Decayed, Next Century, New Beginning
first and last WARRIOR SOUL show was in Essen,
Germany on June 8 1995 and this one turned out to be one of those
you never forget. A legendary show I tell ya! I still remember
so many details as if it was yesterday, ok, perhaps last week
;) However, at that time fronter Kory Clarke got onto stage causing
many scared Ah’s and Oh’s when fans got aware of his
now cut, former extremely long mane, while he introduced himself:
“Hi, I’m Bon Jovi” (he actually looked like
that *lol*). During this show I so extremely freaked out that
I could not move myself for at least 3 days afterwards…
A little later WARRIOR SOUL got put to rest for
many reasons and much to my regret. Around the millennium first
reunion rumors came up but got denied by former members Pete McClanahan
and Johnny Ricco. And now? Things happened surprisingly fast.
First Escapi Music re-released the entire back catalogue and now
Kory is back with a new band behind and wants to play a handful
of shows. On the isle. Only. Know that from anywhere else... Me
almost passes out, overjoyed, and spontaneously logs in for another
London ride. Well, it was time again. After more than 3 months
of London abstinence I start yearning…
I was I headed over in stormy weather and icy coldness. Landing
was brutal and people already in panic that they would crush down
before reaching the airstrip and then they got very, very quiet
;) Prizes for train and tube have rosen again (compared to Nov
2006) and me trip to a place I did not visit yet was not really
pleasing, since the icy wind really sough thru me bones. No problem.
In compensation of other escaped amenities I did what you can
do best in London: shopping! Excessive shopping. Don’t wanna
get me next credit card bill ;) Ok, back to Camden Town, eating
something exotic, taking a bath to defrost myself and walking
over to the Underworld.
Still thrilled as fuck… probably more a fidgety plague…
World’s End (pub above the Underworld) gave warm
welcome to the first people arriving. I bumped into the manger
Ian and Kory a little later and met two nice gents from Metal
Hammer Italy (cheers to Alex and Angelo) and other guys. While
drinking the one and the other delicious beer and Southern Ginger
Ale we talked, joked and had fun. My interview was cancelled,
because the voice recorder was fucked up. I gonna do it later,
On time at
7pm we descended into the Underworld where maybe 30 fans showed
up? Fuck??? That bodes ill…
~ opened 20 minutes later in front of a handful
of people. However, these Welshmen didn’t care that much
about and tightly kicked ass. By the way, HOSTILE
was the one and only metal band of the evening. And with their
cool Thrash Metal they offered not only great stuff but also a
nice musical contrast. Being around for 2 years now HOSTILE
are currently working on new material for the band’s debut
album. There is only a demo available so far, but what I have
read these thrasher gents make it in the British underground ;)
A couple of personal fans showed up and honored the band, heating
up mood and vibes a little. Coolness! Expect more from these dudes
in the near future!
Setlist: Fire Storm, No Way Out, Loosing
Sight, Day Of Days, Death March, Dread Intent, Brutalized
AT IT GO ~
quickly followed but had to struggle thru some technical problems.
Backing vocals were much to low and the bass completely misfired.
Wasn’t the instrument or the amp. Anyway, the gents brought
their song to an end and joked about that and the bass player.
By the way the band’s singer was the first one inaugurating
the stage. Mr. Clarke should follow a little later. Musically
speaking, RUN WITH IT delivered much more rock
and punk orientated music and heated up another handful of people,
Setlist: Outside, Habeas, Competition, Settle,
Sharp, Missing, Romantic, Fury, Something
OF PASSION ~ also had only 30 minutes of playing
time they used with much passion and fervor. That was an amazing
show! Wouldn’t have expected that! Geez, they really kicked
ass. Singer Dale Radcliff mastered the crowd while the song Dream
Of Me got stuck in my ears. Can’t get it out of my
head since then. Nothing more to tell, great show!
Setlist: Exit Wound, Unbreakable, Dream Of
Me, Me I Lost, Heavy, Angry You, Die Alone, Angel
I was off for the lady’s, 2 minutes maximum, really, but
when I came back the Underworld was suddenly crowded. Fuck, where
did all these people come from? Audience increased like tenfold?
Can’t remember that I have seen so many people around upstairs
and outside… odd… Who cares, that’s good for
the band, isn’t it?
SOUL ~ entered the stage single wise. For
the fact that hardly anyone could know the new crew behind Kory
every single member got celebrated like a star. Considering previous
discussions about who is WARRIOR SOUL a great
welcome! When Kory appeared people whacked out first time, started
girls screaming and the pack pushing towards the stage right into
the backs of the first row ;) The gents kicked of with one of
the WARRIOR SOUL hits par excellence: Love
Destruction right on followed by Punk And Belligerent.
No chance to stop the crowd anymore ;) Fans freaked completely
out, created such potential of energy and insanity, conveying
on the band, which thankfully soaked up and gave it back. In a
twinkling of an eye a great atmosphere was built up no one could
elude. You know, this kind of atmosphere making a show to something
special, legendary. Kory Clarke is such a charismatic person,
able to captivate the audience in an unique way and that I tell
you again deeply impressed. Kory put heart and soul in his singing,
intoned with all senses while falling on his knees, lying on the
stage and grasping hands of enthusiasted fans held out to him.
Amazing! Breathtaking! His
new lads consisting of the just 18 years old drummer Rob 'Stevo'
Stephenson from the UK (damn, this boy was tight!), fellow countryman
Mike McNamara on bass, Swedish shredding axe-man Rich and John
H on guitar were nothing short of and played with passion. Song
In Your Mind got dedicated to Mark Evens, the late drummer
who got murdered in 2005 (RIP Mark - I remember that I was in
London at that time). Over more than 90 minutes one WARRIOR
SOUL anthem followed another, whereas the ballads were
cut out. Only the ass kicking songs got to rule the show. Ok,
my personal setlist would have been a little different ;) However,
this show was definitely way too short. Want more!!! And... WARRIOR
SOUL is definitely back!
Setlist: Interzone, Love Destruction, Punk
And Belligerent, Rocket Engines, Song In Your Mind, Shock 'Um
Down, Hero, Trippin' On Ecstasy, Charlie's Out Of Prison, The
Party, The Drug // Superpower Dreamland, Downtown, The Wasteland
what a great show! Can’t repeat that often enough ;) In
the meantime there are more shows announced for May and finally
on the continent, meaning NL, DE and BE, still to be confirmed,
plus the first summer festival appearances. So watch out!
Afterwards people met up at re-opened Intrepid
Fox (St. Gile High near Tottenham Court Road station)
for a party. But when I arrived at 1am (don’t ask, long
story *lol*) the pub was on the verge to close. I at least had
time to look around and I have to say, I love the new location.
Really looks great. So if you are in London next time, check out
the one and only metal pub!
Back in Camden Town I finally could bed my tired head on soft
pillows and outstretch myself crosswise in my king-sized bed ;)
Stupidly the night didn’t last long… but that’s
another story ;)