It's the morning after the night that was and my head is pounding. Earache hosted another brilliant xmas party this year in London at the Purple Turtle. It was rammed and full of christmas cheer.
Kicking off the night Mutant
played an excellent show to a subdued crowd. Maybe too many mince pies had been consumed but everyone seemed rooted to the spot. Even The Rauncher, sang by their old bassist Paul, failed to whip up a pit. They played their final song with Ol from Evile guesting on guitar. Interestingly he managed to stamp his authority on that song, it sounded very different.
After a short break Short Sharp Shock
took over the stage. At first I thought that the crowd was going to turn ugly: beer, jumpers and plastic cups were being thrown on the stage. Gradually the crowd warmed and a quick game of musical mosh chairs complete with prizes brought the crowd in and the pit raged. A very impressive performance.White Wizzard
didn't have a bassist. Apparently he got concussion at the airport and wasn't allowed to fly. That's not the story I heard but it will do. What do you do when you listen to NWoBHM? You can't mosh, the music is too slow to head bang.... so you stand there and watch. You need spectacle and I don't think White Wizzard delivered that. The music was good but the lack of a bassist left them sounding thin. There were plenty of cheers and plenty of claps but it seemed a little too muted. The Wizzard is going to have to work harder when they return to the UK for a tour. I have no doubt that they will. Credit to them for forging on and putting on a good show in the circumstances though.
Near the end of the set Digby
from Earache was handing out a limited edition record from the boys with Over the Top and a cover of Gates of Gehenna originally by Cloven Hoof
The good news is that Christmas is definitely going to be delivered on time as Santa Claus was getting some well deserved shut eye before the big push in a few days.
At the end of a snowy night in London all credit has to go to Earache and it's staff for putting on an excellent night.
Merry midwinter everyone