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  THE SWORD/LONELY KAMEL/THE AMORETTES
ABC2, GLASGOW


Johnny Main

johnny main



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For a lot of people, Monday 7th January was the first day back at work after the Christmas/New Year holidays so what better way to unwind after (probably) the worst working day of the year that to see three quality bands rocking out.

The first band to take the stage were local outfit The Amorettes, who slipped onstage unannounced and started straight away with the rocky 'Take Cover'. Bass player Heather McKay looks suitably at home early on, with her foot firmly placed on monitor as she head-banged away.

Follow up 'Box Ticker' shows this is a band who means business tonight, and also proves how hard the band can rock with drummer Hannah McKay relentlessly pounding away at the back whilst lead guitarist Gillian Montgomery produces some great solos.



We're treated to the debut live performance of an un-named song tonight, after which Montgomery is visibly relieved that it all went without a hitch. The rest of the set is made up of classic tracks from their debut album 'Haulin' Ass' (reviewed by Metal Talk here) including 'Too Much Is Never Enough', 'Hot And Heavy' before the 'Whoot Woo' winds up their quick but punchy set. A few more Amorettes fans made tonight? I would say so.

Next up is the Norwegian four piece band Lonely Kamel, who have a heavy sound that is clearly influenced by early Black Sabbath. Singer/rhythm guitarist Thomas Brenna has an almost workman like approach to his art with his head down from the get-go, studiously concentrating on what he's playing whilst lead guitarist, Lukas Paulsen, prowls the stage with his hair flailing in his wake.

The band get a good reception from the bourgeoning crowd and the band settle into their groove with "the song about the Devil himself" which gives Brenna the opportunity to show off his great bluesy voice, and, despite forgetting some of the words, this track will surely become a mainstay of the bands set in the future.

Another song about Beelzebub has bass player Stian Helle and drummer Espen Nesset working together solidly and holding a heavy bass which continues throughout the band's set. Brenna soon settles into his stride and the crowd of head-bangers gets bigger and noisier as the set progresses.

Mid-way through, their forty minute set slows slightly but the songs still have enough raw power to keep the momentum of the crowd going. Paulsen manages to create some truly astounding solos which break up the slower songs and some tracks feel more like jamming pieces that the band could play and see just where it takes them.

The pace picks up again towards the end of the set and with the dandruff flying down in the front few rows, the band are afforded an encore. With three albums already out, Lonely Kamel are a live force to be reckoned with and are certainly worth checking out in the future.

At 9:15pm on the dot, The Sword make a very welcome appearance onstage, and there's a huge roar of appreciation as the band swing into 'Apocryphon', the title track of their most recent album. For only their fourth appearance in Glasgow, the band have built up quite a following with fans of all ages.

The set continues apace with the trio of 'Freya', 'How Heavy This Axe' and 'Hammer Of Heaven' all going down well whilst it seems that guitarist Kyle Shutt is having the time of his life as John D Cronise on vocals/guitar produces a great solo in the latter song.

Both 'Cloak Of Feathers' and 'Execrator' from their latest album have their synthesized parts (almost feeding back to white noise in the latter) blasting out from the PA, giving the band a small respite but these songs still have the crowd at the front head-banging and jostling for a better viewing position, and, judging by the reaction tonight, the band should consider adding these future classics in the set for future tours.

Bass player, Bryan Richie, gets his own showcase halfway through the set by way of the intro to 'Dying Earth' as the crowd sings along to the quiet bass line that he lays down before the track kicks in properly. It could be me, but it sounded like Cronise may have dropped his vocal register on this song pulling off a fantastic all round performance.

'Tres Brujas' and 'Mother Maid And Crone' prove to be two of the most popular songs of the night, with the pit down the front heaving with a mass of bodies writhing from side to side and seemingly disembodied arms reaching out trying to touch their heroes, whilst a trio of songs from the new album 'Seven Sister', 'Veil Of Isis' and 'Eyes Of The Stormwitch' bring the main set to a close.

With time against the band as venue the curfew closes in fast, they rattle though the remaining couple of numbers with 'Barael's Blade' and (specially for Glasgow as Cronise notes) 'Iron Swan' from their debut release completing the show, the band retreat to the safety of the dressing room to no doubt reflect on the evening, but there is no doubt in my mind that what was witnessed here tonight is nothing short of a truly triumphant performance from the band.

You can catch The Sword/Lonely Kamel here:
Wednesday 9th January – The Fleece, Bristol
Thursday 10th January – Underworld, London

Set List for The Sword
Apocryphon
Freya
Hammer of Heaven
How Heavy This Axe
Tres Brujas
Cloak of Feathers
Dying Earth
Execrator
Maiden, Mother & Crone
To Take the Black
Seven Sisters
Eyes of the Stormwitch
Arrows in the Dark
Veil of Isis
Winter's Wolves
Barael's Blade
Iron Swan

The Sword are:
John D. Cronise – Vocals, Guitar
Kyle Shutt – Guitar
Bryan Richie – Bass, Synthesizers
Santiago "Jimmy" Vela III – Drums

Online:
The Sword - http://swordofdoom.com/
Lonely Kamel - www.facebook.com/lonelykamel
The Amorettes - http://www.theamorettes.co.uk/





9.1.13


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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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