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It’s been half a decade since Ukrainian heavy three-piece issued their second full-length, Seven Thunders Roar, and it would be hard to imagine they had any idea the audience it would find or how deeply it would resonate. With over 1 million plays on YouTube, it’s a record whose reputation continues to grow even now and is making its way toward being a classic in the genre.

To mark the five-year anniversary of
Seven Thunders Roar, Stoned Jesus – who put out their third album, The Harvest, early in 2015 – will arrive at the Desertfest on the heels of a first official vinyl release for the sophomore outing, to perform a set that includes the five tracks played front to back in all their massive, jamming glory.

“It may look like we’re hopping on this hype train with the whole playing-their-‘legendary’-record-from-A-to-Z thing,” says band founder and guitarist Igor Sidorenko, “but truth is loads of people haven’t heard these songs live — apart from ‘I’m the Mountain,’ which we play on every show. Revisiting your own material that stood the test of rapidly changing trends is also something that may help us with our fourth record.”

As always, Stoned Jesus are at work on new material as well, so keep an eye out for more updates before April when we welcome them to Desertfest for the first time!

Words: JJ Koczan