Live Review: King Goat, Kroh, Mage, Voidlurker at the Asylum2; 21/4/18

A hot sunny day meant a pre-gig drink was needed, and after a refreshing ice cream ale at “Burning Soul Brewing”, it was off to the Asylum2 for an evening of doom metal courtesy of those excellent promoters, “surpriseyourdeadmusic”. First band of the night were the three piece local band “Voidlurker” playing only their second gig; their first was two days ago, at which they made it through to the semi finals of the Birmingham Bloodstock Metal to the Masses heats. A tight set from the band represented an excellent start to the evening and it was clear to see why they had progressed. Singer Brad Thomas brought the riffs and a raw energy to his vocals, and who cannot love a drummer who reverses his sticks to give extra power in his drumming. They closed their set with the cracking 6 minute song “Ravenous”.

Next up were “Mage” from Leicester. Playing a selection of songs, old and new, they brought some killer groove to their riffs, with their brand of high class stoner doom. Rather appropriately they were bathed in glorious green light for the title track of their latest album “Green”, with its slow sludgey riff. They closed an excellent set with their drinking song “One for the Road” from second album “Last orders”.

The audience swelled significantly for local heroes “Kroh”. Singer Oliwia Sobieszek announces that The Asylum2 has become very much home for Kroh, and with a set as majestic as this and an adoring crowd, you can see why. They showed why this venue, with its excellent sound, is such a great venue for doom metal. With a set list focusing mainly on material from the album “Altars”, they projected a relentless wall of crushing doom metal, with the audience entranced by Oliwia’s enchanting vocals. Key highlights were the spellbinding “Living water” and “Mother Serpent”. This is a band that you have to see live !

Headliners were Brighton’s “King Goat” promoting their recently released excellent second album “Debt of Aeons”. As they opened their set the stage was dark with only two light bulbs to pierce the gloom. Opening with the epic “Rapture” the band slowly cranked up the intensity, as lead singer, Trim, came to the centre of the stage in full priest cloak, and mesmerised with his vocals (such a fabulous booming voice that enhances the epic feel of the music). The band bring a haunting melody to their style of epic doom, especially illustrated on the album title track “Debt of Aeons”. After a crushing 45 minute set, the gig came to a close: it had been so intensely dark and heavy that it even affected the weather: the earlier bright sunshine having changed to dark skies and pouring rain. That’s DOOM for you.


Review by Peter Slater