GODTHRYMM / WATCHER'S GUARD / BRETHREN / MISOPHONIA - Ivory Blacks, Glasgow 22.02.19
PHOTO CREDITS: PLAN9NINE Photography
From Halifax, West Yorkshire come Doom Metallers, GODTHRYMM. This band was put together by members of VALLENFYRE, MY DYING BRIDE, ANATHEMA and SOLSTICE. These seasoned musicians bring their own unique skills and experience and fuse it all together to come up with original and heavy Doom Metal music.
The venue is Glasgow’s Ivory Blacks who have unfortunately still not sorted out their lighting black hole, so stage right is shrouded in darkness while stage left is a tad overexposed! Come on Ivory Blacks…Get your lighting sorted...Please? It will make my life so much easier!
First on tonight’s agenda is newcomers, MISOPHONIA, who have a talented drummer providing the backbone of the band who intersperses rhythmic Latin patterns with heavy blast beats, mixing up that metal sound…something that works really well and compliments the band’s sound. The members are young, but certainly know how to play. They just need to work on a bit of stage-confidence and maybe a smile and some interaction with the audience would help too. One of the guitar players is much older and brings his own experience that one can only find with age! Overall, I was impressed and enjoyed the vocals and keyboards as well as the intricate guitar leads. The bass was pumping too and I’m sure we’ll see this band on the scene on a regular basis.
Next on the bill was BRETHREN, a three-piece band made up of drummer, guitarist and bass player who shared vocals. I enjoyed the music and felt they were a little under rehearsed. The drum beats were basic and could have been a lot tighter, but I’m going to keep my eye open for them as I liked them, and I think their punk edge will set them aside from other bands within the genre. They looked like they really enjoyed playing and that’s what it is all about!
I have to say I was blown away by WATCHER’S GUARD, the penultimate act of the evening. This local band played with confidence and really knew their craft inside and out! Unfortunately, the bass player did not venture out of the Ivory Black’s lighting black hole, so he could not really be seen, hence there are more photos of the ‘Sasquatch’ than him! The rest of the band were lit well enough and I got some good shots, especially of the singer who had the audience in his palm of his hand. These guys played extremely well and interacted with the audience effortlessly. Their music was slick, dark and melodic. They even described it as ‘Scottish Dour Metal’. The vocal range exceeded the norm for Doom Metal bands and I look forward to their album coming out later this year.
The time had come for GODTHRYMM and they did not disappoint. Their technical ability was impeccable and coupled together with their stage performance, the band got lost in the music and played exceedingly well. The assembled crowd enjoyed themselves too. It’s a shame the gig was a little understaffed with audience members and I think most of the people there were the support bands’ friends, maybe under 50 people, but that did not put GODTHRYMM off from putting on a stellar performance.
It’s good to see that the Doom Metal scene in Glasgow is expanding and venues like Ivory Blacks are an ideal location. I’d love to have seen more paying punters there and hopefully by the next time GODTHYRMM come back the place will be jam-packed.
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