DragonForce + LOVEBITES + McRocklin & Hutch @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

DragonForce + LOVEBITES + McRocklin & Hutch

@ O2 Forum Kentish Town

8th November 2019

Review by Ambra Chilenwa

Photography by Inty Malcolm

DragonForce
DragonForce

This Friday evening was a night memorable for its hair-raising guitar solos and soaring vocal ranges as many respective bands each show us their unique demonstration of what ‘extreme’ power metal is to them.

McRocklin & Hutch
McRocklin & Hutch

One of our entries was McRocklin & Hutch, who obtain inspirations from cult movies, technology and old school rock; they’ve developed a new style of music merging electronica and traditional heavy metal. Personally, I felt the set contained a try-hard, dull and humdrum atmosphere.

McRocklin & Hutch
McRocklin & Hutch

I respect each musician for introducing new elements into their music but this didn’t offer much movement or entertainment.

McRocklin & Hutch
McRocklin & Hutch

The concept of synth and heavy metal creating sounds together can create such beautiful thoughts but could not be delivered properly by this act.

LOVEBITES
LOVEBITES

We were then granted the opportunity to witness a band formed by richly gifted Japanese women, known as LOVEBITES.

LOVEBITES
LOVEBITES

These queens gave us such a gracious ride on J-Power Metal that I am unsure where to begin.

LOVEBITES
LOVEBITES

Drawing influences from Halloween and Maiden, while distributing the melodies from traditional J-rock, they piled the London crowd with precise guitar notes and long vocal notes from the heart.

LOVEBITES
LOVEBITES
LOVEBITES
LOVEBITES

Many of the crowd were singing along and giving immense support.

LOVEBITES
LOVEBITES

I felt nothing but a welcoming, charming yet sweet and elegant energy from frontwoman Asami.

LOVEBITES
LOVEBITES

Personally, seeing more gifted women creating heavy metal created a feeling of pride and utter happiness inside, and I hope they continue rising.

DragonForce
DragonForce

Now for the band that has played it’s part in assembling heavy metal’s proud gamers – DragonForce.

DragonForce
DragonForce

The stage was expressing a retro atmosphere as they displayed arcades on each side of the stage and a large wooden dragon in the centre, which was apparently only able to fit in the band’s London show according to Marc Hudson.

DragonForce
DragonForce

This great night was also livestreamed on Twitch. The crowd’s response was uplifting, energetic and the band were ready to play their triumphant tunes played since 1999.

DragonForce
DragonForce

The theatrical and emotional sounds kept coming as they dedicated a song to the game ‘The Elder Scrolls’, later resulting in a grand pit.

DragonForce
DragonForce

The stage was filled with fast streams of notes, comparative change of chords with harmonic tempos; the most notable scene was when Marc obtained a guitar and showed London more of his diverse musical abilities by playing video game theme tunes.

DragonForce
DragonForce

Additionally, we had Sam Totman play a banjo solo from Farming Simulator alongside the traditional electric guitar.

DragonForce
DragonForce

The audience was entertained as ever as member from Lovebites came along to dance and jump along. Everyone was free and spirited, happy and fantasising emotions were spread all over Kentish Town.

DragonForce
DragonForce

This was surely one of the most uplifting, fantasy-filled evenings ever attended in contrast to the heavy and dissonant shows I’m used to attending.

DragonForce
DragonForce

 

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