Lamp of Murmuur + Abduction + The Sun’s Journey Through the Night + Faceless Entity + Spider God @ Electrowerkz, London

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Lamp of Murmuur + Abduction + The Sun’s Journey Through the Night + Faceless Entity + Spider God

@ Electrowerkz, London

8th May 2022

Review by Demitri Levantis

Photos & Videos by The Flaneur

Electrowerkz, one of the longest-running alternative music venues in London, one that has hosted some of the most famous club nights in the capital’s history as well as some of the most important metal bands of all time. And the place that was overflowing like a sinking ship last Sunday evening (8th May) when one of the most noteworthy black metal bands from the US arrived on British soil for the first time.

This was the first time I’d seen a long and eager queue outside the venue in the last few years, meaning the alternative world had not been dented by the recent social hardships we’ve all had to bear. After waiting patiently, my friends and I made our way to the third floor where throng of metalheads were massing around the merch stalls.

Having waited the longest period I’ve ever spent to buy a new t-shirt, it was time to greet the first act of the night, a homegrown band shrouded in much mystery given his unorthodox musical output.

Spider God, fresh off the release of his pop covers album “Black Renditions”, commenced the audible attack on the capital with a performance I can only liken to a pack of hungry wolves unleashed to savage all in their path.

Tune after tune ripped and clawed into the crowd who filled out the whole venue for as far as I could see, and they did not appear disappointed one bit by Spider God’s stellar onslaught on our ears and hearts. Freshly hewn black metal gold is what this band had to exhibit, and the awe of the audience was some of the strongest I’ve ever experienced – everyone was fixated.

Songs of darkness, death and moroseness washed into the crowd, and Spider God added an extra layer of morbidity to his concoction when he brought out Inmesher of Rope Sect – something that I was certainly not expecting so seeing one of my favourite artists of the recent post-punk scene only a few feet away simply blew my mind.

Inmesher’s wailing croon gave the last few tracks a gothic edge that blended into the blackened blaze like fresh oil in an ancient lamp. Despite the band not showcasing their talents in making pop music sound like decent black metal (which I’d hoped for), Spider God had the audience in a chokehold from start to finish making them a brilliant choice of starter for the evening.

Next up it was the turn of the first international act of the night: Faceless Entity, a raw black metal trio having travelled from the Netherlands to drill some of the best executed raw drones of the current black metal world into our heads.

Their latest album “The Great Anguish of Rapture” is a rapturous piece of metal majesty which these blokes summoned in robes similar to medieval monks caught in some stupor of fanatical worship.

What echoed from the amps and PA was fanatical as the tremolo picking, grinding riffs and percussion sounding like a rolling avalanche smashed into the now heaving crowd. Despite the mics not working at several points in the set, Faceless Entity blasted a hail of nihilistic tunes into all that stood in their path.

The band remained steadfast both in posture as well as in delivery, only turning to face the audience when vocals were needed and showing how little interaction between bands and fans can suit the harshest of metal music when performed. Well done to these Dutchmen who made it very clear that the black metal fire still blazes strong on the continent.

Once that was over it was time to get some fresh air, so I joined the others who were populating the smoking area outside and discussing how well the show was and what amazing things were in store for the rest of the evening. By now it was the busiest I’ve seen Electrowerkz on a gig night which put a strong smile on my face, though that smile did not last long when the next band arrived on stage.

The Sun’s Journey Through the Night, an ambient/atmospheric project hailing from somewhere in England was…odd to say the least. At first, I felt this was another easily digested atmospheric black metal act, however, slowly but surely, the band slipped and slid away from said impression into a rather odd milieu that had me wondering whether or not I actually liked them.

Vocalist: No One was doing an ok job screaming and wailing into the mike through his elaborate skull mask, but the vocal range was questionable – one that began with a sound I’d liken to most regular black metal artists but soon it had a vibe I’d associate with more post-hardcore groups.

The extended instrumental breaks added more of a frown to my brow as the band seemed to lose focus as I did when my concentration couldn’t keep up with where the songs were heading. Each track seemed to blur into each other – which is not a bad thing per se but on this occasion, it didn’t help me keep track of what was going on in front of me.

Overall, I wouldn’t call this band a failure by any means – their releases had captured my attention before I knew they were on this bill. But I think this was another case of a band finding it difficult to translate their sound into a live performance which I think could have been tightened a fair bit.

The Sun’s Journey Through the Night was appreciated by the crowd around me and they were happy to rev us up for the oncoming headliners, but they only reached the halfway point for this critic.

Now that we’d had talent from home and abroad it was time to venture close to the stage to prepare me for the upcoming headliners whom I’d been excited to see for a long time. But before that, we had one more piece of UKBM talent showcasing their putrid excellence.

Abduction, hailing from the midlands and whose live line-up contained members of British veteran acts like Wolvencrown and Heathen Deity, took to the stage clad in hoods and masks – quite a fitting attire given the nature of the last two years.

I’d caught these guys before at the recent Damnation Festival but had been far away in the crowd at that time. Now, being only four feet away I could see quite clearly how Abduction has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

Vocalist A|V shrieked forth poetry of the most gruesome kind with his face obscured, but not enough to keep his excellent vocal talents askew. Flanked by guitars that buzzed like a rusty sawmill and drums like a Gatling gun, Abduction slaughtered the crowds’ eardrums in the manner that had earnt them the semi-headline place on the bill.

Overall, I was hooked from the very first note and was cheering applause with the rest of the crowd between tunes. As expected, there was next to no interaction with the crowd but everyone around me was devoted to showing just how amazed they were at the talents shown by this band.

Once their set came to a close they were joined on stage by The Sun’s Journey Through the Night’s vocalist: No One, whose vocals seemed to blend into Abduction’s screamed blasts quite well.

Another brilliant piece of raw and rough homegrown talent that makes people from home and abroad love the UKBM sound – excellent job there, Abduction.

And now, the band everyone had come to see were ready. The stage was simple with no theatrics or detailed backdrops but the anticipation of the crowd was brutal to say the least; the kind expected for one of the biggest bands in metal.

Lamp of Murmuur, having travelled all the way from Los Angeles, California, and having played their first European show only a few days before at Roadburn Festival. A band heaped in much mystery as they appeared from total obscurity in 2019 with a series of demos that rocked the USBM scene to the core.

Lamp of Murmuur

Now they were raining their audible terror on London with no punches pulled. Vocalist M was stationed at the right hand of the stage accompanied by unknown live musicians clad in jet black cloaks like some dangerous cult.

Sheer danger and bloodcurdling brutality spilt forth through the PA system and despite one or two moments where I thought the mics failed, Lamp of Murmuur shrieked into the hearts and minds of every one of us as they can do on vinyl or cassette.

Moshing broke out quite close to the stage, meaning the power and energy of the band had peaked into the happy crowd, though it didn’t happen for long as the band had everyone fixated in the grinding, monotonous trance that raw black metal is known for.

I for one could not take my eyes off the oddly named band as they struck through tune after tune, meaning that this one-man project had assembled the right line-up for live shows.

Sadly, the tirade of morose wonderment had to come to an end and the band bowed to the crowd as heaps of applause and devil horns flashed their way. The smoke machine had obscured them as well as the previous bands, but this added an edge of horror to one delightfully horrific act.

Lamp of Murmuur proved they could pull off one hell of a live act and I can only wait in much anticipation for them to come and wrack their terror on the UK again very soon. A night well spent with the best of black metal talent today.