Earlier this year hard-rocking Canadian outfit Kobra and the Lotus released the first instalment of their epic double album Prevail via Napalm Records.

Subsequently, the band are currently out on their first full headline tour of the UK since 2015 in support of the album. Tonight, the group makes a welcome return to Tyneside for an eagerly anticipated show at Think Tank in Newcastle.

A three band bill is on the cards this evening, with local rockers Tomorrow is Lost opening the proceedings early in the night. The five-piece fronted by the enigmatic Cass King easily impress those in attendance, delivering a high energy set featuring the likes of their take on Sia’s “Elastic Heart” and their incredible new single “Insane”. It’s great to see such promising talent coming out of the North East of England; Tomorrow is Lost are certainly ones to watch out for in the future.

British Progressive Metal maestros Brutai are up next. The London based quintet was recently nominated in the “Best New Band” category at the 2017 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards and on the strength of tonight’s performance it’s easy to see why they received this recognition. Brutai delivers a punishing set which centres on their current album Born.

Following a successful Pledge Music campaign, Kobra and the Lotus released their fourth studio album Prevail I in May 2017. Subsequently, the band’s relentless touring schedule has seen the group perform on both sides of the Atlantic this year including dates with the likes of The Haunted, Kamelot as well as a forthcoming tour with German outfit Beyond The Black before the close of 2017.

With an early curfew, this evening, Kobra and the Lotus cram as much as possible into their hour-long set. Of course, the focus is upon Prevail I with the lion’s share of the record featuring in the show.

Kobra and the Lotus kick off the proceedings with a triple whammy of tracks from their latest offering. This includes their hard-hitting opener “Gotham” which is quickly followed by both “TriggerPulse” and the fast and furious “Specimen X”.

Kobra and the Lotus are presently keeping the second chapter of Prevail under wraps which in turn makes way for a few old favourites to be featured in the show. These include the band’s devastating melodic metal track “Soldier” from the 2014 High Priestess album and also a frantic rendition of “I Am I Am”.

Following a hard rocking drum solo, Kobra and the Lotus engage in a light-hearted version of ‘name that tune’ which includes a track by both the band’s fellow countrymen and Canadian rock royalty Rush as well as a crowd-pleasing few bars of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”.

With a shortened set this evening the group’s lead vocalist, Kobra Paige gives the crowd the chance to choose between the title track from Prevail I or “50 Shades of Evil”. It’s a tough call but the latter narrowly wins and brings the evening to a close.

On the strength of the newest Kobra and the Lotus material featured in their show this evening we eagerly look forward to more of what will inevitably come when the second half of Prevail drops in the New Year.

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Event Date: 29-Nov-2017

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam’s work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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