Progressive rock pioneers Magma, Italy’s horror soundtrack masters Goblin, and psychedelic  folk legends Comus are the first acts to be confirmed for Mikael Åkerfeldt’s curated Roadburn 2014 event on FridayApril 11th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.


Mikael commented – 

My “arrogance” and ”cockyness” seems well documented these days, and while it’s not completely untrue I have a definite trust in Opeth’s musical delivery I have accepted stage-defeat countless times. Playing with Morbid Angel in 1996 and playing alongside Magma in 2013 comes to mind.

Magma’s music is such an exhausting emotional rollercoaster I can’t liken them to anything I’ve ever heard or seen before ever.

The legendary Italian masters Goblin, led by the unmistakeable keyboard wizard Claudio Simonetti will grace us with their presence at Roadburn 2014 on Friday, April 11th. How insane is that?

I don’t know how many pints of lager I’ve downed while air drumming to ‘Roller’. It’s been a constant tour party record for Opeth, but their discography as a whole is beyond impressive, almost intimidating. ‘Profondo Rosso’, ‘Zombi’, ‘Suspiria’, ‘Tenebre’ and the superfly ‘Squadra Antigangsters’ are just a few of their legendary soundtrack scores.

For me to be the instigator of having Goblin play alongside Opeth just makes me insanely chuffed. Would never have dreamed of this to happen, but it will. I can’t wait. I almost resent the fact that we have to play ourselves as I want to prepare myself mentally for the emotional outburst to come. This will be amazing! Trust me.

‘Hymen hunter, hands of steel, crack you open and your red flesh peel’.  Is it a death metal lyric? No it’s psychedelic folk. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the eerie yet beautiful world of Comus!

You’ll never be the same again.

I personally hold Comus debut LP ‘First Utterance’ as the pinnacle release of the genre. It’s just utterly amazing and has rubbed off on me musically in so many ways.”

Roadburn Festival 2014 pre-sales start tonight (Friday 11 October) at 9pm CET. 8pm (UK), 10pm (Finland | Greece), 3pm (east coast), 12pm (west coast).

Get your tickets here – http://www.ticketmaster.nl/artist/roadburn-festival-tickets/875833?&language=en

  • October 11th, 2013

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