it was time to hit the road once again and even on a Sunday night and
with a 200 mile round trip it was off to Selby and The Riverside Bar to
catch label mates Sweden’s Coldspell and Stoke's Lawless.
was a busy weekend for Hard Rock fans with bands playing as far afield
as Wales, Sheffield and Selby, as well as the recent Steel Panther tour
and the conclusion of the Robin Beck / House of Lords tour, so it would
seem that tonight's Coldspell and Lawless show had become a victim of so
many shows on one weekend, as the numbers at tonight's show weren’t
good, despite the meagre three pounds entry fee. Yes you're
reading it right, three quid people, that's literally one pound per
band, as joining Coldspell and Lawless were Leeds based Symphonic Prog
up the proceedings tonight were Stoke's finest Lawless, formed by Demon
members Neil Ogden and Paul Hume along with Persian Risk’s Howie G and
HeadrusH bassist Tabbie Williams. The quartet have set themselves
a mission to bring old school Heavy Metal back to the masses, with their
excellent debut album 'Rock Savage' a firm favourite in the office, and
tonight they gave us a somewhat shortened but equally impressive
set. Firmly cementing their mission in stone.
set was kicked into top gear from the off as Paul and the guys unleashed
‘Metal Time’, with Hume leading from the front, while Howie G threw
out the licks like six string confetti, with the big hitting bass lines
of Williams and the powerhouse drumming of Ogden bringing in that metal
thunder, all wrapped around the metal pipes of Hume. A really
fantastic opener to get you in the mood for what was to come. The
hard rocking continued with
the excellent ‘Rock n, Roll City’, which was where the band
showed there is more to these guys than meets the eye, as they brought a
melodic edge in to the proceedings.
was pedal to the metal once more with the bluesy fuelled licks of
‘Black Widdow Ladies’, before Howie G was unleashed as he set the
fret board alight opening up ‘S.O.S.’. This one has a real
touch of class on album and it's just as good live, if not even more
full blown attack of ‘F.O.A.D.’ was up next, a real heads-down
metaller. Big licks and big rhythms, now this is what I love about
this band and the album, you're given so much in the way of musical
expression from all out Heavy Metal to Melodic Hard Rock, this band has
it all and managed to cover them all in this shortened set.
set was concluded with another Metal monster, what else but ‘Heavy
Metal Heaven’, another heads-down rocker that capped off a short but
very impressive set. If you're going to see Coldspell at any of
the remaining shows, be sure to get down early and check out Lawless as
well, you won't be disappointed.
up it was DreamCatcher, a band who I hadn’t heard of and had to check
out a little more online for this review. The band brought
something different to the night with their Symphonic Prog infused
Metal, that seemed to go down well with the majority of the audience,
who had sadly only come to see their friends perform before leaving and
not staying for the main event Coldspell (tut tut).
I’d seen Coldspell perform live a few years ago at Z Rocks in
Birmingham and loved them then, and with three albums under their belt,
they have become one of my favourite bands, so tonight's 2 hour drive
down was capped off in fine style as Niclas, Micke, Chris, Perra and
guest keyboardist Patrik Selen, hit the ground running with
‘Heroes’, taken from their second album ‘Out From The
Cold’. It was clear that the band had come to rock and despite
the lacking numbers, performed as if it were in front of
thousands. Niclas was in fine voice while Micke was making the six
string sing. Chris was the mad man of the band, simply pounding on
the bass, while Perra kept it together on drums, with the quiet man of
the band Patrik bringing the harmonies on the keyboards.
set continued with the first track from the stunning new album ‘Frozen
Paradise’, before return to 'Out From The Cold’ for the title track
and the stomping ‘Six Feet Under’, with a little more angst on the
guitar from Micke really driving this one.
was back to the new album for one of my favourite tracks ‘Paradise’,
again with Micke unleashing his six string fire on this one. This
is Hard Rock at its thumping best. Then it was time to bring it
down a touch with ‘Night Falls’, before bringing it straight back up
with ‘One In A Million’, another track from ‘Out From The Cold’.
brought the heat once more, aided and abetted by the thunderous bass
lines of Chris on the monstrous ‘Eye Of The Storm’, from the band's
debut ‘Infinite Stargaze’, an album that still rates as one of the
finest debut albums I’ve ever heard, before returning back to the new
album for a song about making love not war, ‘Soldiers’.
Another all guns blazing slice of Hard Rock from the Swedes. The
set was rounded off with ‘Time’, but that was not the end. The
band had kicked some serious musical ass tonight and stayed on stage for
one more and took requests, with the winner being ‘Straight Things
Out’, which gave us all a blistering end to a great show.
I said before, all three
bands put on one hell of a show. Each and every band member
gave it their all. If you still have some cash in your pocket then
get down to one of the remaining Coldspell shows, you're in for a
treat. Better still get to London to catch House of Lords,
Coldspell and Lawless all on the one bill.
came away from the show with our blood pumping and our bodies buzzing,
because when you've been to such a tremendous show as we'd just
witnessed, that adrenalin rush is second to none. It might have
been a long drive home after the show but we were both grinning like
Cheshire cats and glad we'd made the journey down.
by: Barry McMinn