Bands: Leaves Eyes, Enemy of Reality, Winter in Eden, Skarlett Riot, Enkelination, Insuma
Venue: The Robin 2, Bilston, WolverhamptonDate: 10 May 2015 (Day Two)
2 of this years festival started with the rumour mill as it
soon reached the crowd that Incassium had pulled out at the
last minute and that Skarlett Riot and Enklelination would
play extended sets, but the rumour mill didn’t stop there
as we later were informed Winter in Eden vocalist Vicky had
lost her voice, although thankfully that didn’t mean
Winter in Eden couldn’t put on a show, but more of that
two for us kicked off with Cardiff’s Insuna, a band that
really blew away the Sunday afternoon cobwebs with their
dark metal vibe, as they opened their account in style with
‘Over The Edge’, the full on metal assault continued with
the likes of ‘Gemini’, the excellent ‘Beyond The
Hollow’ and song of the set ‘Deceiver’. The Welsh
metallers really didn’t hold back any punches and really
set the bar for the rest to follow.
up with was Enkelination, a band many had come to see and
before the band had even came on stage, the gathering of many
of the male members of the audience at the front of the
stage had begun, it was like watching some sort of strange
band were at the opposite end of the metal spectrum to
previous band Insuna, this is what I expect from female
fronted metal bands, a powerful lead singer in Elina and top
class musicianship. The band's set mixed melodic metal with
the traditional symphonic tones, with tracks like ‘Higher
Ground’, 'Insane’, 'Tears of Lust’ and ‘Last Time
Together’. Definitely one of the highlights of the weekend
for sure and a band I will be checking out again after
of bands of the weekend, the next band definitely fall
into that category. I am of course talking about Skarlett
Riot, a band that has impressed each and every time I've
seem them and
today was no different.
was clear that the band are something special, as the crowd
just happily rocked along to each song. The set continued to
impress with ‘Rising’ and 'What We’ve Become’, before
rounding things off in style with ‘Tear Me Down’.
Definitely one of
the best British live bands around at the moment by far.
with the lost of Winter in Eden vocalist Vicky, the band
weren’t going to lie down, so the fans were treated to
The Winter In Eden Allstars, as the boys were joined by
Andrea Casanova, Bexie James and Melissa Adams as guest
vocalists and with extremely little rehearsal time, they put on a hell
of a set that was appreciated by one and all.
on to Day 2 headliners, what can I say about Leaves Eyes that I
haven’t said before, with the ying yang vocals of Liv
Kristine and husband Alex Krull leading the Symphonic Metal
charge, these are one band that has taken the world by storm
ever since their 2004 debut 'Lovelorn'.
the band were about to deliver another stunning set of power
and grace as they opened up with ‘Galswintha’, taken from their
superb 'Symphonies of the Night’ album. A real bouncy
opener that really got the crowd going from the off, with Liv's
superb voice the air just filled with her haunting
was to 'Njord' album for the wonderful ‘Take the Devil In
Me’, again featuring another stunning vocal from the Norwegian
was time to turn up the heat as the band brought the Viking
spirit to proceedings with ‘Farewell Proud Men’, before
returning to 'Symphonies of the Night' for the excellent
‘Fading Earth’, with the band showing its heavier side.
were treated to something rather special as we were given a taste
of the bands up coming release ‘King of Kings’ with the
massive ‘Halvdan The Black’, as Liv was joined by the
mighty Krull as the pair delivered one of the songs of the
set. This track alone just made me want to hear the new
album in all its glory, such was the majesty and power of the
was back to 'Njord' for one of my favourite and many fans
favourite Leaves Eyes songs ‘My Destiny’. By this time
the band had the crowd in the palms of their hands and when
they ripped into 'Symphonies of the Night', the crowd just
euphoria continued as the band unleashed the magnificent
‘Spirits Masquerade’ from 'Meredead', which was simply Leaves Eyes
at their very best. Those magical mix of Folk and Metal elements is the
band forte and this one has it in spades.
was to 'Vinland Saga' for the another classic mix of
traditional Folk and Metal for 'Melusine', as Alex delivered
the dark tones and Liv the light. I’ve said it once and
I’ll say it again, there is something about this pairing
vocally that on paper shouldn’t work, but it does and it
does so well, again it's that ying and yang thing.
was time to bring a little more folk rock into the mix as
the band gave a wonderful rendition of Mike Oldfields ‘Get
To France’, before Alex’s return for the monstrous
splendour of ‘Maid of Lorraine’.
band were pulling out all the stops as always as the brought
the big guns to round off the set starting with ‘Elergy’
and rounding off things off with the thunderous ‘Hell to the Heavens’.
The band left the stage to cheers and chants of more and
more we got, as it wasn’t long before they returned to the
stage to round off a wonderful set and great weekend with 'Norwegian Lovesong' and the icing on the cake from
‘Froya Theme’. Tonight's set was yet another stunning Leaves
Eyes show and with the band announcing a return to these
shores in November, I would advise to beg, steal or borrow, to
see one of the finest Symphonic Metal bands doing what they
wonderful weekend was had by all, a great venue just the
right size and a great sound. I wouldn’t think twice about
coming back next year. If you're into female fronted Rock
and Metal then I highly recommend you check out this great little
Special thanks must go to David Homer who put the whole
festival together and never stopped the whole weekend.
Well done that man!
Special thanks must go to David Homer who put the whole festival together and never stopped the whole weekend. Well done that man!
Review by: Barry McMinn
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