For the first time Paradox will be an official stage during the Roadburn festival. For four days Paradox and Roadburn present heavy music with a great variety of musical approaches. On Friday you'll see the Norwegian group Red Kite, the Danish band Narcosatánicos, Albatre from Portugal and artist-in-residence Dirk Serries from Belgium.
Due to tragic circumstances originally scheduled PoiL Ueda (FR/JA) has to cancel their gig on ROADBURN. They are all very sorry and hope to get invited for the next edition. But we are also happy we found another substitute. The Danish powersextet Narcosatánicos will step in to replace PoiL Ueda
When you name your project after a creepy Mexican cult, well, it’s kind of obvious the music isn’t exactly going to be lounge jazz. But believe it or not, Narcosatánicos are really fun to listen to. One of the band’s important touchstones is The Stooges’ iconic album Fun House: instead of reducing everything to raw power, however, these guys spread their madness like a blight that infects every musical genre imaginable.
Narcosatánicos more or less sound as if you’re entering a casino in the darkest corner of hell, high rolling and debauching with the demons, Cenobites and fiends. You’d think a Danish septet combining prog rock, doom metal, free jazz, Afrobeat and post-punk would have some kind of overwrought esoteric backstory. But once you blast their fantastic 2016 LP BODY CULTS, it becomes abundantly clear Narcosatánicos simply love to boogie, sashay and skulk across music’s most elusive alleyways.
These sonic scavengers have built up quite the hefty live-reputation too, finding that sweet spot between pure rock ‘n roll swagger and bold experimentalism. Composed of three guitarists, a saxophone player, a bass player and a drummer, Narcosatánicos create a Dionysian world where rotten, discordant moods mingle with scenes of romance and exoticism. Truly a fascinating cataclysm of a band, an ungodly thrill ride no one can properly prepare for.
Red Kite (NO) If names such as Elephant9, Shining, Bushman’s Revenge and Grand General either ring a bell or stir some king of thrilling sensation in the antennae, well, Red Kite certainly are a can’t-miss prospect to watch at work. It’s founders – Even Helte Hermansen, bassist Trond Frønes, keyboardist Bernt André Moen and drummer Torstein Lofthus – all have ties to the aforementioned names. Within Red Kite, they conjure a white hot prog-psych-jazz blitz that transfers into your body like the Ark of the damn Covenant itself.
We’re talking about a band who can interpret Alice Coltrane “Ptah, the El Daoud" through its advanced sonic incantations, and somehow also perform complex prog rock sprawls with the pulse and oomph of a straight-to-the-point rock unit. Red Kite was set to perform at Roadburn 2020, but unfortunately, the world turned upside down. Now they’re back to turn the world upside down regardless by the power of their hard-hitting, genre-smashing vernacular alone.
Artist-in-residence Dirk Serries: YODOK III (BE/NO) Roadburn goes way back with Dirk Serries; this multi-faceted musician has performed at Roadburn in various formations over the past 15 years, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back for a residency at Roadburn 2022. Over the course of four shows at Paradox, Dirk will take us on some heady voyages through the ever expanding sonic universe within which his creativity exists. This performance we will see Dirk team up with fellow YODOK III members Kristoffer and Tomas Järmyr. YODOK III will bring together this improvisational ensemble in an intimate setting that is perfect to see them at the height of their powers. YODOK III is a band that thrives on the adrenaline of improvisation, and the interaction and momentum that it brings. Do not miss this special performance that is sure to be dynamic, engaging and truly transcendental.
Albatre (PO/DE) is a long-standing Rotterdam-based freejazz/noise/metal outfit consisting of two Portuguese musicians, Gonçalo Almeida and Hugo Costa, and one German, Philipp Ernsting. This potent alliance seems to channel two acute forms of dread: one is of the serpentine, pulsing-driven, piercing, and predatorily kind: heavy-hitting music that feels as if it’s constantly stalking you from behind. Then there’s the more freeform side of things: a cacophony of shotgun blasts, caterwauling saxophones and static-laden guitar effects: as if having a psychotic episode within an expanding black nothingness.
Definitely not for the faint-hearted, but in its primordial power, Albatre are quite the elegant, layered affair too: like a perfect killing machine designed by nature that demands your utmost reverence. Exploring the darkest corners of jazz, ambient and heavy music, Albatre’s latest creation The Fall Of The Damned takes inspiration as far afield as Ornette Coleman and Otomo Yoshihide’s band Ground Zero. At Roadburn, Albatre will extend their gnarly clamorous incantations to the visual plain, with the help of artist and “fourth band member” 5upleft.
Check the Roadburn website for the full programme and timetables.
16.20-17.35 h: Narcosatánicos (DK)
19.00-20.15 h: Red Kite (NO)
21.30-22.30 h: Dirk Serries: YODOK III (BE)
00.00-01.00 h: Albatre (PO)