Live Review: OHHMS - Harvey's Function Room, Luton
28th February 2020
Support. Gevaudan, The Best Medicine
Review Deegan Armitage. Photos by Paul Curry
Friday night saw the first appearance in 2020 of post metal doom band Ohhms and they were taking no prisoners in this very small and intimate show. Playing for the very first time in Luton along side stoner doom band Gevaudan and sludge stone crew The Best Medicine, this certainly wasn’t to be missed.
Up first was The Best Medicine who kicked off the evening with their own brand of heavy southern blues with massive riffs along with booming bass and soulful yet harsh vocals. The best medicine were the best choice for the start of an evening of doom and huge riffs.
Despite the fact this was the 5 piece’s first Luton show, whilst on stage it was clear that the band loved every minute of being in front of a Bedfordshire crowd, it was obvious from their performance tonight it wasn't going to be their last. They certainly kicked off the night with a bang.
Next was stoner/doom band Gevaudan, a four piece from Hertfordshire, the band are no stranger to Luton having played a few times in the past and this was clear from the ever growing crowd that was starting to fill the room. The band started with a gloomy clean riff with filled the venue with an atmosphere that you could cut with a knife. Along side this was soft yet sinister vocals which added to the eeriness filling the room before bringing in this massive riff bringing an entire different feeling to the song.
After the first amazing song the crowd cheered and screamed for more and they certainly didn't let the momentum go down bring more of their own brand of unique riff’s, along side their howling vocals and booming bass and drums. Gevaudan took no prisoners and they were applauded for it, leaving the fans in awe in what they had just seen.
Finally was headliners OHHMS who right from the first song showed the crowd that slow sludgy riffs can also be put along side heavy metallic hardcore riffs and sound just right. The bands energy was out of this world, you could really tell that they where going for it and enjoying doing it.
After a couple of more sludgey songs OHHMS thrashed into 'Murder Is Murder Is Murder' their latest single; having released towards the end of last year. A perfect example of how sludgey metal and hardcore can go together, the energy during this song was electric and it didn't fade at all for the rest of the set. Despite not speaking much in-between songs they were obviously letting the music do the talking and it was clear they were saying we ain’t stopping any time soon.
OHHMS were truly on top form tonight and I see bigger and better things coming for them over the next few years.
Special thanks to Paul Curry for allowing the use of his photos. Check out his work here: Len's Cap!