? They will be the first ones to tell you that they are just regular people trying to make sense of the world around them. The degree to which Neurosis allows them to step out of their everyday lives is the distance between one and zero, the distance between thinking and doing, the distance between this minute and the one that may or may not follow. Which is to say: Neurosis takes them outside of themselves and brings them closer to themselves. Simultaneously.

J. Bennett, July 31, 2012

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www.neurotrecordings.com

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Ufomammut’s status as one of the most potent, powerful and artistic contemporary doom artists in existence continues to captivate the masses, and the band’s worldwide grasp grows wider with each release

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In 16 years the band has played several times around Europe reaching North America in 2015, with a monthly tour that saw them play from Coast to Coast.

Ufomammut has performed at international music festivals like Roadburn, Hellfest, Asymmetry, Stoned from the Underground, Dour Festival, Ieper fest, Desert Fest, Metalride fest, FIMAV and Maryland Death Fest.

Ufomammut’s live show is supported by the internationally acclaimed video and graphic art of Malleus, a rock artists’ collective who conjure the entirety of Ufomammut’s visual impact.

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Ufommamut´s 9th full length album “Ecate” was released in 2015 on Supernatural Cat Recordings.

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www.ufomammut.com

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Tesa is a three-piece heavy sludge from Rika, Latvia. They have been around for over 10 years and gained an international following through the approach of DIY ethics.

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Their latest album “Ghost“ was released on Skyr Records in 2015.

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Arena Vienna / big hall / adv 30 € / 19.00h

Online Tickets available at www.arena.co.at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DER BLUTHARSCH & THE INFINTE CHURCH OF THE LEADING HAND Live Photos

Kurt Prinz took some photos at last friday´s monumental show at Arena´s Dreiraum.
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29.6. KIKAGAKU MOYO

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To anyone who has heard the music of Kikagaku Moyo, it should come as no surprise that the band’s origins lie in hours upon hours of late-night jamming, illuminated by nothing more than the geometric patterns playing behind the band’s eyelids, resulting in a natural, free-floating sound, as of-the-earth as it is intergalactic.

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What´s most surprising about the recordings that have surfaced the past 3 years, is how utterly centered and mature the band sounds, especially given their relatively short lifespan as a band. Boundless though they may be, Kikagaku Moyo, who sharpened their improvisational skills by busking on the streets of their native Tokyo sound anything but lost, their child-like wonder manifested in a confident, courageous exploration of sound. Labels – psychedelic, folk, prog-rock, psychedelic-folk-mixed-with-prog-rock – do little to accurately reflect the spectrum of influences on display, let alone the more impactful realization of completeness in Kikagaku Moyo’s songs.

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Arena Vienna / Dreiraum / adv 10 € / doors 13 € / 20.00h