RISING SWEDISH FREAK-METALLERS DO SOME SERIOUS CLOWNING AROUND IN THE CAPITAL
LIKE A set from American Horror Story, Swedish metallers Avatar tonight have the most messed-up circus act in all of London. At face value, the illuminated podium, the creepy-looking lights and the jester paint job smacked across frontman Johannes Eckerström’s face are almost as silly as Donald Trump’s wig.
Almost… However, once you’re brought into their freak show, it’s safe to say that this is a metal gig that has been perfectly crafted to rival KISS in the entertainment stakes. But before that, making their UK debut are fellow Swedes The Last Band, whose Cancer-batsmeets-in-flames ragers loudly crash into the audience. But then Avatar tumble onstage.“i don’t know if it’s the fish and chips or the shepherd’s pie, but it Smells Like A Freakshow!” exclaims the ever-jubilant Johannes, as he leads proceedings with the charm of an old-school ringmaster. The rest of the band, meanwhile, should win the world’s first-ever Synchronized Hair-swooshing Championship, as they headbang perfectly in time to one another over their Satanic riffs. It’s all delightfully over the top, and The Eagle Has Landed from inventive new album Feathers & Flesh is performed with all the theatrics you would expect. If you’re one of those people that think metal has lost a little bit of its fun side, then Avatar are the band whose Big Top you’ll want to step into very soon.