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March 18, 2020

There is a certain magic to the older Death Metal bands, they’re starting to get the notoriety of classic Metal – it feels like a classic. Vader are perhaps one of the bands that really helped to define the genre as far back as the 80s. They have been doing this for 37 years. Perhaps this awe of the band is well deserved. Diving into the Underworld, a small venue for personal acts, there’s a sense of the underground. Death Met...

March 18, 2020

Babymetal are a story of quick sensations, sensations that usually happen in a rise and fall. It’s a story told many times, Babymetal are a combination of Japanese Idol Music paired with Metal, and the powerful internet fame of their song ‘Gimmie Chocolate’. The three incredibly young singer/dancers made a quick name for themselves, found a great backing band and toured the world meeting Metal Icons and wrote the story of a ne...

March 17, 2020

A band that calls the untouched majesty of Iceland their home, tonight's openers Kælan Mikla (7) present the monochrome effulgence associated with their headlining counterparts in innovative and newfound forms. Whereas their touring contemporaries pursue their atmospherics through metallic intensity, the Reykjavik trio weld the illusive power of draconian darkwave, swashing The Fleece with profane punk poetry and shimmeri...

March 16, 2020

Given the spate of tour cancellations due to the ever worsening global pandemic it’s a wonder this show happened at all - especially since days later Employed To Serve announced they’d be suspending the remainder of the tour. There’s a somewhat subdued atmosphere in the bar area before the bands come on, a rarity for a hardcore show, but fortunately it’s in no way indicative of the night to come. 

Openers Cruelty (7) are a...

March 11, 2020

Photo: Dean Harries 

With a venue as beautifully prestigious as the London Palladium, it seemed only fitting to showcase such an array of heavenly talent. Dalas Green of Alexisonfire fame takes the headline slot in the form of his vunerable folk inspired solo project City and Colour (10) accompanied by the stunningly talented Bess Atwell (8).

Offering a gentle lull of country-tinged acoustics, Atwell’s presence is almost gh...

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