Shining/Enthroned/Svart Crown/Order of Apollyon @ Underworld, London

With the Shining’s apparent refusal to play anywhere other than London in the UK, grimsters have travelled far and wide to get their frostbitten fix. With this in mind what better warm up than blackened death debutees Order Of Apollyon, despite this being their first ever time playing together in the same room, the supergroup consisted of members from Akercocke, Aborted and Cradle of Filth. Regardless of their lack of gigging OoA manage to pull off a pristine set showcasing their first album and collecting up more minions along the way.

Next up is Svart Crown, who’s equally brutal blackened death attracts a larger crowd to unleash their varied tempos with a calm and collected live presence. The French metallic furies are definitely a diamond of a find for those here who haven’t heard of them before and cause the first pit of the evening. Lead support Enthroned appear to have quite a following already and concoct a sound much more raspy than the previous. Their almost symphonic black metal creates a Dimmu-esque aura and clearly attracts a similar crowd. Although their performance is tight, it seems a little style over substance for a line up leading up to a band such as Shining.

After faking his death frontman Niklas Kvarforth, is back for his second offering of his enigmatic personality after supporting Satyricon last year. Enigmatic of course, depending on your viewpoint of being vomited on from the stage. Shining’s depressive yet equally enchanting DSBM creates a room full of hypnosis, the audience’s heads banging in sync, almost like a nod of approval despite the front row being covered in sick. The Swedes, not to be confused with the jazz hands of the Norwegian Shining, wail out an array of their discography, which sounds clean and concise, a shame the smell in the air is not the same.

Review by Lily Randall

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