Act One: Summon the Cult.
Straight up one of the best events I have been to and had the extreme pleasure of reviewing.You know it's going to be sensational when you are greeted at the airport by "come into my web". Hell yes.
I have always loved the charm of Hobart. Old world with a touch of mystique. But this time was different, in the most unsurpassed manner.
The first event was something I was drooling over since it's announcement.The glorious black metal mini-fest of Hymns to the Dead @Odeon Theatre 20th June 2018 with Spire, Numenorean, Batushka, Portal and Blasphemy.
Spire started this dark ritual, completely ominous and sinister and completely apocalyptic. This band sit between ambient and progressive black metal. What is so incredible about this band is they project an incredible gloomy soundtrack like ambience, but at the same time they crush you with their sinister and crushing heaviness. They envoked the grimness of Mayhem for me. Top class performance and frankly one of the best opening acts I can ever recall.
Next up where blackgaze or post black metal magicians from Canada, the tremendous Numenorean. Playing after Spire would seem to be an precarious job, but this band met the task head on and their brooding and grim set was gripping and electric. The majority of their set was taken from their tremendous album "Home", and live it was a unholy gem that demanded your attention. Their performance was much more dynamic than Spire, but both whilst on different freeways; the destination reached was sublime from both.
All your faves were played, but it was visually gratifying to see how passionate they still were about their songs. And it created an aggressive old school moshpit that made the night for me. What I have loved about this band is how they mix raw black metal with a real punk esthetic. Energetic and completely the masters of both recorded and live prowess. Hymns to the dead was astoundingly breathtaking. Total respect for Dark Mofo for curating such an exceptional event. I will never ever forget this sensational gig.
Photo credits to Dark Mofo/ Mark Jenkins/Brendan Delavere (Blasphemy Photo).
Thanks to Erin Lawler and the Dark Mofo team for media access to this event.