Call, DragonHammeR & Farseer
Venue: Audio, GlasgowDate: 9 October 2015
the words of Jon Snow “Winters Coming” but this doesn't
stop us taking to the road to support Live Heavy Metal, as
we head over the border to Glasgow’s Audio to see the
mighty Freedom Call.
the bands sound check and a chat with mainman Chris Bay, we
watched the support acts set up for what turned out be
memorable night of Power Metal.
up were local talent Farseer, a band that really made their
mark on us as David Bisset, David Connolly, Jon Stewart, Stu
Clark and Craig Rooney really showed what Scotland has to
offer the metal world, with their short but impressive set.
Bisset they have a powerhouse vocalist with the stage
presence to boot, the former bass player has definitely
found his calling. The band opened up the night with
'Chthonic Visions', which made all heads and eyes swivel
towards the stage and take note.
admire any band who wear their influences on their sleeves
and Farseer are one of those bands, with nods to the likes
of Iron Maiden and Blind Guardian, with Bisset's vocals
coming mid-way between Dickinson and Kursch, with the latter
having also been his bands bass player. To say
he had quite an impressive range would be an understatement,
not only could he hit the notes, but could hold them too
with apparent ease.
band continued their impressive set with the storming
‘Drag Down The Sinners’, again with Bisset displaying
all the confidence of a seasoned frontman, engaging with the
crowd at every opportunity, all the while the band displayed
an air professionalism from such young band that the played
as a cohesive unit and certainly looked like they were
enjoying every minute they were on stage.
band continued to bring the big Power Metal anthems with
‘Way of the World’ and the storming ‘Luck of the
Joker’, before unleashing the massive 'To Play The
Game’, then rounding off one of the best opening sets
I’ve seen in a long time with ‘Fall Before The
Dawn’. As I say we were impressed by these young
guns, very impressed and will be keeping and eye and ear out
for these guys in future.
is one band that has the makings of a great Power Metal band
and with a debut album due out shortly, the future sure
looks good for this band from Glasgow.
up where Rome’s DragonhammeR, who compared to Farseer,
these guys are seasoned veterans with four studio albums
under their belts. Led by vocalist and guitarist Max
Aguzzi, along with bassist Gae Amodio, keyboardist Giulo
Cattvera and on drums Andre Gianangeli, the band delivered a
set of modern yet epic Power Metal, with just a dash of Prog.
opened their set with ‘End of the World’, in typical
Euro Metal style the band shot straight from the hip, with
the half of the set containing tracks from their most recent
album 'The X Experiment', the band included the intro before
they continued with ‘Seek in the Ice’.
was to their 'Time for Expiation’ release for the albums
title track, a rip snorting keyboard flurry by Amodio drove
the intro before the full on Power Metal guitars and rhythm
section took over. Definitely one of the highlights of
the set for me, as the quartet delivered the power with
typical Italian panache, they kept to Time for Expiation’
for the harder edged and speedier ‘Fear of a Child’.
it was time to roll back the years to their 'Blood of the
Dragon' opus, for the epic tones of ‘Legend’, before
unleashing the ‘Dragonhammer’, again a big keyboard
infused slab of Power driven metal from the guys from Roma.
set was concluded with two more tracks from 'The X
Experiment', first the title track, with the band delivering
a more harder edge with this one, showing their melodic side
to great effect. The set was then rounded off in style
with ‘Last Solution’, featuring a grittier, more guitar
focused slab of metal. The band might have been out of
the loop for eight years before returning with 'The X
Experiment' in 2013, but it was clear to see that the Dragon
is definitely back and wielding that Hammer harder than
for the main event as Germany’s premier and only Happy
Metal band hit the stage, led by mainman Chris Bay, aided by
the cream of German metal, on bass guitar Ilker Erin, on
guitar Lars Rettkowizt and last by my no means least, on
drums Ramy Ali.
has been donned the best Freedom Call line-up and tonight
they showed just why, as the band delivered and outstanding
set of pure Metal joy.
opened up in style with 'Union of the Strong’ and instantly the
smiles from the stage extended to the crowd, and from here on in,
it was "Happy Metal" all the way.
band continued to bring the heat as they went straight into
the excellent ‘Eyes of the World’, a real metal anthem
with Bay leading the charge from the front, while the
powerhouse rhythm section of Ali and Erin delivered the
flawless Power Metal foundation for the rip snorting riffs
of Rettkowizt. The horns were raised from the crowd as they
saluted the Teutonic overture exuding from the stage.
was time to raise our fists to the sky and sing along to the
massive ‘Heart of the Warrior’, before bringing touch of
Happy Folk Metal to the mix for the excellent
‘Farewell’. We weren’t saying farewell just yet
thankfully as the
band continued to put a smile on the faces of all the metalheads
gathered here tonight
with the riff laden ‘Island of Dreams’.
tempo was brought down just a moment with the first few bars
of the superb ‘Beyond’, then it was full steam ahead once
more. This is anthemic Heavy Metal at its very best.
same gentle intro before the pure driven metal continued as
the band rolled back the years to the 'Crystal Empire' album
for the excellent ‘The Quest’.
only new song on the set was the title track of the bands
latest album ’666 Weeks Beyond Eternity’, the bands
remastered version of their classic 'Eternity' album.
towering anthem that has the crowd joining in with right from the off.
was one of those nights you never wanted to end and we
weren’t quite finished yet, as the Happy Metal kept coming
thick and fast with a little Celtic inspired ditty entitled
‘Power and Glory’.
The band kept with the 'Ages of Light' album for the superb ‘Tears of Babylon’ and the rip snorting ‘Freedom Call’ itself. At this point the band left the stage, but cheers of more and chants of "Freedom Call!!!" soon brought Chris and the guys back out for the encore of the melodic metal of ‘Bleeding Heart’, which was followed by the epic ‘Warriors’. The set closer and icing on the Happy Metal cake of course being ‘Land of Light’, which wrapped up one of, if not THE gig of the year. We left the venue with huge smiles on our faces and feeling of pure euphoria. That's what a night of good music does, it gets you high and makes you happy.
Freedom Call showed
Heavy Metal isn’t all doom and gloom. If you live life to
the full and enjoy what you do, they why not share it with
others and that’s what Freedom Call are all about, and
long may it continue.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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