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KOMATSU =
From left to right : Martijn Mansvelders (bass/vocals) / Mathijs Bodt (guitar, vocals) /
Jos Roosen (drums) Mo Truijens (lead vocals/guitar) 

(Photo: Patrick Spruijtenburg)


Komatsu is a super-massive rock band from Eindhoven, the rock capital of the Netherlands. Their music is a mix of sludge, stoner rock and metal. Komatsu is praised for their live performances. The press writes:

“A Komatsu show will let the ground shake and gets your attention from start to finish. It is truly an eargasm for the trained listener. At a live show Komatsu grabs your throat and then not let go”.

"This flat rolling machine with her ​​bulldozer-rock will effortlessly conquer Europe and other continents!"

 

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Komatsu is formed early 2010. Members of locally acclaimed bands from Eindhoven Rock City joined forces. Their years of musical experience in all kinds of bands and individual creativity created a brutal mix of sludge, rock and metal........KOMATSU is born! 

The band released a self-titled EP in 2011. After that, they focused on live shows and writing material for their first full length album. "Manu Armata" saw the daylights in February of 2013 and was instantly well received by the international press. It got raving reviews and Komatsu’s music style was compared to bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Torche, Mastodon, Monster Magnet and Karma to Burn.

Over the past five years they have steadily grown and were asked to be the support act for internationally well-known bands like Truckfighters (SWE), Lonely Kamel (NO) and a range of bands from the USA such as Karma to Burn, The Sword, Red Fang, Clutch, Nashville Pussy, High on Fire, Corrosion of Conformity and Baroness. They also performed at the official Queens of the Stone Age after party in the Effenaar in Eindhoven. In 2014 they went on European tour with none other than John Garcia (Vista Chino, ex-Kyuss, Hermano, Unida and Slo Burn) and played 32 shows in 13 countries.
The summer of 2015 Komatsu recorded the second full-length album ’Recipe for murder one’ and in the fall that year toured Europe again for three weeks, this time with Nick Oliveri’s Mondo Generator. 

’Recipe for murder one’ was released september 2016 and showed that the band gained confidence and experience. On the album you can hear Nick Oliveri on vocals on two songs. The album took the band on various tours throughout Europe with Duel (USA) in October 2016 and the Freeks (USA, with Ruben Romana (ex Fu Manchu)) in March 2017. During May 2017 ’Recipe for murder one’ even took Komatsu to Brazil for a stand-alone tour. The album appeared in several annual lists of best album of 2016 and the song ’Lockdown’was nominated by 3voor12 as song of the year.

After playing 85 shows in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, UK, Netherlands, Brazil & Austia in support of the album ’Recipe for murder one’, Komatsu entered the Void studio with producer Pieter Kloos in January 2018 to record the new album ’A new horizon’. This album was released in January 2018 and marked their return to Europe and Brazil for several tours. Komatsu supported Brant Bjork in their hometown and with that completed a straight quartet: they played with all four ex-members of Kyuss (Garcia, Oliveri, Bjork, Homme). 

After their latest European stand alone tour in December 2019, Komatsu felt it was time to record a new studio album. In February/March the SuperMassiveMotherSludgers recorded an album, this time at Studio Iglesias, Eindhoven. It is recorded and produced by Peter van Elderen (ex-Peter Pan Speedrock /TankZilla) and is mastered by Pieter Kloos. The artwork is made by Lotte Voorhoeve. The album was recorded just before the Covid-19 pandemic and will be released at February 5th 2021 at Heavy Psych Sounds. With 9 new killer songs, Komatsu is more than ready and waiting to hit the road again! 

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Over the past years Komatsu has had the pleasure to have shared stages with:

Orange Goblin / Crowbar / Brant Bjork / Mondo Generator (Nick Oliveri) / John Garcia / Queens of the Stone Age / Truckfighters / Lonely Kamel / Karma to Burn / The Sword / Red Fang / Clutch / Nashville Pussy / High on Fire / Corrosion of Conformity / Baroness / the Freeks / Duel / The Midnight Ghost Train and more....

Komatsu played at festivals like Paaspop (NL), Desert Fest (BE), West Stoner Sessions (FR), Helldorado Festival (NL), Nirwana Tuinfeest (NL), Altersonic Festival (GER) and more.......