Eleine with Winter's Edge and Forlorn Hope @ Aatma, Manchester - Oct 1st 2018 <¬-- Add fancyBox -->

Eleine with Winter's Edge and Forlorn Hope @ Aatma, Manchester - Oct 1st 2018

12/10/18 01:04PM

Manchester's Aatma was an odd place to find, located in the back end of Steveson Square, not far from the Manchester Piccadilly train station. Opposite some kind of funky police museum and through a creepy alleyway was a heavy metal black door with Aatma scrawled on it - if one wasn't looking, you certainly wouldn't find it!

Forlorn Hope opened with a smashing number, Rifles – a small-scale disaster struck not a minute into their set, but the band powered on despite the untimely breakage of Chris Simpson’s guitar string. Running in to save the day was Winter’s Edge guitarist Jeremy Lawler, who fixed the string with Chris Simpson as he continued to sing the rest of the opening number without pause! After a few moments spent joking and fixing the snapped string, Forlorn Hope launched back into things with an easy stride with the song Die Hard. Jokes aside the Liverpudlian five piece soldiered on, sadly having to cut two songs from their set due to the earlier string incident. That didn’t stop the band leaving a solid impression on us and their battle anthems ringing round in our heads. Closing with their almost anthemic self-titled track, Forlorn Hope have showed that they’re not only excellent musicians and performers, but that they are certainly one to watch. (7.5/10)

Next up were Winter’s Edge, a band we have had the pleasure to see on stage supporting a variety of different bands across the metal scene. Despite the five piece being cramped on Aatma’s small stage, they put on a great show, with new bassist Stephen Einarsson settling in his stride already. Giving us several flavours from the latest album The Guardians Of Our Time Pt. 1, a solid stand out track for me was the very progressive, sweetly melodic Dying Star. Unfortunately, the live sound was not up to the standard of their previous performances, but through no fault of the band’s on – the live mixing was simply off and rendered it hard to hear Charlotte Jones’s powerful dual vocal approach at various points throughout the band’s set. I felt that I could hear Charlotte’s voice more as it was, than what the mic was picking up – showing what a truly big set of lungs she has, but also with some of the lower register being sadly lost within the rest of the music. Still I tried not to let this dampen my enjoyment as the band soared through epic solos in Game Of Insanity and watched as the crowd sang along a little as the band belted out catchy number Unleash The Dragon. (7/10)

Finally, it was time for Swedish symphonic metallers Eleine to take to the stage. Again, the live mix sadly put a slight dampener on the performance. While it was easier to hear the vocals this time round, the vocals were just not high enough on the live mix and again the lower register got somewhat lost within the rest of the music. Nevertheless, Eleine put out a stunning performance – one dripping in a majestic air, bringing the band’s stylish and seductive flair to life. The crowd even got a tantalising treat as vocalist Madeleine danced across the stage, displaying the roll of her slender frame as she belly-danced along to the more oriental and string elements of songs, and later in the show even spread her iconic golden wings for the crowd.

Eleine’s set was packed with new material from their latest released Until The End. Stunning songs poured out in powerful enigmatic form, with stellar stand out performances of Whisper My Child, Echoes, From The Grave, Sanity and my personal favourite Hell Moon. Their set ended with a bang as Eleine played through some more of their hard-hitting singles Death Incarnate and finishing with Break Take Live. They may have only had a tiny stage, but Eleine put out a huge performance that truly enchanted me. Eleine may have only just finished their UK tour, but I, for one, am eager for their return! (8.5/10)

Author: Tayla Dickinson

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