Date: 22th February 2018
Review by Gabor Csete
Photography by Ryan Whitwell / Shotison.com
When you write for a magazine you can’t just review bands you like or at least know; I’m always up for seeing and writing about bands I’ve never heard of before. I’d never heard about Conjurer or any of the support bands, so happily took the chance. Plus it was in the Black Heart which is a good point: I like the bar, I love the staff (this is a shout out to them), the sound is usually good and in my opinion small venues are better.
Timing was against me so I actually missed the first band, Warren Schoenbright, but I arrived just as Attan was starting and the venue was already quite full, the show being sold out. Maybe it was the few beers or maybe my vision (lately it’s getting worse) but the vocalist reminded me of Phil Anselmo in his early days, especially his energy. The music they play is a mixture of hardcore and black metal – lately mixing genres with black metal has become a trend – which might sound weird at first but actually it’s a good mix, and sounds heavier than the original genres (with this sentence I probably lost all my credit with the “trve” scene members,). Attan played a great set, I have no clue how long it was but it went super fast – I’ll look out for them in the future. The only negative thing about their gig (and the whole night to be fair) was the lack of movement by the crowd. Attan’s tunes are amazing for moshing, but nothing happened at the Black Heart.
Next was Torpor, who actually stole the night, at least for me. They used less lights on stage and it already gave a different atmosphere to their set, but when they started to play they even opened a portal to a different dimension. Their long and slow intro made some people shout inarticulately but an unknown hero from the same crowd wrapped this momentary but annoying pandemonium. I can’t really describe Torpor’s sludge/noise magic any deeper – you have to experience it yourselves. Their force abraded my mind through my ears. I will find every chance to see them again and their music will be played regularly in my house.
Last act of the night was Conjurer, with their album release show. For this occasion they played the new album – ‘Mire’ – entirely (the album will be released on the 9th). If ‘Mire’ is the same on record to how it was live then it’s sold. Their music is similar to Attan’s, a mixture of black metal with a bit of hardcore plus a bit of doom. Still not much movement from the audience, but I am quite sure that everyone enjoyed it a lot. I was happy (I am still is) to witness this gig, but I have a feeling that this might be the last time we see Conjurer and their company in a small venue like the one in Camden’s heart.