This evening of black metal was opened up by the rather unknown group Forsaken Legion, who've made three demo-releases this far. They play fairly long, mostly mid-tempo songs of '90s style melodic black metal with some atmospheric synth-spices. The band handled their expression well, although the performance itself was really static and boring to look at. The problem just is, that the group's music is even too traditional and safe; aside of one song being faster than the rest, there were no surprises to be heard. The music seemed a bit shy, even.
Next up was Saturnian Mist, a six (or so) years old band whose first full-length album I reviewed here. The contrast to the opening band was a great one; the group had certainly put effort into their visual side, and especially the vocalist performed with great energy. As with the opening band, the audience was inactive, but that didn't bother me from enjoying the group's set - and I wouldn't have minded if they had played a song or two more. This is the band I came to Nuclear Nightclub to see, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. If you are into occult black metal with personality and dedication, you might want to give an ear to Saturnian Mist.
The evening's final band (and the first one to get anything out of the audience) was Black Crucifixion. The band was originally active in the early nineties, then vanished only to return in 2006 with an album of somewhat melancholic dark metal. The group's latest work is their half studio, half live album "Hope of Retaliation", and it should come as no surprise that this is what BC's set focused on. Along with the new songs, the group got to hear a good bunch of older songs that some might refer to as classics; Serpent of Your Holy Garden, Promethean Gift, Master Spirit, and Flowing Downwards.
The band's performance was very well rehearsed and all-around professional (which you can take as a good or a bad thing), and especially the vocalist performed some "show-moves" so to say. The old songs blended seamlessly together with the brand new material, the sounds were in check and so was Forn's charismatic low voice - so if you're into simplistically melodic, slightly melancholic and dramatic dark metal with some imbued black metal-influences, you should definitely go see the band live. I wasn't too keen on the show-side, but the music worked fine in its cold simplisticity.