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Crobar, London 24 May 2010
It was a
busy night in London for us media hacks, there was the film screening
premiere of the film on Rush-Beyond The Lighted Stage in Soho and over
in Camden new Finnish glam sensations Reckless Love were smearing their
lipstick over at the The Barfly, but it was here at my favourite
watering hole The Crobar that i'd rather be tonight to see a band that
had won me over at last years Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany.
metallers Enforcer are currently in the country about to embark on their
Nightmare Over The UK tour along with fellow Earache Records headbangers
Cauldron (who are also here tonight, helping to prop up the bar).
the release of their second album 'Diamonds', which carries on their
development of bringing the sounds of the NWOBHM up to date to a new
Tonight is a
party to celebrate the new release and is also a secret show in the very
truish sense of the word.
shows these days are just a promotional tool for major bands to play a
smaller venue which are well publicized to gain some free advertisement
in the news sections and are sold out within seconds on the internet.
This gig is
so secret,that only a handful of Enforcer fans are lucky enough to have
found out about it through the good old fashioned word of mouth.
are at last enjoying the summer heat and The Crobar tonight is one hot
sweaty box and as regulars to this bar will know there is not much room
to swing a cat, so I'm actually grateful tonight there is room to
manoeurve around without spilling my drink.
make the most of the area available and stormed into a full metal
assault with guitars held aloft and attacking the crowd like the Hungry
Hippos from that kiddies game. Singer Olof Wikstrand is soon screaming
directly into our faces.
launch into five new songs from 'Diamonds' opening with 'Midnight Vice'.
During the title track of the new album Olof quickly nips off to the
gents which isn't a problem as it is only ten yards away to spend a
bassist Tobias Lindquist is clearly enjoying himself and is the first to
go shirtless in the heat soon followed by the singer who was keeping the
ladies happy with his Scandinavian blond hair ,pin up looks and a slim
some serious headbanging going on from the band whilst The Crobar looked
on in awe not believing their luck.
from the first album 'Into The Night' ended this short set, but encores
were demanded for which the band duly delivered before the Crobar let
them outside to get some much needed oxygen.
'Black Angel' or 'Scream Of The Savage' but those are being saved for
the tour proper. We can't have it all can we?
along with Cauldron mingled and partied hard into the night. One
of those nights where you just had to be here. Best metal band
I've seen in a pub in a very long time. A great night out.
Set List: Midnight Vice / Roll The Dice / Walk With Me / Diamonds / Take
Me Into Hell / Mistress From Hell / Evil Attacker ..encores.. On The
Loose / Runnin' In Menace
by Mark Taylor
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