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Purple Turtle, Camden, London 25 August 2010
absolutely chucking it down with rain tonight and it would've been easy
to just stay indoors and lay on the sofa and watch the Spurs give a good
whipping to the Young Boys of Switzerland in the Europa Cup on the box.
was meeting photographer Buckers in the Worlds End pub which is dead
opposite Camden Tube station, so just a quick dash across the road and I
was home and dry. Obviously we had time to sink a pint whilst
waiting for the rain to stop and to catch the first half of the footie.
With no sign
of the rain letting up, we dashed back across to the tube station just
to travel one stop to Mornington Crescent in the vain hope of staying
dry. In the one minute walk to the Purple Turtle we got a good
soaking and at times like this, I did ask myself why I ever got involved
in reviewing gigs. The answer to that self asked question would
soon be answered because there was an abundance of talent on offer this
caught the last two songs from the set of Grimhilde, a London
based female fronted progressive heavy metal band. The male
musicians sounded like Iron Maiden at times. The vocals of Amy Morgan
seemed a little out of place but she was pleasing to the eye and I
really need to catch them a second time before I pass verdict, and yes I
do want seconds.
I was here
tonight to check out Thunderbird 13 who have recently released
'The House Of Sin' album to some critical acclaim. The three piece
impressed me immediately with their kick-ass rock 'n roll.
Thunderbird 13 are certainly no puppets and no one was pulling their
like Zodiac Mindwarp mixed with White Zombie with riffs that make you
want to put your foot down on full throttle. The tall
singer/guitarist Goffzilla has a voice similar to Alice Cooper on the
rocky numbers but sounded like Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins on
the slower 'Zombie Queen', a song in which the female bass player is
named after, with Prof. Skullington keeping the beat at the back.
The band are strong visually too, playing along to TV monitors showing
clips of destruction and scary monsters.
Junky', 'Speed Queen' and 'House Of Sin' were highlights of the set.
However tonight was to be the last gig for the Zombie Queen as the queen
is now dead and has left the band and I hope the band find a replacement
soon as they have many gigs lined up across the country. Check
them out because Thunderbird 13 are go.
Machine were topping bill and are formed from the ashes of New
England (A band who later changed their name to N.E.U.K to avoid
confusion with the American pomp AOR band of the same name). It
may have been almost twenty years since I've seen these faces but but
the band have got angrier and tighter in those wilderness years.
England guys Ian Winters on drums, Dave Cooke on guitar, Diesel on
vocals are completed by new boy Marcus Cella on bass. Cooke can still
deliver the hard hitting riveting riffs. Diesel is a larger than
life character similar to Simon Hall of Beholder, and doesn't mind
showing of his tattooed beer belly. (that sounds more like
played the Soulfly way, 'Intravenous' drips with blood and the last song
'Control' has a kind of Skindred rap about it that makes you want to
jump for it. The band are raging against the machine, it's time to
rise and Kill The Machine.
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