Live report: Zhrine / Auðn / Hubris (23/04/2017)

Posted in Live reviews on April 25th, 2017 by Matthew Lowery
Zhrine

The prospect of seeing two of Iceland’s very best black metal bands performing at a free-entry show in a small pub in London was simply too much for me to resist, so I caught a coach down from York in eager anticipation. Since the release of their album Unortheta (probably my favourite album of all time), Zhrine have secured spots at major festivals around Europe and North America, and even toured the US with Ulcerate and Phobocosm last year. Self-described ‘outsiders’ to Iceland’s black metal scene, Auðn are truly one of Iceland’s underrated gems. Atmospheric and evocative, bleak and tortured by melancholy, with throat-shredding shrieks and howls. Their side-project Hubris rounded off the stellar lineup, delivering brutal death metal aggression with malicious black metal influences. The stellar lineup delivered a spectacular show for all present, reaffirming the strength of Iceland’s metal scene. Read more »

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Live review: Chelsea Wolfe / True Widow / King Woman (17/04/2017)

Posted in Live reviews on April 19th, 2017 by Matthew Lowery
Chelsea Wolfe

I’ve wanted to see Chelsea Wolfe live for a long time. I’ve been a fan of her music for a couple of years now, and when she performed in Leeds last year I incomprehensibly decided I wasn’t able to make it. Well, when this fantastic lineup was announced for a short UK tour with a stop in Manchester’s excellent venue Gorilla, I was determined to rectify my mistake. Touring with fellow American acts True Widow and King Woman, the bands all play gripping, dark music that overlaps and diverges in different respects; but as a tour lineup, this is one of the most gripping and cohesive I’ve ever witnessed.  Read more »

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Photos from Deafheaven / Marriages – May 1, 2015

Posted in Live reviews on August 23rd, 2015 by Matthew Lowery

Just thought I’d upload some of the photos I took of the Deafheaven/Marriages show at Scala, London on August 24, 2015. It was a fucking great show, Deafheaven opened with Brought to the Water which led to the most brutal moshpit I’ve ever seen in my life, not something I expected when I booked tickets to a Deafheaven show. Marriages were excellent as well, and I think I preferred their live sound to how they sound on record; they had a much noisier, shoegazier sound and the vocals felt like another layer to their wall of noise. The quality of the photos aren’t great because it was hard to stand still at all during the show but hopefully you enjoy them anyway. There’s also a YouTube channel that recorded their performances of Sunbather and The Pecan Tree in excellent quality.

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