Green Man is certainly not a Glastonbury or a Bestival in turns of scope and sheer size, yet I am hoping that it can provide the intimacy of a smaller festival alongside the atmosphere of a larger one.
Kilkim Žaibu has been a great experience, with a lot of fun and even something of a spiritual side to it. The weather was dreadful and by the time the last notes die away a lot of people are already sleeping a deep sleep.
Crowbar manage to take it up another couple of levels with an hour long sludge master class.
The people witnessing this ritualistic moment are experiencing a particular connection with the elements around them. The blowing wind, the roaring fire and the water of the lake breaking in waves on the shore, all with a beautiful black metal soundtrack. All is well in this harmonious unity at Kilkim Žaibu.
I would urge anyone, either doom/sludge aficionados to anyone who likes music on the heavier edge to go and see Monolord live, a band who evidently thoroughly enjoy what they are doing, are expert musicians and fine purveyors of deep, filthy, heavy as hell doom and more fuzz than anyone could possibly want.
A strange assortment of varied sonic ritualists, ceremonial riff magicians and shamans of noise will congregate in the dark forest surroundings of Fell Foot Wood, for a truly strange and wondrous Woodland Gathering.
Kilkim Žaibu aims to look back at the past and find its reflection in the present. This makes for a unique festival, with rituals old and new.
UK Tech-Fest returns for its sixth instalment this year, promising another weekend of unrivalled technical heaviness and prog goodness. But who are the absolutely unmissable acts?
Though there were moments where the overly demonstrative musicianship ended up losing my interest, the undeniable talent on display ultimately converged back towards faithful, lively renditions of grandiose rock pieces.
The tunes often drift into improvised noise workouts, which could easily become tiresome, but to watch a musician like Thurston Moore and see him create all kinds of other worldly noises on his guitar, it all comes together effortlessly.
Spike (Slawson) really can do justice to all of the different styles of vocals and they make the songs sound like their own, otherwise how many people would be starting pits to Elton John tunes.
The sparse set and synchronised beats, along with the energy on show kept your eyes and attention firmly on the band, and you can’t help but see how much they put into every second of the performance.
“The closing of this live set by Mark Lanegan and band, with a double Joy Division cover encore, was one of many high points for me of seeing the gravelly-voiced Screaming Tree and solo wanderer perform many times across nearly two decades.”
Back in February Steve Fallows saw the amazing line up of Kreator, Sepultura, Soilwork and Aborted at the Manchester Academy. “Kreator are living proof that there is nothing like fast riffs and numerous pits, to make a show go well.”
The second installment of the Movements in Modular series at Williamsburg’s National Sawdust brings back another adventurous electronic expedition, improving on its first edition.
I feel like I’ll never tire of Her Name is Calla, they’re a band I could and likely will see dozens of times.