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  I AM I, BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY
Sunday 27th May 2012


Daryl Soar: Pictures by Tony Mottram

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As debut shows go, this was far from the fumbled performance typically delivered by bands on their first outing. ZP knows how to perform! His years with Dragon Force have endowed him with an enormous talent which is impossible to match as his immaculate long hair and he's got a really great band behind him as well.

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Warm up acts Achilla and Primitai served their roles well, ironing out kinks in the PA and getting the fans ready for the main event. Primitai did a splendid job; banging out simple Metal tunes and breathing a little life into the hesitant crowd.

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I AM I hit the stage as ZP waited in the wings. Anticipation was building and then the moment as ZP launched into the opening line of 'This Is My Life', and when the sound engineer finally woke up, his vocals were reassuringly magnificent and settled the crowd.

The comfortably sized venue was intimate enough for a drunken reveller to shout pointless nothings during every moment of silence, but the band were not to be deterred performing the songs like a finely tuned machine.

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Vocally we knew what to expect. Musically, it still has that sing along feel and technical rhythm work, but unlike Dragon Force the songs are all important. Jacob Ziemba's lead guitar work proved to be excellent both technically and melodically, giving everyone the chance to forget the past and enjoy the new.

The setlist was almost completely made up of tracks from debut album 'Event Horizon' and every one is a winner. Click here to read MetalTalk.net's review of 'Event Horizon'.

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The encore featured a rendition of Queen's 'The Show Must Go On' demonstrating the enormity of ZP's talent. I'm sure I wasn't alone in thinking that he would have been a better Freddie stand-in than both Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert.

This was a special show and one to say "I was there!" and it featured a special for the debut, guest pianist Sarann Boo playing on the back to back slower tracks 'See You Again' and 'King In Ruins'.

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There were some minor kinks which are sure to have all been worked out by the time they hit the big stage as overall this was a performance that showed that all the talk about I AM I is justified. Yes, this band are headed for the big time.

After the show, the band graced the hall with their presence and spent a long time with the fans.

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But the fact I'm telling you even half of this says one thing loud and clear - I AM I are great! Don't be shocked to find a couple of them look as Metal as your nan because they can all play.

The songs are flawless and the tunes all instantly accessible. Roll on Bloodstock is all I can say. I AM I are confirmed to play the main stage on Saturday and whoever they're pitted against, go to see these guys instead; you won't be disappointed.

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Setlist:

This Is My Life
In The Air Tonight
Inside Of Me
Cross The Line
See You Again
King in Ruins
Stay A While
Wasted Wonders
Dust To Dust
Kiss Of Judas
Pave The Way
The Show Must Go On Silent Genocide

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I AM I's debut Album 'Event Horizon' is out now via the official I AM I website by clicking here.

29.5.12




WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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