Enforcer @ The Underworld, London (UK)

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ENFORCER / SKULL FIST / VANDERBUYST / GENGIS KHAN

Date: 03rd February, 2014
Venue: The Underworld
Ticket: £13 ($21) in advance
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Elias J. Kay


Ah, another cold night in London; it had a breeze of fresh air though and really, you couldn’t get any fresher than ENFORCER, SKULL FIST, VANDERBUYST and GENGHIS KHAN. The first gig of the year would definitely be packed with hard and heavy energy and lots of booze.

Unfortunately, the promoters had posted an incorrect time schedule so instead of 7pm, GENGHIS KHAN started to play at 6:15pm. I arrived at the venue just in time for a beer, some chatting with Olof from ENFORCER and managed to see three songs from GENGIS KHAN (woo-hoo). Although I wasn’t too impressed when I first heard them, I must say that they were way better on stage; solid sound and very good communication with the crowd. The crowd was about 30-40 people at the time which was sufficient, judging by the wrong time schedule and the fact that only 140 tickets were sold for London, unlike the previous sold out gigs of this tour (info from Olof). Too bad that London metalheads don’t support young bands.

GENGIS KHAN

Gengis Khan @ The Underworld, London (UK) (photos by Elias J. Kay)
Gengis Khan @ The Underworld, London (UK) (photos by Elias J. Kay)

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It was time for another beer and VANDERBUYST. Having seen them live in the past, I sort of knew what to expect from this power rocking trio, but I must say that their live appearance was way better than the previous one with a nice blend of classic Rock and Heavy Metal, reminding you bands like THIN LIZZY, ACCEPT, URIAH HEEP and JUDAS PRIEST. Once again, the band was very energetic and communicating with the crowd all the way through. They’re definitely developing their own style and combined with a great sound, I must say that this was indeed a great overall performance.

I remember when I first heard about SKULL FIST back in 2010; I spoke with their drummer at that time, who also promoted the band a lot and I loved them from the start. A few months later, I got the chance to see them live at Greece’s ‘Up The Hammers’ festival. I loved their first two works, and now they have a new album named “Chasing The Dream”. SKULL FIST are a love-em-or-hate-em situation; their heavy-ish, NWOBHM-ish, Speed Metal-ish style is definitely not unique, but fresh and powerful. Their live performances are strong and loud so I’d say they support the classic Heavy Metal style all the way. Some people can handle it, some can’t. The fact is that the band always delivers and it is a must-see for every metalhead as far as I’m concerned. Speedy riffs, 80s Metal outfits, high-energy on stage performance and screams out of Hell; 100% heavier than Metal.

SKULL FIST

Skull Fist @ The Underworld, London (UK) (photos by Elias J. Kay) Skull Fist @ The Underworld, London (UK) (photos by Elias J. Kay) Skull Fist @ The Underworld, London (UK) (photos by Elias J. Kay) Skull Fist @ The Underworld, London (UK) (photos by Elias J. Kay)

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And then came the time to witness the miracle named ENFORCER with three great albums in a row and hundreds of gigs around the globe in just a few years. Having seen ENFORCER three times already (one with Adam Zaars on second guitar and Olof on vocals and acrobatics), I knew exactly what to expect. The weird thing is that the last time I saw them was in economic-crisis-stricken Greece in a packed place with almost 500-600 people and now only 100 people more or less were there. However, even if you’ve never seen them before, you can easily start to get in the mood. ENFORCER have quickly developed their own style and stage presence with artificial smoke, candles and banners so into battle we rode again... Their set and onstage presence was mostly composed of their last album as it should be, without missing the classics from the previous two. It didn’t take long before the crowd turned into a huge mass been mesmerised by the fire of ENFORCER. If I tried to be a little harsh, I’d say that I’ve seen them play better, but watching ENFORCER live is always a great experience and one really feels rejuvenated afterwards, and so did I. ENFORCER classics came and went along with a cover of VENOM's “Bursting Out”. Another great night has reached to an end, leaving us once more with lots of memories.

ENFORCER

Enforcer @ The Underworld, London (UK) (photos by Elias J. Kay) Enforcer @ The Underworld, London (UK) (photos by Elias J. Kay) Enforcer @ The Underworld, London (UK) (photos by Elias J. Kay) Enforcer @ The Underworld, London (UK) (photos by Elias J. Kay)

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