Tsjuder, live in London
Venue: The Garage, London
Support: Eastern Front, Necro Ritual, Premature Birth
Scheduling Tsjuder’s first ever appearance in our fair capital on Valentine’s Day probably isn’t the worst idea in the world – black metal fans aren’t exactly known for their romanticism – but it’s surprising that the venue isn’t completely packed out tonight considering their long career.
Arriving early to catch Premature Birth  – a fine start to the evening with their enthusiasm painted plainly across their faces – entails a huge amount of free floor space and nary a wait at the bar. Curious for a scene so rabid to consume new music but it doesn’t faze the band and they play with obvious passion. Unfortunately though, their songs tend to meander aimlessly through the middle sections and while there are solid riffs to be heard, their brand of epic, symphonic black metal needs to be honed. A decent stab at Satyricon’s Mother North closes out their time before Necro Ritual  bring the kvlt back with lashings of corpse paint and a mic stand replete with antlers. The London-based band play chaotic, fiery black metal and while they aren’t the tightest band out there, their thirst is clear and it translates into their songs and out across the audience which is slowly, finally, building up.