The instrumental post-rock band AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR will play an exclusive headliner performance on Complexity Fest 2020 consisting of two sets: a ‘Jettison' ensemble show and a set that takes you through their whole 10-year spanning career. The ‘Jettison’ show is an unconventional audiovisual experience with a single piece of music commemorating the advent of the second decade as a band, accompanied by a string quartet and set to an incredible video backdrop made by visual artist San Wiehl. The second part you can consider is their “normal” show, taking you through all kinds of phases of their rich career. A must-see to experience for every post-rock fan!
Unfortunately Dragged Into Sunlight cancelled their performance at Complexity Fest 2020. Their statement is as following: “Dragged Into Sunlight will not be appearing at Complexity Festival this year owing to personal circumstances. We never want to disappoint. The festival is a killer event organised by some good friends, so we hope that you’ll attend.”
Virtuosic California trio NIGHT VERSES, featuring Fever 333 drummer Aric Improta, is going places in 2020! The group had their big break 'Copper Wasp' EP and full-lenght follow-up 'From The Gallery of Sleep' in 2018 thanks to the complex yet catchy songwriting. Combined with the explosive live shows, with this one being the first in The Netherlands in six years, these guys will leave your jaws on the floor!
Belgium’s secret sonic weapon RAKETKANON will roam Europe one last time. After ten years of mass destruction this project comes to an end. Bespoken in their own language - one of throttled squeals and shouts, meat-grinder waves of rolling riffs, synth-layered soundscapes, dystopian electronica-laced beats, and hypnotic grooves - the band proved with every album that they were utterly unique in their field.
STUFF. is a 5 piece live band that brings a cross-genre groove, spanning from broken hiphop to more electronic and jazz influenced future funk. It sounds extraterrestrial and extremely catchy. Definitely one of the odd one outs during this year’s Complexity Fest, but at the same time one of the most exciting acts that will hit heavy for sure.
Called after one of Kyoto’s ‘love hotels’, this Japanese 'girls ‘knock out or pound cake’ band” OTOBOKE BEAVER is one of the hottest bands around since their destructive show at this years SXSW. Their dangerously aggressive and energetic garage punk got introduced to Dutch audiences at most recent Lowlands Festival. As one of the most stunning acts during those four days, we’re happy to welcome back!
THANK YOU SCIENTIST is a self proclaimed 7-headed monster with its only interest in sweet potatoes, while playing "Post Genre Sweet Potato Polka”. Actually this progressive rock group released one of the most interesting records of this year with their third album ‘Terraformer’. It’s virtuosic, exciting and just plain fun to listen to. Expect to watch this group with a smile on your face!
GOAT create music unlike many other rock bands. In their percussive tracks, the Japanese jazz rock band mute melodic instruments to reinforce the beat, and make frequent use of harmonics played outside the twelve-tone. After going through a reshape in early 2017 with a new lineup, they have moved on to build compositions that explore rhythmic aspect even further, centering more on intertwining patterns of repetitive rhythms.
Already picking up comparisons to the mighty And So I Watch You From Afar, Maybeshewill and Explosions In The Sky, Scotland’s VASA goes one step further and turns sub-genre conventions on their heads. Their explosive and frantically inventive music contains a healthy injection of Celtic-influenced roots and a frenetic, dance-y infectious energy that's hard to refuse.
UK Post-rock/metal's great hope, PIJN is pure cinematic bliss, as recorded on debut album ‘Loss’ (released by Holy Roar Records). Thematically, 'Loss' follows some of the stages of grief, incorporating experiences and submissions by members of the public, as confronting their own experiences. The result is an impressive cathartic record; a true piece of art and something truly special you don’t want to miss out on.
HEROD have arisen from the ever- prosperous Swiss music scene, serving up whole sides of staggering polyharmonic riffs, intricate yet groovy polyrhythmic patterns and sheer heaviness. On their most-recent album ‘Sombre Dessein’ (released by Pelagic Records) they recruited former The Ocean-vocalist Mike Pilat, while adding a supplementary layer of musicality to complement both heaviness and soundscape aspects of their palette.
The Dutch progressive post-rock band OUR OCEANS will play at this years Complexity Fest as well. Formed by singer & guitarist Tymon Kruidenier (ex-Cynic, Exivious), he is joined by Robin Zielhorst (ex-Cynic, Exivious) and Yuma van Eekelen (Exivious). While the self-titled debut showcases their signature style of mindful musicianship, dreamy tones and melancholy, the new album to be released early 2020 promises to have an even wider and slightly heavier range of sounds.
Fiery UK metallic hardcore crew ITHACA released with 'The Language of Injury' a critically acclaimed debut album that made the AOTY-lists of Treble, Metal Hammer and Revolver. In an overly saturated hardcore scene the album stands out thanks to progressive metal time shifts, a mixture of discordant scrawls and distorted melody, and the passionated howl by frontwoman Djamila Azzouz. This will get you fist-pumping for sure.
COLD NIGHT FOR ALLIGATORS is a forward-thinking progressive metal outfit from Copenhagen, Denmark. Swaying the world with their innovative take on technical metalcore as recorded on their second album 'Fervor' and playing numerous shows including Euroblast, UK Tech-Fest, and even the far east of India, these guys are no freshmen.
Local band BIELDERMANN describe their own music as 'synthesizer fueled country with a dash of weird fx and sound'. Inspired by acts such as Battles, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Tera Melos, the power trio creates loop-based lo-fi electronic music with crashing guitars and heavy synths. Rumour has it that our very own Complexity team-member Thom Lich will join them on stage.
The final addition is noisy one-man-grind punk-outfit ZALM. Inspired by acts such as Human Suffer and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, the audience gets exposed to a truckload of noise, molded in extremely short songs and finished off with hilarious and bizarre audio samples. Check out his latest album 'De Populariteit Van Elektrogrind', exclusively released through Instagram Stories!
Many of you will know NI as part of the seven-headed polyrhythmic music hydra PiNiol that left many in awe at last years Complexity Fest. NI invites all those who love frantic riffing to a huge party that celebrate the sweet barbarism of burning the waltz, the 4/4 time signature and verse/chorus structure at the stake. Alive! Come and meet one of the most fascinating instrumental bands from the French and European noise rock scene.
Lychgate is one of the most exciting experimental black metal bands hailing from the UK. You might know them from the former Blood Music roster as I did, and they are about to release a new EP this March pushing the boundaries of everything you know black. "Progeny of the Singularity needs to be heard to be believed, and even then, probably won’t be believed".