For its sixth instalment, Great Northern Amplifier Worship – GNAW for short – have truly pulled out the stops. On Saturday 12th November, they bring the legendary drone metal duo Nadja to Newcastle’s Cluny 2. Forming in 2003 and based in Toronto and Berlin respectively, Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff merge intense doom riffs, shoegaze ambiance, electronic textures and ethereal drone into a powerful and distinct synthesis that subsumes the listener within.
With their latest album The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun, Nor Carved With A Knife due for release on Gizeh Records the week before, Nadja come to GNAW armed with yet more material to add to their already formidable catalogue. It’s quite the coup to have the band in the region, and their headlining set is certain to be an absorbing treat.
There’s a fine support bill to behold as well. Joining Nadja are iconic noise artist Culver, the improvisational noise rock band Waheela, the dark low frequency rituals of Corpse Twitcher and the high intensity Unsane-esque rock of Knots, who pull together for a day of hard-hitting riffs and powerful experimentation. With the noise and experimental scene in the region currently in fine form, GNAW VI looks set to be a fine celebration.