Skinny Puppy Live!!!!

30th May 2017

Kentish Town Forum, London

Support:- Ventenner

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”Skinny Puppy were on form this evening sharing songs of protest, tracks that question, music that pisses off and provokes a reaction, unlike at a One Direction gig where the only reaction you’d get from me  is of moving quite swiftly towards the exit!! The kentish Town Forum was quite full, not as full as when i saw Rob Zombie as there was space at the back  you could still walk through but a good crowd none the less. This would be the first time i have seen Skinny Puppy since they played the same venue around 2005. Nivek Ogre came onstage wearing a hypodermic needle suit, an allusion to his past addiction that needed attention due to the needles coming out or bending.There was a triangular display showing projections behind Nivek which complimented the stream of consciousness matter of fact abrasive vocal delivery that was filtered through a vocoder. I always  found this vocal delivery sinister and at times disturbing but always fascinating! It’s like listening to someone being garroted whilst they are suspended inside a rusty  drainpipe dripping with rancid water. I can almost taste the rusting metal and the cold foulness of the water!! The sound mix was excellent and i found myself shoulder bopping through out the set, as if trying to create some more room for myself inside the aforementioned drainpipe !! Standout tracks that go my shoulders bopping were ”Fascist Jock Itch” , ”DogShit” , ”VX Gas Attack”, ”Worlock” and ”The Choke”. The sound was strong and the vocals did not disappoint in any shape or manner, this was a fully rounded set!! It is a shame that i found the Ventenner set disappointing!! In my humble opinion the sound mix was terrible, there was no sound separation and the bass sounded too loud. I stood stage left left, then right and finally centre but the sound still sounded awful!! I think Ventenner are a good band, think NIN/Numan and the new album ”InVidia” is really good from what i have heard so far!! Track one is a screamer!!! I have seen them before at The Hope & Anchor in Islington and the sound there was a darn sight better!! maybe on this occasion the mix was slapdash so as to not upstage Skinny Puppy????”

”One other thing:- is there any chance Skinny Puppy T shirts could be made out of a better quality cotton?? A softer brushed cotton perhaps?? Just saying!!”

Skinny Puppy Set list:-

1:- Jahya

2:- Dogshit

3:- Fascist Jock Itch

4:- Death

5:- Tin Omen

6:- T.F.W.O.

7:- Curcible

8:- Hardset Head

9:- Village

10:- The Choke

11:- Worlock

12:- Killing Game

13:- Assimilate

14:- VX Gas Attack

15:- Candle

 

 

Links:-

http://skinnypuppy.com/

WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN 2017

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Venue:- The city Of Leipzig, Eastern Germany.

”Its that time of year again when the annual pilgrimage of Goths all converge on the city of Leipzig for 4 days of dark chicanery!! There will be bands, exhibitions, clubs, lectures, theatre and movies in over 50 venues across the four corners of the city. And there will be free travel on the trams and buses with your event pass as well, which means more bucks for your booze!!!! I will be here for a second time after an enjoyable jaunt last year. This year i shall get to see many new bands and old favourites and i’ll get to go to the venues i did not get to last year!! I said in a previous review that you need to go twice to get the full experience of the event plus the sights of Leipzig itself!! I remember last year getting lost a few times on the transport system and ending up taking a long trip to a venue that i could have gotten to more easily if only i’d taken a tram, ie The Felsenkeller. On the bright side i got to travel on a different rail line which will be handy for future use!! Who’s playing at this event i hear you ask!! Well we have a large assortment of sonic confectionery that includes The Mission, Desperate Journalist, Saigon Blue Rain, The Agnes Circle, VNV Nation, Revolting Cocks and Sex Gang Children to name but a few!! And of course loads of bands i’ve never heard of like Black Nail Cabaret and Bloody Dead and Sexy!! ” As of writing there are over 145 bands confirmed for this years festival, more will be added/or deleted as the events nears!! And again as of writing i do not know of what parties/clubs or DJ’s will be on the roster as yet but that should change over the coming days and weeks!!”

”Apart from the event the city of Leipzig has many things to keep you from descending into the cellar of boredom. You will probably have an exhibition at the central station, there is the Monument To The Battle Of Nations, The Panometer Leipzig, The Grassi Museum and if you are into football then there is the Redbull Arena!! There are Goths into football, i know cos i have met them : )”

See you there folks!!

Below are a few teasers for your aural delectation:-

LINKS:-

http://www.wgt-guide.de

http://www.sadgoth.com/overview-wgtfestival-prewgtmeeting.html

http://www.wave-gotik-treffen.de/english/info/info.php

http://www.hostelworld.com/findabed.php/ChosenCity.Leipzig/

https://www.facebook.com/events/122977274790719/

http://lostinleipzig.com/use-tram-bus/

http://www.bayerischer-bahnhof.de/en

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_to_the_Battle_of_the_Nations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leipzig

MORTIIS LIVE!!

Venue:-  Electrowerkz, London.

Date:- 18th March 2017

Band Members:-
Havard Ellefsen
Levi Gawron
Tim Van Horn

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”All i can say about this show was that it was a much better show than the previous show i saw last year at The Garage in Highbury Corner. This show should have been at the aforementioned venue but it was changed! I’m glad it was because sound mix was so much better! The set was as energetic as usual and workman like! Every note, every drumbeat every phrase of the vocals were on the money!! I thoroughly enjoyed the set and it’s energy and all three members of Mortiis exuded their own kind of charisma!!Most of the set was tracks from the latest Album called ”The Great Deceiver” Standout tracks for me include:- ”Too Little Too Late” , a piece of aural art that has the feel of a piece created using varying layers of different grade sandpaper, rough in places and as smooth as a finished door knob! The last 60 seconds is pure head nodding bliss!!  ”The Great leap” is another awesome track!! 1-2-3-4 THUMP 1-2-3-4 THUMP with a cheese wire sinew winding it’s way through the body, i have an image now of a body on kebab skewer flailing and thumping to the bass!! ”The Ugly Truth” is very Rob Zombie/Ministry, it has a ”Jesus Built My Hotrod” feel to it!! ”Demons Are Back” I’m burning up inside the demons are back!! This just sums up how  i feel today!! And this is the best medicine to purge!!! The whole track is a catharsis but from around 3 minutes 30 i start to feel the demons getting weaker…..”

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”it has been  a great privilege to see Mortiis twice in the past year, a great band that i hope to see more of in the future, especially at Wacken!!”

 

LINKS:-

https://www.facebook.com/officialmortiis/

All other links can  be found through the Facebook page.

VNV NATION LIVE!!

Venue:- The Scala, Kings Cross, London.

Date:- 26th February 2017

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”I am going to write this review without any research, just raw as it materialised from the inner parts of my brain!! I’ve not been to the Scala since the early part of this century and that was to see Brendan Perry, he of Dead Can Dance. It was packed then, it is packed to the rafters now!! I’ve known of the existence of VNV Nation since that latter stages of the 90’s but i have never consciously gravitated towards their music. Sure, i may have heard something at the Slimelight or The Electric Ballroom or Reptile but I’ve not done an internet search or sifted through their Cd’s in a music shop or been drawn towards their  stuff on Spotify etc!!  What can i say about them here? They are the musical equivalent of Black Forest Gateau!! i like Black Forest Gateau, if there is a BFG at a party i’ll gravitate towards it! i will cut myself a slice and consume with glee!! i will quiver at the sugar rush and then go back for  a second slice!! I will do that eye rolling thing and start bellowing ”oh, oh, oh my gosh!!” One mouthful into the third slice and i start to feel sick, the urge feeling in the back of the throat starts to assert itself so i have to put the plate down and walk away from the offending article!! That’s VNV Nation!! Pounding bass drum and textured synth filigree, but the vocals seem samey! i feel that there is no resolution when the vocals go off on a roll, i feel there is a build up of tension but no release!! i personally end up feeling frustrated, it’s like a good thing and getting too much of it, you know what i mean?? The vocalist is a showman though, he can work a crowd! He had the knack of rebooting flagging enthusiasm and getting the crowd to sing at various points. Also i was brought onside at the beginning when he said that people could film/photograph the show but don’t block the view of those who have spent good money to see a band and not see a QHD/AMOLED image of the band on a bloody smartphone screen!! i do find that annoying! Wardruna were saying the same thing when i saw them back in November i think it was, for the most part the crowd respected this request!! As an aside, the crowd were very polite tonight!! Apologising for getting in my way when i took photos, holding doors open, picking things up when i dropped them etc!!”

”To sum up i’d say that VNV Nation are a band that i will listen to on occasions but i do not thing they will become a favourite!!”

7/10

LINKS:-

https://www.facebook.com/VNVNation/

http://www.anachronsounds.de/

ROB ZOMBIE LIVE!!

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Venue:- The Kentish Town Forum, London.

Date:- 17th October 2016

 

”First off, I was bloody disappointed that I did not get a photopass!! But the person who was giving them out went to hospital  so obviously they had more important things to be attending to. I did however get in due to an amenable security guy ushering me in the back way and letting me blend into the crowd in an urgent manner!! The place was packed so I decided to stand near the bar stage right so I could leave my bags on the end of the bar!! I was surrounded all manner of people waiting for the action to start, Rob Zombie clones, tattooed rock chicks, spaced out dread heads and a clown!! The only place where clowns can’t be arrested at the moment, at a Rob Zombie gig!! So, I settled in,  bought a plastic stein of Carlsberg and readied myself!! With bright streaking lights and through a wail of screams, yelps and cheers Rob and band populate the stage and dive straight in to ”Last Of The Demons Defeated” from ”The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” album. I had not listened to this new album so all the tracks played were unfamiliar!! I did recognise ”Superbeast” , ”Dragula”, ”Living Dead Girl”,  ”More Human Than Human” and ”Thunderkiss 65” Personally ”More Human Than Human” was laboured vocally,  there was no stamina for the rap I felt, I didn’t feel satiated by it so I  didn’t enjoy it that much but The cover Of The Ramones ”Blitzkrieg Bop” and Alice Coopers ”Schools Out” were brilliant, the mix was right and the vocals paced like one wave following another!! There was an allusion to the US election ”But no one is talking about Alien Abduction!!” Rob says, the crowd cheers and then straight in to ”Well, everyone’s fucking in a UFO”, another track from the new album. These tracks don’t seem as strong as those from other efforts, Hopefully they’ll grow on me. Another great track on the night was ”Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga” from ”Venomous Rat Degeneration Vendor” Try singing that after a plastic stein of lager!! I did, I couldn’t lol!!”

 

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”This show was a stripped down show with none of the costumes worn at earlier events, just corpse paint, tee shirts and flairs, a few plastic aliens to lob into the crowd and some beach balls!! The lights were bloody bright though, shutter speeds of 1/300 or above would have stopped the action nicely, I tried to get some from where  I was standing near the bar, not bad but not good either as you can see!! The rest of the photos are from my phone which are equally rubbish!! But the event was recorded which is the main thing!!”

 

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”Anyway, to sum up, 1.5 hours of entertainment, some J5 riffing, plastic aliens and 2 encores, a good night!! I wasn’t keen on the t shirts though, not the price (£25) , if plain black cotton of a lighter gauge with just a small RZ embroidered logo was available I would definitely have bought one, that’s just me!!”

All in all a good show!!

 

4/5

Setlist

1:- The last of the Demons Defeated

2:-Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown

3:- Superbeast

4:- In the age of the Consecrated Vampire we all get High

5:- Demonoid Phenomenon

6:- Wild Thing

7:- Living Dead Girl

8:- Scum Of the Earth

9:- Well, everybody’s Fucking in a UFO

10:- More Human Than Human

11:- Never Gonna Stop

12:- The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore

13:- House Of a Thousand Corpses

14:- John 5 guitar solos

15:- Thunderkiss 65

16:- Schools Out

17:- Blitzkrieg Bop

18:- Thunderkiss 65 reprise

Encore 1

19:- Lords Of Salem

20:- Get your Boots on, That’s the end of Rock and Roll

Encore 2

21:- Dragula

22:- Meet The Creeper

23:- Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Raga Laga

24:- Sick Bubblegum

 

LINKS:-

 

http://robzombie.com/news/

 

 

LUXURY STRANGER & COLD IN BERLIN LIVE!!

Venue:- Nambucca, Holloway Road, London.

Date:- 24th September 2016

 

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”The sound was very good tonight, this was a good set!! There were a few people in the crowd who have been following the band for quite a while, but one of them was on stage playing bass, he was good he was! A different dynamic to the one I have been used to, no live drummer at the moment but the drum machine does it’s job! The vocals were as strong and  chocolatey  as usual, the bass accented, assertive and full! The new version of ”When The Lady Takes The Blame” is a prime example of this strength! The venue was not packed but there was a good crowd in, i’d say around 40 people!! Why Luxury Stranger are not playing to 100+ people on a regular basis is beyond me, they are one of the hardest working, dedicated and unpretentious bands around, playing gigs of around 100 minimum should be the norm!!!”

 

 

 

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”I have never seen Cold In Berlin before! I enjoyed the experience, they reminded me of Black Moth, a bit doom and shoegazey, Doomgaze i’d say!! The lead singer, Maya spent a lot of time performing in the audience which was tricky for me with photos, it was dark in amongst the crowd and I don’t use flash,  but both parties fed off of each other and the energy blew the to be mentioned rustiness off the surface!  I met Maya in the loo after and she said they were a bit rusty, I said that if that is what they sounded like rusty then what the hell do they sound like on top form!!? I will try and get to see them again when they play with Christian Death in October at the 02 Islington!!”

Both of these bands deserve your attention!!!

 

 

 

 

 

ANILAH

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Album:- Warrior

Release Date:- January 4th 2014

All Images:- Copyright Anilah

 

”Anilah is the solo project of Drea Drury, a solo artist based in Western Canada, the Selkirk Mountains to be exact! I came across Anilah yesterday whilst looking up Wardruna material, i noticed that they have both collaborated on a track called Warrior (revisited) which was released on January 22nd 2015. This is brilliant!! I am currently listening to the album in Cafe Nero and it certainly creates a buffer between me and my surroundings, i hardly notice that they are there!! This album is relaxing, space creating and thought provoking! I feel centred into myself with my feet firmly grounded to the floor, what others do or think is of no concern of mine, what is of concern is my own feelings for myself!! Very Shamanic, very Native American with Norse intermingled!! I am transported to a time when connection to the gods and spirits was more pronounced, where the connections between this world and the next were more fixed, more concrete!! For Musical signposts think Dead Can Dance, Clannad and the aforementioned Wardruna!!”

 

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All links can be found through Anilah’s Bandcamp page