Ghost & Gojira with The Defiled & Feed the Rhino
@ Brixton Academy
24th March 2013
Review by Ashlinn Nash
Photography by Graham Hilling
The theme of most Jagermiester tours is that of the eclectic, mixing a variety of bands together that make for an interesting and diverse show. Ranging in style with previous line ups with bands such as Skindred, Therapy? , Black Spiders, Slayer and Korn among others. Tonight the line up diversity is no different, with bands from Feed the Rhino right up to the occult heavy Ghost. The Brixton academy’s lush interior dripped in Jagermiester banners, along with a crowd clutching as many Jagermiester shots as possible, all ready for a metal party.
The gig kicked off with Feed the Rhino [3.5/5]
They were brought to the stage by an excitement roar over a drum &bass intro, as this faded out it was soon replaced by the high octane of the five piece from Kent.
Welcoming the small at the start, crowd into their combination of metal-core music and harsh vocals blending, that gravitated the crowd into their show.
Growing in popularity through the set they’re a band that’s not for everyone, but they know how to open a show with success.
After a short but engaging set, the evening’s entertainment is shifted to The Defiled [3.5/5] who have just been signed!
The London based five piece, start tonight with most recent single “sleeper” as the band arrived onto stage as a battalion all in customised uniform.
The mixture of chaotic and melodic work well live as they delivered a collection of songs from the 2011 release; “Grave Times”, all with an animated style from ghoulish ballerina’s to walking around with the keyboards.
The defiled brought a range of great stage work, which brought the crowd into a “good old fashion bounce” pit with their innovative style of industrial and metallic cross over that carried the crowd into an energetic frenzy.
Ending the set with “Call to arms” which called for a united, sing-a-long that even members of the audience who’d only heard the song that night where engaged by the performance as the band proved to be as impressive live as they are on CD.
As I Drown
Call To Arms
As soon as the cheers died down a certain new buzz of excitement filled the air, as the crowd began to grow denser for Gojira [4/5].
The French native four piece, arrived on stage to be greeted with a new stage show, an alit backdrop of LED’s splashed like a sea of stars behind the all familiar artwork of “L’Enfant Sauvage”, as a wooden projection piece.
The band tonight, who are filming the show went for a al familiar choice of set list with the performance of tracks from the hugely popular “From Mars to Sirius” and most recent release; “L’Enfant Sauvage”.
“The Child lies inside all of us, we need to protect it” announcement from Joe opens title track “L’Enfant Sauvage” with the visual projections on the album art stage display, ties in the nature of the wild child and the dynamic themes of the bands lyrical content.
The band who are small on communication with the band vocally, make a big impact with the music, and make the most of the crowds willingness to mosh.
Winning the crowd’s attention with swapping of the Duplantier brothers, while Joe took to the drumming duties and Mario switched to throat wrenching growls and guitar, impressive musicianship was seen.
Ending the set with “the Gift of guilt” with impressive applause, the band who have show colossal efforts not only in their musicianship, with an impressive drum solos and guitar dynamics but also the new stage arrangements the audience into the new style of Gojira’s live performance.
The French metal master’s performance tonight has been a truly impressive show; they are a band that continuously grows in strength with every gig under their belts.
The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
Toxic Garbage Island
The Gift of Guilt
An enigmatic shift in the atmosphere as Ghost [4/5] address the large projection on the stage of a church’s stain glass window, the band tonight clad entirely in black, except for the Papa, who in green and black begins the ritual.
It’s a swift departure from the speed and adrenaline from Gojira, but Ghost soon cast the crowd into their ominous trance-like spell.
Opening with “Infestissumam” from the upcoming same titled album, flourishes excitement into the crowd, as dry ice filed in like a smoke blessing. “Con Clavi Con Dio” from the band’s first album: “Opus Eponymous” crackled over the speakers with nods of excitement, and claps as the familiar track played.
Carrying on the preceding with “Prime mover” and the popular Blue oyster cult/Classic rock sounding occult classic “Elizabeth”.
Ending the evening with “Monstrance Clock” the mostly silent Papa breaks with some comedy announcing mid-song “come on guys it’s a song about fucking”.
Concluding as the Papa walked around the band and addressed each member with silent recognition and applause for each.
The band’s performance lives up with cult name they’ve carved for themselves with the slick precision of dynamics and well oiled playing.
From the lush and stage filling display of church stained glass window, to the ghoulish members of the band, right down to the entire crowd feel under the spell of the band’s leader Papa Emeritus, as the nights show of rich rhythmical dynamics drew to a close.
Masked Ball (Jocelyn Pook song)
Per Aspera ad Inferi
Con Clavi Con Dio
Stand by Him