The multi-headed monster is back! Ever since that first EP Vildjharta is not just adding lashings of prog and sprinkling in dashes of deathcore. No, the wildhearted Swedes fuse together heaviness and light ambiance to create a sonic catharsis of their signature disfigured grooving, chugging guitars and delicately picked notes, as heard on their now legendary debut album ‘Måsstaden’. A record described as “stunningly beautiful and filled with a dark energy that is often hard to find in the copycat genre in which Vildhjarta are boundary pushers”. With their longwaited sophomore album'måsstaden under vatten' finally out, we are over the moon given the fact that they are coming to Haarlem for an exclusive show.
As a party animal personified Otto von Schirach is apparently born in the third point of the Bermuda Triangle, which left its mark. The half CubanNative Indian, half German Anunnaki wolf, has a perfect sense for slick beats, energetic craziness and eclectic (dis)taste. This results in a sick sound that mixes Miami bass, gangsta rap, grindcore and Afro-Cuban music, as showcased on his brand new single ‘Triangle Pit’, included on his yet to be released 15th studi album.
Atlanta folk-rock fusionists Little Tybee is a unique feel-good band that fits every season. Sun-soaked jams that consist of a carefully crafted web of jazz, alt-country, psychedelic rock, Latin influences and dreamy indie pop. No song by Little Tybee is hesitant or conformant, but recognisable thanks to the unique playing style of guitarist Josh Martin and Nirvana Kelly’s violin. It is obvious that each lyric and note is chosen with perfect care. We are happy they are coming for their first EU shows ever!
2020 gave birth to new contemporary metal outfit Autarkh, founded by Michel Nienhuis, and hosted during the very first Onrust showcase in Patronaat. 2021 brings us an affiliated project: Autarkh III. This trio aims to represent an alternative timeline of Autarkh’s debut album ‘Form In Motion’. Inspired by the essay collection ‘Tijd van Onbehagen’ by Dutch philosopher Ad Verbrugge, which also features glimpses back into Nienhuis’ former band Dodecahedron, the trio reinterprets, rearranges and inverts their existing work and adds new compositions. In those new arrangements and compositions Autarkh III focuses on ambient and drone atmospheres, improvisation and heavier down-tempo arrangements.
One of the best kept secrets from The Netherlands is electronic heavy rock band Playgrounded. Born in Greece and operating from Rotterdam, the band reminds us of Deftones, The Ocean, but Moderat and Massive Attack too. Viewing heavy rock’s heritage through radical eyes of electronic compositions, Playgrounded’s 2017 debut album ‘In Time With Gravity’ presents us with a new balance between electronic and rock music, while being driven by the dark clouds gathering over a post-modern world. Their sophomore record 'The death of Death' was recently released by our friends at Pelagic Records.
Italy-based electronic metal maverick Master Boot Record recrudesces on striking new full-length album ‘Personal Computer’. Helmed solely by technologist/songwriter Victor Love, Master Boot Record is, if anything, creatively prolific. The follow-up to ‘Floppy Disk Overdrive’ (2020), ‘Personal Computer’ is Love's eighth full-length album since emerging - as an 8-bit ghost - from the bulletin board system (BBS) scene in 2016. Now, he's returned (like a sledgehammer) to right-click on devotees with yet another easter egg and symbolism-rich mélange of intensely ornate yet driving digital orchestrations. Just don't call Personal Computer synthwave, or whatever new-fangled term is being used to describe Master Boot Record's masterful video game-like scoring. To put it simply: this is metal done with a synth.
Mind your heads, because there will be some hard-hitting objects flying around. Throwing Bricks is a well-known juggernaut from Utrecht, mixing their vicious hardcore punk beginnings with slow and crushing riffs and dashes of black metal. Whether you like dark, brooding drones, slow and dragging riffs or insanely fast blast beats, this band has got it all. Released in the middle of the pandemic, their debut album ‘What WIll Be Lost’ sounds like the true soundtrack to the apocalypse. Get ready to be sucked into a very heavy and loud void. Resistance is futile!
The maverick duo Behringer Escape Plan met each other in Amsterdam with a shared love for electronics, complex rhythms and synthesizers. Over the years they developed their own electronic tools which extended their instruments into a symbiose between drums and synthesizers. One controls the pitch and sound of his synths while different elements of the drums are triggering the notes of the pitches that are played. This creates an environment in which timing, harmony and sound can be freely explored with less limitations in tempo, arrangements and songwriting. Expect wonky grooves, bold bass sounds, and fast melodies.