Welcome to Whiplash Promotions presents Winterfylleth.
Having the unenviable task of opening up tonightâ€™s proceedings are Huddersfield based black metalers Sanhedrin.
Fresh from the launch of their debut album Salvation Under Sin (available from their website), they set about playing a dark, symphonic inspired set which was well received by the crowd that was gathering to watch the rest of this dark bill.
If you like Cradle of Filth you will love this band.
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Following on we have Severed Heaven.
Hailing from Leeds this feisty female five peace seem intent on global domination.
Throwing a new drummer, Hayley Morgan, in to the mix only adds fire to the belly of the beast that Severed Heaven are rapidly becoming.
With front woman Lauren Pen leaping around the stage like a woman possessed in stark contrast to the controlled playing of lead guitarist Leanne Warren, you have an interesting clash of styles.
One to watch for the future ? I definitely think so.
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Next up we have Ethereal.
Formed from the ashes of mid ninetyâ€™s black metalers Dark Tower, this bunch of eager dark musicians attack the stage with zest and zeal.
With front man Luke Diesektor stalking the stage like a wolf stalking itâ€™s pray, it is easy to see why they are rapidly becoming regarded as being one of the rising dark stars of the underground black metal scene.
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Following on we have Old Corpse Road.
Sounding like a cross between Draconian Times era Paradise Lost and Type O Negative, I was majorly impressed by this Darlington based outfit so much so I bought the limited Echoâ€™s of Tales Once Told e.p and the Meads Of Asphodel e.p. (reviews to follow shortly â€“ they were that good);
Where can I start â€“ great composure, presence, songs, atmosphere is there anything else I can add here?
Check them out if you get the chance!!
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Ending tonightâ€™s show are headliners Winterfylleth.
With tonightâ€™s show being a warm up for their upcoming Roadburn festival appearance, you got the impression that the set tonight would be pretty special.
From the start it was so much better than that, the opening track â€œThe Solitary One Waits For Graceâ€ set the scene for a set of pure unadulterated deathtastic tracks from the Lords of English Black Metal.
With singer/guitarist Chris Naughton on fine form tonight, the Winter Full Moon was shining bright.
Highlight of the set: the awe inspiring â€œThe Ghost of Heritageâ€
The Solitary One Waits For Grace (The Wayfarer Pt1)
Awakens He, Bereft of Kinsmen (The Wayfarer Pt2)
The Fields Of Reckoning
The Ghost of Heritage
Mam Tor (The Shivering Mountain)
To Find Solace Where Security Stands (The Wayfarer Pt3)
Defending The Realm
Severed Heaven: www.myspace.com/severedheaven
Old Corpse Road: www.myspace.com/oldcorpseroad
Whiplash Promotions: www.myspace.com/whiplash4metal
The Liverpool Masque: www.myspace.com/themasqueliverpool