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Deadly Circus Fire at The Underworld in London live review

Live Review

Venue: The Underworld, London

AWOOGA and Schemata Theory join Deadly Circus Fire in Camden

A tangible urgency emanates from Schemata Theory as they launch into Our Only Home, the first of a set blending thrash, classic and nu-metal with a punk edge. With two guitarists, two vocalists and a drummer, backing tracks take up the live bass and keyboard slack. Myles Dyer’s screamo/hardcore vocals with the cleaner voice of Luke Wright is hit and miss, yet an interesting proposition.

With a new album imminent, this is a welcome London sojourn for Sheffield-based AWOOGA. As with Schemata Theory, the muddy sound doesn’t do their power trio, doom metal-tinged space rock many favours. They come across as a murkier, stoner Rush at times, such as in the brooding and transportive Tide. Singer/bassist Tam Ali acts as both focal point and onstage powerhouse, giving a lot of bass-per-buck. Relying more on guitar sounds and rhythm work than solos, AWOOGA create hypnotic vibes and immersive walls of sound.

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