SHINING + THE OSIRIS CLUB + ELEPHANT TREE – BOSTON MUSIC ROOM, LONDON – 28-03-2015
Pure Virtuosity in the metal scene
It’s Saturday night in the capital of United Kingdom and and it is particulary busy, gigwise,at the Roundhouse is playing tonight prog metal fellas KARNIVOOL,at Brixton Academy metalheads OF MICE AND MEN and in Tufnell Park at The Boston Arms,the norgweian socalled JazzMetal band SHINING. This band have been touring around Europe quite a while with DEVIN TOWNSEND and PERIPHERY.
They have decided to add an extra date in London and experienced what it is like to be headlining after no playing a solo show in London for good long five years. SHINING is a band that have their own indentity, they called themselves Jazzmetal;Jazzmetal is the fine twist between guitar riffs, saxofon solos and growling vocals, this band is pure creativity, they are a distinguish band for those who listen to Progressive Metal and can’t help it but like some eccentrism in music and listen to fresh and revolutionary sounds.
SHINING have been in the Metal scence since 1999, they have six full lengh studio albums, but after 9 nine years playing together, “BlackJazz” would be the album to put their foot on the door to fame and be noticed in the music scence.
Their following record “One One One” recorded in 2013 will be their step to fame, at the present time their forthcoming album is in the mixing to be hopefully realeased in a few months time. In the meantime as we mentioned before they are giging all over Europe and they are warming up and tasting their audience to finally get ready for a headlining tour in the fall where they will be tour around North America and Europe.
We just got in the venue and is quite isolated, Boston Arms have a 200 people capacity and we are nearly twenty of us in the audience, everyone looks quiet serious and nobody, strangely wants to get closer to the stage to check the first supporting band of the night.
ELEPHANT TREE, is a London based band,last year they have released their Debut Ep “Theia”, they are on the making to recorded some new songs and music videos and little by little are beginning to get notice in the Stoner rock scene in the UK.
Our first impression of the band wasn’t too clear, you would either think it was a bunch of stoner guys who couldn’t care less about what they were doing or complety the opposite, this band are about to give the best performance of the night.
First thing to pay attention is the singer of band who goes without shoes to the stage and sits on the floor, grab his Sitar and starts to play, I can helped it but ask myself… Am I in a Religious ritual? ELEPHANT TREE seduce us with their music, I would define their music as psicodelic Stoner rock mingled with Doom and a pinch of Blues. They might have mingled different types of music, although they certainly don’t do the same with their audience which they didn’t even say hello to, they really focus on playing their music which is fair enough.
Their music was good enough to put up with a band that don’t talk much to their fans, It is a band that can take you to places you thought you will never be just with their music. Their set list was mainly focus on their EP, their highlights were “The sead” y “Vlaakith”.
After this blast to our ears, It will be stage time for THE OSIRIS CLUB.
This band is also based in the United Kingdom and their music is pretty much associated with progressive Metal with some garnish of doom and psicodelic rock, but not in the same way that ELEPHANT TREE does, THE OSIRIS CLUB are way more into dark/goth influences. We just need to look at their outfit and their mask,seems characters taken from a David Lynch movie.
THE OSIRIS CLUB is fairly new band too, they have recently released their only full lenghts album called, «Blazing World« It got released last year by Indie Records,it is a concept album, the songs have an underlying story running through them, but there is a bit more to their style. The sound that night was a bit unfortunate for the band, we could barely hear the lead guitar but seems like the audience didn’t notice ,neither the band as they didn’t do anything about it, however, the audience seem to love the band and enjoy every song they were playing. Their set list includes tunes like “That´s not like you” y “Undoing wrong”.
Once the supporters have finished their set, it is time for the big stuff, all of a sudden the venue is crowded, and everyone is trying to get in the first row. The audience us a melting pot , there are goths, progs, punks and classic metal heads in the crowd, which doesn’t surprise me as we all know SHINING themselves are a mixture of different music genres.
To our surprise, SHINING went on stage to warm up their instruments and do sound check set up themselves, which give us a hint of how DIY this band is in the metal Scene, they must delighted to be touring with DEVIN TOWNSEND as they get a special treatment.
Gig starts «Hello London, We are SHINING and we are here to blow your fucking mind away« hurray! It feels good to hear some talking after two bands not saying anything to the audience.
First tune of the evening to make their audience go crazy “The Madness and the damage done” from «Black Jazz« did make all the audience go nuts indeed, there even some mosh pit attempt. The sound of the band is excellent, we could hear every single note and Jørgen Munkeby’s is just amazing he can sing, growl and anything in between.
After this ecstasy they were more anthems coming up like «The one inside” and “Fish Eye” including a new song too!!Everyone was so excited, shouting, some people wouldn’t even let Jorgen finish what he was saying.
Difficult to forget this lady in the crowd kept telling him how much she liked his music and next time the band should come to a famous underground venue in Camden, London. Jørgen and his band were very pleased to hear all these kind words from their followers.
Now we go for the second round of the night, as we all have been advised It’s time for Jazz Music but everyone seems fine with it. Munkeby grabbed his saxophone and played a ten minutes solo which show his virtuosic skills with that instrument, same thing did drummer and after that another blow minding Guitar solo made everyone´s jaws drop.
After this crazy-talented-Jazz-Session, it was time to perfomed some covers,»Healter Skelther “ and KING CRIMSON’s famous anthem “21st Century Shizoid Man” both of this covers can be found in «Black Jazz«, after this blowing-mind moment that unfortunately come to an end, they say goodbye to their passionate audience, but while they start to clear out the stage, we can hear a the whole audience screaming ans shouting «We want more,we want more,we want more», over and over again.
After all this excimente SHINING decided to go back on stage,they can’t let down their wonderful audience in London and the cords of “I won´t forget” starts and they final song of the night was“BlackJazz Rebels” fromt their last full-lenght plublished record «One One One«.
Last Saturday night was a night to remember, full of talented and not so talented musicians. In general we can say that all bands have something to add in the metal/rock scence as their performances are outstanding and they offer something different to the bill. It was my first time that I got to see SHINING and I have to say that they well talented musicians and they have a bright future upon them, so looking forward to hear their new record and enjoy their JazzMetal, If you want to see something different and unique in the metal scence please go to one of their shows. Forth-coming fall will be a good time to check them out experience their music live.