Akercocke + Hecate Enthroned + Kill For Company @ The Underworld, London

November 11th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Akercocke + Hecate Enthroned + Kill For Company

@ The Underworld, London

October 28, 2017

Review and photography by Thomas

A suitable  weekend indeed for the anticipated Akercocke, with Halloween festivities in full swing.  We enter into a busy Underworld, large queues already formed at the bar and merchandise stall, groups of fans eagerly discussing the awaited concert. 
As the stage warms up, first up to roar into the night are Kill For Company (3/5), formed very here in London, 2014.

Kill For Company @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Kill For Company @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Being the first on to open for a major band can make any band quake, but it certainly didn’t show as Kill For Company’s vocalist Tom Hennessy roars onto the stage in a manner reminiscent of early Pantera.   

Kill For Company @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Kill For Company @ Underworld 28/10/2017

They belted out a strong, if a little disorganized sound throughout their set. The heaviness and energy of their offerings was enjoyed by those drawn to the stage by vocalist Tom’s ferocity.  My only real gripe was they they’re a band still searching for ‘their’ sound, as they shift uncomfortably from Thrashing riffs and belting drum-work, to a Metal-Core sound that is too reliant of breakdowns to keep up the speed of other tracks.

Kill For Company @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Kill For Company @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Kill For Company @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Kill For Company @ Underworld 28/10/2017

However, where these guys thrived tonight was in personality, making use of almost every gap between songs, they made callouts to the crowd, raising fists and enjoying every moment of being on stage.

After a short break, Hecate Enthroned (4.5/5) take to the stage amongst a chilling light and fog.  This band take no time in pulling a large crowd to the front rows as lead vocalist Joe Stamps screams out into the night with great effect.

Hecate Enthroned @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Hecate Enthroned @ Underworld 28/10/2017

This was made all the more theatrical with his hooded cowl and microphone in hand as he often crouched down low to the audience utilizing his strong vocal range to emphasize the equally strong set that they played.

Hecate Enthroned @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Hecate Enthroned @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Their set went through the entirety of their catalog, starting with new material and then heading straight back into the more stripped back black metal sound of their earlier works.

The sound was focused, ferocious and was being so very well received by the eager audience, whom screamed along with vocalist Stamps in many of the songs and were very much enjoying the atmosphere here.

Hecate Enthroned @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Hecate Enthroned @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Hecate Enthroned @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Hecate Enthroned @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Hecate Enthroned @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Hecate Enthroned @ Underworld 28/10/2017

 

Hecate Enthroned @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Hecate Enthroned @ Underworld 28/10/2017

As Hecate Enthroned leave the stage, many of the crowd stay fixed in place, eagerly facing forward in in waiting for Akercocke (4/5).
The mood amongst the crowd prior to their presence is one of anxious excitement, with people crowding into the front rows in preparedness for the headline act to show themselves.

This being Akercockes’ penultimate night of the tour, they literally jump into the stage with the unrelenting blast of “Horns Of Baphomet”, to the delight of the fans whom erupt into a feverous pit from the first note that is struck by Akercocke.

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

The sound is spot on as Akercocke burn through a superb set, focusing heavily on their most recent album Renaissance In Extremis , which to some was a bad thing, but for myself, I basked in their energy and progressive blend of Blackened Death Metal and the creativity of Jason Mendonça’s superior vocal styles.

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Also on incredible form tonight was long serving drummer David Grey, delivery each note and song with flair and genuine passion.   This was especially with songs such as “Inner Sanctum”.

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Lead vocalist Jason Mendonça was on fine form tonight, bellowing out each track with great precision and showmanship, stalking the stage and evening leaping into songs  such as ‘Unbounded By Sin’ which sounded amazing with  lead guitarist Paul Scanlan effortlessly executing each riff with practiced ease all while head-banging along to pretty much every song. There was a problem at one point with vocalist Jason Mendonça’s mic, leading to an impromptu guitar solo by Lead guitarist Paul Scanlan, whom himself seemed rather pleased to take stage for those few minutes.

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

An additional surprise for tonights performance was in the form of Akercocke’s live keyboardist Sam Loynes, being full of exuberant energy throughout the show. Be it in the form of scowling at the audience or striking a series of poses in manic style.

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

The atmosphere tonight was great, with the crowd going into furious mosh pits at every song, chanting wildly at the end of each track and thoroughly enjoying every moment of the strong performance.   

Delving into earlier material as the performance bounded onwards, They ended the set of “Enraptured By Evil” from the album Choronzon, playing it with a great fury that left the crowd happily decimated by the extremely powerful Akercocke. 

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Akercocke @ Underworld 28/10/2017

Setlist:
1. Horns of Baphomet
2. Son of the Morning
3. Disappear
4. Unbounded by Sin
5. Insentience
6. First to Leave the Funeral
7. Familiar Ghosts
8. One Chapter Ends for Another to Begin
9. Inner Sanctum
10. A Particularly Cold September
11. A Skin for Dancing In
12. Enraptured by Evil

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