NOR­WE­GIAN BLACK METAL LEG­ENDS RE­VISIT THEIR DARK­EST HOUR IN FULL

Kerrang! (UK) - - Lives - NICK RUSKELL

■ 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.

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