Roadburn is ecstatic to announce the second commissioned piece of music to be performed at the 2019 edition of the festival. Following the recent announcement of Tom G. Warrior’s Celtic Frost/Triptykon Requiem which will be performed by Triptykon and the Dutch Metropole Orkest in April, and the success of the first commissioned pieces earlier this year – the series continues.
A little over ten years since The Devil’s Blood made its live debut at Roadburn Festival, something was stirring once again in the souls of many of those involved in pulling that first performance together. Of course, the intervening years contain enough life lived to fill several tomes, much of which is already documented elsewhere, whilst many chapters remain sealed.
After The Devil’s Blood ceased to be, Selim Lemouchi went on to form Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies, releasing the spellbinding album Earth Air Spirit Water Fire album. Shortly after the release of the album, Selim started to cancel shows, rejecting interviews and metaphorically closed the door to the outside world. He died by suicide on March 4, 2014. Six weeks later, Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies played their final show at Roadburn Festival, assembled in a semi-circle with Selim’s spirit palpable at the centre. Those that knew him would have sworn to his presence, those that admired him recognised the imprint of his life’s work.
The last track on Earth Air Spirit Water Fire, titled Molasses, has lent its name to a burgeoning project. An ensemble bound together by a unwavering thread, a shared bond and a definitive presence in their lives. The fragmented pieces of The Devil’s Blood are piecing themselves back together, bereft of a very specific physical form but enriched by his spiritual company.
Farida Lemouchi, Oeds Beydals, Job van de Zande, and Ron van Herpen – all former members of The Devil’s Blood – are joined by kindred spirits, Marcel van der Vondervoort of Astrosoniq, Bob Hogenelst (Birth of Joy) and Matthijs Stronks (Donnerwetter) to form MOLASSES.