PROGRAMME

PROPHECY FEST 2024 • BALVER HÖHLE, GERMANY • 5.-7. September 2024

PROPHECY FEST 2024
BALVER HÖHLE, GERMANY
5.-7. September 2024

ALCEST &

NICOLAS HORVATH

Unlike other festivals, we will not start with the most “unknown” artist and end with the “headliners”. To us, they are all headliners and were chosen as we expect amazing performances. Therefore, the running order will reflect what we consider the optimum in terms of dramaturgy and suspension.

ALCEST &

NICOLAS HORVATH

FR

Stéphane “Neige” Paut and Pierre “Zéro” Corson from renowned French blackgaze pioneers ALCEST will add their voices and songs to the grand piano of compatriot composer and pianist Nicolas Horvath. The show is named “acoustique” using the French word as it is devoid of electronic instruments with literally no strings attached (except for the piano wires). This will be an exclusive performance in Germany.

My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride

ARÐ

UK

ARРare very much a labour of love. When mastermind Mark Deeks had the excellent idea to combine insular doom with ‘monkish’ choirs, he found a new musical formula that has been dubbed ‘monastic doom’ and become an instant hit with the aficionados. Little did he know, this project in celebration of his Northumbrian home would get on national UK news and even make it onto German television. Expect a triumphant return to Balve with a brand new album!

ARTHUR BROWN

UK

In 2023, fate itself conspired against ARTHUR BROWN appearing in Balve. While the beloved singer was healthy and sound, all of his band fell ill. Of course, the legendary English singer immediately agreed to return the next year. Even better, Arthur promised to bring a new album and an even more flamboyant show in his magic bag of tricks. The octogenarian has wrapped the cave around his fingers before and he will do so again in 2024.

My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride

AUSTERE

AU

AUSTERE return to Balve with the new album “Beneath the Threshold” in their travel bags. With their fourth full-length the Australians have taken a long step into the present. While their roots in early Norse black metal and its depressive Scandinavian offspring continue to shine through, it is also apparent that the Australians have audibly strengthened their emotional expressiveness and blackgaze leanings.

BLAZING ETERNITY

DK

BLAZING ETERNITY have just released their third full-length and will bring new songs to the cave. No worries, the Danish gothic doom outfit has already promised to make space for their classics, too. In fact, they have asked us for more time than a regular set would fit. Well, we can hardly deny such old friends, so let’s see what we can do for them when putting together the running order. Watch this space!

My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride

DOOL

NL

Ever since DOOL rocked the cave last in 2021, the Dutch have been one of the most requested bands. Well, here you go! The chart-storming Dutch five-piece featuring enigmatic singer Raven are currently busy recording a new album, which means that these dark rockers will bring brand new songs to Balve for sure. For a delicious taste of things to come, check out their hard rocking new live album “Visions of Summerland (Live at Arminius Church Rotterdam).” 

DYMNA LOTVA

BY

DYMNA LOTVA were the shooting stars of last year’s edition. The blackened post-metal act from Belarus will return to the cave with more live experience under their belts and experience in performing the tracks of their latest album “The Land under the Black Wings: Blood” (Зямля Пад Чорнымі Крыламі: Кроў). Will singer Katsiaryna “Nokt” Mankevich be able to deliver an even more outrageous show?

My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride

EMPYRIUM

GER

It is a given that Markus Stock will perform at Prophecy Fest with one or more of his bands. The surprise lies in what he will be doing as it is always a special performance to the delight of his dedicated following. In 2024, Balve will witness the world live premiere of EMPYRIUM‘s third album “Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays” (1999). This masterpiece will be performed in full and many will flock to the cave from around the globe just to see this.

FARSOT

GER

East German avant-garde black metal outfit FARSOT will release their fourth album “Life Promised Death” in February 2024. The forthcoming full-length revolves around a conceptual story about life slipping out of hand. One remarkable aspect of FARSOT is that of the band’s five current members, three remain from the original founders and four of them have been playing together for at least 20 years. Therefore it is only fitting that FARSOT will celebrate their 25th anniversary in the cave.

My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride

FEN

UK

When FEN emerged from the Fens of East Anglia with their ‘Ancient Sorrow’ demo in 2006, they were among other young, innovative English black metal acts including WINTERFYLLETH and WODENSTHRONE. FEN soon went their own way in search of new forms of expression beyond all genre limitations. This made them forerunners of the now popular post-black metal. The acclaimed latest album ‘Monuments to Absence’ again proves their massive talent.

FORTÍР

IS

FORTÍРhave rarely graced the stage and even less so once mastermind Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson returned to live in his native homeland Iceland again. At the same time, the band has worked their way up with each new release. Their latest full-length “Narkissos” (2023) was again received with much applause both by press and fans. Don’t miss this rare chance to see them live and for the first tiome in Germany on stage in a fantastic location.

My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride

HEXVESSEL

FI

Finnish psychedelic folk rockers HEXVESSEL have expanded their already present doom elements with a heavy dose of blackness and unashamed infusion of metal on their latest full-length “Polar Veil” (2023). It appears that outstanding vocalist and guitarist Mat “Kvohst” McNerney is letting his black metal roots shine through again. Already founded in 2009, the Finns have managed to build a dedicated following over the years. 

GERM

AU

GERM are a musical offspring of the Australian musician Tim Yatras aka Sorrow of AUSTERE fame. While the later were on a 13 year long hiatus, GERM became one of his creative outlets. Combining post-black metal with a wide range of eclectic influences reaching from classical elements via electronics to stadium rock choruses, and despite all experiments, GERM turned out to sound as catchy as melancholic.

My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride

IN THE WOODS…

NO

With their debut album “Heart of the Ages” (1995), IN THE WOODS… created one of the corner stones of Nordic black metal. Introducing at the time new psychedelic elements to the dark sound, the Norwegians delivered a musical template that many other artists have taken as inspiration. Introvert and reclusive in the beginning, IN THE WOODS… have started to regularly release high quality albums and touring in recent years.

NEUN WELTEN

GER

Back in Balve: On their third and latest full-length, “The Sea I’m Diving in”, German dark folk collective NEUN WELTEN took an adventurous musical shift by adding mesmerising vocals and post-rock electric guitars to their base of rich instrumentation. Dark and driving, pastoral and mystical, by blending neofolk and post-rock, the trio takes their listeners on a cinematic journey to a magic world.

My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride

PARADISE LOST

UK

There can be no doubt that PARADISE LOST were the leading pioneers of a new metal style that combined the seeming opposites of death and doom. The band from West Yorkshire never stopped to add new elements and layers to what became also dubbed insular doom due to its decidedly English roots ever since the release of their self-titled debut album in 1990. PARADISE LOST always remained on top as their latest huge success “Obsidian” (2020) proves.

PERCHTA

AT

PERCHTA are anything but your run-of-the-mill black metal act. The Austrian project, fronted by the eponymous singer and percussionist, is delving deep into the language and ancient lore of their Alpine home. With her debut album “Ufång”, she caused quite a stir due to both the conceptual and musical strength. Currently, PERCHTA are working hard on their next full-length, which they will introduce to the Cave of Balve. Don’t miss this very special treat.

My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride

SOLSTICE

UK

SOLSTICE are clearly the brainchild of guitarist Richard M. Walker, who is also the only remaining member of the original line-up from the time of founding in 1990. The band has basically released one album per decade, favouring quality over quantity. Their particularly epic brand of doom and classic heavy metal has set them apart from their many Northern English peers right from the start. Expect a glorious first concert in the cave.

THIEF

US

This April, Los Angeles-based experimental electronic act THIEF, who come with firm roots in the local black metal scene, released their fascinating fourth album “Bleed, Memory”. In its lyrics and sounds, mastermind Dylan Neal, who played hammered dulcimer in  BOTANIST, explores the theme of real and false memories inspired by the experience of dementia afflicting his sadly late father.

My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride

THURNIN

NL

Whenever THURNIN have performed in Balve, the audience rewarded them with standing ovations. Mastermind Jurre Timmer has two albums, “Menhir” and “Útiseta”, at his disposal to pick his songs from. Prepare your minds to get abducted into the musically multi-coloured dreamworlds and soundscapes this rising Dutch artist is guaranteed to create on this upcoming (hopefully sunny and warm) summer evening.

TRIPTYKON

CH

With TRIPTYKON the pioneering musical genius of mastermind Tom Gabriel “Warrior” Fischer continues to change the course of heavy music. His achieved legacy with HELLHAMMER and CELTIC FROST can hardly be overstated. These bands form founding pillars, on which Nordic black metal and later also the global scene have been built upon. Now, TRIPTYKON shape the sound of coming generations with their dark avant-garde creations.

My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride

VALBORG

GER

VALBORG from the Beethoven city of Bonn are a band with an unusually clearly defined artistic vision that shows in their consistent artwork as well as in constant musical experimentation. Coming from a death doom background, the productive trio loves to explore new alchemistic mixtures of sound on all eight studio albums. The massive tracks from the latest album “Der Alte” will make the walls shake.

VRÎMUOT

GER

Returning by popular demand: VRÎMUOT (“candour”) from Germany’s fabled Teutoburg Forest are the brainchild of composer, singer, and instrumentalist  T.S., who founded the band with the stated mission to infuse fresh blood into the time-honored body of neofolk. He describes his venture as “mythopoeic darkfolk” to evoke spiritual feelings in the vein of the European romantic period.

My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride

WOLCENSMEN

UK

WOLCENSMEN mastermind Dan Capp has joined UK doom stalwarts SOLSTICE. His acclaimed own project is inspired by the deeply atmospheric acoustic-guitar compositions flowing from within the extreme metal scene of the 1990s. Drawing upon those folkloric moods and aesthetics and his exploration of the mystical heathen culture of North-Western Europe is the perfect fit for the Prophetic Overture.

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