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Danzig And Paradise Lost At Brixton Academy

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Some pairings just fit perfectly. Bread and butter, salt and vinegar and in tonight's case, Danzig and Paradise Lost. The two veterans are both celebrating thirty years of their respective bands this year and joined forced for two nights only in the United Kingdom last week, the first taking place in Glasgow and the second in London. I went along to South London's Brixton Academy, one of several venues in the country under the sponsorship of mobile phone company, 02.

Taking to the stage with "No Hope In Sight," from the 2015 album, "The Plague Within," England's own, Paradise Lost offered no frills but plenty of darkness and Gothic visions with a lively set which featured no more than one song per album represented. This included only one song, "Blood and Chaos" from their latest opus, "Medusa," along with more recent material such as the title track from 2009's, "Faith Divides Us Death Unites Us" and "The Enemy" from "In Requiem."

There was also a number of older favourites on display such as the anthemic "Ember's Fire" and the "Shades Of God" standout track, "As I Die." The quintet also brought out a cover of the Bronski Beat hit, "Small Town Boy" before finishing up with "Say Just Words" from the 1997 album, "One Second." From start to finish, Paradise Lost carried themselves with the standing of the legends they are, whilst retaining an intimate feeling throughout, resulting in a solid performance and a setlist which delighted fans.

After a seven year absence, it was time for former Misfits frontman Glenn Danzig and his eponymous band to grace a London stage once more, much to the excitement of fans of all ages. Entering to "Overture of Rebel Angels," the sixty three year old singer defied his age by putting on a high energy performance, beginning with "SkinCarver" from the 2004 album, "Circle of Snakes." From then on, fans were on their feet throughout the night, singing along to old staples such as, "Am I Demon," "Left Hand Black" and "How The Gods Kill."

New material from last year's, "Black Laden Crown" such as "Eyes Ripping Fire" and "Devil On Hwy 9" was also promoted on the night, though it was still very much a night of classics as no less than five songs from the self-titled debut were brought out, including the obligatory, "Mother" and the encore performance of "She Rides," before capping the night off with "Long Way Back From Hell," from the "Danzig II" record, which was also represented with airings of "Tired Of Being Alive" and "Her Black Wings." Rumours among the audience was that this was to be Danzig's final show in the United Kingdom and if this is true, the man and his band have gone out in style with a fine performance which will live on in the minds of fans and neutrals alike.

Sadly, I feel I must end this report with a sour note. It seems to be a recurring theme that the staff at venues run by 02, particularly the security side of things, appear hell bent on ruining the evening for everyone. No sooner had Paradise Lost begun playing, than the security at the Brixton Academy, began shining torches in people's eyes, disabling many from being able to see the show. This is due to the venue's "no camera" policy. Though I understand they have to enforce this rule, the negligence and disregard they had for people who had come to the venue to see the show, most of which were not filming or taking pictures was disgraceful.

Several people tripped up due to literally being unable to see where they were going and I myself had a back injury aggravated to the point where I was moved upstairs to seating because of the poor workings of security and their over reliance on torches. I also saw one person being escorted from the building for using his phone, which to clarify, he was not using to film or take pictures with.

When I confronted security, I was told "That's how it is, deal with it" by the less than approachable staff in orange hi vis jackets. I will give credit where it's due, particularly to the supervisor at the entrance and supervisor in training who took me to the seating area, the two of them were professional and helpful throughout and seemed to take my complaints seriously, but while the 02 continues to employ over zealous, mean spirited and frankly humourless bullies as security staff at the Brixton Academy (the Bristol branch has long had a problem with this too) then I urge bands to find other places to play, as both the enjoyment and safety of their fans is being put at risk by venues.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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1. Blindgreed1 writes:

In this day and age, I hope the bands heed your warning. As we saw with Randy Blythe, the injury to a fan can pan out to serious legal business. Great review Oz. \m/\m/

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2. #1 Slayer fan writes:

And who gives a sh** about Glenn Fagzig?

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3. brandedcfh420 writes:

Why anyone would want to see Danzig is mind boggling....

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