Metal Hammer (UK) - - Live - Black Heart, Lon­don DANNII LEIVERS

It’s un­bear­ably sweaty in­side the Black Heart but a sold-out crowd, un­daunted by the prospect of heat­stroke, have gath­ered to see Dragon­force play their most in­ti­mate gig in years. The band are here to give us a taste of their sev­enth al­bum, Reach­ing Into In­fin­ity, and sin­gles Judge­ment Day and Curse Of Dark­ness are given a hearty wel­come. Vadim Pruzhanov is ab­sent tonight and with­out his histri­onic key­board there is a rawer, metal­lic edge to an­thems like Sea­sons and Cry Thun­der. The band barely fit on the tiny stage but that doesn’t stop Sam Tot­man and Her­man Li goof­ing around in a light­ning-fast shred­fest while front­man Marc Hud­son hands out shots to pun­ters down the front. The band have hinted their new al­bum will con­tain some “bru­tal” vo­cals but tonight fo­cuses on the fa­mil­iar: power an­thems and tech­ni­cal guitar wankery played at de­mented speeds. As Marc crowd­surfs to the back of the room and the crowd go wild to Through The Fire And The Flames, we’re re­minded that there are few bands in the game who are

more fun than this lot.

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