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Magenta, Confuzion, Herringthorpe, Rotherham UK, 24th April 2004

Making their first headline at Rotherham, Magenta made a lasting impression on the nice sized crowd with a solid professional performance.

Opening act were Reading’s Confuzion making their second Rotherham visiting support act.  Back in November of last year, they played a fine set, but they were a lot heavier in their approach this time.  Female front person Emma was not present but stand in Ashley Stone gave the band a harder attack.  A set of seven songs was well received and stand out tracks for me were Hunger Pangs and End Of The Day.  Confuzion will be around for a long time but at the moment they are on the look out for a vocalist, and then when the correct person is chosen, they can move up the ladder.

Now Magenta, fresh from a show the night before in Cardiff, took to the stage with a nice introduction orchestral style, which went straight into Gluttony from the latest album Seven.  Now Seven (see review) is getting rave reviews from all ends of the globe, and apart from a taster from the Progeny show back in November, this was the first time I have heard the Seven material performed live.  You could tell from the smiles from the members of the band how much they enjoy playing and performing their songs. Lead guitarist Chris Fry is a very confident player, and the licks and solos just flowed with ease throughout the night.  Keyboard player Rob Reed is a talented player too, and along with the six-stringed bass playing from Matthew Cohen, mix it together with the powerful vocals from Christina, and that is Magenta’s sound.

From Revolutions, Children Of The Sun was a highlight for me.  The long song changed and bounced around, and the crowd were very silent on the quiet sections on this song, and on the others too.  On the same subject as quiet, the gentle Call Me was well received by the punters.

Back to Seven, Lust, Envy, Anger and Pride were the other songs that were performed, featuring some fine acoustic guitar on Anger from Chris Fry.  From Revolutions White Witch and Genetisis were aired too, and a large section of the audience who, clearly, have bought the albums, were carried away by every note.

The single Broken went down very well indeed, but it is a more commercial sound than the albums.

The set seemed to fly by time wise, and three encores were played. It has been a long time since I saw a band do three encores, and this evening’s memorable performance must put the name Magenta on everyone’s lips.

A live DVD shoot is planned, along with a live album in the near future.  Magenta will be busy, but it will be worthwhile.

Danny Mayo


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