THE BLACK HEART, LONDON
SEPREVATION  kick tonight off with a blast of fire and fury. They perform better with a fully warmed-up crowd, but their speedy old-school thrash/death raises the spirits of the early arrivees. DECREPIT  deliver expertly executed, no-nonsense death metal. Though a few loyal fans go wild, their performance becomes rather monotonous due to songs clearly in thrall to the likes of Decide and Vital Remains. Norwegians REPTILIAN  start off slow, dark and heavy, with a style of dissonant, nightmarish but a doomy death metal. Their set gets faster towards the end without losing its griminess, bordering on the atmosphere of compatriots Obliteration. Fellow Norwegians EXECRATION  are known for their unique approach. They manage to combine a multitude of influences – mostly of primitive death metal with progressive elements – into a massively engaging live show. It’s a thrilling performance, and offers proof that Norwegian extreme metal is evolving while still channelling its original potency.