Tonight, metal fans in Camden were in for a real treat once again courtsey of Nightshift Promotion. Not only were stoner metal legends Weedeater in town for the night, but they were being supported by three of Europe’s most promising underground acts.
The Underworld was criminally under-attended when Conjurer took the stage. Conjurer are a band on a lot of people’s lips at the moment, they’ve played Bloodstock, toured rigorously and signed to the prestigious Holy Roar Records. Conjurer came on stage and from the get go did not stop unleashing a barrage of dark post-sludge riffs. Guitarist/vocalist Dan Nightingale wore a My Chemical Romance shirt on stage (which puzzled a bunch of people). Conjurer were the perfect band to open the night – high energy with bassist Andy Price jumping into the crowd, Conjurer were unstoppable and set the bar too high for a opening band.
In August I chatted to Dan and Andy from Conjurer, you can read that chat here.
Travelling all the way from Hungary for the show, Apey & The Pea were excellent and made the trip worthwhile for everyone. A lively band who clearly revelling in the fact they were playing a packed Camden Underworld. Black Sabbath style riffs came out thick and fast, with the swagger of Corrosion of Conformity and Brant Bjork. I really hope they come back soon as they were genuinely a delight to watch, go and see them and buy an album.
Slabdragger were on so much fire they could have powered a small village. They’ve had a wonderful year and released one of the best albums of the year, Rise of the Dawncrusher. Slabdragger played two songs from the album and ‘Burden’ from their split with Meadows and they smashed it with every note they played. Every minute they were on stage the audience were in awe of the music, Yusuf Tary and Sam Thredder‘s dual vocals, Jack Newnham‘s drumming and the atmosphere were incredible. Slabdragger in the short time they had on stage, absolutely smashed it.
Earlier in the year I interviewed Yusuf from Slabdragger, you can read that chat here.
“We’re Weedeater, thank y’all for coming out” said Dixie Collins waving a bottle of whiskey around. Weedeater put on a great entertaining show, full of fire and weed. The band played all the hits including ‘Mancoon,’ ‘Turkey Warlock,’ ‘God Luck and Goodspeed’, ‘Wizard Fight’ and their cover of Lynyrd Skynrd‘s ‘Gimme Back My Bullets’. Weedeater are a special band and tonight proved it, you could feel the positive vibes in the atmosphere and it was easy to tell everyone was having a good time. Dixie’s vocals were on disgusting form, drummer Travis Owen lived up to his reputation was one of metal’s most underrated drummers and Dave Shepherd‘s riffs were mightier than Swamp Thing’s fist. Weedeater were a bong infused blast that the Camden Underworld needed.