Openers THE RAVEN AGE  have a pleasing touch of thrash and power metal, but they’re still somewhat disjointed. However, there’s no doubting the potential as they get an encouraging reaction.
When BRITISH LION  first appeared at this same venue a couple of years ago, they were tentative and unbalanced. All that is a thing of the past.
This is now a confident, fiery band, who bring to mind classic British hard rock from UFO to Thin Lizzy and Uriah Heep, yet have a freshness belonging to the modern era. They begin slowly with This Is My God, but hit their stride with the rollicking groove of The Burning. The dual guitar interlock between David Hawkins and Grahame Leslie is at times mesmerising, while Steve Harris’s bass is inevitably high up in the mix, although never intrusive.
But the true star is frontman Richard Taylor. He has a voice that dictates the changing moods, from delicacy to ruthlessness, as on the melodic sneer running through The Chosen Ones and Judas, as well as handling the cover of UFO’s Let It Roll with charm and ease. New songs Spitfire and Bible Black suggest the second British Lion album will be opus so anthemic it could set off an avalanche, and Eyes Of The Young is a devastating way to end a performance that proves this band are a real force.