Kadavar + The Shrine + Satan’s Satyrs + Horisont
The Dome, London
14th November, 2015
Review by Anna Dumpe & Ashlinn Nash
Photography by Ashlinn Nash
November nights are a force to be reckoned with and this evening is feeling like an all too familiar Guns ‘n’ Roses song. It’s the perfect one to be blasting blues away, with the help of some cross continent giants of the underground scene. Already Sweden’s Horisont have settled and slumped in for a pint in the pub across the road, so by the time they hit the stage they seemed to have injected energy from somewhere.
Horisont [4/5] are both as tricky as they are tactful with their choice of songs for their early to the doors performance, playing to a crowd, who for the majority are confused by the new material on display before them – soon however, they get into the swing of things. Working through mainly new album slices, the band are not afraid to play songs they would like to rather than best of friendly.
Their rich blend of tonal progressive yet too challenging to the ear groove blues really does set this troupe apart from the scene. Gaining new success with their latest album “Odyssey”
For a band of such stature within the music scene, it seems odd they have been placed so low on the billing, it’s until you realise that this cross-European tour has seen all of Kadavar’s support switching around on the billing that you can understand it.
Still this doesn’t stop the suave team from delivery a hearty set list and solidifying a good few new fans. The Five piece are a high quality punch and certainly banish the blues of one kind and instil a different kind- the party friendly kind.
Despite being in the wake of the Paris disaster [R.I.P to those effected] the crowd tonight as well as the stage displays come together for solidarity – with the French flag being show throughout behind via the lighting. (Ashlinn Nash)
Cool Customers Satan’s Satyrs [3.5/5] come into the light as a band with the kind of reputation that could either make you thoroughly enjoy their set – or well, not so much. The band sound better live then they do on record which is more of a compliment these days seeing as how the music industry has shifted.
Lead by the modern day Mark Bolan bass and vocal stinger, starts to heat things up and delivers straight to the point rock with some diversions into stoner jams.The band had a forty-five minute set which was filled quite well, if not in places repetitious. They are simple, approachable, ballsy groove rock. (Ashlinn Nash)
The room had started to fill out nicely as we got ready the experience one of California’s hottest bands tear down the venue with their fuzz-filled and raw-sounding tunes.
The Shrine [4/5] are no new-comers to London’s music scene as they’ve established themselves as a non-stop touring band and have previously appeared in town on a couple of headline tours, played alongside Red Fang and at London’s biggest stoner-rock event Desertfest.
Tonight the band appear to be in an excellent shape. Kicking things off loud enough to blow out your eardrums, The Shrine incorporate heavy rock elements of the 70’s and 80’s with a healthy dose of ‘not giving a fuck’. If there is one thing the band have come here to gain it is to have lots of fun on stage and ensure that everyone in the crowd, as well, is having a blast.
The Shrine deliver a live show that’s full of raw energy, ballsy attitude and notable musicianship. With music that’s undoubtedly inspired by old school rock, Los Angeles lifestyle and skateboarding – The Shrine come across as three dudes living the ultimate rock’n’roll dream. They got the looks, style and confidence to get the attention from the ladies and the charisma to make enough dudes in the audience wish they were them.
But aside all that, The Shrine are also excellent musicians with clear idea of what they’re looking to achieve with their music. Borrowing a lot of previously mentioned old-school rock elements and adding a dose of modern approach, The Shrine are unlike anything you’ll have ever heard. With heavy riffs borrowed from Sabbath, pounding rhythm section with punk rock elements and sharp vocals to top it off, The Shrine are nothing else but a pure rock’n’roll band and all other labels fail to do the justice when it comes the their unique style and attitude. (Anna Dumpe)
After a banging performance from The Shrine, it is time for tonight’s main attraction – German retro heavyweights Kadavar [4/5].
With music inspired by all things ‘vintage rock’n’roll’ and hair long enough to put to shame even some of the greatest hair-metal bands, Kadavar put on a show that’s well thought through and musically exquisite.
Mixing songs from their latest album Berlin and their first two records, the band put on a show that’s a celebration of all-out bluesy and psychedelic riffs with a good dose of ‘heavy’.
Kicking things off with “Lord Of The Sky” and “Play Video”, Kadavar start what’s about to turn into an hour and a half of full-on blues rock performance delivered in a great, polished to perfection and determined style that’s so significant to the best rock bands originating from Germany.
With only three members in the band, just like The Shrine, Kadavar sound is rich and incredibly loud. It seems a little unrealistic how many musical elements only three musicians can pack into a song, while making their individual performance a complete master-class of their chosen instrument.
Songs, like “Last Living Dinosaur,” “Goddess Of Dawn” and “Thousand Miles Away From Home” stand out as the ultimate highlights and seem to get the crowd going the most, however the show comes to a culmination when Kadavar return to stage for an encore of “All Our Thoughts” and “Come Back Life”.
After four exceptional performances by bands that do not necessarily sound the same but are united by the same fan-base and certain musical elements and influences, it is safe to say that there is a significant place in the rock’n’roll scene for bands, like Horisont, Satan’s Satyrs, The Shrine and Kadavar to grow and develop. (Anna Dumpe)
Lord Of The Sky
Pale Blue Eyes
Last Living Dinosaur
The Old Man
Living In Your Head
Into The Night
Goddess Of Dawn
Thousand Miles Away From Home
All Our Thoughts
Come Back Life