Pubs, a watering hole full of opportunity. New relationships formed, long lost friends reunited and standing at the crux of this social hub lies of course the art of conversation. When the beer is free flowing many a question are posed often about music and as the best albums are argued over the other inevitability is whittled down to “Who is the best live band ever?“.
Cautioning us against what would be most wisely left avoided Nile released their gut wrenchingly destructive effort What Should Not Be Unearthed last year. Having already treated us Brits to their premier league Death Metal back in September the band return once more into the tombs of The Dome in the catacombs of Tufnell Park.
Dissonance has become a buzzword in the Metal community. Known for its cacophonic tendencies the word tends get thrown around to enrich a band whos sound maybe be somewhat lacking. Returning back in 2013 an enriched line up ushered in the phenomenal return of Gorguts. Having released one of the most truly dissonant albums of their time, the classic Obscura to say the band are pioneers of the genre would be an injustice. Now shortly before unveiling their brand new EP Pleadies Dust our Canadian brethren roll into town to deliver an unlistenable sermon.
There are bands out there that truly separate the men from the boys. Known for their overtly manly personas Amon Amarth are truly a sight to behold. Having begun their quest for Valhalla in 1992, twenty six years on they would be forgiven perhaps for running out of steam. Yet with their brand new and incredible album Jomsviking imminently released the band are anything but. Returning to their humble beginnings to the cavernous venue that once greeted them before excelling beyond their wildest imaginations.
Relationships are indeed a strange affair coming in all sorts of sizes. Easily the most important opinion out there, fans truly are the back bone to a band. Having had a home from home in the UK since their inception Trivium have always been our Florida heroes. Releasing their excellent album Silence In The Snow has seen the band headline festivals and perform in major player venues yet as yet another example of interaction with their fans the band have opted to forget sell out capital dates and visit our more colloquial of Metalheads. Taking a trip up Norwich we went to see just what the band had in store…
Recovery is a peculiar affair, sometimes taking weeks, months or even years. Psychological or otherwise sometimes recovery is beyond the means of the subject. Releasing what was deemed one of James Hetfield’s favourite records of 2015, Baroness released their obstimate aneighbors ever so slightly tainted cry that was Purple. Not having toured the UK since before their incident, the return of these fuzz kings is particularly poignant.
Forging a creative path that many would hardly conceive in a lifetime Textures have announced their return this year. Releasing their brand new album Phenotype this month the band embarked on their Oceans Collide tour. Currently performing all over Europe, Textures brought their brand new show comprising material from their early beginnings in Polars right up until their conceptual tour de force Phenotype to London for one night only.
Once again we are plagued to the greedy maw of London’s venues with a particularly early start time at London’s Koko tonight to ensure that Club NME can still go ahead… However before that we embark on a journey of the metaphysical in both sound and spirit. Joined by Nordic Giants and The Contortionist, Tesseract will take to a sold out Koko’s stage later this evening to reveal just what makes this band absolutely exceptional.
Technicality and emotion are not exactly something that you would deem would go hand in hand. Making their UK debut this July at the fast growing Tech Fest, for those who were there Agent Fresco were an undoubtable highlight of the fast growing festival. With the release of new album Destrier behind them the band embark on their first UK headline tour however before we can get back to our favourite Icelandic bunch we were able to pay heed to some fantastic up and coming bands tonight.
The world is very much a different place than it was back in the day. The ability of streaming, social media and the like it makes it easier than ever to be able to listen to music but not necessarily support the artist. With this in mind the focus has been brought to the detail surrounding tours, offering a more eclectic line up in recent days.
Recalling a time long since gone Camden Town used to the hub of all things alternative sadly a far cry from it’s former glory the borough now houses more disposable knock offs than rare finds of genius. With this sentiment in mind we move into London’s Koko which tonight will house a true hero of the Gothic calling and poster band for the times of controversy and rebellion that the borough used to stand for.
The best laids plans of mice and men often go awry. Arriving bright eyed and bushy tailed for tonight’s performance it seems that perhaps our Norwegian’s don’t share quite the same enthusiasm. Annoyingly the band are stuck in traffic after some problems in transit but at last arrive at the slightly later than planned time. Normally not being an issue but as we are treated to three bands on tonight’s bill it does cause some problems for some.