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9.4. TRUE WIDOW / KING WOMAN


Dallas trio TRUE WIDOW craft patient, rounded music that calls to mind images of foggy dawns and parched fields. Formed in November 2007, TRUE WIDOW released their self-titled debut a year later and immediately caught the ears of the underground. At its core, the music of TRUE WIDOW is powered by the driving, guitar-dense aspects of shoegaze and stoner rock and the heavy, low-moving evocations of ambient music.

Following their auspicious start, the band returned in 2011 with their sophomore full length, As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth. As High As The Highest Heavens saw the band solidify their direction and further mature their sound, but it wasn’t until 2013’s Circumambulation (TRUE WIDOW‘s debut album for independent label Relapse Records) that they reached the heights – both professionally and compositionally – they have now. Circumambulation garnered the band widespread praise both within and beyond the metal world and was praised by publications as diverse as Pitchfork, NPR, Decibel Magazine, and Metal Injection. The band followed up the success of that album with extensive touring across the US, Russia, and Europe, including numerous appearances at renowned festivals such as Roadburn, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Psycho California, and more.

This year, Avvolgere, the forthcoming LP from Texas trio TRUE WIDOW, perfects the formula that Circumambulation established. The album rocks and rolls with serene, rounded climaxes and steep, jangling choruses that engulf the listener with waves of downbeat, saccharine melodies and mesmerizing distortion. TRUE WIDOW‘s signature alternation between male and female vocals helps further blur the boundaries between the heft of stoner rock, the droning atmosphere of shoegaze, and the twangy catchiness of blues and indie rock. It’s both concise and circuitous – the album takes you on a journey that you can’t ever quite predict or expect. Avvolgere is TRUE WIDOW sounding more infectious and consummate than ever before.

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San Francisco’s KING WOMAN unveil their debut full-length Created In The Image of Suffering, a profoundly crafted opus of brooding, ethereal doom-rock. Led by the hypnotic and breathy vocal dramatics of Kristina Esfandiari, KING WOMAN harness the elastic textures and temporality of drone and metallic shoegaze alongside the transcendental, melancholic power of doom.

Recorded with engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Wreck & Reference, Oathbreaker) at the Atomic Garden, Created In The Image of Suffering’s seven compositions evoke rich, gloomy imagery with crumbling washes of blurred, billowing distortion densely layered atop hazy, psychedelic atmospheres that call to mind a surrealistic Black Sabbath fronted by Mazzy Star. Complete with deeply personal, introspective lyrics that serve as catharsis for years of religious and mental torment, KING WOMAN truly suffer to create their art.



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2.4. ELECTRIC WIZARD / ANGEL WITCH


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Formed in 1995 in Dorset, England, Electric Wizard have made a name for themselves as the undisputed trailblazer of the 3rd doom metal wave. Their unholy trinity of riff worship, 70s exploitation film aesthetic and inhumane consumption of marijuana left a mark on pop culture for decades to come.

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Despite numerous line-up changes over the years, founder and frontman Jus Oborn has somehow taken his defiantly uncommercial vision to unprecedented heights of popularity, as confirmed by recent, sold-out tours both in the US and Europe.
“If you’d asked me a few years ago, I would never have believed what’s happening. But it’s been growing. Having these ideas and going for these bigger gigs and then seeing that people are buying the tickets, that makes it all even more exciting. It’s more of a diverse audience, now. There are still the same few hundred grumpy doom-metal fans, but we’ve been accepted beyond that, somehow. We’ve been going for 20 years, so we’ve become an institution by default.”

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“We always had a fantasy that we’d end up in the tabloids, getting busted for having Satanic sex orgies,”
We’re always having them but no one cares!”

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“We were always the greatest band that you’ve never heard of, but it’s starting to turn around. The world’s our oyster now.“

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Channeling the rawness of shock rock´s pioneers Arthur Brown, Alice Cooper, Hellhammer and Black Sabbath through a fog of incense and weed smoke, Electric Wizard have gathered a cult following unlike any other rock band in recent history.

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Formed in 1977 in London, England, Angel Witch are among the essential bands oft he New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Despite critical acclaim in the music press, their only UK chart action consisted of a single week at No. 75 (the lowest position in the charts) in 1980.

Angel Witch have been claimed as a major influence by many notable metal musicians, including Dave Mustaine, Tom G. Warrior and Chuck Schuldiner.


Angel Witch has endured countless line up changes throughout the decades, and currently consists of Kevin Heybourne, Will Palmer and Jimmy Martin.



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16.3. GRAILS / MAJEURE

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Originally conceived as a casual side-project in 2000, Portland, Oregon’s Grails have patiently developed into a rather radical study in tension and meditation, inhabiting a netherworld where virtually all earthly and otherwordly sounds are equally explored to reflect the disparate influences of its four members. After releasing their first two albums on the Neurosis imprint Neurot Recordings, Grails followed up with Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 1,2 &, 3 on Important Records before ultimately finding their home at Temporary Residence Ltd., where they released two full length albums, 2008´s “Doomdayer´s Holiday”, and 2011´s “Deep Politics”.

2017 will see the release of “Chalice Hymnal”, their first album in 6 years.

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Rather than pick up where they left off, Grails take the sky-high riff-based heaviness of their earlier albums and distill it into a nuanced, widescreen opus. The perennial influences of mid-20th century Western film scores, obscure library music, and psychedelic krautrock are indelibly imprinted, but Chalice Hymnal exudes an eerie patience in unfurling the many layers of its subtle details. Produced by the band over the past five years, Chalice Hymnal bears some of the European psych and experimental hip-hop production techniques of founding members Alex Hall and Emil Amos’ other group, Lilacs & Champagne. Amos’ meditative metal band, Om, and longtime singer-songwriter project, Holy Sons, also naturally find their way into the Chalice cauldron. Rounding out their line-up, cofounder Zak Riles (also of experimental kraut-psych trio, Watter) layers synths and programming into an electronic-prog hybrid that pushes Grails further into the deep end, displaying a profound resonance, both musically and emotionally. No one else sounds like Grails, and on Chalice Hymnal they sound more like themselves than ever before.

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www.grails.bandcamp.com
www.temporaryresidence.com

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Majeure is the alter ego of A.E. Paterra, multi-tasking extraordinaire and one-half of progressive synt-rock duos Zombi, and Contact. Decidedly more dance-oriented than Zombi, Majeure combines the dark Moog-driven film scores of Vangelis with the relentless drive of Can and the transcendent minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. The brilliant mix of live and electronic rhythms is the heart and soul of Majeure’s music, which has a funny way of making time either speed up or stop entirely.

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majeure.bandcamp.com

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Arena Vienna / small hall / adv 15 € / doors 18 € / 20.00h

15.3. CONAN / DOWNFALL OF GAIA / HARK / HIGH FIGHTER

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Conan are as heavy as interplanetary thunder amplified through the roaring black hole anus of Azathoth. A three piece, in the grand tradition of many amazing fabulous three pieces that hold a tight line and an iron-grip command over the uber-synchronised chord changes and tempo-shifts of the holy trio of bass, drums and guitar. Two men have the task of vocalising wretched thoughts over the turgid weight of Conan. They bear it well, for the task is immense.

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Way back, in 2006, Conan formed as a two piece. The years dragged by, fellow warriors came and went, and now they are three – Jon Davis on guitar and vocals, Chris Fielding on bass and vocals and Rich Lewis on drums. Collectively their plans are clear: they seek nothing less than the crushing of a million skulls.

They have committed their filthy, ocean-sized sound to wax (and the slightly less cvlt compact disc) twice thus far- with more fetid output always on the horizon. First came the hulking mass of debut album Horseback Battle Hammer (Throne, Aurora Borealis), followed by a split with like-minded sludge-lords, Slomatics (Head of Crom, Burning World). In December 2011 Conan returned to the remote wilderness of Foel Studio, Wales and into the capable hands of producer Chris Fielding for their next album which is to be released on Burning World Records in Spring 2012.


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Fresh from battle, dripping from the gore exposed by Blood Eagle CONAN return with their newest release REVENGEANCE. With inspiration taken from video games, retro sword and sorcery movies, ancient battle scenes and the hum and aroma of warm output valves they have laid down 6 songs of total heaviness, unsurpassed in their blend of brutality and tone, groove and flow. Prepare to be blown away by the heaviest Conan album yet as they hack, slash and charge their way into your subconscious.

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Downfall of Gaia is a dark wall, moving forward relentlessly, enveloping the listener, absorbing one’s spirit to take one into the realm of the band’s potent sound.
Founded in 2008 and having undergone several line up changes, the quartet is now comprised of the two founding members Dominik Goncalves dos Reis (guitar and vocals) and Anton Lisovoj (bass and vocals), Marco Mazzola (Guitar) and Michael Kadnar (drums), who are respectively located in Berlin, Hamburg, and New York City.

Although the group’s roots lie within the DIY / Crust scene, they have become more closely associated with a sound that rather corresponds to the impact of an avalanche made from black earth, rock, and dirty sludge, while their lyrics poetically describe the dark side of living. In their early days, they released one demo, which was heavily influenced by d-beat, in addition to a split tape with French band Kazan in advance to a tour EP in 2009. Their debut album “Epos” followed in 2010, which was realized with the help of several DIY-labels.

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In 2012, a new, slow paced, heavier sound was heard on their second album, their first for legendary label Metal Blade Records, titled “Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes,” which more than satisfied what fans of infinite heaviness longed for, and made its appearance in annual end-of-the-year and best-of lists among critics and editors.

Downfall of Gaia refrain from any calm moments, let alone pauses, and go full throttle immediately on “Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay,” released via Metal Blade Records in November of 2014 followed by extended touring worldwide all over Europe, North America, Japan and Australia. “Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay” is being reviewed and well-discussed in major print- and webzines all over the world and one more time made its appearance in annual end-of-the-year and best-of lists.

2016 saw the release of “Atrophy” (Metal Blade Records).

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www.metalblade.com/downfallofgaia

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With their second full-length ‘Machinations’, HARK deliver a perfectly crafted vision of sludge-infused hard rock, while further expanding on their simultaneously progressive and muscular sonic palette. ‘Machinations’ is an intelligent, forward-thinking rock record, in an age where cult nostalgia trips and retrogressive throwbacks are all too common. Taking cues from Jimbob Isaac’s sludge metal legacy in Welsh underground heroes TAINT.

In addition to Simon Bonwick’s bombastic drumming, the hard-hitting rockers have meanwhile expanded their line-up to include the virtuoso chops of lead guitarist Joe Harvatt, while bassist Tom Shortt holds the low end down with weighty grind and dexterity. HARK v2.0 is now officially in widescreen. They offer a holistic, collective approach to inventive song craft and beautifully precise pummelling.

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www.harkband.com

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High Fighter formed in the Summer of 2014 and have released their debut album “Scars & Crosses” on June 10th 2016 via Svart Records as a 6-page CD Digi Pack, Digital Download & LP Gatefold. The riffs will simply crush your skull and Mona’s vocals are perhaps the heaviest they have ever been. So watch out….

The album has been recorded live at RAMA Studio in Mannheim, Germany (Ahab, The Hirsch Effekt, Fjørt & many more) by Jens Siefert, and was mixed & mastered by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business).

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highfighter.bandcamp.com

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Arena Vienna / small hall / adv 18 € / doors 18.00

 

 

 

19.10. MONKEY3 / 1000MODS / MOANING CITIES

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Cosmic wall of sound, psychedelic vibes, instrumental music that invites you to travel through your mind. Trippy grooves for heavy riffs with spacey keyboards landscapes, all enhanced by hypnotic video projections.

Monkey3 started in 2001 in Lausanne (Switzerland) as a jam-band community, influenced by a psychedelic and stoner-rock vibe that reminds Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Kyuss or 35007. With their debut album “Monkey3”, released in 2004 by belgian label Buzzville Records, the band got great reactions and reviews all over Europe, putting them on the map of the stoner-rock scene.

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Over a 14-years career, Monkey3 released 4 other albums whose last, “The 5th Sun”, goes back to November 2013, and was released via Napalm Records! All along the years, the Swiss quartet also toured everywhere in Europe, supporting the greatest acts, and playing the best festivals : Roadburn, Hellfest, Desertfest Berlin & London…and the story goes on !

MONKEY3´s new album, Astra Symmetry, feeds its inspiration from the mapping of the stars and their symbolic associations, interpreting the constellations stranded over the dark sky.

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Taking its roots in the pristine abyss, Astra Symmetry is a journey towards sidereal soundscapes making their course over four progressive chapters revolved around the zodiac wheel, unifying astrological signs under their elemental nature. What begins in the deep waters, ascends into thin air and acquires earthly consciousness before burning in the sacred fire. Decidedly cosmic instrumental music that loves melding heavy riffing with proggy keyboard landscapes – so buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Astra Symmetry will be released on September 2nd 2016 via Napalm Records.

www.monkey3official.com

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Moaning Cities is a psychedelic rock’n’roll band formed in Brussels late 2011.

After an eponym EP released in September 2012, pressed on 300 vinyl copies (sold out), Moaning Cities shaped its debut album ‘Pathways Through The Sail’ blending blues roots, fuzz guitars and sitar-driven psychedelia.

The album was released in Belgium in March 2014 on Mottow Soundz, a Brussels-based label.

In 2014 Moaning Cities opened for bands like Radio Moscow, Jacco Gardner, The Warlocks, Wall of Death, The Feeling of Love, and toured in Belgium, France & Switzerland, including DOUR Festival and the DesertFest of Antwerp.

Moaning Cities is behind the first Brussels psychedelic music festival called STELLAR SWAMP.

Check their new album, “D.Klein”, on Exag’ Records.

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www.moaningcities.com/

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1000mods is a psychedelic/heavy rock band from Chiliomodi, Greece. They were formed in the summer of 2006, and since then they have played over 200 live shows, sharing the stage with bands like The Black Keys, Graveyard, Brant Bjork, Colour Haze, The Atomic Bitchwax, Karma to Burn and many more. They are known for their commitment to vintage equipment, thick and heavy analog sound and remarkably passionate stage performances.

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www.facebook.com/1000mods

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Arena Vienna / adv 14 €  / doors 18 € / 20.00h

 

16.10. ALL THEM WITCHES / THE GREAT MACHINE

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All Them Witches are a neo-psychedelic, dark blues quartet from Nashville. They unapologetically use the music of earlier eras to forge a loose, spacy, hard rock sound of their own. While it is easy to pick out influences — including Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Mountain, Gris-Gris and Sun, Moon & Herbs-era Dr. John, and the electric Delta swamp blues of Junior Kimbrough — it is much more difficult to pin them down due to a unique meld of crafted songwriting and spacious grooves.

Fronted by bassist Charles Michael Parks, Jr., the lineup is rounded out by drummer Robby Staebler, guitarist Ben McLeod, and Allan Van Cleave on Fender Rhodes, organ, and other instruments. Parks met Staebler while they were working at “a corporate hippie store.” Staebler gave him some music he had been writing and playing with McLeod; it inspired Parks to jam with them. Staebler’s pal, keyboardist Van Cleave, was also invited and All Them Witches were born.

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The bandmembers credit the group’s birthdate as January 6, 2012. Almost immediately they began recording. Their debut album, Our Mother Electricity, was the first release on Germany’s Elektrohasch by an American band. The band immediately set to work on a follow-up, issuing the EP Extra Pleasant, recorded with two microphones direct to a cassette recorder. They began a grueling touring schedule and garnered a multitude of fans, who were encouraged to record and trade concert tapes with one another. Lightning at the Door was quietly self-released through the quartet’s Bandcamp page in early 2014, and later marketed by Tone Tree Music. All Them Witches received international critical attention for this recording, all the while continuing to tour. Their profile increased during a series of dates with doom rockers Windhand.


All Them Witches signed to New West in early 2015. They played to intense fanfare at music festivals such as SXSW and Bonnaroo. The label licensed Lightning at the Door for reissue. The band recorded its third album in Pigeon Forge, in eastern Tennessee. They set up a studio in a remote cabin where they lived and worked, and finished the album in six days. Dying Surfer Meets His Maker was released at the end of October in 2015. Since that the released 2 high end live recordings “At The Garage” and “Live In Brusseles”.

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allthemwitches.bandcamp.com

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The music of The Great Machine is very powerful. Two words: Riffs forward. The Brothers Haviv produce a heavy aggressive riff, that worships at the same time Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin ; From the back Yitzhaki kills with his drums . Some things make this simplicity wins. First, the free spirit and wild feeling that the Great Machine spreads, their stage behavior immediately releases the rocker in the mind , even if it is quite suppressed.

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Arena Vienna / adv 17 € / doors 20.00h

6.10. „LO SOUND DESERT“ Screening / Live: MOTHERS OF THE LAND / POTTWAL

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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.

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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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LIVE ON STAGE:
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MOTHERS OF THE LAND

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Imagine an UFO overtaking an ancient tractor. Right beside the local chapel, Pottwal does the soundtrack for this scenario. Pottwal is influenced by Space, Stoner and Psychedelic Rock.

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Pottwal is Exhibit A that the very best Space Rock is now coming out of Germany. Great guitar jams, killer rhythms, dreamy, lysergic vocals define these psychedelic space jams. While this music is more like good Mescaline than Acid, it still gets you to the same place.

Don’t believe me? Trip on Double Space.

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www.facebook.com/PottwalOfficial/

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

In June 2016 they released their debut album ‘Temple without Walls’.

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mothersoftheland.bandcamp.com/releases

StoneFree is a vienna based collective of musicians.

We are an independent record label, following the thoughts of the DIY-Movement, organizing concerts & help touring bands since 2007.

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www.stonefree.co.at

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Arena Vienna / big hall / adv 10 € / doors 12 € / 19.30h

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