Bitter Grounds [NL]
Bitter Grounds is a four-piece punk and ska band formed in Utrecht, the Netherlands in 2015. Fueled by a sense of angst and underground musical aggression, the band distinguishes itself by perfectly balancing melody and grit, delivering a unique mixture of high energy punk rock and raw pounding ska songs, without losing sight of the essentials of good songwriting. Bitter Grounds makes dynamic use of alternating dual vocals, backed up by straightforward guitars, edgy solos, and pumping bass lines and drums. Lyrically the band doesn’t subscribe to any particular world-view. Independent in the truest sense, the band doesn’t conform to anything or anyone.
In April 2016 Bitter Grounds recorded their 11-track debut album Hollowlands with engineer and producer Menno Bakker at the Amsterdam Recording Company (ARC). This record was received enthusiastically by critics and fans as a “breath of fresh air”, and as something that had been missing in punk for a long time. The album got great reviews as “one of the most varied and innovative punk rock albums of the past few years” and was praised as an “instant classic”.
Bitter Grounds has made quite a name for itself since then. Playing shows throughout Europe with bands like The Real McKenzies and The Interrupters, the band then intensified its schedule by playing popular festivals like Punk Rock Holiday (SL) and Nice ‘n’ Sleazy (UK). With a new album due out on October 5th, 2018, and even more exciting shows lined up, Bitter Grounds will keep winning hearts and minds with their aggressive yet infectious tunes!
Einlass: 20h, Beginn: 21.30h, Eintritt: 8€
Heathen Apostles [USA]
Born of the voices of past lives and baptized in the dust bowl dirt, the Gothic Americana music of the Heathen Apostles harkens back to a bygone chapter of American history. Using contrasting in-fluences such as Bauhaus, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and The Pogues along with Howlin’ Wolf, Loretta Lynn (the band covers her classic Fist City) and Bessie Smith, the Heathen Apostles have created a style of music that at once conjurs both angels and demons, and will enlighten a darkened soul.
Crossing paths at a gathering one Indian summer evening, femme fatale bellower Mather Louth (Radio Noir) and rock n roll veteran Chopper Franklin (The Cramps, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes) quickly uncovered a mutual appreciation for murder balladry, Americana, and memento mori. It was not long before a collaboration that sought to marry these interests in a sonic landscape, the Heathen Apostles, surfaced. The landscape was further tilled with the addition of Thomas Lorioux (The Kings of Nuthin’) on bass and Luis Mascaro on violin.
The constant output of songs and videos capture the essence of the Heathen Apostles modus ope-randi: Southern Gothic Americana imagery surrounded by haunting, minor-chord melodies, musical influences including Gothic Roots music, Bluegrass, Blues, and Gypsy Jazz, all deftly bound toge-ther by the band’s dark and sometimes brooding sense of a bygone age. Their debut album, 2013’s Boot Hill Hymnal, 2014’s Without A Trace EP, 2015’s Fool’s Gold, Fist City and Death’s Head sin-gles, as well as their second album Fire to the Fuse have all been released on Ratchet Blade Re-cords. The third Heathen Apostles album Requiem For A Remix (featuring remixes by Chopper Franklin, Almighty Watching and the Phantom of the Black Hills, as well as corresponding videos), the Misery and Gin EP (a tribute to the late, great Merle Haggard) and the single and video for Al-batross came out in a busy 2016. 2017 brought out the Strange Flowers and the Bloodgrass Vol. I EP, which is the first of a series of EPs in which the band plans to showcase their musical roots.
2018 saw the release of the second roots EP, Bloodgrass Vol. II (accompanied by the highly regar-ded Paint the Stars video [directed by Jorge Jaramillo]), followed closely by the fourth Heathen Apostles album Bloodgrass Vol. I & II (a vinyl and CD combination of the first two Bloodgrass EPs). A wildly successful European tour supported the album, and a music video for the infamous Death Came a Ridin’ single brought the band back into familiar Gothic Noir territory. After the decidedly Gothic Americana Bloodgrass releases, the band put out the darkly gothic The Fall EP on Halloween of 2018, and it was named the Best EP of 2018 by Folk n Rock Magazine.
2019 promises the Summer release of the fifth Heathen Apostles album, as well a second tour of Europe in support of it. A music video shoot for Deadly Nightshade, the second single from Blood-grass Vol. I & II, is now in pre-production, with effects artist Jorge Jaramillo again at the helm.
Einlass: 20h; Beginn: 22h, Eintritt: 8€
Kryptos [IND] / Neck Cemetery [D]
Kryptos was formed in 1998 in Bangalore, India and have long been considered one of the spearheads of the Indian heavy metal revolution. With four critically acclaimed albums under their belt, they have supported some of metal’s biggest names like Iron Maiden, Testament, Kreator, Exodus and many more, earning themselves a reputation as a fiery and exciting live act.
The band released their debut album ‘Spiral Ascent’ in 2004, and ‘The Ark of Gemini’ in 2008, before heading out on their first European tour in 2010, making them the first Indian heavy metal band to do so.
After signing with German label AFM Records, the band released their devastating third record, ‘The Coils of Apollyon’, in 2012, which met with great critical acclaim. The band followed this up with their first ever appearance at Wacken Open Air in 2013, a cross-country European tour in 2014 and a supporting tour with Death Angel in 2015.
2016 saw the worldwide release of their long-awaited 4th record, ‘Burn Up The Night’, which received praise from all quarters for recapturing the magic of the 80’s.The band then returned to Europe with Sacred Reich and made a second appearance at Wacken Open Air in 2017.
2019 will see Kryptos put the pedal to the absolute metal with the release of their ferocious fifth album titled ‘Afterburner’. Featuring razor sharp riffs, screaming solos and a raging twin guitar attack, the album proudly follows in the best traditions of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Accept and Thin Lizzy.
Established in 2018... rumored since 1984!
Früher war zwar nicht alles besser, aber einiges eben doch. Musik zum Beispiel: Während unzählige schwermetallische Acts aus dem In- und Ausland auf schnelllebige Retortenkost für den Gelegenheitskonsumenten setzen, verwehren sich NECK CEMETERY allen Trends. Der Fünfer zockt seinen Heavy Metal so, wie er ihn selber liebt: Mal getragen, mal schnell, mal ernst und mal mit einem Augenzwinkern, aber immer mit einer riesigen Portion Herz und Seele. Kein Wunder, denn die Band besteht aus echten Musikliebhabern mit jahrelanger Bühnenerfahrung: Yorck (g., Sodom), Boris (g., Black Sheriff), Lukas (dr., Black Sheriff), Matt (b., Hornado) und Jens (Rock Hard Magazin).
NECK CEMETERY sind laut, hart und DIE Echtmetall-Hoffnung der Stunde.
In diesem Sinne: Crush their bones, spill their blood, trash them with a smile. Turn it loud and sing out proud, with your head held high!
Einlass: 20h; Beginn: 21h, Eintritt: 10€
Frontierer [SCO] / 11Redearth [D]
"Frontierer are cited as a mathcore band with members from Scotland and America known for their prolific first album 'Orange Mathematics', which brought them international recognition. With their latest album "Unloved" released in July 2018, the band have now pushed sonic boundaries even further.
Der Bandname 11redearth basiert auf dem Ort, an dem die Eruption in der Eifel am Größten ist!
Wenn sich ein Italiener mit einem Holländer sowie einem Hessen bei einem Einheimischen in der dunklen Eifel in einen Darkroom verschanzen, erwächst daraus der brachial erdige Sound, den die Band jetzt schon seit 2014 auf die Bühnen treibt. Hieraus folgt eine Mischung aus Metal, Hardcore und doomigen Akzenten.
Ungewohnte Sounds, wie ein Didgeridoo, fließen in den Stil, den die Band als „Experimental Eifel Noise“ bezeichnet, ein. Wer sich auf dieses Biest einlässt, spürt die musikalischen Wurzeln der 4 Musiker.
Einlass: 20h; Beginn: 21h, Eintritt: 9€
White Cowbell Oklahoma [CAN]
WHITE COWBELL OKLAHOMA bestehen aus 6 Musikern, 3 davon allein spielen Lead Guitar. Zu erwarten sind Gitarren Harmonien ala Allman Brothers, Riffs wie Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boogie wie ZZ Top und Lieder mit Refrains, die dir im Ohr bleiben bis zum nächsten Millenium. WHITE COWBELL OKLAHOMA spucken ihren Tabak in das dreckige Gesicht des Todes.
Die Band spielt straight Southern Boogie Rock und vergreift sich auch an Gospel und Country. Dazu eine Show mit Feuer, Tänzerin und Kettensäge.
Was für die meisten Bands übertrieben ist, ist einfach die Basis für WHITE COWBELL OKLAHOMA…ein Enzyklopädisches Tribut zum 70er Jahre Stadion Rock.
Einlass: 20h; Beginn: 21h, Eintritt: 9€
White Cowbell Oklahoma
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La Armada [USA]
Formed in the Dominican Republic in 2001 and based out of Chicago since 2008, La Ar-mada has carved out a name for themselves locally and internationally with their explosive live show and two US releases.
Their music showcases their skill and their identity. With their latest full length, 2018’s “Anti-Colonial Vol. 1”(Creep Records), La Armada has crafted a unique style of crosso-ver—a blend of punk, hardcore, metal and rhythms native to their island. The songs come with a message, an invitation to stand up against the oppression and corruption found in their native and adoptive countries. With the new album and an appetite for shows, La Armada will be bringing Latino hardcore fury to stages everywhere.
Einlass: 20h; Beginn: 21.30h, Eintritt: 8€