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DRAGONFORCE/Alestorm, ABC, Glasgow
28 September 2012
nights in Glasgow tend to be lively affairs at the best of times, not
always for the right reasons, but lively none the less. The ABC tonight
though proved to be an absolute riot from start to finish.
another couple of bands on tonight's bill, but a very early start meant
that the pirate metal of Alestorm was our first foray onto the
'rocky' seas. Alestorm, ironically, hail from the land locked Scottish
city of Perth and had a huge support in the hall who were keen on a bit
of drunken debauchery and the band didn't disappoint.
with 'The Sunk'n Norwegian' the place erupted into a mix of circle pits
and swashbuckling, which from my vantage point was as amusing to watch
as the band were to listen to.
Alestorm show is a participation sport and as 'Wenches and Mead' ran
into 'Shipwrecked' the tidal wave of heaving bodies showed no signs of
abating. By the time we had partied with ' Nancy The Tavern Wench', been
'Keelhauled' and participated in ' Captain Morgan's Revenge' Alestorm
had well and truly ravaged the ABC. If these guys drop anchor in your
town I recommend you sign up for the pirate code immediately.
question then was how could Dragonforce top that? By putting in
the best performance I have ever witnessed from the band, and then some.
Put simply, Dragonforce were on fire tonight and could do no wrong. From
the intro tape of Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now' and the dramatic back
lighting that heralded the band's arrival on stage this was a highly
current tour, as well as promoting the band's new album 'Power Within',
is also the first glimpse of new frontman Marc Hudson following the
departure of ZP Theart.
was a good vocalist, I never really warmed to him live as I felt he
never really engaged with the crowd. Marc, however, is a different
character altogether and had the crowd in the palm of his hand from
opening track 'Holding On'.
as always, was fast, furious and absolutely spot on. The twin guitar
work of Herman Li and Sam Totman is spellbinding to watch and they
always look as if they are having a blast on stage. The other guys are
no slouches either with the powerhouse rhythm section of Dave Macintosh
and Frederic Leclercq and the unhinged keyboards of Vadim Pruzhanov
driving each song on.
was culled from all the band's albums and continued with 'Heroes Of Our
Time'. The guys bounced around the stage like kangaroos on speed, making
the most of the multi-level stage and the front stage platforms, the
crowd were just as energetic. The other feature tonight was an amazing
lightshow which was used to great effect.
A Dragon' and Guitar Hero favourite 'Through The Fire And Flames' were
stunning in delivery with mass crowd participation. The set was then
rounded off with 'Cry Freedom' from the latest album and 'Valley Of The
Damned' from their first.
This was a
stunning gig in all respects. Dragonforce proved tonight that they are
once again at the top of their game with Marc Hudson injecting a new
energy into the band. To quote tonight's intro song ' I'm having such a
good time, I'm having a ball', couldn't have put it better myself!
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