Katatonia at Sound Control

Katatonia at Sound Control

We asked the Voodoo Woman herself, Kim Jennet, to review Katatoni, Ghost Bat and The Great Discor at Sound Contro for us...

Words: Kim Jennett | Photos: Anthony Firmin

From the moment I walked into Sound Control I could already feel the thumping drums and silky riffs resonating through the walls.  I make my way upstairs and push through to the front of a hefty crowd to watch the first band of the night The Great Discord.  Vocalist Fia Kempe, armed in a head dress of feathers and warrior face paint is commanding the stage.  Her soaring, powerful vocals are enough to send shivers down my spine; captured by the push and pull of the band's heavy riffs, their dreamy interludes sending me on a journey throughout their entire set.  An unforgettable performance which sets the bar very high for the night.  Definitely a tough act to follow.  

Stepping up the challenge are Ghost Bath starting their set with what I can only describe as a great punch to the face.  They have a very full on sound and displayed a very energetic and emotive performance. Layered over the thunderous drums and bass is a tasty lead guitar tone that felt uplifting contrasting with the raw and emotionally biting sound, I am also very impressed by their demonic vocal performance. The band end with a live fade out to a moving piano were members walked off one by one, leaving the stage to show nooses eerily slumped over their amps.

Lastly, the highly anticipated Swedish band Katatonia and as they begin the crowd are immediately mesmerized.  What strikes me about this band is how crisp and tight they sound, while conjuring a beautiful and incredibly dramatic atmosphere.  Jonas Renkse’s dreamy vocals paired with creamy lydian melodies give me goosebumps.  Their tone is beautifully perfected in every way from the drum sounds to their guitars, fluxing between heavily atmospheric lows and crunching highs, their sound chilled me to the bone.  Syntonic and progressive Katatonia truly captured the hearts of their Mancunian audience and did it with a humble charm that really struck a chord with me personally.  This band really immersed me into their world and I highly recommend you go to see them live. An all round emotively hard hitting performance from all 3 bands.

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