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Live Review

Venue: The Black Heart, London

Support: Unfathomable Ruination, Sentenced

Last weekend we took a trip to one of Camden's more popular dirty drinking holes for a night of death metal delights. And this is what we learned...

Death Metal Ain't Dead

It’s refreshing to see the appetite for brutal death metal is big enough to sell out the venue tonight, even if that does mean your pint is never secure in your hand and the Black Heart’s “intimate” room, even more than usual, smells of the sweaty feet of the last gig’s audience. That said, that’s not what stinks worst tonight.

Not All Bands Called 'Sentenced' Are Created Equal

Once upon a time, there was a band called Sentenced from Finland, who were bloody great. They’re not playing tonight. Instead we have a Birmingham slam band of the same name. It’s impressive that they manage to be quite as boring as they are, simply spending most of their time playing slow bits with no impact or crush or groove or anything worth listening to. And what they lack in musical dynamics, they lack even more in enthusiasm and charisma, barely moving, showing no emotion or passion and repeatedly turning away from the crowd. The one-man moshpit they get is far more than they deserve. Spectacularly, irredeemably, unforgivably awful, and the Finnish Sentenced would be livid were they here.

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