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Godspeed You! Black Emperor at The Boiler Shop, Newcastle - live review

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Venue: The Boiler Shop, Newcastle

Canadians Godspeed You! Black Emperor bring their immersive show to Newcastle

Paul Auster, the celebrated American novelist, hit the nail on the head when he wrote: “We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence.” Tonight his observation seems especially true considering Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a band sometimes described as being ‘industrial’, are performing in a building that once played a key part in the Industrial Revolution. It once resounded to the clang and clatter of metal, and that cacophonous assault previously pounded into the brickwork finds a modern echo in the Canadian collective’s slow, chugging start that builds pace, volume and intensity with incremental movements.

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