- 30 May 18
The Redemption Festival made its 2018 return on Saturday, celebrating the homecoming of Ireland’s finest metal act - Primordial.
The crowds congregated in their masses to spend a sunny Saturday in the Tivoli theatre, relishing in all that is dark and heavy with a consortium of new and well-established talent. Bringing their A-game in support of their latest effort “Exile Amongst the Ruins”, Primordial give a passionate and rousing homecoming performance.
With such a cracking line up it is to no surprise that the venue has a considerable amount of pint-swilling attendees by the time Dublin act Death the Leveller take the stage. Opening the days proceedings with their sprawling epics, vocalist Dennis Dowling comments on how strange it is to see people in the Tivoli at that time of day. Fighting a self-proclaimed hangover, Dowling puts serious emotional intensity into his delivery on ‘How to Break Pernicious Spells’, successfully captivating the room. Off to a flying start, the crowd are quickly at the hands of Dublin death metal act Vircolac. A brutal rendition of ‘The Cursed Trails of the Dementer’ is followed by a dedication to everyone sinful - a suiting tribute for the day residing. Followed by new song ‘The Long Trail’, vocalist Darragh O’Laoghaire apprises the audience of how the track is about the divisions of Irish that fought in the first World War. Unfortunately the sound for their set was not as clear as the aforementioned act, but did not detract Viroclac from giving a pulverising performance.
By the time Mourning Beloveth take the stage, the room has filled out considerably and the crowd have loosened from their weekday shackles into pure enjoyment (beer may have helped). The Irish veterans take the stage to much appraisal, and immediately dive into a tirade of pummelling rhythms with ‘The Words that Crawled’. Always an interesting act to experience live, Mourning Beloveth galvanize diverse crowd reactions due to the non-linear atmosphere their glooming anthems curate. Frank and Pauric’s pummelling guitars command the audience into a unified frenzy of headbanging and horn-throwing throughout. Finishing with ‘Nothing Has a Centre’ the band vacate the stage leaving the audience chanting the tracks brooding melody - always a good sign.