by Gregory Curvey in New Music on Saturday 20 August 2011

The Luck of Eden Hall was very fortunate to have recently played a show with Umbra and the Volcan Siege. I watched in awe as Jim Licka played a real Mellotron on the stage. It was white and quite small and not anything like what I had pictured in my mind for all these years.

Jim and his mates (two drummers, three guitars, bass guitar) used it to great effect, along with a visual slide show. Umbra gives you everything you would want to see in a progressive outfit: melodic, screaming grooves that quench your thirst like a gasoline-laced beaker of sweet absinth. Good stuff!