Noisy rock from Ghent recorded by Steve Albini, available on 2LP + CD or CD.

Shaping the future of rock” – Kerrang!

Unrepentant in their aim of attempting to melt the face of anyone who dares listen” –Q


“Weirder and more innovative than Metz” – The Guardian

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Shaping the future of rock” – Kerrang!

Unrepentant in their aim of attempting to melt the face of anyone who dares listen” –Q Magazine

“It sure does reek of excitement” – Punktastic (Editor)

They sound like the feeling you get when you think you’re gonna puke on public transport – Vice
Recorded almost entirely live in Electrical Audio in Chicago over five frantic days with Steve Albini, RKTKN#2 drips from your speakers like a spilled jar of molasses. It’s thick and gloopy, black-hearted, portentous, musically malevolent, brilliantly vile – but emotive and moving on a whole other sonic plateau.

“We make music that we think is beautiful,” says guitarist Jef Verbeeck. “There’s no irony here. No macho stuff.”

Singer Pieter-Paul Devos shifts between hollering and howling like the last screaming soul in an otherwise derelict asylum and a whispered, speaking-in-tongues cant, but there are nuances and subtleties there too. Tones. Here, lyrics are secondary to feeling. After all, why express how you feel when a Munch-like howl of discontent can say so much more – and so succinctly? “This band can’t bear clichéd lyrics,” says the frontman:

“The abstract and eclectic nature of the music demands something that’s based on raw emotion. Primal, but not bone-headed. Aggressive, but never macho. Romantic but not corny. We’re heavy but we play with the utmost love and respect. I certainly believe in the power of a good lyric but when started, this band’s music clearly demanded something more – something beyond the simple spoken word.”

Raketkanon formed in Ghent in 2011 and enjoy self-destruction and wanton celebration in equal measure. They combine post-rock, sludge, grunge and hardcore sounds and collectively enjoy bands such as Butthole Surfers, Queen, Black Flag, Melvins, Hendrix, Dylan, Jesus Lizard, Jonathan Wilson, The Beatles and countless others. As a result of this concoction of mayhem their live shows soon became the stuff of legend.

Raketkanon are: 

Pieter-Paul Devos – vocals
Jef Verbeeck – guitar
Pieter de Wilde – drums
Lode Vlaeminck – bass synth

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