Taint: Live @ The Crobar!
Metal Hammer’s James Isaacs reviews a storming set from cutting-edge, avant-garde combo Taint at London’s famous rock haunt, The Crobar!
The Cro Bar seems to be getting just as notorious for it’s live shows as it does for it’s part in the rising levels of liver damage in the London metal community. It’s not exactly the most spacious of drinking dens but that could part of the secret formula why Welsh noise dealers Taint sounds so fucking incredible! Maybe it’s the feel of the frontman’s spittle on your face or knowing that the stage and the bar are only 5 metres apart that, but whatever it is, it feels pretty damn good!
Taint have a truly stupendous sound on a normal day but given the confines of the Cro Bar, the sound has nowhere to go apart from in your face. So all the regular barnstormers such as ‘Hex Breaker’ and ‘Drunken Marksman’ have added bite. But it’s the new material that comes as a suckerpunch. ‘Despite Isolation’, ‘Pray The Wind Don’t Change’ and ‘All Bees To The Sea’ make the next Taint release a very tasty prospect indeed. But it’s the new track ‘Black Rain’ that blows the mind, melding Sabbath and Mastodon together in a never-ending sea of heavy metal noise.
We spoke to Taint frontman Jimbob to find out what it’s like to play a venue with more shot glasses than square feet…
“The Crobar crew are family to us, and it was great to get back to the ‘smoke’ and play such an intimate show. To break in four new songs was also fun, and we’re looking forward to heading back in June with Coalesce.”
Pics: Ester Segarra