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If the name Stöner seems a little on the nose, it is.– Singer/guitarist Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Brant Bjork Band) and singer & bassist Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator) were founding members of the stoner rock legend Kyuss and now joined by long time Brant Bjork Band drummer Ryan Gut, they’ve got dibs on the thick dusty swinging grooves.

Stoner’s love for their early inspirations …bands like Blue Oyster Cult, Kiss, Ramones, Blue Cheer, Misfits, Black Flag, The Stooges, MC5 to name a few… result in big, groovy sunbaked riffs that can cruise low and slow but then floor it and run all the red lights. Live, this is a band about the magnetism between the players, the groove, the loose vibe, strait up badass rock and roll.

Stöner are masters of their trade. These guys have been knee-deep in this stuff for 30-odd years and have rock & roll running through their blood and bones. For the third and latest album titled “totally….” Stoner is in its true form….getting together and having fun, Stoners world is a colorful joyride, heavy of rock but not of head.

Classic Hard Rock, heavy blues, Desert Rock & Psych Rock jams. These things come organically to this trio ….and as always Stoner can’t help but express an abundance of Punk Rock rawness and a passion for real rock and roll swagger.

With two records currently available “Live at Mojave” and “Stoners Rule”. The latest release “TOTALLY..…” sees the band realizing the chemistry of these old friends and developing a statement of pure rock and roll fun. “TOTALLY… is Produced, recorded and mixed by Yosef Sanborn & Stöner at Wizard West Studios in Chatsworth CA. Released by Italian label Heavy Psych Sounds Records. Guest appearances include Greg Hetson on guitar (Circle Jerks) and Mario Lalli on guitar. Grab a slice and crank it.

Hailing from the west of Norway, the four-piece Slomosa has been making waves across borders. With their heavy sound the band coined their own genre – Tundra Rock – inspired by the American Desert scenes of the ’90s. Influenced by bands such as Kyuss, Elder and Black Sabbath, their music is both heavy and groovy at the same time, with raw vocals and thunderous guitars.

Arena Vienna / big room / adv 23 / doors 19.00h


Russian Circles is a three piece instrumental band from Chicago, Illinois.
They were formed in late 2004 by guitarist Mike Sullivan and bassist Colin DeKuiper, both ex-members of instrumental band dakota/dakota.
Drummer Dave Turncrantz, ex-member of Riddle Of Steel, joined soon after.
They self-released a 4 track CD-EP and signed with Flameshovel (US) and Black Records (UK) for their first full length on CD and to Hewhocorrupts (US) and Friction Records (GER) for the vinyl.

Another limited 7″ came out on Suicide Squeeze. In the autumn of 2007, it was announced that the band had parted ways with Colin DeKuiper. As a result, the bass tracks on their second album, titled Station, were handled by ex-Botch/These Arms Are Snakes bass player Brian Cook (2), who then joined the band permanently. The group’s third full-length, Geneva, was released on October 20, 2009 and reached No. 24 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

In 2011, Russian Circles signed to Sargent House who had previously only exclusively released the band’s albums on limited edition vinyl. Their fourth studio album Empros was released on October 25, 2011. A supporting tour with Deafheaven followed the release. In May, 2013 the group began recording their fifth studio album, produced by Brandon Curtis. Memorial was released at the end of October 2013 and featured a guest-vocal by Chelsea Wolfe. Together they embarked on a co-headlining UK/European tour in the fall.

Russian Circles released its sixth studio album Guidance on August 5, 2016 through Sargent House. The album was produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge fame. In 2019, the band announced that they had begun writing on their seventh album to follow up their previous effort, Guidance. In May 2019, the name of the seventh album was revealed to be ‘Blood Year’ and would be released on August 2, 2019.

Seattle three-piece Helms Alee has announced a new album Keep This Be The Way available April 29th via Sargent House. Across the span of their first five studio albums, the trio zeroed in on different aspects of their sound – a blend of lilting siren songs, crushing Northwest thunder and sludge, angular econo-rock, and heady guitar pop.

But with this Helms Alee have expanded their palette by delving into the production possibilities afforded by recording the album themselves, creating their most dynamic and technicolored work to date. This new approach is immediately evident on first single and album opener “See Sights Smell Smells,” where reverse cymbal crashes, fragmented piano, layered drums, woozy drones, saxophone freak-outs, and trippy vocal treatments transport the listener to an altered state of exhilarated anticipation. The song is accompanied by a video created by Allen Watke whose video art consists primarily of analog equipment with an emphasis on VHS dubbing, glitching & manipulation.

Arena / adv 25€ / doors 19.00h


Triptonus will celebrate their latest release “Soundless Voice” with a massive live show. But thats not all: The new rising talents on the heavy psych horizon Lurch are gonna open the evening with their heavy sounds.
Furthermore There will be an afterparty hosted by SATANS FINEST RECORD SELECTION @Dreiraum

In short: 2 Bands, Epic Vinyl DJ Set and our favourite venue in Vienna

Two guitars, bass, drums, djembe, didgeridoo, wavedrum, and sampler. Furthermore six musicians who utilize their instruments not only to make music but to create the soundtrack for your own trip.

Lurch are the new kids on the block. Heavy psych jams from Vienna, Austria.

Vienna based Vinyl Selector: Satan’s Finest Record Selection, “With a record box so hot, it must come straight outta hell!”

Arena Vienna / small room / adv 16€ / doors 19.00h


Demon Head is comprised of five internationally based and widely acclaimed musicians; Mikkel Sander Fuglsang, Birk Gjerlufsen Nielsen, Marcus Ferreira Larsen, Thor Gjerlufsen Nielsen and Jeppe Wittus. Though hesitant to compromise the description of the music they perform through generalizing terms of genre, they’ve coined the term “diabolic rock” as an appropriate presentation.

Their fourth full-length – Viscera – is a new beginning for Demon Head. Recorded during the first months of 2020 between the legendary Sweet Silence Studios by Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel, Rainbow) and a remote country house in Sweden, the album was mixed by Martin ‘Konie’ Ehrencrona (In Solitude, Tribulation, Nifelheim).

he production shows the impeccable qualities of joined forces, where old techniques meet new aesthetics, and major label possibilities meet underground, uncompromising DIY dedication. The resulting 10 songs showcase acoustic instruments, flourishing mellotron strings, brass instruments, tape manipulation and church organ – displayed in equal measure to the sound of the crushing drums of J.W, cryptic guitars of brothers B.G.N and T.G.N, pounding bass lines of M.S.F, and the vocals of M.F.L combined with the eerily captivating falsetto and baryton of B.G.N.

Slaegt play Heavy metal with a blackened spirit from Copenhagen, Denmark since 2011.

They recently signed to Century Media Records, who will release their fourth LP “Goddess” on
March 18th 2022.

Arena Vienna / Dreiraum / adv 16 € / doors 20.00h



Bongzilla formed sometime in 1995 in Wisconsin, quickly composing a host of songs inspired by their marijuana. Very little is known about the early years of the band except for their appearances on a host of split and EP releases between 1996 and 1999.

They ended up signing to Relapse Records, releasing 2 LPs on the label.
A lineup change prompted one Dixie Dave Collins to join the band as their bassist, leading them to record the band’s fourth album. Amerijuanican was released via Relapse on 27 September 2005 to positive reviews and featured a cover of “Champagne and Reefer” by Muddy Waters. The band toured and remained active until 2009 when the group quietly took a hiatus, their last known show being Forward Fest alongside the likes of Bob Mould, Detroit Cobras and Neko Case to name a few.

Bongzilla began 2017 with a local show in Wisconsin before embarking on another European tour, playing the likes of Roadburn Festival, DesertFest Berlin, DesertFest London, KrisionFest.

Bongzilla have also set course for a 2018 European tour with Dopethrone and Sons of Otis. In early 2020, Bongzilla started their own label called Gungeon Records and released a re-issue of their classic album Apogee. 

However, in March of 2020 it would be announced that Cooter Brown would retire from the band due to health and family reasons, with Bongzilla choosing to continue as a thunderous three-piece. During Bongzilla’s first tour as a thunderous three in March of 2020, the tour was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. A few months into the pandemic, Bongzilla began rehearsing and recording for several different record projects – A limited Wake Brewing 7 inch, a full length album titled Weedsconsin, an LP split with the band Tons, and a 7 Inch Split with Boris, the first of a 7 inch Split Series released on Gungeon Records.

Bongzilla announced signing to the Italian label – Heavy Psych Sounds on Janurary 21st of 2021. Bongzilla is preparing for the release of their new full length album Weedsconsin, as well as a limited 7 Inch from Wake Brewing, followed by the Bongzilla / Tons Split for the HPS series – Doom Sessions, as well as the 7 inch split with Boris on Gungeon Records.

Tons formed in 2009 with members of hardcore bands from the Turin scene (The Redrum, Lama Tematica and NoInfo). Slow and heavy sounds take the place of the frenetic HC rhythms; the texts speak about weed in an ironic way, but also about a certain tendency to esotericism that characterizes the city of Turin.

In 2010 they recorded a demo and in 2012 the first full length “Musineè Doom Session”, recorded by Danilo “Dano” Battocchio, was released for the Turin-based Escape From Today and for the Roman Heavy Psych Sounds. In 2013 a split with Lento from Rome came out and Tons began to plow the European venues, opening the stage for bands like Bongzilla, Unsane, Church of Misery, Napalm Death, Pentagram etc …..

In 2014 they were invited to play at the Duna Jam in Sardinia and at the Incubate Fest in Tillburg (NL). In 2015 the drummer Marco Dinocco left the band and was replaced by Andrea Peracchia (Dogs for Breakfast/Slaiver). Paolo Paganelli (Woptime/Linea77) was also added as a solo guitarist. In 2018 the second full length of the band “Filthy Flowers of Doom” was released for Heavy Psych Sounds Rec., which would bring Tons again around Europe in 2018 and in 2019.

Arena Vienna / small room / adv 20€ / doors 20.00h


No superlatives, no exaggerations. Dÿse is what Dÿse is.

The band Dÿse is a duo consisting of Andrej Dietrich (guitar, vocals) and Jarii van Gohl (drums, vocals), originally established in Amsterdam in 2003. There they released their first single “Honig”. The release was also the starting shot for the success story of an East German band, whose energetic shows in Europe and Asia established the name Dÿse as a trademark for authentic and innovative music to this day.

A band, whose music and live performance wins people over.
The sound of Dÿse is recognizable by dynamic rhythms and hearty guitar riffs. Unconventional songwriting and stop & go arrangements are also typical for Dÿse. Rather than using a music genre Dÿse focuses on producing their own sound: always cross-genre, loud, soft, fast, slow, surprising, fresh and above all: always uncompromising.

Modecenter serve a dose of highly effective European crisis-rock. Hannes Gruber, Dieter Kienast und Michael Schneeberger dig into the raw musical energy of both minimalistic and megalomaniac noisy post-punk that doesn’t want to be held back by any set beliefs or ideologies.

Instead of a comfortable place in the line at your local wholefoods store you get a punch to the face for looking away for too long.

Their debut album was released on Numavi Records.

Arena Vienna / small room / adv 19 € / doors 19.00h



Release the… eeehmm… Kraken? Or are we talking about another gigantic cosmic creature both divine and demonic whose arrival means the end of the world as we know it? 
Well, maybe. 

Long story short… whatever you may interpret into Tentacula… 
The name is their program!
And this mystical neologism keeps its promise: Dark, reverb-drenched melodies and haunting riffs create a refreshing blend, somewhere between dreamy psychedelic- and dirty garage-rock. Spiced up with the captivating and seductive voice of the Queen of Darkness herself, who summons the gods of Liquid Thunder with her fellow cultists. This is going to be another intense ritual!

While the Necronomicon does not have an entry about Tentacula yet, they chose to write their own history: After their 2019 debut Tentaculove, they’re now back with their highly anticipated second album „Estrella Destruida“ which consists of eight songs that once again show their unique way of merging styles that normally would not go together and also highlights the band’s fascination for Italo Western movies and their epic soundtracks. It’s darker and deeper than its predecessor and might very well devour you whole… 

But it also works the other way around once you have the record which is coming out on everybody’s favorite Viennese Psychedelic Rock Label StoneFree Records. 

And in case you wondered: the Artwork for „Estrella Destruida“ is by none less than APLACEFORTOM the author of the book and the founder of THE RAW STUFF who has also drawn a graphic novel to go along with the record.

Pulling the heavy elements of stoner doom into garage rock, Laser Eyes sound more like a multi instrumental endeavour than a two-piece band. Combining straight to the point hard-rock riffs with dozens of FX pedals, stoner chords and atmospheric ambience, the Austrian heavy rock duo formed by Lukas Grumet and Thomas Sager are here to prove they mean business. Their catalogue comprises songs that fans of the early 90s stoner rock scene will love and appreciate but doesn’t fall short when it comes to bringing in innovative and extrovert elements that make the sound of Laser Eyes unique.

Arena Vienna / small room / adv 16 € / doors 20.00h



Austrian subculture is ALIVE and people indentify with the artists running the scenes and the attitude they stand for. 
At the borders of the national music scene artists from related professions started to make a living with works for
touring bands, venues and promoters and are now well-know side acts to local events and even international acts
from Rock, Pop-Punk, Indie and Metal.

Acts like Pearl Jam, Blink-182, Pixies, Mastodon, NOFX, Elder, Texta, Wanda, Voodoo Jürgens and others and
well-established festivals like Lake on Fire Festival uses the help of those artists presenting their stuff in
the right light and push themselves on another level.

Now, it is time to celebrate these artists with a collection of their best works, stuffed together on 264 pages.

People who don’t recognize this guy might have lived on another planet the
last years – Stefan is one of THE boosters of Pop-Punk in Europe with his
very successful works for Fat Wreck Chords, his own label SBÄM RECORDS
and his international established SBÄM FEST
Nomen est omen – Markus aka Dr. Knoche is a lover of skulls and bones and
we guess there’s barely any artist with more percent of skulls within his artworks!
Go check him out – his work is ripping your bones!
If there’s any weird story to tell in this world, Michael might has drawn about it –
in his totally unique, morbid and at most funny way to tell things!
And the best: He’s not only releasing his ideas via graphic novels!
Lots of his stuff comes via gig poster artworks or packages for vinyl to the people.
Have you ever stopped watching images because you’re in fear of a spastic
shock while diving into the imagtionation of a picture?
No? Well, then meet Andreas work. Crazy. Nothing more to say about him.
Lisa kombiniert ihre Malkünste mit ihrer Liebe zur Natur, Katzen und Stoner Rock.
Wenn du diese Art von Musik magst, bist du vielleicht auch schon über ihre
Arbeiten fürs Lake on Fire Festival oder Österreichs’ größten Rockexport
Mother’s Cake gestolpert.
100 000 dots, a vintage touch, a faible for underground music and a lot of
dedication for pushing things forward – that’s what sums up Toms work.
By the way: He’s the author of the book and the founder of THE RAW STUFF.
Set with skills to show the real “space of mind” on paper, David is celebrating
experimental and psychedelic rock within his artworks. And he knows what
its about to show the meaning of this kind of music: He’s an experience
guitar player with a long history of shows with different band projects.
The most exciting things start with an unsealed talk at the bar – that’s what
we learned from Fabian talking about his realition with Terrorgruppe while
creating his chapter in the book. And guess what: He is right.
Alex is not a jumpy kid – which the name of his alter ego Irrwisch might assume –
he’s one of the most professional guys offering a lot of different styles and
techniques to create unique artworks for the darker side of heavy metal
and rock acts. From paintings to paper cuts, everything is possible on his side.

With a deep history of comic fanatism in his family, Chri extended his
style range from traditional illustration to his outstanding digital coloured
pencil drawings which always keep an eye on a manga-esque behaviour
and trippy appearance.

A lot of DIY-attitude and behaviour is running through Martins’ veins. Started
his journey through illustration within the local skate and punk scene,
Martin is offering the aesthetics of these two street cultures in a perfect way
within his style.
There’s a new boy in town and his middle name is Baguette – just kidding,
after thousand of miles on tour with his bands, Camille settled in Austria
for starting a living with his soulmate. Good for us to have him here –
his skills are amazing and his appearance a benefit for the whole illustration
scene in Austria.

LIVE on stage:

The Heavy Minds are a Garage-Psych–Band based in Upper Austria. Even though the idea
of genre-boundaries is quite meaningless for the band, it would probably be most appropriate
to claim that the boys are influenced by a huge musical melting pot of sounds of the late 60’s
‘n 70’s, Garage/Prog/Krautrock, Lo-Fi, Neo-Psychedelia and all sorts of underground rawness.

“Second Mind” was recorded between July and November 2018 somewhere in the outback
of Upper Austria as well as in Vienna during some hot summer days. We tried to accomplish
an honest, raw but also vital piece of music that speaks for itself.

Moon Woman is a versatile, four-headed formation from
Innsbruck, Austria, that shines with an atmospheric merging of blues,
psychedelic and heavy rock.
Besides thick riffs and heavy drums, the base of their sound stays
groovy, dynamic and airy. Digging deep in their foundation, influences
like The Doors, Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac and more contemporary
artists like All Them Witches come to light.


Arena Vienna / small room / Adv 14 € / doors 18.00h



You would think, that Belzebong was forged in lava-filled bowels of hell, but you would be mistaken,
it was actually Poland. Started off in 2008, since then bringing tons of evil weedian riffage under the sign of the Goat.
The band drowns themselves in a sea of distortion, fuzz and enough bottom-end to cure the worst case of constipation –
in other words this music will make you shit.

Their album “Sonic Scapes & Weedy Grooves” released on Emetic records was a wicked trip down the hazy
and introspective fuzziness associated with a massive blast to the lungs. Followed by “Dungeon Vultures” 12″ EP
on Instant Classic label (re-released by Emetic records), brought yet another dimension of acid-heavy trip
through the smoky dungeons. Latest album entitled “Greenferno” (again on Emetic Records) sounds akin
to a giant walking the earth, simply moving things aside without noticing.

Headbonging and smokediving they traveled through the vast majority of Europe, visited US
and South America as well. True evil blues this band has summoned, and you the listener,
shall reap their rewards, as the new album is coming!

Raw Rock-n-Roll simplicity, stunning riffs, and electric haze; this is Nightstalker.
Don’t try to label Nightstalker, it only makes them mad. Over the years they’ve been saddled with every label under the sun.
In the 90’s it was grunge… Then it was Stoner Rock… And never try to call them a ‘Greek Rock act’ either.
They play Rock music, plain and simple, and have been doing so to rave reviews for the past three decades.
Nightstalker are a powerhouse that after 8 releases and over 500 worldwide shows,
continue to stand at the forefront of the European hard-rock scene.

The most recent of Nightstalker’s 3-decade conquest has seen the band turn things up a notch, with the release
of albums ‘Dead Rock Commandos’ in 2012, ‘As Above, So Below’ in 2016, and most recently ‘Great Hallucinations’ in 2019.
And while the worldwide pandemic doesn’t currently allow, Nightstalker look forward to getting back on road to
continue touring extensively; a medium that since day one has been at the forefront of
Nightstalker’s musical language, a celebration of all things loud.

Arena Vienna / small room / adv 18 € / doors 20.00h



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.

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.

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