Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Equilibrium, Heidevolk and Finsterforst - Live Review 2016

Finsterforst
Monday October 3rd at the Underworld in Camden and we’re filling up fast. This feels like a sold out venue. The air is fun and the anticipation is just building. The first band, Finsterforst, take the stage with a sort of casual excitement. No build, no bullshit, just let’s get this started. Clad in dirty shirts this band kick up some energy and dance. Their music is actually quite brutal and powerful for a band that feels so casual. Giving a great effort to get things started with that first punch of a guitar sound and insistent drumming. A nod to their new EP YOLO sees the singer adorn a glowing and flashing green pair of large square glasses. This feels quite iconic for their general approach, laid back and laughing, they scream out at us with powerful metal.

Finsterforst
With a slightly different outlook Heidevolk come chanting and celebrating their Metal. A lot more like drunk Vikings, these lot come forth ridding their music like battle clad warriors. There’s a sense of a somewhat German power metal in the air. Their two singers make for a somewhat awkward fit on the Underworlds small venue but they certainly show off their lungs and take up their banner. In sheer brutality, these guys are a bit of a dip for the night, however with beer in hands they invite us to a Viking brawl.

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Finsterforst

Born to be epic is a phrase that captures these guys perfectly and like I said, the venue seemed pretty full, so they are obviously doing something right. It’s also nice to see how well the night flowed in spite of everything. There wasn’t a crowd purely for one band the line-up complimented each other well and we’re quickly finding ourselves before Equilibrium. Recently I’ve had trouble describing Equilibrium’s sound, they’re brutal and heavy with a pounding guitar sound and deep growling vocals. They’re also very folk and dancy. Their ability to combine moments of folk blends so well and easily but also sounds like it shouldn’t work. This comes across in their performances and all in all born to be epic is just a phrase that describes this perfectly. The crowd’s willingness to dance, jump and enter the wall of death is so harmonious and fun that it can be surprising that the band pulled it off. Hard and fast they give a powerful performance and complete the night with a strong cry out to something greater than the venue.

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Equilibrium

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