Invokation of Lady MacBeth
"IN A DEEP dark arch, somewhere under central station, tattered flags hang from the ceilling, filthy and bloodied. The light is dim; a group of six face-painted drummers dressed in black stand gathered around a fallen steel cupboard. As a ferocious soundscape fills the space, they begin to beat on the steel with drumsticks; the sound – including fragments of Shakespeare’s verse – is terrifying, like a solid wall of horror sweeping out through the audience. This is the Black Sun Drum Korps’s 25-minute Macbeth, part of the second group of shows in this year’s Arches Live! festival. The show describes itself as offering highlander rhythms, dark magick and industrial witchcraft; but in truth it seems more frightening than that, a dark vision of some violent, blood-boltered Scottish past that could return to haunt us still."
“I have fatal vision. I see art in hell. I see hell in art”
Sex, Magick and Blood: Black Sun Drum Korps – joined by international extreme body artist Ron Athey – invoke Shakespeare’s tragedy through the cut-up technique of Burroughs and Gysin and rhythmic industrial soundtrack.
Led by Drum Major Russell MacEwan (Test Dept, Ron Athey & Company) and Glaswegian doom metal Black Sun, witness Macbeth as you’ve never seen it before – cut up and reworked to supremely dark magick and industrial standards. A primal, visceral and intense experience for the strong of heart.