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Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Saxon, Diamond Head, Armored Dawn, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Classic Metal, NWoBHM, 013 Poppodium, Live Review, Live, Tour, Rock Hard Festival

It was an ice cold February evening when British metal icons Saxon had a stop at 013 in Tilburg to warm up the city with some hot metal riffs. No less than the legendary Diamond Head joined Saxon on their European tour and it was Brazilian metal newcomers Armored Dawn who got the opening slot in this package.

 

The first time I saw Armored Dawn on stage was when they opened for Fates Warning a few months ago and the impression I got wasn‘t the best. And since the new longplayer wasn‘t the most exciting one either I was curious about what they guys from Brazil will offer that night in Tilburg, being the opener for Saxon and Diamond Head. In general I must say that the guys did a much better job than earlier. They could create some reserved excitement in the first row and earned some well-meant applause at the end. As on the album, guitars were spot-on and also the sound they got was better. The biggest challenge though for Armored Dawn is their singer and frontman Eduardo Parras. He tries hard but there are much better metal sirens out there in the metal universe. All in all Armored Dawn showed some improvement and a solid show - not more but also not less.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018
Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Diamond Head‘s concert was the first highlight tonight. The band, known by many from the Metallica’s cover version of  „Am I evil“, preformed a professional and dedicated gig that was full of hits. The temperature in the venue immediately rose by the first riffs of guitar icon Brian Tattler. The guitarist is the only remaining founding member and driving force behind the band since many years. He and his three band mates showed that night how classic metal should sound like if being performed with a lot of passion. Next to Tattler it was vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen who is not only an excellent singer but also a great frontman. Constantly in motion it was him being an engine of youth on stage with great vocals and agile stage acting. He was constantly motivating the crowd to be loud, and fans reacted accordingly. In the end each of the guys on stage obviously enjoyed playing live and fans rewarded this attitude with more than just a warm applause. Diamond Head was a true special guest for Saxon and since the guys aren‘t around too often, it was a pleasure to witness their show in Tilburg, a concert with the earlier mentioned „Am I evil“ as the Grande finale with audience being a huge choir for the chorus.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

After warming up the crowd in such a good way it was an easy thing for Saxon to take over and turn the venue into a metal madhouse. I have seen the band several times over the last 6 years and they never disappointed. It‘s the combination of almost 40 years experience in rock, terrific songs and powerful stage acting that makes each Saxon concert to a special moment. The guys play together in the same line-up since many years and you can see and hear that the chemistry is there. It’s a blindfolded interplay and interaction that grew over many years, leading to a dense and powerful sound that builds the base for 90 minutes of metal delight.  As if it would be the most natural thing on earth Paul Quinn and Doug Scarrett create enormous riff power while it’s bassist Nibbs Carter who spreads the metal virus by a pounding bass play that‘s heavier than what you get to hear on any album. 

Saxon ignited a firework with old classics that were highly anticipated by fans. And it has been the new songs that fitted perfectly into the context by creating a seamless experience of rock that night.

As frontman Biff Byford said: „It‘s Tuesday - and it feels like fucking Friday“ and what he meant was the metal party vibe that filled the venue. Saxon might get older, but they are in an impressive shape and form. These guys are metal pioneers and it was the big crowd at 013 that rewarded all the band’s effort with horns up and an enthusiastic applause at the end. 

I‘m already looking forward to see the quintet from England again on this year’s Rock Hard festival where Saxon headlines one day. ... And Saxon plays on. Hopefully for many more years.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Tracklist Diamond Head:

  1. Helpless
  2. Bones
  3. In the Heat of the Night
  4. Lightning to the Nations
  5. It's Electric
  6. The Prince
  7. Am I Evil?

 

Tracklist Saxon:

  1. Thunderbolt
  2. Sacrifice
  3. Nosferatu (The Vampire Waltz)
  4. Motorcycle Man
  5. Strong Arms of the Law
  6. Battering Ram
  7. Power and the Glory
  8. Sniper
  9. The Secret Flight
  10. Dallas 1PM
  11. Never Surrender
  12. Predator
  13. They Played Rock and Roll
  14. And the Band Played On
  15. 747 (Strangers in the Night)
  16. Crusader
  17. Princess of the Night
  18. Heavy Metal Thunder (Encore)
  19. Wheels of Steel (Encore)
  20. Denim and Leather (Encore)

 

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: February 27th, 2018

 

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CD review ARMORED DAWN "Barbarians in Black"

Veröffentlicht am 15. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Armored Dawn, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, News, AFM, CD Review

CD review ARMORED DAWN "Barbarians in Black"

(5/10) Brazilian metal outfit Armored Dawn was founded in 2011 and it took the guys 5 long years till their debut saw the light of day. “Power of Warrior” was the title of this album and I have to admit that I missed it.

What I didn’t miss though was a live show of the Brazilian metal warriors, supporting Fates Warning on one of their recent European tour. To say it in a nice way: the show wasn’t one of the most impressive concerts I have ever seen. Sound, songs and stage acting wasn’t what fans wanted to see and listen to while waiting for the US metal prog pioneers. Actually I heard more than once from Fates Warning fans the question of why Jim Mathoes and bandmates take such a band as support act on tour.

Anyhow, this was is history and new songs of Armored Dawn will hit the stores in February, Based on the latest experience, my expectation to the sophomore Armored Dawn album haven’t been sky-high. Unfortunately, I would say in this case, expectation were met. “Barbarians in Black” offers power metal that doesn’t bring any new to the table. Keywords such as “epic”, homogenous style” and “virtuosities” can be only read in the label info, but don’t come back on the album.

“Barbarians in Black” contains 60 minutes of ordinary and partly trivial power metal that’s inspired by bands like Manowar, Blind Guardian and more. It’s just that the Brazilian six-piece band doesn’t even get close to the genius quality of those bands. There are far better releases these days.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Beware of the Dragon
  2. Bloodstone
  3. Men of Odin
  4. Chance to Live Again
  5. Unbreakable
  6. Eyes Behind the Crow
  7. Sail Away
  8. Gods of Metal
  9. Survivor
  10. Barbarians in Black

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017

Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Armored Dawn, Fallen Arise, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Live Review, Live, InsideOut, Patronaat

Fates Warning is one of the most important bands in the fields of powerful progressive metal, no doubt. Over a period of 35 years (incl. the ‘Misfit’ years) the guys influenced many bands while constantly releasing albums that are milestones in metal. Regardless if it’s the groundbreaking first releases or the newer ones like “Theories of Flight”, Fates Warning always delivered excellent music that is a treat for your ears. Of course it’s a mandatory to see their show when they are close to your hometown. As we speak the quintet is on tour through Europe, a trip that included two stops in The Netherland – Uden and Haarlem.

When I arrived at the venue the first support band started their show already. Greece symphonic power metal outfit Fallen Arise have been the first ones that night and to my surprise the room was already pretty much packed. This is even more surprising considering the fact that Sabaton and Accept played the same night in Amsterdam which is just a few kilometers away. However, Fallen Arise nailed down a solid show that was built on their first two albums. It got pretty tight though on stage. The six guys could only use parts of the stage in the smaller of the two rooms, which basically means that the potential space for moving was one square meter per musician. Fallen Arise was a good start, but not more.

This didn’t change with the second band that night and one can ask the question according to what criterias the support bands for Fates Warning's current tour have been chosen. Band number two was Armored Dawn from Brazil, another sextet that had to do with the same space issues as their predecessors. The guys played in total five songs, based on their debut album that came out mid-2016. What was the gothic visual expression of Fallen Away became a ‘Manowar-like’ one with Armored Dawn and what’s a bit strange in this context is that the set included a Dropkick Murphy cover, ‘The Rose Tattoo’, which felt heavily misplaced - soundwise and stylewise. Talking about sound; no idea what the soundman did during Armored Dawn’s show, but the band didn’t benefit from his work at all. Singer Eduardo Parras was almost unhearable, the drum were too much in the forefront and also the entire mix was far away from being optimal.

Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017
Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017

After these two bands and a 30 minutes stage rebuild the curtain rose (actually the stage had a curtain that was closed during the break) for the band most people came for that night– Fates Warning. What to say? As expected, this show was a true highlight. Jim Matheos and has gang inflamed pure metal magic that night, taking the audience on a journey through metal that included four new songs as well as the brilliant milestones ‘The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII. Acquiescence’ from the ‘No Exit’ release and ‘Through Different Eyes’ from ‘Perfect Symmetry’.

Fates Warning has a pretty stable line-up, something that benefits their music and sound a lot. However, next to the well-known Fates Warning icons Matheos, Alder, Vera and Jarzombek it was guitarist Michael Abdow who replaced Frank Aresti on second guitar. But since the axe man was part of earlier Fates Warning session it was to be nothing integrating him on this tour. This quintet nailed down a tight show that reflected 100 minutes of excellent progressive metal that combined history with present. It’s a pleasure listening to Matheos, a musician that becomes one with his guitar. Next Matheos more genius and introvert musical magic it’s power pack Joey Vera, building, together with drummer Bobby Jarzombek, a rock solid rhythm foundation for each of the Fates Warning tunes performed that night, all rounded off by a Ray Alder who obviously enjoyed every note he sang.

I think that there was nobody in the audience that night who was not impressed by a gorgeous concert of a band that stands for powerful progressive metal, performed in authentic and humble way. Fates Warning doesn’t need any gimmicks or fancy stage scenery. These guys have their songs, their setlist and their musical capabilities which is more than enough for concerts that are jaw-dropping moments.

There are two wishes though: Hopefully Fates Warning comes back soon to The Netherlands and hopefully with support band(s) that fit better to their music.

Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017
Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017

Setlist Fates Warning:

  1. From the Rooftops
  2. Life in Still Water
  3. One
  4. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part III
  5. Seven Stars
  6. One Thousand Fires
  7. A Handful of Doubt
  8. Firefly
  9. The Light and Shade of Things
  10. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part IX
  11. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part XI
  12. The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII Acquiscence
  13. The Eleventh Hour
  14. Point of View
  15. Through Different Eyes (Encore)
  16. Monument (Encore)

 

Location: Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Date: 29.01.2017

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