Skarlett Riot, The Raven Age, Cortus, Ruby & The Knights, yardbirds, Grimsby, 11-10-15

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I was a bit later than usual leaving Boston & when i arrived, the first band ” Ruby & the Knights” were already on. The vocalist seemed to like a theatrical sort of performance, judging by her mask & spending so much time on the main floor on her knees 😉 They went down well with the crowd. I thought they were ok as an opener. Next up was ” Cortus “. Again, totally new to my ears. They had a decent sound & were pretty heavy. For myself, the real two standouts here were, 1. the drummer : she’s solid & fun with it 2. the guitarist. Damn could he shred. He’s a young chap, but is already playing fantastic. I’m sure he has a good future ahead of him, if he wants it (wether it’s in this band or not though, could be debatable as i see he’s recently moved away to Leeds).  So, ” The Raven Age ” : They’ve managed to get a few decent support slots recently & you can tell everything is flowing very well on the live set. There’s some nice harmony guitars in there at times ( I’m a sucker for twin harmonies) & also some heads down full on rockin out. But strangely, it all left me a bit cold. Cannot put my finger on it, but, it just didn’t really connect with me. Finally it’s Skarlett Riot. They’re always such fun. I’ve never seen a bad show by them. Everyone gives 100%. We got a couple of new songs plus all the usual “classics”. Tonight’s event was well worth the trip. Good value at £8 ( + about £15 petrol to drive there n back). They had a decent turn out for a Sunday night & was told there were about 40 advance & another 40 or so paying on the door. Nice one ! Because it was new too me & i really enjoyed them & can see the potential, the band of the night for me were Cortus 🙂

Delain , Wolf , The Raven Age @ Cathouse, Glasgow 28-11-14

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I went up to Glasgow to see this show & meet up with Kristina. This was the first week that Kristina got paid,so, it was burning a hole in her pocket 😉 After a false start where she went to the wrong hotel, everything was good. Wetherspoons always rules…even when there’s a “pig squealing” in there 🙂 Had forgot just how small the Cathouse was,so, by time we got there it was rather busy . It was still a decent gig though. Afterwards, we hung around & met all the band.