Screams In The Night

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. 



I’ve often though what would have happened to Iron Maiden if they had carried on with Pail Di’Anno at the helm?

Undoubtedly the two biggest bands to emerge from the late 70’s / early 80’s New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene were Iron Maiden through sheer hard work, relentless touring month after month, and Def Leppard by virtue of breaking America so early in their career. Neither band have looked back.

Bands like Saxon, Venom and Motörhead have always been that step below.

Then there’s those who were around briefly, released some mighty fine tunes but drifted away into obscurity. Metallica have always acknowledged their NWOBHM influences. Just take a look at the track listing and bands featured on the Lars Ulrich compiled NWOBHM ’79 Revisited CD and see how many of those 24 bands Metallica have covered over the years.

Hard Rock Hell has always found slots for many of the reformed bands over the years and they have gone down really well as so many people never got the chance to see them three decades ago.

Over the years at their two events I’ve seen Angel Witch, Witchfynde, Gaskin, Jameson Raid, Vardis, Persian Risk, Avenger, Sweet Savage and Witchfinder General amongst others. I wonder if Iron Maiden might have been added to the list if they hadn’t gone stratospheric?

This years NWOBHM offerings are…

More formed in 1989 from London – who had a vocalist who was briefly in Iron Maiden! They were also the first band to tread the Monsters of Rock stage at Donington Park in 1981.

Trespass knocking around Suffolk in 1980.

And relative newcomers – forming in London in 1983 – Chariot.

Here’s a taste of one of those bands. Warriors from Chariot’s 1984 debut The Warrior.