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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Alcest – “Kodama”

Posted in Reviews on October 14th, 2016 by Matthew Lowery

French blackgaze pioneers Alcest return with their fifth full-length album Kodama, a dark, ethereal, emotionally resonant concept album about the conflict between man and nature. Kodama channels shoegaze, post-punk, and black metal to incredible effect on one of the best albums this year.

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Deafheaven – ‘New Bermuda’

Posted in Reviews on October 15th, 2015 by Matthew Lowery

Deafheaven, on the off-chance you are not already aware, are an American metal band. Their 2013 breakout album ‘Sunbather’ won over fans and critics alike with it’s powerful blend of shoegaze, black metal, and post-rock. Deafheaven have always had their fair share of detractors, often focusing on their modern image and general lack of kvltness, but carried on regardless. On New Bermuda they return with a much heavier, darker album than the polarising ‘Sunbather’, truer to their black metal roots yet still daring to experiment in brave ways.

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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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