17 June 2018
Review by Demitri Levantis
It was a night of much progressive and technical musicianship at The Black Heart in Camden tonight as UK Death Metal outfit De Profundis returned to their hometown to promote their recent studio album: ‘The Blinding Light of Faith.’
Once all the happy revellers had arrived in the venue early on the hot spring evening, the gig began with opening act: Concrete Age.
Originally from Russia, this band were nothing short of enjoyable, for they pulled no punches in showing how much they enjoyed playing metal. A very happy and joyous vibe echoed as the band tore out song after song on regular metal instruments, but every now and again brought out some indigenous instruments to wow the crowd in their longevity.
Concrete Age had the small but swelling crowd enjoying themselves as much as they were, so they left the stage setting the tone nicely for what was to come next.
This is Turin, a band who fuse a number of genres together under a technical mould including Hardcore, Thrash and Death.
And these fusions were certainly present, but image and feel wise – I can’t say they gave us anything to be wowed over.
I’m not saying they were terrible, This is Turin simply came on, did their thing and it was a kind of metal that tended to chug and move slowly and at a nauseas rate which is a type I simply can’t stand. You might have pleased the crowd but I came away feeling This is Turin were only half way there.
Following on from that bunch came a band who stepped in at the last minute to replace Black Metal legends Formicarius who had had to pull out from this leg of De Profundis’s tour.
Dying Vision, a band originally composed entirely of Polish immigrants and now fronted by a veteran vocalist who knew how to put on one hell of a show.
Dying Vision have been on the UK Death Metal circuit for several years now and were nothing short of brilliant in their choice as a replacement act.
Vocalist Richard Ashton had the whole crowd in the palm of his hand as he growled and rasped through odes about death, destruction and general darkness over some precision blast beats and typical or melodic DM riffs composed by some very fine guitarists.
I would say this was the band who stood out for me personally on this bill as I’d heard a lot about them and had now witnessed their magic so well done Dying Vision, you really impressed.
And now for the penultimate band: Jonestown – most likely named after the town that witnessed the mass suicide of the late seventies.
Another technically fused band all the way from Brighton, whom I could see as a the type who’d rank high on the UK Tech Fest bill. Everything was there: interesting tempo changes, extremist blast beats and vocals that roared heavily over the music and into the now large crowd.
I’ll admit again that this band played a type of music I don’t normally listen to, but I was impressed at their ability to pull it off, even if my mind started to wander every now and again. So for all they were worth, Jonestown pleased the tech metal lovers who gathered to enjoy their lively renditions.
That was a nice pre-closer, but now the moment we’d all been waiting for.
De Profundis, a London band with over 13 years and now 5 studio albums to their name and one of the most versatile groups I’ve seen on stage in my time in this scene.
And versatile was the best phrase for them as they showcased songs from all across their discography, getting the crowd into happier and angrier frenzies that said this was going to go down as a night to remember.
De Profundis had been leaving their mark on the country, and now they’d definitely left it on the capital, and I certainly hope they’ve done so on the continent, where their tour continues.
Excellent blasted out of Tom Atherton’s drumkit and complex but wondrous guitar riffs blazed away from Paul Nazakardeh and Soikot Sengupta, and vocalist Craig Land growled his hardest to warm our inner souls in the most putrid of manners. And definitely had the crowd on his side between tracks with a fun sense of humour.
All in all, a show I don’t think anyone around me would have forgotten in a hurry and I certainly won’t. Here’s to another band who will be around on the London scene for a long time to come.