After the quiet, slow-paced Greenhaus, the sheer power and volume of Asrai came as a (pleasant) shock. They
blasted through 9 of the 10 tracks from their current album 'A Touch in The Dark' and for a 'Goth' band they
really are extremely heavy, with good chunky guitar riffs that carry a punky edge propelled by the powerhouse drumming of Karin Mol. I thought that the first half of the set was the strongest, with Margriet Mol's vocals being particularly good for songs like 'Whisper', 'Child' and 'Dream'. The only tune which
did not match up to the recorded version was a slightly disappointing 'Pale Light' but the Dutch 5-piece finished strongly with the excellent 'Shadows'.
Though the crowd was small, consisting mainly of the bands themselves and a few friends, those of us who watched the set seemed to really enjoy ourselves and the band certainly won themselves a few new friends.
All of the musicians appeared to have really enjoyed themselves on stage, though with the available time at
a minimum vocalist Margriet Mol kept the chatter and song introductions to an absolute minimum. Perhaps she was also saving her voice for her singing as she really belts out her vocals.
Afterwards there was time to have a short chat with Manon and Karin at the bar. They really do consider themselves to be a 'Gothic' band rather than 'Gothic Metal' band and all the band members assured us that
they had thoroughly enjoyed their brief trip to the UK. Despite spending a lot of time on the motorways,
they also managed to get a bit of sightseeing done,visiting Stonehenge and Tintagel on the way between
London and a gig in Redruth the previous day. They had a refreshing attitude that it was all a bit of fun and
a bit of a holiday, so I'm sure that we'll see them back here again in the new year
Whisper / In Front of Me / Child / Tower / Dream /Restless / Touch in the Dark / Pale Light / Shadows