Each year, the Roadburn Afterburner always deserves a special mention. Although technically part of the festival, it really has a vibe all of its own. Naturally, the chosen bands form a line-up you won’t find anywhere else.
Many will agree that the best thing about the Afterburner is how it acts as a buffer between Roadburn and the return to everyday life, making the transition a little bit easier and whole lot more fun. And of course for those who are unable to make a three-day commitment, the Afterburner provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a taste of Roadburn.
This year’s Afterburner, set for Sunday, April 13th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands, offers indisputable proof that the event is anything but an afterthought. In fact, it serves in part to redefine doom and psychedelica. Roadburn favourites and Afterburner-headliner Yob happen to be trailblazers in modern doom by incorporating elements of prog, stoner, psychedelica and sludge to create a mesmerizing blend of heaviness that they weave into epic masterpieces.
The Heads (ft. John McBain)’ residency will culminate in a meeting of the psychedelic minds with Carlton Melton in a one-off Roadburn Afterburner performance. Two of the most fascinating European improv / psychedelic bands, Papir (DK) and Electric Moon (DE), will bring their tranced-out psych kraut exclusively to Roadburn 2014, channeling their mysterious cosmic vibes in The Papermoon Sessions. Aqua Nebula Oscillator, Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies, Lumerians and New Keepers of the Water Towers represent a tantalizing array of psychedelic and progressive sounds to enchant and mesmerize.
During the 2014 Afterburner trip into unknown territories, two-man wrecking crew Bölzer are bound to bring the house down, welding the heft of old-school death metal to the murk of the spookiest, oddest black metal and the lumbering heaviness of doom. More uneasy listening comes in the shape of Morne , while K. Lloyd and Joe Buck Yourself will lead you through dark alleyways and ramshackle farmsteads.
It would not be an Afterburner without at least one legendary artist on hand, and this year we are thrilled to welcome Tom G. Warrior back to the Main Stage together with his talented band mates in Triptykon. The group’s highly anticipated return will include a wealth of new material and will, in the words of Tom G. himself, “duly transform Roadburn into a church of darkness.”
Speaking of legendary artists: Avatarium., the brainchild of Candlemass’ Leif Edling, will also be part of the Afterburner. The band’s intoxicating debut full-length easily ranks among our favorite albums of 2013, striking the perfect balance between epic doom and classic rock, reminiscent of Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath and Rainbow.
In keeping with tradition, bands will be playing the Main Stage and the Green Room in the 013 venue, and Cul de Sac. Merchandise will be available in Stage01.
Tickets are currently still available HERE.