5th December 2014
Review & Videos by Mystical Wraith
Photography by Jo Blackened
December 2014 was definitely a very busy month in terms of big concerts in London: Deicide, Slash, At The Gates, Behemoth, Morbid Angel, Aborted. Unfortunately for the Boston Music Room, almost everybody has ignored the excellent gig they organised on Friday 5th of December with Abgott, Throne of Molok and Mørktår. It was indeed a disgrace to see so few people attending this concert as those 3 bands did really well and the ticket price was cheap.
But it seems that most of London metalheads preferred to invest in some declining bands that are clearly not anymore what they used to be in the past (even though they are still commercially successful) rather than supporting deserving underground acts. It’s sad and it won’t change. And it was even sadder for Abgott who were just finishing their European Tour with their last and only date in the UK in this venue.
It was the first time I have been attending a gig at the Boston Music Room and I think it’s a very good venue for underground metal bands, offering a large stage and a very good sound (which is not always the case for bigger venues). The only drawback was clearly the lack of different colours coming from the spotlights! We got constant green light for the whole show, nothing else than that.
Well, it had the advantage to turn the atmosphere creepier and seedier for the depressive horde Mørktår but it became really tedious after one hour. It was like watching the video clip “Downfall” by Children of Bodom (great song by the way) for more than two hours without interruption. You get the picture now.
Originating from London, Mørktår (3.5/5) was the only band that took advantage of the constant green light to offer a very good set of long suicidal and misanthropic compositions.
They play atmospheric black metal in the vein of Striborg but without any keyboards. Rather than using the keys to create grim ambiances like most of their counterparts, they focused all their negative feelings and repulsion on the guitars and it worked really well!
The guitars of Thrym sounded so great, showing perfectly how depressive black metal should sound: raw, sick, like a poison crawling slowly in the veins.
This aspect was also reflected by the suffocating vocals of Repktkor who has been spitting all his hatred against humanity with suffering. Most of their songs are mid paced and the change of rhythm seems to be rare, never too slow, never too fast.
The only negative point I have felt is something very common for this type of black metal art: repetitiveness. I had indeed the impression of hearing almost the same riffs throughout their set, although I acknowledge these kind of bands do it in purpose in order to reinforce the suicidal/depressive side of their compositions.
However, I still think their songs would turn even better if they add some soaring layers of keyboards like Striborg do. After many line-up changes and releasing several demos & split-CDs, they are going to release their first album very soon but no date has been confirmed yet.
Their live performance was solid, very interesting and I’m really impatient to see now how they sound in studio.
With Throne of Molok (3/5), there has been a sudden change of black metal style here.
We are moving to another world or galaxy if you want due to their futuristic/spatial ambiances. Formed in 2004 in Palermo, those Italian gas masked black metallers have recently released their third album “Beat of Apocalypse” and have just finished touring with Abgott as a support band.
If you’re a hardcore fan of industrial/electro/experimental black metal, I really advise you to have a look at their works. They mix industrial black metal with electronic/experimental keyboards cleverly, at the point that they’re playing a kind of techno/black metal music!
Many of the rhythms of their tracks are strongly influenced by techno/DJ/electro music which is not my cup of tea.
Their compositions are very interesting, funny at first glance but too experimental for me.
Nevertheless, their riffs remain efficient, turning the small crowd convinced by their musical approach.
There have been far better bands evolving in the Indus black metal subgenre than them but it was still a good discovery.
To conclude this concert successfully, it was time to welcome Abgott (4/5), the lords of Italian melodic black metal along with Stormlord and Opera IX (Evol as well but they’re dead & buried unfortunately). After five years of inactivity, they are back and ready to blaspheme once again with their fifth album “Masters of Illusions”.
For the ones who may haven’t listened to them yet, they play fast, melodic black metal with some heavy metal influences.
Their strong point is without any doubt the use of technical and melodic guitar solos. Endowed with a solid experience and great musicianship, Agamoth and his henchmen have delivered a great live performance, they don’t have anything to prove to anybody and they know perfectly their subject.
As well as being charismatic on stage, Agamoth’s black metal vocals are very personal although they remind me a little bit the ones of Agathon Frosteus (from Finnish dark metal band Gloomy Grim).
As for their set list, they played songs (including some of their classics “Kronos’ Cosmic Throne” & “Thy Infernal Fields”) from all their albums except the fourth one “Godfather In Black”, which was a pity in my opinion.
Anyway, the small crowd was very enthusiastic with the band, especially Agamoth joking with them.Abgott have been excellent from the beginning until the end but it could have been better if they had included some keyboard interludes to darken the global atmosphere of the concert which was too happy from my point of view.
I was surprised to see that they haven’t brought and fixed their own banner (Mørktår was the only band to shown their banner).
I have to say it could have also been better if we had seen some chained beautiful ladies crawling on the stage (as seen in their video clips).
In the end, I think Agamoth was right in telling me during our interview that I love his video clips only for the hot ladies rather than for the horror/gore content!
I hope the Boston Music Room will organize more great black metal concerts like this one in the future.
All the bands have been very professional and hope to see Abgott very soon as they’re too underrated and deserve better. We want more!