Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Review of Carpe Noctum ,The Black Riders Cult, Gothzilla and Rhombus

I don't really know what the draw to Leeds is personally apart from it being the Goth Mecca of the North. My personal opinion some would disagree and state Whitby which trues in one sense. In terms of the music lineage of the post-punk and goth movement, I would contest for Leeds. Generally, I just thrive down there its partly nostalgia of formative years, the romanticized musical history, and oh yeah, Leeds market and fabric shops the galore for dressmaking. Sometimes, I think even a change of environment is good for ones well being.

Anyway, the boyfriend and I decided to head down to Leeds for Carpe Noctum the local goth night, since it was my weekend off. We both doubted if I could attend Noir castle, Newcastle's local goth night, as it was my weekend to work, it may have changed as I've been put on a night shift, which I prefer anyway. I digress too much the night was a calibration of Carpe Noctum three talented goths bands from the North. Headlining were Rhombus,  and supporting were  Gothzilla and The Black Riders Cult supporting. Each performance captivated the audience while demonstrating their unique and distinctive repertoires.

Doors opened at 7 pm but the band performed from 7:30. we arrived early so I get some drinks and find a place to stand.

Just as the boyfriend arrived with alcoholic beverages the band emerge. The three-piece band arrived with a slight smokey atmosphere that added to the mysteriousness of the lead singer. Who had defiantly raided Eldritch's wardrobe. The band hail from Sheffield and bought a much heavier rift and base sound compared to other bands trad' goth bands I've heard. However, the band stook with tradition of using a drum machine,producing an reverberating synth sounds and the vocalist with his deep droning vocals, which sound some between Ian Astbury powerful note hitting voice and Andrew Elditch baritone vocals. I'm a big fan of heavy base and guitars rifts that to enhanced the band's unique and dark sound. I'm planning to purchase their EP and I hope they plan to bring a album out.

My favourite song by the band was Assassination, however the music video quality doesn't do the band justice.

Next up was Gothzilla, who is from Scotland, Glasgow. Gothzilla had loud cheer as the entered by this time the murkiness from the smoke machine dispersed it meant better photo quality. After their first performance, they invited the audience forward everybody was huddle about half way from the stage. The audience steps forward, Gothzilla with energetic performance had the front row members gyrating through the entire performance. I  The band have an extensive influence ranging from gothic rock, prog, metal and right through to electronic and industrial; that is heavily heard throughout the set. This was the second time I saw them perform. I first saw them while they were supporting Cold In Berlin in Trillians (in Newcastle). I remember seeing them after an awful shift at work their performance uplifted my mood dramatically, I converted into a fan. 

An amazing and enigmatic band with a great traditional goth sound and unique interruption. Gothzilla has used powerful vocals, with complex riffs, guitar solo but has a clean guitar rhythm that is carried through the set, yet each song differentiates with the band utilizing electronic synths enhancing the band rich diversity in their songs

My favourite track had to the Edge Of Forever. 

The headliners were Rhombus, I was ecstatic to see the band again. I was hoping they would tour up to Newcastle but it never happened. So, this was my second time seeing the band who just seem to be even better than the last time I saw them at the Goth City Festival Opening weekend. The band is the has both male and female vocalist which creates a beautiful contrast with the male deep drolling vocals and the female ethereal vocals works; each song has its own distinctive sound, use a driving base, textured brittle flange guitars and occasionally an electric violin. The band have the traditional goth sound differ from other goth bands, as they have awe-inspiring upbeat rhythm, alluring me to dance. 

I love seeing Alixandrea animated energy during her performances as she away appears to get into the rhythm of every song she always makes think enchantress using her voice to spellbind the audience. I love the repertoire between Alxiandrea and Ed ( Bassist and male vocalist) as it comes across as very genuine chemistry which complements each other.  

My favourite song has to be Here Be the Dragons. 

After all the bands finished Carpe Noctum, started with another fantastic set. The Boyfriend and I had a good dance, as partly due to the fact we haven't been out since New Years. We left about 12:30 for a garlic bread and back to the hotel since I was despite for a cuppa.

The night was fantastic a success allowing for me to see the diverse range of bands displaying their talents and renditions of goth music. It proves that the goth and alt scene is still thriving partially in North. Also, too great to see so much support from the community supporting the band and scene from various ages range and demographics. It hard to believe to see three amazing bands and attend night was all for a fiver, I love a good bargain. 


  1. Wow - a fiver? That's a hell of a deal!

    1. Thanks, I know it was a great night for one amazing deal.

  2. Sounds fab. Seen Rhombus a couple of times and they are great.

    Just got back from Whitby. Believe me, it's no goth mecca in Feb. Home to cold angry tourists more like! Some nice little shops but we went for kitsch over goth this time! Must do blog post..

    1. I really like Rhombus at the moment I can't get enough of Here Be The Dragons.

      Whitby not a great place to visit during the winter. I used to go a lot when I had go down to Teeside Uni for the morning. I think it's better in the summer or when there events. I do miss some Gothic CRafts shop. The last time I went to Whitby I actually had the second day as their only so much you can, especially if you don't drive.
      Personally, I prefer Brighton it's bigger the weather better it has amazingly cheap vintage shops. Plenty of fabric shops. If it rains it's a dyer place to be. Only thing not many goth things to do but an lovely alt and friendly vibe.

    2. Whitby is a good place to take a dog, it's very dog friendly and we had a lovely cottage near some great cafes and bars where we could hide with him - Rusty Shears tea room & gin bar was a particular highlight, as was La Rosa hotel - both really quirky. I did get a sweet new cardy out of it, there are a couple of good alt shops but mostly they are pretty generic. But other people were as grey as the weather!

    3. That sounds good a new cardy I know you mean about the generic alt shops . It's same in Bright their q couple of goth shops which I use the very loosely that stock what's the flavour of the month, which more geared to the fifties/ psycho billI with nu and pastel goth brash t shirts. I'm not saying anything wrong with that it's just my cuppa. The room and gin bar sound fab. It always nice that town accommodates dog as well. I gotta admit whitby has a couple of nice crafts shops as well. But you very limited for ciders apart from Angel that's a great pub.

  3. Wow, that does sound like an amazing deal! thanks for the post, I hadn't heard of these bands yet and am always looking for recommendations.

    1. I would highly recommend The Golden Age of Nothing their goth with more a prog sound. Also, Rhombus my partner think their a typical Yorkshire goth band. Lol their awesome I prefer listening to more less known bands. Rather than main ones but also if you have any recommendations please share.

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  5. We missed that Carpe Noctum but it was nice to meet you last night. I agree about Leeds. We regularly make the journey from Manchester for what are always great bands and a good club night... and so cheap! Three bands and dj's till 2am for that price is a total bargain. Hope to see you there again soon. Sarah ��


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