On 21 & 22 October Doornroosje will be covered in darkness for the sixth edition of Soulcrusher. An apocalyptic trip into the unknown where bonecrushing riffs meet melancholic and dark soundscapes.
Line-up: Amenra + Ihsahn + Cave In + Envy + Bongripper + Gaahls Wyrd + Unsane + Gaerea + ULTHA + Winterfylleth + Bossk + Conjurer + Spectral Wound + Hellripper + HIDE + Cloud Rat + Maggot Heart + Pupil Slicer + Onhou
More to be announced.
Few bands garner the level of excitement that Amenra have in recent years. The combination of their emotive hardcore background, blackened and tortured aesthetic and exceptionally intense live shows have made them a true standout act.
Their stunning musical and artistic expression gets a bit deeper than even the best post-metal band achieve. The traditional motifs of the band impress upon us a will to survive adversity, to learn from experiences and emerge stronger, to use transcendental moments of emotional catharsis to shed our pain, stand up and rejoin life’s fray, moving forward with hope, prepared for whatever chaos has in store. Amenra’s impressive musical vision result live in rituals like no other. A soul crushing experience…
Musical geniuses are few and far between but Norwegian loner Ihsahn definitely belongs in the latter category. Worldfamous for his prominent role in Emperor, the uncrowned kings of black metal. Now operating under his own steam, Ihsahn is making his mark as a solo musician who continues to shape extreme metal in his unique and inimitable way, his black metal roots blending effortlessly with the most complex progressive elements. The Norwegian phenomenon has impressed the world with his genius across a variety of genres for years and this will mark his debut in Nijmegen. To welcome such an amazing musician is an honor and seeing him is a must.
Progressive post-hardcore legends Cave In have never played by anyone’s rules except their own. Rising through the ranks with the likes of Botch and Converge, they would soon push past the admittedly loose shackles of metallic hardcore to forge a sound and identity that remains largely without peer or parallel. Their legacy stands unblemished, and for a minute it seemed they might never add to it again.
2018 saw the tragic passing of bassist/vocalist Caleb Scofield, with 2019’s ‘Final Transmission’ – a collection of the band’s final recordings with Scofield – leaving some to wonder whether that would mark the conclusion to the Cave In story. Fortunately, it didn’t. The band has returned with ‘Heavy Pendulum’ – their first full studio record in over a decade. Sprawling across a fulsome 70-minute runtime, it’s a triumph by just about every metric one could imagine. We are honoured to welcome Cave In to Nijmegen.
For 25 years post-hardcore band Envy have delivered a near perfect blend of heavy music, all glued together with beautiful, delicate guitar tones. The atmospherics that they create have become somewhat of a trademark for the Japanese six-piece; something they have worked hard together to create as a band.
Envy essentially started the atmospheric subgenre of blackgaze, the sound that married scraping wilderness howls to skyward surges of guitar. In doing so, Envy helped pave the way for a whole lot of other bands we are all familiar wth today. Their songs are generally pretty long swrily stretches of glassy beauty that slowly and deliberately build up to epic, souls-spiraling crescendos. Even at its harshest, Envy’s music can comfort and nourish and is best experienced live.
Bongripper are often spoken of as the doom band’s doom band, an outfit so pure of purpose and mammoth of riff that hordes of red-eyed touring bands speak of them in hushed tones in toilet venues the world over. In the arms race between doom/sludges lairiest bastards to develop the nastiest, filthiest sound out the Americans have been stockpiling dirty riffbombs since 2006. Bongripper are true masters at their own game a have built a humble empire around it. And now they come over to Nijmegen to slowly but surely crush the stage of Doornroosje.
Gaahl, aka Kristian Espedal, is one of the most identifiable and visionary exponents within the extreme metal genre. Gaahls Wyrd is his new project and the next chapter in the man’s immense carreer and it is musically nothing short of a triumph. Brilliantly combining the various sounds of post-black metal with Nordic folk influences and a solid focus on Gaahl‘s intense and dynamic vocals. An organic, breathing monster that pulls from a multitude of varying moods and feelings to conjure an suffocating atmosphere.
Few bands have cultivated an aesthetic so perfectly matched to their sound as Unsane. One could almost use the word “elegant” to describe this marriage if it wasn’t one of such unrelenting brutality. So evocative is the NYC trio’s visual panache that it’s almost impossible to hear their muscular, bone-crunching noise rock without immediately picturing the bloodied tools and broken limbs that plague their merchandise and album artwork. Even the most cursory of dives into their back catalogue will tell you these boys are absolutely smitten with extreme violence and the results it can yield. It’s their lifeblood, their speciality and the venom which spurs the rusted machine onward. The Americans dive deep in their own oeuvre for Soulcrusher and play a special ‘old school’ setlist.
The music of the five-piece band Ultha, hailing from Cologne, can roughly be described as a hybrid of black metal, doom and dark wave. Their new album ‘All That Has Never Been True’ is truly an emotional and captivating journey of the highest order. Where a seething nihilism has always raged through their work, feelings of pressure, despair but also clarity and resignation rise to the surface. Lyrically the band doesn’t follow any classical metal cliches, instead ruminating about the inner darkness and sadness of our human struggle to find happiness and getting lost in its failures.
Gaerea’s music is a mindful mélange of menace and mourning, melody and malice merged into monolithic masses. It’s a mix masterfully manifested on the latest release ‘Limbo’. It’s hard to deny the appeal of smart, straightforward black metal that’s more fit for admiration than alienation. That is exactly what the Portugese band aim for. And they execute it perfectly. In an age where repetition seems to be the norm and new ideas seem to be a rare occurrence, Gaerea offers us something that is otherworldly yet cathartic and worthy of praise. And our praise they have.
Winterfylleth from Manchester quickly gathered a following in the UK with the release of their first two albums. Their music has been dubbed ‘English Heritage Black Metal’ and evokes the glorious past of the British Isles. Razor-sharp, fast and melodious, their epic and emotionally profound compositions are marked by singing harmonies. Although not fundamentally different from their previous recordings, their latest album, ‘The Reckoning Dawnm’, is undoubtedly their best offering to date. Hearing the new stuff live will be a treat!
In many ways all of us are migrating. To who, or from, is unique to the individual. The same goes for the music of Bossk. A metallic post-everything band from Ashford, Kent, England. Their latest album ‘Migration’ is a soundtrack to that herculean journey we all take. Haunting swirls of analog synth noise and guitars, painting an ominous and fantastic atmosphere.
The band are masters of blending the dark and light and on this album they have gone exploring, not just sonically but also to the outer reaches of the cosmos to create this monolithic crushing album. The blending of other genres into this album is much more prominent than in previous releases as evidenced by the stronger use of atmospherics, vocal samples and electronic elements. These are not mere flourishes but are deeply interwoven into the very fabric of their sound creating a sonic tapestry which will lift you up into the heavens with cosmic wonder before flattening you with a meteor of sheer heaviness.
Hype is a hell of a drug, and it seems like everyone who happens upon a line of Conjurer’s mightily impressive debut can’t help but get addicted and build that train. And rightfully so, because the mix of tar-thick, charcoal-black, post-metal and d-beat-influenced, teeth-cracking intensity is sounding so immensely good that’s it is almost terrifying. The second album is on its way and we can’t wait what kind of beast that will be. The band is capable of delivering stunning live performances as well. Which sets the bar pretty high for their debut at Soulcrusher, but we are convinced the band will deliver.
Fast, furious and filthy, it’s a speedy, Satanic delight that exhumes the corpse of early-‘80s thrash and black metal, channelling the spirit of early Bathory, Venom and Slayer from a time when they themselves were channelling the spirit of Motörhead, and revelling in just how much of a laugh it can be to go over the speed limit for the Devil. That describes Hellripper from Scotland in a nutshell.
Hellripper are a brilliantly over-excited celebration of metallic evil that sounds easy until you’re asked to get it right yourself. More importantly, the music is entirely devoted to its wicked cause, and in doing so is infectious and energising. You will bang your head, you will slop beer everywhere, you will thrash like a maniac – Hellripper fucking rule.
Intensity. Beauty. Death. Solace. Spectral Wound is undeniably and unapologetically, black metal in its purest, most undiluted form, and it never feels like forced. The Canadian band is unrelenting, intense, captivating and crushing from start to finish. Expect your ears to be wounded by the purest black melancholy.
Buñuel is the sound of a difficult situation made worse by an unwillingness and an inability to play nice. If slotting it in a genre makes it easier for you to understand, just so you have something to file it under, mark it down as heavy. With a capital H. Buñuel’s amalgam of angular rhythms, drum salvos, blitzkrieging guitars and vocals that sound more like threats than promises can be filed under post-punk, proto heavy and avant-garde noise.
Named after the Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel, the Italian band’s newest record ‘Killers Like Us’ is the third part of a trilogy that started with ‘A Resting Place for Strangers’, and then ‘The Easy Way Out’. It’s a killer addition to the canon of good music for bad people. Eugene S. Robinson, the vocals and lyricist is also known for his work with American art terrorists Oxbow. This is going to special.
HIDE has been described as America’s most hellish and brutal electronic art-punk duo. They mesh pulverizing synths, aggressive percussion and defiant vocals, an uncompromising assault on the senses. The band wants to remind the listener that feelings of anxiety, pain, and discomfort are equally as important as those of resolution. It’s hard to remain unaffected by HIDE. The context, the lyrical content, and the overwhelming volume of their sound kicks and crashes through traumatic themes, providing a cathartic burst of anxious freedom.
Over the past ten years, Cloud Rat has established itself as one of the most compelling bands in the underground. Over a staggering number of releases – four full-length albums, eleven EPs and splits, a live album, and various other comps, in one decade – the Michigan band has made a name for itself via sheer emotion and musical freedom. Emerging from the space where hardcore punk spirals into grindcore, Cloud Rat is that and so much more. The band knows no limits and incorporates influences from across the map – black metal, noise, doom, goth, folk, and beyond – all while retaining its realness and urgency.
Spawned from the imagination of Swedish guitarist Linnéa Olsson, Maggot Heart have made their presence felt across Europe over the past few years. Joined by Uno Bruniusson on drums (ex-In Solitude) and Olivia Airey on bass, the trio have been peddling their raucous take on noise rock ’n’ roll. Their 2020 album, ‘Mercy Machine’ catapulted them further forwards, in terms of songwriting and the impact of their gritty sounds. This is exactly the raw energy and pulsating melody that everybody has been craving for the last years.
London trio Pupil Slicer are a relentlessly savage proposition, and is sure to be one of 2021’s most exciting extreme bands. Pitched between mathcore and warped grindcore blur, the band grasp enough dynamics, hooks and melody to never let their music feel like an exercise in aimless white noise. Pupil Slicer is aimed at discomfort and jaggedness. Paired with eerie atmospherics, brutal severity, and a heart beating in the aftermath somewhere, it is a stunning meditation on chaos and clarity. What a show this will be…
Debut album ‘Endling’ by the Groningen band Onhoud saw the light in 2019 and it is utterly merciless and crushes everything in its path. A must for fans of long drawn out sludge and doom metal songs with desolate riffs, pounding drums, chilling synths and nihilistic lyrics. Their second record is on its way and will be presented on October 22.
Every October (for 2022 it will be October 21 & 22) at the Doornroosje venue, Stationsplein 11, Netherlands.
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It is card or PIN only in Doornroosje at the bar and food stands. Merchandise can be purchased with cash only, but more often also with card. There are ATM’s nearby the venue.
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Doornroosje is fully accessible for wheelchairs (except for the balcony in the main room).
Yes, there is a wardrobe which is free of charge. There are also a limited amount of lockers availabe for €2.