Iron Witch & Dead Existence at The Black Heart: Live Review

By on 23 September 2013


Liverpudlian sludge monsters Iron Witch recently hit London with a jaw dropping bill that also included Dead Existence, War Wolf and Slow Plague. Terrorizer’s Angela Davey braved the tinnitus and went along for the ride…




The first and only UK date of Iron Witch and Dead Existence’s European mini-tour kicks off tonight within the confines of Camden’s Black Heart. Duo Slow Plague get things off to a truly vile start with a performance of filthy crust. The pair have clear influence from Darkthrone, not just in their gritty sound, but also within the vocals which are largely the responsibility of the drummer.

Turning the crust punk up to 11 are Brighton offensive War Wolf. Full throttle riffing and seemingly endless blastbeats make up the repertoire of a set that is jam-packed full of short, relentless songs that drive the crowd into a frenzy.

Slowing things down again, old hands of the London gig circuit Dead Existence put on a performance of bleak and sprawling black psychedelia. Limited crowd interaction ensures each and every band member maintains their onstage trance and the misery and despair conveyed within each riff feels genuinely heart wrenching.

Headliners Iron Witch continue the night’s theme of hate-filled suffering with grimy guitars, howled vocals and musical nods towards sludge giants Eyehategod. Harsh, feedback ridden and completely raw, the bluesy yet brutal sounds of the Liverpudlians mentally transport their audience to the sludgy swamps of Louisiana where the gnat bites are merciless.

WORDS: Angela Davey

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