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THE ORDEAL/KNOCK OUT KAINE
Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh 21 October 2012
hard for up and coming bands at the moment and tonight was a prime
example of how bad things can get. I had trouble finding out in advance
where the gig was being held, but finally worked it out with a lot of
searching on the net.
itself is off the beaten track in Edinburgh, not somewhere you would
stumble in to, couple this with very little promotion by the venue and
you are faced with a fairly empty room, which is what I was faced with
on arrival just before show-time.
show must go on and first up we had Knock Out Kaine. Having
released their fantastic new album 'House Of Sins' recently to critical
acclaim, including a five star review from yours truly, the guys proved to
be on top form.
circumstances they played a shortened set which was totally
understandable, but the four tracks aired were enough to convince me
that the guys are as good live as they are on record.
highlights for me were 'Set The Night On Fire' and an excellent cover
version of Steve Earle's 'Copperhead Road'.
The band are
all great musicians with stage presence by the bucketload, especially
frontman Dean who has the Vince Neil / Dave Lee Roth swagger off pat.
will be back out on the road soon and I will definitely get along to one
of their gigs for the full live experience which should be something to
quick change the stage was set for The Ordeal. Again with a small
crowd no one would have blamed them had they played a short set, but the
guys proved to be real troopers and not only played a full set but also
went through their full stage production with video projections and the
odd on-stage prop.
the guys in the band are consummate musicians and live they were a joy
to behold. Frontman Oliver is the focal point of the band and he has a
strong vocal delivery well suited to the band's power metal with prog
overtones, whilst virtuoso guitarist Kai Reuter is amazing to watch.
The set was
culled from the band's two albums 2004's 'Kings Of Pain' and their
latest 'Descent From Hell', which again received a five star review
recently and has been highly praised in the press across Europe.
many highlights spread throughout the set including the ballad 'Dragon
Tears', a fast and furious version of 'The Innocent' and 'The Lion'
which was the feature track from the 'Kings Of Pain' album.
also played a couple of choice cover versions in the shape of Gary
Moore's 'Rockin and Rollin' and Peter Gabriel's 'Here Comes The Flood'
which is featured on the new album and sounds amazing given the heavier
This was a
great night with both bands playing excellent sets, it was just a real
pity that there were so few there to witness the spectacle and both
deserve a much bigger audience.
I for one
appreciated their efforts, it would have been easy to cancel the show
and walk away and I think it measure of both band's professionalism that
the show went ahead and that they both put in maximum effort.
have only been a few of us but the noisy reception at the end of both
sets was truly heartfelt and I hope to catch both bands in the packed
hall they richly deserve very soon.