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Dutch stoner, sludge & doom metal festival Into the Void announces new five bands for the 2018 edition on October 19 and 20th in the venue Neushoorn, Leeuwarden (NL). Naxatras, Mother Engine, Pyraweed and Briqueville have been confirmed, next to the bands that were already announced: John Garcia, Elder, Conan, Acid King, Mourning Beloveth and Lucifer. Weekend tickets are on sale now.

The five new additions to the line-up hail from all corners of the globe, respectively Greece, Germany, Azerbaijan, The United States and Belgium, contributing to the festival’s already international character.

American rock band Blood of the Sun was formed in 2002 by Saint Vitus-drummer Henry Vasquez and Dave Gryder (Storm At Sunrise) on keyboards. Blood of the Sun’s goal from the beginning has been to carry on the tradition of the classic rock style of the seventies, think In Rock era Deep Purple, with contributions from highly respected icons from Ted Nugent and Point Blank on the record Burning on the Wings of Desire. The strength of the band lies in modernizing a classic rock sound rather than copying it.

Naxatras is a stoner/psychedelic rock band from Thessaloniki, Greece. As a combination of great musicians with a clear universe in mind they try to bring back psychedelic music to its core. Using analog equipment only the band have recorded 2 full lengths and an EP, which has given Naxatras a distinctive sound that sets them apart. These releases immerse you into their universe through one long trip of jazzy, trippy rock with floating notes and a deep bass. Not only their music is an experience, the band gives high energy performances that aims to stimulate your senses.

After their lead singer left in 2011, German stoner rock band Mother Engine has been putting out instrumental music only. In each of their 3 released albums the band perfectly manages to tell a story without any vocals. Mother Engine brands the latest album Hangar as a big evolution from 60s and 70s progressive bands such as the iconic Led Zeppelin which is a story to experience.

Nijat Hasanzadeh started Pyraweed as a one man project, which in 2015 became the trio as it is today. The young band, hailing from Azerbaijan makes sludge/stoner metal, listing doom metal band Sleep as their biggest influence.

The Belgian band Briqueville shroud themselves in mystery, keeping themselves anonymous as an act of equality. Their performances are an instrumental mantra of spooky guitars and eerie chants, who’s repetition is ripped apart by sudden outbursts of sheer heaviness. Both the heavy sound and feel of the band shares its likeness with names as Pelican and fellow Belgians Amenra.

Into the Void will return to the venue Neushoorn in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands on October 19 and 20, 2018. The first bands have been announced: John Garcia, Elder, Acid King, Conan, Mourning Beloveth, Lucifer, Blood Of The Sun, Naxatras, Pyraweed, Mother Engine and Briqueville adorn the festival billing. More bands will be added at a later moment.

Weekend tickets for the festival are on sale now. A ticket for both days is 45 EUR (service fee of 2,50 EUR) excluded. The day splits will be announced later and the day tickets will go on sale later. Get your tickets here.