||METALWORKS PRODUCE A CHRISTMAS CRACKER AT THE LOUNGE
TotalRock In Association With MetalTalk Present: A Classic Christmas Rock Party
The Lounge, Archway, London
Friday 2nd December 2016
Words: Steve Göldby, Pictures: Sally Newhouse
The very first TotalRock In Association With MetalTalk Present: A Classic Christmas Rock Party was a tremendous occasion with great music, both live and from the DJ's booth, a great headline act and a great turn out, despite the night clashing with other events in town and the mass influx of gigs we have experienced in London this last few weeks.
Red Hawk Rising recently played their debut show at The Allycat on Denmark Street in London's West End and are preparing to hit the road in February as support to Marco Mendoza on his UK tour. You can see all the dates right here and going on tonight's performance, fans who will be seeing The Dead Daisies bass player in two months are in for a treat.
It still needs a little polishing but for their second ever gig this was an impressive performance with frontman Derin Adebiyi showing tons of charisma on stage. He's ably backed by a quality band made up of guitarist Rich Wearz, bass player Steve Parsons and Tim Churchman on the drums and the kind of noise these guys make is going to get a lot of people taking note.
Dealer provided a contrast with their NWOBHM sound with vocalist Trev Short on top form as he cajoled the crowd and his colleagues, bassist Tom Bull, drummer Rupert Irving and six string slinger Ash Doulton who shone tonight amidst Dealer's relentless pace. But there's no Lone Wolf in this tight unit and while the HRH NWOBHM Festival was taking place up the road in Sheffield, we got a taste of some of the finest British Steel.
With all of their old recordings remastered and re-released and an upsurge in general interest in all things NWOBHM, Dealer could be about to experience a second strike, just for old time's sake. An entertaining and quality performance.
If you don't know about Metalworks yet, you probably will next year as their profile is about to be raised in a big way with a couple of very exciting projects in the mix for 2017 and if you do know about them, you will be aware that the only game in town on a Sunday night is at The Monarch in Camden where what started out over a decade ago as a few mates having a jam is now something much bigger than that.
This is the band that spawned Ritchie Faulkner of Judas Priest, Davey Rimmer of Uriah Heep and where Mark Cross, temporary Scorpions drummer last year, started off in the UK, and they're all still part of the ever-evolving line-up and can be seen often in The Monarch on a Sunday when not playing with their regular bands. Many other big names often feature in Metalworks and we had a couple on show tonight but we'll get to that in a moment.
It was highly unusual to see Metalworks on a Friday night and if this is to be the start of the Camden institution venturing out to different venues, it is to be most welcomed as Metal fans deserve to be able to see this and not everyone can make it, or back from, north London on a Sunday night.
Judas Priest featured heavily in the first part of the set with 'Electric Eye' opening the show and a rousing 'Diamonds And Rust' and 'Turbo' also featuring, along with frontman Steff singing something about raking his lawn.
Mick Underwood's Glory Road singer Luka Ravase relieved Steff of vocal duties for a crushing version of 'Crazy Train' before we were treated to electrifying performances of 'Ace Of Spades', 'Rock And Roll', 'Highway To Hell', 'Rebel Yell' and many, many more classics from the Metalworks repertoire with both guitarists, George Gt Stergiou and Dan Parsons, putting in exceptional performances.
The momentum never let up once as this feast of Heavy Metal delights just kept coming at you like a hail of bullets and it was a killer sight to see and hear, as was the totally appreciative audience.
Then it was the turn of the evening's third Parsons, former Iron Maiden guitarist Tony, who displayed all the flying virtuosity that landed him the most prestigious gig in Metal all those years ago. 'Iron Maiden', 'Prowler' and 'Wrathchild' were all brought into a different realm by Tony's dextrous fingering and even the Maiden songs from after his time with the band were given an extra layer of icing.
Metalworks were having their Christmas cake and eating it as 'Fear Of The Dark' and 'Number Of The Beast' brought the audience to fever pitch and it's fair to say that nobody in the now packed out Lounge wanted this to end and DJ Tina Saul kept the party alive until 4.00am with a superb set of rockin' tunes.
We're coming back, we will return, for the second TotalRock In Association With MetalTalk Present: A Classic Christmas Rock Party in around fifty-one weeks. In the meantime, catch Metalworks at The Monarch in Camden every Sunday night for a unique Metal experience. Happy Heavy Metal Christmas.
Steff Voxx - Vocals
Luca Ravase - Vocals
Tony Parsons - Guitar
George Gt Stergiou - Guitar/backing vocals
Dan Parsons - Guitar/backing vocals
Gus Macricostas - Bass
Pete Jean - Drums
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