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More Than A Memorial Scruffy Murphy's, Birmingham
4/5 Dakesis 12th May 2018
1.5/5 Absinthropy
3/5 Winter Storm
3.5/5 Opus Mortis
1.5/5 Rise Of My Empire
2.5/5 Cyberaptor

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4/5 Fury The Dev
3/5 Eternal Fear 10th May 2018
3/5 Black Emerald

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3.5/5 Apparition The Robin 2, Bilston
3.5/5 Winter In Eden 6th May 2018
3/5 Serpentyne
4/5 Control The Storm
2.5/5 Alice In Thunderland
3.5/5 The Loved And Lost

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3.5/5 Leaves' Eyes The Dome
2/5 Mayan 28th April 2018
3.5/5 Almanac

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4/5 Kim Wilde Koko
2/5 Lawrence Hill 26th April 2018

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3.5/5 Angra The Underworld
3.5/5 Operation: Mindcrime 17th April 2018
3/5 Halcyon Way
??/5 Ravenscry

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Metal 2 The Masses Reading The Facebar
2/5 Gutlocker 15th April 2018
1/5 Mercury's Well
3.5/5 Kamikaze Test-Pilots
3.5/5 Winter's Edge
3.5/5 Ghost Of Machines
1/5 King Minos
2.5/5 Cipher

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4/5 Seven Sisters The Black Heart
3.5/5 Toledo Steel 13th April 2018

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3.5/5 Cellar Darling The Boston Music Room
3/5 Diamond Black 5th April 2018

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Darker Days The Musician, Leicester
4/5 Star Industry 24th March 2018
3/5 The Last Cry
3/5 Red Sun Revival
4/5 The Faces Of Sarah
2/5 The Glass House Museum
3.5/5 Auger
??/5 Siberia
??/5 Last Dusk

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Hammerfest Hafan y Môr, Pwllheli
??/5 Donkerkarnuffel 16th March 2018
??/5 Red Rum
??/5 Forged In Black
??/5 Sepultura
??/5 Morti Vivendi
3/5 Critical Solution
2/5 Obscura
1.5/5 Goatwhore
??/5 Ohhms
??/5 Limb
??/5 Death The Leveller
3.5/5 Blaze Bayley
2.5/5 Acid Reign
3.5/5 The Heretic Order
4/5 Triaxis
??/5 Jukebox Monkey
1.5/5 Ballsdeep
2/5 Redwood Avenue
1.5/5 Fit For An Autopsy
3/5 Sergeant Thunderhoof
??/5 Callus

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3.5/5 Blaze Bayley The Underworld
3/5 Faith In Glory 3rd March 2018

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3.5/5 As Night Falls 229 The Venue
2.5/5 Serpentyne 1st March 2018

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3.5/5 Rhapsody Islington Academy
4/5 Beast In Black 26th February 2018
3.5/5 Scarlet Aura

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3.5/5 Freedom Call The Underworld
3.5/5 Power Quest 25th February 2018
4/5 Hanowar

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HRH Metal O2 Academy, Birmingham
4/5 Grave Digger 18th February 2018
??/5 Footprints In The Custard
??/5 Dead Hands
3.5/5 Attica Rage
1.5/5 Memoriam
4/5 Sister Shotgun
4/5 Dakesis
??/5 Elvenking
3.5/5 Skarthia
??/5 Torous
3.5/5 Power Quest
??/5 Nightmare World
??/5 Lifer
2.5/5 Trivax
3.5/5 Kaine
3.5/5 The Mighty Wraith
2/5 Fire Red Empress
3.5/5 Vice
2.5/5 Incinery
2/5 Devil's Playground

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HRH Metal O2 Academy, Birmingham
2.5/5 Alestorm 17th February 2018
4/5 Fury
3.5/5 Evil Scarecrow
??/5 Elimination
??/5 Desert Storm
??/5 Ironrat
2.5/5 The Dread Crew Of Oddwood
??/5 Warcrab
4/5 Metaprism
2/5 Hærken
3.5/5 Cypher16
2/5 The Face Of Ruin
4/5 Monument
??/5 Gravil
??/5 Sodomized Cadaver
1/5 Ballsdeep
2/5 XIII
??/5 Masters Call
4/5 Collibus
3/5 Wrath Of The Gods
1.5/5 Ashen Crown

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4/5 Serenity The Underworld
3/5 Visions Of Atlantis 14th February 2018
3.5/5 Sleeping Romance
2.5/5 Secret Rule

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4/5 Accept Koko
3/5 Night Demon 8th February 2018

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4/5 Therion Islington Assembly Hall
3.5/5 Imperial Age 3rd February 2018
2/5 Null Positiv
2.5/5 Midnight Eternal

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3.5/5 Gloryhammer Islington Academy
4/5 Civil War 27th January 2018
4/5 Dendera

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4/5 Firewind The Underworld
4/5 Rage 21st January 2018
2.5/5 COP UK

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COP UK were much like the last time I saw them. On paper, they should do well. They have most of the right ingredients in place. But somehow it just doesn't work, and they leave me cold with their brand of melodic metal. Admittedly, they weren't helped by a poor mix, but event allowing for that and even a set closing cover of Journey's "Separate ways", they failed to win me over.

Although the tour was nominally a co-headlining one, this show was billed as a Rage show, However, on the night, Rage followed the opener, leaving Firewind to end the night. The band were clearly not firing on all cylinders. Peavey had a fever and a cough and was struggling to sing. But he'd made the decision to play rather than cancel the show and I'm very glad he did. I suspect the running order was switched on the night because of concerns over Peavey's ability to make it through the whole set. That was helped somewhat by Marcos took over vocal duties for a few of the songs in order to give Peavey's voice a rest. In the end, the set was cut slightly short, but not by much. And it didn't matter. It's a measure of how good a live act they are these days that even with Peavey suffering, the band put on another very strong performance. Highlights for me were "Great old ones", and the obligatory "Higher than the sky" to close the set, featuring extended snippets of both Sabbath's "Heaven and hell" and Dio's "Holy diver", with Marcos once again doing a remarkable impersonation of the man himself.

Last year, Firewind had put on an outstanding show in the same venue, and I was optimistic of another good showing here. I was slightly concerned about whether they'd be able to follow Rage's fantastic performance, but I needn't have worried. Henning Basse is without doubt the best frontman the band have had, and he showed it again tonight. There was perhaps slightly more emphasis on Gus's guitar work than at previous Firewind shows, but as a fan of guitar wankery, that's a good thing in my book. Notable tracks here were "Head up high", "World on fire", "The fire and the fury" and ending the night with "Falling to pieces". At the end of the night, we'd been treated to two strong sets from two bands in their prime. A great night overall.


3.5/5 Lacuna Coil The Forum
19th January 2018

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3.5/5 Operation Mindcrime The Garage
2.5/5 'Till Death Do Us Part 15th January 2018

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