Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Cattle Decapitation, Ingested and Unfathomable Ruination at Nambucca, London - Live Review


Cattle Decapitation

It's a long wait in London, 24th June. It's dark and sound checks go on and on. One fears that this may cut sets short. Nambucca is like a large pub venue. It certainly has the space but only just. It's crossing the boundaries between pub and small venue. The stage has no barrier and little space. There is a large amount of frustrated anticipation as crowds flock. Through the dark air a roar tears through the silence as Unfathomable Ruination take the stage. Deep and brutal their music is a blunt force trauma but what impresses the most is the standard of playing – especially the bassist. This wait was like the anticipation of war if this band is any indication of it. The audience are eager and throw themselves into the music and the pit. This brutality was quick to get right in your face and through it. They play well, fast and brutal. Perhaps the wait was their perfectionism in sound checking? Hard to know.

Unfathomable Ruination
Facebook: /unfathomable.ruination.official

Ingested
follow and already an excited grin takes the singer who bobs with anticipation as if in the pit himself about to charge any opponents with a strong bulk muscle smash into your ears. The air reeks of the anticipation again. Unfathomable Ruination could not finish what was eager excitement by the crowds, only strengthen it. Ingested are quick to smash through in a brutal insistence of brutality. Ingested only up the ante. Somehow the room darkens and in bold precision of drums and guitar that at times feels groovy despite the chaos of grindcore power. Pig squeals rein over guitars that are relentless in punishing you. You wanted a war we'll bring you one. Their set only hindered but the occasional technical glitch – perhaps Unfathomable Ruination weren't being perfectionists. The crowd eat this up though, their brutal moshpit a clear reflection of the excitement of the music that they love and it's a powerful experience.


Ingested
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The headliners, Cattle Decapitation, have a big build up to complete. A pay off built up this far with everyone ready for the fierce battle ahead, can be a hard act to follow. The biggest shame was not with the band and not even with the audience. Technical issues plagued them throughout. This made the show a very hard gig to play. Songs literally cut out and instruments and MICs literally rendered songs wrong and/or impossible. Despite this the band and audience shined out far above. Despite obvious frustrations there was a certain magic to a crowd that unprompted by the band, but annoyed with the technical issues, sing the bands choruses in a mighty roar that must have shook the venue. I have never seen anything quite like this, I've never known sound issues to so completely trouble a band only for them to rise above it and for each song to carry the momentum and power of the first song and last song a band could play at the same time. The audience participation was impressive as if band and audience were as one, even more impressive that the songs sung by the audience were the most recent. Cattle Decapitation are a huge band to that audience that supported them through thick and thin and fought to the last bone. A shockingly impressive gig full of the tough violence that Cattle Decapitation play and the audience immersed themselves in eagerly. So unfortunate that sound was an issue from time to time but, then again, this only seemed to strengthen the performance and support from the audience.

Cattle Decapitation
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We also had a chance to speak to Josh Elmore of Cattle Decapitation and the interview will be up soon.

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