Showcases Nijmegen 2017

Buma ROCKS!, the international conference and showcase festival for loud music, hooked up with FortaRock In The City, the metal festival in venue Doornroosje, Nijmegen, on Saturday 27 May.

The audience saw strong performances by four bands presented by Buma ROCKS! during the festival.

Modern metal band The Charm The Fury played at the very first Buma ROCKS! in 2013 and took part in the Buma ROCKS! presents LOUD & PROUD showcase event during Eurosonic Noorderslag in January of 2016. Subsequently Buma ROCKS! offered the band a showcase spot at the Global Rock Summit in Los Angeles. They didn't go unnoticed: the five-piece featuring vocalist Caroline Westendorp were picked up in LA by label Nuclear Blast, operating from both Germany and the USA. At the end of March 2017 the second The Charm The Fury album entitled The Sick, Dumb & Happy was released through Nuclear Blast/Arising Empire. Here you can read a short interview about the deal with Nuclear Blast. Website here.

DOOL from Rotterdam were the very first act to apply for a showcase gig when registration on the Buma ROCKS! website opened in January. With their three-guitar attack, the Rotterdam-based band fronted by Ryanne van Dorst already played impressive gigs at selected festivals in 2016 and 2017. The melodic songs on their debut album Here Now, There Then (released in February 2017) offer a mix of dark rock, gothic pop, gloomy psychedelic rock and metal. Website here.

Pelgrim from Tilburg combine the heavy vocals and pounding rhythms of djent and metalcore with the technicality and creativity of the progressive scene, resulting in a refreshing sound of their own. With an outstanding and energetic live performance, Pelgrim offer a challenging musical approach based on great songs that can be enjoyed by a broad audience. Pelgrim's music has a wide scope, making it enjoyable for almost every metal fan. Their first EP-release from 2013 received lots of positive feedback. Their first full-length called Ephemera was released in February of 2016. Pelgrim are currently working on new songs. Bandcamp here.

Ulsect too are from Tilburg. The death metal innovators feature guitarist Joris Bonis and drummer Jasper Barendregt from Dodecahedron as well as former Textures bassist Dennis Aarts. It therefore hardly comes as a surprise that elements of their origins have permeated into Ulsect's self-titled debut album, to be released on label Season Of Mist in May 2017. You will find high technical precision and prowess woven into dense dissonance and lucent atmosphere. Website here.