Another dark, rainy night, perfect for a journey into Nottingham to catch an evening of melodic/gothic/death metal in the shape of Fornost Arnor, No Love Lost, Twilight’s Embrace and Bahamut at The Old Angel. Anyone who has been with us from the start will know how much we love Fornost Arnor, right from the moment we heard their debut album “Escaping The Abyss” in late 2009. Almost a year later we finally get to see them tear it up on-stage in what was only their second foray on the stage! Their first ever show was the headline slot on the Beerman Presents show, at the Old Wharf in Digbeth the previous weekend. Two out of town headline gigs shows the strength of Fornost Arnor and promise that they bring… As luck would have it, the Beerman himself and his good lady wife, Mrs J, were there with us to enjoy the evening’s entertainment.
The show kicked off with Derby’s Bahamut. With hair aplenty and the noise to go with it, Bahamut’s set was heavy, dark and pretty good. The only thing that slighted their set was trying out a new track as their set closer… Needless to say it didn’t go well and unfortunately that would be the lasting memory of the set. It may be better if next time they know the songs inside out before unleashing them on the public, other than that they were good! Bahamut are no more… Let’s all welcome Methysis, the band’s new name.
Following them were local favourites, Twilight’s Embrace. The room filled up considerably as they began their set and it is no wonder why… These guys are good, damn good! Vocalist Dee Christopher has a real stage presence and the vocal ability to back it up, easily switching between singing and screaming vocals. The band itself was extremely tight and technically very good with inspiration taken from Katatonia, Swallow the Sun and Opeth but with plenty of originality to make the sound their own.
Main support came in the form of Birmingham doom/gothic metallers No Love Lost. These guys have clearly spent a lot of time practising as they were very tight, their brand of gothic doom metal with a little added space rock seemed to go down very well with the crowd. Despite suffering from the dreaded lurg, lead singer Laura Burton hit all the notes and sang beautifully.
Now it was time for the main event, a show a year in the making for us and a definite highlight of the year so far! Fornost Arnor took to the stage for only the second time but showed no nerves, outwardly at least anyway… They launched straight in ‘I am Misery’ and it sent a shiver down the spine, they were so tight it was almost like listening to the CD. Front-man Greg Chivers had also been suffering, this time with a chest infection but again it didn’t affect the performance. ‘If The Trees Could Only Speak…’ was next and again it immense, as was ‘A Trance Of Madness’ and ‘Strength of the Heart’. Finally hearing these songs live was great, we have been waiting a long time to hear them but it was worth the wait… A short but definitely sweet set, enjoyed by one and all who witnessed it!
Despite their lack of stage experience Fornost Arnor certainly know how to put on a show. There are no gimmicks just full on, face melting music of the highest order! Seriously, if you get a chance to see these guys live, do it! If you haven’t got their debut album “Escaping The Abyss”, get it! Work is currently under way on their second album and we cannot wait to hear it!