Behemoth and Cradle of Filth
at Kentish Town Forum , London
10th February 2014
Review by Ashlinn Nash
Photography by Jo Blackened
The weather has darkened, the north winds have arrived with an Arctic chill and that’s just outside the Kentish Town forum this evening. The venue itself is preparing for an onslaught of the deepest and most violent creatures it has seen for a long time, with bands from the black , death and gothic genres of metal with ballistic beats, harrowing screams and brutality that can only come from the most skilled of lyrical poetic masterminds.
Due to being engaged in an interview back stage with tonight’s very own In solitude, we sadly missed the first band; Svarttjern, but did however manage to hear some ferocious lead lines, stunning growls and thundering clasps of percussion from behind the stage. Interview can be viewed here: In solitude Interview.
After a quick wander around the venue, to see the delicious merchandise selection, compiling of what felt like a small alternative market, with fine art inscriptions embellished over t-shirts, and a variety of fine wearable goods with that hint of public acceptable sultry satanic messages with of course some not quite suitable for church along with stickers, pendants and anything a little bit different – what’s not to like.
Inquisition [3.5/5] quickly take to the stage – to an audience expecting a larger band.
The metal outfit themselves started as a thrash band – after having a name change and band member departure and of course a genre change, the two piece here are a tyrant of a band. Working their way through an adrenaline laced set.
They themselves are small in number but didn’t let this daunt them against the large stage and used it rather to advantage, with wild and generous stage movement the leading man kept the audience engaged and pumped throughout the set using the arsenal of their ability to sound triple the size of their physical appearance.
Concluding with a set of six quick fire song ventures, including ; “crush the Jewish Prophet” and “Infinite interstellar genocide”. It’s no wonder that the crowd were struck in awe.
With a short break to refuel the talk around the venue quickly turned to the next choice on the bill, being Sweden’s In Solitude [3/5] a mysterious five-piece, who have brought with them the cryptic poetry of latest album “sister”.
The band now on their third release since initial beginnings in 2002, [formally Random Raiders].
With a quick bound on to the Forums stage to a barrage of horns and excitement the audience is ready to be open minded and be submerged in the world of sullen and dark textured musical compositions.
Throughout the set there are noticeable waves of deep brooding lyrics, bass lines with melodic sadness and drums that set a breathing heartbeat of behind the morose moments of the set giving a soundtrack to the quintessentially emotional dialogue.
With a pendulum propulsion and resemblance to the early ventures of My Dying Bride and the tormented poetry of Nick Cave in the bad seed days with of course their own developed sound too by the end of the set they have proven to be an alluring attempt at the extravagant.
The chants and rumbles have begun, as phones have been checked for stage times, drinks have been bought and crush to get a closer look at Cradle of Filth [4/5] has begun.
Broaching the stage with a sheer power that resembles a sonic experience equivalent to being punched with the drunken spell of a devil Dionysus and excepting the whimsical tales of Gothic reprise as normal.
Working through the set of wild themes of bridal whores, battle hymns and lustful poetry of Lovecraft which have all in turn passed the lips of the high scream master, Dani Filth.
With a stage performance consisting of a beautiful audio visual experience series of projections that adorn a collection of montage versions of the original videos for each song delivered.
Other visual treats included,a horned keyboardist, a devilish front man full of energy, a rhythm section providing the delicate balance between being a distraction from the submersion of the rest of the activity.
The band’s live performance is defiantly as important as giving the audience the sonic experience they deserve with a desire for the audience to experience more than just a few horns in the air as participation from them.
Playing classic pieces such as “Born in a burial gown”, “Her ghost in the fog”, “summer dying fast” and of course the always delightful “Nymphetamine [fix]” the tracks sound sublime as the set.
Concludes with a triumph of wailing sounds like crushed velvet over simmering over cryptic messages and incantations of the imagination, an speechless crowd, as the masters of English metal leave that stage.
The audience now in full swing is prepared for the concluding onslaught, of something more sinister, wicked, evil and probably lovely in real life. The juggernauts known as Behemoth [5/5] the slick, hard laced performers from Poland; a household name for those with a brutal incline. The dark demons of death metal are back in full flight.
With a stage filled with back ground delights of a over-sized banner, the beautifully crafted black silhouetted microphone stands and of course the band themselves, a sensory splendor indeed.
Adorned in dark ash robes with grey slight highlights on their faces, a hushed silence as the charismatic front man begins the serpent sermon.
Nergal; meaning solar deity according to Hebrew texts, defiantly lives up to his name during his warm lit illumination speeches, fire ball energy and blisteringly impressive performance throughout the set.
With strong waves of crowd activity, deep crashing tones and of course the blistering power of behemoth is always a site to behold. Working though songs such as “Slaves shall serve” which was surprisingly a death metal sing-along, “conquer all”, “Christians to the lions” among others all delivered with a range of almost choreographed stage moves of veins of aesthetic perfect.
Concluding with the menacing magnificence number : “o Father O satan o sun”. It’s easy to be quickly blown away by the sheer geomagnetism of the bands persona shown here tonight. As the brilliant Behemoth leave to an upheaval of upset and hunger for more, another successful set under their belts, the crowd and performers left the venue sweat drenched happy.
It’s always interesting to hear new music live, especially when most of the bands have had new albums within the last year, it has certainly been a evening of discovery.
Along with being a rich display of the eclecticism of package tours, encompassing a bit for everyone, the show has been thoroughly enjoyable.
Behemoth set list
1. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
2. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
3. Conquer All
4. Decade of Therion
5. As Above So Below
6. Slaves Shall Serve
7. Christians to the Lions
8. Driven by the Five-Winged Star
9. The Satanist
10. Ov Fire and the Void
11. Alas, Lord Is Upon Me
12. Furor Divinus
13. At the Left Hand ov God
14. Chant for Eschaton 2000
15. O Father O Satan O Sun!