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Powerwolf Makes Bristol Howl With Amaranthe And Kissin' Dynamite

While tour packages can often cater to fans of a specific sound, it can be said that the best lineups are ones which offer something for everyone. Last week, German power metal quintet Powerwolf rolled into the south west of England to perform at the SWX club, bringing countrymen Kissin' Dynamite and Scandinavian band Amaranthe with them. The tour promised a lot but did it deliver? Read on MacDuff...

Kicking off proceedings tonight was German glam metal outfit Kissin' Dynamite. The band are all in their twenties but have already released six albums and been around for over a decade and it's little surprise that they've been going so long while they're so young, because they put on one hell of a show. They make it known that their mission is to "bring back stadium rock" while at the SWX club may not be Madison Square Garden, the quintet create a huge atmosphere, which begun immediately with the awesome opener, "I've Got The Fire." Kissin' Dynamite has a really powerful sound which seems like it'll work in any setting, pounding skulls with such songs as "Sex Is War" and "I Will Be King," the latter of which was accompanied by frontman Hannes Braun going full Freddie Mercury and taking to the stage in crown and cape. A fantastic reminder of just how fun heavy metal can be, Kissin' Dynamite will only get bigger.

Following Kissin' Dynamite was something quite different. Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, six piece Amaranthe took to the stage in an electric mist, accompanied by the thunder of power metal. The band are currently promoting their new album, "Helix," from which they performed three songs tonight, including "365," "GG6" and the title track. There was a little more focus on the eponymous debut, bringing out, "Call Out My Name," "1,000,000 Light Years" and "Hunger," as well as their self-titled song. Amaranthe are a good band and their set at last year's Bloodstock festival was one to remember, however in a smaller setting, their busy sound can come across as a bit too much and non fans may find themselves needing to step out for a break. A decent set though.

At last, one of power metal's darker acts prowls onto the stage. Also with a new album, "The Sacrament Of Sin," under their belts, Powerwolf decided to put quite a bit of focus on the record, performing no less than six songs including the single, "Demons Are A Girl's Best Friend" and "Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone" among others. It must be said that the work on the stage show and props deserves recognition for creating a theatrical setting which compliments both the music and the atmosphere which the band strives to create. Vocalist Atilla Dorn is also in fine form tonight, crafting a soulful, yet powerful performance, while the rest of the band are very tight. Judging by the dancing, singing and smiling faces, it's fair to say that Powerwolf didn't put a foot wrong tonight. A great evening of mixed metal arts drew to a close with a bombastic rendition of "Werewolves Of Armenia," sending everybody home happy.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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