Hornets + Slomatics + Zlatanera – Belfast, Voodoo 30/1/2015


As the last remnants of what laughingly passed for “Snowmageddon” melted, turning Belfast’s streets to slush and ice, the city’s metallians and assorted other freaks braved the nevertheless freezing temperatures to head to the venue that is fast becoming the local mecca for same, the now iconic upstairs club room at Voodoo.

Zlatanera open the evening’s proceedings insideAs the last remnants of what laughingly passed for “Snowmageddon” melted, turning Belfast’s streets to slush and ice, the city’s metallians and assorted other freaks braved the nevertheless freezing temperatures to head to the venue that is fast becoming the local mecca for same, the now iconic upstairs club room at Voodoo. Zlatanera open the evening’s proceedings inside the suitably dark – and thankfully warm – venue with their dark, demonic grunt and grind. Their set is characterized by three elements: the increasing confidence of Andy Campbell, who over the 18 months or so I have been tracking this band’s development has grown into one of the most assured frontmen on the Norn Iron scene; the huge, rumbling bass lines of Anthony McKee, whose fingerpicked style adds so much warmth to the sound; and the mid-set triptych of songs devoted to Satan. The first of these, ‘Master Of Ceremonies’, pumps and thumps in a manner that, when you can feel your hernia vibrate you know this is seriously heavy shit, and the chanted “enter the cycle, enter the circle” refrain makes you believe in the dark powers far more convincingly than most faux face-painted black metal acts could only imagine in […]

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