Paradise Lost + Katatonia + Engel, King Tuts, Glasgow 30/10/09
This Friday, m’self and Graeme ‘Festive’ Fleming are off to see Paradise Lost in the intimate surroundings of King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. Support band, to my utter delight, is Katatonia – they’re new CD, as previewed on their myspace page, is a luxuriant carnival of gothique gloom, and I hope they`ll be selling it at the gig. 2nd support is a band called Engel, who I`ll have to research before.
I think this is the 4th time we`ve seen PL, and they just seem to keep getting better. As I `ve opined elsewhere on this blog, the new album is a corker, well worth checking out if you’re into the glories of doom metal!
Helluva good night at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut. In the company of Graeme, the prince of prog, on a pouring wet Glasgow night, we threaded through the hot downstairs bar and up to the gig floor, getting ready for the noise. The merch table had plenty of Tshirts and Engel’s CD but sadly no CDs for either Paradise Lost or Katatonia, bit of a blow as I really wanted to get the latter (the former I already got).
Then Engel came on for an energetic 30-odd minutes, a competent groove tho the vocals were a bit too death-squally for me. After them came Katatonia who, after a hesitant start, really got into it and put out an excellent performance; there were a good number of Katatonia fans there last night and they got right behind the numbers.
Then it was the turn of the headliners, Paradise Lost, out on tour promoing their sparkling new CD, Faith Divides Us… And they kicked into gear from the off, and the crowd went WILD….in a doomtastic, head-moshing kinda way. The tracks of the new CD sounded crisp and electric, and had real bite, as did most of the rest of the set, which included quite a few songs from Draconian Times, out in 1995. The band finished with a 3-song encore which had the crowd stomping and yelling along.
All in all, an excellent night although mention should be made of those who sat over in the side-located bar area, chattering away at the top of their voices, making it difficult to us to hear what Nicky Holmes was actually saying between songs. I dont know what thats all about – why would people come up into the gig floor then spend their time not watching the band but flapping their noisy gobs at each other for 2-3 hours?
And a big hi to Ritchie, the Royal Navy writer that we met – Ritchie, mate, we`re still convinced that Engel means ‘garden hose’ in some european language or other!
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