3rd July 2014, Review and Images by Ashlinn Nash
XFM X-posture nights are great opportunities to find new music within the rock communities hub found in London’s Camden town. The Show tonight hosted by the radio shows own – John Kennedy introduces the performance as one that is both rightly timed for the bands – being line-up changes or new releases, he also set up the audience to brace themselves for a show that would be have a heavier and darker tone that his usual nights.
Without much a do the opening band of the night Limb [4/5] bring with them a thundering power that crosses over between the darker recesses of grind, sludge, doom that all come together to make a creative sound that embellishes heavy metal. Delivering tracks from their latest self titled album, such as “Gift of the Sun” and “Plague doctor”.
With a usual collection of influences spanning from the usual suspects; Sleep up to and including Electric Wizard behind them, the four piece from London bring a new take to it all. With a recent addition to the band who brings heavy ballistic tones with him and a hint of his former band – Uncle acid and the Deadbeats.
Limb work their way through their set of power punch adrenaline and stomping tunes, with front man presence that really struck a note with the audience.
All the way from Scotland just for the night are Psychedlia troupe Holy Mountain [3.5/5] who bring a
primarily instrumental set with a few whirs and melodies with a couple of lines of dialogue that are caked with indescribable tangents amongst the chord concoction. The three piece seem to be lead unusually by the central drummer who’s crashing combinations resonate around the Barfly.
The band come across as a vast collection of all things loud and impressive, that isn’t without generous helpings of muddy bass lines that collectively take you on a down tuned journey. With the traditional doom soon layouts that crescendo’s into lightning bolt enthusiasm and comes back with layered passion within every riff.
Following that bands earlier mini-album release ‘Earth Measures’ , comes tonight’s main premièring tracks come from latest offering “ancient astronauts”. Their set concluded with a rich tapestry of a formula rich in weirdly engaging tempo-shifts.
After a short break and celebration from John Kennedy who like many attending tonight are excited about the sheer amount of attention the heavy metal scene is receiving lately – with British Summer time’s Black Sabbath headlining show the next day and with more all dayer and metal shows increasing. This show was perfectly timed to be part of a very heavy summer.
The dark angelical presence of Black Moth’s [4/5] music is awakened with a rumbling blast followed by a quick plume of feedback and fuzzing electronics.
The bands sound has become renowned to be somewhere between an infectious concoction of 60s garage rock and modern doom all slickly delivered with a hint of psychedelia.
The band itself constructed of gritty yet diverse sounding guitarists from Nico Carew and Jim Swainston, Black Sabbath-esque bassist Dave Vachon, thundering drummer Dom McCready and not completed without the front woman with the voice of splendour ;Harriet Bevan.
The immaculate riff makers present tonight their new single “room 13” from newest album “Condemned to hope” [due out 15th September].
All eyes are upon them, as the lyrically striking front-woman recites verses that spike hearts with the silk spun lyrics.
The Yorkshire area has grown a rock scene lately that is conjuring heavy bands just outside of the shadow of the main music of the area – indie. With Gothic pasts the band tonight brought with them something a bit more special than something you could just categorise, with a strong incarnation of influence that boldly places interest in heavy metal mixtures. It’s not a surprise that this bands sound works well towards gaining popularity.
They are ones to keep an eye on and a keen ear ready to embrace them.