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ACHILLA, Purple Turtle, Camden, London
16 September 2010
recently supporting Delain, British based goth melodic rockers Achilla
are headlining the Purple Turtle to celebrate the launch of their debut
single 'Arashi', but they have their work cut out tonight as there was a
vast array of talent on offer before them.
With a four band
bill, normally the first band only plays to the sound technician and the
one man and his dog. That was certainly not the case for From
Great Height who pulled in a lot of punters at such an early time.
The band played
a metalized progressive rock set which combined the guitar metal
elements of Iron Maiden mixed with the sounds of early Genesis and
Led by Adam Ever
on synth and vocals who emulated those Peter Gabriel days by not only
sounding like him , but also wore the make-up that has since became a
trade mark for all things prog.
A new band for a
new age that are capable of crossing over into any mainstream of rock.
that impressed me were M.I.N.D. It took a couple of songs
before i really took any notice but it was the guitar work of Andria
Gomez that really stood out.
McGregor, she looked too cute to be playing these formidable notes. A
power jazz rock fushion blending the works of Tool, Dream Theater and
Joe Satriani. Songs like 'Secret Sin' and 'Coma' should awake you
to their greatness.
abstract were Ghost In Mirrors, an Anglo-French band that would
appeal more to the indie-alternative crowd, but who could well give them
a good few prog lessons.
Amann comes across as a mixture of Bjork and Evanescence's Amy Lee. When
she's not too busy singing and dancing, she gives us a few notes on her
glockenspiel (That's a xylophone to you and me mate.)
The band are
starting to make a splash on both sides of the channel and have received
positive reviews of their debut 'Ryders Dismount'. Worth checking out if
you're looking for something a little different.
It was left to
Achilla to blow up an arashi. (That's Japanesse for 'storm').
Although the band are based in London, the band are doing the E.U
freedom of travel a world of good by featuring two Italians, a Greek and
plays some clean sounding crisp guitar complete with melodic solos.
Hungarian babe Martamaria is the centre attraction. With a
slimline frame that would make wannabe models go anorexic trying to
compete and long flowing blond hair. When she puts her body and
soul into the music, she looks like a willow tree in full bloom.
She can be a
little wooden when introducing the songs as she is still not fully used
to using the English tongue (Although that never deterred James Bond)
but her singing is faultless.
eruptive 'Volcano' that almost made me blow my top, came the new single
'Arashi' which is good as anything I've heard recently by the likes of
Within' Temptation or Leaves Eyes, which is where Achilla's true
'Fever' was a
slow building number that built up heavilly which showed of Martamaria's
true talent with some high pitched vocals that would of shattered my
pint of beer had it not been in a plastic cup.
was the first song the band ever wrote and is also available on the
single in an acoustic style. Ending the set with some of their better
numbers including 'Your Face', a song about friends not seen (And , no,
it's not about Facebook) and 'Timeless' which will be the title track of
their album when it will be released in the not too distant future.
have a following that will surely grow. They have the ability and
vision to take it to the next level.
enjoyable evening featuring four talented bands that are all worthy of
Achilla set list : Mirrors / Volcano / Arashi / Rich / Fever / Wild
Flower / Hunted / The Devil's Eyes / Your Face / Timeless