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A sold-out gig for a doom-psych metal band seems unheard of, right? But Newcastle’s PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS are truly the best at what they do, and tonight’s gig is resounding evidence of that. For support, we have MÉSANGE, a duo comprised of violinist Agathe Max from the band Kuro, and guitarist Luke Mawdsley from the band Cavalier Song. Their individual talents mould together and they feed off each other’s energy on stage. The classical melodies from the violin mix with the synthesised sound of the fuzz pedals and the end product is a beautiful, sombre and powerful folk noisescape. More artistry than just any other guitar band.

Shortly after Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs take the stage. They’re here for the tour of their incredible new album King Of Cowards. I make my way back inside after taking a break from the hot venue, only to hear “this one’s about baking cakes!” in a broad Geordie accent. I have to laugh – it’s not every day you hear a band from the doom genre, one of the most serious, talk about baking. Of course, he is referring to the song Cake Of Light and not about Bake Off, sorry everyone. The sense of humour, the snarling energy and voice that mirrors a rally call is lead singer Matt Baty.

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The amazing musicianship is what makes a Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs show truly stand out from the crowd. All the songs melt into one another to create one gargantuan wall of noise. You can’t help but either head-bang or stare at them in amazement. Their last song was dedicated to a “particularly dangerous road”. As a fellow North Easterner, I immediately knew what it was – the A66.

Maybe the fact that Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are from my home region, I feel a particular love and pride for them. But, regardless of where you’re from, if you love doom you have to see this weirdo lot. That’s an order.

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