Hooded Men­ace

WITCHSORROW/ COLTSBLOOD

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Subterranea - COLTSBLOOD [8] ALAS­TAIR RID­DELL

THE BLACK HEART, LON­DON

The Black Heart is buzzing. Lit­er­ally. As Liver­pool’s

play, the out­side of the venue is vi­brat­ing un­der the as­sault. This is slow-mo­tion doom fil­tered though lo-fi black metal and played at a vol­ume il­le­gal in half of Eu­rope. Culling half their set from ca­reer-high new al­bum Hex­en­ham­mer,

WITCHSORROW [8] fea­ture tarpit gui­tars and a lump ham­mer to the midriff rhythm sec­tion as they dole out Sab­bathian doom with DNA traces of Cathe­dral and Saint Vi­tus. De­mons Of The Mind is both catchy and skull-smash­ingly heavy and God Curse Us may well be a trib­ute to South West Trains. Fin­nish death doom­sters HOODED

MEN­ACE [9] look to the early days of Amor­phis, as well as the Dews­bury gothic of early Par­adise Lost and My Dy­ing Bride. They don’t lack heav­i­ness but also have the knack for the bleak windswept moor-evok­ing har­monies and down­beat melodies of the early 90s. A glo­ri­ously mis­er­able and a epi­cally dour ex­pe­ri­ence.

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