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FIREWIND + RAGE @ Corporation, Sheffield, 22 Jan 2018
By Wojtek Gabriel, posted 12 Jun 2018
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Firewind power metal live 2018
The small upstairs room, being a part of Sheffield’s Corporation venue hosted three bands tonight, each of them slightly different stylistically. With the German traditional metal stalwarts Rage headlining the bill, the Greek melodic power metallers Firewind co- headlining and the local heavy rock squad Crimes of Passion opening for them, the line-up looked pretty strong and fans were supposed to have a nice metal-filled evening. Unfortunately, with the flu hitting hard this year, not everything worked out as planned...
C.O.P UK played basically on their home turf, as despite having a truly international line-up these days, the band is still considered to be based in Sheffield, the frontman Dale’s hometown. They got to the stage quite early and got to work, kicking their set off with “The Core” and “My Blood”, two tunes from their latest album. From the very beginning their metalised AOR seemed to be going down very well with the crowd, that was in jovial mood after Dale’s stand-up comedy bit about the “Puppetry of the Penis” book he lent to the Firewind guys. Markus from Rage “helped them out” on guitar in the ballad-ish “Love Is to Die For” and the heavier “Body And Soul” and the band gave fans a taste of their upcoming release in the shape of the new tune “Keep on Moving”. Performance wise they ticked all the boxes. The keyboard player Henning’s (Jaded Heart, White Lion, Circle II Circle etc.) vocals were much louder in the mix than Dale’s vocals, but other than that, good show, considering that with band members coming from the UK, Germany and Austria (that would be the bass-woman Joey Roxx from Mystic Prophecy) they don’t have many occasions to rehearse together. They chose to close their short set with Journey’s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” with quite a few old-schoolers co-singing the lyrics with Dale and C.O.P got the deserved applause for a job well done.
It seems that the drummer Lucky didn’t bring the band much luck tonight, as both he and the frontman Peavy were so ill they could barely perform. As explained by the guitarist Marcos, who took over the vocal duties from Peavy, the band decided to not cancel, but they couldn’t play a proper set in these circumstances, obviously. So, fans were treated to only two of the newer songs, the fast “Justify” and the heavy but catchy “My Way” from the “back to the ‘90s” “The Devil Strikes Again” album and the band closed this shortened 20-minute set with a medley of the Rage classic “Higher Than the Sky” (with Henning from C.O.P. joining them in the choruses) with “Heaven and Hell” and “Holy Diver” by Black Sabbath and Dio, respectively. Kudos to Marcos for making it work and to the band for showing up for those few songs, where many other bands would have given up. Let’s hope they’ll keep their promise and come back to the UK very soon.
Rage German power metal live 2018
Firewind were supposed to play before Rage, but due to Peavy’s team’s indisposition they ended-up headlining tonight. They paid the UK a visit just over a year ago, so this was the second leg of the tour promoting their latest release, the ancient Greece themed “Immortals”. Lead by the Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G. (ex-Ozzy), with 15+ years of experience and 8 albums under their collective belt, they know very well what they’re doing. Having recently added one of the best power metal singers Henning Basse (ex-Metalium) to their line-up, the band gave no mercy, tearing through the 15-song set like a tornado. It was nice to hear a good selection of songs from “Immortals”, starting with the openers “Ode to Leonindas” and “We Defy” through the speeding “Hand of Time” and “Wars of Ages”, to the ballad-ish “Lady of 1000 Sorrows”. The team of pros that they are, Firewind were a pleasure to listen and to watch, as usual. Having seen them a few times with their long-time singer Apollo Papathanasio (and once with the stand-in shouter Mats Levén) I must say they didn’t lose their edge due to the line-up change at all. Henning’s technical skills have always been amazing, which he proved again this night and apart from his energetic performance the usual highlights of the show were the guitar/keyboard duels between Gus and the band’s veteran member Bob Katsionis. Gus had some technical problems with his pedal, nothing major, and the shredder that he is he must have had his spotlight moment, during the instrumental “The Fire and the Fury”. Some of the other memorable moments of the show were when the band unleashed their sonic onslaught in the shape of the classics such as the fast “Destination Forever”, “Mercenery Man” and “Tyranny” and their usual encore tune “Falling to Pieces”. It’s great that things worked out this way and Firewind turned into an actual band having started as a side-project, as power metal fans can now witness such brilliant shows like the one tonight.
So, it’s sum-up time. C.O.P. warmed the crowd up properly and Firewind, as a headliner, could’ve played a few more songs than at the other UK dates, which they seemed to be happy about. A shame about Rage, I’m sure quite a number of fans came down especially for them, as even when they visit this corner of the world they rarely show up in any places other than London. Still, can you imagine spending a Monday evening better than in a tiny venue with some good metal played live? Well, I can’t...
Text and photos by Wojtek Gabriel

Official Firewind website: www.firewind.gr
Firewind on facebook: facebook.com/firewindofficial
Official Rage website: www.rage-official.com
Rage on facebook: facebook.com/RageOfficialBand
Tags: Firewind, Rage, concert, gig, Sheffield Corporation
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