In Solitude @ Camden Underworld, London
with Daniel Bay & Beastmilk
15th October 2014
Review by Ben Spencer
Photography by Michelle Murphy
After battling across London against the rush hour commuters, it was time to enter Camden Underworld for a mid week Metal gig in the form of In Solitude’s first headlining UK Tour.
In the absence of tonight’s original opening band Obnoxious Youth, tonight’s event saw Swedish singer Daniel Bay (3/5) play an acoustic set to the half packed venue. His style remained wholly melodic with his impressive vocals turning heads upon entrance to the venue.
The crowd were also presented with the clean strumming melodies of ’Superstition’, that was sung in Daniel’s native tongue Swedish, that made it one of the more memorable songs of his set. Although this music may have felt somewhat out of place given tonight’s bill, Daniel proved he was a solid song writer and had great rapport with the on looking crowd.
Next up, Beastmilk (3.5/5) crank things up with a strong fan following nodding and singing along to their impressive melodic rock sound.
The bass driven punch of ‘You Are Now Under Our Control’ is an instant hit with pounding drums and impressive lead guitar, but it is the soaring vocals that really carry everything forward.
‘Children of the Atom Bomb’ proves to be another welcome addition with galloping drums, impressive guitar melodies and an all round catchy vibe that see’s the crowd clapping along and raising fists skyward.
Meanwhile, ‘Death Reflects Us’ see’s the band at the pinnacle of their song writing skills as the charging guitars and infectious drum work remain heavily rooted throughout.
Within a few songs these guys literarily set pulses racing throughout the venue and after a performance like this its easy to see why these guys have such a loyal following.
Looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.
The Wind Blows Through Their Skulls
You Are Now Under Our Control
Fear Your Mind
Ghosts Out of Focus
Surf the Apocalypse
Children of the Atom Bomb
Death Reflects Us
Love in a Cold World
As the lights dim down and the stage smoke begins to encircle the surrounding area, tonight’s headliners In Solitude (5/5) erupt from the shadows with the infectious guitars of ‘Death Knows Where’. Full of impressive hooks and ghastly clean vocals, the now crowded venue quickly get reeled into the front of the stage area.
Delving back into their earlier material, ‘Witches Sabbath’ charges forward with metallic riffs, speedy drums and some fret board wizardry that saw fans flexing their air guitar skills in reciprocation as the song scales upward to climactic heights.
Standout track, ‘A Buried Sun’ slithers out with bleak sounding guitar work and murky sounding bass runs. Weighty and brooding within its instrumentation, Pelle Ahman’s vocals excel within the sombre tonality of the band’s more recent material.
‘Her Darkness’ burst out with an impressive array of drumming, cathartic guitars and thought provoking lyrical content as Pelle’s soaring narrative follows with some backing growls to add to the overall grittiness of the track.
Meanwhile, ‘Horses In the Ground’ charges ahead with a heavy sounding bass, tight sounding drumming and one of the best solos to propel everything further into their sonic driven tapestry.
Closing off with an beefed up version of ‘He Comes’ the band rely on their current instruments as Pelle reaches for a tambourine. What worked here was the sheer level of conviction from each member as the song certainly put the acoustic version to shame.
Just before In Soltiude disappear back into the shadows, vocalist Pelle yanks out a procession of lilies from the drum kit and violently throws them around the stage. Shrouded in ripped apart petals he collapses to his knees in a dramatic departure to the band’s energetic performance.
In Solitude have been on something of an uprising during recent years and with an exhilarating performance, reflecting both the band’s early and more recent material, they could quite easily become one of the most important band’s in modern metal if they keep pushing their boundaries the way they have been. Incredible performance by a band you’ll regret not getting into sooner. Check them out now!
Death Knows Where
A Buried Sun
Jesus I betong (Cortex cover)
To Her Darkness
Horses in the Ground