1st June 2015, Liverpool, Kazimier

Iconic Seattle doom outfit Earth recently visited the UK in support of their current highly acclaimed album ”Primitive & Deadly”, and the Northern leg of this tour visited Liverpool’s iconic Kazimier venue.

The show was opened by London duo Markers, to almost reverential silence. A half hour set of slow solemn instrumental music stopped nearly everyone in their tracks. Great to see such a response to an opening act, especially when talking over such minimal music could really destroy the melancholic atmosphere the duo worked so hard to build. It was immediately apparent that the large crowd enjoyed the soothing start to the evening.

Next were Mugstar, playing a hometown show and offering up a very different proposition to the openers. A much noisier, and still largely instrumental sound was backed up by some surreal visuals on the screen behind them. They come across like a heavier, psychotic version of Tool, with the vocalist looking like he could explode into some kind of psychotic episode, the microphone stand taking the brunt of the attacks, showing what can happen when the music truly takes you over. A powerful performance and another band for me to look out for.

A difficult pair of sets to follow, but if anyone can follow such good performances, then Dylan Carlson and Earth are the band to live up to such high expectations. A magnificent and almost hypnotic set, with every track a slow, repetitive dirge taking the packed club on a psychedelic journey with many twists and turns. An amazing display that to be hones, few bands could match. I hadn’t seen a fully instrumental show before, the closest being a Karma To Burn show last year, but this took things to a whole new level. When melody tells a story as well as they do tonight, lyrics aren’t necessary.

Just awesome.