Unto Others + Zetra @ The Underworld

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Unto Others + Zetra

@ The Underworld

24th March 2022

Review by Demitri Levantis

Photos by Graham Hilling

A night of delightful gloom was afoot at The Underworld in Camden Town this week with America’s leading gothic metal outfit Unto Others tearing up the stage to an ecstatic crowd.

Once I was in the venue, I could tell this was going to be a fun night, for it was the busiest I’d seen the place since gigs resumed not so long ago with people already crowding the merch stall and bar area.

Before long it was time for the opening act, who from the stage setup seemed ideal for the themes of sorrow and gloominess Unto Others and their ilk are known for. Said stage was decked out with chains, spider webs, rocks and tv screens showing clips of skulls, death, animations and other clips which wouldn’t look out of place at a performance art studio.

This opener was Zetra, one of the quirkiest bands I think I’ve seen over the years, with vocalist/guitarist Adam standing on a raised platform clad in robes similar to a classic black metal act, accompanied by synth player Jordan who looked just as ghoulish.

Zetra
Zetra

Zetra offered an odd and pretty unique mix of gothic metal, rock and some synth-driven shoegaze that made the crowd begin to sway, despite the main mike not working for the first few songs.

Zetra
Zetra

The sound system was not bad, though the muffled distortion added depth to the band’s onslaught of sadness.

Zetra
Zetra

With no interaction with the crowd, Zetra wailed and glided from tune to tune accompanied by the video screens showing moments of classic horror films or dark art pieces that made up an atmosphere that would please anyone who loves darkwave or gloomy synth acts like Boy Harsher.

Zetra
Zetra

Melodies that were harsh and calm at the same time echoed from the amps with both members wailing over the synths and strings, along with a drum machine that didn’t sound artificial, meaning this duo knew how to perfect a decent level of dark electronica.

Zetra
Zetra

Mysterious is how I would best describe this duo from London as their lack of interaction with the crowd made their dark riffs quirkier, which everyone in the venue appeared to be intrigued by as all around me were fixed on the duo.

Zetra
Zetra

This was an opener who set the dark tone for the evening but given their slow and shoegazey tempo and aura, it did have me wanting to see the opening act more for a want of more energy on stage.

Zetra
Zetra

Setlist:
The Raven’s Game
Into My Flesh
Life Melts Away Pt. 2
Care
Call Of the Void
Carving the Stone
Satellite

Zetra were a decent starter and by now the crowd had swelled to a strong level with people almost packing out the venue, meaning the headline act were eagerly expected.

Now was the time everyone had waited for as the headliners, Unto Others, were met with a strong cheer as they took to the stage. Having travelled all the way from Portland, Oregon and having played a good deal of shows around the country these guys hadn’t let the travel and touring fatigue get to them.

Unto Others
Unto Others

The energy was brutal as they tore into their first tune, “Heroin” from their latest album, which I and everyone around me met with a good deal of headbanging. Other classics followed such as the earworm “Give Me to the Night” that poured from the amps in its flowing gothic metal style that had everyone singing or mouthing along.

Unto Others
Unto Others
Unto Others
Unto Others

Vocalist Gabriel Franco had the crowd clenched in his grasp the way only a good frontman can with charisma I can only liken to Andrew Eldritch or Nick Holmes, the dark glasses along with the black shirt and leather trousers were enough to make any keen fan of traditional goth or metal like In Solitude feel right at home.

Unto Others
Unto Others

Thankfully there were no issues with the sound system for Unto Others as they tore through other gloomy earworms like “Can You Hear the Rain” and “Nightfall,” not to mention a brilliant cover of the Ramones classic “Pet Semetary” that had me and all other fans of horror writer Stephen King (who inspired said song) cheering.

Unto Others
Unto Others

Guitarist Sebastian Silva and bassist Brandon Hill walked from both sides of the stage leaning into the frenzied crowd who reached out to touch their favourite musicians. One thing that makes a good band in my eyes is good interaction with the audience and Gabriel Franco brought the elation to full volume when he said the only other place he’d seen such a crowd was back home in Portland.

Unto Others
Unto Others

Unfortunately like all good things a great show had to come to an end, but once the band walked off stage everyone was chanting “one more song,” and as any good metal musician Unto Others returned with a brutally dark rendition of Thin Lizzy’s “Cold Sweat”, ending with “Double Negative” another favourite of mine for its catchy-as-hell croon.

Unto Others
Unto Others
Unto Others
Unto Others

Unto Others have the ability to take some of the saddest and dark fantastical themes and put them into some of the most memorable music I’ve heard in all the time I’ve been into metal, and with how happy the massive crowd around me was headbanging and shouting lyrics it meant these guys had secured a steadfast following in the city.

Unto Others
Unto Others

Another night of fun and madness performed by musicians capable of sounding evil yet wholesome at the same time. Please do come and blow us away again Unto Others.

Unto Others
Unto Others
Unto Others
Unto Others

Setlist:
Heroin
Give Me to the Night
No Children Laughing Now
Can You Hear the Rain
Nightfall
Downtown
Summer Lightning
Jackie
When Will God’s Work be Done
Pet Semetary
It Doesn’t Really Matter
A Single Solemn Rose
Dalmatian
Instinct
Dragon, why do You Cry?
Cold Sweat
Double Negative