“overweldigende, verpletterende muzikale trip”
#2 album of the year for Opduvel
#4 album of the year in Jeffrey Zweep’s end of the year list
“Womb Of God may only be the latest step in Dead Neanderthals’ ongoing musical journey, but like virtually every one of their records before it, it’s also a major statement that should give their peers pause. These Dutch maniacs are not fucking around”
The Wire Magazine
“like a panic-fuelled machine which someone has adjusted at a wrong, too high level, but now the mechanism is stuck and it just runs and runs until it overheats”
“The music here is painted with few brush strokes and even fewer colors, but it is in no way incomplete or lacking”
“their most immersive and intense work so far”
Merchants Of Air
“Womb Of God is een overweldigende, verpletterende muzikale trip. Fantástische plaat”
“It takes a special brand of subtlety to generate effective noise, and that’s just what Kokke and Webster are up to”
The Free Jazz Collective
“Holenderscy muzycy (Otto Kokke, Colin Webster i René Aquarius) są w tym diabelnie konsekwentni i całkowicie ograniczają się do pracy zespołowej, poświęcając wszystkie indywidualne ambicje”
Womb Of God is OUT NOW.
Buy the album through our Bandcamp.
Good news! We have a new album coming up called ‘The Depths’. The album was recorded in a 100 meter, full concrete tunnel in our hometown Nijmegen with Otto and René each on one end of the tunnel.
Watch the gorgeous short documentary by Dick van Aalst to get a better idea on how we recorded this album.
AIRHEAD from Dick van Aalst on Vimeo.
You can now pre-order the CD directly from our Bandcamp and receive an instant download of the track ‘Glimpse’. Click here or stream/pre-order down below in the embedded player.
The Depths will be released August 18th
“Dead Neanderthals cuts to the very bone on the chilling beauty of Craters”
“Om te luisteren en te herbeluisteren tot in de eeuwigheid”
“This album claws, scratches, screeches and gnaws, all in perfect Dead Neanderthals tradition”
Merchants Of Air
“Een ideale soundtrack voor wie langzaam de waanzin op wil zoeken”
“Craters is een nieuwe stap in de aanhoudende vernieuwing, evolutie en zoektocht van het duo Dead Neanderthals dat blijft verbazen met indrukwekkende platen”
Gonzo (circus) #138
“Hun muziek zal niet enkel trommelvliezen doen barsten, de drones doorboren bovendien je hart en laten je verweesd achter”
“Die gelaagdheid maakt dat iedere nieuwe luisterbeurt als een nieuwe belevenis kan worden ervaren. Juist dat maakt Craters zo prachtig”
“The time between Craters‘ opening and drawing down is more a matter of transition and transformation than an easy release to satisfy any demand for closure”
“Het is muziek vol sirenes en onderwaterexplosies, met brommende frequenties en pikzwarte drones, met onheilspellende doom tussen noise en akoesmatisch experiment”
“Däremot makalöst fascinerande och snudd på unikt”
“an intense and protracted assault”
“één lange dreigende trip”
Never Mind The Hype
Craters is OUT NOW on Consouling Sounds.
Buy the album on our Bandcamp.
We always like writing these little retrospects. The years pass by so quickly, but this year seemed to pass particularly fast. Not sure why.
We didn’t play thát many gigs: only 15. In our defence: they were divided over 7 different countries (NL, DK, NO, PT, FR, UK, BE) and all of them were very special. Like the gig we did at the last night of the CinéPalace in Kortrijk. It was such a pitty to see that Wendy and Wim were forced to call it quits (see video below). Or our Roadburn gig, which was basically a dream come true and even resulted in a ‘Live at Roadburn‘cassette! Or that time we played at the beach in Ramsgate as a part of the ContraPop Festival. Or that we finally played at Café Oto in London together with Sten Ove Toft. And we haven’t even spoke about the gigs we did with Zeus, Daikiri, Älforjs, Author & Punisher, Consumer Electronics and Yes Deer.
The most intense gig, however, was our Incubate gig with Sten Ove Toft. We know, we’ve played Incubate many many times, but it just felt very special. Thanks Vince for giving us the chance to do this once more!
We didn’t release thát many albums either.
Only 1 full length album, a collaborative album with Drvg Cvltvre, that even got a review at The Needle Drop! One split 7″ with the amazing UK noise-heads Sly And The Family Drone and one live album (LIVE AT ROADBURN!!).
We also contributed 4 exclusive tracks for 3 different compilations.
Two compilations were made to generate money and / or attention for a good cause. First one was a track for a compilation tape released by our friend Richard and his Tartarus Records cassette label. His compilation tape Forever Out Of Control was a protest to the decision of the Noorderzon Festival management to shut down Harma Heikens’ exhibition of sculptures after people felt offended by one of the pieces being displayed.
The second compilation track was made to generate money for the American Civil Liberties Union after the election of Trump. We thank Verses Records to put together such a cool compilation.
We also contributed two one-minute tracks for the BRINK compilation that was put together by Jack Chuter. Make sure you download the entire thing as many many great artists and bands participated in the project.
We even did a remix for Frank Rosaly’s Malo album that was released by Utech Records.
But don’t think it stops there. Otto has been working hard to write and record new material for his other bands MNHM and Möthra. René released an album with his trio Dikeman//Serries//Aquarius, he released his solo album ‘Blight’ and he finished an album with his new band Celestial Bodies. 2017 will be noisy!
So we’ve been quite busy and the future is looking bright: we’ve written and recorded several new albums. As a duo but also collaborative efforts with Colin Webster, Sly And The Family Drone and Maxime Petit. We’ve got gigs lined up for Paradiso Amsterdam as well as London and Manchester.
Oh, and to end 2016 in style: here’s a surprise release called ‘Dolphin‘. Download it for free if you like.
See you in the near future in a basement near you.
Cheers and happy 2017,
Otto & René
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.
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!
After 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!
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