Date: 11th November 2018
Review/Photos: Ryan Whitwell / ShotisonMedia
I settled in for a great line-up of 6 bands in Tufnell Park’s Boston Music Room. Eventually it would lead to a band I very much enjoy but haven’t seen live, Ohhms.
Oldblood were a great band to get things going for what would be a 6 band line-up.
Lots of great extended instrumental phases with the occasional vocals in the form of drawn out shouts. There were very few breaks, with each song immediately moving into the next, usually with an ominous simple drum beat.
Some pretty sweet sounding guitar sections in there, with the two six strings either side of the stage swapping between lead roles. Things sped up for the penultimate number with a more metal edge as the room began to fill up a bit after are relatively early start to fit all the bands in.
A bit of a space rock vibe from this trio named Mountain Caller. Drifting, but punchy, instrumental numbers with shifting tones, twisting time signatures got plenty of heads nodding.
Their last number, Remember, was especially good. I liked the changing up between quiet phrases to blasting stoner rock with little warning.
Things took a turn for the strange as Body Hound blasted the room with tricky time signatures and near random sounding notes.
The light footed bass player was dancing around the centre of the stage, yet still managing to keep time with what felt like some very complicated beats.
Lots of technical finger work from both guitarists. My ears could barely keep up with what was going on with all the jazzy technical stuff, but after a short while I really got into it.
Torpor were next on. Big, heavy doom with despair-laden vocals, although a bit of mic trouble meant we couldn’t really hear them (but the drowned out effect kind of worked for me). The ‘creative’ lighting meant we couldn’t see the band, but the incense burning near the bass pedals took hold of a sense I wasn’t expecting to need tonight.
A broken guitar string left a few minutes of pure noise from the bass effects with a solitary drum beat. Although improvised, it sounded really good and kept the mood going.
Lots of distortion effects on the bass made for a dirty tone that was great with the hard hitting drumming. Plenty of appreciation from the attendees as the rib rattling sound shook through the Boston Music Rooms.
Boss Keloid sounded great tonight. Plenty of bass was kicking out of the PA, but it was the rhythms that got the front of the room moving and grooving; nodding, dancing, singing along when they could.
For Jromalih, the front man’s guitar was set aside for a while to really focus on vocals for a bit. I spotted a few crowd members absolutely loving the set, singing along and moving to the superb sounds the band produced.
The last number, Lokannok, has a great groove, with the keys taking a more prominent role before the distorted guitars really kicked in to really punish the PA.
Ohhms, however, were the ones that would really test my ear plugs!
So much energy right from the start. The frontman puts himself out there really getting the front row moving. The bassist too was very active, with his sludgy tones mixing with the two guitars to create an angry din of darkness.
To close the night the final number would be ‘Subjects’. It was an especially angry track as the band seemed determined to deafen those of us in the room. It was also about 20 minutes long, which was a great way to end the night.
I’m a sucker for long format sludge/doom, so really enjoyed putting the camera away for a bit and just giving the neck muscles a workout instead.