Live: Dope, Anti-Clone, Killus – Islington Academy, London

DOPE
DOPE

Killus are mad. Donning coloured eye contacts, what can only be described as ‘Joker’ makeup and tongues tangling out, it’s fair to say this band provide an energy to a show. At one point; the lead singer was in the photo pit and straddled me. It’s been two days; I don’t think he’s going to call me. The blood make up that adorns their arms and lower jaws look like they’ve been feasting before the show, which might explain the entire band’s wide-eyed look for their entire set! The Spanish industrial metal band are most certainly worth looking into and provide a very active and entertaining performance.

Anti-Clone, the penultimate band of the night, are quite simply brutal. When a bassist comes out on stage, jumps on a riser and starts stomping in big, thick military boots, staring at the crowd, taunting them, you know you are about to witness something quite different. With an array of masks and military wear, the band look like mercenaries from a dystopian future. The five-piece from the murder capital of the UK, Boston, demonstrate quirky head movements from the seemingly deranged bassist and guitarists and the powerful front man makes for a performance that leaves you wondering if they are in actual fact, living the Mad Max life. A very powerful performance in every aspect.

DOPE
DOPE

Dope – the reason we are here. This, the Die Motherfucker Die reunion tour. The first headlining show in the UK, ever and capping off the end of the tour. This looked to be a promising performance, especially as it was the only one in the Great Britain and it delivered in aces.
Despite Edsel bringing up how different Dope are to any other band by not tricking the audience into encores and only playing one or two songs compared to their five songs that they performed at the end of the show and reminding us how hard working he and the band are, playing a show every night on the fifty-three day tour which started to feel like a bit of a chip on the shoulder, it did not detract to how fantastic the band are live. Edsel seemed genuinely happy to be in the UK and promised to make it a regular touring destination in the future after making a special effort to include us in the tour.

DOPE
DOPE

Although most of the reunion was spent in America, it wasn’t until the band got to Russia, the Ukraine and the UK that they decided to treat fans and play two new songs off their latest album; Blood Money Part One. The rest of the set comprised of songs that came from each of their six albums, including the covers of ‘Spin Me Right Round’ by Dead or Alive, which the front man commented is a “really stupid song”, to ‘Rebel Yell’ by Billy Idol and ‘Fuck The Police’ by NWA really showed the bands wide musical interests and gave the night a little shake up. All in all a very lively and enjoyable show, one you should definitely kick yourself for missing if you did not make it.

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