Shining and Taake performed an amazing set at the Camden Underworld on the 4th of December. Unfortunately, I was not able to gather the name of their opening band but they were equally impressive with their combination of heavy rock and black metal. The doors opened an hour late as Shining had somehow not arrived on time. We all stood, in a line of around a hundred people, surrounded by the ambience of police sirens and homeless people asking for change. For some reason, the homeless people were also asking for spare tickets to the concert (Not sure if they’d enjoy it as much as they’d hoped) however, it was still someone comical.
It was amazing to see such a large group of friendly (Yes, friendly!) metallers clad in spikes and laden with hundreds of patches, sharing the same passion for two mighty bands that would rarely be heard outside the confines of their native countries. When the doors did open, I was able to catch my first glimpse into the venue perfectly titled ‘The Underworld’. Immediately, fans were treated to a heavily stocked merch store containing the usual suspects of band patches, t-shirts, and CD’s. (It is always tempting to be the first to purchase and possibly get the only two t-shirts in small, but you are soon confronted with terrible realization that moshing is indeed impossible while holding said merch) There was also a copy of Niklas Kvarforth’s book ‘When Prozac No Longer Woks’ which I highly regret not buying. Alas, I had already spent my merch money on other things, including a Shining back patch with the words ‘We are the enemy’ written defining under a skull and crossed needles.
Both performances were full of passion and energy from the bands and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves a lot – all except for Niklas (Vocalist of Shining) who was not only suffering heavily from the flu and vomiting profusely on stage, but was also subject to having screwed up paper thrown at him. He responded by walking off stage and saying that they would no longer be playing, which I fully respected. The did, however, play 3 more songs for us before he had decided that it was time to call it a night and go to the hospital. No hard feelings, I just hope he gets well and back to dominating the stage again soon.
Thank you to anyone that reads this and finds some enjoyment, I hope that my writing improves and I can give more concise comments on any underground gigs that are going on in the Bristol/London areas soon.
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