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Live: Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats - Gorilla, Manchester

It’s the kind of snowy Manchester night where we find ourselves in great need of a little something to blow away the cobwebs, cue a spellbinding performance from a band we were delighted to see return last year.

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats crashed their way back onto the Far Out stereo with Wasteland – a record that demonstrated an otherworldly brand of psych-metal almost made for the live stage.

With that in mind, it’s time for a return to Manchester’s Gorilla to catch the Cambridge four-piece on their current tour.

It’s already a packed-out room for support act Blood Ceremony, who produce a curious mix of traditional-sounding metal and, er, flute. It’s entertaining enough, but the evening’s headliners simply offer more meat on the bones.

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats open the set in the same way as their latest record, with the sprawling stoner-rock of ‘I See Through You’. It’s what could definitely be described as a ‘traditionally’ metal audience, too (we refrain from joining in with the ‘devil horn’ salute), but the sound Uncle Acid produce is something more akin to a Sabbath/Hawkwind/Tame Impala hybrid.

The chat in between the tunes is kept to a minimum, but why waste time on that when there’s a groove to be had? A trip back to the record that got us hooked (2011’s The Night Crawler) culminates in a mind-blowing performance of ‘I’ll Cut You Down’ – ensuring the freezing temperatures outside are nullified with a searing offering that reverberates around Gorilla.

Proceedings are brought to a close with an encore led by ‘Melody Lane’ – a closer that ensure there’s not a face without a smile as the fans begin to file out of the building. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have again proved themselves to be a live force to be reckoned with.