Gig Review

Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall

30th September 2012

Dragonforce         Alestorm        

Alestorm are the main support for tonight and I have been waiting for quite a while to get the chance to see them play as I have heard great things about their live shows with the pirate gimmick taken to the extreme, people attending in costume drinking rum and talking all pirate like, however tonight I was quite disappointed as the band came out in your bog standard band t-shirts and didn’t really hit on that gimmick as much as you’d expect with the type of music they play. Whilst they were playing the atmosphere and energy down in the crowd was enough to make it extremely worthwhile but whilst the banter had that comedy value to it, it wasn’t really fitting with the theme to be perfectly honest, it’s the only thing that’s keeping me from giving them a glowing review alongside the fact that vocalist Christopher Bowes when he didn’t have his keyboard around his neck didn’t really seem to know how to conduct himself, just seemed a bit awkward. I did still enjoy it but I would have a lot more had it have been as over the top and hysterical as I was expecting it to be.

Dragonforce were the first live band I ever saw back in 2005 at this exact venue, back then it was such an experience the energy they put in, the layout they used for their stage and generally the way they conducted themselves onstage. As of late however – the last tour in particular – the quality of their shows was slipping – drastically, ZP seemed like he didn’t even want to be there anymore barely bothering to engage the audience or his fellow band members, interest in the band at this point was also slipping so the bands last hope is that they can rekindle their earlier magic with a new driving force in their latest singer. I wasn’t expecting a triumphant return to the stage but I was begging for a least a slight sign of improvement and that much I got; rocking out onto the stage with new song “Holding On”, proceeding to bang out another 9 songs (seeing as their songs are so long this is actually impressive) with absolute ease! Herman and Sam haven’t missed a step and new vocalist Marc Hudson absolutely nailed all of his own songs and the classics; “Fury of the Storm”, “Soldiers of the Wasteland”, “Fields of Despair”, “Cry Thunder”, “Heroes of our Time”, “Seasons”, “Die By The Sword”, “Through the Fire and the Flames” and finishing with an unexpected encore of “Valley of the Damned” all of which Hudson nailed perfectly note for note and expressed a cheeky yet comedic attitude whilst on stage, lots of confidence for a new guy. Not a stage set up as good as they have had, not as much energy as they would usually have and I definitely wasn’t as into it as much as I usually would be but one thing’s for sure, anything’s better that how it was a couple of years ago.

Alestorm 4/5
Dragonforce 4/5

Review By James Webb


Marc Hudson
Herman Li
Sam Totman
Frédéric Leclercq
Vadim Pruzhanov
Dave Mackintosh


Christopher Bowes
Dani Evans
Gareth Murdock
Elliot Vernon
Pete Alcorn

 Band Related Links
Dragonforce Facebook
Alestorm Facebook
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?