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NEONFLY, The Gaff, London
19 April 2010
list for tonights show was filled up with all the names you could think
off from heavy metal media, who were hoping to see the mighty Thor.
The Canadian legends first show in the UK since the 1984, but due to the
volcanic air disruption Thor was stuck on the other side of the pond,
meaning he had to pull out of this much anticipated gig. Which
meant there was not to be any bending of metal bars or the blowing up of
hot water bottles. The only thing blowing hot air was Mt
credit must go to tonight's two support bands, who still decided to go
ahead with tonight's show as planned, even though it was publicly
announced that Thor had cancelled two nights before.
Doctor Death opened up the proceedings with a brutal thrash set
that reminded me of Suicidal Tendencies mixed with early Anthrax with a
modern day dose of Municipal Waste.
the 2007 EP 'Boobzilla' such as 'Toxic Dead' and 'Legion' went down well
as did the new songs 'Passion Of The Corpse' and 'Deathstalker'.
only the second show for new boy Dave Sherwood on the drums who also
drum fills in his spare time for the newly reformed Virus. Doctor
Death are the perfect cure for those with a thrash infection.
What made me
still turn up to this gig on a Monday night was to see my first live
experience of Neonfly. I first heard of the band when
someone handed me the band's EP. On first listen to 'Clever
Disguise' I thought ,they're clever these guys. With some skilled
musicianship from these young London based music students, the band have
carved a nice niche for themselves doing things on their own terms
without the help of management and record company. The band have
already played some notable dates across Europe.
taken the heavy pomp elements out of Kansas and Styx mixed it with the
modern day Euro metal sounds of Edguy and Helloween with a dash of
classic influences from Rainbow and Judas Priest.
young band members all stamp their own identity. Frederick Thunder
and Patrick Harrington are the lead guitar duo who give us some fluent
riffs. Singer Tamas Csemez has a clear audible voice.
'The Revenant' and 'The Enemy' are shaping up well for the future, but
it's the songs from the EP that stand out. The epic 'Ship With No
Sails' coasts along majestically defeating anything that is coming out
from the overseas market at the moment. There are some
Schenkerisms from Thunder in the aptly titled 'I Think I Saw a UFO',
another track that will soon see this band flying.
A good cover
of the Judas Priest classic 'You've Got Another Thing Comin' ' shows
where the bands metal credentials lie.
went out to Frederick Thunder (On The Tundra) who was originally going
to be performing in Thor's band. He gave us a couple of note perfect
riffs of the Thor chestnuts 'Anger' and 'Let The Blood Run Red' before
the band launched into 'Lightning Strikes' and 'Thunder On The Tundra'
ending what turned out to be a good night out.
the ability to take it to the highest level.
Set list: Reality Shift / The Revenant / Broken Wings / The Enemy / Ship
With No Sails / You've Got Another Thing Comin' / I Think I Saw A UFO
...encores ...Lightning Strikes / Thunder On The Tundra
and photos by Mark Taylor
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