at Voodoo, following a visit from Doyle in July 2018, Belfast welcomed the esteemed former frontman and horror-buff Michale Graves to Voodoo Belfast.Who’s next on his hit-list, I’m sure we’ll soon find out.One of the beauties of this job, and especially being involved in a website which champions independent and underground bands – the sort of bands that some snobbier so-called “fans” refuse to go watch purely because they are “local” (and, believe me, there are plenty of them here in ÜR’s home town) – is watching said acts grow and develop before your eyes.One such bands have been gothic horror punks So Long Until The Séance, or SLUTS to give them their shorter acronym…The 5-piece, fronted by Amedeo ‘Ame’ Mongiorgi, brought the hard n’ heavy to the Belfast crowd, reminding me of bands like Shinedown and Black Label Society through their crunchy riffs and song-stylings.The Italian crew put on a great set, keep things loud and provided an interesting contrast towards the atmosphere created.
With a further selection of tracks to blast through, rounding off the night in style, Michale and the gang ended on renowned tracks and singles including ‘Dig Up Her Bones’ and ‘Helena’.That same hysterical energy and attitude were unleashed again to the growing crowd entering Voodoo.Faces caked in white paint, fast-paced and punchy, Cadaver Club kept their set solid and to the point, with bangers from the crypt, whilst funeral director Mr Crowe strutted around the stage in his stud-cladded funeral attire.Mr Graves entered the infamous fiend club in 1995, performing with the legendary outfit for over 6 years.During this time, Graves is credited with writing a number of their synonymous hard-hitting anthems (and fan-favourites) including ‘Dig Up Her Bones’, ‘Scream! During this time, he also collaborated with horror director, and “the father of the zombie film”, the iconic George A. Beyond these staples in his long career, Michale has prolifically produced a plethora of studio albums, further produced and directed films, and tours relentlessly for the most part of any year. County Fermanagh’s very own ghoulish quartet Cadaver Club opened proceedings, performing again in Belfast in over a bloody era!