2/5/16

Robustfest 2016 (2nd round of announcements)

Please Welcome:

Updated Robust Planet behind "Astro Sloth"

 
 

And 3 more bands added to the Line-up:

 
 
GREENLEAF (SWE)
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!
 
 
 
 
 

SOOM (UA)
Bandersludge\Noise-rock

 
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

 

 SPACE. LOVE. HEAVINESS

 
 
 
 


1/29/16

Robustfest 2016

 
 
 
 
 
 Robustfest is BACK!

And now it's stronger and longer than ever before - two days of music from the best stoner/psychedelic/post/prog/sludge bands out there in a row!

Our Astro Sloth is ready to take you on a trip...are you ready for that giant leap for mankind?

 

Line-up:

ELDER (US)
progressive stoner rock

 
 
 
One of the most ambitious and hyped US bands. A trio, weathered by endless touring, with charismatic creativity spreading far beyond the genres' limitations. The ones who brought you THE best stoner record of 2015, acclaimed by anyone from The Obelisk to your mom. Their only exclusive Eastern Europe show this Spring as Kyiv's Robustfest headliners. Without further ado - ladies and gents, behold the Elder!
 
 
 
 
 
 




GREENLEAF (SWE)
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?
 
 
 
 


COAT (US)
psychedelic sludge doom
 
If the first thing that pops up in your head seeing "Belarus" near this band name, is some wacky, media-forced cliche about this beautiful country, you better check these guys' music first. This is the 21th century, and the borders mean nothing for the power of the riff - of which Coat surely knows a lot. Not to be confused with folky hipsters Goat, our northern neighbours are seriously nailing it when it comes to the stuff that would make Ufomammut guys pray for mercy. You may witness them doing this live at this year's Robustfest, and this is gonna be their first time in Ukraine, too!
 
 
 
 
 
 

CELOPHYS (UA)
sludge doom
 
 
 

And yet another sludgy couple, only this time around hailing from Ukraine and having the vocal in their "Ammonite" (Robustfellow, 2015) album booklet notes. You can hardly there is one, because this beastly roar sounds nothing like you ever heard before! Or maybe you did, if you caught them opening for Weedeater last Summer in Kyiv, if you know what we mean.


 
 
 
 
 
 
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!
 
 

 

SOOM (UA)
Bandersludge\Noise-rock

 
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

 

 SPACE. LOVE. HEAVINESS





 

Tickets:

2 day ticket (till 22.03) - 500 UAH / 20 EUR
2 day ticket (from 23.03 till 22.04) - 600 UAH / 25 EUR
2 day ticket (23.04) - 700 UAH / 30 EUR

1 day ticket (23.04 or 24.04) at Doors - 400 UAH / 15 EUR
 
VIP 2 day ticket with the seat, table on the balcony (available only through the ROBUST SHOP) - 800 UAH / 35 EUR
 
 
Buy Tickets here:
 
1) Rider (Kyiv, Str. B.Khmelnitskogo 10 tel.: (044) 254-3883) (vk.com/riderua) - 80 physical tickets are available
 
2) Evergreen Space (vk.com/club45902898) Kyiv, Str.Velyka Vasylkivska 26-b (Metro Lva Tolstogo)  - 10 physical tickets are available

3) ROBUST SHOP - 14 VIP-tickets are available
robustfellowship(dog)gmail(dot)com

4) EVENTSIDE - digital tickets
(link will be available soon)

Traditionally, all holders of physical tickets
  will be able to take part in the robust lottery.

 For this participation in the drawing is necessary to:
- Buy a physical ticket
- After receiving a bracelet at the entrance keep the ticket stub with its own individual number.
- At the right time (between the performance of the bandsstay in the music hall and,
if during the number on the spine on both sides of the curtain is the same,
 get up on stage and receive a package from Robust Shop with releases and merch from the bands
 from the Fest.
 
See you there Fellas !
SPACE. LOVE. HEAVINESS
 
 




1/26/16

Robust Mass /// Kharkiv Edition

 
 
 
RobustFellow going to conquer East, the land of Scythians.

The next episode of Robust Mass is going to happen on 19th of March 2016 in Kharkiv city @ "Akuna Matata" Club

Kharkiv's robust stage wil be presentet at it' best by
5R6, SOOM, БЫЛ ЗАМЕЧЕН... (album launch),
rare guests from Kyiv ETHEREAL RIFFIAN (EP launch),
And psychedelic guests from SpB, Russia - MATUSHKA.

Robust///Mass roots & idea - https://vk.com/wall-50501764_747

Line up:

 
 
 





SOOM (Kharkiv, UA)
https://www.facebook.com/soomdoom
http://vk.com/soomdoom
https://soom.bandcamp.com/


 
 

 
 
Big Thanx to:

Poster Art - X-Ninja
überdesigner - Max Gavronsky
Teaser - Anna Tihaya


Tickets:
Preorder - 60 tickets for 80 UAH
During Mass - 100  UAH

1) МЯСО - only 50 tickets available
г. Харьков, ул. Пушкинская, 5 (м.Советская)

2) ROBUST SHOP - only 10 tickets available
(https://vk.com/robustfellow) robustfellowship(dog)gmail(dot)com
тут билеты можно брать и с другими ништяками.

3) EVENTSIDE - digital tickets

Traditionally, all holders of physical tickets
  will be able to take part in the robust lottery.
 For this participation in the drawing is necessary to:
- Buy a physical ticket
- After receiving a bracelet at the entrance keep the ticket stub with its own individual number.
- At the right time (between the performance of the bandsstay in the music hall and,
if during the number on the spine on both sides of the curtain is the same,
 get up on stage and receive a package from Robust Shop with releases and merch from the bands
 from the recent episode.
 

12/31/15

Robust Top from Robustcrew 2015

Hey everybody !
Here's some traditional stuff for you fellas.
Check some new titles, share and support the undergrond!

And Have a Robust New Year ! 

STONEZILLA 
(Ethereal Riffian, Wolverine Blues)


 1) Anekdoten - Until All the Ghosts Are Gone
2) Muse - Drones
3) Theodor Bastard - Ветви
4) High on Fire - Luminiferous
5) Stoned Jesus - The Harvest
6) My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall
7) The Grand Astoria - The Mighty Few
8) Baroness - Purple
9) 5R6 - Islands
10) Khemmis - Absolution
11) Arenna - Given to Emptiness
12) Sacri Monti - Sacri Monti
13) The Sword - High Country
14) Clutch - Psychic Warfare
15) Mother Witch and the Dead Water Ghost - Ruins of Faith


PROG-JESTER
(Stoned Jesus, Voida, Arlekin, Krobak)


1.-2.-3. Anekdoten - Until All The Ghosts Are Gone / Elder - Lore / Paradise Lost - The Plague Within
4. 5R6 - Islands
5. FKA twigs - M3LL155X EP
6. Steve Von Till - A Life Unto Itself
7. My Dying Bride - Feel the Misery
8. Tribulation - The Children of the Night
9. Golden Void - Berkana
10. Hurtovyna - s/t EP
11. Antimatter - The Judas Table
12. Baroness - Purple
13. Freddie Gibbs - Shadow of a Doubt
14. Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls
15. Echolyn - I Heard You Listening
16. Torres - Sprinter
17. Deafheaven - New Bermuda
18. Citizen - Everybody Is Going To Heaven
19. My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
20.-21. Esmerine - Lost Voices / Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - Never Were the Way She Was


PHILLO)))
(Robustfellow Prods.)


1) BAD GUYS - 2015 - BAD GUYNAECOLOGY (Riot Season)
2) Old Man's Will - 2015 - Hard Times - Troubled Man (Easyrider)
3) Nepenthes - 2015 - Scent
4) Orchid - 2015 - Sign Of The Witch (EP)
5) Weedeater - 2015 - Goliathan (Season of Mist)
6) Wucan - 2015 - Sow The Wind
7) Mirror Queen - 2015 - Scaffolds of the Sky (Tee Pee)
8) Celophys - 2015 - Ammonite (Robustfellow Prods.)
9) KEN Mode - 2015 - Success
10) Mammothwing - 2015 - Morning light (Biolocation)
11) The Revivalists - 2015 - Men Amongst Mountains
12) Wrong - 2015 - Stop Giving (EP)
13) Rotor - 2015 - Funf
14) Fattura Della Morte – 2015 - Much Grease Much Misery
15) Dirty Streets - 2015 - White Horse
16) OBESE - 2015 - Kali Yuga (Argonauta Records)
17) TREEDEON - 2015 - Lowest Level Reincarnation (Exile on Mainstream)
18) Hogslayer - 2015 - Defacer (Undergroove)
19) Spidergawd - 2015 -Spidergawd II
20) Lionize - 2015 - Alpha EP


PEACE. LOVE. HEAVINESS

See ya in 2016

12/1/15

Robustfellow's bandcamp page

Please Welcome - Robustfellow's official bandcamp page !

 
 

https://robustfellow.bandcamp.com

 

Robustfellow Prods. is a DIY label that supports robust music from all over the Universe.

 

Feel free to stream the whole label's discography by clicking "Listen" button.

 

By pressing "Touch" button you can check more exclusive diehard, hand-crafted limited edition items, misc bundles, pins, patches...and tons more robust issues.

 

Purchasing something from the Robust Shop and visiting Robust Gigs and Festivals is the best investment into the future releases and events by Robustfellow Prods.

 

All incomes from digital downloads are shared with the bands.

 

So you can support both.

 

Support. Love. Happiness.

 

 

8/31/15

Horsehunter - 2014 - Caged in Flesh 2014 (review)




No country has ever grabbed my attention more than Australia, as it is there that many brilliant tunes started to emerge. “Clagg” and “Adrift for Days” have so far been proudly sitting in the top ten list of my favorite bands, with cosmic vibes of the latter perfectly complementing the sludgy riffs of the former. However, it was not until the discovery of Horsehunter that I realized there was place for one more, not only matching the mentioned bands in terms of quality and sound, but also to some extent giving them a back seat.


Nothing in the world demands more attention than a band that simply sounds huge, and no adjective more aptly or concisely describes Horsehunter. Once the openings seconds of “Stoned to Death” punish your ears with massive, downturned to ferocious degree and gargantuan riffs, all doubts regarding the quality of the final product are immediately dispelled. Not only do you realize that you are in for a long, catchy and simply heavy ride, but give it a chance to go for numerous spins unlike anything you have ever heard before. No really, Horsehunter’s blend of Clagg-inspired sludge, heavy doom and some slight touches of stoner rock create a poisonous cauldron that will keep your ears attached to the speakers for a huge number of spins. 

Album’s Opener, “Stoner to Death” is my personal favorite here, with its heaviness still resonating in my eardrum. No really, what these folks have achieved is a top-quality piece of work. Starting with calm, psychedelic vibes, it quickly evolves into catchy and lead-heavy sludge, with repetitive riffs paving its way through any obstacles. It reaches the climax of heaviness from around 3:00, with thick, plodding riffs leaving to mercy to anything standing on their way.  Some short stoner rock solos water the mixture down here and there, but the whole picture remains intact with the total pace becoming faster as the song progresses further. It slows down closer towards the end, justifying every moment with more atmospheric, but still insanely heavy wall of sound wisely mixed with psychedelic solos and Sleep-like vocals.


Caged in Flesh, the second track of the album is nothing short of the quality of the opener, but is inferior in terms of originality. Starting with somewhat catchy, groovy sludge-doom riffs, the track delivers exactly what you would expect from top-quality sludge-doom band, with guitars delivering long, drawn-out chord progressions with catchy drums keeping you mesmerized throughout the first 3 minutes of the song. It is on this moment that things get really SLOW, with catchy, Sourvein-styled riffs giving way to slow, almost motionless comatose madness. Riffs pick up the pace as the track lurches forward, rewarding the listener with top-quality sludge-doom dominated by with massive guitar sound totally filling the soundscape. Heavily distorted guitars, accompanied by downbeat drums set the foundation for the remainder of the song, keeping you energized until the last seconds of this 12-minute monster. Nice song, but not even near close to the perfection of album’s opener.


Anyway, to say that Horsehunter have produced a great album would be an underestimation. They have delivered one of the best albums in the genre, which could have been even better were it not for the mediocrity of the second track. With thick, juicy sound, tailored to the needs of all sludge enthusiasts, “Caged in Flesh” is a solid addition to the Australian pantheon.
8.5/10

(Review by Den)