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Camden Underworld
Sunday 7th September 2014
Nightshift Promotions

Words: Johnny Churchill: Pictures: Sean Cameron

jonathan churchill


My focus in music has always been drums and great drummers. Tonight therefore was unmissable because the legendary Dave Lombardo is in town with his current band PHILM to support the release of their second studio album, 'Fire From The Evening Sun'.

PHILM are a power three piece featuring Gerry Nestler on vocals and guitar, Pancho Tomaselli on bass and of course Dave Lombardo on drums. Embracing a stripped down, low-key garage band feel, PHILM focus on raw, heavy, aggressive rock, tempered with subtle tones and ambient moments.

From a musical perspective it's fairly unique, while straying towards Nirvana and Mastodon territory, with a strong nod to the 60s and 70s, and is a major departure from Lombardo's Slayer days.

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Opening track, 'Fire From the Evening Sun', sets the tone for the night – Lombardo is front and centre and despite the minimalist five-piece kit, delivers a masterclass in super-fast, precise playing. It's clear too this is a tight well-rehearsed band, not a one-man show, and Gerry Nestler controls the sound with a variety of guitar effects and vocal styles while Pancho Tomaselli syncs himself to perfection with the drums.


The music simply rocks. It's mesmerising, fresh, exciting and raw. And it doesn't slow down! Lombardo has stated in interviews that where the first album Harmonic was more improvisational and raw, the new album will have no improvising, no fluff and be in your face from start to finish.

It certainly seems that way and the brand new tracks including 'Omniscience', 'Fanboy', 'Silver Queen' and 'Lion's Pit' are all given prominence in the set. Stand-out moments from 'Harmonic' include 'Vitriolize' and 'Held in Light' but in all honesty, the whole set was fantastic.

While very much playing as a band, it's impossible not to acknowedge that Lombardo's the star of the show and it's a pleasure to watch him playing flat-out for an hour over so many tracks. Tonight was not just about PHILM though and the band were confidently supported by not one, but three support bands: Leeds-based Hawk Eyes, Earls of Mars and Palm Reader.


'Fire From The Evening Sun' is out on 15th September (today) and based on what I've heard live, it will be one of the most intense, interesting and original albums released this year.

PHILM SetList:
Far From The Evening Sun
Blue Dragon
Sex Amp
Lady Of The Lake
We Sail At Dawn
Held In Light
Silver Queen
Lion's Pit


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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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