Gloryhammer with the Unicorns Invaded Club Red

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Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: 13th Floor Entertainment
Venue: Club Red
Date: Saturday June 15th, 2019
Tour: North American Galactic TerrorTour 2019

Gloryhammer

Gloryhammer at Club Red

OK, I got your attention, so here is the rest of the story.  Gloryhammer is a symphonic power metal band from the United Kingdom that play “Interdimensional Space Metal” music.  Their music is based on mythical themes that include different mythical creatures and artifacts.  One of their most popular songs is “The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee” and a large number of fans wore tee-shirts with that song logo.  There are also a couple of songs that during the songs the lead singer welds a mythical hammer called the “Astral Hammer”.

Gloryhammer was founded by keyboardist Christopher Bowes and is one of the main song writers and plays on each of the band’s albums.  However, Christopher is also the lead singer for another band, Alestorm and does not tour with Gloryhammer.  The first time I saw GLoryhammer was when they were with Alestorm back in January.  At that time, I was extremely impressed by both the music and stage presences of the Gloryhammer band members.  So, when they announced that they would be touring again but this time as the headliner, I had to see them.  I was interested to see if they could pull off a headlining gig.  Well I can tell you that both myself and the packed room were extremely impressed and happy.

Angus McFife XIII – Crown Prince of Fife, lead singer for Gloryhammer with Astral Hammer

Not only are their songs about mythical items, but each of the band members have taken on a persona of someone in their songs.  Probably the fan favorite is the bass player, The Hootsman, Astral Demigod of Unst (James Cartwright).  The Hootsman is dressed up in furs and woodsman outfit like something out of Game of Thrones.  The band even has a number of songs dedicated to the Hootsman including “The Hollywood Hootsman” and “Hootsforce”.  The next standout member of the band is Angus McFife XIII, Crown Prince of Fife (Thomas Laszlo Winkler) as lead singer and welder of the Astral Hammer.  Angus struts around the stage blasting out the lyrics trying to out singing the audience.  Like most power metal bands, the audience knows all of the songs and have no problem singing along with the band.  They are joined by guitarist Ser Proletius, Grand Master of the Deathknights of Crail (Paul Templing), and drummer Ralathor, the Mysterious Submarine Commander of Cowdenbeath (Ben Turk).  Replacing Christopher Bowes on keyboards for the tour as Zargothrax, Dark Emperor of Dundee is Michael Barber on keyboards.

The band has produced 3 albums, Tales from the Kingdom of Fife, Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards and their latest album just released in May, Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex.  The setlist for tonight’s show was a mixture of songs from all 3 albums with 5 songs from the new album (not including intro).  As with most power metal bands, they mix catchy lyrics with driving melody that the audience can get pumped up to and easily sing along with.  From the very first song, “The Seige of Dunkeld” the audience was singing and headbanging to the music.  At one point the lead singer, Angus McFife asked the person in front of me to go on a quest to get a beverage for The Hootsman.  The gentleman went to the bar and came back with a beer, was asked on stage and drank it with The Hootsman during the song, “Questlords of Inverness”. After they sang “Magic Dragon”, they took a short break and then came back and played 2 songs around The Hootsman, “The Hollywood Hootsman” and “Hootsforce”.  They ended the main set with Heroes (Of Dundee)”.  AT this point the crowd was so pumped that they just kept shouting for more including the 2 songs they finally did during the encore.

Gloryhammer at Club Red

Just prior to the encore I moved to the back of the room so I could get some full stage photos.  They started the encore with “Angus McFife” where the lead singer takes his namesake.  They ended their show with probably 2 of their most popular songs, “Universe On Fire” and “The Unicorn Invasion Of Dundee”.  During the “The National Anthem of Unst” the band took their bow and passed out guitar picks to the fans.

I have only seen a few shows where the audience is so into the music that they sing every song with the band.  A lot of bands hate it, but the power metal bands seem to revel in it.  Only Iron Maiden and Sabaton shows have been more fun.  Gloryhammer is becoming one of my favorite power metal bands and I would definitely go see them again.  I can honestly say that you will be impressed with the show and the band.  I would love to see them on a larger stage where they can move around easier and have a larger stage show.

Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2019, All Rights Reserved


Gloryhammer Setlist:                             (Album)
Into The Terrorvortex of Kor-Viriath    (Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex)
The Siege of Dundeld (In Hoots We Trust)     (Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex)
Gloryhammer                            (Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex)
Questlords of Inverness, Ride To The Galactic Fortress     (Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards)
Masters Of The Galaxy                      (Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex)
Legend Of The Astral Hammer               (Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards)
The Land Of Unicorns                         (Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex)
Goblin King Of The Darkstorm Galaxy   (Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards)
Magic Dragon                                              (Tales from the Kingdom of Fife)
The Hollywood Hootsman                        (Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards)
Hootsforce                                    (Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex)
Heroes (Of Dundee)                               (Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards)
Encore:
Angus McFife                                          (Tales from the Kingdom of Fife)
Universe On Fire                                    (Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards)
The Unicorn Invasion Of Dundee             (Tales from the Kingdom of Fife)
The National Anthem of Unst


Æther Realm

Vincent “Jake” Jones, bass player and lead vocals for Æther Realm

Given the band’s name, Æther Realm, you might think that they are from Europe, but they are a homegrown USA band from Greenville, North Carolina.  Their lyric trend towards the Folk Metal genre, but from the show tonight they seemed to be more Thrash metal.  Prior to their performance, I was about 3 people from the stage.  Then during the set, a mosh pit developed behind me and I got pushed forward and was constantly getting pushed from behind.  It made photographing the band harder.  The band also requested at one point in the show to have a mosh pit form in the shape of a triangle.  And to my amazement the crowd actually did it.

As for the band it is currently made up of bass player and lead singer (growler) Vincent “Jake” Jones, guitarists Heinrich Arnold and Donny Burbage and drummer Tyler Gresham.

Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2019, All Rights Reserved


Adavant

Justin “The Fierce”, guitarist and Nathan “The Ravenous”, bass player and singer for Adavant

The first band up for tonight’s concert was Adavant, a local Phoenix area Epic folk metal band.  They have a little heavier flavor of music compared to bands like Nightwish, but still rely on fantasy and epic lyrics in their songs.  They are fronted by singer Charlotte “The Alluring” and bass player and singer Nathan “The Ravenous”.  They are joined by Andy “The Cunning” on keyboards, guitarists Corey “The Vigorous” and Justin “The Fierce”.  Rounding out this troop of folk metal troubadours is Javad “The Fearless” behind his drumkit.

Charlotte “The Alluring” and Corey “The Vigorous” of Adavant

This is now the third time I have seen Adavant this year and each time I am more impressed with their performances.  They do perform with painted faces and Nathan wears a kilt and Charlotte wears a leather medieval looking dress.  You can tell that they enjoy performing.  Both Nathan and Justin interacted since they were on the same side of the stage performing headbanging and hair spinning as they played.  Charlotte danced as she sang and Andy was constantly bouncing as he played keyboards.  Since they were the first band up, they had limited stage area, so Charlotte and the rest of the band were limited to only their set spaces.  It would be nice to see them perform on a larger stage where I believe they would be more animated and interact even more with the audience.

It is very hard for small local bands to pay for studio time and produce new music.  One of the methods that they are using is a Kickstarter campaign.  I have seen older artists like Spawn Phillips even used this method to try and get their new music produced.  If you are inclined to help out local bands then you might want to check out Adavant’s Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2046494798/new-adavant-album-the-unyielding .  If you get a chance, check Adavant out, you might really like them and their music.

Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2019, All Rights Reserved

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