8th December, 2015
Review and Photography by Stephen Buss
Taking the stage tonight at the Underworld, Camden are four huge bands from overseas, who all consider themselves to be underground. Maybe this packed out show will prove that they have more followers than they might have originally thought.
Boris The Blade opened up the dark scene and the floor filled up with pits before the first note. This was going to be a show to remember.
With a swing of his arms, their vocalist swirled up the crowd into a rampant frenzy. His huge vocals and overwhelming presence gave him the majority view.
The band played a powerful non-stop set that kept the fans cheering along and everyone hiding at the back jumped forward. Their trip from Down Under was met with huge applause and a lot of the crowd seemed to come down just for them. Hopefully they’ll be able to tour through the UK again soon.
Taking the stage with an almost operatic opening, Fallujah. Huge banging beats marked an electric performance from this group of metal heads, obsessed with fast beats, down right dirty vocals and speedy guitar playing.
They were going to take control of this stage and grow the audience, even if it meant dragging those from the back themselves. They kept a great interaction with the band, calling for windmills and pits.
The high notes that their guitarists, Scott Carstairs and Brian James managed to pull out, had an element of 8 string beauty, as might be found in a more complicated piece by a bnd like Animals As Leaders, but they owned it and truly made it their own.
With a huge, intense start and a backing track that featured a ton of vocals, Within The Ruins took to the stage. They were fast and hit the crowd with enough of a sound to drive those pushing forward back.
They’re all huge guys and their vocalist, Tim Goergen, stature really dominated the stage.
Their speed was almost unbelievable. How drummer name, managed to keep up the pace is insane and makes seeing them live a fantastic experience.
The quality of performance that they also managed to create really upped the game in anticipation for Carnifex.
Carnifex increased the intensity of everything at the Underworld. They started as a rampaging force and it never let up. With huge riffs and the mind blowing beats of the drums, the crowd were eager to let everything go and get dirty to the sickening sounds of Carnifex.
Their vocalist, Scott Ian Lewis, holding his microphone like the sword he’ll use to end all in his path, takes his place centre stage with a hand held high for everyone to see his full presence. Then letting out a bloody curdling roar he leads the crowd in a chorus of awe inspiring devastation. Satan’s own voice is heard throughout the venue as Scott roars. There’s nothing forced in his performance. He has taken control of every mouth in the room and uses them to shout back his dark lyrics.
When guitarist, Cory Arford, growls along into his blood red microphone, the demons in the crowd raise their heads to sky and howl along. Every not hit and the complicated patterns in the music combine to build a devastating orgy of sounds, backed by the relentless pedal work of drummer, Shawn Cameron.
And bassist, Fred Calderon, works with him methodically tracing his fingers along the neck of his bass with expert precision while he calls for the crowd to move.
Carnifex put on a huge show and their audience should keep growing. After their last show, supporting Parkway Drive at The Roundhouse and now leading the charge at The Underworld, there’s no stopping this force. They’ve already been entertaining their fans for ten years as an underground movement. Maybe now is their time to step out of the darkness and blacken the land at their feet.