As my week off dwindles down to its final hours I’m now begrudgingly thinking of setting my alarm clocks for 3:45am at some point tomorrow in preparation for Monday. I’ve got a choice of gigs for tonight but I think I’ll remain within the local vicinity.
Originally I wanted to catch Sodom again with either a dash over to Ireland last night or in London tonight at the Incineration Festival. Travel and funds scuppered both of those options.
Another possibility was a one day festival in Keighley, West Yorkshire. Manor Fest is headlined by Swedish heavy metal band Grand Magus who I’m not a fan of, but Memoriam are playing. It’ll be the first British show I’ve missed from Memoriam, but it’s an expensive day and 200 mile round trip essentially for 50 minutes of one band.
I’ll probably be attending the NWoBHM extravaganza just up the road at Eleven this evening. Chariot headline the night over The Deep (who are formed by members of Deep Machine who were around in the early 80’s) and relative new boys Spoiler.
I’ve had the chance to see Londoner’s Chariot on a few occasions, usually at the Hard Rock Hell events or their off shoots, but either they’ve played early or clashed with someone else.
They formed as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal phenomenon was burning out in 1983. They released two albums back in the 80’s (The Warrior and Burning Ambition). I’ve heard their first two albums, then I discovered they issued a further three discs since 2006.
During their hay day they shared the stage with Manowar in the UK and Exodus and Venom on bothsides of the channel. They were also an opening act at the 1987 edition of the Reading Festival – when it was still a good rock based event.
Screams in the Night is the opening track from the bands second album Burning Ambition – also the name of the song on the flip side of Iron Maiden’s 1980 debut single Running Free. I think the remainder of the day will be taken up brushing up my Chariot knowledge via YouTube for those three newer albums, unless they are on Spotify, but I can’t see that being the case.