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With the unfortunate news of four bands having to cancel their appearances for various reasons, Red Rum’s vacated slot goes to Old Corpse Road, a band who are no strangers to this very festival, having performed at Warhorns twice previously. I’ve never been entirely convinced by the Darlington sextet’s gothic black metal approach, yet every time I see them becomes another piece of the puzzle to what will hopefully become their fully realised — and much deserved — bigger picture. Their work ethic and strong fan base have together proven to be their guiding light over the years, and with choice cuts played tonight from acclaimed début album ‘Tis Witching Hour… as Spectres We Haunt This Kingdom, their tales of British folklore are as captivating as they are ear-piercing. Bass guitarist and spoken word vocalist The Wanderer guides the band from the front, and from well-executed keyboard melodies through to the high-pitched black metal screams emanating from various members, all six of the troupe feel fully utilised amongst the sprawling, and often ambitious, compositions. Closing with an older fan favourite, ‘The Old Corpse Road’ induces mass headbanging before receiving a well-deserved ovation.
Soundscape Magazine Review
Svartsot formed in 2005, but it wasn’t until 2014 that they made it over to UK shores for an exclusive first gig, headlining the fringe event for the 3rd Jorvik Viking Festival in York – and what a night it was!
The venue was already nicely full when openers Jaldaboath took to the stage for an exceedingly rare live performance. With all members dressed up in costumes, Jaldaboath instantly had a great stage presence as the set began and it only got stronger as it progressed. There was a lot to take in from the all-round amusingly brilliant performance and the final track of their set, The Wailing Witch Of Moulsecoomb, even featured an appearance from one of the characters featured within the video for it! It was, quite simply, about 30 minutes of absolute madness onstage and it was a hilarious and great start to the evening.
Up next was Old Corpse Road, who always put on a great show. With them making an announcement that they were trying to fit a 35-minute set into a 30-minute one, it did unfortunately mean that the crowd interaction was a little lacking but the set didn’t suffer as a result. It was a highly atmospheric set and it really was fantastic to see just how into the music they were – when a band really makes an effort with their performance, it really pays off and it was incredible to see near-enough the whole crowd head-banging in tandem with one another.
Of course, the night was always going to belong to the mighty Svartsot, who utterly dominated the stage from start to finish, and by the time the second song had begun, a pit had already opened, which wound up descending into a moving mass of bodies dancing – it was the perfect atmosphere and mood for a folk metal gig, as it is a fun genre that does require a bit of movement and dancing!
With bassist James giving an introduction by yelling “we’re Svartsot from Denmark…and I’m from Yorkshire!” it really helped to get the crowd on-side (well, not like they weren’t already!) and the banter with the crowd was just spot-on all through the set. It’s always good when a band has a laugh with the crowd, and there was even some space for some crowd participation, with everyone being invited to sing along to the group vocals of Farsoten Kom.
Svartsot even treated the crowd to some brand new material, which sounded absolutely wonderful. As discussed in our upcoming interview with the band, the new material really sounds like they’re progressing with their sound and are unafraid to try new things, which is always great to see.
The set ended with arguably their most-known song Gravøllet and the room went crazy as everyone knew it was their last chance to party, and things rounded up nicely with Cris atop of someone’s shoulders and practically crowd-surfing round the entire venue! What a triumphant and memorable way to end the set.
A truly formidable set from the band, and one that will be talked about for months afterwards. Worth the wait to finally see them? Most definitely!
Ave Noctum Review
Full Review: http://www.avenoctum.com/2013/09/warhorns-festival-york-the-duchess/
If you can be judged by your fans and the reaction of other bands name checking you from stage, Old Corpse Road are one very cool band. I’ve kind of had a mixed history with them as I seem to get frustrated by what I see as huge potential not quite getting there. Plus a couple of weeks prior I had watched them turn in what I found to be a relatively unimpressive set in Leeds so I was kind of dreading this. Well, second time in one day I eat my words as these hard working road dogs turned in an excellent set. Overcoming a couple of technical niggles they delivered a haunting, atmospheric set that was as tight as anything. Great keyboard sections drawing the mists in, proper use of a stage lights and some fine harmony vocals on tracks like the evergreen ‘Witch Of Wookey Hole’. Drawing on the country’s rich folklore heritage, in a city as old as York, they totally won me over with their dark tales and haunting sound. Excellent.
Now, you might be forgiven in thinking that Old Corpse Road had bussed down fans from their native Darlington, such was the welcome these guys received as they hit the stage, but that would be doing them a huge disservice. Old Corpse Road are no strangers to the gig circuit and have steadily built up a reputation for putting a great show – it was no exception tonight.
Review by Tony Gaskin, Photos by Rob Stanley
Following on from its small but triumphant debut last year, Beermageddon is back! Relocated from the Derbyshire countryside to the sleepy backwaters of Bromsgrove, DJ Beerman has upped the anti with a venue with twice the capacity of last years.
Old Corpse Road
Verdelet + Aloeswood + Aeternum + Fever Sea + Ethernal
Terrorizer Magazine 2013
Old Corpse Road have been toiling away for a long while now, playing gig after gig of their blackened folk metal across the country. Their work ethic shows tonight with an exceptionally polished performance that has the venue going all out in appreciation
words John Miskott
Infernal Damnation - Saturday 23rd April 2011 - The Camden Underworld, Londonhttp://metalmelt.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/infernal-damnation-festival-viii-at-the-underworld-camden-april-23rd-2011/
Waiting patiently outside the Underworld in Camden, a haven for London’s alternative cultures; fans stood for the doors to open around mid-afternoon. The venue was dedicated to a day long festival of extreme music; capped by two renowned names in the “post-black metal” scene – Austrian avant-garde act Dornenreich and French shoegazers Alcest.From beginning to end, Infernal Damnation was overall a festival that didn’t disappoint on its eight outing this time around. Most of the bands present were on the heritage and folklore sphere of black metal, which set the mood for Great British darkness prior to the European headliners. Despite some sound feedback issues for London’s Crom Dubh, each act played an impressive set which showed good showmanship and dedication to their art. Old Corpse Road for one stood together in faux-religious reverence as they performed Gregorian chants for “The Witch of Wookey Hole” by themselves, rather than pick the easier route of a sampled track.
Metieval Festival - Saturday 16th April 2011 - 41 East Coast, Hull
Whiplash Promotions - Tuesday 12th April 2011 - The Masque, Liverpool