Whoever concocted this bill knew what he was doing for tonight’s event was highly enticing for the fan of traditional Metal in me. Of the 4 English bands set to hit the stage, Satan, Airforce and Toledo Steel I am familiar with and have seen live numerous times…as regular readers to this webzine might know. Primitai were a recent discovery and I’m far from knowledgeable about their background – however I do know they’ve been together for several years and know their mettle quite well.
Until recently ‘The Lounge’ was a large venue in the North of London and over the years the venue hosted several local and touring bands. However, for various reasons, it had been forced to close down. Luckily an alternative site was found but the management, staff and the name itself remained unchanged. The main difference is that this new ‘Lounge’ is much smaller but it’s also more centrally located.
But back to the gig…..the whole event definitely lived up to my expectations. And here’s why…
TOLEDO STEEL (www.toledosteel.co.uk)
Toledo Steel forge music in the best tradition of classic Heavy Metal and throughout the band’s set I could sense the influence from bands such as Accept, Loudness, Saxon and others. The quintet was in good form tonight, especially vocalist Rich Rutter, and I quite enjoyed their show. In fact I was disappointed that their set was over quickly. Before that happened, however, the band delivered a handful of songs from “No Quarter”, their debut album released earlier this year. Then the band revisited ‘Black Widow’, an old song from their first EP, before concluding with the song whose title bears the band’s name.
LISTEN TO RICH RUTTER (lead vocals) COMMENT ABOUT THE BAND:
Musically, Primitai were less Metal but more melodic than Toledo Steel. Nevertheless, they too gave a stunning show. The voice of Guy Miller resembled a slightly harsher version of singers such as Jorn Lande and Jeff Scott Soto. Primitai had a great stage presence and did their best to bond with the audience. When Miller introduced the song ‘Power Surge’, it struck me that the song title might be an indirect reference to the band’s two guitarists (both their names are Serj). Rounding off their set with ‘Scream When You See Us’, Primitai proved to be a proficiently honed live act.
LISTEN TO SRDJAN BILIC (guitar) & GUY MILLER (lead vocals) TALK ABOUT PRIMITAI:
Judging from the crowd’s reaction, tonight Airforce consolidated their reputation while gaining new fans. And deservedly so. Ivan Giannini, who flew over from his native Italy just for this gig, once again left me awestruck. The power of his voice, the sustain of his screams and the overall consistency of his singing leave no doubt for me that we’ll be hearing more from him in the near future. He also appeared more at ease than the last time I saw him sing with Airforce. As for the other three fourths of the band, they all gave a lively and spot-on performance. Best moments for me: ‘Heroes’, ‘Finest Hour’ and ‘Sniper’.
LISTEN TO CHOP PITMAN (guitar) REVEAL DETAILS ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM:
I’ve been to many a Satan gig and never emerged disappointed. Tonight was no exception. Not only that, but the small dimensions of the venue coupled with the fact that there was almost no visible delineation between stage and audience all gave the event a rather intimate feeling. And I quite liked that, even though there were also some awkward moments involving vocalist Brian Ross and the audience in his immediate proximity.
As expected, Satan’s set gave particular consideration to “Cruel Magic”, the band’s album released barely two months ago. In this respect ‘Ophidian’ seemed particularly suited to a live scenario, as did ‘The Doomsday Clock’. Of course, classic Satan material, such as ‘Alone In The Dock’ and ‘Blades Of Steel’ were also in the set. From his body language Brian Ross connected so well with all these songs. He also provided lengthy introductions to most of them and this was something else I appreciated.
Doubtlessly this was a performance that showcased a band going from strength to strength.
LISTEN TO BRIAN ROSS (lead vocals) SPEAK ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM
AND OTHER THINGS SATAN:
Words, live photography & interviews: Chris Galea © 2018 .