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PRAYING MANTIS/FURY UK/CORE OF NATION
Purple Turtle, Camden, London 5 August 2009
A hot and
humid night of classic rock kicked off with Swedish five piece Core Of
Nation. The sound mixes Sabbath and Metallica, at the stoner / sludgy
end. The singer was very reminiscent of Rob Halford at the industrial end.
A good start, but after 3 or 4 tracks they became a little samey. Bar
that, there were a few clean Maidenesque bursts that grabbed the
attention, but otherwise it was a little too hard word over the half hour
were Fury UK, whose new album VR has been receiving good reviews.
This Manchester three piece play a hard fast shred, nods at Megadeth, and
more than a hint of Raven-esque Crash Bang Wallop too. The music cohesive,
the singer/guitarist Chris Appleton humorous and talkative, the track
“Human Condition” stood out too. Definitely rising stars, but the last
track dragged on too much, the extended shred the only downer.
Praying Mantis, promoting their excellent new album Sanctuary,
sounded excellent, the best mix I’ve heard them.
track “Children Of The Earth” saw the band sound tight, with guitarist
Tino Troy looking happy and bouncing around, his guitar work touching on
Chris plays a melodic and solid bass. The five piece NWoBHM legends are at
the melodic end of metal, and despite the late stage time (a mix of poor
planning for a midweek show and technical trouble) they looked and sounded
“A Cry For The New World” went down well, as did the new “Restless Heart”
(feedback aside). The bluesy ballad “Tears In The Rain” added a touch of
Whitesnake, and “Rise Up” featured a few bars of “We Will Rock You”. This
band know how to entertain.
Excellent mix aside, further technical trouble with Tino’s amp held up
proceedings further. At this point, the last train home became an issue
for many, and more than a couple had to leave before the final few songs.
of highs and lows but good British metal won in the end.
Album review (Praying Mantis)
Album review (Fury UK)
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