Apart from Zodiac this is essentially a showcase of bands signed to Nuclear Blast Records and what a roster of bands they have lined up for tonight.
Latest album 'A Hiding Place' has quite frankly floored me with its pure guitar tones and blues influenced meanderings. Live, they simply excel a delight to let the gorgeous guitar ebb and flow over you, Nick Van Delft is pristine in his vocal and guitar delivery. A short set of only six songs but enough to realise that this band are the real deal. Germany is not known for it's blues rock but Zodiac are certainly working hard to put that right.
Blues Pills on the other hand are forging a reputation for their live shows some bands would dream of. Frontwoman Elin Larsson is spectacular, when she belts out the fist lines to 'Devil Man' the only sounds you can hear are her glorious vocals and the sound of jaws dropping around the venue. Guitar prodigy Dorian Sorriaux has a feel like no one around at the moment for such a young man. The fluid guitar literally speaks when he lets rip with the solo's. Elin reminds me of a younger Ozzy Osbourne as she shakes her head and claps her hands to the retro vibe emitting from the p.a, Blues Pills, remember that name these guys will be huge.
By the time Scorpion Child take to the stage the crowd are well and truly warmed up, just as well because we were about to be entertained old school style. I have to admit this felt like I was 17 again, the energy, front and center of the stage feeling the sweat dripping from the band. Aryn Black is a confident frontman and so he should be, it's a thing missing from many bands at the moment. 'Polygon Of Eye's' & 'Kings Highway' are immense, like a chunked up heavier Led Zepplin this London crowd are lapping up this debut Uk gig. With the energy coming off the stage transcending into the audience this is what a gig should feel like and I love it. Truly re-igniting my passion for live music Scorpion Child are something to behold.
C'mon already, shut up about the Sabbath comparisons, Orchid are here and this is the perfect topping to an already tasty dish.Theo Mindell is awesome, the fat rhythm section are laying down the heavy grooves to 'Heretic' quickly followed by 'Mouths Of Madness' whilst Mark Baker's riffs are shaking the floor. I've waited what seems like an age to witness this band live and they do not disappoint. 'Capricorn', 'Eyes Behind The Wall' and an encore of 'Wizard Of War' and 'Saviours Of The Blind' pushes Camden back to a time of psychedelic images and trouser legs wider than my smile. They may not be pushing any boundaries but what they do is keep the sound of the time alive for this generation to appreciate it. Every band sites Sabbath as an influence and why not, and every generation needs a Sabbath to influence them, Orchid are certainly this generations Sabbath…Amen!
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