Mars Red Sky (Fra) in Kyiv, UA | Robust Gig


Calendar suggests that it is time to mark 5 years of existence and activity of Robustfellow.

We want to invite those 5 robust bands, which was a pleasure to deal with throughout these five years.

Date: 12 November 2016

Venue: "MonteRay Live Stage" (Proreznaya str. 8, Kyiv, Ukraine)
Tickets: 300 | 400 | 500 UAH


Mars Red Sky (Bordeaux, France)
Psychedelic Stoner Rock

BOMG (Monasteryshe/Kyiv, UA)

Bluesbreaker (Kyiv, UA)
044 hardcore

SOOM (Kharkiv, UA)

Ethereal Riffian (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Shamanic/Psychedelic/Stoner Rock

Poster Art - Юра X ninja
überdesigner - Max Gavronsky



Fan Zone (before 11.11.2016) - 300 UAH / 15 EUR

Fan Zone @ Robust Gig (12.11.2016) - 400 UAH / 18 EUR
VIP-Ticket - reserved table on a balcone (available only at the ROBUST SHOP, ltd. to 18 tickets) - 500 UAH / 20 EUR

Ticket Sales:


2) Kapkan Shop

3) Evergreen rehearsal room



Fan ticket + SOOM's T-Shirt

5) EventSide - digital ticket
Fan Zone (before 11.11.2016) - 330 UAH http://eventside.net/kyiv/57d729a52c71b66a7a000001




Sardonis Interview (June 2016)


Hi guys! How's it going? How was your flight back home from Kiev? How did it go?

Hi there! The flight was smooth and easy. Our heads were still dazzling from the great Robust fest and we talked about the great experience in the capital of Ukraine.

All right, let's get down to business, when you were going to Kiev to do the show what were you expecting to see?

Well, I know Phill for several years and I follow Robust productions online so I knew he was taking it all very serious, but the whole weekend was beyond our expectations. We expected to have a ‘punky’ organized fest, but instead we played in a beautiful venue with a great sounding PA and people going crazy.

What can you tell us about the RobustFest? We could use some constructive feedback ??

Honestly, if we would be normally welcomed like we were welcomed in Kiev, then we would tour our ass off  It was all organized on an extreme high level and we, as a foreign band, felt very honored. We love Kiev! Ukraine has some extremely talented bands and the fans are very loyal. Nothing but positive vibes going on there! Respect!

Not so long ago, you released your third album. Have you received any feedback yet? How many copies have been sold so far? What does the record label think about all this?

We released “III” on September 11th 2015 via Belgian label Consouling Sounds. They’ve done a great job and we could not be more happy to work with them. Reactions to the album are great. It’s not the some high anticipation when we released “II” in 2012, but we were having a great year then when we toured Japan and Europe with Saint Vitus and Acid King. Nonetheless, reactions to our new album are great and we’re both extremely happy with the album and consider it to be our personal artistic highlight.

As I understand it, your regular jobs won't let you tour as often as you might want to, am I right? Since you did all the shows from your last tour on weekends only...

Yes, we both have dayjobs and other bands too so we have to be very picky when and where we play. We enjoy the weekend shows a lot and prefer those above touring for a week or longer. Also, when we do weekends it’s always fresh and it doesn’t get boring.

Guys, I know you are quite active when it comes to music. Are there any other projects besides Sardonis?

Roel also handles the axe in Hedonist. They recently released their debut full album titled ‘The Collapse’. Besides Hedonist, he also plays guitar in Solenoid and Barabbas. That makes 4 (indeed four  bands.
Besides SardoniS, I also play drums in Bathsheba. We’re currently recording our debut full album which will be released later this year via Finnish label Svart Records.
Check bandcamp, facebook, youtube, iTunes,… for those bands.

We'd like to hear what you think about the physical releases. Do you think they are necessary?

Yes, they are. People in this genre still buy music on cd and expecially on vinyl. If we sell music, we have a certain cash flow to print merch and do tours and shows with a financial risk. Offcourse merch and especially shirts are the biggest income for a band, but cd’s and vinyl are important too.
And you know, people like to have a physical copy of a band after they enjoyed their show. People in this type of music still support the bands and the connection between band and fan is closer than in any other genre.

Tell us about the most challenging show your band has experienced. What happened? What did you do to overcome the challenges?

When we toured Europe in 2010 we played in a Geman venue near the Tjech border. The day after we had to play in Ostend, Belgium. We drove + 1100 km overnight in the nightliner and only arrived 5 minutes before the start of our set. Thanks to the whole crew in the nightliner (18 people) we managed to set up and start in less then 5 minutes. We were so pumped up then we played too fast and our set ended too early

Does the Sardonis have its favorite drink?

As good Belgians we enjoy a fresh pint of beer


Almost forgot! You've recently celebrated 10 years of Sardonis! It's a great anniversary! Congrats to you!

Any other comments or stories you would like to add? Any plans to visit Robust Fest again? We’d love to have you back! ??

For now, we take it quite easy. We have 1 show lined up this summer and we don’t plan on doing a lot more this year since the focus is now on 2 of our other bands with which we’re releasing new music this year.
Coming back to Robustfest would be an absolute thrill. We really enjoyed every minute of the festival and we hope to come back one day. Good luck with Robustfellow, the fest and all other thing you do in life. We would like to greet the people we met in Kiev. Thank you again and stay heavy! LOVE, SPACE & HEAVINESS!
Interview by Alexander Bilous
Photos by Iaroslav "Necromandus" Prokopchuk
Video by Kirai Gigs


Robust Stage @ Gogolfest 2015 (video report)

Almost a year has passed after that event.
It wan't an easy task to find raw video materials, get them from the TV-channel-caves & cut them.
Big thanx to Aleksandr Popenko for making this videos possible !
All videos by Aleksandr Popenko & 1tv Ukraine

Restock (CH)



The Grand Astoria (SpB, RU)

Consider these two videos as a teaser to TGA "The Mighty Few" ltd.ed. CD+DVD (with full set, including "Curse of the Ninth" played live !!!) by Robustfellow Prods. in the future.




The Dues (CH)



Robust Stage @ Gogolfest 2015 (video report)

Almost a year gone after the event.
It wan't an easy task to find raw video materials, get them from the TV-channel-caves & cut them.
Big thanx to Aleksandr Popenko for making this videos possible !
Videos by Aleksandr Popenko & 1tv Ukraine

Restock (CH)



The Grand Astoria (SpB, RU)

Consider these two videos as a teaser to TGA "The Mighty Few" ltd.ed. CD+DVD (with full set, including "Curse of the Ningth" played live !!!) by Robustfellow Prods. in the future.




The Dues (CH)




Eternal Elysium - 2016 - Resonance of Shadows CD (Review)

The more you wait the more tasty it comes !
Every single time.
Few years ago Robustfellow has made reviews for split with Sardonis and "Highflyer" EP.
Now it's really big pleasure and honor to listen to "Resonance of Shadows" on CD
It comes in a cool Japanese eco pack with the lyrics sheet (Jap/Eng).
The more you play it the deeper it comes. Every single time.
The most creepy & doomy riffs are on this record.
The most retro-hard tunes are on this record.
The most epic and psychedelic vibes permeate this record.
"Resonance of Shadows" consists of: most songs with mixed lyrics (Japanese vs. English), one instrumental, one doomy apocalyptic cover and one completely Japanese song.
This CD will reach my TOP 2016 for sure.
And I'll be waiting for a vinyl version with bonus track on Headspin Recs.
(as usual for the few records from the past)


(2016 Cornucopia Records-JP)
track listing:
1. Ingah
2. The Breeze Says Go
3. Hiroshima
4. Cosmic Frequency
5. Views On C#
6. Unbound
7. The Ancient Soul
8. Sekibaku

6th album.
Featuring EE’s cover of the classic Flower Travellin’ Band tune, “Hiroshima”.
Double LP will be released later in 2016 by Headspin Records-NL.
Track 5 is a re-recording, track has previously appeared on "Mysterious Views In Stone Garden" vinyl.
Track 6 is a re-recording, track has previously appeared on "Ascending Circulation" split EP.


Greenmachine - 2016 - For The Night And Blood EP (Review)

The fabulous comeback of mighty GREENMACHINE !
Four smashing songs in 20 minutes.
High-octane, badass crust/sludge at it's best !
It's well played. It has great sound and huge live energy.
Someone can call it Motor-esque/Discharge-like or EHG-spirit.
I have few words for such critics: "F*ck you - it's Greenmachine !"
More tactfully will assume that the guys were into local cult japcore bands like: G.I.S.M., Lip Cream, Disclose, Vivisick and maybe some old hard rock oldies as Bow Wow and Black Sabbath (for sure) 
Greenmachine has being on hiatus twice. The last one lasts for more than 10 years.
Few years ago the band uploaded on their facebook page dozen of fresh rehearsal videos.
Some time later "For The Night And Blood" EP was born.
Looking forward to hear the full album in the nearest future and catch 'em on stage.
Greenmachine are from Kanazawa, Japan. 
Founded in 1995, named themselves after the "Green Machine" song, second track on 'Kyuss - Blues For The Red Sun' album.                    
Released three smashing albums "D.A.M.N." (1998), "The Earth Beater" (1999) on legendary Man's Ruin label (US) and "The Archives of Rotten Blues" (2004). All three have been reissued on CDs at Diwphalanx Records. The diehard fans should also have the "Wizard's Convention" DVD with such mammoths from the land of the rising sun: Church of Misery, Eternal Elysium, Boris, Greenmachine


Greenmachine have released tons of new tasty merch including caps, t-shirts etc. 
Feel free to support the band an label(s). 


Robustfest 2016 - Stage Times Schedule

Schedule for

Designed by Konstantin Bikmulin (The Curse of Wendigo)


Robustfest 2016 (final announce)

The Line up for ROBUSTFEST 2016 is complete.
Please support and buy "Early Bird" tickets while they're hot


instrumental sludge/doom
poster by xNinja
 Another robust gang with their very own take on instrumental sludge doom, this couple is about to play this far in the East for the first time ever in their history - which spans well over a decade! They sure to get a very warm and proper welcome from us, if know what we mean.

acid jazz/stoner/kraut rock

poster by Viktor Absurd
Having this many amazing bands in Ukraine these days makes us very proud, but also makes it harder to pick all the good ones. Fortunately there are guys who stand out because of their ever-changing nature, going by the name of Atomic Simao. Hailing from Kyiv, first they wanted to play electronic music with a regular rock band line-up, but that changed quickly. With inspiration borrowed from acid jazz, ambient and kraut-rock to name a few, the band will be premiering its new material on Robustfest-2016!
southern-fried/stoner rock
Representing the third wave of Ukrainian stoner bands, The Curse Of Wendigo had to move from Donetsk to Kyiv two years ago. Add this to the revolving doors of their line-up, and now you know why they're taking this long with a second full-length. But the band is ready to bring their psychedelic grooves for Robustfest's exclusive set, and we can't help being grateful to them for that!


Robustfest 2016 (4th round of announcements)

Heavyweight update on Robust Planet

Music trends can grow big, even in rock/metal circles. Once you were into metalcore back in 2007, chances are high you were rooting for post-punk three years later, then digging shoegaze and are into stoner now. But there was this unqiue band, recognizable from the earliest demos, moving further away from genres' cliches with every new one. We're talking about Moscow-based Dekonstruktor trio, whose ritual doom (released under The Moon Mistress moniker) gradually turned into a carnival of noise rock, sludge metal and industrial atmosphere all thrown together into one melting pot. We'll let you take a sip from this very pot on Robustfest and be proud of this opportunity one shall not miss!


Speaking of generations and waves in Ukrainian heavy/psych underground, there's a plenty of newcomers from outside of the genre. Some of them win, some of them lose, labeling themselves as "stoner" only for the sake of it. But Ternopil's Dreadnought is a positive example of a fresh vessel riding the bong waters, earning well-deserved praise for their 2015's debut EP. Come to Robustfest and see if they're this good!

+ 3 more bands TBA


Robustfest 2016 (3rd round of announcements)

Please Welcome:

2 more bands added to Robust Planet

stoner/psychedelic rock

Our western neighbours have always been something to look up to musicwise, from Czerwone Gitary to polski rap. But when it comes to smokey riffs and hypnotic grooves, both UA and PL scenes are pretty consistent in terms of good bands, with couple of them standing out proudly - like Weedpecker! On their first-ever visit to Ukraine quartet is going to play their recent material, deeply inspired by 90s Seattle scene.





This Kyiv's trio is a supergroup of already well-experienced and respected musicians of nowadays' UA underground scene. Knowing this, there's no wonder it didn't take them long to come up with their very own material soon after the first jammings together. Releasing three EPs in 2014 (!) and playing numerous gigs and festivals in 2015, PreeTone seemed to be too inactive recently. But lucky for all of us here they are, playing this edition of Robustfest!


+ 5 more bands to be announced during next weeks







Robustfest 2016 (2nd round of announcements)

Please Welcome:

Updated Robust Planet behind "Astro Sloth"


And 3 more bands added to the Line-up:

stoner rock
No aces up our sleeves - they're all here, take them away! Genre's respected veterans just raised their stakes with signing to Napalm Records to release their third full-length in a row since 2012. Putting Dozer on hold, Tommi Holappa turned his sometimes-sideproject into a full-fledged band, a must to experience live and a headlining act for Robustfest-2016! Well, Swedish stoner rock had always been a quality mark, hadn't it?
5R6 (UA)
progressive alternative rock
We got Elder riding the wave of critical acclaim from stonerheads around the globe, but we also have our very own local sensation from Kharkiv's - 5R6! Their debut full length "Islands" (Robustfellow Prods.) recieved praise not only from regular fans or fellow musicians, but even from mainsteam media, too. Preparing for European tour this Spring, the quartet's Robustfest set is said to be the only opportunity to catch them live in Kyiv, so don't miss them!


Another Kharkiv residents, only this time on more underground side. Fusing folk motifs with noisy sludge doom, this trio emerged from somewhat obscure previous projects of their frontman Kova. Recognizable image, characteristic lyrics and charismatic performances make Soom one of the least predictable bands of Ukraine's heavy scene. Confirming this, they're presenting the new material before returning to work on their second full length record.

+ 7 more bands to be announced during next weeks