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IN SHORTS #40 📢 – Quick Crossover News Roundup, February 11th

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Photo: UP RIVER live by PiąteEsencja.


The Long and Short of It, a new official movie documenting the influential work and the history of punk rock act NO USE FOR A NAME was confirmed by the surviving members of the band. NO USE FOR A NAME’s frontman Tony Sly died in his sleep on July 31, 2012.

Drummer Rory Koff commented:

“As we play around with art ideas, we are editing like crazy. It’s a huge feat assembling 27 years as a band. We will be sending out updates so stay tuned…”


Morbid Reality, the newest fierce record from instanely ferocious Münster grind powerviolence trio AUREOLE OF ASH has been unleashed for streaming! The record is a collaborative effort between Halo of Flies Records, IFB Records, Sunsetter Records, Shove, colossus tapes and ReactwithProtest physical stu


Montréal, Québec’s indie emo math rockers GULFER are streaming new track “Fading”, taken from their new record ‘Dog Bless’, to be released on March 2, 2018 via Topshelf Records, Big Scary Monsters, and Friend of Mine Records. Listen below and head over here to learn more.


Przemek and Piotrek from TORN SHORE members have launched a new blackened screamo project called BATTLE ROYALE, and they’ve just launched their debut record called Drzazgi! The spooky EP is surely among Poland’s fiercest work in recent years, and it stands as Wrocławians most sinisterly bleak to date. You’ve been warned!


Mannheim, Germany’s hardcore pack DOMAIN are streaming 2 new jams from their new record ‘Retreat’, to be released this Spring on Refuse Records!


WIEGEDOOD, furious and cathartic black metal from members of Oathbreaker, The Black Heart Rebellion and Amen Ra will release the highly anticipated final chapter in their “De Doden Hebben Het Goed” triolgy called “De Doden Hebben Het Goed III” on April 20th, 2018 on Century Media Records. Pre-order HERE.

After being formed in 2014 by Levy Seynaeve (Amenra, Oathbreaker) as well as Wim Coppers and Gilles Demolder (both also in Oathbreaker) WIEGEDOOD quickly became a household name in the European extreme metal scene. Both of their previous albums, “De Doden Hebben Het Goed” and “De Doden Hebben Het Goed II”, as well as their furious and cathartic live performances made waves beyond the realms of black metal. In the past they have toured and played shows with the likes of Wolves In The Throne Room or High On Fire, just to mention a few.
The final chapter of their trilogy, “De Doden Hebben Het Goed III”, was recorded by Christophe Dexters at House Rott Child in Herk-De-Stad, Belgium, and mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Oathbreaker) at Atomic Garden, East Palo Alto, CA. The cover, which was done by Stefaan Temmerman, also offers the perfect visual closure of the trilogy. The band explains: “The picture for this cover was taken in Sint-Eloois-Winkel, a small town near Kortrijk where Levy (guitars & vocals) grew up. Subsequently, the cover for ‘De Doden Hebben Het Goed II’ was taken in De Haan, where Gilles (guitars) spent his childhood and the first cover picture was taken in Ransberg, where Wim (drums) grew up and is still living today.”


German emotional post hardcore act MAHLSTROM have premiered a new song and music video from their new record MÆANDER, to be released on April 6, 2018 via Through Love Records!


Noisy punk rock / hardcore Marseillans APES BRIGADE have shared their new, absolutely wicked EP, featuring more madness and our beloved noisy synths, well mixed up with punk mayhem. A number of labels should be hooked by this crazy release. Mastered at Atomic Garden in San Francisco by Jack Shirley, the record can be heard right here.


Chicago heavy hardcore act HARM’S WAY have debuteed a new music video for their song “Become a Machine”, coming from their Metal Blade Records debut “Posthuman

Scottish metalcore infused post hardcore act CLEARER THE SKY have released a new EP called “reaching, healing”, recorded and mixed by Lewis Glass at Glassworks Studio Recording, mastered by Will Killingsworth Dead Air Studios, available for streaming below.


Brighton modern hardcore punks UP RIVER are streaming new powerful single ‘Evocation’! Listen below and GO HERE to check out their February dates with German band GIVER.


Sondrio, Italy’s crust hardcore punks POTERE NEGATIVO are streaming their debut recrd ‘Il mondo che crolla’ on Hidden Hands Records.


Emo pop punk band PITY PARTY has announced they will be releasing their upcoming EP, Are You Happy Yet?, through La Escalera Records. In the meantime, catch the band on tour starting this weekend with Stay Wild and Dying For It, and then a tour out to SXSW in March 2018. All dates can be seen here.

Pity Party is an emo pop-punk band from Oakland, CA. Characterized by their frenzied, unforgettable live shows and their fierce dedication to DIY and mental health advocacy, Pity Party have been spreading their wild, barely-holding-it-together energy across the US since 2014.


Valencia, Spain’s post rockers DÛRGA have posted a new track called ‘Mudyô’, their first new music since their oustanding full length Venjança, released in January 2017. We featured the band HERE.


Nashville, Tennessee’s massive doom metal/hardcore fusionists MORU have teamed up with Delayed Gratification Records to re-release their debut EP, Plague Whispers on cassette for the first time on February 16th.


Polish blackened death metallers BEHEMOTH have been tracking vocals for their new record. Their highly acclaimed 10th record The Satanist was released 5 years ago and it’s high time we learn some news on a follow up.

London hardcore punk label Quality Control has uploaded several new records to its Bandcamp. GO HERE to check out new records from BIG CHEESE, PAYDAY, VILE SPIRIT, FURY, IMPOSTER, and more! We featured a couple of these new joint at THIS LOCATION.

Cameron Nunez has uploaded more cool live videos documenting this year’s FYA Fest that took place in early January in Tampa, Florida. New additions include EARTH CRISIS, CHAIN OF STRENGTH, and RED DEATH! GO HERE to see them all.

MODERN RITUALS‘ brand new single ‘Hermit Kuppling’ is out today! ‘Hermit Kuppling’ is available on a limited cassette featuring the b-side ‘The Engine.’ These 2 tracks of noisy, weighted alternative rock are paired with a melodic and anthemic nature that is wholly gripping. They perfectly channel the immediacy of bands like Pile and filter it through a sludgy post-punk ooze. Look out for their debut, being released by Holy Roar in Summer 2018, so keep your eyes peeled! You can watch their brand new video for ‘Hermit Kuppling’ over at DIY mag. For fans of: Pile, Oceansize, Protomartyr, Oxbow, Pixies


Sacramento, CA alt post hardcore veterans WILL HAVEN have premiered a new song “El Sol“, featuring DEFTONES’ guitar virtuoso Stephen Carpenter. The track comes from their new album “Muerte“, to be released on March 23rd via minus HEAD Records.


NYHC vets MADBALL entered the studio to start tracking their new album, a follow-up to their 2014 full length Hardcore Lives. The record is being produced by RANCID’s own Tim Armstrong. GO HERE to see some studio teasers.

Sophie’s Floorboard blog has posted the full discography of Ontario screamo act TERRY GREEN (Zegema Beach Records). GO HERE to learn more and download.

Power pop rockers WEEZER will release The Black Album on May 25th 2018, right before the band’s Summer tour with THE PIXIES. The record will mark their 12th full length and hopefully, they won’t stumble into sin of their mainstream pop record Pacific Daydream, released on October 27, 2017.

Grindcore dads NAPALM DEATH are streaming their new track Oh So Pseudo, taken from their new rarities compilation “Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs“, out March 30th, 2018. This collection will include 31 songs with a playing time of over 90 minutes, compiling rarities and exclusive tracks spanning 2004-2016 from the whirling gene pool of noise that is NAPALM DEATH.

IDIOTEQ featured emotive post hardcore act KING SLENDER have posted a new track called ‘Steve Blank Has Come To Conquer Boulder’.


Surf indie rockers MYSTERY LANGUAGE (members of NO OMEGA, VIA FONDO, DET ÄR DÄRFÖR VI BYGGER STÄDER, CARELESS and TIME TO HEAL, presented on IDIOTEQ last year) are hitting European roads this month. GO HERE to see the dates.


Philadelphia-based HELL TO PAY has completed their debut LP, Bliss. As the album is now confirmed to be released through GTR Records in mid-March, the lead single, “Bleed To Me,” has been premiered at Cvlt Nation. Formed in 2014, HELL TO PAY is a four-piece metallic hardcore outfit, containing within its ranks members of Jesus Piece and others from across the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley area. Here they incorporate elements of hardcore punk and death metal to form a noise-filled sound reminiscent of their grind and crust forefathers. Following a nearly four-year void since the outfit released their first two short releases in their year of creation, 2018 sees HELL TO PAY set to arise with Bliss, their dominating debut full-length album.


Leeds-based, IDIOTEQ-featured duo KAMIKAZE GIRLS kick off their 2018 in style with the announcement that they will support The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die on their March 2018 UK/EU headline tour dates. GO HERE to see the details. The pair’s critically acclaimed 2017 debut album Seafoam is out now on Big Scary Monsters Recording Company and available to purchase at: www.bsmrocks.com

2018 looks set to be another strong year for Kamikaze Girls, following international tour dates in 2017 with the likes of Nervus, Gnarwolves, and Apologies I Have None, plus a string of festival appearances including The Great Escape, FEST, 2000 Trees and Truck Festival to name just a few.

The band gained a huge swell of media support throughout 2017 with coverage from the likes of UPSET, DORK, Gold Flake Paint, The Quietus, Kerrang! Magazine, Clash, Louder Than War, Drowned in Sound, Rock Sound, She Shreds, The Metro, Discovered Magazine and many more for their hard-hitting lo-fi punk tackling issues of mental health, PTSD and sexism.


New York pop punk act, THE SCUTCHES, have released a music video for their song “Worth Enough” off their upcoming album ‘Negatory,’ which is due out sometime this spring via Something To Do Records. The band re-released their latest album, Glass House on June 1, 2016. Pre-orders for ‘Negatory’ are available here.

In 2002, The Scutches were born from the restlessness and ambitions of founding member Vincent Hoffer. Vincent has been touring the world accompanied by numerous friends to help out on bass and other instruments. The band re-released Glass House on June 1, 2016.


Wes Borland of LIMP BIZKIT is teasing his new project with Travis Barker of BLINK-182, +44, and BOX CAR RACER.

Southern California-based metal/hardcore outfit TWITCHING TONGUES will take to the streets again this March on tour with Hatebreed, Crowbar, and The Acacia Strain. The trek — set to run from March 16th through March 29th — comes in advance of a short US headlining tour from March 30th to April 8th. See all confirmed dates HERE.

German metalore veterans CALIBAN will release their new album “Elements” on April 6th through Century Media. “Intoxicated“, the first new track from the record has been unleashed through the music video below.

CALIBAN started in 1997 and released their 10th record Gravity on March 25, 2016.


Metalcore veterans PARKWAY DRIVE are putting finishing touches on their new record, a follow up to their latest album Ire, their fifth full length offering released on September 25th 2015, through Resist Records and Epitaph Records. GO HERE to see some pics from the studio and catch them live on their US Spring and European Summer tours (see the details at this location).

“The Flying Cat”, the new EP from Leipzing hardcore punks ANGSTBREAKER has landed online for yoour listening pleasure. The record is available on Vinyl (SM Musik, SM 065), Cassette (Bharal Tapes, BT 010), and CD (PCS Records, PCS 025). Check it out below and GO HERE to see where to catch them live in the coming weeks and months.

Angstbreaker is back with the second record as a four-piece band. They actually recorded all songs one year ago but in 2017 the band was busy to release a previously unfinished record from 2015 to raise money for refugees in Greece.

The new “The Flying Cat” EP contains 4 new songs and one re-recorded track. The LP, MC and CD version include also the full “MMXVI” EP from 2016 on their B sides because the original release is sold out.


Nearly three years since the release of their highest-charting album (2015’s No Closer To Heaven, #12 on the Billboard Top 200), melodic pop rock / pop punk rock act THE WONDER YEARS return with Sister Cities, their forthcoming LP and most transformative work to date. Recorded at Sunset Sound with Joe Chiccarelli (Manchester Orchestra, The Shins, Spoon) and Carlos de la Garza ( Jimmy Eat World, Paramore), Sister Cities, out April 6th, is an album about distance, connectivity and the way humanity towers above its boundaries. Watch the new video for “Sister Cities” below.

Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, the latest album from WU TANG-CLAN has just received a new video for the track “Lesson Learn’d.” The track features appearances by Redman and Inspectah Deck.

From Brooklyn, NETHERLANDS is known for its barbaric psych-metal riddled with infectious hooks – like the hyperactive stepchild of the Melvins-Torche school of rock, the trio spews euphoric choruses and brain-rattling freakouts atop a violently grooving rhythm section. The band’s new EP Hope Porn is now streaming in full.

Hope Porn will be released February 9th on Records and Tapes Records. The EP was recorded by Ellis at Shame Party Studio in Brooklyn, NY, and mixed and mastered by Tom Tierney (A Place to Bury Strangers, Candiria) at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn, NY.


On March 9th, West Switzerland’s instrumental post-rock/metal band DARIUS will release their new EP CLÔTURE via Czar Of Revelations and Cold Smoke Records. These guys deliver orchestral songs without pompousness. Raw riffs. Simple and repetitive chords you wanna play with too much excitation. Riffs that hurt your wrist and cover your guitar with blood. Riffs that once layered form an atypical, choral and fairly violent post-rock. Like a big cake, made of real and healthy ingredients, nutritive, fat as fuck and surprisingly digest.

A prog(ish) bleak metal act from Budapest, Hungary, ORIENT FALL, just returned with their highly anticipated new single ‘Mankind’.

„One of Hungary’s most promising metal newcomers, ‘Orient Fall’ – after its critically acclaimed debut full-length ’Fractals’ – has just released its brand new single ’Mankind’. A few years of waiting are behind them with several shows across Europe, but right now the band is ready to show itself reborned with a new grievous and dystopic sound about keeping the mankind and the individual restrained, predicting a dark and an anti-utopist world; strengthened by a red-black music video created by John Peter Kiss (ex-Till We Drop, Seven Seas). The main role was played by the beautiful Dorka Papp who has been unconsciously building a maze around herself without any exits, and only noticing this when it’s too late. The band photos were taken by Ádám Szappanos. ‘Mankind’, the band’s returning track was fully written, recorded and mixed by ‘Orient Fall’, and it’s the first track among the four off the upcoming EP. They are going to return to the stage in a couple of weeks by supporting The Faceless (USA).”


New England punk rock band FOUR YEAR STRONG have dropped a brand new video for their song “Nice To Know”. Watch the video now. Four Year Strong’s new single “Nice To Know” is featured on the band’s latest record Some Of You Will Like This // Some Of You Won’t, which features rarities, unheard originals, unplugged classics and reimagined favorites, and is currently available via Pure Noise Records. Buy it now.

“Making this video was a lot of fun. From the very first phone call we had with director Cory Santilli we knew we were in good hands. We wanted the video to be weird and uncomfortable, to paint the song a different color than you might have pictured when you first heard it. Cory gave us this idea and we loved it. Being on the shoot and dressing up in weird costumes has always been an FYS favorite (and least favorite) pastime.” – Alan Day


It might not be the freshest news as this was released last year, but it’s never to late to inject some positive energy and good vibes into your Monday, right? Orlando melodic punk rockers DEBT NEGLECTOR are streaming their debut record “Atomicland”, a newfound energy that isn’t trying to recreate a good old aesthetic and feels liberating! Give it a lsiten below.


Dutch grind hardcore pack FUBAR has released the trailer for their new LP ‘Weltschmerz’, to be released on Give Praise Records. After several split releases and 2 full lengths – FUBAR is back with their breed of grindcore from the Netherlands. ‘Weltschmerz’ – a blast of rage and harmonies spanning the spectrum of grindcore. Unique, fast, and raw – they bring their original grindcore talents to a head with this full length LP. For fans of Pig Destroyer, Weekend Nachos, etc.

Montreal based deathcore pioneers DESPISED ICON return to European stages today! But the band isn’t only bringing brutal new tracks from their latest record titled Beast, they’re also accompanied by three other no less powerful bands: Supported by MALEVOLENCE, ARCHSPIRE and VULVODYNIA, DESPISED ICON will plough up our continent’s venues with their fans every evening. But enough has been said now – be quick and secure your tickets so you don’t miss this awesome touring package! GO HERE and HERE to get the details.

Thrashy ugly powerviolent hardcore pack CRISIS BENOIT have launched a stream of their debut record ‘Violence Era’, available now via Slaughterhouse Records.

CRISIS BENOIT is a brand new creature born and fed by western decadent culture. Hardcore is its bread and butter and its hardcore is both in music and pro-wrestling. Take 50% of noisy grinding hardcore and take the remaining 50% of total addiction to the most brutal and wildest pro-wrestling matches and events: this is what you’re going to expect when you’ll listen to this blood-red cassette. 15 songs in 14 minutes that hit you as hard as a suplex.


Ontario melodic punk rockers SHIFT-D are currently putting the finishing touches to their upcoming album, “This Message Will Self-Destruct”, which will see light of day pretty soon via Thousand Islands Records. To give everyone a taste of what’s coming up, the band unleashed today a new single called “Recovery”, available to stream and download via most digital platforms. Check it out right HERE.


STAY INSIDE are sharing a new single, “Fever And Jealousy,” the first off of their forthcoming EP, The Sea Engulfs Us and the Light Goes Out, out February 23rd via Old Press Records. GO HERE to listen. Following the release of their debut EP, As You Were, in the Spring of 2017, Brooklyn-based band Stay Inside continued to cut their teeth gigging while watching the landscape that is the current state of world affairs grow murkier and more cynical.

Comprised of four transplants, Bartees Cox, Jr. (guitar, vox) of Yukon, OK, Chris Johns (guitar, vox) of Hockessin, DE, Vishnu Anantha (drums) of Wayne, PA and Bryn Nieboer (bass, vox) of Los Angeles, CA, Stay Inside seeks to tell stories about fighting back and bringing more people into the fold of their impassioned scene. Or as Atwood Magazine described, “the band challenge norms through their embrace of deeper thought and feeling; through their defiance of ‘taboo’ topics and inherent drive to speak out in a climate that is so full of mistrust, anxiety, fear, and doubt.”


San Diego’s PISSED REGARDLESS will issue their latest release, Feed The Birds, through Creator-Destructor this Friday, and New Noise Magazine is now streaming the volatile thrash/crossover EP in its entirety for the masses ahead of street date.
Following more than two years since their last LP, Force Fed Gods, PISSED REGARDLESS returns with their debut for Creator-Destructor Records in the form of Feed The Birds, their first new output since the revamping of their lineup. Capturing the live energy of band’s West Coast thrash metal fueled with volatile hardcore/crossover energy, Feed The Birds unloads five tracks in barely more than ten minutes. The album was recorded by Jeff Forrest at Double Time Studios in San Diego and completed with cover artwork by Richard Sampson.


NJ indie rockers THE FRONT BOTTOMS have shared an official music video for “Everyone But You,” which is streaming today via Noisey. “Everyone But You” is featured on the The Front Bottoms’ new album GOING GREY which is available at all DSPs and thefrontbottoms.com.

The New Jersey-based band will embark on an epic U.K. and European headline tour which begins tonight, February 9th at Manchester, England’s Albert Hall (see itinerary attached). The trek will feature special guests The Smith Street Band and Brick + Mortar and is set to continue through the end of February. The Front Bottoms will then make their return to the states for a performance this June at Cincinnati, Ohio’s Bunbury Music Festival (June 1-3). Tickets for all dates are on sale no. For complete details, please visit thefrontbottoms.com.


KROD Records have signed emo punk band ELM TREE CIRCLE (FFO: American Football, Modern Baseball, PUP). Here is the first single taken from their new album to come, “Feel The Burn”. Set to release on the 11th of May 2018 through KROD Records The Good Life is a lovely piece of modern emo-punk. The band has evolved towards a style that inherits all the classic influences of their 2000s pop-punk heroes paired with a good touch of emotional lyrics, melancholic chords and distinct vocal lines that spin in your head after the first listen.

Elm Tree Circle is a four-piece Emo Pop-Punk band from Germany. Over the last few years, the band has been engaged in extensive touring playing numerous shows across Europe up to Asia and abroad, sharing the stage with such iconic acts as The Ataris, Pears and Such Gold. After a successful 2017 including tours through Australia, Japan, Europe and the UK the band is now looking forward to their most significant year so far. Alongside the release of their first full length album The Good Life the band will for the first time embark on a tour featuring their full line-up, serving everyone, form english breakfast tea drinkers to swiss fondue fanatics with an exquisite menu of handcrafted songs.


Emotive indie rockers BARELY CIVIL has joined the Take This to Heart Records family and will be releasing their debut LP, We Can Live Here Forever on CS/CD/Digital March 2nd. Combining the spectral clarity of emo with the homespun storytelling of indie-rock, this first offering from these college undergraduates is a lesson in growth.

Substream is premiering second single “You with a Cape, Me with a Baseball Bat” today. Anchored by Connor Erickson’s creamy riff, it’s an alt-rock jammer that veers dangerously close to pop-punk’s fixation on being a more significant other before exploring more sonic depth. This follows lead single “Eau Claire? Oh, Claire.,” which received glowing praise from Stereogum, UPROXX, Alternative Press, and more


Brooklyn-based noise-rockers RUSSIAN BATHS are sharing “What’s Your Basement,” the second single off of their forthcoming, debut EP, Penance. The track premiered on Decibel Magazine where the band shared, “There was a man in Amstetten who hid a family with his daughter in a basement for 24 years. He said he always knew it wasn’t right, but allowed it to become a normal occurrence. Rationalization is very problematic.”

Incorporating dissonance into traditional song structures, Penance’s aesthetic recalls Big Black’s caustic fits, ’70s space rock, Chapel Hill’s noise pop, Big Muff driven grunge, and the angular arrangements of British post-punk. The breadth of Russian Bath’s scope in sound is marked by the distance and cohesion between singles in the furious, driving “Slenderman” and the elegant thunderstorm that is “Poolhouse.”


Fusing pop punk, 1950’s aesthetic, and American coastal living, German band THE SEWER RATS have released a music video for their new single “Too Punk For You.” The video was directed by Michael Winkler at Iconographic and can be watched below.

“Too Punk For You” and the new album Heartbreaks and Milkshakes are available now on Rookie Records via Spotify and iTunes.


April 13th will bring the 5th album from NYC experimental noise post punk rockers A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS called “Pinned”. You can pre order the deluxe version which includes a bonus album “Brainwashing Machine” here, see a lot of details here, and check out Ebru Yildiz’s video for the first single “Never Coming Back” below.

Alternative post-metal band WEESP from Belarus has announced its next single release, which will be on February 16 The single is called “Not Over” and guys are promising it’s going to be one of the most heavy sounding songs in the discography of the band.

“Not Over” is about the endless struggle with darkness. With the darkness that lives inside each of us. And in the end it’s about accepting that darkness,coexisting with it, controlling it, making friends with it. That is what gives us strength not to get crazy in that world. That is what makes us black sails


DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL has released their long awaited new LP Crooked Shadows, available today at all Digital Service Providers and Dashboard Confessional’s official webstore. Crooked Shadows – the return of Dashboard Confessional and the band’s first new album in over eight years – features the politically minded rallying anthem “We Fight” which is currently Top 15 at Alternative Radio. Rolling Stone declared, “The powerful song explores the fighting spirit and strength found within a community,” with Consequence of Sound adding, “the motivational anthem encourages listeners to lift each other up in these trying times.”

The amazing DESERTFEST LONDON has announced all important day splits and put individual day tickets on sale, which means you can finally start planning your Desertfest weekend. The fest will take place on 4-6th May in Camden, London (UK).

FRIDAY sees KOKO back in the Desertfest fold and, as the largest venue of the day, it plays host to our retro rocking headliners Graveyard, making their long awaited UK return. Speaking of returns, they’ll be supported at KOKO by doom royalty The Obsessed, with the punk infusedZeke and Greece’s Planet of Zeus joining them. The Old Empire stage invades The Electric Ballroom with their brutal assault headlined by crust punk progenators Napalm Death, who are joined by sludge survivors Eyehategod, doom game-changers Warning and more, followed by a late night set from ASG. The Black Heart gets experimental with The Quietus stage, bringing the psych freakout inducing White Hills, the heavy and atmospheric Ghold, the positively insane Snapped Ankles and others. Also appearing across the day are the atmospheric Jex Thoth and the utterly psychedelic Radio Moscow at The Underworld, reefer riffers Dopelord and the thunderous Tuskar at The Dev and even more across the day.

SATURDAY gets even heavier at The Electric Ballroom as they welcome stoner metal heroes High on Fire, whose headline set celebrates their 20 Sunless Years. They have appropriately gargantuan support at the Ballroom in the form of North Carolinan sludge machines Weedeater, Japan’s doom legends Church of Misery, extreme metalers Akercocke and the crushing sludge of Sourvein. The Nightshift Promotions stage returns to The Dev, inviting the melodic Darkher, post-metalers Telepathy and more to the Desertfest party. Elsewhere on the Saturday,Steak Number Eight bring another slab of post-metal and Black Rainbows bring the heavy psych to the The Underworld, while grungy stoner rockers Miss Lava and the fuzzed up The Watchers hit up The Black Heart.

SUNDAY brings another huge lineup to The Roundhouse, with stoner psych heroes Monster Magnet closing off the weekend with their headline set. Not only that, but they’ll be supported by one of psych rock’s most important bands, Hawkwind. Also appearing at The Roundhouse on Sunday are returning stoner rock kings Nebula, the best band in recent years Elder and Sweden’s Monolord. The Human_Disease_Promo / When Planets Collide stage takes over The Underworld, with a special early years set from Weedeater, the caustic Denver trio Primitive Manand more, followed by a late night set by Death Alley. Elsewhere across Desertfest’s closing day, the warm psych of King Buffalo and stoner rock supergroup Kind play The Black Heart, with France’s The Necromancers and Brighton’s heavy trio Solleme at The Dev.

With the days well and truly split, and the lineup all in place, day tickets are now on sale at The Roundhouse website (linked below). Priced at £40 for Friday or Saturday, and £45 for Sunday, your day ticket will grant you access to all venues for the day it is valid. So if you can’t make the full weekend this year, be sure not to miss out on the heaviest lineup of the year. And if you can make the whole show, be sure to snap up your weekend ticket while you still have a chance.

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