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  FREEDOM CALL AND POWER QUEST BRING METAL TO EVERYONE IN GLASGOW
Freedom Call/Power Quest: The Cathouse, Glasgow


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Words: Johnny Main, Pictures: Carlan Braid
5th March 2018


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Local Glasgow promoters Shock City Productions have been on the scene for the last couple of years and never cease to surprise everyone with the high quality acts they continue to book for shows in central Scotland time and time again.

From headline grabbing performers like Geoff Tate to smaller local up and coming bands, the Shock City team have their finger very much on the pulse, and the double bill of Power Quest and Freedom Call was yet another great line-up that we here at MetalTalk just couldn't pass up.

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UK based Power Quest have been regular visitors to the city and were, in fact, here less than six months ago when they supported DragonForce at The Garage. On the back of their 'Sixth Dimension' album, the first to feature new guitarists Glyndwr Williams and Andy Kopczyk, the band have found a new vigour that translates well onto the stage in what was an accomplished and energetic performance.

New tracks like 'Lords Of Tomorrow' and the excellent 'Kings And Glory' from their 'Sixth Dimension' album were greeted enthusiastically by the rowdy crowd as the band bludgeoned them with the sound. Sure, it wasn't all plain sailing as the vocals of Ashley Edison and guitar of Glyndwr Williams occasionally fell out of the mix but these are small complaints in an otherwise ferocious performance.

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Ashley (also known for his work with Portsmouth based Dendera) was the consummate frontman who had the audience in the palm of his hand throughout the set. 'Face The Raven' was one of the highlights as he showed his incredible vocal talents from the extraordinary scream at the top of the song to his fast vocal delivery style whilst all the time connecting to the front row of the audience.

Of course this was also a celebration of the past and it wouldn't be a Power Quest show without 'For Evermore' and 'Far Away' which were saved until the end. The former had the band (literally) jumping the audience with keyboard player Steve Williams, who was stuck at the back enveloped in swathes of dry ice for most of the set, getting his moment in the spotlight whilst Ashley conducted the audience singalong during the long instrumental section, not that they needed much persuasion.

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Power Quest have a bolthole in Glasgow, that's for sure, so I'm looking forward already to seeing the band return to the city (hopefully) for a headline show, and it's unfortunate they didn't have more time to play here.

If you're a fan of Power Metal then these guys should be on your radar so do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of the 'Sixth Dimension' album', because you'll not be disappointed.

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Power Quest setlist:
Lords Of Tomorrow
Temple Of Fire
Face The Raven
Kings And Glory
For Evermore
Far Away

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Power Quest are:
Ashley Edison – Vocals
Glyndwr Williams – Guitar
Andy Kopczyk – Guitars
Paul Finnie – Bass Guitar
Steve Williams – Keyboards
Rich Smith – Drums

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For the evenings headliners, Freedom Call, this was a welcome return to a Glasgow stage for the first time since October 2015. Quite a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then and with a trio of albums released since they last stepped out on a Glasgow stage, the band finally got to perform tracks like 'Hammer Of The Gods', 'Metal Is For Everyone' and the title track of their most recent album, 'Masters Of Light', or as frontman Chris Bray referred to it, their "nearly new" album, alongside more standard fare extensive back catalogue.

With Power Quest putting on a top notch show before them, Freedom Call really had a hard act to follow but by the narrowest of margins at the end of the night, they emerged as the worthy headliners.

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By now, the audience were ready to party, having been suitably warmed up by Power Quest, and it seemed the band too were raring to go as they launched into their seventy minute set. Early numbers from their career like 'United Alliance' early in the set had the German quartet firing on all cylinders. Chris took the first of many opportunities to get up close and personal with the audience as stand-in drummer Roland (from German covers band Fuck, as regular drummer, Ramy Ali, was absent due to impending fatherhood) put the pedal to the Metal during the fast paced number.

The bands signature song, 'Freedom Call', was played mid set as opposed to saving it for the encore and it made sure the audience's energy levels were kept up as they sang, and in some cases (drunkenly) shouted, their way through it whilst an impromptu version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' gave everyone a breather as the audience slowly swayed in time during the piece.

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With the band conscious of the early curfew due to a club night racing towards them, they didn't waste much time between the main set and the encores of 'Warriors' and 'Land Of Light' from their 2002 opus, 'Eternity' and bowed out in spectacular fashion.

Freedom Call simply did the business when it was needed, giving a boost to not only the Shock City list of artists but the Power Metal hungry kids who danced and head-banged their way through the evening.

Together with Freedom Call, everyone who witnessed their performance here would say welcome back into the land of light – it was worth the wait!

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Freedom Call setlist:
Tears Of Babylon
Power And Glory
United Alliance
Freedom Call
Union Of The Strong
Hammer Of The Gods
A Perfect Day
Hallelujah
Metal Is For Everyone
Carry On
Masters Of Light
Warriors
Land Of Light

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Freedom Call are:
Chris Bay – Vocals/Guitar
Lars Rettkowitz – Guitar
Ilker Ersin – Bass Guitar
Roland – Drums





 


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