Festival Recon, Roadburn part 2

Festivals are the cruise ships of the music world. Large venues created specifically to generate profit through prolific mass consumerism. Which is fine, however, Florida has 8,436 miles of coastline and good weather almost year around. A music festival really needs to be a stellar event for me to justify putting on shoes and socks. This is part two in a series exploring weather music festivals are worth traveling to attend.

Roadburn 2019 began late on a Wednesday with a few bands that hold absolutely no interest for me, which isn’t a big deal. The line-up for Thursday begins with acts such as Myrkur. At first they seem cool, but that impression quickly passes with cheesy vocals and generic guitar riffs… no, no, no. Sherpa was playing at the same time and their 2018 album Tigris & Euphrates is psychedelic, mellow and a solid vote in favor of attending. After that Crippled Black Phoenix played and I thought they were supposed to be good. However, after watching their official video of Northern Comfort and I was unimpressed and underwhelmed.

Next Bismuth is playing and while I had not heard of them until researching this festival, they are defiantly a vote in favor attendance. Slow-core/sludge, awesome.

Great Grief, Icelandic “hardcore” was playing the Hall of Fame stage at the same time. Listening to their official video, Ivory, it sounds good at first, like proper old school east coast hardcore. Then quickly it devolves into bad metalcore. This is a textbook example of why metalcore is a bad word to so many people.

Another band playing at the same time is Molasses playing as “commissioned music” on the main stage. Listened to their EP Mourning Haze & Drops of Sunlight and it isn’t bad, but they seem to be trying to hit three genres all at once, like a mellow version of L7 imitating Luca Turilli with a surf-rock sound popping in occasionally … no, not so great.

Treha Sektori is playing Thursday as well, but experimental dark ambient does not motivate me out of my chair much less across the Atlantic. Who wants to watch a dark ambient band play? That sounds horrible and I like the genre.

Rakta is playing Thursday as well, but again, experimental post-punk does not sound appealing. That’s the type of thing that will either be really good or wretched and not a vote in favor of attending.

Hexvessel is Finnish psychedelic folk rock, they have a different sound anyway and pretty good. I probably wouldn’t sit through their entire set but I would go see them play, for sure. On another stage is Slægt, a Danish band that plays proper black metal. Definitely a vote in favor of going.

Emma Ruth Rundle, oh no. Let’s just leave it at that. Petbrick, no. Experimental noise? Fotocrime new post-punk, no. Crowhurst post-black metal, mediocre at best. Ovtrenoir it sounds like a butt-rock/hardcore hybrid. Bad vocals are pretty lame coupled with cheesy generic guitar riffs, come on now. Mono is experimental soundscape with a female vocalist and pretty good.

There were some good bands playing during the first full day of the festival. There were also quite a few stinkers as well, so the final post in this series will compare my conclusions to those of someone who attended.

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