BOS­TON MU­SIC ROOM, LON­DON A mes­meris­ing cer­e­mony at the 70s rock al­tar

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Live Reviews - ALEX DELLER

lowen have pulled the short straw and landed tonight’s early shift, putting in a per­for­mance that can’t quite make up its mind whether to plod or soar. Nina Saeidi’s im­pres­sive voice is the def­i­nite high­light, and, while they could do with hon­ing their stage­craft, their proggy doom is nonethe­less in­ter­est­ing. We head from nuance and at­mos­phere to pri­mal atavism with Blood oF The sun, a Texan sex­tet whose choo­gly retro rock wor­ships at the al­tar of Moun­tain, Foghat and Sixty Watt Shaman. Bash­ing out riff af­ter frothy riff and clos­ing on a ram­bunc­tious ren­di­tion of I Just Want To Make Love To You, they leave you with the im­pres­sion that they would play with the same gusto whether they were rock­ing a pal’s bar­be­cue or head­lin­ing Al­ta­mont. It seems ap­pro­pri­ate that a band named lu­cIFer should take the stage on an un­sea­son­ably warm Oc­to­ber night, even if their mu­sic is less the prod­uct of Hell’s foul pits than years ap­pre­ci­at­ing clas­sic rock LPs. From opener Faux Pharaoh in, it’s clear that the re­freshed line-up has locked nicely into place, with the band’s boom­ing live sound a mil­lion miles away from their re­strained recorded ma­te­rial. Gui­tarists Martin Nordin and Li­nus Björk­lund trade pro­tean, blues-in­fused riff­ing and taste­ful shred while drum­mer Nicke An­der­s­son (yep, him from En­tombed and The Hel­la­copters) keeps the pace swing­ing spryly. Star of the show, though, is singer Jo­hanna Sado­nis, whose rich, res­o­nant voice makes you feel like you’re be­ing beaten with a base­ball bat wrapped in black vel­vet. Tracks like Abra­cadabra, Dreamer and the shame­lessly Sab­bathantine

Anu­bis un­du­late at her com­mand, the singer wield­ing a strange hyp­notic power that runs through ev­ery ac­tion, be it star­ing pierc­ingly into the crowd, swig­ging ca­su­ally from a bot­tle of wine or in­dulging in a slow-mo­tion, fan-as­sisted head­bang.

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