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Katatonia, live in London

Live Review

Venue: Shepherd's Bush Empire

Intense Swedish proggers hit Shepherd's Bush Empire

Openers VOLA hit the stage at barely 6.30pm to a surprisingly healthy audience. Blending metal, electronica, industrial and power pop, these Danes get the crowd on-side from the outset with the twisting verses and stirring choruses of The Same War. Points of reference are the likes of Opeth, Haken, Porcupine Tree and even Frost*, and dark prog, stridency, eclectic ambience and memorable vocal hooks are evident on tracks such as Starburn and Stray The Skies from the band’s debut album Inmazes. These get an engaging live shakedown.

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