Amaranthe, Kissin Dynamite, Powerwolf

Powerwolf, Amaranthe and Kissin Dynamite Live @The Koko Review

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On Monday 12th November, London’s metal community were greeted by a heavy trio of Kissin’ Dynamite, Amaranthe and Powerwolf, all of them out to promote their new records.

First up on the bill was Kissin’ Dynamite, who delivered a smashing show complete with fireworks and some seriously fist pumping rock and roll. “I’ve Got The Fire,” started things off and immediately got the crowd moving, whilst songs such as “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” and “Highlight Zone,” really brought home just how streamlined and experienced the band are. The crowd loved every moment of it and there was a mosh pit that developed at one point during “I Will Be King.” A fantastic opening set.


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Amaranthe were up next, and from the moment they stepped onto that stage, they gave it all and got it back in equal measure. “Maximize” and “Digital World,” were stellar choices delivering something fierce and pounding and getting the crowd pumped for what was to come next.  Next came the classic trio from the band’s debut album which got the audience moving and singing. “Hunger,” “1,000 Light Years Away,” and finally “Amaranthine,” all of which got the crowd together in one big mess of singing and moving. Then came some more dance heavy tracks. “Drop Dead Cynical,” saw the crowd dancing like mad people. Finally the climax “Call Out My Name,” and “The Nexus,” saw things off nicely.

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Finally, Powerwolf came onto the stage, to be greeted with a giant roar. They delivered a killer blow to begin with. “Fire and Forgive,” “Army of the Night,” “Incense and Iron,” and “Amen and Attack,” got the crowd pumped and ready to go. This was followed up with even more classics. “Let There Be Night,” and “Armata Stigoi,” got the crowd singing along. Whilst some of the newer songs such as “Killers With The Cross,” and “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” got throaty roars and participation. The band continued delivering knock out blows with every song on the setlist, and then as things began to slow down, came the encores and the rip roaring participation of the Koko. “Sanctified with Dynamite,” and “Werewolves Of Armenia,” kicked the shit out of the audience and ensured they were left singing well into the night.



Powerwolf-The Sacrament Of Sin Review


Powerwolf return with a new album and boy does it kick some serious ass.

Fire and Forgive kicks things off, with ominous bells tolling and the guitars fading in, then moves into the epic chants of old. Fire and Forgive delivers a punch, a kick and a growl, bringing some serious epicness to kick things off. Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend is done in perfect Powerwolf style, some epic organ harmonies, some nice driving guitar riffs, and some awesome vocals, bringing fire, punch and power to the fore. Killers With The Cross is filled with big anthemic vocals, a driving riff, and some seriously kick ass melody and groove, bringing energy and power to the fore, driving and grooving the entire way through. Incense and Iron moves and grooves like one of the forgotten Iron Maiden songs of old, powerful vocals and snarling guitars make this an epic song, expect this in the set list long term. Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone is slightly slower, more thoughtful, with that haunting quality that makes Powerwolf one of the greatest bands of their generation. Delivered with a punch and a snarl. Stossgebet is powerful, driving, snarling and greatness personified. The guitars drive the way forward with powerful licks and precision. The vocals tell a haunting story that is sure to get people on edge throughout.

Nightside of Siberia is filled with grooving riffs, fire and might, a song that carries the weight of its name perfectly and ensures that nobody forgets the band performing it. Perfectly executed. The Sacrament of Sin is a perfect example of Powerwolf’s pomposity executed in a perfect and downright metal manner, soaring guitars, driving riffs, powerful and enchanting vocals and downright aggression colour proceedings. Venom of Venus is driving, cocky and bold, with the vocals and the guitars engaging in a nice little dance to charm and swat out potential easy listeners. Nighttime Rebel is another anthem, that is sure to get people going, it is filled with big choruses, and chanting vocals that are to get people singing along. Fist By Fist is the perfect album closer, filled with big anthemic vocals, the organ leading the way on the melodies, and the guitars snarling and chanting their way through. This is a song that is going to get a lot of live airplay.

Be sure to get the album when it is released on 20th July via Napalm Records.