Review: Karen Hetherington
Pics: Adrian Hextall \ Mindhex Media
It started out, as all good nights usually do, with me propping up the bar anticipating the musical delights. While it is both unfortunate and commonplace that many fans only arrive at venues in time to see the main band, I was pleased to note that a rather large crowd had assembled in time to catch opening act Gypsy Heart.
Mere seconds into their first song I was already voicing my excitement to my colleague and by midway through I was utterly blown away by their sound. Played out as a two piece acoustic set, singer Heather Leoni grabbed the crowds attention and held them captivated with her raw, powerful, rock/blues vocals, my only complaint was that the set was too short in duration. In a brief chat with Heather during the band changeover she informed me that the songs they performed had been written specifically for Friday nights gig and that an album was underway. Music to my ears, quite literally.
Next up, Glasgow rockers Mason Hill – a band I was particularly keen to see again after they first caught my attention at the Ramblin’ Man Fair last year. I admit, I was expecting great things from their set yet I was unprepared for the monumental act they pulled off and judging by the whispers in the crowd, I wasn’t alone. A high energy exhibition featuring amazingly powerful vocals, exceptional guitar and thunderous drums, they set the stage on fire with their flawless performance and judging by the audience reaction earned themselves a few hundred new fans. The bands tribute to Chris Cornell was a nice, poignant touch and a personal highlight for me. Having recently signed a record deal with Frontiers Music srl, they are in my opinion, destined for greatness and undoubtedly have a sound to fill stadiums and festival stages. In truth, by the conclusion of their set I was left feeling they were going to be a tough act to follow…
By the time Inglorious took to the stage the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing. It’s amazing just how far they have come in a relatively short time frame as it was only last February they stood on the same stage launching their debut album. Since then they have toured extensively, had regular airplay and built up a solid fan base. I have been fortunate enough to see them live on several occasions, and as an act focusing on showmanship as well as talent, I believe they are a band who need to be seen live to be fully appreciated.
Eager to showcase their latest songs, the first half of Friday nights set was heavy with new material including Read all About it, Black Magic and Change is Coming and with the crowd singing along to tracks which were officially released only a week beforehand , there can be little doubt that Inglorious have another gem of an album under their belt.
As well as the Deep Purple track Burn, which is the mother of all cover versions and features regularly in their set, they included a stunning rendition of Black Hole Sun, the second tribute of the night to Chris Cornell which was massively well received by the audience.
Around halfway through the set there was a fantastic instrumental interlude by bassist Colin Parkinson and drummer Phil Beaver which had the crowd going crazy but for me the pinnacle was without a doubt Holy Water – still probably my favourite Inglorious track to date, they gave a phenomenal performance which featured amazing guitar solos by Andreas Eriksson at the beginning and Drew Lowe nearing the end. Quite a stir rippled across the audience as enigmatic frontman Nathan James had departed the stage for this track and sang as he walked amongst them pausing to hold the microphone for Heather Leoni of Gypsy Heart as she made a vocal contribution to the song.
An evening of epic entertainment concluded as Inglorious brought the house down with possibly their most well known track Until I Die while I mused that as album launches go, playing a sold out event at Islington Academy Hall is a huge testament to the ever growing success and popularity of this band who have well and truly made their stamp on the industry.
Read All About It
High Flying Gypsy
Black Magic (Live Debut)
Making Me Pay (Live Debut)
Change Is Coming (Live Debut)
Hell or High Water (Live Debut)
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden cover) (Acoustic, tribute to Chris Cornell)
Burn (Deep Purple cover) (Acoustic)
Taking the Blame
Girl Got a Gun
Faraway (Live Debut)
High Class Woman (Live Debut)
Inglorious II was released on 12th Many 2017