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InMe, Dorje @ 02 Academy Islington, London (UK)

INME / Dorje
in Friday, 18 September 2015 at 02 Academy Islington
by Nick Webb

The Islington O2 Academy has to be one of my favourite venues. It’s large enough for decent groups to get gigs and a good crowd, but small enough that people at the back are miles away. From a photographer’s point of view, the lighting is decent enough to get some pretty good shots (unlike some venues, who seem to keep the bands in near darkness for their sets, making the photographers’ jobs quite a lot harder)…  The biggest issue for me was that I had to do a quick exit a few songs before headliners INME finished their epic set, so this will be as complete as possible.

Opening this gig was a band that I’ve been wanting to see for a while. Anyone who plays guitar/likes guitars/watches guitar playing videos on YouTube will be familiar with the work of a man called ROB CHAPMAN and his band DORJE. Having followed their exploits and previous doings online, their gig as support was a pretty cool moment. DORJE play a very groovy kind of heavy rock-metal with lots of great guitar playing and tight, rhythmic riffs. Their set, a mere 5 songs long, comprised of tracks off their recently released EP CATYLYST. Their set here was heavy hitting, and sounded incredibly fat for the size of their equipment. Going onstage with the obvious intention to win over some fans who may not have previously heard of their music, DORJE were great in their supporting role. With tracks like “Aeromancy” with its crushing groove going down a storm, and their cover section of RATM’s “Bullet in the Head” blending in with their last single release “White Dove” really starting to get the crowd moving. I can’t wait to see a full set by these guys at some point in the future.












This year marks the 10th anniversary of INME’s sophomore effort, “White Butterfly”, so as they had already learned their debut “Overgrown Eden” in its entirety, they decided to do that with the 2nd album too and go on the road playing not one, but BOTH the albums back to back for this Overgrown Butterfly tour. Playing the two albums back to back really shows the changes in sound and the real scope of INME’s sound. The playing was largely heavy riffs with melodic vocals and complex rhythmic passages. The four guys were really tight as a unit, and stormed around the stage with a tremendous energy. Till the point where singer Dave sang half of “Trenches” alone onstage before the rest of the band returned for the last section. This song, written for his then-girlfriend, was a highlight of the set, showing their different sides all in one song.#

Returning for their second album showed how the band had got slightly more progressive (the first album wasn’t exactly simple 3-chord bashing to begin with), with more complex arrangements and harmonies, and some more intricate riffs. The group really showed their longevity and that their catalogue is full of really catchy and lyrically great songs, with the audience joining in all the time, and doing exactly what the group wanted- “the ballroom dance of death” in one song was a great thing to see; people pseudo-dancing together during calmer sections, then breaking into a mosh when the heavy sections came in.










Returning for their second album showed how the band had got slightly more progressive (the first album wasn’t exactly simple 3-chord bashing to begin with), with more complex arrangements and harmonies, and some more intricate riffs. The group really showed their longevity and that their catalogue is full of really catchy and lyrically great songs, with the audience joining in all the time, and doing exactly what the group wanted- “the ballroom dance of death” in one song was a great thing to see; people pseudo-dancing together during calmer sections, then breaking into a mosh when the heavy sections came in.

Unfortunately it was just after this that I had to leave. Really wanting more. And looking forward to catching them again when they come back to play something completely different again! Two great acts and a night with a fantastic atmosphere!

For the full photo galleries, click the following links below:

InMe Full Gallery
Dorje Full Gallery

Ticket Price: £15


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Edited 29 January 2023
 

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