@ The Underworld, Camden
Support from Dead shape figure, Steel Engraved, Evergrey
20th December 2012
Review by Ashlinn Nash
Photography by Graham Hilling
On another grey and miserable December day which hosts the weather that has sparked inspiration for many power metal songs, making it the perfect scenario for tonight’s gig in the intimate Camden Underworld. Tonight hosting a global invasion of the genres finest the scene has to offer.
Starting tonight with the dark Scandinavian thrash and rollers, Dead shape figure [3.5/5] who begin with a high octane flourish, despite the barrier being put up for night.
The Helsinki five-piece with a combination of powerful and engaging music, worked over the small at start Thursday night crowd, who are a treat of an opening band.
With slick oiled bass lines from Neissu, and crunching vocals, musically seismic team are a stunning display of Finland’s metal export abilities.
Singer and charismatic front man Galzi who became incredibly engrossed in the music while pulling closer audience members while leaning over the barrier, making dead shape figure a hard act to follow on from.
Steel engraved [3.5/5] however rise to the challenge, with their rich live sound combining the styles of Queensryche and Blaze bailey, with diverse vocal melodies with dynamic delivery.
With banter within the engaging and very slick performance that didn’t skip out on flavour filled flamboyance, with an array of songs such as “Desert uprising” and “on high wings we fly” (taken from the newest album of “On high wings we fly”, brought out the air-guitar hero in the crowd.
Along with the newest band member Martin Kauschinger, who adds perfectly with diverse deliverance of the polished material and a great addition to this tight as band metal outfit.
Evergrey [4.0/5] the notably melodic metallers from Sweden here tonight open with “leave it behind us” title track from eight album “Glorious Collision” setting the pace for the performance tonight.
Mixing the set up for new and older fans of the band, deliverance of “As I Lie Here Bleeding” and “Blinded” from fourth album “Recreation Day” which conjured up an crowd sing-along chorus from tonight’s audience.
Concluding the set of mighty melodic tones comes; “Wrong” and “frozen” from the newest album completing the mixture of the best loved songs from the band whose set which was overall, am immensely well polished presence of sound from the Scandinavians.
The band, the now packed underworld have been waiting for…
Iced Earth [4.0/5] after a triumphant show at bloodstock, return tonight to a different arena this time it’s close and personal.
The Florida troupe arrive on stage to the sound of a roaring crowd, clad in battle gear branded, alike with the band themselves, with the logo and take the stage with the have the energy of a wild stampede The Rumbles of roaring track “Dystopia” begins with the quick succession of “Burning Times” the band hit their stride instantly, with the addition of crowd pleasing set in motion, the band delivered multiple tracks from “something wicked this way comes”, with the theme of playing from past to present. Heartfelt number “I died for you” turned the crowd into a linked mass of singers, joining in with the chorus along with collective head banging.
The Audience tonight experienced a truly unique history lesson of the band; here delivered by the soaring vocal talents of newest member Stu Block.
Along with the thunderously ferocious collaboration of steel coated drumming, powerful bass lines and slick and impressive guitar work. With latest tracks “anthem”, “Dark City” and “equilibrium” from “Dystopia”, here tonight, show off Stu Block’s writing and performance abilities.
Concluding the set with “Watching over me” making this a perfect set list. Tonight has been a treat with a fine showcase display from the cross-continental collection of well-oiled bands that fit perfectly together.