Mourning Beloveth @ Upstairs at The Garage

With Black Magician, The Prophecy & Khthon
Saturday 1st June 2013
Review by  Caitlin Smith

With Greenday playing a mega show in the Emirates Stadium nearby, the garage was gearing up for a mega show of its own. Packed out with a mix of die hard doom fans covered in st. Vitus patches and 70s revivalists in their double denim and moustaches the venue has an odd mix of people reflecting the bands on tonight.

After missing a number of Khthon [4/5] shows after ongoing health issue within the band, tonight I was excited to catch these Kentish up and comers. Describing themselves as the lovechild of Candlemass and Mourning Beloveth, these epic doom masters didn’t fail to disappoint. Kthton represent everything that is great about the English doom at the moment. Slow heavy riffs interfused with a groove underpinning Adam’s haunting vocal performance. They held the crowd mystified throughout the set and left to a round of applause.

Heading down from the north of England, progressive doom metalers The Prophecy [3/5] arrive on stage second that night. Having formed in 2001 and struggled with their sound for a number of years in the beginning, its good to see these guys have found something that really works for them. Their mix of doom and progressive metal seems to be working as they received good reviews across the board for their most recent album, The Salvation, which came out earlier this year. These guys have perfected the art of draining the listener completely before filling back in with a desperate and depressing hint of hope, and what more would you expect from a doom band.

Hurled back to the 70’s, Black Magician’s [3.5/5] set is packed with nostalgia from a bygone age. Having only formed in 2011, these guys are going from strength to strength, with good reviews across the board. Mixing up the old 70s production sound with pastoral themes, these guys are bring back the 1660s like no band before them, and who doesn’t like a good witch burning right?

For those who have seen the band before, talk of the ‘cult of Black Magician’ is never far from their lips, and the guys are certainly building a loyal fan base fast. They perhaps stray into the shoegazer category a little too often but overall they were enjoyable, a heavy haze of fuzz with swirling organ sounds and the occasional solo rising up from the mists. Heads bowed in a manner befitting the puritans of old England and as they finish we are safe in the knowledge that we will not burn for our sins.

Finally onto the band everyone has been waiting for, Irish doomsters Mourning Beloveth [4/5] hit the stage. They are the Veterans on that night, and their musical prowess is clear, blowing the cobwebs of the previous performances away on the first note. Ireland may not be the most prolific country for metal, but when it does put out, we are in for a treat. Standing alongside bands like Primordial and Altar of Plagues, Ireland has it’s place proudly on the map with what has left their shores.

Mourning Beloveth do what they say on the tin. Light melodic passages wash over us before crashing back down into darker chord movements. Mourning Beloveth is the epitome of death doom, and although perhaps they are not the most original band out there, what they do they do so well. With the release of Formless back in February and returning from a great set at Roadburn this year, these guys are honed and are impressively tight and accurate throughout the performance. The audience stands in rapture throughout and they finish to cries of approval and calls for more.

Another suitably depressing night comes to an end in the Garage as the crowd shuffles back out into the night, a resounding success for Funeral of Mankind promotions.

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