Twilight Force calls…. ….and Manchester will answer!
Battle of Arcane Might
To the Stars
Riders of the Dawn
Flight of the Sapphire Dragon
Gates of Glory
The Power of the Ancient Force
A cold wind blew and tonight, the show was played under the threat of snow. Not a common thing here in Manchester, but usually, the threat of snow turns England into a panic ridden community similar to that of the 4 minute warning. Within the grumbling complaints of: “it looks like snow later”, a small pocket of people at the Apollo didn’t care. They were here to see Sabaton, Accept and Twilight Force.
With 3 bands playing tonight, Twilight Force take to the stage 10 minutes earlier than was originally announced, causing many people to miss Twilight Force entirely. Twilight Force take to the stage in full fantasy regalia and for the next 30 minutes, Twilight Force manage to suck you in to their fantasy world with their swords raised high and Manowar-esque spoken interludes.
Twilight Force are currently touring in support of their second album, Heroes of Mighty Magic, with a good 90% of their short set showcasing their latest release. Storming the stage with Battle of Arcane Might, the song released as their video from Heroes of Mighty Magic, it is impossible to not smile as the chainmail, elven ears and hooded cowls swamp the stage. But the audience isn’t laughing at them, Twilight Force suck you in, you’re in their world – a much heavier and enjoyable place than their latest studio recording with songs such as Riders of the Dawn and Flight of the Sapphire Dragon sounding much beefier in the live environment.
From the get go, vocalist Chrileon never ceases to move and at every opportunity, encourages the audience to engage with Twilight Force, clapping and cheering leaving the audience far more than impressed as their set drew to a close. It was a shame that Sabaton’s Joakim Brodén didn’t make a guest appearance for his vocal part in Gates of Glory, with this being undertook with some vocal trickery through the backing microphones.
As The Power of the Ancient Force concluded Twilight Force’s set, there wasn’t a miserable face within the Apollo tonight. Twilight Force certainly more than impressed and with a set like that, definitely exposed themselves to a portion of the audience that may not have heard the call of the Twilight Force before.
Battle of Arcane Might (Twilight Force, 2016)