Words by: Robert Sutton
Images by: Robert Sutton Photography
Billed as the ‘Moonbathers Tour’ in support of their new fifth studio album, that was released in August this year and one which I am sure will be just as successful as their last album ‘The Human Contradiction’. They have just finished performing an eight venue tour in the UK and have already scheduled their US and Canadian tour dates which will keep them on the road until well into the middle of next year.
Support for the evening was from ‘Kobra and the Lotus’ and ‘Evergrey’.
Kobra and the Lotus: I have seen this Canadian five-piece many times now and once again their line-up has changed for tonight‘s performance!!…Kobra’s style onstage has also changed and evolved over the years and I have to say tonight’s performance was probably the best I have seen them, so obviously a bigger venue is more suited to them and brings out the best in this band. The set was mainly from their 2014 ‘High Priestess’ album but they also played the first single from their forthcoming album (due to being released next year) ‘Prevail I’ entitled ‘TriggerPulse’ they finished off their set nicely with the great ’50 Shades of Evil’.
Evergrey: are a progressive rock band from Sweden that has been around for over twenty years now, but one that I have not seen play live before… but have been told ‘you will like them…’.Their set consisted of songs mainly from their last two albums (‘Hymns for the Broken’ released in 2014 and their latest album ‘The Storm Within’, released this year). I did think that their darker lyrics would not be ‘my thing’, but I did actually quite enjoy their set and Tom S Englund’s (vocals and guitar) singing and interaction with the audience did come across very well giving the impression that he (and the rest of the band) were also enjoying themselves. Yep..have to say I did like them…
Delain: 2016 marks a ten year anniversary for Delain and their current tour is in celebration of this fact as well as the release of ‘Moonbathers’. They opened their set with ‘Hands of Gold’ from the new album and followed this with ‘Suckerpunch’ and ‘The Glory and the Scum’ also from the album.
They played a fair few songs from the new album, (but didn’t play the Queen cover ‘Scandal’ ) and the unrelenting pace of song after song after song didn’t diminish all evening. I was really impressed with this non-stop approach and also with the band’s stage presence, with none of the guitarists standing stationary for more than a few moments.
Then, before we knew it, they were playing ‘The Gathering’ and finishing off their standard set with ‘Pristine’ from their first album Lucidity.
The encore consisted of ‘Mother Machine’ from the 2012 ‘We are the Others’ album and ‘Don’t Let Go’ from the last album before Charlotte then teasing the audience with her asking if we wanted one more?. Of course, we did, and they finished the night off with ‘We Are the Others’.
All in all another great night’s entertainment from two bands that I have seen many times before and one that I had never seen before.
1: Hands of Gold
3: The Glory and the Scum
4: Get the Devil Out of Me
6: Army of Dolls
7: The Hurricane
8: April Rain
9: Here Come the Vultures
10: Fire with Fire
11: Danse Macabre
12: Sleepwalkers Dream
13: Stay Forever
14: The Gathering
16: Mother Machine
17: Don’t Let Go
18: We Are The Others