Soundart Festival is one of the most daring outdoors event in Romania. It will take place between the 4th and 7th of May, 2017, in the summer garden of Quantic Club.
The event will unite several branches of contemporary modern culture, live concerts, art symposiums, book launches, art exhibitions and workshops. The main goal of this project is to create new bridges between different forms of artistic expression.
As an event dedicated to contemporaneity, Soundart Festival vouches for the ingenuity of modern experimental music as a much needed result of the syncretic process.
The first three days of the festival will find their completion with a series of concerts by important bands that are in tune with the Stoner and Progressive Rock in Europe, alongside with Romanian bands.
The first bands that have been announced are Exivious (Holland), Stone Jesus (Ukraine), White Walls (Romania), Lowbau (Austria), Roadkillsoda (Romania), September Code (Greece), Wooldozer (Romania), Chaplin's Dream(Bulgaria), Groove Therapist (Greece), Risin Sabotage (UA), bands of an exceptional artistic expression, whose live shows truly provide the perfect recipe to capture and inspire the audience.
The Line Up
The sound of Exivious is hard to define; it operates in a space where metal meets fusion meets post-rock and still is none of the above. The band blends a wide variety of musical genres into a coherent, unified sound that’s driven by the incredible chemistry shared by the band members. The instrumental quartet consists of Tymon Kruidenier (ex-Cynic) and Michel Nienhuis (Dodecahedron) on guitars, Robin Zielhorst (ex-Cynic) on fretless bass and Yuma van Eekelen (ex-Pestilence, The New Dominion) on drums.
Stoned Jesus emerged as Igor Krobak’s side-project, dealing with the heavier and darker side of rock-music. Beginning with sludge and post-metal blueprints, it shaped into a full-time band, becoming musically closer to stoner rock and traditional doom metal in vein of early Black Sabbath, later days Electric Wizard and classic Sleep. SJ’s second demo, “Occult/Black Woods”, contains two fuzzy sabbathian epics filled with catchy riffs, Hendrix-like guitar solos and professional vocals.
Don’t try to label Nightstalker, it only makes them mad. Over the years they’ve been saddled with every label under the sun. In the 90’s it was grunge. After that it was Stoner Rock. And never try to call them a Greek Rock act. They play Rock music plain and simple and have been doing so to rave reviews for the past two decades. In a world full of bands that fracture at the first hint of a bad review, that splinter off into side projects and sub bands Nightstalker are what their new album professes, “As Above So Below.”
WHITE WALLS (prog metal - RO)
Hailing from the Romanian shores of the Black Sea, the progressive metal outfit White Walls plays a mix of darkness and light, relentless riffs and melancholy chords, explosion and restrain. Their music bears influences from many different genres of metal, and has been compared to diverse acts such as The Postman Syndrome, Textures, The Ocean, Between The Buried And Me, Opeth, Tool, Karnivool and Extol.
GREEN YETI (stoner / doom metal - GR)
Green Yeti is a three-piece Stoner/Psych/Doom band from Athens, Greece, formed in early 2014.
Featuring members of Brotherhood of Sleep, Reversed Nature, Spacement and Stonenrow they are no strangers in the Heavy Rock scene!
The Yeti is active in live performances and has supported bands like Stoned Jesus, Egypt, Dopelord and The Re-Stoned.
Their full-length debut album titled “The Yeti Has Landed” launched in late February 2016 and it made it with two entries in March’s and April’s Doom Charts plus many “best-of lists”.
It is considered by many one of the best stoner/doom albums of 2016!
Currently the Yeti is recording a second LP titled “Desert Show”.
ROADKILLSODA (desert / stoner - RO)
Soundart Festival is proud to have the most relevant stoner/desert rock/rock’n’roll band from Romania in the line-up. Roadkillsoda consider to be the reflection of the 70s, a dusty Dodge, used t-shirt, tattoos, beards and drinks, etc. The end of 2016 brought the fourth album of their career to light, entitled Space Echo & Time.
WOOLDOZER (psychedelic / stoner - RO)
Wooldozer are the Romanian band that infused heavy rock with funk, psychedelic, a bit of blues and 70’s hard rock in order to bring to all listeners one of the most unique stoner rock sounds. All this, because of the power to dig deep, to scoop out, to push forward, to build.
ARASHAI (hybrid / stoner / nu metal - RO)
AVALANCHE STREET (stoner - RO)
MINRAUD (prog - IT)
COD (southern/stoner - RO)
RISIN SABOTAGE (psychedelic / doom / stoner - UKR)
Risin Sabotage, the Ukrainian psychedelic stoner band from Kiev, are specialized in immersing their listeners in a psychedelic doom mood. The bass merges with the guitar sounds explosively and generate the kind of music that makes you want to escape from your own abyss and break all the chains from within.
SEPTEMBER CODE (prog rock - GR)
September Code, the veterans of Progressive Rock scene from Athens, began their ascension in 2002. They are part of the Leaders Records roster, through which their third album was launched in 2016. The music brought by September Code is a fusion between progressive rock and heavy metal.
GROOVE THERAPIST (prog rock - GR)
Groove Therapist is a progressive rock band, from Greece. Its five members launched the band in 2010. Their debut album was launched through Leaders Records in 2015. “Mr. Funker, The Myth” is a conceptual album in which we can find rock, metal funk and progressive elements.
TRAGIC (psychedelic / doom & post-metal - RO)
HESPERION (prog / power - UKR)
CHAPLIN’S DREAM (prog metal - BG)