Absolute Filth #4 (Sludge All-Dayer) @ The Purple Turtle, London
Absolute Filth #4
The Purple Turtle
|If Jubilee celebrations aren’t your cup of tea then the Purple Turtle is the place to be on this wet and miserable Sunday, in lieu of street parties, jelly and ice cream. Human Disease Promotion has managed to put together a line up of the dirtiest bands from the filthiest of genres.
Sturdy support in the form of hardcore, crust punk, grindcore and doom is provided by Self Loathing, I Like Bugs, Witch Cult and Bast – they all help to dust off the cobwebs and see this all dayer into the early evening.
Gurt have been busy bees recently – they’re appearing on just about every sludge and doom line-up around London and are on the cusp of releasing a split with Dopefight. But they’re still buzzing (no pun intended) with energy. They use this evening to show off their new guitarist and bassist and give an absolutely superb performance. In keeping with the weekend’s celebrations, they pull out a stoner rock version of ‘God Save the Queen’ by the Sex Pistols. This version may just be better than the original!
Heavily influenced by the likes of Yob and Saint Vitus, Slabdragger are just oozing sludge from every orifice. They put on a mighty performance that, unfortunately, is cut short due to technical difficulties.
Next up are Dead Existence. Opting out of the screen behind them playing ‘Tetsuo’ they instead go for a montage of clips from various movies including ‘Pi’ and ‘Rec’. Their performance is heavy and aggressive, although their closing number fails to finish with impact – it’s slow and drags on a little too long.
Imagine having a cinder block attached to a rope and being told to drag it along behind you. Imagine you are in a tar pit whilst doing this. Then imagine the said tar pit is on Jupiter. That should give you an idea of how crushing, slow and heavy Swedish doomsters Walk Through Fire are. They are down-tuned and moody as hell – everything a good doom band should be. Their set really is quality stuff and upon reflection it’s a pity they aren’t headlining, as this is the last leg of their UK tour. Till next time!
Another band opting for movies projecting in the background this evening are Dopefight with Italian film ‘Il Telefono’. They are upbeat sludge with catchy riffs and a feel-good vibe which has the whole crowd in the palm of their hands. Some people would say it’s the effect of 7 hours’ worth of drinking, but it’s better to blame the music. Tremendous.
Jake from Dead Existence, Matthew from Necro Deathmort and Yusuf and Sam from Slabdragger make up Bastardhammer. Their set is good fun and they play well but the whole thing just seems a little too self-indulgent – the day would have worked better with a slight reshuffle of the line up and this band slightly further up the bill.
Reviewed by Angela Davey.