It only seems like a week since I was last off work and here I am again sitting at home but this time I don’t have to contend with building detritus – everything was finally finished on Friday. Most of my waking hours away from work last week usually involved running around here and there for family or tradesmen, so now a deserved seven days off before the Christmas bedlam starts at work.
I had a few shows lined up over the last fortnight but for whatever reason I didn’t make any, so last Saturday was my first show since the Saturday before my birthday.
I had so many options for Saturday that it was pretty hard to make a choice. My original plan was a trip to South Wales to catch the Acid Reign Christmas shindig, but family life got in the way of that one. Plus it was just that bit too far to drive there in back on the same evening considering I was up for work at 5am.
The second option was Manchester for the Burning Manc all dayer headlined by Mesopotamian black metal band Melechesh. That was in doubt until a week or so before the event, so expecting a cancellation I made a decision to stay local and see Discharge. Talking of cancellations that gig was scrapped around 6pm that night due to ill health within the band.
Determined to attend something the wife and I grabbed a taxi for the short trip up the road to Eleven to see Lords of Black. Not exactly a household name, but a Spanish power metal / heavy metal band with a vocalist with a big reputation.
Frontman Ronnie Romero was seen in the UK earlier in the year fronting Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow for a sold out arena show in Birmingham. He has a great vocal range and it’s very understandable to see why he got the nod from Blackmore, especially when they close the set with the double punch of Neon Knights and Kill the King. I could hear influences of later era Helloween in their sound, so when I found out Roland Grapow, once guitarist of said band, co-produced, mixed and mastered the album it came as no surprise.
I don’t know anything about the band and had never heard a song by them, but people I know who saw Rainbow said how impressive he was and he was playing a mile and a half away from my front door, so £15 was a no brainer, and it turned into a good night out and practice for this coming Friday when the beer, wine and spirits will flow once more at the wife’s Christmas works do.
Apparently this track is from the band’s most recent album II released in March of this year. I’d had a bit too much to drink on the Saturday night and completely forgot to grab a CD, so I’ll have a look around for it when I’m in the soulless multi national chain in town later in the week.