|Posted on February 5, 2015 at 11:55 PM|
Two keyboards, a top hat and that perfect balance between Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath
Bigelf were a band that I first heard about whilst at the Progressive Nation tour in Manchester in 2009 as they supported Dream Theater and Opeth and a massive tour that opened up so much opportunity for the band. Credit to Mike Portnoy for finding the band and using his power within the genre to help the band as much as possible. But the band seemed to disappear off the scene after this rise in popularity.
Jump forward to 2014 and Bigelf returned with a full new album with Mike Portnoy once again helping the band out by drumming on the album and playing with the band on tour across Europe on select date (obviously were not in the UK because not all dreams can come true annoyingly!). In the UK, lead singer and main man of Bigelf Damonx Fox had his son play drums for the band. Plus the band had the addition of Porcupine Tree touring guitarist John Wesley which only added to the excitement of the gig.
"Their set was captivating from start to finish including soaring solos, rumbling groovy bass work."
The night started in the small, lovely and friendly venue of The Deaf Institute with a full room. The band took the stage and opened with powerful fan favourite songs such as The Evils Of Rock n Roll and Madhatter. These songs set the mood for the evening amongst fans and others who may be checking them out for the first time; two keyboards, a top hat and that perfect balance between Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. Damon oozes charisma and happiness throughout the set speaking to the crowd at different intervals and it’s so great to see him really enjoying what he’s doing again.
As the band work through songs from their new album Into The Maelstrom and long progressive compositions like Counting Sheep, it is clear to see that this band have a lot of talent when it comes to writing but also when it comes to performing. Not a note was misplaced and the set was captivating from start to finish including soaring solos, rumbling groovy bass and remarkable keyboard work that helped keep every head bobbing in the venue for the entire set.
It will always baffle me how this band are nowhere near as big as they should be, they deserve much more credit than they currently bestow within the music scene for writing melodies and riffs that can be stuck in your head for days. They’ve seen what people love about certain bigger and older bands over the years and mixed it all up in a pot of proggy goodness to create a real breath of fresh air.
All I can say is everyone in the venue experienced an incredible night of musical performance and ability and it’s a shame this band aren’t bigger so that more people can listen to them. They’re one of the greatest bands that you haven’t heard of. Check them out immediately.
Words: Mike Lewis | Photos: Mike Ainscoe
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