Review: Conjuring Fate – HMV, Belfast
It’s summer time in the beautiful city of Belfast. Tourists flock on to the popular sightseeing bus tours while the casual Belfastians are out shopping for their holiday clothes; primarily causing a riot in Primark since it’s a Saturday. Yet, Primark wasn’t the only place where a riot was happening as just across the street, local metal sensations Conjuring Fate were causing a racket in the local HMV to kick start their ‘Touring The Valley’ tour.
It sure is great when a store helps promote and sell your album which was the reason why the Conjuring Fate boys had taken over the upper deck of the store, as their new album ‘Valley Of Shadows’ was just released back in June. With this also being a free performance and not in a bar/venue, people of all ages were able to attend, especially the younger generation of the band who were lined up at the front gawping at these rockers who they call ‘daddy.’
Tracks such as ‘Our Darkest Days’ and the classic ‘House On Haunted Hill’ kick started the band’s one hour set and while it was obvious that the band were a little nervous, this didn’t step them from acting like the maniacs that everyone has grown to love them for; especially from long standing member and guitarist Phil Horner who had his occasional saunter around the room full of DVDs. As the initial nerves subsided the band’s set reached an ultimate high during the catchy ‘Trust No One’ and the epic ‘Chasing Shadows,’ a song where lead vocalist Tommy Daly’s voice truly shines as he takes his audience to ‘where the eagles fly.’
The rising heat of the room may have been uncomfortable for those in attendance, this however didn’t stop the energy as the band progressed through the likes of the horrific first single of the new album, ‘Dr. Frankenstein’ which then led into the thunderous anthem ‘Land Of The Damned.’ As ‘Mirror Mirror’ and ‘Backwoods Witch’ bringing the band’s set to a close some of the members took the time to go and bring their loved ones into the show, from bassist Steve Leager joining his daughter on the cardboard cutout of the iron throne to Tommy picking up his daughter for a heavy metal dance. This was certainly a meaningful sight, for even though the boys are going to join their musical family around Ireland, the fact they could be musical with their family just helped add a new dynamic to their performance.
While this was by no means a typical ‘Saturday rock show down in the Limelight’ the Conjuring Fate boys were able to make it seem like it was. With a limited sound set up and limited space, the boys were still able to prove how tight they are as both musicians and as brothers (even with drummer Bogdan Walczak leaving at the end of the tour) all while putting on one hell of a show.