There is a lot of buzz surrounding Club Zygotic’s event tonight, here at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. A Doom/Sludge metal night full of deep psychedelic undertones, a haze of incense and ear pounding riffs from beyond the ether, this night has been a long time coming for the Brighton metal scene, and the crowd knows it.
Taking the stage first are the seminal KING GOAT , a five-piece progressive doom band whose charisma and skill steal the night before it’s even started. Boasting a range of Eastern atmospheric melodies and soaring vocals that would shock even Mats Leven, King Goat are a band that no one here tonight is going to forget. Although, occasionally a little repetitive and generic, King Goat’s prominent stage presence and exceptional musicianship manage to capture the entire crowds attention from start to finish.Which is why GORSE  is such a disappointment to the fired up crowd. Despite being exceptionally tight musically, throwing down YOB-esque grooves mixed with the haunting qualities of QOTSA, Gorse just have no stage presence. By the end of their set the crowd have lost all the energy that was created in the first part of the night.
Now should be the time that the headliners ANACONDAS  inject
some much needed vigour into the final part of the evening, but sadly they fall short. From the word go, Anacondas burst on to the stage with swaggering grooves and mighty beats, but cockiness makes for mistakes. A large majority of Anacondas’ skull crushing performance is lost in the mix; when asked by the sound desk to kindly turn down their amps a little, the lads refuse, leaving the rest of the night with an audience deafened by a wall of muddy sound (even if it was a pretty bitching wall of muddy sound).
Written by Matthew Iredale