We want to bring you the best metal bands that the UK has to offer, so we spend our time outside of putting together our gigs, seeking out the next top quality acts that you have to see.
Below, you will find some of the acts we have had the fortune to have grace the Pandemonium Club stage, as well as some of the bands that we think are well worth a listen.
"In times since long ago forgat
A band of bawdy bards did sing
And growl at all who pass'd to hear
Of Warriors and Kings
Two lutes-men in their number
A Baron and a Scot
A revenant Knight and priestly Scribe
Complete the tawdry lot..."
A Smithfield ale-house, late summer.
Two unlikely sombre figures sit and discuss the day’s proceedings over measures of mead. Both laird and friar bore witness to the execution and are now deep in conversation about the direction their paths will take them from this place. Horrified yet inspired by past and recent events, they agree that fable, folklore and fact shall be retold in all their inglorious, brutal honesty.
Thus, Hærken beginneth...
From aesthetic to subject, mediæval Britain is their primary inspiration. Myth, legend and actual events which defined the middle ages are retold using methods originally perfected by the bard of yester year in his poetic glorification of battles and folklore. And convention sees the lute or lyre accompany his eloquent melodic vocal, used to charm and entertain goodly folk of the court.
The trouvères belonging to the House of Hærken, however, have long since forsaken this tradition - favouring instead the not so mellifluous modern medium of Metal.
In doing so, and with intention to incite very different emotions athwart those of love and chivalry, they will assault whichsoever ears would listen. They retain the same level of vivid and graphic depiction which, in part, defined the art of the mediæval minstrel but now, the darkest tales of Robin Hood and King Arthur are heard alongside those of lesser known yet already gruesome figures such as Black Annis and Sawney Bean.
Hærken are currently recording their debut album “Of Warriors and Kings”, the title of which is taken from a line of their signature rhyme, recited with menace during each show. In 2011, they were guests on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock and 2012 saw them inaugurate Britain’s newest metal hastilude Beermageddon - both shows amassing an impressive horde which in turn fought bravely on each field of combat....
Afar thou shalt hear their cries....
"Melodic death metal with a folky rhythmic sense, Hærken presents the brutal side of mediæval mythology. The UK’s answer to Amon Amarth? Quite possibly..." - Metal Hammer