Sep­ticflesh

IN­QUI­SI­TION/STAHLSARG

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews - DAYAL PAT­TER­SON

UN­DER­WORLD, LON­DON BLACK METAL TI­TANS COM­BINE THEIR FORCES

ORIG­I­NALLY AN EAST­ERN Front spin-off, STAHLSARG [8] shave found them­selves with a re­cent sec­ond al­bum, Mech­a­nisms Of Mis­an­thropy. Tonight they demon­strate the same at­mo­spheric and em­bit­tered BM heard there to great ef­fect. Many of those as­sem­bled here have come to see IN­QUI­SI­TION [9] and few are dis­ap­pointed with what they ex­pe­ri­ence. The duo re­main a unique ex­pe­ri­ence live. This is sec­ond-wave, Scan­di­na­vian-in­spired BM stripped down to its most min­i­mal com­po­nents: namely a sin­gle layer of gui­tars, for­mi­da­ble per­cus­sion and those in­stantly recog­nis­able croaked vo­cals. Suc­ces­sive al­bums have seen an in­creas­ingly psy­che­delic and oth­er­worldly lean­ing and it’s im­pres­sive that on­stage they are able to con­vey this strange rit­u­al­is­tic and con­scious­ness-bend­ing at­mos­phere, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously de­liv­er­ing straight-up au­ral bar­bar­ity. In con­trast, SEP­TICFLESH [7] are a larger, slicker and more bom­bas­tic propo­si­tion and the com­bi­na­tion of bands is jar­ring. Still, it’s hard not to be im­pressed by the in­ten­sity and mu­si­cian­ship of the Greek vet­er­ans and they at­tract a just as pas­sion­ate and size­able crowd. Un­sur­pris­ingly – but nev­er­the­less dis­ap­point­ing – they lean heav­ily to­ward more re­cent ma­te­rial, omit­ting older clas­sics. An­other is­sue is the use of play­back; Sep­ticflesh are a sym­phonic band and not hav­ing at least one key­board player or clean vo­cal­ist feels like an over­sight. At one point we’re urged to “hear and feel” the choir – well, we can hear them, but we can’t see them, which is a bit un­nerv­ing.

Sep­ticflesh: he­roes from an­other di­men­sion

In­qui­si­tion trip the blight fan­tas­tic

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