Steel, Speed Queen & Skyryder
Venue: Head of Steam, NewcastleDate: 12 September 2019
the onset of Winter just around the corner, it was time to
bring a little heat to a chilly Newcastle evening, as we
headed out for a night of pure Heavy Metal bliss, courtesy
of Southampton’s Toledo Steel.
first up tonight on the three band bill was local hero’s
Skyryder, who set about getting the evening under way with
their twin guitar fuelled rock n' roll.
band of Luke Mills (vocals), Adam Thorpe and Jonny Stern
(guitars) Luke Williams (bass) and Andrew Macknight (drums),
hit the stage running. It was clear from the off that
is a band who wear their influences proudly on their
in outrageous multi coloured leggings, the Newcastle crowd
really warmed to the locals, with many of their friends and
die hard fans, rocking out to tracks from their digital
album “Volume 1”, with “Sentinel (of the Spaceways)"
being a particular favourite of the set.
up we had a change in tempo and pace, provided by
Belgium’s very own Speed Queen, who were making their UK
debut with these three shows with Toledo Steel, tonight
being their first of those dates.
band headed by Thomas Kenis on vocals brought that no holds
barred all guns blazing Heavy Metal we’ve come to expect
from the European metal bands, aided by Andreas Stieglitz
and Tom Neeskens (guitars), Lander Savelkoul (bass) and Toon
band opened up their set with the anthemic “Kids of Rock
'N Roll”, taken from the bands "King of the
Road" EP. From here on in the band tore up the
stage at the Head of Steam, as they continued their short
but impressive set with the blazing “Midnight Murder”.
were then treated to a track not featured on the bands
"King of the Road" release, but still as heavy,
the lick fuelled “Live Hard”. The band were on
fire tonight and the packed room were very appreciative of
the songs they were hearing performed live. Next up
the band performed the first of two new tracks with the
pyromanic “Fire”. It was back to "King of the
Road" for two and a half minutes of pure rip-snorting
Heavy Metal with “Speed Queen”.
Avenue” was the second of the new songs and was dedicated
to a venue that is now sadly closed, in the band's home town
band ripped through a stunning cover of Rose Tattoo's
“Nice Boys”, before returning to the EP for the
excellent, almost Maidenesque tone of "Fly
High". It was into the title track off the EP
"King of the Road", before the band sadly had to
cut short their set after this track, due to venue
restrictions. However, what they did play tonight was
one hell of a great set of Old School Heavy Metal, with
enough melody to make me not only buy the EP, but also put
them on my radar for future shows. If you get a chance
to catch these guys live then please do, you'll thank me
for the main event, Southampton’s Toledo Steel. A
band that we first caught performing live at this years
S.O.S. Festival in Manchester, earlier this year.
Their performance that day impressed us that much, that off
the back off that show, that we headed out on a chilly
Thursday night to check them out again. .
the Belgian’s before them, the boys from Southampton were
taking no prisoners here tonight. The band of Rich
Rutter (vocals), Tom Potter (guitar), Felix Dock (bass) and
Matt Dobson (drums), really brought their A-Game, as they
brought some old school metal to the fray. Opening up
their assault on the senses with the title track from
last years impressive album “No Quarter”, this is a
great song, filled with soaring riffs courtesy of Porter,
who really took hold of this one from the off and made this
small venue sound like an arena. Rutter really has the vocal
might for this genre and really puts his heart and soul into
was never more apparent than on the next song in the set,
the anthemic rocker
‘Rock Nights”. This is the type of Heavy Metal
that I grew up with. This is what made me get into the
style of music in the first place. The towering
vocals, the no-nonsense licks and a rhythm section that
could raise dead. This song has it all and then some.
a new album penciled in for 2020, we got a taster of what
was to come with “Writing on the Wall”, and to be
honest, if this is the quality and direction the band are
going with for album number two, then I for one can't
wait. Yes the riffs and licks are still there, but
there is maturity in the song writing that I really like.
It was back to "No Quarter" for the six minute plus epic
“Visions in the Fire”. This was another song that
took me back to the heady days of my youth, this is s song
for for all those denim and leather outriders. who live for
rock and don their hero’s names on their chests and backs.
The band rolled back the years to 2015 to their "Zero Hour" EP for the excellent “Speed Killer”, before rounding off this stunning set with what else but “Toledo Steel”, another song taken from the bands "Zero Hour" EP. A great no holds barred, no frills, heads-down slice of storming Heavy Metal, that really ended a great night of pure unadulterated Heavy Metal from all the bands. Some fool once said Rock is dead, well let me confirm Heay Metal is most certainly not dead, not when we have rampaging Heavy Metal bands keeping the scene alive and fresh.
Review by: Little Linda & Barry McMinn, Photo's by Little Linda
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