NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL LEGENDS REVISIT THEIR DARKEST HOUR IN FULL
■ ASYOU read in last week’s rundown of the 50 most evil Songs ever, mayhem’s Freezing moon finished first thanks to the fiery, blood-spattered events leading up to the recording of parent album De mysteriis Dom Sathanas. tonight, the Norwegian black metal legends play the whole thing in full, at a show darker than the inside of a sealed tomb. as a warm-up, we get the claustrophobic, nasty grindcore of Brit horriblists Dragged Into Sunlight.with a seemingly never-ending strobe silhouetting the band as they churn out their furious din with backs to the audience, they’re possibly the most hateful thing to come out of the UK since Katie Hopkins. although this abrasive din is far less annoying on the ear. But if you thought that was dark, it’s midday sun next to mayhem. In their robes and corpsepaint, they look like dug-up monks, except for frontman attila Csihar, who looks like a dug-up priest.that is, when you actually can see them through the clouds of smoke that fill the stage throughout. But the atmosphere this creates is the perfect accompaniment to the raw, scything evil of the music. Bad sound means that the opening one-two of Funeral Fog and Freezing moon lack a certain layer of frost, but Buried By Time and Dust and the blood-freezing Pagan Fears are spectacularly nasty. For an album so mired in tragedy, grief and horror, tonight the blackness in its heart also proves weirdly uplifting, a celebration of musical murk.