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DIAMOND DOGS/Pariahs/Animal Alpha
Camden Underworld, London 21 November 2005
A cold Monday night in London, yet the music was still good. A sparse crowd,
but at least you could enjoy the music the Underworld doesnıt do packedı
Anyway, the evening kicked off with Oslo band Animal Alpha, a 5 piece metal
act with a difference. Using many pub rock riffs typical of those borrowed
by punk, new wave and Terrorvision / Brit Rock, they gave them a Norwegian
metal feel. Then add a female vocalist who crossed punk/bitch queen with
Bride Of Frankenstein and you get a fair idea. Different, fun, if a little
inexperienced and incohesive.
Second up were Toronto (Canada) act The Pariahs, who have been around a year
or two and are promoting a new album. Touches of sleaze, and at times the
non boogie side of AC/DC. Raw sound, pretty cohesive, and the tracks got
better and more complex as their set went on, finishing with a Freebird
style guitar duelling. Again the twin guitars working well. Solid bass and
vocals too made for a good sound.
Top band were Swedish act Diamond Dogs, who looked and sounded smart and
really got people moving on the dance floor. Sleazy party rockınıroll, a lot
like the Rolling Stones only heavier. Think Hanoi Rocks.
This six piece had one guitar, a saxophone (bolsters the sound well) and a
very talented pianist, who banged out some rockınıroll with the keyboard
balanced on his knees as he sat, with one foot up on a speaker. New tracks
like ³Every Little Crack² (again, an excellent new album out) went down
well, and ³Let Me Include You² had a Ramones like intro. Tight,
professional and very entertaining.
The evening was an excellent showcase, shame it wasnıt witnessed by more
Review: Joe Geesin