Gorgoroth & Vital Remains
@ The Garage, London
6th April 2014
Review and Photos by Ashlinn Nash
The Garage queue is a lively one, with patch jackets, studs, spikes and of course the traditional array of faces adorning white face paint with variants of Carpathian forest to Watain inspired styles, all in all nothing short of a Peter Beste Picture book. Excitement and attention has been brought to The garage, let’s just hope it’s ready for it.
With most bands line ups it is incredibly rare to be taken aback by how exciting and fresh a first band sounds. Ethereal [4/5] are just that, with a larger than life sound that rocks and shudders The Garage into Submission.
The Satanically slick five piece from Liverpool, are a chaotically enjoyable ensemble with the full stage show experience, consisting of brandishing themselves in corpse paint, stage banners, dry ice and a devilish charm all complimented by the grand orchestration of tracks from newest album “opus aethereum”.
The band brings a barbaric sound that is nothing short of passively aggressive laced with fiery tendencies, over all they are a superb piece of enjoyable extreme metal.
To the now warmed up crowd, Ageless Oblivion [3/5] have a hard act to follow, come to the stage with a unique blend of death metal, esoteric and collectively refined power crunch. With great excursion and powerful crunching vocals, thundering bass lines all complimented with the blistering drum kicks and guitar licks and attitude that encompasses the modern metal sound.
After a brilliantly dark blackened heaviness and sound extravagances between hurls and bombastic fire in the belly passion for music. In comparison to the opening act; the four piece are a transcendence that swishes and swirls across the room and fills it with majestic magnitude, and is one that strips away the need for the theatrics and creates something more traditional and of course simple, classic and stunning.
No wonder they won over the crowd with a submersion and a sublime ending.
It’s not long before the crowd begin to get restless waiting for something that calls for another high octane adventure. Packed with the energy of a thousand tyrants, Vital Remains [3.5/5] are perfect for the job, as the band hits the stage without a moment’s hesitation, with a vocal duality between the bassist and front man’s style is far from the grotesque.
With a set that is Blistering with a rich, textured, chaotic and cryptic sound that has an embellishment of dark and darker, forming the rich power play of roughness that boosts a balance of rich laced strained beauty, encapsulated with a surrounding whirl of horrific guitar chords, huge vocals and solid thunderous tunes that work with ease.
The Five piece’s front man who commanded multiple walls of death and pits, along with many points of crowd broaching and hardcore punk-esque stage presence, concluding the set of fabulous strength and diverseness.
Within the Norwegian music scene there is plenty of room for interchanging, and Gorgoroth [4.5/5] is no exception to this formula, with musical moments such as the well known Gorgoroth and God Seed split, to the band being linked with every black metal band in the northern hemisphere. Tonight we are greeted with music that surpasses these changes and displays a rich sound that is comparable to the black metal staple one.
The band tonight opening with a rich orchestration sound track over the speakers, that summons the start of the show, with the creation of an extravagant show that formed a barrier of an atmosphere around the band. With the use of a spell enchanting like casting of plumed dry ice that swirled and swamped the spear-clad armour rich musicians.
Performing with the lyrical themes of ranging from the surreal to criminal acts, all delivered with creative charisma from Taake’s Front man Hoest filling in for the evening. With his soaring shrieks, rasping and snarls that make up and engross and pierce the audience who are sent into shivers and absorbed with rich indoctrination across the packed venue.
Throughout the set it became clear that Hoest was on a mission to perform to the best of his strength, convincing the crowd with his style of deep stage presence and energy.
The band working through and completing a set list consisting of a blend of newer material from upcoming album “Instinctus Bestialis” among older albums such as “Under the Sign of hell” and “Quantos Possunt ad satanitatem trahunt”.An evening of tormented and tragedy in every note of splendour, it’s one to raise a horn of celebration too in triumph.