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DEAN GUITARS PARTY, The Standard, Walthamstow
The party of
the year so far, hosted by Dean Guitars along with a host of guests and
a fair bit of unashamed marketing.
To be fair,
there isn't anyone in metal who doesn't rate Dean and to redeem
themselves there was a fabulous raffle with all the prizes provided by
Dean and its other partners at the event.
was a Limited edition Union Jack emblazoned "
guitar, or the
that it's been dubbed.
from the raffle went to the noble cause of Childline and due to the
nature of the prizes there was plenty of cash raised on the night. Who
says metal heads don't care!
The opening act was Zocalo fresh from the Bloodstock 'New Blood
Stage' a female fronted five piece from South London who got the crowd
warmed up with their own brand of what they describe as Hard Groove.
pretty heavy and the riffs were catchy. The singer, Sarah, oozes
personality and had a good rapport with the crowd showing her best South
London banter. They had an EP out last year called 'Providence' and are
currently working on a full album due for release next year
Next up was Spit Like This...A Surrey based four piece fronted by
the inimitable Lord Zion. This is an act that could really go places.
seemed too small for them. Their brand of noise is described by the
(very hot) bass player Vikki Spit as Glam Punk Rock.
If you throw
in a bit of Misfits, Rob Zombie, The Ramones and give it some energy
throw in some horror kitsch and some great tattoos and you are heading
in the right direction.
has a real presence and energy on stage and really captivates the crowd
with his performance and musically they are very tight. They have a new
album due for release soon called "Normalityville Horror"
You can check
band of the evening were Arceye a tough looking, hard sounding
four piece. Despite some early technical issues in their set beyond
their control, the boys managed to convey their brutal truth to a
willing audience. I will look forward to seeing them again. Some nice
tracks to listen to on their facebook page
One of the
highlights of the evening came next in the shape of 101% Pantera,
a convincing soundalike band.
I am not
usually one for covers bands but I do love a bit of Pantera and these
guys pulled off something pretty damn close to the original.
Being a Dean
night the guitarist was in heaven with his Razorback, Dimebag pedals and
Dime signature amps and with his head down soloing in that "oh so Dimebag"
way, the guitarist made a pretty damn good effort of those
shredding riffs and they damn sure sounded the part.
Next up was
Arthemis who provided the nights comedy moment by presenting
themselves as their alter egos, Farthemis.
outfit who describe themselves as "Heavy thrash metal warriors"
up dressed as women! They went the whole hog, makeup, dresses, the lot!
The set they
played comprised of some "interesting"
takes on pop songs. Lady Gaga, Beyonce and even Michael Jackson got the full Farthemis makeover. They
were a very entertaining band and worthy of a look at their real music.
night was rounded off by the mighty Beholder...Not a lot to say
about these guys except that they have all the attitude and calibre to
really push on.
based 5 piece are currently signed to Razorline Records and Bruce
Dickinson once described them as "a huge reputation in the
making" ...Thanks Bruce!
They have a fair following of their own and
provide a brutal mix of riffs. Their beardy, they're brutal and they're
loud, It doesn't get more metal than that!!!
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