Birmingham, The Custard Factory
June 24th 2018
The sunshine is blinding, it’s a beautiful day. Fighting Boredom are at the last day of Supersonic Festival 2018. As usual we are questioning how today can be as good as Friday night or Saturday, but knowing Supersonic it’ll be even better.
They slow down to a perfect monster of sound and music. It just seems to be getting even harder and stronger. They groove like a monster on steroids and are heavy as concrete setting over you. They end with a maelstrom of noise, and they were brilliant.
They drop it back and then build up the atmosphere and tension with crescendos of guitars, the bass hums and tiny sounds echo over the top of it, the bass goes right through me and this is the calm quiet moment. The guitar comes in and it’s high and crystal clear. The brutal power is razor sharp and focused, I haven’t seen anything quite like this before. All of a sudden I’m thirteen again and Metal has me again. It’s what my musical tastes started with and suddenly I’m full circle, shouting at the stage and moving to the power.
The music is crystal clear, it’s unstoppable and when they go quiet it lulls you into a false sense of security before they bring up slow, measured doom that feels like waves crashing into cliffs. When the drums kick off the guitars don’t feel like what I know as thrash, they just meld to the bass and drums without any effort at all.
They toast us with bottles of wine and burn more incense that just smells like woodsmoke. The music carries on and I am really having trouble describing just how good it is. The merging and speed of the wall of sound almost turns into white noise as it focuses even more it’s almost a massive drone.
They finish with more slabs of pulverising metal and slices of restrained gentleness.
I am stunned, I recover my hearing two days later.
Wolves in the Throne Room
Daniel Higgs has a Bandcamp page.
Gum Takes Tooth’s website is www.gumtakestooth.com, they have a Bandcamp page and are on Facebook.
Mark Korven’s website is www.markkorven.com. He is on Facebook and Tweets as @KorvenMark.
Gnod’s website is ingnodwetrust.tumblr.com. They have a Bandcamp page, and Tweet as @GnodGnetwork.
Tirikilatops have a Bandcamp page, are on Facebook and Tweet as @Tirikilatops.
Wolves in the Throne Room’s website is wittr.com, they have a Bandcamp page and are on Facebook.
All words by Adrian Bloxham, all pictures by Martin Ward.