Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK)

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WITCH CROSS / STILL INFERNO

Date: 19th May, 2017
Venue: High Voltage
Tickets: 100DKK (€13/$15)
Promoter: Frontiers Music
Photos: Erika Wallberg


So, that sunny Friday served a dose of Danish Heavy Metal at the awesome High Voltage club. It's always nice to hang out at that place and it was good to see that the billing had gathered a rather decent crowd also.

I've seen the name STEEL INFERNO for some time but never really come around to listen to it than just before this show was about to take place. I'd been missing out as this was really my cup of tea. AGENT STEEL type Speed/Heavy Metal, Karen Collatz's voice has resemblances with John Cyriis rather crazy tone and that I like.

And STEEL INFERNO sounded good to start with; “City Lights” was a real smack in the face. Again Karen impressed with her vocal abilities which were more powerful live compared to the record. And then a few more songs sounded really good as well. I especially liked “Arcade Warrior”; this is a fun track with a good chorus and some really nice riffs. I love the intensity happening on High Voltage and that was really a resource for STEEL INFERNO this evening. They had good support in the front rows but the longer the show went more people started to drop off and it felt like the band ran out of energy halfway through the set. It's not all that strange, in total STEEL INFERNO played for 50-55 minutes and if you doesn't have much experience that is bound to happen. It's a tough job delivering a show and the band wasn't as tight in the second half of the set.

I really liked the first half though and since this was the first encounter with the band I shouldn't judge too hard. But perhaps a shorter set and a tuning-break could take it up a notch. We'll see about that. STEEL INFERNO definitely have something good going on and I'm looking forward to follow them in the future.

STEEL INFERNO setlist:

01. “City Lights”
02. “Aesthetics Of Decay”
03. “...Of Desire And Woe”
04. “Arcade Warrior”
05. “Dismantling Fixed Positions”
06. “Merciful Slayer”
07. “Magic Sword”
08. “Infernal Steel Brigade”
09. “Red Sabbath”

STEEL INFERNO

Steel Inferno @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steel Inferno @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steel Inferno @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steel Inferno @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steel Inferno @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Steel Inferno @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steel Inferno @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steel Inferno @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steel Inferno @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steel Inferno @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Actually, what made me realize STEEL INFERNO's shortcomings was the complete run-over served by WITCH CROSS. They really took things up a few steps and managed to not only keep, but increase the intensity towards the end of the set. For sure, Kevin Moore is a fantastic vocalist but also a damn good entertainer. He's very charismatic and the rest of the band has to work hard to be seen around him. Especially, on the tiny High Voltage stage where the focus and lights really is in the middle all the time. But they managed and the dynamics was fantastic and WITCH CROSS was great fun to watch.

I was a bit surprised that they kicked off with “Nightflight To Tokyo”; I thought that was the hit and should come towards the end of the set. But it worked as a starter and really lured people down to the front. Also “Ride With The Wind” from the band’s most recent release worked fine. One of my favorites from the classic “Fit for Fight” is “Face of a Clown” so that I enjoyed it very much. For this one Kevin's mimic came in very handy, his many facial expressions work really well. Especially, at High Voltage where everything can be seen in detail; no secrets or anything to hide behind.

And I must say that record still kicks ass these days, it has aged really well and feels very strong nowadays too. I mean, songs as “Axe Dance” and “Killer Dogs” work and even if Kevin has a slightly different character original vocalist Alex Savage it all sounds fantastic. “Rocking The Night Away” isn't my favorite when listening to the record but it's a made live-track and worked perfectly for the High Voltage beer-drinking crowd. Easy to sing along to and a real party-booster.

Normally I'm not all that hot about bands as WITCH CROSS adding covers to their set, I prefer originals but when they kicked off SAXON's “Strong Arm Of The Law” everything went up one more step so it really worked. Of course, Kevin has sung with Steve Dawson and Graham Oliver in their version of the band so with that it makes sense and his voice suites the song perfectly. BLACK SABBATH's “Paranoid” didn't make as much sense though but that too is a party track and I think I was the only one feeling like this at High Voltage. Set closer “Are You There”, the first WICH CROSS single was another highlight and I was surprised that the hour worth of music had passed already.

It was a while since I last saw WITCH CROSS live, at that time at ‘Keep It True’ in Germany but I must say I definitely prefer an intimate gig as this one even if that too was really good. It feels special to see bands as close as you get at High Voltage and WITCH CROSS sure delivered the goods.

WITCH CROSS setlist:

01. “Nightflight To Tokyo”
02. “Ride With The Wind”
03. “Face Of A Clown”
04. “Pandora's Box”
05. “Axe Dance”
06. “Killer Dogs”
07. “No Angel”
08. “Rocking The Night Away”
09. “Bird Of Prey”
10. “Strong Arm Of The Law”
11. “Metal Nation (Raise Your Hands)”
12. “Fight The Fire”
13. “Demon In The Mirror”
14. “Paranoid”
15. “Are You There”

WITCH CROSS

Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witch Cross @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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