With a line-up like this, it was always going to be a fun filled evening and the crowd were in high spirits as soon as doors opened. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS fed off this energy and it was smiles all round as they kicked off the night with their infectious brand of heavy metal. Crowd pleasers such as Soldier and Fifty Shades of Evil are performed with explosive energy, but it is new track Trigger Pulse from their forthcoming album which got the best response from fans. It certainly was the heaviest song of their set which makes next year’s album even more intriguing. Kobra Paige seriously impressed with her strong vocal delivery and her futuristic ensemble, with the chemistry between the band on stage revealing they were having as much fun as we were. It’s safe to say KOBRA AND THE LOTUS won over new fans tonight.
Things got a bit more serious when EVERGREY graced the stage. Tom Englund and co can be quite a formidable presence with their dark lighting and black attire, but they soon got the room moving by opening with the stomper Passing Through. Their dialogue between songs was amusing and warm which nicely contrasted with their heavy melodic material. Ten albums into their career, the band performed songs from several albums, interestingly only two from current album The Storm Within. The first song being the opener and the second is latest single In Orbit, which although Floor Jansen wasn’t present to fulfil her guest vocal duties, was still an absolute killer live thanks to Englund’s impeccable vocals. Not only were EVERGREY professional in their delivery (each song was flawless) they were also relaxed, cheekily posing for photos while playing. The audience lapped this up for the full 45 minutes they were on stage. Three quarters of an hour isn’t enough to get the full EVERGREY experience, next time we want a headline tour!
By the time DELAIN kicked off the remainder of the show, the crowd were well and truly warmed up, making the headliner’s set an upbeat experience. We were one big, happy DELAIN family. Tonight was a special night as it was the tenth anniversary of their debut album Lucidity, so to celebrate the band played two songs including the ever spellbinding The Gathering which hasn’t lost any of its essence over the past decade. Hearing old songs amongst newer classics such as Suckerpunch demonstrate just how much the band has matured and carved their own niche. The beautiful Charlotte Wessels stunned the crowd with her glamour and unshakable professionalism and stage presence. Not only a brilliant vocalist, but a delightful frontwoman, charming the socks off Norwich with her elegance and warm manner. The band thrived off the fans’ energy, with beaming faces, hair flailing and banter between bandmates, the set was a sure success. By the end of the night, everyone was sweaty, tired but leaving the venue with a smile on their face.