and Me And That Man

BLACK METAL OUT­LAW AND HIS OTHER BLOKE GRAB A FIST­FUL OF KS AT DE­BUT SHOW

Kerrang! (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: JOHN LONGBOTTOM PHOTO: CHRIS CASEY

■ TONIGHT IS an evening of firsts. It’s the first time that me and That man have ever played a show. It’s the first time that Ner­gal – bet­ter known for his day job as the un­stop­pable front­man of Sa­tanic black metal mon­sters, Be­he­moth – has ever per­formed at Cam­den’s Jazz Café. It’s also the first time that he’s ever stood in front of a sold-out crowd and belted out a cover of Talk­ing Heads’ Psy­cho Killer (‘Qu’est-ce que c’est!’ he booms, sur­re­ally, beam­ing from ear to ear).you cer­tainly wouldn’t get that at a Be­he­moth show. But this isn’t a Be­he­moth show.their de­but al­bum, the 4K-rated Songs of love and Death, is barely two days old, and yet fans ea­gerly croon along with preacher man Ner­gal and his new part­ner in crime, singer/ gui­tarist, John Porter.

The pair prowl ex­pertly through a bleak, desert-like sound­scape of bluesy riffs and coun­try rhythms, re­gal­ing the crowd with songs about death, Christ, vam­pires and voodoo – all the while chan­nelling the deep­est blacks of Johnny Cash, Nick Cave and Tom Petty.

ain’t much lov­ing broods and builds, pound­ing away so in­tensely you can al­most see the chain gang break­ing rocks, while love & Death of­fers a more en­er­getic ap­proach to the macabre pro­ceed­ings. watch­ing the dy­namic be­tween Ner­gal and John, you’d be for­given for think­ing this pair of out­laws had been play­ing to­gether for a life­time.“not fuck­ing bad for a first show!” yells Ner­gal, shat­ter­ing any il­lu­sions with his un­der­stated part­ing dec­la­ra­tion.

Tonight may in­deed be an evening of firsts. But we get the dis­tinct feel­ing this won’t be the last time me and That man ride into town as out­laws and leave, coats flap­ping in the wind, as ev­ery­one’s favourite anti-he­roes.

No­body was go­ing to show Ner­gal up with their fas­ci­na­tor at As­cot Ladies’ Day. Not again

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