Napalm Death

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“They’re just as brutal and ferocious as ever. As the songs keep improving in structure so does the intent ferociousness, infectiousness, edginess and socio-political irascibility” Terrorizer Magazine

Formed in Birmingham in 1981, Napalm Death created Grindcore and the ‘blast beat’, pushing the envelope of metal to new extremes. 2010 will be their first Supersonic Festival appearance.
www.myspace.com/napalmdeath

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Drumcorps

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Aaron Spectre started off playing drums and going to all ages shows in the wasteland of suburban Massachusetts. In 2003 he dropped out of college and relocated to Berlin, Germany, to launch his music career. He released several vinyl 12”s, and soon found a following playing at squats and raves around Europe. Spectre founded Drumcorps to synthesize the unlikely mix of electronic music production values and the raw power of American hardcore. Drumcorps shows are notoriously high-energy, cathartic affairs.
www.myspace.com/drumc0rps
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Voice Of The Seven Thunders

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Following his acclaimed “Voice Of The Seven Woods” debut for Twisted Nerve (2007), Rick Tomlinson’s new Voice Of The Seven Thunders album has been released in March 2010 to critical wonderment. His new four-piece touring band features Keith Wood (Hush Arbors, Sunburned, Current 93), Chris Walmsley (Broadcast, Kelpe) and Tom Relleen (The Oscillation). Their Supersonic Festival appearance will closely follow the Autumn release of ‘The Blue Comet Mixes’ on limited 12″ vinyl – four cuts from the ‘Voice of the Seven Thunders’ LP re-navigated by Andrew Liles of Nurse With Wound.
http://www.myspace.com/voiceofthesevenwoods

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Swans

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Out of the New York underground Swans created dark, abrasive, murky, slowed-down noise rock  – their depraved lyrics stalked and disturbed throughout the 80s and 90s. After 15 years of touring and constant productivity Swans disbanded in 1997.

Talking about his decision to reactivate the project Michael Gira says:
“there was a point a few years ago during a particular show when I was on tour with Angels  Of Light, with Akron/Family serving as the backing band. It was during the  song The Provider. Seth’s guitar was sustaining one open chord (very loudly), rising to a peak, then crashing down again in a rhythm that could have been the equivalent of a deep and soulful act of copulation. The whole band swayed with this arc. Really was like riding waves of sound.  I thought right then, “You know, Michael, Swans wasn’t so bad after all…” . Ha ha!  It brought back – in a flood – memories, or maybe not memories, more a tangible re-emersion in the sensation of Swans music rushing through my body in waves, lifting me up towards what, I can only assume, will be my only experience of heaven.”

The recent reactivation of the band – with the line up of: Michael Gira; guitar, voice, mendicant friar act  (original Swans), Norman Westberg: guitar  (original Swans),  Christoph Hahn: guitar  (mid-period Swans and most Angels of Light ), Phil Puleo; drums, percussion, dulcimer etc etc  (final Swans tour and most of Angels of Light), Chris Pravdica: bass and gadgets  (Flux Information Sciences / Services/ Gunga Din) and Thor Harris: drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, curios, keys,  etc… (Angels of Light, now also with Shearwater) – promises to be as formidable as the early, brutal and growling noise albums they made their mark with.

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Bong

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Bong formed in 2005 in Newcastle and have very kindly been playing slow, droning psychedelic jams for anyone who appreciates that sort of thing. They merge classic doom rock tactics with a love of psychedelia and raga hypnotism, lacing their monolithic drones with vocal incantations and live sitar. Channeling Space Rock, Doom, Eastern influences and Black Sabbath
http://www.myspace.com/landbong

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Eagle Twin

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Although Eagle Twin is a very new entity, its helmsman Gentry Densley is no stranger to innovative, heavy music.  Densley was the musical visionary and leader of the legendary Jazz, Prog, Rock, Metal, Hardcore group Iceburn from 1991-2001.

In order to disseminate his majestic and mountainous riffs in the present day he enlisted massively behemoth skinsman Tyler Smith. The drums conjure a repetitious mantra that is eerily infectious.
http://www.myspace.com/eagletwin

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Gnaw

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Gnaw is the sawblade-wrapped-in-razorwire brainchild of Alan Dubin (Khanate, OLD), Carter Thornton (Enos Slaughter), Jun Mizumachi (Ike Yard), and Jamie Sykes (Thorr’s Hammer, Burning Witch). Combining noise and metal in a mesh of sonic experimentation, Dubin sounds out the group with his gut-wrenching vocals, he screams, whispers, chants and generally terrifies us.

“Gnaw celebrates missing out like nobody else in the whole damn Universe” Julian Cope
http://www.myspace.com/gnaw666

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Godflesh

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Supersonic Festival are delighted to announce the first UK sow in over 10 years for Godflesh.
After leaving the ranks of Head of David in 1988 (having previously done time in the early days of Napalm Death), Justin Broadrick wasted no time in setting up a new outfit that was arguably as epoch-defining as Napalm. Teaming up with bassist Benny Green (his cohort in pre-Napalm act Fall of Because), their new act, Godflesh, saw the hyper-speed facets of Napalm Death turned on its head with downtuned guitars and slower tempos the order of the day. A tangible sense of urban decay and alienation oozed from every pore, thus birthing Industrial Metal.

Their ‘Streetcleaner’ opus conjured up images of concrete tower blocks; cold, grey flyovers and nihilistic angst – arguably as potent a musical representation of Birmingham as the opening chords to ‘Black Sabbath’.

To this day Godflesh are revered as godheads by acts as disparate as Isis and Fear Factory, this long-awaited 2010 reformation surely bound to propel them back into the consciousness of many, staking their claim as true musical innovators.

www.myspace.com/godsflesh

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