Road to Radar Festival 2014: stream a heavy mixtape by Ornaments

In addition to the free tickets we’re giving away, we asked some of the musicians taking part to Radar Festival to make mixtapes for us. First one comes from Ornaments, our favourite band playing on the fifth day of the festival. They’re partly based in Carpi (like us!), their live shows are huge and their video for Aer is so perfect that could belong to Tool. Their picks for the mixtape represent the natural evolution we all experienced during our post-adolescential years, when we all started looking beyond the borders of metal and learned to appreciate also more “quiet” genres. Check it out below. Track by track is provided by the band itself.

Guest Mixtape: Ornaments by Going Solo on Mixcloud

I saw Breach opening for Neurosis in 1996 at Interzona, Verona. I saw Neurosis many times after that. Breach were the only band that was able to leave a mark, without disfiguring in the presence of Neurosis. At the end of the gig they gave me the promo of their soon-to-be released record It’s Me God. Valid is its opening track. It impressed for the minimalistic construction and the arrangement. Synchopated breaking back pauses, the choice of singing only in the last few seconds… it’s almost 20 years old, but I still listen to it constantly – Alessandro Zanotti

I listened for the first time to Neurosis in 1996, when Through Silver In Blood was released. I consider them fundamental for my musical growth. I’ve always been  impressed by the sounds of their studio releases through the years, especially by the melodies’ construction, that manages to be unpredictable even if it’s full of references to other bands like Swans and Pink Floyd. Also, the physical impact of their exibitions, the wall of sound they build and the emotive charge are incredible. They’re worth their fame, even after a 30-year-long career – Enrico Baraldi

During the last few years, I felt the urgence of diserting every kind of hardcore-punk-metal listening (derivates and posthumous included) in order to explore new environments for inspiration… like electronic music. I chose Mika Vainio: one of the most eminent minimal techno/industrial masters. His decision of working exclusively with analogic machines makes him a musician and a modern sound archeologist at the same time. Secondly, I chose Pg Lost (with the track Jura, from their album In And Ever Out) because, in my opinion, this Swedish musicians represent one of the hightest peaks ever reached by instrumental post-rock and – at the same time – the inevitable signal that the genre’s now back to worn and recurring formulas… – Davide Gherardi

Monolith by The Beta Band has always brought me somewhere else, to the cold, to the heat, to the shore to run, swim and play dead. – Colette Baraldi