KING GOAT / OUTSHINE - Classic Grand, Glasgow 25.10.18
PHOTO CREDITS: MB PHOTOGRAPHY SCOTLAND
KING GOAT arrived in Glasgow tonight all the way from their home town on the south coast with a change of venue to the Classic Grand in Glasgow’s city centre. They are touring the UK on a four date foray with Swedish veterans OUTSHINE.
OUTSHINE have been building their quality, experience and wisdom for more than a decade now and have relatively recently moved from a four to three piece with guitarist Jimmy Norberg taking on vocal duties. In fact, tonight’s show is his first live appearance as the fully rounded front man - something he approaches with humble trepidation.
Together with bandmates Niklas Ingvarsson (bass) and Alexander Lundgren (drums), Norberg controls proceedings with carefully synchronised backing tracks. The band are powerful and flit between doom, melancholy and a hint of ’80s Depeche Mode as they tackle their industrial short set.
The melancholy feel is best expressed in this year’s track ‘Love is Dead’, with a jangling piano intro, shuddering bass and vibe that reminds of The Sisters of Mercy. This is an accomplished band who would clearly have been apprehensive about the restructure but by god they pulled it off.
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KING GOAT play doom metal and they make sure the doom is felt across the room. The room tonight is far from full but the atmosphere is spot on for a band that place a huge emphasis on the show they put on.
The scene is set before the band step on stage as the house smoke machine seems to have been promised overtime just in time for the weekend. Fog bellows across the stage and into the crowd much to the delight of all but the DTF photographer.
Trim (vocals), Petros (guitar), Joe (guitar), Reza (bass), Jon (drums) and Kate (keyboards) step on stage through the thick mist and take their places. Whilst the band wear the stereotypical black, there are some not so subtle differences. Some of the band are hooded (nothing unusual about that in Glasgow city centre) but more strikingly, the singer Trim is shrouded in a dark cloak, gloves and face covering that ensures his face is unseen throughout the gig.
KING GOAT’s material is powerful, technical and at times anthemic, with some songs seemingly bleeding into others creating a journey through their material that has the crowd transfixed. The band have two albums to draw from and they really deserve your attention if you like to be lost in the shade of music. With little crowd engagement beyond a few words, ‘Conduit’, from the album of the same name, is the power play of the night with it’s guttural riffs and sung lyrics. Why ‘sung’? Because this isn’t a band that you might expect to rely on screams and shouts. Instead, the vocals switch from those brutal vocals to beautifully sung parts that remind me of the premier league Ghost.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from tonight and what I saw was hazy but what I heard was supreme.
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