It’s not often we say this – fuck, it’s probably the only time we’ve ever said it – but this weekend London is just Too Damn Metal. Not only are EyeHateGod playing at ULU tomorrow (Oh. Hells. Yes!), but the number of metal events going on this weekend that we actually want to go to (as opposed, y’know, to shitty clubnights full of children listening to shitty punk music) actually exceeds our ability to attend.
Firstly, if for some reason you don’t want to shell out for EyeHateGod, bust down to the Old Blue Last for yet another awesome – and free – night of noise courtesy of our favourite East London promoters, Skill Wizard. This time you get Japanese psyche-rockers Bo Ningen headlining, the all-female combo Thrush Metal, and the plain fucked-up weirdness of The Laze. For free.
Speaking of East London, and if for some reason you don’t fancy a solid dose of live music, you could do a lot worse than busting along to Rio Cinema in Hackney for a late-night showing of Until The Light Takes Us. We saw the documentary at it’s UK premiere last year, and while it’s not a movie for black metal beginners, if you’ve got even an inkling of knowledge and/or curiosity about the infamous Norwegian Black Metal scene of the early 1990s, then we’d say it’s still essential viewing. Featuring extensive interviews with both Fenriz and Varg Vikernes, the film never tries to make your mind up for you – which considering Vikernes is a murderer, a racist, and a homophobe, must’ve taken some restraint.
If you can’t make it this week, the Rio Cinema will also be showing the film next Saturday one final time as part of a four-week series. And at just £7 a ticket, it’s cheaper than most of the shitholes in London that dare to call themselves cinemas. You’ve got no excuse to miss it.
And finally, should you want to cut down on shoe leather and just stay in the same place all weekend, we’ve got one final recommendation for you. The first ever Loud Howls mini-festival, taking place at The Gaff on Holloway Road on both Saturday and Sunday. Just take a look at the set times and tell us this doesn’t look fully bad-ass:
2.45 to 3.15 – Bodukwe
3.30 to 4.00 – Stubb
4.15 to 4.45 – Suns of Thunder
5.00 to 5.30 – Domes of Silence
6.30 to 7.00 – Alunah
7.15 to 8.00 – End of Level Boss
8.15 to 9.00 – Grifter
9.15 to 10.05 -Outskirts of Infinity
10.20 to 11.05 -Sun Gods In Exile
13.00 to 13.30 – Astrohenge
13.45 to 14.15 – Berserkowitz
14.30 to 15.00 – Gorse
15.15 to 15.45 – Serpent Venom
16.00 to 16.30 – Dead Existence
16.45 to 17.15 – Witchsorrow
18.15 to 18.45 – Dopefight
19.00 to 19.30 – Koresh
20.00 to 20.45 – Trippy Wicked
21.00 to 21.45 – Invasion
22.00 to 23.00 – Charger
And it’s £9 per day on the door. That’s £1 per band on Saturday, and even less on Sunday, where you get to see both Invasion and Astrohenge (both of whom we’ve raved about in the past) and of course the mighty Charger. We haven’t seen Charger for a decade. That makes us fucking idiots. We’re going to correct this grave error this coming weekend.
Fuck Friday – bring on the weekend!