16th March 2019
Review/Photos: Ryan Whitwell / shotison.com
After the release of their fourth studio album, Eternal Return, Windhand came to Camden’s Underworld with a heavy slice of doom. Joining them tonight were Grime and Witchsorrow.
Hampshire-based Witchsorrow were first up. It was quite an early start tonight, and I missed the first number (thanks again, TFL), but I loved what I heard after squeezing through the early birds to get to the front with camera in hand.
A proper doom sound smashed forth. I don’t think there’s any subgenre needed, it’s just doom: big heavy riffs, crushing bass, occult-themed vocals and a few tempo changes to keep things moving.
The bass was really strong, which is something that would be true for all three bands tonight, and those doom vibrations seemed to get everyone behind me in a great mood and properly warmed up for the next bands.
From Italy, Grime were next up to kick the doom spectrum hard into the realm of sludge. Big, slow and heavy with plenty of power, like a lanslide of noise smashing the Underworld as the attendance grew with more people packing into the main area of the venue.
A massive sound once again, but far more aggressive in tone with Marco’s (guitar/vox) rotten vocals and a huge level of distortion amping the crowd up, especially those with an inclination to headbang.
I absolutely loved these guys. Such filth being produced that offered plenty of abusive noise to lose yourself in, and from the looks of it plenty of people around me felt the same way.
There was a bit of a wait before headliners Windhand came on. It gave me a chance to chat with a few people at the front. Everyone seemed to be very much looking forward to this one after enjoying the other acts. Good vibes all around then!
After a pre-recorded intro, Windhand got straight down to business with that nasty fuzz of ‘Old Evil’ coming through. The band barely stopped for breath between the first chunk of the set list, which kept the momentum of the head bangers going strong as well as the general vibe in The Underworld.
Big, bass-laden riffs that we had been accustomed to tonight continued to ring out, but this time we had the excellent Dorthia Cottrell’s vocals that were very much on form tonight. The kick drum had an amazing booming depth to it that gave a massive sound every time it was struck by Ryan Wolfe.
The room was packed. Standing off to the side of the stage I saw plenty of people really getting into the great sounds that were being made. I am aware I’ve mentioned the bass levels a few times already, but it really did enhance the live experience with some great rib crushing riffs played loud and heavy!
As a fan of Windhand, It was great to hear a few numbers from older releases. Thankfully, the new album is brilliant and sounded excellent live with the sound tonight really making each song shine.
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