Metal Hammer (UK) - - Live Reviews - STEPHEN HILL


It’s rainy, windy and hor­ri­ble on the streets of Lon­don this evening. But those who do ven­ture out to (al­most) fill The Old Blue Last are re­warded by an ex­cel­lent set from Bris­to­lians PhoXJaw, who man­age to balance them­selves pre­car­i­ously be­tween wiry post-hard­core and straightup, hairy-bol­locked, hard rock riff­ing.

The re­sults are of­ten great and, such as on tracks like Tricer­atops, can be gen­uinely bril­liant. Ones to keep a beady eye on. Af­ter re­leas­ing one of the most in­ter­est­ing and unique de­buts of 2018 in Black Wash, Pa­gan have a crowd hyped with an­tic­i­pa­tion for their first gig in Lon­don. The band couldn’t be hap­pier ei­ther, with vo­cal­ist Nikki Bru­men grin­ning from ear to ear as she tells the room how ex­cited she is to be here, be­fore jump­ing head­first into the crowd and scream­ing her guts up. It’s this kind of use of dy­nam­ics that have made Pa­gan such a thrilling propo­si­tion, while songs like Blood Moon are full of blast­beats and metal­lic snarl, the disco stomp and Nikki’s Madonna full dance moves mean you never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen next. A strong first com­mu­nion for Pa­gan’s cult.

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