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EDGUY O2 Islington Academy, London
20 March 2010
Saturday night and it's party night and German rockers Edguy are the
perfect ingredient to launch us on to a rocket ride of fun.
As with most
gigs in these smaller venues on a Saturday evening, the proceedings
start early and it's London based Inner Eden who have the duty of
warming up those who ventured early through the doors at the ungodly
hour of 6pm.
ex-members of Axis Of Evil and Pain Control, Inner Eden are showcasing
their newest member on the keys and synths Adrian Carloss who also
handles the death growl backing vocals.
female fronted band, with Holly Bolus from Sarf London mate, who seems a
little too cute to be fronting this powerful assault of hard kicking
riffs and punches that hit you right in the stomach. Inner Eden
have the capability to move up into the next league.
Earache Records is a lover of the NWOBHM. Having already given us
Cauldron, we now get to listen to the delights of the new saints of Los
Angeles White Wizzard who help bring the classic sound up to date
them a week earlier at the Hammerfest II, it was good to see the set
list tweaked around a bit. Opening up with 'Over The Top',it got us in
the mood for battle. Singer Wyatt 'Screaming Demon' Anderson looks
like a young Ronnie James Dio from the side view of the stage.
'Iron Goddess Of Vengeance' is fast becoming my favourite track. The
band must have won themselves many new fans today judging by the amount
of t-shirt sales the band did during the interval. Precious metal
I first saw
Edguy headine the Bloodstock Open Air Festival a few years back
and have had a soft spot for them ever since. Back at this very
venue for the second time in fourteen months, the band are stilll
promoting the 2008 release of 'Tinnitus Sanctus'.
with a couple of tracks from that release, Edguy soon put us on familar
ground with the classics 'Tears Of A Mandrake' and 'Lavatory Love
Machine' which left the audience flushed with happiness.
Sammet is one of the most charismatic frontmen around today often joking
with the crowd and telling us many anecdotes of life on the road,
proving that ze Germans do have a sense of humour after all.
Sammet also has a very fine voice almost reaching the high scales of
Michael Kiske and Geoff Tate.
guitar work from Jens Ludwig and Dirk Saver who along with bassist
Tobias Exxel and drummer Felix Bohnke all had to put up with being the
butt of jokes from Sammet.
main set with a trio of tracks from the excellent 'Rocket Ride' album,
the single 'Superheroes', the melodic ballad of 'Save Me' and a rocking
'F#cking With Fire' were all crowd pleasers.
There was no
way the crowd was going to let Edguy go for an early bath. Three
encores. 'Sacrifice' another winner from 'Rocket Ride', followed by the
forth song tonight from 'Tinnitus Sanctus' in the shape of 'Babylon'
which also featured a snippet of Iron Maiden's 'The Trooper' with Sammet
giving his best Dickinson impersonation, rounding off with 'King Of
Fools', Edguy are exactly that.
massive around some parts of the world and they deserve to be here too.
Set List : Dead Or Rock / Speedhoven / Tears Of A Mandrake / Lavatory
Love Machine / Vain Glory Opera / The Piper Never Dies / Ministry Of
Saints / drum solo / Superheroes / Save Me / F#cking With Fire ..encores
Sacrifice / Babylon / King Of Fools
Photos by Sonia
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