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Vola at Dingwalls, London - live review

Live Review

Venue: Dingwalls, London

Vola team up with Novena, Valis Ablaze and Sumer for a live showcase in London

Tonight’s line-up could be billed as Prog: The Next Generation, featuring four young bands offering their own takes on the genre. Novena merrily mash together death metal, with growls erupting from the hooded Gareth Mason, and grand, melodic passages sung by Haken’s Ross Jennings.

The compositions might be epic, but there’s a playfulness too, with drummer Ray Hearne sporting a hi-vis vest and witch’s hat. With seven-string guitars and deep droptunings, Bristol’s Valis Ablaze inhabit the same segment of prog’s spectrum as TesseracT. Lost In The Syntax boasts a crunchy djent riff and Kieren Hogarty’s slap bassline kicks on the pummeling Persuasion. Phil Owen’s voice does occasionally thin out when reaching for the highest notes, but there’s drama aplenty in the dips and swells of their performance.

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