Pentagram, The Order of Israfel, Mower
@ Sound Control, Manchester
15th November 2015
Review and Photography by M. Selim Yavuz
Manchester’s Sound Control hosted the legendary Pentagram along with The Order of Israfel from Gothenburg, Sweden and Mower from Wigan on 15th November for a sludge-y, doomy Sunday.
The evening started with Mower. I hadn’t heard of them before however their energy was impressive for a trio with only an electric guitar and drums. Even though they had a relatively short set, they got the audience moving with their crushing doomy riffs. Their performance was good, and the material is really interesting. JJ gave an enthusiastic performance especially. He didn’t stop moving on the small stage with two sets of gear.
Asp just looked happy when he was moving through awesome riffs. That’s just a great thing to see, a guitarist who doesn’t look intense but content! Mower looked like they along well, and it is embodied in their performance. I am definitely looking forward to their debut album, and according to their Facebook page, it’s already recorded. Go check them out from the link below!
Next we had the pleasure of hearing The Order of Israfel. They are currently on a European tour with Pentagram and the Manchester gig was the second and last UK date. Their 2014 album, Wisdom, was an impressive release last year, and their performance follows along the same lines we heard on the album. They gave a good gig, so much so that I saw a significant number of people dancing at some point, which you don’t see at every doom concert! Audience was excited to see them for sure.
They had a really good rapport with the audience overall, and during the song Wisdom, I saw several people from audience in a state of trance, which never really is a bad sign. Tom gave the good news of their new album coming in this January, and they played one song off of that album, which sounds like the album will not disappoint.
Sound Control was fairly crowded by the time Pentagram took to the stage. Well the band’s career is older than me, yet they still have more energy than me overall, on the stage. Bobby was gyrating all the way through- as provocative as ever! Pentagram has released Curious Volume this August, and they are touring Europe as part of this release. The audience was extremely pumped to see them, and people singing along, dancing with the music were hardly rare occurrences. They played several songs from their new album. Check out the setlist below.
The audience connected really well with Pentagram. Pete Campbell is obviously a good addition to the band after all these years. Actually a backstage story, I was waiting for the doors before the concert and two fans approached Pete who was hanging around the tour bus at the time, and they got their photos taken with him. They also mentioned that they would love to see him live but don’t have tickets. Pete, then, arranged for them to be his guests for the concert. Great kind move there from Pete. Cheers for that! His performance was top notch as well.
Greg Turley was a joy to watch during Pentagram performance. He rarely left his power stance while thumping away the bass. Victor was of course great in his performance. The band seems to be clicking well and it shows! Sound Control was almost packed for Pentagram and people were moving uncontrollably!
It would be redundant to say to go see Pentagram if they are coming your way, but I’ll do it anyway. Catch them wherever you can! The Order of Israfel are just proving themselves to be a band to follow, and I am looking forward to the new album. It was a good night at the end!