Often gigs here commence early, due to the venue turning into a nightclub late evening. However, with only two bands, the live music starts after 8pm on this occasion, with Lake Malice taking the stage first, launching in to Magic Square, following some intro music. For a band that only formed in 2021, they have an impressive CV of support slots, boasting Hactivist, Modern Error, Zeal and Ardor and now Bloodywood amongst the headliners.
From the off, it is clear this is a visual as well as audio experience. Guitarist Blake Cornwall is all action, constantly in motion, covering every inch of the space. Power Game follows swiftly, the cat-suited Alice Guala using the whole of the front of the stage, popping up between the plethora of foldback monitors. You can’t take your eyes off her, because if you do, you have to search for where she has gone, as she’s not still often.
For this tour, Alice and Blake are supported on drums by Jamie Boyce and the powerful bass lines of the muscular Alex Laird. The band sadly had to pull out of some nights on this tour due to Alice being unwell, but she appears fully recovered in London tonight.
Switching between death metal and clean vocal, Black Turbine inspires crowd bouncing with the mid-tempo beat of the chorus. The opening riff of Creepers, generates excitement in those in the know about Lake Malice and appears a particular crowd favourite.
Although Alice and Blake are supplemented with a live rhythm section, backing tracks are used for some vocal parts and synthesiser parts. Bloodbath is a more pop based song, before latest release Stop The Party turns up the rock riffs again; Alice’s vocals displaying emotion, as she sings the song’s message forcefully. However, this doesn’t stop the party, with one last song in Blossom, the single that introduced the band to the world, with its early heavy riffs and contrasting ethereal vocals before the death metal growls creep in. The chorus has a commercial feel to it, as do many of their songs, providing excellent crowd participation for those that know the lyrics.
Lake Malice are a very good live band and they will have made lots of new friends on this tour.