Support: Alestorm, The Defiled, Cavorts
Venue: O2 Academy, Bristol
Dragonforce have appeared to have chosen some of the oddest bands to tour with them, from the straight-up punk Cavorts, the underground metallers The Defiled and the pirate rockers Alestorm. And with empty floor space before the first act was on, it was questionable whether the gig was a flop or if people were too scared to be at the front.
The (relatively unheard of) Cavorts seemed to be happy to open up to a small crowd by coming on earlier than previously thought whilst everyone stood still and had a beer, but it didn’t stop the punk rockers delivering a tight set that proved them worthy to tour with Dragonforce.
Long story short, The Defiled brought in a crowd and slaughtered every last one of them, with The AvD’s onstage antics – that included drinking what many mortals would consider ‘too much’ Jagermeister and flipping his keyboard to Stitch D giving a superb performance whilst showcasing a new song, and Vincent Hyde abandoning his bass to break the o2 rule of ‘no crowd surfing’ after a truly tremendous set.
Moshing with pirates has to be one of the best things ever. Listening to Alestorm making a crowd of pirates mosh whilst talking about rum, mead, wenches, and a song about “Tom Hanks skydiving…Whilst fucking a volleyball” which was an odd introduction to ‘Shipwreck’d’, with Christopher Bowes charismatic frontman skills and duel keyboarding with Elliot Vernon.
The Power Within may be quite a dodgy album to some, but when performed live, Dragonforce tick every box – even those that didn’t exist! Marc Hudson gave a phenomenal vocal delivery, whilst ordering circle pits and chaos whilst ripping through fan favourites such as ‘Through the Fire and the Flames’ and ‘Valley of the Damned’, to newer tracks such as ‘Seasons’ and ‘Cry Thunder’ that were built for live shows. Adding to that, Herman Li was in top form, performing out-of-this-world solos in front of ballistic drumming to end the night in a superb style.
Reviewer: Connor Flello