The groundbreaking and acclaimed Norwegians of Enslaved have always managed to innovate in their long existence. The intriguing collective has been around since 1991 and has grown in more than twenty years from a relatively obscure black metal act to an established name that guarantees a unique and profound crossover of black metal, psychedelic and progressive rock.
With the latest album, ‘Utgard’, Enslaved has once again added a masterpiece to their already impressive oeuvre. The album combines raw and intrinsical power with layered and epic splendor that evokes associations with other artists such as Opeth as well as Pink Floyd and Emperor. The overall quality, groundbreaking versatility and musical landscapes that characterize Enslaved on their records is also translated to the stage. We are honored that the Norwegians are coming to Nijmegen to play Soulcrusher 2021, so you can experience this on your own.
Oranssi Pazuzu from Finland have made a name for themselves in the past decade with their unique and colorful mixture of black metal, psychedelic kraut rock and impending doom. Their most recent album “Mestarin Kynsi” is a true masterpiece. At the core, their songs are repetitive, tribal drum rhythms slowed down to a crawl, with riffs that get under your skin and slowly but surely turn into a psychedelic, almost hypnotizing maelstrom of fast-paced drums, cutting guitars, screeching synths and the screams of Jun-His that cut to the bone. It’s the way they build up their tracks that’s downright impressive and of great beauty.
Oranssi Pazuzu is at its best at a deafening volume. Only then the contrasts between the extended build-up segments and the almost violent eruptions truly have a chance to shine, which makes Soulcrusher an ideal festival for their musical vision.
German collective The Ocean is a textbook example of a shared vision in which a limitless experimental urge and ‘heaviness straight from the gut’ are coming together. With this vision they quickly rose to a leading role in the somewhat loosely defined yet unstoppable post-metal movement. The band, masterminded by Robin Staps, has a fixed four-piece core for live shows with others joining the stage as guests. The Ocean is well known for their highly skilled, massive and engaging post-metal with intermezzos that are hard as nails. The intensity of a band like Neurosis and the powerful edginess of Converge are further enhanced with rich orchestral elements.
Performances by Celeste are always remarkable and unique: there are no lights except for a few red bulbs tied to the band members, setting the stage for their hyper intense and scorching live shows. In 2017 the packed small stage in Doornroosje was subject to an all-obliterating performance of these Frenchmen, back when their debut “Infidèle(s)” hadn’t even come out yet. This is a sensational record that perfectly showcases the sound of Celeste: ruthless, heavy and loud. It’s been four years since then and new work is on the way. Their timing is perfect, as they have been upgraded to the large stage for their upcoming show at Soulcrusher.
The Ruins Of Beverast is the brainchild of Aachen-based Alexander von Meilenwald. A very remarkable aspect of the project is that Von Meilenwald plays every single instrument on the albums, on top of doing the vocals. It’s especially remarkable as the albums, six so far, are all of a very high quality with layered compositions with lots of interesting experiments. “The Thule Grimoires” is the most recent, brand-new record. The oppressive black/doom/sludge metal is a terrifying emotional journey to the darkest corner of the subconscious, one that leaves you dumbfounded and stunned. For live performances, Von Meilenwald is joined by a number of top musicians.
The three gentlemen of Wiegedood have been attracting attention in the European black metal scene since 2014. The Belgian band has left quite a mark on stage in recent years thanks to their intense, raw and honest shows without theatrical elements. The magnificent trilogy “De Doden Hebben Het Goed” is scorching and emotional on all fronts with loss and pain as central themes. An intense ode to a friend and musician of whom they had to say goodbye much too soon. Three impressive albums, each with four songs full of nihilism and depression, caught in a scorching sound, heart-rending melancholy and oppressive excitement. Intense, fierce and interspersed with pure anger. The Belgian band left a crushing impression at Soulcrusher 2018. We are honored to have them back again in 2021 to take the stage in the main hall.
The Frenchmen of Regarde Les Hommes Tomber play black metal in its purest form with a large dose of sludge metal. Not the extreme, fast-paced kind, but rather the slower, captivating one. The compositions are very strong with extended riffs and layered vocals. Their latest album “Ascension” has been released by Season Of Mist and is a modern black metal record to cherish.
Wolvennest has been on the rise for a few years now in the underground scene. The Belgian collective have taken another major step with their latest album “Temple”. The intriguing and catchy mix of guitar loops, repetitive beats, synths, ritual ambient and mesmerizing vocals all lead to a beautiful psychedelic darkness. All the pieces fall into place on this album and the result would melt the coldest of hearts. It is a worthy successor to “Void”. We’re expecting nothing short of a stunning performance.
It’s no secret that there are many intriguing metal acts in Belgium. One of those is the mysterious Briqueville, an instrumental post and sludge metal band from Steendorp, Temse. On the album “Quelle”, released by Pelagic Records in 2020, the enigmatic Belgian collective prove that there can be plenty of beauty in raw brutality. The darkness created by these masked musicians doesn’t only deal in gloom, but also in comfort and hope. The dissonant and desolate “acts”, as they refer to them, are very dynamic and drenched in unorthodox Mediterranean influences. On stage, the band is fully anonymous, wearing black cloaks with sinister golden plague masks to enhance the mystical aspects of their sound.
With every new release, the sound of British band Telepathy has become more profound and gained more depth. Their instrumental post-metal is destabilizing, full of contrasts and rich in melody. The darker, excitingly sludgy compositions on “Tempest” from 2017 are now getting a follow-up on their new album “Bum Embrace”. Songs start slowly and are developed into some very interesting directions, with the band incorporating tons of different influences into the overall sound. This is a master class of composition building, song development and building layers, moving from soft and subdued to an explosive wall of sound all within the same song. This is something that especially works well on stage, which Telepathy has demonstrated before at Soulcrusher.
Schammasch is a band that cannot be accused of half work. The records of these fashionable Swiss is invariably taken care of down to the last detail in terms of artwork and photography, but also musically it is well thought out. It has resulted in four colossal records, of which ‘Hearts of no Light’ from 2019 is the latest. The atmosphere that the album radiates, just like its predecessors, is dark and profound. Black metal in its purest form, but also full of bombast and mystique. Schammasch excels in creating ominous, lingering passages that are melodically complex.
A Coilguns show is nothing short of an overwhelming and staggering experience. The blend of sludge, hardcore, noise, industrial, punk and hardcore is hard as nails and brutal as hell. Shows by these Swiss often derail in a tight chaos. It’s as if a wrecking ball is hurtling through the room. Needless to say, you don’t want to miss this band on Soulcrusher.
“Form In Motion” is the first release of Autarkh, a band rising from the ashes of Dodecahedron. It sounds like a logical follow-up in which a number of influences are coming together in a powerful and codified way. This new project fronted by Michel Nienhuis managed to release a futuristic piece of art that tries to push boundaries by combining extreme metal, industrial and electro. This leads to a listening experience that is inspiring in its creativity: these are songs that not only hit hard, but are also very well composed.
With ‘Cadaver Circulation’, Finland-based Krypts released one of the most engaging and intense records of 2019. Don’t expect modern, technical feats; this album serves a morbid atmosphere drenched in reverb. Exasperatingly slow and heavy doom is combined with mid-tempo death metal that is so desolate in its misanthropy that it can convince your wallpaper to peel off on its own. Right from the start there are thick, intense and aggressive hooks, sonorous guttural sounds and tight drumming that all come straight at you in an impenetrable wall of heaviness. Allow yourself to be dragged along in the ruthless maelstrom that is called Krypts.
HEXIS from Denmark is not likely to choose the easy way quickly. In 2019 they managed to do a whopping 111 shows in 109 days…! A monstrous task, but one that commands respect. The black metal-laced hybrid of hardcore and sludge is raw and hard as nails. It leaves little to no room for subtleties, but you don’t have to. Sometimes everything just has to be destroyed. With a decent punch of pure quality. Just as we like it.
Crown from France are founding member Stéphane Azam, who has for many years been the sound engineer for French blackgaze pioneers Alcest, and David Husser, also sound engineer, producer and musician. The band’s early sound was defined by hissing electronics, soaring heavy guitars and the absence of ‘real’ drums. Their new album ‘The End of All Things’ is a distinct evolution, dark and moody, bleak and sublime, airy and crushing, mesmerizing and engrossing, bold yet unerring, strident, danceable and suffocating, all at the same time. We can’t wait to get engulfed by their sound live on stage.
Utrecht-based Verwoed is one of the most exciting bands in the flourishing Dutch black metal scene. The albums “Bodemloos” and “De Val” are full of dissonant, nihilistic songs that have a hallucinating and fearsome edge to them. At the same time, they’re also a source of calm and tremendous beauty. The contrasts between light and dark are at the center of their sound, yet in a completely organic manner. Breath-taking. The band is currently working on their new album that’s coming out soon.
Pothamus inventively mixes sludge metal, post rock and tribal soundscapes into an intriguing mesmerizing trip. The band made a big impression with their debut ‘Raya’, which was released via Consouling Sounds in 2020. The record immediately captures the attention because of the circular movement that is incorporated in both the music and the theme. An endless ebb and flow of riffs and rhythms draw you deeper and deeper into the feeling that the band evokes, while the lyrics present interesting and visual concepts without losing sight of emotion. The Belgians are already well known in their own country for their passionate shows. That leaves us extremely excited for their show at Soulcrusher.
Psychonaut are quickly rising to the top of the Belgian underground metal scene. Their 2020 album “Unfold the Man”, released by Pelagic Records, is full of extended instrumental cuts, sharp contrasts, engaging songs and hints of transcendentalism. Pompous, hard-hitting segments are followed by mystical, melodic pieces. Both psychedelic and dark: this is post-metal of the highest level.
Dutch duo Doodswens is part of a new wave within atmospheric black metal. These ladies pay tribute to the raw and grim black metal sound of the nineties without turning to its typical pure, depressive black characteristics. It may be noisy and ramshackle, but on the whole it is pure, genuine and authentic. Their upcoming debut was inspired by The Book of the Dead. The album that’s set to come out through Svart Records is a conceptual work that deals with life and death, achieving enlightenment and fulfilling a symbolic death wish. All of this makes us very curious about their performance at Soulcrusher.
On 1 & 2 October Doornroosje will be covered in darkness for the fifth edition of Soulcrusher. A dark apocalyptic trip with bonecrushing riffs, earthshattering soundscapes and innovative experimental heaviness. From hard as nails and ruthless to melancholic and comforting. On Friday we warm up the fifth edition with a number of great artists in both halls and then present a full program on Saturday all day.
Friday 1 October
Enslaved – The Ruins of Beverast – Hexis – Autarkh – Krypts – Pothamus – more tba
Saturday 2 October
Oranssi Pazuzu – The Ocean – Celeste – Wiegedood – Wolvennest – Regarde Les Hommes Tomber – Schammasch – Briqueville – Telepathy – Verwoed – Crown – Psychonaut – Doodswens
The final schedule will follow.
Soulcrusher will be held 1 & 2 October 2021 at the Doornroosje venue, Stationsplein 11, 6512 AB (Netherlands). The venue venue is located directly next to the Central Station of Nijmegen.
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