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Incineration 2015

Live Review

Venue: Various

Alcest and God Seed head up London’s most extreme metalfest

Bumped up from last year’s upstairs/downstairs Garage experience to a Desertfest-aping Camden crawl across three venues, Incineration has rapidly made its mark on the metal calendar, drawing a large, international crowd on only its second year – most of which, sadly, starts the day by queueing outside the Black Heart and around the block for wristbands for over an hour.

With the initial hiccups limiting the Underworld crowd to a handful, the fresh-faced PREMATURE BIRTH [7] **don’t get the audience their enthusiastic and textured black metal ferocity deserves. Down the road, meanwhile, the small number of early wristband-bearers make the Electric Ballroom look even more cavernous, all the more unfortunate as Finland’s **WOLAND [7] (a name that’s hard to say out loud if you remember 80s Grange Hill) are clearly a play-to-the-rafters kind of band, their strident black metal full of grand gestures rather than any obvious Satanic intent, despite the huge inverted cross draped across the frontman’s chest.

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