Live Review

The Hellset Orchestra, Fuzz Club, Sheffield

At this time of year it’s not the pubs and clubs that are attracting the Steel City’s students, it’s the overcrowded libraries as essay deadlines and exams loom.

At this time of year it’s not the pubs and clubs that are attracting the Steel City’s students, it’s the overcrowded libraries as essay deadlines and exams loom. Sadly this means that the turnout for tonight’s Fuzz Club is poor.

There are fewer than two dozen people on the dancefloor to witness The Hellset Orchestra take to the stage. Initially beginning their set of bombast rock as a three piece after performing a ballad of all things, the remaining three take to the stage, fleshing the line-up out with a saxophone and two violins.

Bathed in green lights the Orchestra take the crowd through a winning set of epic music that’s somewhere between Kaizers Orchestra’s bonkers oompah rock and Queen’s stadium pomp. Frontman Michael alternates between his keyboard and standing on the monitors reaching towards the crowd, all the time engaging them in banter about the unmanned merchandise table, amongst other things.

Sadly due to the turnout, some of his moves seem a little over the top. Nevertheless the ladies and gentlemen of the Orchestra perform one hell of a set, and if there was any justice should be soon progressing to the size of stages that their sound deserves.

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