Finland's CIRCLE will be artists-in-residence at next year's edition of the Roadburn Festival, set to take place April 14-16, 2011 at the Midi Theatre in Tilburg, Holland.CIRCLE and side project PHARAOH OVERLORD will be bringing their relentless riffs and genre-destroying musical virtuosity back to Roadburn for the first time since 2007. CIRCLE will be drawing from their enormous (33-plus full-length records!) discography to play two completely different sets from their 2010 European tour. With their style ranging from psychedelic rock to free jazz, with literally dozens of other genres between, they have been one of the most diverse musical groups of our time, and if there was ever a band designed to play multiple sets at a festival, it would be CIRCLE. Not only do they have literally hundreds of songs to choose from, but they are also extremely creative and capable of musically changing styles and sounds at the drop of a studded leather hat. Add in their bizarre-but-consummate showmanship, and you have a compelling recipe for maximum entertainment. CIRCLE spin-off band PHARAOH OVERLORD will be playing for one set as well, and anyone who saw them in 2007 knows that it will be something quite unforgettable. They take stoner rock and deconstruct it to its most minimal form, the riff, resulting in music that is akin to well-muscled instrumental kraut rock. Combining their deliberate heaviness with a unique on-stage delivery, they induce a psychotropic stoner-sufi trance that is as much a riff worship ritual as it is a musical performance. After a four-year recording hiatus, they have recently released their new album, "Siluurikaudella".
In other news, Roadburn is very proud to present the first performance by heavy '70s legends INCREDIBLE HOG in over 35 years. The London-based trio will appear at Roadburn Festival's Midi Theatre on Friday, April 15, 2011, Tilburg, Holland. Pairing prog, proto hard rock and meaningful lyrics with the very soul of metallic drivin' acid blues, INCREDIBLE HOG released its debut album, "Volume 1", in mid '73. Despite the buzz surrounding their debut and critical acclaim, commercial success proved out of reach. Apparently, "Volume 1" was too ahead of its time to catch on with a larger audience. This, along with record label apathy, forced the band to fold before the year was over. In the meantime, "Volume 1" has become a highly sought-after relic from the early '70s British (prog) rock boom, and rightfully hailed as a bona fide classic. Various reissues have kept both the album and the spirit of INCREDIBLE HOG alive, not only among proto-hard rock and prog-rock connoisseurs but also in the contemporary "stoner rock" scene. Rise Above Relics, led by CATHEDRAL's Lee Dorrian, is currently working on a definitive re-issue of "Volume 1", the sole album of INCREDIBLE HOG. Bassist Jim Holmes comments: "We haven't gigged together for well over 35 years. We've talked about reforming loads of times but at least one of us was always busy playing in another band. The opportunity to play a prestigious gig like Roadburn has made all the difference. We're definitely all up for this and can't wait. It'll be amazing." "This is a great scoop to get one of the U.K.'s coolest underground hard rock bands of the early '70s to reform for the Roadburn setting," says Lee Dorrian. "It's been an honor working with the guys on a detailed reissue of 'Volume 1' that Rise Above Relics is currently putting together. They are still very passionate about what they do, and I'm certain they won't disappoint. We're in for a treat — all hail the HOG!" Sponsored by Terrorizer and Germany's Rock Hard, Roadburn Festival 2011, including SUNN O)))'s special event, and headliner SWANS, will run for three days from Thursday, April 14 to Saturday, April 16 at the 013 venue and Midi Theatre in Tilburg, Holland. There will be an additional afterburner event on Sunday, April 17, 2011.
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