Archive for October, 2011

Review of Intense and Inmoria at The Roadhouse, B’ham

October 31, 2011

Tonight was one of those nights when I finally got to see some of the bands whose material has featured on my show in the live setting and it was incredible! I can definitely say that Intense and Inmoria both brought the stage to life and the power I’ve heard in their recorded music really shone through. Highly impressive performances from both bands and I particularly liked the final performance in which they both played together. These are two bands who truly represent power metal at its greatest. It was a privilege to meet them in the flesh. I loved everything from the strong impassioned vocals to the vibrant brilliantly powerful instrumentals throughout every track. It was actually difficult to pick out one track for either band that I liked the most, as they were all conveyed with such energy and skill, but if I had to choose, I’d say that Our Last Hope by Intense and My Last Farewell by Inmoria were the two that resonated the most. Always good to hear bands who do what they say they will and whose live material reflects that on their recordings and actually brings it to life in the live arena.  Intense and Inmoria certainly do this and more. They both delivered pure power metal in spades tonight. Big recommendations to anyone looking for a new melodic power metal (Intense) or dark power metal band (Inmoria) to get into easily. Check them out on facebook.

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Icon and Rogue Male at The Roadhouse, B’ham

October 6, 2011

Icon are a brilliantly melodic metal band whose profile deserves to be raised much higher. Their performance at The Roadhouse tonight was sheer power and their material immediately resonated. Catchy, exciting, exhilirating and performed so passionately, this is a band that’s easy to get into from first listen. They’ll have you hooked from the outset. Guitar riffs to die for, awesome drumming of epic proportions, vocals of steel, bass licks of perfection and generally, memorable and amazingly metallic tracks. The album New Born Lie contains some of tonight’s tracks, so it’s definitely worth a listen. This is a band to watch who are definitely going places and soon, if there’s any justice. Check them out on www.facebook.com/icon.uk or www.myspace.com/iconrock .

Rogue Male played an absolutely faultless blistering set tonight too and one of the most professional sounding sets I’ve ever heard. It was great to finally hear them live. They certainly live up to expectations. The raw energy and passion they threw into their set was incredible. The vocals were so heartfelt and strong and the delivery just immense. The drumming was sensational, the guitar riffs and bass crackling with life and power. Always good to see such a tight confident band who give it their all. I particularly liked their performance of ‘Take No Shit’ and ‘Liar’. 100% metal! Check out Rogue Male on www.rm2kmusic.com or on www.facebook.com/roguemaleuk .