Manchester Satan’s Hollow seems like the ideal environment for a Power Quest gig, but before the gods of power metal hit the stage the crowd were hit by a jaw dropping live assault from Manchester’s best kept secret Afterdown [8/10], who sound so ferocious, kind of like Pantera
of speed with a hint of Metallica
and Maiden thrown in. There thrashy riffs mixed in with Mr. Neil Colley’s impressive vocal’s is something really special, and as short as the set is, Afterdown manage to punch through some of their mind-blowing tracks such as: ‘Lies’, ‘Brothers in Arms’ and ‘What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger’, as well as previewing the head banging sensation which is ‘The Devil Inside’. Amazing set, from an amazing band, so bring on SOS fest!
Next up is Neonfly [8/10] who are quite a mystery, as they can’t be put into one specific genre. Their set includes a mix of power metal, prog, hard rock and AOR, but never the less they are a force not to be reckoned with, giving it 100% when playing, but unfortunately the technical gremlins spoilt the beginning and end of the set meaning huge tracks like: ‘Broken Wings’, ‘The Revenant’ and ‘I Think I saw a U.F.O’ where lost in the deep dark abyss of sound problems. As well as huge songs, huge riffs and huge melodies, the crazy son of a bitch front man, the uber-cool Willy Norton has a huge stage presence and ego, commanding the crowd with his little finger, only then to swing from the lighting and then chat up some hot chick to the right of him
. They slay live, including the crowd in every chorus, as well as presenting some on the best live music you will hear in a long time.
Power Quest [8.5] suffers to sound problems most, but when you have tracks as catchy as most of Power Quest’s back catalogue who gives a damn. This is a totally new line up for Power Quest, and this fresh set of paint to this amazing band, has thrown them into a totally new league making them even better than they were before. Kicking things off with ‘Battle Stations’ and ‘Rising Anew’ really hits home, just how Power Quest have changed since their last line-up, taking a more thrashy and faster approach to the music, which was fucking brilliant to band your head and mosh to. The band basically played their new album Blood Alliance in its entirety with the odd classic on the side, making Manchester scream a hero’s welcome to the likes of ‘Human machine’, ‘Wings of Forever’ and ‘Glory Tonight’. Seriously though, where the fuck was ‘Master
of Illusion’, ‘Cemetery Gates’ and ‘Edge of Time’ because ex Firewind
singer Chitty his a hell of a vocalist, putting his magic onto every song as well as having the most beautiful singing voice.
Tonight was an excellent for both band and fan alike. The music was amazing, the bands were amazing, but unfortunately the venue PA was shit. The show was over, the beers had been downed and the fans began leaving talking Power Quest’s praises.