Hippotraktor

Upcoming shows

27.07.2024
Kanekas Metal Festival - Cangas do Morazo (es)
28.07.2024
Rock Beer The New - Santander (es)
29.07.2024
Wurlitzer Ballroom - Madrid (es)
09.08.2024
Alcatraz Festival - Kortrijk (be)
16.08.2024
Motocultor Festival - Carhaix (fr)
18.08.2024
Dynamo Metalfest - Eindhoven (nl)
23.08.2024
Maanrock - Mechelen (be)
24.08.2024
Muziekgieterij - Maastricht (nl)
27.09.2024
Gigant - Apeldoorn (nl) + Cobra The Impaler
11.10.2024
Doornroosje - Nijmegen (nl)
24.10.2024
Wintercircus - Gent (be)
25.10.2024
Glazart - Paris (fr)
27.10.2024
Stummsche Reithalle - Neunkirchen (de)
28.10.2024
Rosenkeller - Jena (de)
29.10.2024
Neue Zukunft - Berlin (de)
31.10.2024
Downstairs at the Dome - London (uk)
01.11.2024
Damnation Festival - Manchester (uk)
02.11.2024
The Moon - Cardiff (uk)
28.11.2024
De Casino - Sint-Niklaas (be)
22.01.2025
Trix - Antwerpen (be)
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The power of music to conjure up images in the mind is as fascinating as it is undeniable —arguably, it is the very aspect of music that keeps us intrigued. From the undulating cadences of Debussy’s “La Mer – 2. Jeux de Vagues” through the overwhelming wall-of-sound production on Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep – Mountain High”, to the galloping bass line of Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper”.

These imaginative qualities allow us to talk about music beyond mere terms of theory such as tone and form. Music, above all, makes us feel and experience things that are normally outside the scope of our ordinary lives.

With their debut album Meridian, Belgian progressive- / post-metal outfit HIPPOTRAKTOR explore these characteristics to the fullest, creating an expression of the Sublime – a greatness beyond all possibility of calculation, measurement, or imitation – that reaches beyond the mere conjuring of images into the realm of high art and philosophy.

Ever since the release of their acclaimed debut EP P’eau (2018), these Mechelen-based musicians have been honing their craft in songwriting and production, building a new home studio to record future material, while also expanding from a three-piece to a five-piece ensemble. By adding singer/percussionist Stefan De Graef (Psychonaut) and guitarist/singer Sander Rom (L’Itch) to their ranks, HIPPOTRAKTOR have become a more versatile outfit able to employ a broader palette of sounds, taking the band’s earlier instrumental prog metal sound to new heights.

Taking notes from the best moments in contemporary progressive and post metal, HIPPOTRAKTOR capture the awe-inspiring power of nature — from the delicacy of the first falling leaf  to the massive cosmic energy of the sun. By combining the big, catchy riffs and the rhythmical prowess of Gojira with the relentless but equally groove-loaded complexity of Meshuggah, Meridian delivers an overwhelming experience of sound, presenting the listener with sentiments that are recognisable, but with an intensity that seems larger-than-life.

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Releases

Stasis
Pelagic Records(2024)
Meridian
Pelagic Records(2021)