Sunday, April 22, 2012

SOAP & SKIN (London Scala, 11/04/12)

Oh, if only this had been at a more suitable venue than the Scala. Anja Plaschg is one of music’s most terrifyingly intense performers, her gothic industrial compositions punctuated with brutal piano hammering and screams of pure anguish, but even her dark drama loses something when it’s incessantly interrupted by the click of a malfunctioning smoke machine. Nonetheless, there were some truly spine-tingling moments, not least the apocalyptic “March Funebre” or the slow-building and stunningly atmospheric encore of “Pale Blue Eyes.”

(Photo: John Gleeson)

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