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The Iniquity Descent and Graveborne at Dom, Helsinki

Following a rather hectic couple of days on the Spinefeast boat, I was lucky to be able to be alive enough to attend a rather unique show the following Friday. But, drawing inspiration from that determined spirit of Finnish Sisu, I stifled the headache with advil and corona and went on my merry way! At Dom Helsinki that night, there was a showing of the new Godseed DVD, recorded at Wacken (which is fantastic and every black metal listener should all go buy if possible) along with two black metal bands paying in support of the release, The Iniquity Descent and Graveborne.

The first band was Helsinki based black metal act, Graveborne. These guys are traditional kvlt black metal in every sense. Covered in leather and spikes and corpse paint, the audience knew what we were getting when Graveborne took the stage. One of the things I’ve always loved about black metal is the ambience and the energy behind it, and Graveborne manages to capture that. The despair, and anger apparent in their music made for a great set; which itself featured material off of their debut album “Pure Negativity.” Graveborne was a great first act, and worth checking out, Finnish black metal has quite a lot to offer the listener in search of new music. Check the band's myspace page here.

Next up for the evening was the band I had actually come out from my coma for to see; The Iniquity Descent, formed in Pietarsaari, Finland. With a lineup of talented musicians, and featuring Mathias Lillmåns (Finntroll and Chthonian) on vocals, this is a band that is fairly underrated as of yet. I’ve since gotten their two releases that evening, which include a four track EP called “Trust the Serpent” and then their latest release “An Empty Temple” and both have been rather recurrent in my ancient (yet still functioning!) ipod.

The first song of the night was “Obedience Torn,” and this really set the energy and atmosphere for the rest of the set. One of the things that really stands out about this band is the enthusiasm in the performance, Mathias Lillmåns is an extremely charismatic vocalist and fully throws himself into every song. Next up was the title track “An Empty Temple”, and it was at this point (if I’m recalling correctly.) that a few audience members decided to attempt to climb on stage; yet The Iniquity Descent was undeterred and impressively did not miss a single beat. The set featured an equal balance of songs from both “Trust The Serpent” and “An Empty Temple.”

One of the highlights of the set was the performance of “Decimate, Disintegrate” throughout which we are treated with a plethora of some damn epic blast beats. Another favorite was “Reform and Succumb,” this is one of those songs that you really just absolutely need to headbang and lose yourself to. The Iniquity Descent is an act that stands apart from a lot of other more typical black metal bands, the traditional grimness evident in a lot of acts is refreshingly replaced here by more volatile undertones and provides for an explosive and enticing concert going experience. Definitely give these guys a listen if you haven't, and check back for photos and a review of their latest albums! Check their myspace page here.

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