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London Underworld 9 October 2009
This was a
gig that I was looking forward to very much. Two bands going back to the
future reliving the glory days of the NWOBHM. Both bands are in
their mid-twenties, first got into Metallica then worked backwards
listening to those early influences of the San Francisco oilks.
Cauldron dug through their elder brothers' record collections getting high
to the sound of Diamond Head, Tygers Of Pan Tang and early Iron Maiden and
are now bringing that sound to a new generation.
For such an
occasion I proudly wore my Angel Witch T-shirt to the show and oddly
enough, the first person I bump into is current bass player for Angel
Witch Will Palmer. Time for a chat on all things metal.
I missed the
English openers Elimination, but by all accounts these heavy thrash
rockers delivered a good set and are a name to remember.
rockers Cauldron were first on of this double headlining billing.
Looking like it's 1980 all over again. Guitarist Ian Chains looking
very much the part with his flying V and vintage Raven t-shirt, this man
has true metal in his chained veins. Singer and bassist Jason Decay
sounds a little like how fellow Canadian Rush man Geddy Lee would sound if
singing Iron Maiden tunes.
Spinal Tap style Jason Decay said ''This is a song about making noise and
drinking beer....it's called 'Making Noise And Drinking Beer' '',to great
applause we headbanged whilst not spilling a drop of beer to this cover of
the Tyrant track.
were played from the debut CD 'Chained To The Nite' as well as three
tracks from their 2007 'Into The Cauldron' EP. A highly enjoyable and
authentic set from the Canadians.
rockers Wolf have gone through a 50% line up change since their
2006 release 'The Black Flame' but new guys bassist Anders Modd and
drummer Richard Holmgren have fitted in like a hand in a metal glove.
Tonight is a
night about T-shirts as I was surprised when the band all walked on stage
they were all wearing Anvil shirts playing homage to Lips and Co.
'Speed On' is a very Ravenous song (Hang on, that's also the title of the
new CD). 'I Will Kill Again' with it's killer riff got the heads
shaking. Singer and lead guitarist Niklas Stalvind at times sounding
like King Diamond when reaching those high notes.
Salem' is a great new track sounding like Iron Maiden on acid with it's
heavy quick riffing and widdling from Stalvind and Johannes Losback.
'Voodoo' was pinned down perfectly.
It was all
over very quickly. Like denim and leather Wolf and Cauldron go
together. A good double billing, a great night of metal on
Cauldron set list :The Striker Strikes / Young & Hungry / Conjure The Mass
/ Chained Up In Chains / Into The Cauldron /Making Noise & Drinking Beer /
Midnite Hour / Torture's Too Kind / Last Force.
list: Speed On / The Bite / I Will Kill Again / Hail Ceaser / Electric
Raga /Curse You Salem / Voodoo / Genocide / Evil Star / Venom / In The
Shadow Of Steel
by Mark Taylor
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