Badlands

  

The penultimate band for a little bit of a Dynamo Metal Festival insight comes from heavy metal band Metal Church. They found a home within the 80’s thrash scene, but they always seemed to be more of a straight ahead metal band rather than having the speed and aggression of the trash bands at the time. Their inclusion within the thrash fraternity obviously stems from their links with Metallica during the mid to late 80’s. 

As mentioned back in May I was hoping to see them in London – yet another one off UK date in the Big Smoke. It always bewilders me how Londoners gets all the touring shows. Obviously it’s the largest city in Britain with a commuter catchment area of almost 14 million people. But the Underworld where they took to the stage only has a capacity of 500 or so and line many metal gigs I don’t think it sold out, or if it did it wasn’t until later on the day. When a band like this hits the nation they deserve better than 500 in a subterranean venue. It was their first indoor appearance for 25 years and only their second here since 1991. 

I know people now are getting wary about the increased additions to a ticket price that sometimes work out more expensive than risking paying on the door. Or as stated earlier a deluge of multiple gigs on consecutive evenings. Over the Easter weekend of 2015 I was in London for the Thanatos show at the Black Heart. Right across the road Moonspell were in the Underworld and there was another show by a band who’s name escapes me at a further venue within a two miles. 

In the first three years of high school we used to have the outsides of our exercise books covered to “protect” them. I’m not sure if it was just our school or a national thing, but off cuts of wall paper were always put to one side for use as book coverings. This was also the same time I was getting into music so for some classes I’d eventually use band posters from magazines. For these three years I also had a compulsory religious education class once a week. I can remember wrapping my RE book in a Metal Church poster that was included in issue 6 of Mega Metal Kerrang! I though it was a bit rebellious at the time, but scouring the internet for the image some 29 years later it looks a rather lame. 
  

Badlands is taken from their third album Blessing In Disguise which was the first album to feature frontman Mike Howe. He ended up being in the band until their 1994 split and rejoined for the most recent opus XI. 

 

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