Firewind/Leaves' Eyes - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach - 13th September 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Richards   
Saturday, 29 September 2012 04:30

firewindtouruseProper heavy metal, as in horn throwing, denim and leather clad head banging, has long since been considered de rigeur in our fair land of the UK, but tonight Greece's most potent export since Metaxa, Firewind, brought a little bit of heavy metal heaven to the good folks of Cardiff, on this, the opening night of their UK tour.


Getting things underway in full on symphonic metal fashion, Leaves' Eyes bring joy to the packed house of metal worshippers. The Northern European ensemble being in possession of not only dramatic tunes, but a blonde haired singer with perfect cheekbones and twinkling eyes that could make men of a certain age lose their senses; temperatures are brought back down three songs in when Liv Kristine is joined by her monstrous co-singer Alexander Krull, finely balancing out the 'beauty and the beast' partnership. Whilst not my everyday choice of listening pleasure, I was more than satisfied to be deafened by their skilful musicianship; there was certainly no doubting their popularity among those assembled.


Clwb Ifor Bach maybe one of Cardiff's most established and well run music venues, but there's no denying it's a bit on the small side, and for Firewind axe-man superstar Gus G it must be a little strange taking to the stage in such a modest venue after some of the enormo-domes he plays in his part time job with the Osbourne Corporation.


With no consideration to venue size though, Firewind turn it up to eleven with a blistering set, kicked off with 'Wall of Sound' from their metal-tastic new album, 'Few Against Many'.


Playing guitar in the same band as the aforementioned Mr G could be a little intimidating for even the most talented of musicians, but when Bob Katsionis reaches beyond his guitar and demonstrates his breath taking skill on a keyboard you can see why he's so comfortable. In fact the camaraderie really comes across very well throughout the entire band, and in a career spanning performance they deliver their goods perfectly to the metal worshipping mob in front of them; hell, they even gave away a guitar in a raffle! You don't see much of that going on at gigs.


Heart-warming and honest heavy metal from two bands who, across mainland Europe, are probably capable of headlining festivals, but on our shores are real underdogs, tonight ensured a couple of hundred metal heads drifted into the street below, smiley and sweaty, and probably more 'metal' than ever.




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