Metallica, Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, Etc. Set For 2023 UK Download Festival

The initial lineup has been revealed for next year’s Download Festival in the UK. The event will take place at Donington Park on June 8-11 and it will feature the following: Metallica, Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Evanescence, Disturbed, Placebo, Parkway Drive, Ghost, Alexisonfire, Pendulum, Within Temptation, As December Falls, Asking Alexandria, Aviva, Bambie Thug, Beauty School Dropout, Behemoth, Blackgold, Blind Channel, Bloodywood, Brutus, Crashface, Crawlers, Dead Sara, Elvana, Enola Gay, Fever 333, Fixation, Graphic Nature, GWAR, Hawxx, Ingested, I Prevail, Jazmin Bean, Kid Bookie, Kid Kapichi, Lake Malice, Lorna Shore, Mod Sun, Monuments, Motionless In White, Municipal Waste, nothing,nowhere., Nova Twins, Polaris, Pupil Slicer, Seether, Set It off, SiM, Simple Plan, Soen, Soul Glo, Stand Atlantic, Stray From The Path, Taylor Acorn, The Blackout, The Distillers, The Meffs, Terror, Three Days Grace, Touché Amoré, VV, and Witch Fever.

Deafheaven, Wolves In The Throne Room, Candy, Etc. Set For 2023 Roadburn Festival

Next year’s edition of the Roadburn Festival has officially been announced. The event will take place at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands on April 20-23.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Deafheaven (performing “Sunbather” & “Infinite Granite“)
  • Julie Christmas
  • David Eugene Edwards
  • Wolves In The Throne Room (performing “Shadow Moon Kingdom“)
  • Brutus
  • Big ‡ Brave (performing “Nature Morte“)
  • Giles Corey
  • Chat Pile
  • Candy (performing “Heaven Is Here“)
  • KEN mode
  • Show Me The Body
  • Burst
  • Norna

Furthermore, JOHN CXNNOR will be performing “All My Future’s Past” as part of a commissioned project.

Festival organizers have also partnered with Schouwburg Tilburg for an off-programme event called “Dance of the Seven Veils.” That show will feature music from Colin H. Van Eeckhout (CHVE, Amenra), Pieter-Jan Van Assche (Innerwoud), and soprano Astrid Stockman.

Artistic director Walter Hoeijmakers commented:

“We are very thrilled to see Roadburn 2023 coming together, especially in a world turned upside down and all the challenges facing the live music industry. Roadburn 2023 is shaping up to be a very exciting edition of the festival even while navigating the underground post-pandemic.

This year’s Roadburn won’t see a curator as there are so many obstacles and pitfalls to overcome; it would be hard for a curator to fully realise their artistic and musical dreams. We at Roadburn will make sure the 2023 edition will be as adventurous and explorational as always, and it will be an anchor point as usual. It will be a very current edition, reflecting the world as it is now.”

Brutus Premiere “What Have We Done” Music Video

Brutus have premiered a new video for their new song “What Have We Done.” This track is from the band’s new album “Unison Life,” which will be released on October 21. Stefanie Mannaerts commented:

“For some reason, this new piece of music felt like both a turning point and an intersection. In our history of being a band, this feeling came only a few times before, with the songs ‘Bearclaws,’ ‘Justice de Julia II’ and ‘War.’ Key songs such as these are challenging, but also feel like coming home at the same time. They define who you are as a band. The song embodies what was going on at the time of writing, in the middle of the pandemic. It is about suffering for too long and you have had enough. The verse echoes the mutual feeling we sometimes have as humans with too much going on in our heads and getting stuck in the same loop.”

Psychonaut Recruit Amenra & Brutus Members For New Song “Violate Consensus Reality”

Psychonaut have shared an official video for their new single “Violate Consensus Reality.” The song, which features Colin H. van Eeckhout (Amenra) and Stefanie Mannaerts (Brutus), will serve as the title track of the band’s new album, which is set to be released on October 28.

Psychonaut commented:

“‘Violate Consensus Reality‘ explores and envisions new ways of organizing humankind, drawing inspiration from the notion that we are all part of a living, conscious universe rather than a dead, meaningless one.

The title track conveys the desire to awaken from a story of separation in which we have been moulded all our lives. It is easy to get lost in short-term comfort and escapism, thus keeping us from doing the necessary internal work to detox from this material, superficial worldview. Only by going against this consensus of separation, can we start to lay down the foundation for the more beautiful world we know is possible.

During the writing process, we came up with the idea to ask Stefanie Mannaerts (Brutus) and Colin H. van Eeckhout (Amenra) for a guest performance. We had two parts in the song that we felt would be perfect for their voices so we reached out to them.

Stefanie had already sung on one of our tracks on our first EP (24 Trips Around The Sun, 2014) and initially, we asked her to just sing together with us on the outro. However, she had an idea for an intro and re-used the lyrics to make a beautiful, entrancing vocal part that we would have never thought of ourselves.

The same is true for Colin: he re-wrote the original lyrics to make them more natural to sing for him. In this way, he really fortified the energy of the big climax part by leaving his own mark on it. We couldn’t imagine this song without their contribution, and we want to thank Stefanie and Colin from the bottom of our hearts.

The video follows the main concept of the new album: the feeling of being part of a world that doesn’t feel right. A world that does not resonate with our true potential as human beings. People of our generation are weary about the future and even though we want to make a change, we don’t know what our destination is and feel powerless in reaching it.

Our protagonist wakes up in a seemingly deserted world. The places he visits have been destroyed by global warming, ecocide and other violent reflections of our contemporary society. Because our man is alone in this world, he can’t put the blame on anyone else. The only way of changing something is by starting within and reconnecting to a deeper nature.”

[via Brooklyn Vegan]

Brutus Premiere “Victoria” Music Video

Brutus have premiered a new video for their new song “Victoria.” This track is from the band’s new album “Unison Life,” which will be released on October 21. Stefanie Mannaerts commented:

“‘Victoria‘ is about getting older. You know grown-up life is lurking around the corner, but you’re not afraid of what’s coming because we’re all going to go down together.”

Brutus To Release New Album “Unison Life” In October, Premiere “Liar” Music Video

Brutus will be releasing a new album, titled “Unison Life,” on October 21. You can find a video for the effort’s latest single, “Liar,” below. Stefanie Mannaerts commented:

“I wanted every song to feel like the last song we’ll ever write. It killed me inside because it’s almost an impossibly high standard, but that was my personal goal for this album. It was a two-year quest of trying to do better.”

“Unison Life” Track Listing:

01. “Miles Away”
02. “Brave”
03. “Victoria”
04. “What Have We Done”
05. “Dust”
06. “Liar”
07. “Chainlife”
08. “Storm”
09. “Dreamlife”
10. “Desert Rain”

Brutus Premiere New Song “Dust”, Announce UK Tour

Brutus have premiered a new song titled “Dust.” You can check that out below:

The group commented:

“‘Dust‘ was born out of the frustration of having friends with demands and expectations that were way too high. It’s a song about being at breaking point; pissed off about everything and everyone. ‘Dust‘ is honest, direct and unfiltered. It’s a very special and personal song for us, which is why we wanted this to be the first new song for people to hear.”

In other news, the band have also announced a November UK tour. Here’s their current schedule:

11/16 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
11/17 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
11/18 Glasgow, UK – Audio
11/19 Leeds, UK – Lending Room
11/21 Brighton, UK – Patterns
11/22 London, UK – the Garage
02/03 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique

Brutus Premiere “War” Live Video

Brutus have premiered a new live video for their song “War.“ The clip was filmed during the band’s May 29, 2019 show in Ghent, Belgium. A new live album featuring that performance, titled “Live In Ghent,” was released today (October 23). The group commented:

“Four videos have already been released: ‘Fire‘, ‘Cemetery‘, ‘All Along‘ and ‘Sugar Dragon’. Right now, we are happy to announce our personal favourite: ‘War‘. This song is super special to us. Not only does it reflect a tough period, but this song has set a new standard for our writing ever since. We are so happy we can share this live version.”

Brutus Premiere “All Along” Live Video

Brutus have premiered a new live video for their song “All Along.“ The clip was filmed during the band’s May 29, 2019 show in Ghent, Belgium. A new live album featuring that performance, titled “Live In Ghent,” will be released on October 23.

The group commented:

“We released ‘All Along‘ on November 21, 2016. It was the first song of our debut album ‘Burst‘, which came out early 2017. Back then, we had absolutely no idea about what would happen. We had no big plan, not even big dreams. We had played a hundred shows mostly in Belgium, when all of a sudden there was this warm independent label called Hassle Records and some guys called Wez and Mease who wanted to release our first album ‘Burst‘.

‘All Along‘ was the first song out. Our world changed. 2018 and 2019 were all about touring all over Europe and even the USA and writing ‘Nest“. We had to strip down day jobs and cut in on family life to follow this rising dream. We’ve learned that our music touches a lot of people and we are truly honoured by that. All Along is definitely the song that got everything rolling. That’s why All Along will always be a special song to us. Hope you’ll love this live version as much as we do.”