Aeon, Dyscarnate, Voice and Ageless Oblivion @ London Garage 2013

The upstairs of the Relentless Garage is a clandestine little cave and as you enter the venue and look at the stage, it seems uncertain as to whether Aeon’s Tommy Dahlström alone will fit on the stage, let alone four bands filled with fury.

Ageless Oblivion manage to squeeze all five members on to the stage to warm up the frostbitten crowd and their British death metal oozes with technicality and progression, the perfect starting point for this evening’s proceedings. With a debut album to showcase, the band does so with energy, despite the lack of space and has confirmed that tonight is going to be loud (seriously, this venue is tinnitus-inducing).

Voices may be a strange choice for a line up compromising of death metal and ignorant hecklers confirm this but this latest London export are more than up for the job of continuing the extremity. The band, which features three former Akercocke members unleash their confusing yet dazzling avant-garde black metal with aggression and atmosphere galore. The constant contrast of clean singing and deadly shrieks, or melodic guitar parts over ferocious blastbeats proves that although the band may still be in development, the experience and musicianship that completes Voices is more than enough to make their debut album and exciting upcoming release.

By now the venue is packed with the queue for the bar (yes, a queue) getting engulfed by the eager troops awaiting home-grown heavyweights Dyscarnate. Despite only consisting of three members, the brutality created by the boys is probably the most cacophonous of the night, with each and every riff sounding chunkier than ever. Last year’s onslaught ‘And So It Came To Pass’ is visited frequently during the set and new favourite ‘The Promethean’ concludes the set with a small but satisfying pit at the front.

The clock is ticking and Aeon finally take to the stage about 20 minutes later than scheduled. The band was only given 45 minutes originally, so the eventual set is unfortunately stripped down immensely. The Swedish squadron are keen to exhibit newbies from the killer ‘Aeons Black’ album and do so with the likes of the title track, which proves to be an atheist’s anthem. They manage to squeeze in some classics, including the deadly ‘Soulburner’ but eight tracks is disappointing when you have been waiting all evening. The space issue comes up again when it causes the legends to lack energy, as they attempt to headbang without getting their hair caught in each other’s’ guitars and it feels as though both band and fans leave half full of their death metal needs.

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