Hello friends, and welcome to the 'burn. There is
a certain kind of shared experience here that makes Roadburn more than
just a website, and makes you more than just a visitor. Roadburn is an
online community joined together by the love of tube-driven distortion and
crackling electric guitars. It is a community of friends who know the
rebellious release of rock and roll, people outside "respectable" society
who are more comfortable being a misfit in a misfit
Roadburn is a gut level understanding of the hard rock
riffs born in the late 60's that have come to adulthood with today's
amazing recording technology. It is the classic sounds of Hawkwind, Black
Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Mountain, Leafhound, Funkadelic and Pentagram. It
is also Solace, Place of Skulls, Orange Goblin, Brant Bjork, The Heads,
Dead Meadow and Electric Wizard. Roadburn is the willingness to throw
yourself completely naked into the transcendental emotional experiences
that is Kyuss.
Roadburn is waiting for
albums that grace the Roadburn desks right
Click here for the Roadburn
picks [Nebula's "Apollo", Neumeier Genrich Schmidt's "The
Intergalactic Travel Agency" & Sun Dial - "Other Way Out" among
others] and Laurel's [of
420 Trainwreck] playlist,
featuring Kyuss, Melvins & Toner Low to name but a
The Roadburn picks!
MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO - "STARLESS & BIBLE
[CD - Alien8]
A glorious head fuck by a sonic phallus of
Probably the most ludicrous,
grandiloquent, and endearing acid rock band from any era, their
latest vertiginous swirl of mind-blown psychedelia has enough
churning guitar grunt and incendiary, Zappoid / Eddie Hazel
wah-soloing to generate a black hole of freak out, that sucks you
into it's stygian depths at the first sitting. If you weren't a fan
of these Asian krautrock evangelists before then one spin of this
transcendental album and you surely will be -jason.
[CD - Delboy Records ]
Ex-members of Cavity & 16 return with a pulverising debut
Big Fuzzy riffs, and bigger not so fuzzy
vocals, this is riotous fucked up sludge punk to hammer squirrels to
death by... Bad, dirty fun for belligerent drunks of all ages. If
you dug on their splendidly truculent 3-tracker E.P, thou shalt be
all over this like black on Guiness -jason.
NEBULA - "APOLLO"
[CD - Cargo
New album from these US desert rock
"Apollo" marks the return of Californian
power trio Nebula. Eddie, Ruben and new bassist Tom Davies explore
some previously uncharted territories, throwing in electric blues
and fucked-up 60's psychedelica for good measure, while still
staying true to their 'classic' sound. In short, "Apollo" is a
super-charged extension of Nebula's live experience -like most of
the band's previous outings. What you hear is what you get, and in
case of "Apollo", it's to the 10th power! -walter.
NEUMEIER GENRICH SCHMIDT [THE PSYCHEDELIC
MONSTERJAM] - THE INTERGALACTIC TRAVEL AGENCY"
[CD - Sunhair Records]
luminaries sail into the furthest reaches of the earth's
Consisting of Guru Guru's Mani Neumeier
& Ax Genrich and Dave Schmidt of Sula Bassana / Zone 6, The
Psychedelic Monsterjam venture into deep inner space. Their soaring
instrumental excursions traverse psychedelic rock, krautrock, world
music and even some jazz. Through the excellent blend of cosmic
wailing trip guitars and hypnotic grooves, their freeform but
totally controlled improvisations swell & ebb like a soundtrack
for intergalactic travels yet to be made -walter.
"OTHER WAY OUT" / "RETURN JOURNEY"
[CD - Relapse]
of Sun Dial history.
Founded and helmed to this day by
guitarist Gary Ramon, UK's Sun Dial released two seminal psychedelic
rock albums in the early 90's. Both "Other Way Out" & "Return
Journey" demonstrate how this much lauded band can alternate between
heavy, fuzz-laden space rock and psych jam realms [think Hendrix
meets Hawkwind, think Pink Floyd meets The Stooges]. "Other Way Out"
contains a bonus disc of outtakes and alternative mixes, while
"Return Journey" is repackaged with it's original artwork
BASSANA AND THE NASONI POP ART EXPERIMENTAL BAND -
[CD Nasoni Records]
artists celebrate one of the finest underground labels
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Berlin's
very own Nasoni Records, Sula Bassana and the Nasoni Pop Art
Experimental band delivers a dazzling piece of heavy psych. Brimming
with swirling liquid and fuzz-laden psychedelic guitars and lysergic
arrangements, "Vol.1" offers the core of Germany's contemporary
psychedelic / spacerock musicians. These guys excel at drifting into
refined pyshedelica, often recalling the weighty psych bands of the
late 60's / early 70's like Amon Duul II, 13th Floor Elevators and
The Stooges at their most spaced-out basic -walter.
"KRAUTROCK - MUSIC FOR YOUR BRAIN"
[CD - Target
Outstanding Krautrock overview.
A stunning 6
CD-set from the annals of German-rock. Can, Faust, Guru Guru, Jane,
Grobschnitt, Lucifer's Friend, Cluster & Birth Control are among
the featured bands, whose contrary, visionary music is as
extraordinary now as then. This comprehensive selection acts as a
wonderful primer to those who have yet to enter the confounding yet
deeply rewarding arena of that most enigmatic sonic Kults, Krautrock
Thanks to Suburban.
KYUSS - "WELCOME TO SKY
A true stoner symphony. This album sends me
somewhere. And when I can't think of what I want to hear, I just
play "Sky Valley." I can't live without it and it is a staple in my
THE MELVINS - "A LIVE HISTORY OF GLUTTONY AND LUST:
Ah, The Melvins. What can I say? Gotta
love 'em. "Houdini", alongside "The Maggot", is my favorite Melvins
album, so I was thrilled when this was released.
SONS OF OTIS -
Sons of Otis - my favorite band on
the planet, right on up there with 35007. I can't get enough of
them. Talk about heavy psychedelic sludge! Whew. Bowls me right
over. So male and sexy; Ken's growling vox. I feel this way about
all of their albums.
TONER LOW - "S/T"
[CD - Roadkill
I love this CD. Big and heavy, multi-textural
and intelligent. They were certainly a Roadburn 2006 highlight for
me. I love this band.
WITCH - "S/T"
[CD - TeePee
I have become addicted to this CD. Love the
heavy, lumbering psych riffs. The vox I find haunting, especially in
tracks such as "Isadora" and "Seer." Sorry I missed them at SxSW
Please mail us your playlists as well -and
tell us what you like about the records, and we'll make a selection
of the albums on heavy rotation at our readers
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