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ENFORCER/ Black Spiders
Purple Turtle, Camden 2 December 2010 It's freezing cold, snowing and Airbourne have just postponed their
Brixton show due to illness. Bad times. But hold on, Sweden's mighty
Enforcer, support on the Airbourne tour, aren't gonna let that stop
them. A last minute show is announced at Camden's Purple Turtle, and the
special guests are Black Spiders! Good times.
opening act is Cavity Search, the band up until 2 days ago were
due to be tonight's headline act. Graciously, they made way for
tonight's two heavyweights, and so are rewarded with the opening slot.
They put in
a good set, their hardcore punk/metal hybrid going down well with the
early birds here tonight. They'd do well with a support slot for
Enforcer's Earache label mates Municipal Waste, an obvious influence,
with whom they'd be a bit more compatible.
Spiders were due to be on tour with Volbeat in the UK at the moment,
but coincidentally all dates of this tour have been cancelled, hence the
unlikely but mouthwatering prospect of Black Spiders and Enforcer
teaming up for this show has presented itself.
Spiders are a hard working band on the road, clocking up thousands of
miles, and constantly crop up as tour support for various bigger rock
acts. Having just completed some European dates with Airbourne, who they
will now be joining in the UK, their set is well oiled and bursting with
much anticipated debut album, 'Sons Of The North', about to get its
official release early next year, this is a good opportunity to get a
taster of some of the gems the album will contain.
this gig was announced with less than two days notice, a pretty sizeable
crowd has assembled to see the band kick off in explosive style with the
thumping swagger of 'Si, El Diablo'. 'Stay Down' is an irresistible full
on rocker, with a riff resembling AC/DC's 'Let There Be Rock', and 'Just
Like a Woman' is another high voltage rocker. The brilliantly titled
'Kiss Tried To Kill Me' is perhaps the most commercial and catchy songs
on offer tonight, with a killer chorus.
a Rock Without a Roll' is another indicator that the album's gonna be a
strong one, as this groovy rocker does exactly what it says on the tin.
The set closes in fine style with the Sabbathy swaggering groove of
'Blood Of The Kings'.
frontman Pete Spiby, formerly of Groop Dogdrill, displays the confidence
and professionalism to work a crowd even of this size, whilst the rest
of the band give it 110% effort and energy, with drummer Si Atkinson,
apart from playing some great drums, looking totally demented behind the
displaying influences ranging from AC/DC and Kiss through to Clutch and
Black Sabbath, this is a great live band with an identifiable sound of
their own. Once the album, available in advance on this tour, hits the
shops for real in February 2011, I would expect this band to make some
strains of Judas Priest's 'Diamonds and Rust' blast out of the PA
system, we know we're about to experience some full on, straight ahead
Heavy Metal. Sweden's Enforcer are one of a whole bunch of new
bands who favour the classic sound of some old school NWOBHM-era metal.
And for me, they're the best of the bunch.
recently survived a near fatal coach crash on the road in Sweden, it
says something for this band's dedication that they dusted themselves
off and pretty much got straight back on the road.
The band hit
the stage like an explosive ball of energy as they rip into the two
opening cuts from this year's excellent 'Diamonds' album. 'Midnight
Vice' and 'Roll The Dice' both have a strong flavour, musically at
least, of the Paul Dianno era Iron Maiden and get the set off to a
leans heaviest on the material from 'Diamonds', but a handful of tracks
from 2008's slightly harder and faster first album 'Into The Night' also
feature tonight, with 'On The Loose' , 'Mistress From Hell' and 'Into
The Night' all hitting the heavy metal spot.
from 'Diamonds' show that the band have honed their sound and song craft
since that first album, with 'Katana' and 'Walk With Me' sounding
particularly strong, and the instrumental 'Diamonds' giving the band a
chance to shine.
want to term the band 'old school' or 'traditional' metal is a matter of
preference, but this is well crafted, high energy Heavy Metal
influence of bands such as Maiden, Samson, Tygers, Saxon etc is blatant,
and Enforcer seem to have captured the spirit of that early 80's classic
metal sound perfectly.
them a slightly different twist, however, is singer Olof Wikstrand. With
his blond bombshell pretty boy looks and leather and studs garb, he
comes across like and youthful Vince Neil or even the great Brian
give the band a slightly glammy edge in places, especially on the newer
tracks, and this will broaden the band's appeal no end. From start to
finish, the band dart around the stage full of energy and enthusiasm
which can't fail to put a smile on your face, as a great rock'n'roll
band should do.
The full on
HM assault of 'Take Me To Hell' brings a great set to a close.
Both Black Spiders and Enforcer shone tonight, and it was a privilege to
be able to attend this most unexpected and welcome gig at very short
notice. Expect to hear a lot more from both bands next year.