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ConcertsOrange Goblin leads a heavy night @ Rock City Nottingham, U.K, 2/13/2013

Posted on Monday, February 25 2013 @ 18:58:03 CST by Pete Pardo
Heavy Metal

Orange Goblin /Sir Admiral Cloudesley Shovell /The Earls Of Mars

Dust down those old vinyls's and squeeze your asses into those flares, tonight was a concoction of old and new styles of Rock combining to send you to stratospheric heights. Sadly missing first band Widows due to the inability of other people to drive in 2 mm of snow I caught a minute of the last track, Sabbathy sounds and pure weighty guitars, I'll have to check them out again soon.

The Earls Of Mars were a strange affair but compelling nevertheless, with a sound set back in time their progressive credentials were fully on show. The epic 'The Skies Are Falling' saw some epic elbow keyboard playing by the frontman, their rock, jazz metal was a little too much for some but mesmerizing all the same. Transporting you to an alternative reality, possibly another planet, The Earls Of Mars pulled you in and made you think a little.

Riding the galleon of popularity amongst many critics and fans, Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell bring their 3 piece noise machine to the stage. With a look harbored from an old 70's cop show with a soundtrack to complement they are good, very good. Their retro infused rock and dirty fuzzbox guitars get the place buzzing from the offset. The uber cool face furniture of bass player Louis brings a grand lesson in facial hair cultivation. The short set moves at a relentless pace leaving you wanting more, it may be cold outside but tonight the Admiral was just warming up his shipmates. Excellent set, excellent album big things should be in store for this seasoned talented band.

What can be said about Orange Goblin that you already don't know? Having jacked in their day jobs and turned 'professional' things have really taking a leap forward since the release of 'Eulogy For The Damned'. With all the energy you'd expect from a Goblin gig Ben Ward is soon up front arms out and lovin' it. The venue is packed to bursting point, Joe Hoare is killing it on guitar, and drinks fly skywards along with arms while the pit spontaneously erupts into life. There is nothing like an Orange Goblin gig for pure energy fury, highlight 'The Fog' is breathtaking along with 'Some You Win, Some You Lose'.

Tonight for the tenth time of seeing them Orange Goblin were immense, no wonder their tour sold out every venue, now it's time for world domination in 2013, catch them live at any cost…believe me you will not regret it!


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Mark Davies


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