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 finally a new album on the horizon, we are over the moon given the fact that they are coming to Haarlem for an exclusive show.
In the industrial music and metal sculptures of Tristan Shone man and machine melt together. The San Diego-based robotics engineer with a degree in sculpture literalized the idea of sonic sculpture, fusing the ethereal and the physical into a brand new vision. This tension characterizes Author & Punisher’s grim soundscapes, prouting tumors of doom, drone, noise, and, covertly, pop, with his vocals recessed inside demonic sub-bass, concussive percussion, and skirling frequencies which resonate through the body. Later this year the one-man army will release the highly anticipated follow-up to 2018’s ‘Beastland’.
For the first time since their inception, Covet, one of the hottest math rock bands around is coming to mainland Europe. Characterized by intriguing song structures and guitarist Yvette Young's trademark finger-tapping style, Covet quickly earned a devoted following off- and online. Since they started releasing music in a slew of singles, EPs and 2018’s ‘effloresce’ mini-album the power trio quickly made a name for themselves as one of the most emotionally charged instrumental bands around. Unsurprisingly, fans were delighted that the long-awaited debut album ‘technicolor’ saw the light of day in June last year to bring some comfort in the troubled times with a pandemic making its way across the world.
Long-time Complexity friend Rolo Tomassi is a welcome guest here in Haarlem. Already active as a band for over ten years, the British mathcore crew made a name for themselves thanks to their dedicated DIY ethic, chaotic style and impressive performances. Not to mention their impressive debut album they released as teenagers or the follow-up ‘Cosmology’ that is produced by musical heavyweight Diplo. Their most recent outing, the universally-acclaimed ‘Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It’, shows a band pushing themselves further forward creatively and a record which indulges in every experimental urge. We gladly welcome them back to present their sixth studio album to the audience at Complexity Fest.
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!
Unfortunately Conjurer have cancelled their performance at Complexity Fest 2022 per October 21th 2021. It’s no secret that we are big fans of these UK riff lords and we cannot wait to see them crush Complexity Fest 2022 where they will present their first new music since 2018’s debut ‘Mire’. Conjurer put themselves on the map thanks to this crushingly heavy record with ultra-gnarly riffing, beautiful harmonies and gripping vocals. Now signed to metal’s biggest record label Nuclear Blast expectations are sky high, but we have faith that these Midland lads are going to blow our heads off once again. Mark our words: 2022 will be the year of Conjurer!
Complexity alumni Aiming For Enrike is an explosive, ever evolving virtuoso duo from Oslo that manages to create an exciting, eccentric sound by means of one drum, a number of interconnected guitar amps and a series of loop & effect pedals. Guitarist Simen Følstad Nilsen and Tobias Ørnes Andersen (known for his work with Leprous, Ihsahn, Shining) on drums create a universe inspired as much by metal and post punk as by jazz, funk and electronic music. Adventurous, energetic, danceable and innovative; right through the wall of sound!
With a name taken as a vicious homage to the cult film Un Chien Andalou, it fits the razor-sharp sounds Pupil Slicer displays. The band lead by mastermind Katie Davies released one of 2021’s most exciting debut albums, ‘Mirrors’. Just like any good mathcore album, this London trio’s debut full-length is disjointed, dissonant, and above all, enveloping. It’s actually easy to draw comparisons to genre classics like ‘Calculating Infinity’ and Jane Doe, but there’s something deeper in ‘Mirrors’. With eerie atmospherics and brutal severity, Pupil Slicer is something of a stunning meditation on chaos and clarity.
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.
Progressive, avant-garde black metal experimentalists Der Weg Einer Freiheit have never stopped smashing through the boundaries of the genre they’ve called home since forming in early 2009. And with 2021 welcoming the release of fifth album, ‘Noktvrn’, the Germans are looking to expand minds and perspectives even more. The album will take you to frightening places, but with a sonic landscape that can be just as profoundly beautiful as it is morbid, with more open dynamics than their previous work. In other words, ‘Noktvrn’ is not your average black metal record, but then again, Der Weg Einer Freiheit is not your average black metal outfit.
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 will be released in March 2022 by our friends at Pelagic Records.