ALUK TODOLO return to the UK for the first time since their co-headline tour alongside Stephen O'Malley in 2014. Their music is a methodical exploration of the powers of musical trance. Part occult black metal fiend and part snide kraut menace, the band conjures rabid obsessive rhythms and abyssal disharmonic guitars, subliminal spiritualist vibrations and bizarre, magick summonings. ALUK TODOLO reduces psychedelic improvisation to a bare, telluric instrumentation, in which dry, spare percussion grievously mines the scrapes, shrieks and shimmer of mutated guitar and bass. The band’s sound is monolithic and stabbing, hypnotic but unpredictable, minimalist yet teeming: a dangerous, noxious coil of all things black.
The name ALUK TODOLO was brought back from a mountainous region of South Sulawesi in Indonesia, it’s an ancient religion with animist beliefs meaning "the Way of the Ancestors".
ALUK TODOLO opened for FAUST (German krautrock pioneers) in New York in October 2009. They were invited by SUNN O))) to play the Roadburn Festival 2011 in Tilburg - Netherlands, and opened for them in June 2012. They've played festivals such as Incubate (Netherlands), Stella Natura (USA), Dark Bombastic Evening (Romania), Mega Therion (Finland), Colmar Jazz Off (France), Luff (Switzerland), Amplifest (Portugal) and Hellfest, to name a few.
Photo: Rebecca Cleal