Islington Assembly Hall
Sunday 21st February 2016
Photo credit: Stephen Fourie
You've got to take your hat off to Inglorious. They've only been formed since February 2014 and there surely is no other band who have created a buzz like this on the rock scene in such a short time.
This gig was the opening night of the self titled debut album launch tour and as you can see from our review here, 'Inglorious' is already headed towards being one of the albums of 2016. Tonight underlined exactly why.
Main support tonight came from youngster Ali Clinton, who along with Inglorious frontman Nathan James, is an alumni of Uli Jon Roth's band. He and his young band set the scene with a concise set of heavy blues with a grunge twist showing exactly why his prodigious talent has been recognised at an early age.
But what's that buzz? I'll tell you what's happening – Inglorious are in the house and this gig had built up the sort of hype rarely seen these days, but from the moment the first notes of 'Until I Die' rang out the newcomers delivered an impressive and accomplished set that ticked all the right boxes.
We heard every track from the debut album apart from 'Wake' and as good as they are on the album they really shine live, with highlights being the epic 'Bleed For You' and 'Holy Water', the latter sounding like a lost Bad Company track.
Photo credit: John Bull
A very fast and upbeat cover of Rainbow's 'I Surrender', Toto's 'Goodbye Girl' and the magnificent and brilliantly executed 'Lay Down Stay Down' showed exactly where Inglorious are placing themselves on the spectrum. To their credit, they are open about their influences and musical motivations and anyone with a love of classic hard rock will enjoy Inglorious immensely.
"Retro" might be a fair way to describe them as although their sound is not totally original or ground breaking, what they do is faultless and their potential is huge. They've taken that classic rock sound and dragged it into the modern day and the result is, well, just glorious.
Vocalist Nathan James is a truly excellent frontman and knows exactly how to engage the crowd. He resigned from the multi gazillion selling Trans Siberian Orchestra to concentrate on Inglorious and that statement in itself demands that you give this band a listen. I think his decision will turn out to be more than justified.
All the other band members are clearly up for the task and relishing every minute. They gel extremely well together and look like they've been together for decades.
Definitely 2016s band to watch out for. The future is bright and the possibilities are exciting and if you're still unaware, 2016 should be Inglorious' year.
Until I Die
I Surrender (Rainbow cover)
High Flying Gypsy
Bleed For You
Goodbye Girl (Toto cover)
Lay Down Stay Down (Deep Purple cover)
Girl Gotta Gun
Nathan James: Vocals
Wil Taylor: Guitar
Andreas Eriksson: Guitar
Colin Parkinson: Bass
Phil Beaver: Drums
Remaining Tour Dates:
Friday 26th February: The Old Courts, Wigan
Saturday 27th February: Garage 2, Glasgow
Sunday 28th February: The Caves, Edinburgh
Monday 29th February: The Fruit, Hull
And here's the new Inglorious music video for 'Unaware':