Metal To The Masses Heat 3

Venue:- Nambucca, Holloway Road, London, UK.

Unheard Before The Wake:- Melodic Death Metal

Bad Frankenhausen:- Heavy Metal

Xelas:- Melodic Death Metal

Mercury Rising:- Hard Rock  (Did not see)

”Four Bands playing short sets of around 3/4 songs and then they wait to see who has been voted into the next round by the crowd and judges! I have not seen or heard of any of the bands on tonight’s bill but i did enjoy Xelas and Unheard Before The Wake, very Cradle Of Filth/Dimmu Borgir etc!”

 

Bad Frankenhausen

Bad Frankenhausen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unheard Before The Wake

Unheard Before The Wake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unheard Before The Wake

Unheard Before The Wake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unheard Before The Wake

Unheard Before The Wake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xelas

Xelas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINKS:-

https://www.facebook.com/unheardbeforethewake/info/?tab=page_info

http://unheardbeforethewake.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/badfrankenhausenband/info

http://badfrankenhausen.bandcamp.com/music

https://www.facebook.com/xelas.band

http://xelasband.bandcamp.com/releases

 

 

 

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Lifelover, Hypothermia, Eye Of Solitude and Kall

Venue:- Nambucca, Holloway Road, Islington, London.

 

 

 

LifeLover

LifeLover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I was supposed to go to Hastings tonight to see Dave Roca of The Underrunners play a solo acoustic set at The Carlisle Pub but due to circumstances I won’t allude to here I did not go! So to fill my time I thought I’d take the short trip from my home up to Nambucca on Holloway Road to listen to some black metal. Tonight’s event was promoted by Old Empire and Cult Never Dies and all of the bands I’ve not seen before apart from Eye Of Solitude. I missed Kall because I was still phaffing about going to Hastings but once I had finished phaffing I got to Nambucca whilst Eye Of Solitude were onstage! I paid £20 to get in which is £13 more than I’d usually pay to see a band at this venue but the place was packed, I’d say that there were around 150+ people there, the bands obviously were worth paying for I assumed! Getting to the stage to take photos was going to be a chore so I stood at the side of the stage to watch Eye Of Solitude.

 

Hypothermia

Hypothermia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this point I will say that the music played was in the vein of Burzum, Gorgoroth and Dark Throne for all the bands, sparse, dark and atmospheric, think of a Billy Brandt photography or Ansel Adams, variations on tones from dark black through greys to pure white! Hypothermia had sparse vocals but when used the effect was to accent, to remind or to emphasis the mood in the music! I felt hypnotized in places and in need of a pick me up due to soporific effects and in other places I felt invigorated, fully lucid! There was an incident when Hypothermia started their set, all dressed in what looked like Hessian shrouds, when an audience member took one of the candles off of the stage and started waving it about, the vocalist kicked said audience member and told him to fuck off out of the venue! He then took of his shroud and got even more irritated with this person who eventually left the stage area! To be honest I was looking forward to a fight!! I was standing on a bench stage left so would have had an ideal view of the violence! That was not the end of it, there was more to come when Livelover came onstage!

 

Eye Of Solitude

Eye Of Solitude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From their Facebook page I see that the vocalist is called ( )! Yes ( ), dressed like a slaughter man who had just finished work and who wanted to express his thoughts of the day by getting up onstage and purging until he could purge no more! Now a punter is getting angry at a person wondering through the crowd wearing a balaclava, he knocks a pint glass into said punters face and said punter is losing his composure! He goes for him, said man in balaclava removes it and says “back off” or “fuck off!” I’m not sure which. There was calm  for a few tracks and then said punter starts his whining all over again! Whilst this goes on the band play on oblivious to what we going on! Balaclava man’s friends defend him from this guy who I can now see resembles a pissed Uruk Hai, he disappears never to return! Balaclava man ends up onstage eventually death grunting through a few tracks and the crowd seem to appreciate what was going on, was he a band member? Or was he a fan given  privileged stage time? I don’t know, some more research is warranted!! I shall research later, to sum up I’ll say that I had an enjoyable evening!!”

”I have done some research!! Balaclava man is either band member LR  or member 1853, both of whom were in the original line up when they formed in 2005. Their biog on Reverbnation states that they both contribute ”Random Elements”

“A trip to Hastings would have been nice though!!!!!”

 

LINKS:-

https://www.facebook.com/lifeloverofficial

http://www.lifelover.se/

https://www.facebook.com/Vemodsorkestern

http://www.unjoy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/eyeofsolitudeband

http://www.eyeofsolitude.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kallofficial

 

 

Cult Of Fire, Saturnalia & Shrines And Skan

Venue:- The Boston Music Rooms, Tufnell Park, London, UK.

Tonights musical supper consisted of three bands i have not seen before and one that i had. The one that i wanted to see came on stage at 7pm and i was still at home getting ready!! Slightly annoyed that i was made aware that Skan were coming on five minutes before they took to the stage, i wish promoters would put stage times up hours before showtime and not minutes before, it would be a great help!! Anyway, i arrived at the venue 45 minutes later and paid my £20 ticket fee! I was expecting the same price as online but i was not in the mood to argue!! The venue was pretty busy, not packed but i’d say around two thirds full. I have not been to this venue before either, i quite like it, it’s easily accessible from the street and near to bus stops and Tufnell Park Tube, getting back to Kings Cross is easy if you have come from outside London.

The band onstage when i arrived was Shrines, i’ve seen them before at Metal To The Masses, they played a good set at the  Purple Turtle from what i can recall but i am not very familiar with them to be honest and did not see much of their set tonight, i’ll do my research and post on them at a later date!!

 

Saturnalia Temple

Saturnalia Temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Next up were Saturnalia Temple! Again a new band for me, first impressions, Burzum and Sabbath like in places, indefinable in others!! very acidic and sludgy and i get the image of wading through knee deep mud that suddenly descends to the ankles facilitating easy progress forward towards the next puddle of knee deep mud!! I am loving ”MARCH OF GHA’AGSHEBLAH”, ”TO THE OTHER” and ”CROWNED WITH SEVEN”, other tracks are a bit hard going and hit and miss, i’d have to be really in the right frame of mind to get through this album in one go without bashing my head against the nearest lamp post!!They had a drummer that was not visible initially so i thought they were a 2 piece with a drum machine, ha! metal with a drum machine?? Yeah but Varg Vikernes composed a lot of Burzums stuff using keyboards and a drum machines whilst in prison for murder!! Until i went and stood on a bench to the right of the stage and i could see light glint off the cymbals!! The closer to the stage i was the more the drummer became invisible!! Especially when you are crouching down to get a decent shot and waterfalls of hair come cascading over my head stinging my hands with whip like efficiency!! The tracks mentioned above come from Saturnalia Temples recent album ”TO THE OTHER” So if you’d like to go check it out then go to Bandcamp, the links will follow below!!

 

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2243590816/size=large/bgcol=333333/linkcol=0f91ff/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

 

Cult Of Fire

Cult Of Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Finally, after the setting up of altars and the lighting of candles and incense Cult Of Fire take to the stage!! They are from the Czech Republic! There were many Czechs in the front row jostling for position in front of some very imposing crossed scythes! First impressions? Very striking and very imposing and very mysterious!! Think Darth Maul crossed with Benedictine Monks! This was not merely a gig, it was a ceremony, a ritual, a gathering of the energies, a transcendental experience!! Something to savour from a distance for me i think and not at the front of a busy crowd jostling for position. This was tantric sex for the ears albeit with a bit of chafing but if the overall experience was rewarding then whats the problem with a bit of chafing?? I bought their album ”Death tapasi anudhyana” after the gig and i have been playing it to death, if you like Nepalese imagery entwined with occultish themes then you may like this!! Check Cult Of Fire out on Bandcamp!!”

 

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=552685332/size=large/bgcol=333333/linkcol=0f91ff/tracklist=false/transparent=true/

 

LINKS:-

 

https://www.facebook.com/Cult-Of-Fire

https://www.facebook.com/saturnaliatemple

https://www.facebook.com/shrinesofficial