Alcatraz Line up: 2019, 2021, 2023
Alkerdeel were brought in at the eleventh hour as a replacement for Gaahls Wyrd. With Evil Invaders and Alkerdeel, we can add two more names to the Belgian contingent at this year’s edition. Formed in 2007, Alkerdeel churned out black/doom metal with larger-than-life production, grinding guitars, blasting distorted drums and supremely sick vocals to create an ultra-heavy, doomy and even psychedelic whole. Fans of Darkthrone, Burning Witch, Winter, Blut aus Nord, Beherit and Meth Drinker will lap this shit up. They exploded onto the scene with their EP ‘The Bollaf’ (2008) before Blesken - of Sylvester Anfang fame - captured the energy of the erupting volcano that is Alkerdeel live on tape, resulting in their first full-length album ‘The Speenzalvinge’ in 2012. Four years later, ‘De Morinde’ illustrated the evolution their music had undergone: kraut-like psychedelics came to the fore, eliminating almost all sludge and old-school influences. In 2021 during the turbulent Covid pandemic, their fourth album ‘Slonk’ hit the shelves, much to the delight of Archgoat, Ildjarn and Mizmot fans. The late addition of Alkerdeel is an unexpected pleasure. What’s more, this is their first stint in our facility so be there!