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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: 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: Architects @ London KOKO – 14 March 2014

March 20th, 2014

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Over three long years ago, many predicted that Architects’ headline show at KOKO on the eve of the release of The Here and Now was the start of an album campaign that would catapult the band into mainstream greatness. That didn’t happen, and the band have spent several years working on rebuilding the momentum that got them to that point. Now they’re back at the venue where that journey began at – will history repeat itself? Gavin Lloyd was on hand to bear witness.

6 things we learnt watching Architects in London:

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Interview: Ville Valo of HIM talks Hallowe’en and Satanism

November 7th, 2013

Sometimes the planets align. Hallowe’en was such a night for our resident Finnophile, Catherine Morris as she sat down with Ville Valo to talk about the relationship between HIM and Satanism on the eeriest of evenings…

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What most people don’t know about the Finnish love metallers, HIM is that at the heart of the band, underneath all that soppy stuff, is a deep love and appreciation for all things weird and dark. That started in singer and principal songwriter, Ville Valo’s youth and continues to permeate both the band’s aesthetic and sensibilities to this day.

With that in mind, and with it also being Halloween, I sat down with Ville before the band’s sold out show at KOKO and decided to pick his brain about Satanism, the occult, and the celebrated day itself. Here’s what he had to say on the subject. (Clue: a LOT.)

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Live & Photos: Bring Me The Horizon @ London Camden Koko – 07 May 2013

May 8th, 2013

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This is the week Sempiternal was meant to be released before those damned leakers leaked the crap out of Bring Me The Horizon‘s excellent fourth album. This is the London leg of their release tour and if you’re thinking, “Oh, they’re only playing Koko,” it’s because this is a special intimate show. We crowbarred our way into the gig.

Pre-gig meal: Sainsbury’s prawn mayonnaise sandwich, standing outside the venue.

6 things we learnt when we saw BMTH in Camden…

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Live: Cancer Bats, Turbowolf + Brutality Will Prevail @ London KOKO – 15 March 2013

March 18th, 2013

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If you don’t like  Cancer Bats, we’re not sure we can stay friends. If you also don’t like Turbowolf, well…let’d not even talk about that. If you don’t like Brutality Will Prevail…okay, we;ll let that one pass. Anyhow, all three of them packed out London’s KOKO on Friday night for Cancer Bats’ largest UK headline show to date. That’s why we’re going on about them in a spurious intro paragraph, obviously. We sent Gavin Lloyd along to see if the Bats were up to the challenge. (HINT: they were).

Six things we learnt watching Cancer Bats play their biggest UK headline show to date:

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Live: Kamelot @ London Koko – Sunday 28th March 2010

April 8th, 2010

Tom Dare is an unashamed power metal fan. Which is why he pretty much creamed himself when Kamelot stopped over in London for the sole UK date of their 2010 European tour.

Kamelot are one of those bands frequently clumped in with those acts sometimes referred to as “Euro metal”- probably they’re on SPV (for now), they’ve got a vocally gymnastic singer and they use keyboards. The large crowd queuing to get into Koko tonight have clearly not heard that Euro metal is unfashionable, and good on them- what’s more metal than bucking the trend, after all?

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Clutch: “Maryland is known for crabs – just crabs”

November 10th, 2009

We’d bet good money that you’ve never seen a live band better than Maryland rockers, Clutch. Don’t even pretend you know better. Which is why we sent Amit Sharma to corner drummer Jean-Paul Gaster when the band played in London last week..

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Strange Cousins From The West sounds killer! How did you come up with the album title?
“It’s one of the lines out of the song ‘Minotaur’ – it seems like that’s one of the most difficult things for us to do: actually naming the album, we always struggle with that for some reason! Neil [Fallon, vocals] is usually best at that, he writes all the lyrics for the band (thankfully). We kicked around some ideas and that sort of struck a chord – it’s a real visual kinda thing and I think everyone’s probably got some strange cousins from the West!”

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