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Afterdown and Winterfire at The Towler

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Last Friday saw a double dose of live metal at The Towler, plenty headbanging tunes to get the festive season off to a heavy start (I don’t know when the festive season actually begins but in my head it was this night).

First up was metal band Winterfire, making their live debut. Whilst a new band on the scene, Winterfire is made up of experienced musicians and the intricacies of their original tracks reflect this. Musically, this was a solid debut. The rhythm section was insanely tight with some great bass riffs (Yes, a bassist with personality that you can actually hear!) and the guitar riffs were a beautiful display of just how intricate fretwork can be in metal without being overdone. It’s nice to have some light and shade with solos for a change.

Vocally, there was some fatigue on the part of the vocalist towards the end of their set which is to be expected from a debut gig to some extent, especially when working over such a massive range. Very reminiscent of Iron Maiden, it would be great to see a little more interaction with the audience and a bit more “performance” for future gigs as if you’re going to tackle the same niche as Maiden, you need some balls to back it up!  This is all part of growing as a band though. 

Winterfire have a solid base on which to build on for future gigs in that they’ve got great songs behind them with meaning. Despite sounding like Iron Maiden, they’re not just a tribute band ripping off the same musical themes. A stand out track is Poveglia, a brooding homage to the so called 'Island of Madness' of the same name. Having seen their debut and hearing Winterfire’s demo tracks, I look forward to seeing how they grow and develop in the future.

You can find out more about Winterfire at

Headlining the night was Afterdown, a band I’ve managed to catch a few times now and they never disappoint. They sell themselves as “four mates playing music” and this definitely shows. I always love watching the chemistry of these guys as they genuinely look like they’re having fun and interact with their audience really well. It’s like having a band in your front room. There’s a lot of bands who could learn a lot from Afterdown. You don’t always have to be mean and moody in metal bands you know!

Afterdown’s “sound” is very Alice in Chains goes out for a drink with Metallica and bumps into the Foo Fighters along the way. There’s something for everyone in their set with their stamp being placed on classics such as “Rebel Yell” as well as a showcase of their great original material. It’s great to see a band span so many sub genres without trying to fit into one box.

Having seen these Afterdown a few times, I cannot for the life of me understand why they aren’t bigger as they have the potential to be. Here’s hoping 2014 brings great things for them.

You can find out more about Afterdown at


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