ROSS THE BOSS / UPROAR / PSYTHON - The Corporation, Sheffield 09.10.18

PAUL MCGOWAN

PHOTO CREDITS: CECIL PAUL STUDIOS

 

A warm Tuesday evening in Sheffield and legendary guitarist, Ross Friedman, of 80’s rock legends Manowar and also punk outfit The Dictators brings his band to The Corporation in Sheffield as part of the 2018 “Hail To England” UK Tour.

 

The allocation of the small room, within the Corporation, means that the ticket sales have not been phenomenal. Whilst this does mean that things will be snug, both onstage and for the crowd, this does not, however, mean that the gig will be any less memorable. Atmosphere can ruin a concert and a gig in a 200 capacity room with 150 people in will be far more memorable for the music, opposed to a 5000 capacity gig filled with only 500 people. This room compliments the smaller yet dedicated fan base perfectly.

 

Soundcheck has overrun and the doors don’t open until almost thirty minutes after the official ticket time. The room however quickly fills with eager punters of vastly differing ages. The older, original followers are clearly definable against the resurgent youth element now supporting these bands.

 

 

First up are local Sheffield based band PSYTHON who, between the five members on stage, have what appears to be a three feet deep strip of stage to perform on.

 

A quick gesture to the sound desk and the band simply explode into life. This is fast, heavy, blistering and seemingly almost out of control metal, known in PSYTHON circles as #reytmetal.

 

Lead singer, Bing, links the band’s sound and influences to the likes of Testament style thrash through to an entire mix of NWOBHM rolled into one. He’s not wrong in that assumption.

 

#reytmetal ruled everyone in the room for the next thirty minutes. Who cared if there was no room on stage. Each member of the band simply charged along with each other at phenomenal speed. After the second song, Bing has discarded his shirt and was now parading his already sweating torso alongside his powerfully blistering vocals.

 

The bands thundering rhythm section is accompanied by twin well-honed guitars which, together, simply continue to speed along at almost total abandonment to their safety.

 

The band draw on songs taken from their two albums to date, namely the 2016 “Outputs” and the 2017 “Hatred” to easily fill the set with brain crunching thrash, speed metal. Everything from top to toe is delivered with a well-rehearsed precision and arrangement

 

There is nothing subtle about PSYTHON. Be prepared to have your senses blended in the musical onslaught.

 

Members –

 

Chris “Bing” Bingham - Vocals
Will Price - Guitar
Luke Rodgers - Guitar
Harry Redfern - Drums
Eddie Rudd - Bass

 

 

Check them out here -

 

https://www.facebook.com/psythonofficial/

 

https://psython.bandcamp.com/music

 

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Official support for ROSS THE BOSS on this six-day UK tour are the metal monsters UPROAR. Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland and with a lead singer who oddly has a familiar resemblance to the actor Nick Frost, they are a self-professed melodic, hard rock band.

 

Founded recently in 2015, with the just one three-track EP, “Wonderland Fable No.1”, under their belts, you possibly wonder what they will bring to the stage for their allocated forty minute set.

 

There was no need to worry. They brought a solid set of songs, full of hard riffs, crunching chords, slick solo’s and thumping beats all fronted by a singer oozing confidence in his craft. His jumping from the stage and singing a song within the crowd garnered several mobile phone recordings and indeed drew the crowd further into what the band had on offer.

 

The band was musically tight and appeared well rehearsed in both delivery and spectacle. They will no doubt provide us with a full album of songs, in the not too distant future, to build their stock and presence.

 

Uproar are -

 

Vocals - Johnny Hollis
Guitar - Iain Stratton
Guitar - Garreth Neilly
Drums - John Fitzpatrick
Bass - Gary Moore

 

https://www.uproaruk.com

 

https://www.facebook.com/uproaruk/

 

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For anyone who, like myself, grew up and found rock and metal in the 1980’s, the band Manowar is certainly one you recall as up on the list of “must listen to”. To be standing some thirty years later, after Ross left Manowar, in anticipation of seeing his latest band is something quite special.

 

The band appear on stage to some warm applause and a few hollers of “Manowar”. New lead singer, Marc Lopes, announces that they will be playing the entire “Hail To England” album, to which the tour is also aptly titled, and the response is ecstatic.

 

The band then launch into ‘Blood of the Kings’, with the slick, professional and crunching guitar of Ross sounding as great as it did, to me, all those years ago. The vocals are powerful, clear and delivered with passion thus promising a solid nights entertainment.

 

The set is filled with Manowar epics such as “Sign Of The Hammer” and “Bridge Of Death” along with the majestic “Hail To England” which is greeted with another huge roar of approval and the new album “By Blood Sworn” also gets a look in with “Fistful Of Hate” and is warmly received.

 

By mid-set the crowd is singing along and allowing themselves to be immersed in the spectacle that appears before them. ROSS THE BOSS have not only delivered a crunching, eclectic and polished set, they have taken the crowd on a journey through time.

 

The band were superb, both individually and as a unit. The venue was the right size for the crowd, though I feel a little underwhelming for the band as a whole.

 

As the venue starts to wind down with fans beginning to wander out of the venue, I hear the words, such as “awesome” and “legend” interspersed in conversation. ROSS THE BOSS has indeed delivered.

 

The Band –

 

Ross “The Boss” Friedman – Guitar

Marc Lopes – vocals

Mike LePond – Bass

Steve Bolognese – Drums

 

http://www.ross-the-boss.com

 

https://www.facebook.com/rossthebossofficial/    

 

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