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Why Tube Closures Can’t Stop the Power Metal Fervor
It’s one of those moments when anticipation for a gig reaches its peak only to be met with the inconvenience of a closed tube station. Yet, for avid fans, nothing can deter the excitement of experiencing a bucket list-worthy performance. Such was the case for me with the Brothers of Metal gig, a band I’ve been longing to see since their iconic album “Prophecy of Ragnarok” in 2017. Despite the challenges posed by the worldwide infection and lineup changes, nothing was going to prevent me from attending this long-awaited event.
Arriving at the Kentish Town O2 Forum, a venue I’ve frequented and admired for its fantastic staff and security measures, the anticipation only grew. Settling into my balcony seat, a welcome respite for someone who can’t quite keep up with the rigorous gig schedule anymore, I eagerly awaited the night’s lineup.
The stage was abuzz with energy as the opening act, a Swedish Power Metal ensemble, graced the platform. Despite the cramped space and props cluttering the stage, their performance was nothing short of mesmerizing. With each member pouring their heart and soul into the music, the passion was palpable. Highlights included the surprise inclusion of their epic masterpiece “Yggdrasil,” a moment that left both the crowd and myself in awe.
Following suit, Beast in Black took the stage with a performance reminiscent of a spectacle from Tokyo. Their precision and balance, akin to ballet, were a sight to behold. Lead vocalist Yannis Papadopoulos’ astonishing vocal range and flawless delivery left a lasting impression, solidifying their reputation for delivering impeccable performances.
Amidst the excitement, a colourful character in the form of a tye-dye rainbow unicorn stirred up the crowd, setting the stage for Gloryhammer’s entrance. Despite initial scepticism about the new vocalist, the band delivered a captivating performance that had the audience enraptured. From battling space goblins to epic sing-alongs, the night was filled with moments of pure joy and camaraderie.
In conclusion, the gig was more than just a night of music; it was an experience filled with drinking, festivity, and epic battles against mythical creatures. Despite the initial inconvenience of the tube closure, nothing could dampen the spirit of the night. As the final chords faded away, it was evident that this was a night to remember for all who attended.