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Gloryhammer / Beast In Black / Wind Rose - SWX, Bristol (UK) - 20 October 2019

Whether it's through the promised land of the unicorns or just simply dying by the blade, European Power Metal has always been a trusted and passionate force to be reckoned with; however tonight the centre of Bristol has its turn to have its fair flavoured share of guilt-ridden cheese spread and splattered across a fine autumn October evening through the paths of Goblins, Dragons, Lions and even immensely through the almighty power of Angus Mcfife. Comprehensively, there are three gracious elites on show tonight - Scotland's armour-ready favourite hootforce Gloryhammer, Finland's eighties-driven Melodic Heavy Metal act Beast In Black and Pisa's minecrafting wizarding clan Wind Rose; taking the invading Scots to the top of the Power Metal planet and taking the arms of the lead role for this illustrious musically dense programme; pushing the limits through every barrier within the West Country nightclub venue and its inner proximity.

The introductory path or road is usually a hard road to take and a difficult task to take on board at first glance, nevertheless Tuscany's most honest warriors Wind Rose have the sublime job of warmly welcoming the brimming English crowd to a battling swarm of a loud and proud Heavy Metal sing-a-long extravaganza with the most astounding hits including a cover of Yogcasts 'Diggy Diggy Hole' and the bizarrely-fitting masterpiece 'Drunken Dwarves'; magically and immaculately bringing the gold back down through the reluctant mines of deep Moria with a splendid form of complete braveness. Recently, Wind Rose have grown to be a popular act and the Southern Europeans have been charmingly gathering the masses each and every show they perform and play; gaining a bulk of extra followers along with wearing the furry coat regime balancing a smitherine of a Folk asphyxiation of the Heavy Metal genre.

Before prompting the finalisation of the first stint of this night's zealous intensity and action, the great order of the rose exceptionally comes through and delivers with an untamed punch delightfully smothered with a fruitfully-rich fantasy expedition of the harmoniously charming hymn 'To Erebor', which really hits the strengthening stoneground of dwarfen homes with the lively gig viewing congregation onlooking this mighty fine set from the commanding lead vocalist Francesco Cavelleri's and the wardens exhilarant west wind crew.

Succeeding the exceedingly deep middle earth chants from the darkened chasms of the land of Erebor, Helsinki's love affair fairytale activists spread breaking news between the gates of hell and passionate romanticism, whilst hitting the boards of tightened decks of the minute and prepared stage; bringing the Japanese magna traits and beastly movements of madness to the arms width of a carvery table in the most deliciously-tasty meat-filled fashion. Therefore, Beast In Black, born out of the phoenix ashes of ex-Battle Beast's Anton Kebanen departure after Battle Beast's Unholy Saviour tour, has particularly become something more than an exclusive legacy but something more extraordinary special along with just the purest formula of a hidden treasures, standing closest to the warmth of Heavy Metal fans hearts inside and out. Conducting a ferocious pack of tracks including the bombastic eighties drowned 'From Hell With Love', the fun-fulfilled 'Cry Out For A Hero' and the dynamically fresh 'Born Again', Beast in Black once again (fronted by the insanely-gifted and pitch focussed lead vocalist Yannis Papadopoulos) just cannot be at any fault tonight; just pure brilliance in the most energetic structure filled with the harmonious grapes of everlasting embodiment.

Moreover, in a completion of a setlist with a distinguishing ore or feature of strength combining songs like the Eurovision drench-dripping 'Blind And Frozen' and the romanticising plot post-apocalyptic anthem 'End Of The World', there is no way there would be a surpassing end or climax to a show that anyone could bear witness to as a Melodic Power Metal fanatic completely ever – just outstandingly remarkable and sensational performance to put in the face of your journal. With two phenomenal albums under the band's belt and an increasingly active perfection of successful tours with some experienced Heavy Metal outfits and allies, Beast In Black are truly on fire and nothing seems to be slowing them down in any way whether they are crazy, mad or insane with speeding electrolytes running through the lengths of any pulsating veins!

Last but not least, the unicorn invading Scottish phenomenon and the risen chaos wizards Gloryhammer smash through the barricading walls of steel and get ready to raise the heights of banners under the big centre-stage spotlight of SWX; taking the surrounding essence of Bristol with a commanding pinch of brilliance and a lasering storm so blinding and dominant it could defeat any kind of self-standing elite. Delivering the goods on all levels with an energetic flood of a charismatic vengeance, Gloryhammer reign supreme capturing the melting lava-hot core of the onlooking audience of October spectators with the substantial vigour and significantly-animated numbers of the easily accessible sing-by-numbers self-titled 'Gloryhammer', the spectacularly-shared same titled track with swiss lead frontman 'Angus Mcfife' and the ultimately-staggering 'Legend Of The Astral Hammer'; wonderfully driving a hardened hammer sizable enough to put the thunder gods of Thor and Odin to shame or sleep.

Furthermore, coming in with a fresh breath of strength by strength culminations, the astral hammer legends really distribute their cleverly-constructed creation with the whimsically brand new accomplished offering of 'Masters Of The Galaxy' and the poppy-dance Trance Metal track 'Universe On Fire', before closing the evenings joyous heavily-immersed musical celebrations with the well-known stomping ground opus 'The Unicorn Invasion Of Dundee' with the upmost personality Power Metal artists can achieve with maximum potential and alighting grace; Gloryhammer really know on paper and in real life how to set world on fire in all its blazing glory and splendour.

Before the termination of the rapid onlookers and the Heavy Metal devotees out of the venue, it would be highly unlikely that anyone would have been wrapped harshly with a grasp of disappointment with this excellent extravaganza of powerized Metal music and as evident it would be most likely that everyone was extremely delighted with the amount of passion, grit and determination that was expressed or displayed through the essence of every outfit through the entire duration of this evenings concert; whether it was early birds Wind Rose, the magnificent Beast In Black or the triumphant mastery of Gloryhammer. Putting these three Power Metal campaigners on the exact same bill for a whole UK Tour was just a sublime idea and a profoundly-decisive composition to put into the book of Heavy Metal touring history and for those who were there to bear witness to this prime exhibition or example of showmanship from all involved, surely will never forget this monumental event for many years to come in the foreseeable future and for the rights of the hootsman's destiny.

James Mannion

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