Here they are, the last bands to fill the line-up for this year’s edition of Northern Discomfort!
Danish one-man black metal project. Afsky is the brainchild of Ole Luk, perhaps better known as vocalist/guitarist in the atmospheric black metal powerhouse Solbrud. In Afsky, Ole moves into musical territories more traditionally associated with depressive black metal and the music is textured by both heart tearing sadness and something akin to rotting, maggot-infested skin. The prevailing feel of Afsky is an almost exact approximation of its name (”Afsky” is Danish for ”Disgust”).
Beltez from Germany have taken a quite different approach to the blacker metal arts than most of their contemporaries. Sonically they base themselves on a much more traditional heavy metal/thrash foundation, upon which they build inspiring compositions of bleakness and despair, all accentuated by some really amazing, hurtful shrieks by vocalist M.P. And the end-result is both rocking and shocking. And definitely black.
Elusive like summer clouds when it’s warranted, yet still packing a punch of fuzzy greatness. Domkraft from Stockholm combines the grand, repetitive riffs of stoney doom, with floating, hypnotizing psychedelia into a fascinating package of focused yet encompassing musicality. Add into this a measure of the more minimalistic parts of the kraut scene, and Domkraft feels like a winding river that will surely entrance the audience, sending minds on wondrous journeys through time and space.
Rising from the mists of obscurity, on the back of an extremely strong 3-track demo released on the cusp of spring 2017 (prolonging winter with a few extra months), Konvent have in record time become a household-name, landing support-jobs and festival bookings all over the place. Stripping death and doom to the bare minimum, with some of the most frighteningly raw vocals around. Konvent seem intent on doing one thing, and one thing only: laying waste. To the audience, the venues and the surroundings. As devastating live as on recordings – Konvent are not to be missed!
Medicine Noose (de)
Slow, dragging and painfully desperate, the sludgy yet punked-up doom of Medicine Noose sounds exactly as their name implies: as some sort of medically applied strangulation slowly squeezing the life out of your body. With lyrics reeking of everything rotten in this world, this new Berlin-band will most certainly lay waste to your body and sour the beer in your throat. Crippling and fascinating.
With a slow, almost dragging tempo, Slomatics from Belfast have excavated The Original, Primordial Riff and are expounding (and pounding it) beyond recognition, in the process laying waste and transforming minds. As showcased on their recent album Futurians: Live At Roadburn, Slomatics bring a massive, hypnotizing wall of fuzz, bringing riffs so huge they threaten to topple any man-made structures within a mile-wide radius. No one will be left unchanged when Slomatics sets Northern Discomfort on fire, with the perfect musical description of the dreariness of everyday life in an indifferent society of sheep, and at the same time the very remedy to set yourself free from this society and liberate the mind.
German progressive extremists Valborg have consistently released amazing material for the past more than 10 years.
Musically they are cut from some of the same cloth that gave us bands like Celtic Frost and Coroner, but never content to simply mimic others, their music remains solidly unique. Immerse yourself in Valborg, and you will invariably wake up with a shiver. The very involved musical compositions and the concise, succinct yet evocative lyrics entwine to create visions of angry bleakness; the world they view is not a pretty one, and the people inhabiting it are petty and vengeful.
We are very excited to see you all in May! Be sure to head over to Billetto for your ticket!
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