Powerwolf @ London O2 Academy Islington

Spread the metal:

Powerwolf, Orden Ogan and Xandria

@ London O2 Academy Islington

9th September 2015

Review by Ona Helveti
Photography by Graham Hilling

Powerwolf

Power-charged, uplifting evening of mighty German metal began with Xandria opening the stage with a symphonic metal set.
Frontwoman Dianne van Giersbergen intensifies overall band performance with exceptional vocals – soft but strong and melodic, uniting heavy metal and symphony in an extraordinary realm of sound.

Xandria as a band has been going for more than a decade and you can see that from their explosively harmonious performance. Short but impressive set is mainly comprised of songs from their newest album Sacrificium (2014).

Xandria

“Stardust” stands out with a bewitching guitar solo as an intro. It is also important to note that rather gothic song lyrics by no means put Xandria in the goth metal category.

Xandria

Xandria is symphonic metal at its finest and I can see them headlining London shows in the very near future.

Xandria

Orden Ogan gracefully storm the stage after Xandria. Their appearance is impressive and by no means deceptive – one instantly knows to expect high-spirited a.k.a. happy power/folk metal.

Orden Ogan

Late Middle ages warrior-like outfits and long hair. Entire performance is embellished with wide genuine smiles, headbanging and cheerfulness generally associated with power metal and bands like Ensiferum.

Orden Ogan

Songs have running folk motives running through them, along heavy-but-happy vocals and catchy refrains.

Orden Ogan

Organ Ogan should be commended on their skills engaging the audience. During The Things We Believe In, entire audience partook in singing “cold, dead and gone!” when prompted, i.e. after the vocalist’s line “And so we are..”. And so we are.., cold, dead and gone”.

Orden Ogan

By the time Powerwolf arrive on stage, audience is all properly warmed up as tonight’s support bands were literally exceptional, unjustly being “just” the support bands.

Powerwolf

Powerwolf formed in 2003 and is fronted by vocalist Attila Dorn, Falk Maria Schlegel on keyboards, drummer Roel van Helden, guitarists Matthew Greywolf and Charles Greywolf .

Powerwolf

Like Xandria and Orden Ogan, Powerwolf is a German metal band, specializing and unquestionably excelling at writing and playing power metal. Think of Sabaton (Sweden) minus heavily war themed lyrics.

Powerwolf

Where Sabaton focuses their performances on war-like themes, Powerwolf, as how it befits any good quality power metal band, has its own running theme. Which, unmistakably, is to celebrate heavy metal mass.

Powerwolf

It explains a (not inverted) cross on a microphone stand along grim and grotesque robes that one would imagine heavy metal priest and his helpers would wear.

Powerwolf

There are two keyboards on stage and Falk Maria Schlegel, with demonic corpse paint, adds to the theatrical band’s performance by running between and playing both of them.

Powerwolf

“Blessed and Possessed”, “Resurection by Erection”, “We Drink Your Blood” and “Lupus Dei” are just a few songs to mention from a thoroughly impressive setlist.

Powerwolf

Stage flags, so massive as to cover the entire backstage, were swapped halfway through the set and it took a moment for the change to sink in – it was done so masterfully that no one saw it happening.

Powerwolf

Both flags featured wolves and while the first one was toned in blue, the second one was much more aggressive in style, with its red tones and aggressively open fangs.

Powerwolf

The entire performance bears an unmistakable -and well intended – touch of theatrical majesty and brings a true meaning to the words “metal show”. All in all, this was an excellent evening engulfed in the powerful flames of metal.

Powerwolf

 

Setlist:

Blessed and Possessed
Coleus Sanctus
Amen and Attack
Cardinal Sin
Army of the Night
Resurrection by Erection
Armata Strigoi
Dead Boys Don’t Cry
Werewolves of Armenia
Let There Be Night
In the Name of God
We Drink Your Blood
Lupus Dei

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