Hard Rock Hell – More Bands Reviewed!
Come inside for the verdicts on Delain, Hysterica, Gun and Ratt!
* Delain – They might have connections with Within Temptation but they’re nowhere near as overblown or pompous. Engaging frontwoman; symphonic metal with an edge. Recommended.
* Gun – Gun on their own = good. Toby Jepson on his own = good. Gun + Toby Jepson = not so good. Sorry, but the combination of the ex-Little Angels man and the Scottish rockers just doesn’t work. The excellent Better Days was transformed into a crass stadium rock anthem, and as for their version of The Police’s So Lonely… words fail us.
* Hysterica – Hard Rock Hell came alive with this dynamite – but oh so short – 30 minute set from the fast-rising Swedish femme metallers. There was a surprise line-up change, with Jessica (no surname) replacing the near-legendary Rockzilla on guitar, but no one noticed the join. (Apparently Ms Zilla recently got divorced and is taking some time out.) Regardless, this was a masterclass in barking-mad, bark-it-out-loud metal… wardrobe malfunctions and everything! Girls Made Of Heavy Metal? It couldn’t have been any better if they’d been made of steak and chips.10/10.
* Ratt – The best band of the day so far. Frontman Stephen Pearcy, with his dinky black studded gloves, sunken cheekbones and curiously flat hair, looked effortlessly cool as the band rattled through their hits – You’re In Love, Round And Round et al. And it got us thinking… could Pearcy be a credible candidate for the next Aerosmith singer? On this display – you betcha! Shit, his name’s even Steve. It must be fate.
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