(((O))) Category: Live

ARCTANGENT, 2019 • SATURDAY

Cult of Luna, Caspian, Meshuggah – ArcTanGent’s superb if soggy Saturday line-up was nigh on exhausting. Gaz Cloud donned the wellies and squelched his way through a muddy but magnificent 11 bands in 12 hours.

ArcTanGent, 2019 • Thursday–Friday

“If you see me at ArcTanGent this weekend – remind me that I hate camping and festivals and to never do it again. Thanks” That was my Facebook status update on August 14, 2019. Three days later and my mind was changed completely. . . About one of those things. . .

VAMPILLIA • VMO – STEREO, GLASGOW

There’s a point after the show where someone is overheard stating that what they had just witnessed is “the future of music”, and that doesn’t seem far off. Vampillia are avant-garde with purpose: a collection of like-minded and immensely talented musicians who have somehow found each other and let us join in the magic.

Russian Circles – Garage G2, Glasgow

Tonight is an exceptional performance even by the band’s own demanding standards. Considering how it must seem to the casual bystander that they can do no wrong these days, it’s good to know that they’re still capable of meeting expectations head-on and maybe even surpassing them.

Green Man Festival 2019

Green Man remains a gathering of like-minded, wonderful people – people who care for others, care for this earth we live on, and care for the utterly gorgeous music and art that makes the festival so special.

Living Colour – Sub89, Reading

Living Colour provided more than a simple exercise in nostalgia, but a true masterclass of how to put on an intimate live performance that demonstrates they are still one of the best in the business.

Festival Preview: ArcTanGent 2019 – Saturday

Here’s the lowdown on all the main players, plus a few recommendations from around the site, for the third and final day of this year’s ArcTanGent festival.

Festival Preview: ArcTanGent 2019 – Thursday & Friday

Chris Nicholls chooses his Battles and gets his Birds in Row as he previews the incredible line-ups on Thursday and Friday at ArcTangent 2019.

Supersonic Festival, 2019 – Birmingham

In Part 2 of our review of Supersonic 2019, Gavin Brown shares his Friday and Saturday highlights…

Supersonic Festival 2019 – Birmingham

In the first of a two-part series, Jared Dix finds a circle of musical life in his overview of Birmingham’s burgeoning Supersonic Festival.

The Body – Broadcast, Glasgow

Chip King has a howl that could break lead down at the molecular level . . . but there’s usually a balance of beauty and torture to drive the futility of it all home a little harder. Typically, that contrast derives from those they choose to collaborate with but in a live environment, that isn’t always feasible. So what to do? As it turns out, kill ‘em all.

Ministry • 3TEETH • Grave Lines – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

I never saw Ministry back in the ‘80s, so I can’t tell you how this compares to their heyday shows. But tonight – an extravagant, gonzo barrage of angry political sloganeering, tightly-controlled sonic mayhem, and pantomime theatrics – makes the reason for their longevity clear.

Neurosis • Godflesh • Yob – O2 Forum, Kentish Town

The first thing I’m struck by, seeing Neurosis proper for the first time, is the power of Steve Von Till’s vocals. He has a fine voice for baritone ballads, but damn can the man bellow when he wants to! The second thing that strikes me is the quality of their lyrics – not something I focus on all that often in extreme metal, it has to be said, especially when watching bands live. 

Thou – Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow

While songs like ‘Transcending Dualities’ and ‘Sovereign Self’, which manifest tonight as eldritch monoliths of funereal doom, prove disarmingly effective at stripping away emotional barriers through distortion and volume alone, Bryan Funck’s voice is enough to push anyone over the edge. He constantly looms over the mic, his screech like a demon’s death rattle, dripping pain from each syllable, and as he periodically peels off layers of clothing, you can feel the intensity racking up.

Zig-Zags – Our Black Heart, Camden

Zig-Zags only increase the temperature with an enormously exhilarating set on a hot and humid summer’s night in Camden..

BABYMETAL – O2 Academy, Brixton

There have been arguments about the legitimacy of Babymetal since they were jettisoned into the stratosphere, but those are arguments are both reductive and redundant. They are what they purport themselves to be – a highly manufactured hit machine oiled with a killer song-writing team behind them and wired with a solid-gold gimmick.

Wild Paths Festival 2019, Norwich

Get up down and across to Norwich this October because Wild Paths Festival is going to be a buzz!

GosT • ORAX – Underworld, London

It’s probably because I come to this as a metaller rather than a clubber or a gamer that I’m intrigued about exactly how this will operate in the live environment. Metallers are used to standing and watching the band, maybe moshing a bit. Clubbers are used to dancing, chatting and occasionally giving props to the DJ for dropping a massive tune. So how will the two mix, in the Underworld, on a wet rainy Wednesday?

Festival Review: Roadburn Festival 2019

With a bit of delay, here is Sander van den Driesche’s review of the recent Roadburn Festival.

Gojira – O2 Academy, Brixton

Technical glitches aside this was a triumph for Gojira, playing a packed Academy to a rapturous reception.

Haru Nemuri – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London

Haru Nemuri draws from the wax of classic hip hop, spitting emotion, and hazy dreams to a warm turntable in a similar way to dälek or Melt-Banana. This is pop music for the weird generation; Britney Spears for the vaporwave crowd.

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