An early start means Brazilian Teutonic-styled thrashers NERVOSA  don’t get the best of crowds for their debut London show, but they play tautly – even if this limits the movement on stage.
PSYCROPTIC’s  jazzy grooves and highly technical death metal get a rather more polite reaction than hoped for – until the barely dressed Tasmanians raise their energy levels massively and hair begins to fly. While it might be a tad odd to see half of the Mexicans’ lineup read like a British extreme supergroup (Jeff Walker, Shane Embury and Nick Barker), the Spanish stage banter of BRUJERIA  make sure the show feels like the real deal.
The rough’n’ready deathgrind is deceptively tight and overtly brutal, and the stage invasion that accompanies a post-set Macarena is deserved. The challenge of following a set that sees a lady onstage wearing very little but armed with a whip is perhaps why CRYPTOPSY  aren’t initially at their most exhilarating, but as time wears on the furious barbarism of their slickly delivered tech-death takes hold and inflicts just the right amount of pain. They do look like a well-oiled touring band, but the barely organised chaos of Brujeria tonight makes Cryptopsy look a touch more safe than usual.