Return to the Burn: Roadburn 2017 Prep Day Three

Those Poor Bastards- Roadburn

With just over a week until your favorite metal blogger hops on a flight across the pond toward Roadburn, excitement is running high. Here’s another couple bands worth your time, whether you’re joining us in Tilburg or utilizing festival coverage as a means of living vicariously through the rest of us. It should be repeated here that any band listed as a “discovery” isn’t a way of saying they’re not a personal pick, but rather that they’re brand new to these ears and so surprising that they’ve jumped up in priority. Some may be known to you, some may not, but here’s to hoping they’re all well enjoyed just the same. Without further fuss, here’s day three of this fun little experiment.

Third Pick: Those Poor Bastards
This is rather unconventional fare here at Black Metal & Brews, yet as chance would have it this is one of the most highly anticipated sets of the festival. While there’s certainly a tinge of very old country and gospel, Those Poor Bastards carry more of the rough edges of fuzzy, fucked up garage rock than meets the eye. Really, it’s all in the spirit and the delivery. Frontman Lonesome Wyatt’s voice is wild and unrestrained and the whole thing tends to build up around his confessions and declarations. It’s not metal by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s dirtier and more addictive than anything else that comes to mind, so it’s well worth trying something new, right? Those Poor Bastards will perform in Het Patronaat from 4:30 to 5:30PM on Thursday, April 20th, overlapping partially with Subrosa, Alaric, and Vanum. While all bands listed are essential, do yourself a favor and pop in for at least a few minutes of this set. You won’t regret it.

Third Discovery: Verwoed
You might be surprised to find that the author of a black metal website isn’t yet acquainted with these Dutch troublemakers, but it’s true. Admittedly, the name and album art were familiar, but I have no recollection of clicking play and getting lost in the black chaos. With only two listens of Bodemloos to date, I’m already thoroughly impressed and plan to be front and center for this performance. While Roadburn’s focus is always global, its capacity for celebrating the best Dutch acts is uncanny. Shedding light on a local scene while inviting the rest of the world in for a look is the best way to enrich all communities and Verwoed‘s set will be a must-see for black metal fans, without a doubt. They’ll be laying waste to Cul De Sac on Thursday, April 20th, from 5:30 to 6:20PM, overlapping partially with Subrosa, Unearthly Trance, and Rome. Don’t miss out.