Bands: Coldspell, DreamCatcher & Lawless

Venue: The Riverside, Selby

Date: 23 March 2014



Well 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.

It 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 Metallers DreamCatcher.  

Opening 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.

Their 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.  

It 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 special.  


The 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.

The 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.

Next 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).   

Now 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.

The 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.  

It 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’.  


Micke 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.

Like 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.  

We 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.


Review by: Barry McMinn  





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