Bong

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Subterrane­a Lives -

THE BLACK HEART, LON­DON If your aim is to reach the in­fi­nite then the num­ber of peo­ple it takes to reach that goal is go­ing to be a moot point. Tonight, Bong have been dis­tilled to the nu­cleus of a three-piece, but ul­ti­mately the con­fines of the Black Heart are go­ing to be re­vealed as some ar­bi­trary men­tal con­struct, giv­ing way to vast reaches beyond. Tonight is a show­case for the new al­bum, Thought And Ex­is­tence, but like any band whose pri­mary weapon is res­o­nance, theirs is a set that re­veals an en­velop­ing dy­namic all of its own. It be­gins with dron­ing gui­tar fre­quen­cies, drums like a nat­u­ral aeons-old phe­nom­e­non re­vealed in lan­guid time-lapse, and Dave Terry’s monotone in­can­ta­tions. At first you feel as though you’re not sure if the drugs have kicked in yet. But such is the cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect that with­out warn­ing, you’re in the cen­tre of a bound­less state of bliss as lay­ers are added, riffs un­furl and it all co­ag­u­lates into a se­ries of seis­mic jud­ders like a post-coital mo­ment with the cos­mos.

JONATHAN SELZER

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