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Vodun Casts A Spell Over The Crofters Rights, Bristol

Vodun could well be one of the most exciting and original rising bands in the United Kingdom today. Combining classic heavy and doom metal with African and Latin beats, presented with striking imagery and a bombastic live show. With their new album, "Ascend" now available and with a European tour underway, now is the perfect time to be introduced to this one of a kind trio.

The show took place at The Crofters Rights in Bristol, a smart little venue in the increasingly trendy area of Stokes Croft, a far cry from the last time I visited when it was known simply as The Croft, a tiny, cramped but welcoming club which hosted such hardcore legends as Sick Of It All and Madball. Vodun were joined tonight by local outfit Age Decay, who themselves have a lot to offer. The band can very much best be described as doom metal, with echoes of early Cathedral to be found, but there's a strong aura of progressive rock too, a little like a darker North Atlantic Oscillation. Given the usual long run times of both doom and prog songs, it's hard to say how long they were on for, which is actually a compliment in that I was entertained throughout enough not to check my watch once. Fans of slower, gloomy rock and metal would do well to check out this group from the English south west.

With only one support act, it was then time for headliners Vodun to take to the stage. The sound coming from the three piece was incredible, especially considering there's no bassist and the might unleashed by opening number, "Mawu," was amazing. All three members were on fine form, particularly vocalist Oya, whose soulful but confrontational voice leads the charge, like Angela Davis with a backing band.

From then on, Vodun had the small but excited crowd in their palms of their decorated hands. Other singles such as "Spirits Past" and "Bloodstones" were brought out to an overwhelmingly positive reception and the group were joined on stage by Turbowolf singer Chris Georgiadis for a rendition of "New Doom," the track from "Ascend" on which he appears. It was some finale to boot, with drummer Ogoun setting her cymbals on fire for the closing number, bringing a taste of stadium theatrics to a minuscule club. In summary, Vodun are not just a band which must be listened to, but they have to be seen to be believed. Originality and passion like this is what keeps metal fans coming back to shows and believing in the future when the mainstream dullards do their best to rob listeners of their faith in the future.

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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. LeeFowler writes:

Love Vodun! Thanks for an awesome review Ozz more people should know who these guys are :)

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