Soulflame have strong Puddle of Mudd influences in both sound and song construction.
The E.P. is more melodic and measured than the live performance.
Nic's vocals are at times quite balladic. He reaches for the high notes with a fresh
enthusiasm that lends the voice colour and texture.
Sands of Time conjures up imagery from romanticism and flows along with Nic bemoaning the very nature of existence.
The repeated riffs ease you into a false sense of security then assail you with the next track.
Quit the Addiction sounds a little loose vocally and needs to be worked on if it is not to
stand out for the wrong reasons.
You can almost see him spitting out the line get back to reality to stay in time with the guitar.
There's a sound like a crazy kettle whistling that opens You're Safe, this one features some vocal harmonies.
This is always a good idea to lend the song more depth, sadly these sections appear to be tacked
on almost as an afterthought, and don't really work.
The two voices don't appear to compliment each other.
Last Cowboy has some kind of sunset/sunrise analogy that sees Nic living out his wild-west fantasies.
The quality and tone of his voice reaches new heights, previously unheard, towards the end of the song.
The middle section shows flair and the minimalist percussion is a welcome change to the diet of
formulaic drumbeats, pumping like a giant oil head from many Metal bands.
There are touches of something greater on this E.P.
Every so often you can see something developing but the band need to reach a level of
consistency if they are to grow from where they are.
This consistency only comes through endless practice and much gig experience.
Soulflame have recently had to take on a new bassist Davis - ex member of Pave- and need
to now grow again as a Metal outfit. He has been with them five weeks or so and played
the White Room gig last Saturday, which is where a first saw the Soulflame live show.
There were issues with continual feedback through their set, which blighted an otherwise good sound set up.
The in house engineer sounds like he knows how to get the best from the equipment.
They could perhaps do with more stage space to enable more free expression and rock routines;
it's hard to thrust guitars etc when any sudden movements could put someone's eye out in the front row.
The highlight of their set was a slower soaring track called Safe.
It is also popular with the crowd as I heard one goth expressing to Nic afterwards, I walked
in and you were playing my favourite one...again!
Apparently the same sequence of events had happened with much the same response at a Soulflame gig earlier.
The White Room is out in the middle of the Industrial Quarter, it is a fairly small venue
with a capacity of about an eighty strong crowd.
It is known as a Heavy metal venue but surprisingly Paul books many different genres in between the metal acts.
The venue itself looks like every living room/bedroom of all my Goth friends in one space.
With eye-catching Vallejo style dragons on the walls and eerie skulls and candles draped with cobwebs in corners.
The décor could easily grace the front cover of an Iron Maiden record; indeed there are a number
of album covers decorating the purple walls.
Thank God or maybe not Him, that they got rid of the White walls, which gave the venue it's misleading name.
Music Gig Gallery - Tuesday 14th December 04 - The Paddingtons, The Vibrators and UK Subs at The Ringside By Darren Rogers
Sometimes we get photographs of a past Gig in without a review.
This 9 page Photo Gallery of The Paddingtons, The Vibrators and UK Subs at The Ringside,
Hull Tuesday 14th December 04 by Darren Rogers is too good to miss so I'm publishing it for you to enjoy.
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Sweet n Sour 26 Feb The Glitterati and The Landaus By Michelle Dee
Why the hell do I do these things, it's not to get my skirt pulled up by some drunken goat
called Mark that's for sure.
If this had been in an office and not a nightclub then I would have you up for sexual
harassment make no mistake. Did I see you go around lifting up other girls' apparel?
Music Gig Gallery - Tue 22nd Feb 2005 - The Applewhites at The Room, Sheffield by Darren Rogers
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
This 9 page Photo Gallery of The Applewhites at The Room (formerly Fez Club), Sheffield
Tuesday 22nd February 2005 by Darren Rogers is too good to miss so I'm publishing it for you to enjoy.
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Access To Music UK Tour at the Welly Club 2005 By Michelle Dee - Updated 4 Page Photo Gallery.
Tuesday, the first day of March, saw as many as three hundred students from all over the
region come together to flex their musical muscle.
Colleges from Scarborough, York, Lincoln and Hull gathered at the Welly: on Beverley Rd to
take part in a four and a half hour long musical showcase.
Music Reviews - Friday 4th March 05 - The Ga*Ga*s at Asylum By Andy Dykes, Photo Gallery By Darren Rogers
Its rock-a-rama at Asylum: tonight. Three bands, one bill, all about the rock.
First up, Disarm:.
Their cover of New Order's Blue Monday is superb, harking back to Marilyn Manson
and Dope's covers of new romantic greats.
Disarm:'s own material is intricate
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Monday 28th February - Black Orchid, Diverse Unit, Second To Last, The Regicides at the Ringside By Harry Slater
It's cold tonight, not as cold as it was this morning, but cold enough to complain about.
The garish decoration of The Ringside makes a welcome change from the browns and greys of a city thawing out.
The outside door, as per usual, scares the crap out of me as it slams shut
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The Black Velvets at Brighton Audio - 18th February 05 By Steve Rudd, Photo Gallery by Darren Rogers - Sweet n Sour at The Welly Club, Hull - 9th December 04
What's one to do when they are bored with Brighton's infamous Pier amusements,
and has then had their fill of the plethora of fashion and food-orientated
establishments that are packed into Brighton's cosmopolitan city centre?
Aside from any shows that might be playing in the few theatres in the
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Saturday 12th February - Last People on Earth and The Morphines at Sweet n Sour, Silhouette Club By Michelle Dee
Sweet n Sour has a new home, a new night and a different feel. In order to take advantage of the Saturday night crowd the Sweet n Sour promoters have moved to Silhouette on Park Street.
As I walked up Princes Ave I heard shouting then saw in the distance a brawl breaking out.
Music Reviews - 23rd January 05 - Jesse Malin at Fibbers, York By Steve Rudd
Young Jesse Malin, trading New York for Olde York for one night only! I could hardly contain myself
at the prospect, for Jesse is one of the most exciting singer-songwriters to have emerged from
New York City in the past few years since the release of his beautiful debut album,
Music Reviews - Thursday 17th February 05 - Elobo at The Adelphi By Lucy Kynman
Many of you who go out on a regular basis will know the disappointment you get when you're
shakin' your thing on the dance floor and the music changes to your least favourite track.
Wouldn't it be nice for every song played to be one that you love, so you could party
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Tuesday 25th January - Mike (The Bonnits) and The Last People on Earth at The Sesh By Daniel Laney Photos by Darren Rogers
Quite saddened by the fact that this was going to be my last trip to The Sesh in a while,
I hesitantly vacated the cars warm interior, knowing full well as soon as my battered
trainers hit the cold, coarse concrete, the evenings egg timer would be turned and
I would be left
Music Reviews - Thursday 3rd February - Ernest with Park and Ride, Dirty Dreamers and Steve Reed at Thee Box, Asylum By Michelle Dee
In, what has been a busy week, I had a date with The Asylum pencilled in.
I arrived in good time, and queued with a few others, eventually we were all let in.
Tonight's admission was £4 very reasonable for four acts.
For those not in the know The Asylum is a large venue
Music Reviews - Saturday 5th February 05 - Sidewinder, Mr. Mojo and Tekoba at The Late Room, Manchester By Richard Kemp (Racing Pulse Records / Tardis Music)
Saturday saw Hull's latest assault on the Manchester music scene in the form of Sidewinder,
Mr Mojo, and Tekoba as well as two coach loads of some of
the city's most dedicated music fans and followers.
The event organised and run by Red OktoberRead more...