Vended // Lake Malice // Graphic Nature // Live Review // The Dome // London

It is a hot sticky night in London, you can feel the heat coming off the pavement as I make my way to the venue, tonight The Dome in London plays host to a majestic night of brutal in-your-face, metal.

In the realm of heavy metal, there are bands that possess an electrifying live presence, igniting stages with raw energy and powerful performances. Graphic Nature is one such band, a force to be reckoned with in the world of metal, leaving audiences spellbound with their blistering riffs, thunderous drums, and explosive stage presence. As a live proposition, Graphic Nature commands attention, delivering a visceral and unforgettable experience that embodies the true essence of metal.

Unleashing the Beast! From the moment Graphic Nature takes the stage, an electrifying surge courses through the venue. The band’s ferocious energy is palpable as they unleash a sonic assault that resonates deep within the hearts of their audience. With every thunderous drumbeat, bone-crushing guitar riff, and guttural roar, Graphic Nature showcases their mastery of the genre and ability to channel metal’s very essence.

 Graphic Nature’s live performances are a testament to their commanding stage presence. The band members exude a captivating intensity, drawing the audience into their dark and powerful world. Frontman Harvey Freedman’s commanding vocals and commanding stage presence electrify the crowd, while the rest of the band—guitarists Pete Woolven and Matas Michailovskis, bassist Charlie Smith, and drummer Jack Bowdery—ruthlessly drive the music forward with precision and aggression. The band’s synergy on stage is unmistakable, creating a captivating aura that demands attention.

Graphic Nature’s live shows are characterized by an unrelenting sonic assault that leaves the audience breathless. The band’s heavy, chugging riffs intertwine with blistering guitar solos, backed by thunderous bass lines and a relentless drum assault. Each song is a headbanging anthem, fueling the crowd’s energy and igniting mosh pits that erupt with unbridled passion. Graphic Nature’s music possesses an infectious power that transcends the boundaries of the stage, connecting with the audience on a primal level.

Graphic Nature’s setlist is carefully crafted to showcase the band’s versatility and ability to create diverse metal compositions. From crushing, high-octane tracks that fuel adrenaline to atmospheric, introspective pieces that stir emotions, each song takes the audience on a captivating journey through the band’s sonic landscape, embodying Graphic Nature’s signature sound and leaving an indelible mark on the minds of their fans.

Beyond the sheer power and intensity, Graphic Nature’s live performances serve as a unifying experience for metal fans. The energy in the room becomes palpable as fans from all walks of life come together to celebrate their shared love for the genre. The band’s ability to create a sense of camaraderie within the audience is a testament to the universal language of metal and the band’s ability to connect on a primal level.

Graphic Nature’s status as a captivating live metal entity is indisputable. With their raw power, intense stage presence, and unrelenting sonic assault, they have carved a place for themselves in the annals of heavy metal. Their ability to captivate and unite audiences through their electrifying performances serves as a testament to the enduring power of metal music. As they continue to unleash their sonic fury on stages around the world, Graphic Nature solidifies its position as a formidable force in the metal realm. London now have time to catch their breath before the one and only Lake Malice enters the room.


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In the vast landscape of musical exploration, there are rare instances when a band emerges that not only captivates listeners with their recorded works but also transcends expectations with their live performances. Lake Malice is one such phenomenon, a live entity that pushes the boundaries of sonic experimentation and delivers a mesmerizing experience that lingers in the hearts and minds of those fortunate enough to witness it. With their ethereal compositions, atmospheric soundscapes, and immersive stage presence, Lake Malice stands as a testament to the power of live music to transport audiences to otherworldly realms.

Lake Malice’s live performances are more than mere concerts; they are sonic journeys that invite listeners to embark on a transformative experience. From the moment the lights dim and the first notes reverberate through the venue, the audience is transported to a realm where reality and imagination intertwine. The band’s ambient textures, haunting melodies, and intricate arrangements weave together to create a sonic tapestry that envelops the listener in a cocoon of sound.

 Lake Malice understands the power of visuals in enhancing the live experience. Their performances are accompanied by mesmerizing visual projections, evocative lighting, and carefully choreographed stage movements, creating a multi-sensory spectacle that amplifies the emotional impact of their music. The ethereal visuals enhance the dreamlike quality of their soundscapes, making each performance a truly immersive and otherworldly experience.

One of the defining features of Lake Malice as a live entity is their ability to channel their recorded material into dynamic and intuitive performances. The band members exhibit a deep musical connection, seamlessly transitioning between ambient passages and explosive crescendos. Their performances are marked by an organic flow, allowing the music to evolve and breathe in the present moment. This adaptability creates an intimate connection between the band and the audience, as they embark on a shared musical journey.

 Lake Malice’s music defies easy categorization, encompassing elements of post-rock, shoegaze, ambient, and experimental genres. This amalgamation of styles allows them to transcend traditional genre boundaries, appealing to a diverse range of listeners. Their live performances embrace this versatility, seamlessly blending delicate introspection with intense crescendos, creating a sonic landscape that is both unpredictable and deeply emotive.

 Lake Malice’s live performances leave a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to witness their ethereal sonic explorations. Their ability to create an atmosphere of transcendence and transport the audience to a realm of introspection and wonder is a testament to their artistic vision and dedication. Lake Malice has the rare ability to forge an emotional connection with their listeners, leaving them with a profound sense of awe and a desire to revisit the depths of their musical universe.

 Lake Malice is more than just a band; they are a live entity that defies conventional boundaries and redefines the concert experience. With their ethereal compositions, immersive visuals, and dynamic performances, Lake Malice has created a sonic journey that resonates deeply with audiences. Their ability to transcend genre limitations and transport listeners to otherworldly realms is a testament to their artistic vision and musicianship. In an age of constant sensory stimulation, Lake Malice offers a sanctuary for introspection and exploration, reminding us of the transformative power of live music. London took it all in, battered and bruised but ready for more, like a junkie looking one more hit, Vended needs to deliver.


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On a blistering evening at The Dome in London, metalheads from all corners of the city gathered to witness a live spectacle that would leave them awe-inspired. Headlining  tonight was none other than Vended, the American modern metal act that has been taking the metal scene by storm. With their infectious energy, bone-crushing riffs, and intense stage presence, Vended delivered a performance that cemented their status as a force to be reckoned with in the realm of heavy music.

 As the lights dimmed and the crowd roared in anticipation, Vended exploded onto the stage with an electrifying energy that could only be described as pure adrenaline. From the moment the first notes of their opening track reverberated through the venue, it was clear that this was going to be an unforgettable night. The band’s sheer intensity was palpable, captivating the audience from the get-go and refusing to let go until the very last chord.

Vended’s brand of modern metal is a potent concoction of fierce aggression and melodic sensibility. Their music is characterized by chugging guitar riffs, thunderous drums, and guttural vocals that hit with the force of a sledgehammer. Their technical proficiency was on full display, as each member demonstrated their mastery of their respective instruments. Lead guitarist Cole Espelande shredded his way through blistering solos, while bassist Jeremiah Pugh and drummer Simon Crahan provided a solid rhythmic foundation that shook the venue to its core.

At the helm of Vended’s sonic assault is frontman Griffin Taylor, a powerhouse vocalist with a commanding stage presence. Taylor’s ability to effortlessly transition between guttural growls and soaring melodic passages is truly remarkable. His engaging charisma and raw energy had the crowd in the palm of his hand, as he moved across the stage, connecting with every individual in the audience.

Vended’s setlist was a carefully curated journey through their discography, offering a taste of both their heavy-hitting tracks and emotionally charged ballads. Fan favorites such as “Asylum,” “Ded To Me” and “Burn The Misery” sent shockwaves through the crowd, igniting a frenzy of headbanging and moshing. .

Vended’s performance at The Dome, London was a testament to their undeniable talent and the sheer power of modern metal. With their explosive energy, technical prowess, and relentless dedication to their craft, the band delivered a show that left the audience breathless and craving for more. As they continue to conquer stages around the world, it is clear that Vended is poised to become a significant force in the realm of American modern metal. As the crowd streams out onto London’s streets, hot, sticky, sweaty bodies all feeling the pain of a great night of heavy, hard-hitting music delivered by three stellar bands, what’s not to love.

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