Setlist

In the Black Midwinter, 2019

Name: In the Black Midwinter, 2019
Date: 8 December 2019

Venue: RS Bar
Address:

Saint Mary’s Gate
Sheffield

There were supposed to be more gigs this year! Returning to play Goth City in 2018 fired us a bit so we started to work a bit on fixing up old demos and getting “New Dave” up to speed on them. The idea was to practice and see out 2018 to get ready for a 2019 of action. We’ve caught the bug and were enthusiastic for more and then… life happened.

Some stuff changed during 2019 which make getting together really difficult and effectively put the whole thing back on hiatus. Great! We effectively paused till midway through the year till Derek nudged us about playing the festival he was putting on in our home town. Playing a local festival was too much of an opportunity to turn down, especially with how the line up was shaping up so we tried to make it work.

It’s not a Marshall, but it’ll do pig.

Again, we started up with practices, this time working in the increased amount of travelling needed making it a bit more awkward. Then, just as we started to find out feet again, the weather went nuts and started flooding South Yorkshire! Lined up practices fell away due to transport chaos and time continued to march on adding additional pressures but we just had to ride it out. We managed to get another two songs down, meaning we could tweak the set a little adding Fragile World and Sleepwalking in and then finally ready!

…but again it was like slipping on old shoes:

Photo by Derek Williams

I think it went well! I don’t remember any mess ups at all, and being sneaky and getting to the venue super early to get a proper soundcheck with a willing sound guy really helped.

We finished, again with a similar plan to last time: See the year out then get our heads down for more gigs and finishing that second album. 2020 would be ours for the taking…. I suspect the closing of the venue shortly after this gig was a harbinger of what 2020 was going to bring us.

Set List

  • Fragile World
  • Second Skin
  • Killing Floor
  • Blood and Sand
  • Final Resolve
  • White Wedding
  • Sleepwalking

Photo Credits

Andy Staley | Restless Focus

Goth City: Season Of The Witch, 2018

Name: Goth City: Season Of The Witch, 2018
Date: 20 October 2018
Line Up:

Rome Burns
Saigon Blue Rain
Last July
The Way Of All Flesh
Isolation Division
Voi Vang


Venue: Wharf Chambers
Address:

Leeds
UK

It’s all Joel’s fault.

We were laid out in a long peaceful rest having spluttered to an unfortunate demise in March 2009 with Dave’s sudden parting from the band. Although Steve and I had muttered about doing things, and occasionally fired up old demos and tinkered with them, nothing was happening and then…

Hi Kelly, I hope you are well! Just wondering – would TWOAF be at all interested in performing at Goth City Festival next year? Obviously it’s all for charity do it’d be expenses only but you guys were an important part of the Yorkshire scene so it would be great recognise that by having you on the bill 🙂

Goth City Promotions – 28th May 2017

Well, that was unexpected. We mulled on it, and responded an enthusiastic, but really only half believed yes. We cast a request out for a vocalist out into Facebook mostly, I mean there didn’t seem to be much left out there where you could get the attention of any one for this sort of thing. We didn’t get many bites to be honest, until a friend of mine suggested they wanted a go at singing and we jumped at the chance.

By the end of February, we’d confirmed he could actually sing and got back to Joel to confirm it was on!

Amp stands. All they are fit for

Throughout 2018 we wrangled our lives to around to start fitting back a regularly practice and start remembering everything. It turns out that that you can accumulate quite a bit of rush by not playing for nearly 10 years. We had to replace some kit, the older drum machine and Korg D8 were something we no longer wanted to (or needed) to rely on, combining them into something sleeker and more newfangled. Kate pretty much replaced her entire rig but then, we kinda expected that. I just blew the dust of my Gibson Gothic and Pod XT Live. They work.

Eventually October rolled along without us quite squeezing as many practised in as we really wanted. I suspect that was us remembering our old weekly come rain or shine practices which kept us quite solid, but to be honest, after we snuck up onto the stage after Isolation Division finished their set and go ourselves ready. It felt right to be back up there and once started, for me at least, felt like I’d never been away.

The event felt pretty joyous, probably helped by playing to a lot of familiar faces who had made the journey up to Leeds from Sheffield to catch us one more. Thanks to all of you again. But also, there were new faces who we hoped enjoyed it.

The rest of the night was pretty drink fuelled for me. Playing on the same bill as Rome Burns felt like a return to the golden years somewhat and filled me with hope for a load more exciting gigs to come. Sadly, that didn’t happen, but more to come on that…

– Kelly

Set List

  • Second Skin
  • Killing Floor
  • Blood and Sand
  • Final Resolve
  • Never Again
  • White Wedding

Reviews

Photo Credits

Adam W | amodelofcontrol.com

The Boardwalk, 2007

Name: The Boardwalk, 2007
Date: 11 November 2007
Line Up:

The Way Of All Flesh
The Silent Age
Cobwebs
Snuff Fiction


Venue: The Boardwalk
Address:

Snig Hill
Sheffield
UK

Looks like this was a pretty quite one! Very interesting that 5/8 tracks were unreleased though!

Set List

  • Last Words
  • Echoes
  • Killing Floor
  • Second Skin
  • Blood and Sand
  • Fragile World
  • Two Minutes Hate
  • Final Resolve

The Grapes, 2007

Name: The Grapes, 2007
Date: 30 September 2007
Line Up:

The Way Of All Flesh
Cobwebs


Venue: The Grapes
Address:

Trippet Lane
Sheffield
UK

Set List

  • Esprit d’escalier
  • Second Skin
  • Killing Floor
  • Final Resolve
  • Blood and Sand
  • Fragile World
  • Never Again
  • Two Minutes Hate
  • Castaway
  • Last Words
  • White Wedding – Encore
  • Alice – Encore

The Head Of Steam, Newcastle, 2006

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

The Way Of All Flesh
Dyonisis


Venue: The Head Of Steam
Address:

Newcastle Upon Tyne
UK

Review

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
through).

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)

Midian, 2005

Name: Midian, 2005
Date: 25 September 2005
Line Up:

Killing Miranda
616 Abortions
Voices Of Masada
The Way Of All Flesh
Rome Burns
Deadfilmstar
Flight


Venue: Hex
Address:

Birkenhead
UK

Review

However, The Way of All Flesh do seem to have that ‘extra edge’
to them. Self-professed ‘Unashamed Gothic Rock.’ TWOAF are
just that. ‘Esprit d’Escalier’ is an extremely strong album, so it
makes full sense they practically play it in its entirety tonight.
Surprising, the only omission is the title track!
‘Andromeda’ is epic on galactic levels, whilst ‘So Cold’ is like a
long-forgotten classic re-discovered. We could argue until the cows
come home whether having a more 80’s sound is a good thing, or a
bad thing, but the facts are that TWOAF have a very strong arsenal
of material which can be enjoyed whatever your leanings. . . . . .(7)

Kev Morris, TWF Magazine Issue 5

Set List

  • Abused
  • Sleepwalking
  • Blood and Sand
  • Fragile World
  • Andromeda
  • Final Resolve
  • So Cold
  • Never Again
  • Desensitised