Devilment live review - Boston Music Room, London

Dani Filth-fronted metallers pull punches

Dani Filth on stage at the Boston Music Rooms
(Image: © Will Ireland)

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Rain spatters shivering goths outside as Devilment undertake their virginal headline voyage. GENERATION GRAVEYARD [6] have an uncouth, dirt-flecked take on Amen, frontman Max nicking drinks and headbutting the mic; not the finished article, but a promising oddity.

SHE MUST BURN [5] are polished but predictable, their passable blackened breakdowns embellished with visuals akin to Drop Dead models shooting the mine scene from Zoolander. As DEVILMENT [7] stride forth to a cheesy intro tape, there’s much at stake. Now on their second album, II – The Mephisto Waltzes, Dani Filth’s macabre metallers need to make an impression. Their debut passed most by, but Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me and Mother Kali work wonders here. Dani’s on mischievous form, bouncing like a corpsepainted kangaroo and talking absolute bollocks. It’s a shame that he harmonises his screams with pre-recorded vocals to emulate the album; Devilment gel best when they just rock like fuck. Colin Parks is a magnetic guitarist and Lauren Francis’s stripped-back litanies through Full Dark, No Stars allow the slippery moshpit a time-out. There’s a face-flagellating Under The Thunder before the band crawl back up Satan’s sphincter. Hopefully a rowdier, no-frills band will return.

Alec Chillingworth

Alec is a longtime contributor with first-class BA Honours in English with Creative Writing, and has worked for Metal Hammer since 2014. Over the years, he's written for Noisey, Stereoboard, uDiscoverMusic, and the good ship Hammer, interviewing major bands like Slipknot, Rammstein, and Tenacious D (plus some black metal bands your cool uncle might know). He's read Ulysses thrice, and it got worse each time.