Batushka, Schammasch and Trepaneringritualen LIVE!!

”That Fucking gig was probably one of the best i’ve ever went to!!”

”I’m going to their next gig in London, whenever that is!!”

”My friend said the above!! She has summed up my experience in a nutshell!! That gig was brilliant. The first act on were called Trepaneringritualen, this was a slow ponderous introspective set that at times felt like i was having my intestines pulled from my body, twisted and then wrapped around a gnarled tree. This reminded me of Skinny Puppy/Throbbing Gristle and Performed by a Swedishman from Gotland going by the name of Th.oth XIX and his gadgets, i got the feel of the performance and when i was not having my guts twisted and wrapped around trees it felt soporific, something i could have been more attentive too if i was not standing in amongst a crowd of strangers constantly shifting my weight from one leg to the other to alleviate the aches!! This gave me the feeling of some prehistorical ritual staged in a cave, paintings all over the walls and fire burning in the centre of things, smoke billowing upwards , orange embers floating in the heated updraft. Figures with bones and shrouded in furs sit transfixed by the hypnotic proceedings take journeys into the other world to coax out answers to the mysteries of life. This can be a healing experience if given the chance…”

And then there was Schammasch…

”First we had a shaman and next we have monk priests who conduct the second act of the liturgy replete with candles and incense to invoke the spirits of anticipation and to fine tune the atmosphere. I have been listen to The Maldoror Chants at home and this gives an idea of what to expect at a Schammasch live show!! Big, The album is inspired by a  surrealist/Misanthropic book written  in the late 1860’s by The Comte De Lautremont and is about a character who denounces god and conventional morality! If this was a photograph i’d liken it to a melding of Horst P Horst, Billy Brandt and Ansel Adams. The tones and colours are deep blacks through to bright whites with muted colours to accent. The drums are heavy  and menacing and demand attention and the guitars set the hairs on the back of your neck on edge. The production is not over done, but what is there is put together in just about the right proportions to evoke the feelings i expect are intended!!There are sludgy moments interspersed with simple but effective riffing that succeed in getting across the feeling of menace, dread, transgression, the ”warped” joy of transgression and the cathartic transformation of being!! Schammasch hail from Switzerland just like Triptykon and  i find them sounding similar to them in places which isn’t a bad thing to soud like in my view!!”

”Batushka, the Coptic ”anti Popes” are the final act on tonight’s bill of Triptych entertainment!! They were the crescendo of this experience, hailing from Poland, being somewhat mysterious is as much as i know of this band at the moment along with the fact that Batushka means ”Father” in Cyrillic and the chanting  is a subversion of Russian Orthodox Traditions, or so I’ve read. What Schammasch did Batushka cranked it up a notch further. This was dark Orthodox Mass with lecterns and sensors and candles galore. Another demand on the attention which was given without reserve. You could feel the awe and admiration in the room, The music is not overtly technical in my view but it is well produced and put together in the right proportions!! Everything is choreographed according to its place and point in the proceedings and nothing seemed to be there for no reason. The point was to seduce the senses and keep hold of your attention until the ritual has run its course and at the end you are not thinking ”Is that it??” When i  left i  felt like i had been fortified by something incorporeal, like a dose of cosmic Vitamin D.”

”Like my friend said, I’m going to their next gig in London, whenever that is!!”

9/10

https://trepaneringsritualen.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Trepaneringsritualen/about

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Batushkaband/about

https://batushka.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/SCHAMMASCH/about

https://schammasch.bandcamp.com/

 

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MY DYING BRIDE LIVE!!

Venue:- The Islington Assemby Rooms, Upper Street, Islington, London, UK

Date:- 31/3/2016

All Photos:- ©ClaudiaBlack2016

 

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”The Islington Assembly Rooms are very convenient! I live just a 10 minute walk away so if anything worth seeing is happening at this venue i can get there quickly and the bonus is if i get too drunk i can roll in my front gate hahaha! The building is built in the art deco style and has been in use since the 1930’s. The building is used for weddings, private functions, jumble sales, political events and of course bands. I like the venue, it’s pleasing to the eye, big but not cavernous and when filled there is a good atmosphere. What is also handy is the fact that there is a bus stop next to the venue that takes you to The Angel/King X/The West End and there are a few pubs opposite handy for a post gig drink or two. Or there is also The Hope & Anchor up the road if more live music is what you crave! Tonight my visit was to see metal Legends My Dying Bride who i was seeing for the first time. First up were 40 watt Sun who i never saw so this is all i can write about them, and Oceans Of Slumber, a Texas based female fronted band that sound like metal, like jazz, like hard rock, a fusion of differing ingredients that are performed with virtuoso skill! They can play i tell you, they can play!! I have listened to their music online and it is definitely worth delving into more deeply, unfortunately the sound in the venue did not do them justice in my opinion and the atmosphere was a bit flat from the crowd, it was lacking in enthusiasm, Polite applause was the order of the day, the crowd saving their energy and enthusiasm for the main attraction. And guess what? The sound quality for the main attraction improved considerably with the click of a finger! No longer thin but rich and booming, the sound filled the auditorium like musical treacle flowing and then covering all in its path! I was instantly hooked and drawn into the MDB experience. I love the mix of dark but clean vocals interspersed with the guttural unclean version. I particularly liked the track ”Erotic Literature”! I can’t remember how much i paid for the ticket but it was worth it!! I left the venue contented!!!”

 

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Oceans Of Slumber

Oceans Of Slumber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Dying Bride Setlist:-

1:- Your River

2:- From Darkest Skies

3:- And My Father Left For Ever

4:- My Body, a Funeral

5:- Feel The Misery

6:- The Raven Wings

7:- The Prize Of Beauty

8:- Erotic Literature

9:- To Shiver In Empty Halls

10:- The Cry Of Mankind

11:- She Is The Dark

12:- Like A Perpetual Funeral

 

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LINKS:-

https://www.facebook.com/My-Dying-Bride-Official-uk

http://www.mydyingbride.net

http://www.40wattsun.com

 

http://www.oceansofslumber.com

 

http://www.islington.gov.uk/assemblyhall/about-us/Pages/default.aspx

TOY Live At The Islington Assembly Rooms, 24/3/2015

 

 

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”Another big event venue less than 5 minutes away from my front door, a venue i have walked past on many occasions, a venue i associate with council meeting, AGM’s and the like but for the first time ever i actually set foot into. You enter the venue from Upper Street to be greeted by a balcony, look left and you see the stage which is at a right angle to the street. There is something about the atmosphere which is totally different to other gigs i have been to. In fact it does have the air of a council meeting and not a music event at all. The lights remain on at all times, there is no lingering odour of stale sweat and dry ice is none existent. This is not surprising really because the event was put on by ”Attitude is Everything” to promote accessibility to music for deaf and disabled people. There was good turn out but not enough to fill the balcony so that was left to a few people with video cameras. There were two support bands on the bill,Hulkenburg which i missed and Hatcham Social. I wasn’t really paying much attention to them, i only wanted to see TOY!! But they did sound a bit like The The and Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians. I was reminded of a Christian band trying to rock out and i half expected a compere to walk out onstage after their set and say ” Weren’t they a great band? Lets give thanks to Jaysus!!” And just at that moment Kanya West walked up to the mike!! Hahaha only kidding!! TOY were the reason i was here so lets talk about them! I’ve never heard of them before tonight (Why, should i have?)But i did have a quick listen to their most recent album ”Join The Dots” on Spotify before i left home and i enjoyed it! They sound like Loop, anyone remember Loop? A stoner/sludge rock band from the late 80’s early 90’s? I did not like the sound in the venue though, it did not do the band justice in my opinion, perhaps that had something to do with the fact that the balcony was empty so the sound lacked a certain fullness, in fact it sounded tinny at times. This is of course my opinion, other reviewers are free to disagree!!”

 

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”The other gripe i have is that the bar had no Guinness or Porter in stock and i got £1.50 change from a tenner for 2 bottles of ale!! I went to a Weatherspoons afterwards for a nightcap and two pints of ale cost less than £6 in comparison! Back to TOY! i’ll see them again sometime in the future but the lights will be down!!”

3/5

 

 

www.toy-band.com