Concert Reviews

Kobra And The Lotus / Brutai / Aonia / Air Drawn Dagger Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 20, 2017    
0.0 (0)
508   0   1   0   0   0

Kobra And The Lotus / Brutai / Aonia / Air Drawn Dagger - Corporation, Sheffield (UK) - 02 December 2017

After being at concerts for the previous four Saturdays, plus two mid-week events during that time, I was looking forward to a Saturday night in with my feet up, 'Dad's Army' and 'Match Of The Day'. I then got a call asking if I would check out Kobra And The Lotus – oh well!

Air Drawn Dagger Live

On arrival, not only did I find out that the Corporation had yet another stage that I hadn't seen before, but I also discovered that there were four bands on the bill. Tonight's event started with Air Drawn Dagger, a Sheffield band fronted by Maisie Manterfield who immediately reminded me of Debbie Harry, mainly because she was bright blonde but also because she had a bit of the attitude. They played an energetic set of music that had bits of everything in, where she literally threw herself all over the stage, (what bit there was of it), and half off the stage, before she ended up rolling around the floor in the middle of the crowd; I hope she's got a good washing machine.

Aonia Live

Second up was Aonia who I'd seen here just a fortnight earlier and who had impressed me on that occasion. Now I knew what they were about, I found myself even more impressed. There are seven in the band, which made things a little cramped on the small stage, but they handled it well and attempt to put a bit of visual in there with smoke and lights, although I am not sure the bubble machine really worked in what looks like a Goth setting. The combination of the two Operatic vocalists, namely Mellissa Adams and Joanne Robinson, worked really well, and anyone who likes Nightwish and Tarja should really check them out.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

The Rocktopia website uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive plugin by

Brutai were the touring support for Kobra And The Lotus on this tour and I had read that they played Progressive Metal, so my mind thought Devin Townsend and Threshold, but so far, I can't remember or think of a Prog Metal band that sounds like another. They were okay with some nice guitar work, but one of the guitarists had the misfortune of a broken string and had to leave the stage for a while to sort it which didn't help. I also think they were a little misplaced, being the only band tonight without female vocals.

Brutai Live

It was then time for Kobra And The Lotus who I knew absolutely nothing about. What I did learn – very quickly – was that Kobra Paige can sing, and I also noticed that the crowd had swelled noticeably by the time they came on (there was even someone there from Brazil!).

Kobra And The Lotus Sheffield Live 2

I didn't know any of the material, apart from the snippet of Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song', but it was strong with memorable choruses and it was obvious that the band really enjoyed what they were doing, and I would imagine if I was to cover them again, I would appreciate it even more.

Kobra And The Lotus Sheffield Live 3

I would also be interested to see how they perform on a bigger stage. A lot of the crowd tonight sang along, obviously familiar with the songs, and they left more than happy. I actually heard later that Kobra Paige had been unwell all day, so hats off to her for putting on such a good performance under those circumstances.

Andy Brailsford

Kobra And The Lotus Sheffield Live 1

Set list: Gotham, Trigger Pulse, Specimen X, Hold On, War Horse, Light Me Up, Soldier, Forever One, Drum Solo, Led Zep 'Immigrant Song' I Am, I Am, You Don't Know, Hell On Earth, Energy Ball, Victim, Prevail, Heartbeat, Lost In The Shadows, 50 Shades Of Evil.

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  April 2018  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 week, 6 days ago
  • Rocktopia Te : There are now 6000 album reviews on Rocktopia!
  • Berny : Saxon, Gizmodrome, Skid Row, Night Ranger, Magnum, Joe Bonamassa & many more! Check out the latest LIVE reviews on Rocktopia! «link»
  • Rocktopia Te : Two news interviews in the Rocktopia Interviews Section: LITTLE CAESAR & GEISHAS IN VITRO. Enjoy! :) «link»
  • Berny : Fireworks #82 is our now! Check out the free interviews with Royal Hunt, Stryper, Kamelot, James Christian, Signal Red & Animal Drive!
  • Berny : @Johns Band: Many thanks for your purchase! Your copy will be sent to your registered address this week.
  • Johns Band : I paid for Fireworks 82 Magazine, when will it be sent. Best Regards - John
  • Berny : @Rob: Done! :)
  • robmckenzie : Hi Bernie, urgent change please. In the Moonkings concert review - please replace "the original John Syke's one" with "obviously his sublime '1987' album version"
  • Berny : Anyway, we posted 90+ album & live reviews in February. Please enjoy & share!
  • Rocktopia Te : Don't trigger CEB, you know what will happen ....
  • Berny : None that I am aware of ... BRUCE??? :D ;)
  • Hysteria : @ Berny: So no adult toys in the Rocktopis shop?? :D
  • Berny : Apologies for the "Shout Here" spammers. We'll take care of this issue asap.
  • Hysteria : Very cool video Berny!!
  • Berny : Check out our brand new lyric video for Royal Hunt's 'A Million Ways To Die'. \m/
  • Berny : We posted 242 reviews (225 albums & 17 live reviews) in January. Enjoy :)
  • Rocktopia Te : TENGGER CAVALRY UK music video premiere on Rocktopia! Check out the news section!
  • Berny : @impellitteri: Can you please contact me at «email» ? MAny thanks in advance!
  • impellitteri : Why?
  • impellitteri : I'm triyng to buy in the shop but I can't, a message say "user registration is disabled, it must be enabled in order to proceed"
  • Berny : @GuyManning: I forwarded your mail to our reviews editor who will get in touch with you shortly. :)
  • GuyManning : Hi any chance of seeing the DAMANEK review?
  • Rocktopia Te : We wish you a Merry Christmas! : - )
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #81 is out now!
  • Rocktopia Te : DELAIN! MARILLION! AMARANTHE! LYNCH MOB! METALLICA! Check out the latest LIVE reviews!
  • SeaDog57 : Berny can't seem to find the download link for the free music of Fireworks #80
  • Rocktopia Te : AMBERIAN DAWN premiere their new music video for 'I'm The One' on Rocktopia!
  • Johns Band : Boulevard "Luminescence" is superb album, and Accept "The Rise Of Chaos" you can find review in Fireworks issue 80 . Same with Black Country Communion "BCCIV." All with Band interview & album review in issue 80
  • Rocktopia Te : Rocktopia interview JOEY TEMPEST of EUROPE and premiere THE UNGUIDED's new video!
  • Berny : You can now pre - order Fireworks Magazine #80! Please follow this «link»

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


The Rocktopia website uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive plugin by