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Live: Arch Enemy + Kreator @ London Kentish Town Forum – 18 December 2014

December 23rd, 2014

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Look, we know it’s nearly Christmas, but that doesn’t mean that the relentless touring machine at the heart of heavy metal has stopped yet. Kreator and Arch Enemy have only just finished a punishing double-headliner tour. We sent Pete Long along to headbang himself senseless at the London leg of the tour.

6 things we learnt while watching Arch Enemy and Kreator in London:

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Live: Behemoth @ London Kentish Town Forum – 10 February 2014

February 14th, 2014

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With their new album The Satanist only just released (and already getting plenty of plaudits), Behemoth came to London this week to headline a show on top of a stacked bill of bands to remind people why it’s already being touted as an early contender for one of the albums of the year. Okay, technically it was a co-headline with Cradle of Filth, but there was no argument over who was going on last. Cheryl Carter hit the Kentish Town Forum early doors to catch the whole show. Well, nearly the whole show.

6 things we learnt while watching Behemoth in London:

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Live: Motionless in White @ London Kentish Town Forum – 21 September 2013

September 24th, 2013

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The triple threat of Motionless in White, The Defiled and Glamour of the Kill might give some people nightmares about bad haircuts and too much make-up, but for others it’s a goth-fuelled dream. Those people were all in Kentish Town watching the gig with Gavin Lloyd, who’s also bang up for dreaming about goths. And then writing about them.

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Live & Photos: Andrew W.K. @ London HMV Forum – 12 April 2012

April 16th, 2012

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Andrew W.K. is something of a living legend. After he told us all about movies in 2010 and 2011, there was little chance of NOT going to follow him around the UK. We went to see him in London and then we went to see him in Manchester, where Gary Wolstenholme took some cool photos of the ‘Party Hard’ god. Whilst reading this review, you ought to listen to I Get Wet. It’s the right thing to do.

Six things we took away from partying hard with Andrew W.K. in London:

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Live: Arch Enemy @ Kentish Town Forum – Saturday 27 November 2010

November 30th, 2010

Remember that volcanic ash cloud that balls’d up every plane flight in Western Europe earlier this year? Tom Dare does – the bloody thing stopped Arch Enemy coming to town. Last weekend he busted down to their rescheduled gig.

I have a dream. That one day, rock writers may go to a gig at The Kentish Town Forum and not bitch about sound problems. That every band will come on and sound crystal clear and at a respectable volume. That day is not today, however – and is probably further away than the day The Horned One toddles off to work driving a snow plough whistling ‘I Feel Pretty’ – but most of the bands come as close to overcoming these problems as you could really ask of them.

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Live: Deftones @ London Kentish Town Forum – Thursday, 27 August 2009

September 1st, 2009

When the mighty Deftones strolled into town to play a warm-up show before their Reading & Leeds Festival appearances, Amit Sharma was down the front, up the side and slumped at the back. It was a good show.

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It’s pretty obvious this sticky Thursday evening in London Town that the hottest ticket going is for Deftones’ Reading Festival warm up show at the Kentish Town Forum. It’s been over two years since the Sacramento quintet graced our shores and tickets were snapped up pretty quick given that this venue is less than half the size of Brixton Academy where they usually perform.

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Photos + Live: Funeral For A Friend @ London Kentish Town Forum – 04 November 2008

November 12th, 2008

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It’s election night in America and on televisions across the world, but in Kentish Town, London it’s all about Funeral For A Friend.

The Forum is packed full and despite the chilly climes outside, there is steam rising from the sweaty shoulders of the moshpit, leaving the venue rather humid.

Mixing classics like ‘Escape Artists Never Die’ with fresher cuts from their recent album, Memory And Humanity, the set was balanced as well as varied.

Playing those old songs gave all those here who have followed the band from the start exactly what they wanted while the new songs were played to new and old fans alike. The reaction was the same, regardless.

There were shoes and CDs flung onstage, hands raised, calls answered and riffs slain tonight.

It was just another Funeral For a Friend show.

Funeral For A Friend @ London Forum photo gallery by Lynsey Wright

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