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Epic / Eluveitie / Scar Symmetry

Live Review

Venue: Forum, London

Dutch maestros blend grace and grit

SCAR SYMMETRY [6] are the odd band out here tonight, and the muted reception for their melodic death metal is in direct opposition to the amount of toil they put into their performance.

ELUVEITIE [7], however, are a perfect fit. They play a full hour set plus encore with a production that is far grander than many headlining bands, and captivate those present throughout. It helps that they are far gruffer than many of their folk metal contemporaries, the pure death metal vocals of Chrigel Glanzmann giving them an edge of genuine heaviness. But there are a few too many moments when they drift too close to the clichéd and twee, such as teaching the crowd to yodel. Yes, really. 

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