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  EDEN'S CURSE/ESTRELLA/FAHRAN
Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
Monday 19th May 2014


Johnny Main: Photos by Carlan Braid.

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Ivory Blacks is packed by the time the house lights dim and as the intro music of headliners, melodic Metal band Eden's Curse, plays over the PA, a huge roar goes up signaling their imminent arrival.

Dry ice filters onstage as the band arrive one by one with the biggest reception being left for last as new vocalist Nikola Mijic finally makes it onstage before the band bursts into 'Symphony Of Sin', the title track of their latest album.

There's a surge to the front as the audience hold their camera phones aloft, trying to get a good picture while those with larger cameras barge their way to the front trying to capture the first moments of the band's performance.

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Having not toured the UK and especially Glasgow for nearly five years, it's obvious that everyone is out to make the best of the night and as promised by Mijic, what follows is a healthy selection of tracks from the new album as well as a bumper set of older tracks too, in a set list that spans some seventeen songs.

There's a small lull early in the set as bass player Paul Logue has some issues with his guitar but Mijic tries his best to entertain the crowd stopping short of telling any jokes. "It had to happen to me, eh? 'Cos I'm from Glasgow is like a curse!" jokes Logue before the issue is finally resolved and the band power on with another new track, 'Break The Silence'. Even though it's a relatively new song, the audience are more than happy to sing along to every word before guitar player, Thorsten Koehne, plays a great if short solo which has those down the front thrusting their fists in the air.

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'Great Unknown' has the audience clapping along as the band are bathed in red and green lights but as the song quickens its pace, the head bangers finally move towards the stage and join in the fun. 'Turn The Page' is another well received track with its keyboard laden intro despite the fact that keyboard player Steve Williams is obscured from some of the fans due to the small stage. Mijic has a helping hand on the choruses by those down the front much to his amusement and the song receives a huge roar of approval from the audience signaling that this may be a future standard in the Eden's Curse set list.

Logue steps up to dedicate 'Rock Bottom' to the Glasgow crowd who "never fail to deliver" before he explains that the song's actually a very personal one about how the band felt at times with the fans really kept them going through all the hard times. A great sentiment, and a great song too and one that had the audience roaring with approval at its conclusion.

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To balance out the wealth of new material, there was also a good number of older tracks in the set too, including 'Trinity' which has the audience clapping along as Mijic shows what an incredible voice he has, as he really stretches it during the choruses proving that he's every part the consummate front man in image, voice and stagecraft, and a worthy addition to the lineup.

'Fly Away', a favourite of mine, has Mijic getting the very best from the crowd as he gets them energized before Koehne throws out a great riff followed quickly by an incredibbly fast solo, which is met with a generous round of applause as he returns to the central guitar riff.

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Before 'Wings To Fly', Mijic gives a heartfelt thank you to the band and audience but it's not long till he has the crowd jumping up and down and singing along once again as the band give another of the best performances of the night, and the audience let the band know it as the applause goes on for sometime after the song ended.

With the gig running late and the venue curfew approaching, the band run through 'No Holy Man' and Judgement Day' before wrapping up their set with a double bill of 'Evil & Divine' and 'Angels & Demons'. For every vantage point in the venue, it's clear that this has been a great night for both band and audience.

With the band's line up more cohesive than ever, let's hope that the band really achieve the success that they deserve.

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Eden's Curse Set List:
Symphony of Sin
Break the Silence
Trinity
Fly Away
Just Like Judas
Great Unknown
Turn The Page
Jerusalem Sleeps
Time To Breathe
Rock Bottom
Fallen From Grace
Wings To Fly
No Holy Man
Unbreakable
Judgement Day
Evil & Divine
Angels & Demons

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Eden's Curse are:
Nikola Mijic – Vocals
Thorsten Koehne – Lead Guitar
Paul Logue – Bass Guitar
Steve Williams – Keyboards
John Clelland – Drums

Eden's Curse Online:
Official Website: http://www.edenscurse.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial


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Special guests to Eden's Curse were Estrella who already have a solid fan base in Glasgow and after a two month tour of Europe supporting the likes of House of Lords and Robin Beck, they were welcomed back to Ivory Blacks with open arms.

The band waste no time as they get things underway with 'Shout (I Wanna Hear You)' and it's clear from the first few bars that the bands tour of Europe has made them into an even slicker rock n' roll machine. Vocalist Paul Gunn stands atop a stage monitor ensuring that everyone can see him and asks "Glasgow how are we doing tonight?" to which he gets a huge response from the crowd packed down the front of the stage.

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'She's Got It' slows the pace slightly and has quite a lot of the crowd (mostly women, let's be honest!) dancing or have their mobile phones hoisted stage wards as they happily sing along to 'One Love' without any encouragement needed from the band at all.

Drummer Leo McPherson kicks off 'Rocker Lily' as he pounds out the solid drum beat before Nathan Gunn on bass guitar provides the solid bass lines proving what a solid and dependable rhythm section these two guys make. We're also treated to a rendition of 'Come Out To Play', the title track of the bands 2012 debut album which is greeted enthusiastically by the crowd.

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'Whatever It Is' has the band handing out some complimentary beers to the faithful down the front before the community sing-along starts and the audience are more than willing to join in. Lead guitarist Luke Gunn has his time to shine too, as he lets rip on his white Jackson guitar taking his guitar solo up close and personal right into the heart of the venue, much to the delight of the audience as he shows that every member of this band is a vital cog in the Estrella wheel because they work so well together.

After their final song 'Party' the band are greeted with booing from some sections of the audience who, it seems, don't want the band to leave the stage just yet but with time ticking on, it's a quick thank you from the band to the audience as they disappear off to the backstage area, but hopefully it won't be too long before they make a return visit to Glasgow for another headline show of their own.

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Estrella Set List:
Shout (I Wanna Hear You)
She's Got It
One Love
Rocker Lilly
Come Out To Play
Whatever It Is
Party

Estrella are:
Paul Gunn – Vocals
Luke Gunn – Lead Guitar
Nathan Gunn – Bass Guitar
Leo McPherson – Drums

Estrella Online:
Official Website: http://estrellarocks.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Estrellarocks


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Fahran are a five piece based in Breaston (mid-way between Derby and Nottingham) who I'd heard of before but hadn't actually seen them live and I didn't seem to be the only one but the band managed to pull a very respectable crowd for their debut Glasgow gig.

They kick things off with 'Silver Scene' from their self-titled debut album which has the bass player Joshua Ballantyne and guitarist Chris Byrne head banging in unison as do some of the crowd down the front. Their performance is actually book-ended with 'Ashes' the only other track from their debut album and gets a good round of applause as the band close off their set.

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In an unusual move, all the other songs in the bands set are from their second album, 'Chasing Hours' which is set for release in August 2014. Amongst the best songs aired were 'Take This City Alive' during which Byrne becomes a bundle of energy as he jumps up and down trying to get a reaction from the crowd before sharing the mic with vocalist Matt Black before managing to slip in another great guitar solo before the end of the number.

Mid-paced number 'Cased In Steel' is well received and has drummer JR Windsor taking the lead with some inventive drum fills whilst Black puts in a good performance too. 'Long Gone' which follows, has guitarist Jake Graham taking centre stage and the song has a slow mid-section which gives all those onstage a little breathing space before the pace ramps up once again with Byrne playing what could well be his most accomplished solo of the night.

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'Some Kind Of Family' has Black admitting that the songs are so new that he has to read the lyrics off a sheet of paper - I'm not entirely sure if this was a joke or not but it's still a great song, with Windsor puts his drum kit through its paces as he batters out the beat before some great twin lead guitar work from Byrne and Graham makes this a firm favourite of mine already and judging by the reaction from the audience, I'm not the only one who liked it either!

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Fahran Set List:
Silver Scene
Take This City Alive
I Heard This Joke Once
Cased In Steel
Long Gone
Some Kind of Family
You Could Be Mine
A Thousand Nights
Ashes

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Fahran are:
Matt Black – Vocals
Jake Graham – Guitar
Chris Byrne – Guitar
Joshua Ballantyne – Bass
JR Windsor – Drums

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Fahran Online:
Official Website: http://www.fahran.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Fahranmusic


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"We have never done anything like this before and we knew the UK was the only place to do it. That's all we're gonna say about it!"

gary rossington LYNYRD SKYNYRD UPDATE WITH MORE CANCELLATIONS DUE TO GARY ROSSINGTON ILLNESS
"Currently the band hopes to resume touring on Thursday 4th August at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands..."

extreme EXTREME CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'PORNOGRAFFITI' ALBUM WITH 'PORNOGRAFFITI LIVE 25/METAL MELTDOWN'
"Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour."

ozzy osbourne OZZY OSBOURNE: "I'M NOT HAPPY BEING SOBER"
"It scares me. I hear all the time people say that they have another drink in them but they may not have another sobriety in them..."

paul rodgers IT'S NOT ALL RIGHT NOW! PAUL RODGERS SUES DONALD TRUMP
"We will make America great again. God bless you and good night, I love you."

heavy metal HEAVY METAL HELPS PEOPLE DEAL WITH MORTALITY ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL STUDY
"Metal music can be seen as cultural good for fans and thereby can form part of their social identity."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD STILL RUNNING DOWN THE HIGHWAY: PHIL, MIKKEY AND EDDIE ALL GEARED UP FOR FORTHCOMING DATES
"Every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN'S STEVE HARRIS DROPS THE PRICE OF HIS ESSEX MANSION BY £1MILLION
The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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