Alright, here we go, the first announcements for ND18 are ready. Check it out:
Hailing from Birmingham, the city where it all started back in the days, Alunah wear their Sabbath-worship on their sleeves and proudly ride the waves of acid-tinged retro. They deliver an ensnaring combo of delightfully heavy, fuzzy riffs while maintaining an otherworldly distance, not the least due to the vocals floating on top of the slowly writhing riffs. On later albums they channel a more folk-like feel, which suits the overall compositions very well, and a deep connection to forests and cycles of life can be easily felt within the music. Alunah will be bringing along new vocalist Siân Greenaway who replaced Sophie Day in late 2017.
Dawn Ray’d (uk)
Liverpool’s Dawn Ray’d creates a quite peculiar mix of black metal with a blend of exciting medieval-inspired folk-structures. Resulting in music that comes across as both expressing a great longing and sadness, and at the same time
seems to bridge the gap between the doomy metal of the 80’es (Cirith Ungol comes to mind) and the extreme metal of today, while not displaying any of the light superficiality or simplicity often seen among many folk-metal acts.
Add into the mix lyrics about struggle and revolution and you have a band intent on setting the world ablaze.
Gnaw Their Tongues (nl)
Dutch one-man project Gnaw Their Tongues, the brainchild of Maurice de Jong (Mories), has long been one of the most interesting (and also most productive – with over 35 releases since 2006) entities in the experimental black metal/noise scene. Entering the world of Gnaw Their Tongues is like stepping into a nightmare, only to understand you are not sleeping, you are wide awake and this, this is real. A real-world picture by Hieronymus Bosch, torn, disjointed, demented. Existing somewhere between ambient noise, drone and black metal (think a combination of early Einsturzende Neubauten and later Mayhem), there is nothing pretty or mitigating about de Jong’s sonic tableaus at all – this is humanity stripped of any positive, self-glorifying varnish… seen as the ugly mass of degradation, torture, oppression and murder it really is.
Goatess from Stockholm was started in 2009 (at the time under the moniker Weekend Beast) by guitarist Niklas and singer Chritus (known for his work with St. Vitus, Lord Vicar and Count Raven) as a vehicle for creating a dreamy, slightly psychedelic stoner doom, with strong ties to the olden sounds of Sabbath and related. But also close to the stonier parts of for instance the Soundgarden catalog. Their music is groovy, rich in atmosphere, with riffs being allowed to slowly develop and envelop the listener, creating a unique meditative feel, with a sound that is fuzzy, warm and thick. They will descend upon Northern Discomfort with an as yet not disclosed new vocalist.
With vocals sounding like they’re recorded straight from the entrance to hell, and music that firmly grips
you by the throat and refuses to let go, Danish purveyors of filthy, violent doom/sludgecore Ordeal, brings
their aggressive, unrelenting onslaught which will most certainly both destroy and create one of the few
opportunities for a regular mosh-pit during this year’s festival.
Seminal Italian experimental noise/extreme metal duo started off doing improv of an almost free-jazz like style, and while the band’s compositions have grown ever more structured and song-like over the 15+ years they have been in existence, the core of experiments, noise and sparse instrumentation have remained and in some ways have become both more targeted and extreme. Drawing inspiration from both industrial, post-punk, goth, experimental death metal and much more, their compositions are often almost surgical stabs that leave the listener both confused, bleeding and with a sense of wonder and awe.
That’s it for now, we’ll have more for you soon enough. Be sure to head over to Billetto to get your tickets!