The Head Of Steam, Newcastle, 2006

Name: The Head Of Steam, Newcastle, 2006
Date: 16 July 2006
Line Up:

The Way Of All Flesh

Venue: The Head Of Steam

Newcastle Upon Tyne


I suppose the contrast between the two bands tonight is a kind of fire and ice. While
Dyonisis are mellow and enchanting, The Way of All Flesh are here to rock your
socks off.

Well, they’re here to try and rock your socks off, but the heat means some people are
like yo-yo’s to the dancefloor (although some dedicated fans do dance the whole set

They actually play a specially extended set for this gig. Because of this you get the
album almost in its entirety, plus a good selection of new songs. Their album is a
strong album; fittingly they manage to take their set through some of the different
musical contrasts of the album. You can be blown away by ‘Final Resolve’ and then
get your lighters out for the balladic ‘Espirit D’escalier’.

New material is also sounding promising, it’s keeping up a rockier pace and it’s
keeping that same core TWOAF sound. Having heard the songs once, it’s maybe too
early to case a verdict, but these are sounding like a natural and promising
progression of the band.

I wasn’t really surprised there were calls for an encore, the band had made a real
impact, and it was nice to hear their version of ‘Alice’, although (not sure if anybody
noticed) Kelly forgot to tune his guitar back to normal, having detuned it for set
finisher ‘Last Words’. It’s a stonking cover and I wouldn’t be surprised if it crops up
in their set again from time to time.

It’s a strong performance in whole and it really adds some added heat to an already
hot day! Perhaps my only criticism being the over-plugging of merchandise! I mean,
it’s important for the band to sell merchandise, but it gets a bit of overkill! Still, small
on the scope of it… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(8)

Kev Morris TWF Magazine Issue 7

Set List

  • Sleepwalking
  • Andromeda
  • White Wedding
  • Never Again
  • Second Skin
  • Castaway
  • Blood and Sand
  • Final Resolve
  • Esprit d’Escalier
  • Echoes
  • Last Words
  • Alice (Encore)
  • Desensitised (Encore)