Hex Morbidity, Dgorath, Crusm, Magogmagore @ The Unicorn, London

15th September 2017
Review by Soozi Chameleone
Photography Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

Ah, Friday night at the Unicorn in our loveable town of Camden. You can never be certain of the kind of night you’ll have here, but you can typically be certain that Friday nights will feature musical delights of a pretty fierce calibre. Tonight is absolutely no exception!

Last minute line up changes following headlining act Verdelet pulling out meant that this evening has been transformed from a black metal melée into a gut-blasting cacophony of some of London’s finest slam/grindcore acts with Hex Morbidity closing the night’s proceedings. Be sure to buy the Unicorn’s in-house promoter Joe a pint when you next see him because the bands he managed to get down to play tonight, in just a few days, we’re nothing short of beautiful. Brutally, ear-bleedingly beautiful!

Slam death metallers Magogmagore kick things off tonight; frontman Hadley is well known on the scene, as he fronts at least 46 other bands. But each and every time you have the pleasure of witnessing him perform, it doesn’t fail to make your face feel like it’s being violently scrubbed away with sandpaper.

But each and every time you have the pleasure of witnessing him perform, it doesn’t fail to make your face feel like it’s being violently scrubbed away with sandpaper. Like, in a good way.

An intense level of vocal power and control combined with faultless tightness laced with oodles of groove and riff variation from guitarists Stavros and Andrei make for a top-level enjoyable night.

Throw in James’ basslines as performed on his eco-friendly, custom two-string bass guitar and you have a crowd that is a constant hive of furious, hairy movement from the start of their set until the very end.

The enthusiasm from the audience did not falter with the entrance of next act, Crusm

The grind’n’roll misfits whose frontman De Vile bowls into the stage with a bottle of Jim Beam in one hand and, erm, a fake severed hand attached to his mic for extra added effect.

Sprinkling their relentlessly heavy sound with prominent touches of punk and black metal, at times things become a bit too mushy and, at least to start with, there isn’t much distinction to be gained from one song to the next.

Nevertheless, the bottle of Jim Beam gets passed around between members and they begin to loosen up, with the set beginning to gain more clarity and variety.

It is announced that today is Crusm’s one year anniversary, so with that in mind, these guys have done really well to find their own style and roll with it with a tonne of bold charisma that’s actually a little bit infectious. I’m also pleased that I got to finish off that bottle of Jim Beam which definitely didn’t influence my opinion in this here review!

Dgorath takes to the stage next and, despite the lack of a bassist, they still produce a sound that’s meatier than Kim Kardashian’s behind!They’ve blended together the technical brutality of grindcore and the atmospheric distaste of blackened death to create a beautifully complex symphony that riles up the already excitable audience into a frenzy.

This is vocalist Hadley’s second time onstage tonight and it’s a welcome return indeed; he gets down and dirty with the crowd as he barks down the mic along with drummer Monad’s utterly faultless blast beats, which are both textbook beastly and creatively excitable, and along with guitarist Adrijus’ Kellogg’s crunchy guitar riffs.

They’ve blended together the technical brutality of grindcore and the atmospheric distaste of blackened death to create a beautifully complex symphony that riles up the already excitable audience into a frenzy.

This is vocalist Hadley’s second time onstage tonight and it’s a welcome return indeed; he gets down and dirty with the crowd as he barks down the mic along with drummer Monad’s utterly faultless blast beats, which are both textbook beastly and creatively excitable, and along with guitarist Adrijus’ Kellogg’s crunchy guitar riffs.

Dgorath produce a sound that is as infectious as chlamydia!

Considering Hex Morbidity take to the stage for the first time ever tonight, they performed a set that’s nothing short of delightful.

The crowd has grown even denser with a high beer-fuelled gaggle of gargantuan guys and girls, who are all lapping up their well-constructed brand of melancholic extreme black metal.

They step onto to the stage along with a cello player and quickly blow away their first gig nerves.

The bands captivating stage presence, with so much hair, all the snarling faces, plenty of stomping about, combined with their guitar riffs that interweave and complement the dark and dreary lyrics that lazily but aggressively pour out of vocalist Jarod’s puckered mouth, makes for a set that is hypnotic and leaves you wanting more.

The only damper on their performance is that the microphones are turned down way too low, and the guitars could do with more distortion.

Nevertheless, they pour all their energy into the performance and at the end of their set when the lights go up, the drunken crowd screams for more.

They then deliver a killer track from their self-titled EP just to polish off what has been an incredible night of talent and both repulsive and beautiful brutality!

Setlist:

1. Half a League Down the Cavernous Shore
2. The Spirits of Aldwych
3. Pallu Noctu
4. Make them Suffer
5. Life Eternal (Mayhem Cover)
6. Hex Morbidity
7. The Spirits of Aldwych (Encore)

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