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Live: Anathema @ London KOKO – 26 September 2014

September 30th, 2014

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It takes talent and force of will for a band to change direction as solidly and successfully as Anathema have done. The last half-decade has seen the band truly shrug off their heavier, more goth-metal roots, becoming trailblazers in the UK prog scene. We sent Cheryl Carter along to the London date of their most recent tour to marvel at Anathema’s enduring appeal.

6 things we learnt while watching Anathema in London:

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Live: Funeral For A Friend @ London Underworld – 30 April 2014

May 7th, 2014

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You know what, Funeral For A Friend? If you’d waited until next year, you could’ve billed this tour where you’re playing Hours – your magnificent second album – in full as a tenth anniversary celebration of said album. But you didn’t. Oh, okay, we forgive you. But only because we like you so much. Let’s see what that Gavin Lloyd thought about your show at the Camden Underworld last week.

Six things we learned watching Funeral For A Friend in London…

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Live: Of Mice & Men @ London KOKO – 18 April 2014

April 23rd, 2014

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Camden Town smells. In the sunshine, it often smells very bad indeed. On Bank Holiday Weekends, it often smells even worse than usual, thanks to all the spilled cider and puddles of drying vomit. smelled something when he caught Of Mice & Men’s headline show there just before Easter, but was it the smell of success, or just the pong of stale hype? 

Six things we learned while watching Of Mice & Men in London…

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Live: Touché Amoré @ London Underworld – 12 December 2013

January 25th, 2014

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It was a Deathwish, Inc double-header the other week when Touché Amoré and Self Defense Family came to town. Well, it was a triple-header if you count Touché Amoré-side project Dad Punchers, who opened the show. Luckily our man Alex Andrews is in to this stuff, so for him it was like getting an extra slice of fried bread with a fry-up.

6 things we learnt watching Touché Amoré in Camden:

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Live: Watain + Coltsblood @ London Camden Electric Ballroom – 08 December 2013

January 17th, 2014

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We’re not sure if Erik Danielsson was casting an unholy spell on the audience at Watain’s show at the Camden Electric Ballroom. He seems like the type. He’s certainly got all the smoke and fire and stench to carry out all manner of rituals. We asked Cheryl Carter if she could resist the hexes long enough to write a review which we’re only posting now because we lost it down the back of sofa, or whatever the digital version of that excuse may be.

6 things we learnt at watching Watain in London:

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Live: Texas Is The Reason @ London Electric Ballroom – 04 August 2013

August 6th, 2013

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Texas Is The Reason played their final ever show at the Electric Ballroom here in London on Sunday. For those in attendance, it was a pretty emotional night. Alex Andrews was there to see one of emo’s (in the traditional sense of the word) cornerstone acts say goodbye for the last time.

6 things we learned watching Texas Is the Reason in London…

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Interview: Blood Command’s Silje Tombre and Yngve Andersen in London

June 12th, 2013

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Norwegian hardcore quintet, Blood Command are most of the way through their second UK tour. With two albums and a handful of EPs, they’ve flown under the radar until now, but there’s a feeling that that’s about to change.

After playing a superb one-off show at the Old Blue Last in December 2012 (“Our manager told us to. We wanted to build up our English fanbase.” – Andersen), they’re back six months later for this tour and an appearance at Download Festival. It’s not been the easiest road to here, but it’s been a necessary one and now is the right time.

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