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Live review: My Dying Bride / Oceans Of Slumber / 40 Watt Sun

Live Review

Venue: Islington Assembly Hall, London

Upper Street hosts a night of gloom and grandeur

My Dying Bride shows are a rarity these days.

Fortunately, the British veterans are shrewd enough to ensure that every time they do venture out into the wider world, their performances feel special and very much to be cherished. The presence of 40 WATT SUN [7] as openers makes laudable, skewed sense, the British trio’s heartbreaking, slow-motion drift echoing MDB’s languorous gait while offering a much more stripped-down and fragile study of dark nights of the soul and their sonorous impact. They pitch tonight’s set just right, letting the spectral wash of minor chords and murmured pathos settle on an entranced crowd like poisonous snowflakes. This is the first time OCEANS OF SLUMBER [8] have played in the UK, and despite an initial lack of guitars through the PA, they could hardly do much more to win over a potentially partisan audience. Singer Cammie Gilbert is a star (albeit one who could do with speaking a bit more loudly and clearly between songs) and her bandmates’ prog metal explorations provide her with a vivid and dramatic backdrop. From a surging Winter to a final, spinetingling reading of Nights In White Satin, this is a triumphant first foray on these shores. They will be back and you won’t want to miss them.

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