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Orphaned Land live review - The Underworld, London

Live Review

Venue: The Underworld, London

Orphaned Land bring heavy riffs and a positive attitude to London

Popular music in China is dominated by saccharin Mando-pop ballads, but Voodoo Kungfu annihilate every preconception about Chinese music in mere seconds. Frontman Nan Li looks like the final boss from a fighting game and possesses an inhuman vocal range, growling, screaming, singing and – this is the real kicker – performing Mongolian throat singing. When he’s not doing any of those, he twitches and grimaces as though his inner demons are making a very determined escape attempt. It’s impossible to take your eyes off him.


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