Aluk Todolo @ Corsica Studios, London

9th November 2016
Review by Sabrina Selkis


Somewhere in some back alleys behind Elephant and Castles tube station in London UK, something very dark is brewing! In Corsica Studios , a much-loved and respected club, live music and arts destination, is an obscure  gathering of Underground Atmospheric Black Metal fans of Irish bands Mortichnia and From the Bogs of Aughiska as well as  French band Aluk Todolo.

The small intimate venue, packed already when the opening band Mortichnia starts, is probably the perfect setting for tonight’s bill. Coming freshly from Dublin-Ireland, it comes as a surprise to see that the singer of the band is missing. Nevertheless, the band ,with its sound of Black and Doom, does great at setting up the atmosphere : The guitars of D and L are shrieking, ripping spine chilling riffs making us feel cosy; B on bass has a strong stage presence and delivers greatly; all supported by P with some killing drumming. 30 minutes pass in a flash and I am left wanting more of them. Mortichnia is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Up next, another Irish group- From the Bogs of Aughiska. Mastermind Conchúir O’ Drona gave birth to this one of a kind  Dark Ambient/Black Metal project in 2009. All three musicians are dressed similarly with black trousers, white shirt, black tie and balaclava. Behind them is projecting a black and white video of rural Ireland as well as cliffs, churches and cemeteries. For 50 minutes the three members captivate the audience, there is a hypnotic power to this band. The eerie creepy fusion of sounds has an unsettling feeling and once they finish you are left wondering, “what just happened?”

Tonight’s headliner of an occult trance themed evening is the French band Aluk Todolo. The instrumental trio started in 2004.T heir sound could be defined as Psychedelic Black Metal, something I am very new to and brings your mind to a trance like state. There is magick going on with this band,and I am very glad to finally have been able to see them perform live.

Tonight was all about darkness as well as pushing the boundaries of genres we are all too familiar with. Cosmic Carnage and Old Empire manged to present a bill that is one of a kind and I bet all of us felt very lucky to witness it.