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Live review: Sabaton / Alestorm

Live Review

Venue: Forum, London

Power metal heroes offer thanks, and tanks

The first of two bands willing to wade deep into the preposterous, pirate-themed madcaps ALESTORM [6] take to the stage with a giant rubber duck for boozy, sea-themed shenanigans.

“I don’t care if you’ve got work tomorrow, you’re getting fucked up!” yelps hyperactive frontman Christopher Bowes, as the band stumble around excitedly, belting out the likes of Rum.

SABATON’s [8] stage is heavy on the troop theme as two helmeted ‘guards’ enter to stand alongside the huge tank that’s centre stage. But theirs are the only stony faces you’ll see here tonight. The Final Countdown blares from the speakers before the camo-clad band stampede onstage with manic grins, hair swinging and legs lunging, and launch into Ghost Division.


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