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Once again she was calling for me, the big city – calling for big city nights as the new kids on the block were set to visit Munich during their first ever European tour, which happens to be their first tour ever. With the debut album “Wisdom” at hand, THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL bring some spicy Swedish tunes to southern Germany and I for one just could not miss out on this opportunity. Not at last for the chance to catch up with former CHURCH OF MISERY string-bender Tom Sutton (who relocated from Australia, to Japan and finally to Europe), this being his latest joint venture apart from his being the on-again-off-again or stand-in string-bender for Gothenburg-based Classic Hard Rock outfit HORISONT.

TOOI_ISmall stage, still enough room for professional posing!

To make a long introduction shot(er), after stumbling upon the title track of their first attempt – a ten plus minutes epos of such a tremendous beauty and undisputable versatility – I’ve gotten quite nutts with this new band. Only downer would have to be the fact, that THE ORDER – Tom Sutton (vocals&guitars) Patrik Andersson Winberg (bass), Hans Lilja (drums) & Staffan Björck (guitars) – was only opening for Oslo Rockers LONELY KAMEL for the run of live shenanigans. But chance has it, that my name was on the list for the night, or rather my name was the entire list at Feierwerk, Munich. Third show on the schedule and with the big city audience not quite what this foursome deserves.

TOOI_VIBoots, Clogs & Bell-Bottoms – These guys know how to dress!

After a bit of a pumpy start, the four musicians deliver fine selection of tracks from the first release “Wisdom” that add to a good half hour. Way too little time to truly enjoy all of the bands’ greatness and well-established musicianship. But that’s the thing with the opening slot. Anyway, the five songs chosen manage to represent the album well enough – from the aforementioned ‘Wisdom’, to up-tempo tracks like ‘The Noctuus’ and the grant finale with ‘Morning Sun’ – an upright invitation to all headbangers – THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL know their game and they play it in a full pro manner, remaining fans of the music themselves first and foremost.

TOOI_IIIThe Order Of Riffage – Staffan & Tom

The trip to Munich was once again all worth while and THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL is a name one should learn to spell right, cuz they sure will make their way in the long run – at least if they live up to their own Wisdom!

Tracklist – see below