Tsjuder, Eastern Front, Necro-Ritual, Premature Birth
@ The Garage, Highbury, London
February 14th 2015
Review by Jarod Lawley
Photography by Graham Hilling
Videos by Jo Blackened
A highly awaited presence like Tsjunder comes rarely to the UK nowadays, so to see The Highbury Garage packed out by the black t-shirted mob is no surprise.
Band of Londoners, Premature Birth (3.5/5) open up the evening successfully.
Despite the death metal connotations their logo, name and general aesthetics give, I’m surprised by their melodic, keyboard driven black metal style.
An awfully muddy sound mix pays them no dues, but struggling on the five members manage to show promise and prove to be a delightfully fitting support act for the night.
A concluding cover of Satyricon’s “Mother North” weaves well into their melodic, chaotic tapestry of songs and sounds.
Necro-Ritual (2.5/5) have probably been on the eyes of everyone who keeps on the lookout for local underground talent, but tonight their attempt to impress really fails.
Vocalist Corseth’s style defecates(in the worst possible way) over what would otherwise just be a very run-of-the-ill, Watain-sounding generic BM band.
The UK crew obviously worship at a 90s Gorgoroth inspired altar, but should certainly have homed their skills before performing to the public; I believe this advice comes about twelve years too late though.
Warmongers Eastern Front (4/5) are clearly a band that many have turned out to see, as their belligerent display bellows across the venue like the roaring of guns.
“Retribution Sky” proves to be a sufficient crowd stirrer, as does the blisteringly quick audience favourite, “Ghouls of Leningrad”.
The band doesn’t seem to be on the top gear tonight as they normally do, and a four song short set feels disappointing, but their war-torn theatrics and dastardly on stage presence still turns up trumps and leaves most impressed and wanting more.
The arrival of Norwegian legends Tsjuder (4/5), (please note, this is pronounced Shoo-der) is a massively anticipated one, being one of the few band from the Norwegian 90s crop to have left Britain’s shores untouched.
Taking time away from the studio to grace us with their presence, the band give no interviews, instead thanking the fans for their loyalty and devotion during the over 20 year wait by giving a meet and greet session for all those who eagerly waited outside in the cold North London drizzle.
Storming dominantly onto the stage, with Nag’s impressive stature being certainly noteworthy, the trio appear blood soaked and spike-covered.
Launching into opener “The Deamon Throne” their sound is amphetamine fuelled, chaotically perfect and more than typical of their Oslo-ilk.
A rare sight at a BM gig, a mosh pit, and not just a small one, erupts quickly, as audience members get flung about ruthlessly, accompanied by the onslaught of tracks from records “Legion Helvete” and “Kill For Satan”.
Death defying speeds enrapture all in attendance as the whirlwind of blast beats and flurry of classic riffing continues to build and build with no repent.
A feeling of suspense is given by the encore, and the unwritten, spontaneous closing cover of Mayhem’s “Deathcrush” is an absoloute devastator, roaring up the biggest atmosphere the venue will see for a long, with true Norwegian black metal spirit.