Exclusive track on Tartarus compilation tape

Good news if you were hoping for something along the lines of our first albums. Exclusive Dead Neanderthals track ‘Slow Kitten‘ is exactly that and can be found on the Tartarus Records mixtape ‘Forever Out Of Control‘.

The reason this mixtape was actually put together is less cool. In the 2015 edition of the Noorderzon Festival in Groningen (NL), Harma Heikens’ exhibition of sculptures was shut-down by festival management after people felt offended by one of the pieces being displayed. The work,‘Toys in the Attic’ (used as the cover for the mixtape) cryptically addresses the tender social issue of domestic child molestation.

The sculpture soon caused a small disturbance, and even threats were made to set fire to the exhibition. Management closed down Harma’s show until further notice, and quite soon for the remainder of the festival after Harma spoke to the press, which festival management had forbid her from doing so.

It is because of this that Harma’s piece ‘Toys in the Attic’ is used as the cover for Tartarus’ 50th release. ‘Forever Out Of Control’ is a special mixtape containing Dutch and Belgian bands who are connected to Tartarus or just good friends of the label, support the artist and are against censorship.

Other great bands on this tape are Terzij de Horde, MNHM, Ggu:ll, Teethgrinder and many more.

Tartarus comp

We’re playing Roadburn Festival 2016!!

Holy shit! Roadburn Festival invited us to play. Insane to realize that we’re sharing the bill with The Body, Repulsion and Lee Dorrian…
Again, HOLY SHIT!

Roadburn Festival announcement

2015, you’re simply the best

DN overzicht 2015After finishing the last show of 2015 w/ GALG at the Onderbroek we realized how exceptionally good 2015 was for us.

What could possibly top a Spanish/Portuguese tour with our buddies from Orthodox as a start of the year? If that wasn’t enough, we just did it again in the UK in September. It was a blast to tour with these guys and you should definitely pick up their new album. 100% KILLER!

Another highlight was to team up with Sten Ove Toft for a limited 7″ lathe cut for the always brilliant Utech Records. Fortunately for us, this also led to two really great shows: one at UTECH RECORDS MUSIC FESTIVAL III all the way in Milwaukee. The other was a bit closer to home, namely the excellent INCUBATE FESTIVAL.

And now we’re touching the topic of collaboration: Sten wasn’t the only one we’ve had the pleasure of working with. What to think of the live set we did with experimental doom-techno guru DRVG CVLTVRE at the Valkhof Festival this year (see video below)?

Or Belgian guitar-wizard DIRK SERRIES, who appeared on two records alongside us this year: SLUIMER (also with Martina Verhoeven on bass) and ENDLESS VOIDS (also with Rutger Zuydervelt, Colin Webster, Peter Johan Nyland, Thomas Ekelund and Steven Vinkenoog).

In some cases, the collaboration was about something bigger than just the music we play. Like with the New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz compilation, which hopefully showed what can happen when 4 like-minded bands are working together. Or the And Suddenly Everything, Absolutely Everything, Was There compilation that was put together by Chris Elmore to financially support the Utech family after losing Kim Utech to breast cancer. The compilation is still available and donations are still regularly made to the Utech Family.

All these gigs and releases would almost make you forget that Czech-based DIY label Obsedante released the Dietary Restrictions tape, which is a live recording of the gig we did with Nick Millevoi in Berlin during our 2013-tour. Or that PRIME saw a re-release on both CD and tape by Gaffer Records and Smithsfoodgroup DIY, respectively.

Despite all these collaborative efforts, Dead Neanderthals is still a duo in its core and our Worship The Sun album is the testament of that. We were honored to work with Relative Pitch Records on this and we hope you enjoy the album as much as we do.

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to see us, every band we shared the stage with, every person who bought a t-shirt, patch, CD, cassette or LP. Every reviewer, interviewer and fan who helped to spread the putrid gospel of Dead Neanderthals. Thanks to all the promoters who booked us to play at their venue, supported us by promoting the gig and let us crash at their place. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Last but certainly not least: a big thank you to Marlon Wolterink and his White Noise Studio. Marlon always makes sure that our records sound excellent (when he records them) or sound less bad (when we record ourselves).

See you in 2016!
Dead Neanderthals

Fantoom – Sluimer pre-order

TFLP155

Big news!

We are very happy and proud to announce that A New Wave Of Jazz, sub-label of the mighty Tonefloat Records, will release Sluimer, the debut album of Fantoom on October 30th. Fantoom (Dutch for phantom) is the new band of us together with Dirk Serries (guitar) and Martina Verhoeven (double bass).

Recorded live in White Noise Studio on one of the last days of 2014, Sluimer (Dutch for slumber) is a slow moving and highly textured monolith. You can stream the album below or go to the New Wave Of Jazz Bandcamp and pre-order the album.

Sluimer reviews

TFLP155

“Fantoom ultimately stakes out its own particular corner of the noise-drone firmament”
Textura

“steigern und verdichten bis in die unendlichkeit”
Unruhr

“Sluimer is dan ook een weergaloze plaat die je niet zonder schuldgevoel voortijdig kunt afzetten”
Opduvel

“Sluimer is a sound-poem”
The Free Jazz Blog

“Een verkennende zoektocht tussen vier gelijkwaardige muzikanten die blijft verbazen”
The #3 album of 2015 according to Opduvel

“Juist als je denkt dat de intensiteit niet groter kan, laat het kwartet je alle hoeken van de kamer zien”
Kindamuzik

Sluimer is OUT NOW on New Wave Of Jazz.
Buy the album on our Bandcamp.

Thank you Incubate

Dead Neanderthals-Midi-20150917-Herman StehouwerPhoto by Herman Stehouwer/3VOOR12 Tilburg

Incubate, you were absolutely fantastic! It was super cool to share the bill with the juggernauts Three Trapped Tigers and Shining and to share the stage with Norwegian noise trooper TOFT!

Apparently there were also quite some reviewers in the audience:

“pushing the boundaries of the mind and the flesh at once, this is where it all becomes so fucking special”
3rd Eye Magazine

“Een geweldige, intense trip waarna we uitgeput maar erg voldaan weer buiten stappen”
Oor

“Dead Neanderthals onverminderd verpletterend”
3VOOR12 Tilburg

“We hear dark jazz, some metal, some industrial, and all of it blends neatly into a ball of pure awesomeness”
Ghost Cult

“Dead Neanderthals en Toft beuken het publiek murw met een bak free noise die zeer doet aan de trommelvliezen, overdondert en nog lang nagonst”
Opduvel

“The Neanderthals, aided by Toft on guitar, had set up this floating, metallic drone that took MIDI’s roof off”
Incendiary

“one of those rare clock-stopping performances”
Resident Advisor

“Dead Neanderthals klinkt bijna sacraal vanavond”
Roar E-Zine

“The enormous drones and the pulverising nature of Otto Kokke and Rene Aquarius’s sax/drums conversations wipe many of the other bands on the bill off the map”
Drowned In Sound

“Dead Neanderthals zijn meesters in maximalisme met minimale middelen, en de explosieve noise-sabotage van Toft was perfect gecast”
Gonzo (circus)

“It was monolithic, massive, monotone, mesmerizing and merciless. This trio directly set themselves into my top-10, even surpassing Melvins”
Merchants of Air

“Het sloopt en reint je tegelijkertijd, en na dat half uur Dead Neanderthals ben ik dan ook gelukzalig kapot”
The Post Online

“The new wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz is what they call it. They are right about that”
3rd Eye Magazine (photo gallery)

“Fascinating like a car wreck and a good example of where jazz greys into hardcore but more theatre than music”
Musos Guide

“Noisey was on hand at this year’s edition to document some of the magic”
Noisey (photo gallery)

Video by the master himself: Koen Gijsbers

New album ‘Worship The Sun’ out now

Big news!

Our new full-length album Worship The Sun is out now on the amazing US-based record label Relative Pitch Records. We’re honoured to be featured in the Relative Pitch Records catalogue next to giants like Matthew Shipp, Matana Roberts, Nate Wooley, Mette Rasmussen and Chris Corsano.

Stream the entire album below or head over to our Bandcamp page to check it out.


The amazing album art was crafted by the talented Dutch designer Trashworks.
Worship The Sun - Cover