Saor, Crom Dubh and Aklash @ Nambucca, London (UK) – 15 July 2017

The North had to come to the South. Scottish metal act Saor were playing their only London show of 2017. With it already having a venue update, there was a lot of anticipation for the rare London apperance from the band. But first, the supports.

Opening the gig were progressive black metallers Aklash who got the show off on the right blackened foot. Boasting a violin that not only complimented the sound, but amplified it. The band’s tales struck a chord with Nambucca and for all the right reasons. They are a band who put on an intelligent, well-crafted, crative take on the black metal genre.

Up next were Londoners Crom Dubh. Crom Dubh were very impressive, a band with a lengthy history and hundreds of road miles to their name, they certainly showed their experience on stage by putting on a show that any respected black metal fan would enjoy.

Finally, it was time for Saor to take to the stage where they received a heroe’s welcome. They played five songs, four from Guardians and set closer ‘Aura’, each with the capitvating majesty of the one before. A heroic, triumphant atmosphere was present in Nambucca as Saor played their lengthy epics. There was a real feeling of pride and community which once agained showed the strength of the London metal scene; who wanted nothing more than to experience some black metal riffs. Soar played an epic blinder of a show which proved they were one of the best black metal bands playing. After the show they spent time to take pictures, sign things and talk to fans, some who flew in from other countries. I see them as being as influential and important as Mayhem or Immortal some day.

Crom Dubh


About Jack (874 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

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