Live review: Karkasaurus tour with iVardensphere and guests. London Camden @ The Black Heart 1/6/22


Karkasaurus are the ultimate party animals who never fail to knock us all off our feet with incredible sets, so to further augment that power with the legendary might of the bands they brought with them to London? it really was fantastic, and if you can catch them at one of the other tour shows, make sure you do!

 
 

Review


Bein-E

Wherever Beat:Cancer is, Simon is almost certain to be there too helping out with the stage, spinning a DJ set or bringing us another experimental ambience offering with Beinaheleidenschaftsgegenstand (Bein-E). This time he had taken to a more industrial-esque choice of music with some great samples thrown in from the likes of Night of the living dead. Not only that but he rounded the set off with some absolutely filthy tracks. In this way he had built up steadily for one hell of a second half to his set and in so doing, the venue felt alive and fired up with the anticipation of more great music.

This was the best music I've heard Simon spin live, and it was really impressively done.


Red Meat

A live set performance that I have been waiting to see for quite a while. Rhys has been killing it with the astonishingly angry, hedonistic, and ear rending beats of the industrial lane he has charged head first in to. The soundcheck had me extremely excited and the performance itself really did deliver. I was on the Merch table most of the night but I had people coming up and buying his shirts throughout his impressive performance - with people commenting how good he was and quite a few of us agreed that he sounded very similar to Andy LaPlegua of Combichrist! He smashed that one right out of the proverbial park.

A video interview with Rhys will be uploaded to YouTube soon!


Biomechanimal


Matt hit us with one hell of a DJ set playing some very unique tracks including opening up with the industrial-folk-viking artist Errrilaz much to my utter delight; As well as playing some new and unreleased Bio tracks which all went down like a fresh vein of ore at a gold rush. Which is to say, he did well, exceptionally well, that crowd were dancing their asses off and the atmosphere was ecstatic, he even brought a lot of mods and synths to really mash up the sounds and tracks in to some really beautiful musical alchemy!

(or as the talented Matt would call it, just another day ending in a 'y'.)

iVardensphere

Scott Fox the legend once again returns to UK stages for this tour. He brought all of his equipment and drum machines etc in hand luggage this time around to save the same one drum machine disaster of lost luggage that happened at Tanz from repeating.

iVardensphere Singularity is different each time, Scott approaches it with an idea in his head and then just starts throwing his equipment and samples through stunning - one of a kind performances. This time he had matt from Bio join him for a time which sent the crowd stomping and raving away even harder than before.

Scott is a man who has achieved perfect mastery over electronic audio, and weaves musical spells like a cybermancer or sci-fi bard of legend. Don't ever miss out on a chance to see Scott play be it with the full band or as his singularity!

Karkasaurus

The two Dino dudes who we all know and love, who make so many of these great events possible, need no introduction.

Once again they took turns to throw a song in to the mix and tear the audience a new hole with each track spun. Intensity, speed, action, these aren't just Hollywood film elements, these are elements of a Karkasaurus dance floor and they bend them to their will with unimaginable ease, casting absolute fire out across the dancefloor.

The Dino duo have always put on the most entertaining, fun, and pure bliss dancefloor sets be they online, live, or regardless of genre they happen to be spinning on any given night; These guys are true legends of dancefloors everywhere and there 'aint no party like a Karkasaurus party!

So a huge thank you to them both for running such a great event and kicking our asses once again.

 

One more thing.. James has been going to Beat:Cancer events for a long time. He even drove me to my first few B:C gigs and because of that Elektro Vox now exists and my love for industrial was originally ingrained by this great guy!

The weird thing? He (or at the very least someone he has brought with him) has always won one of the B:C raffle bundles! Myself being one of them many years ago. In true fashion, he won one of the three raffles at EVM fest recently too.

When I got on stage to do the raffle draw for two different prize bags, I joked briefly with the audience about his luck, and you'll never guess who's number Vampyr Brat picked out of the tin for the second prize...

That's right.. James, the lucky sod!


A huge, huge thank you to everyone who takes part in B:C raffles, it really is the best way to support the charity and get more funding to the places that need it!

 

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