School of Heavy Metal 7 August 2009
R.O.A.R. & Mordor
The School of Heavy Metal event kicked off on Friday 7th August at Mordor and R.O.A.R. It was an amazing event to begin with even by 21h20 things started to pick up with the first band only starting at 10pm everyone was eager to see what fun and games awaited. Mordor had happy hour specials from 9pm through till 11pm with some awesome heavy metal anthems being played by resident DJ’s Chanel and Verdine. Andy also had some surprises like the Tim Jan down the throat make you want to gag joke... Lucky for me I had a breathe mint and my trusty label.
The first band to kick off was Norse Code but to start things off Andy officially began the event and began the first draw for the Fender Guitar. One irritation is that when Andy did call the numbers, that those keepers of those numbers were not even there. Although that could be to blame as the event was split between two places. Norse Code was a good band to start the event and get us in the mood for metal. The support was great and that came through in Norse Code’s performance in fact not one band didn’t have great support which made the event just that much better. After they finished the Marrie Biscuit challenge began and as our partakers discovered it wasn’t as easy as it looked. Those marrie Biscuits dry your mouth out big time.
Day Turns Night was for me the biggest eye turner of the evening. I am not the biggest DTN fan but they preformed very well in fact they had one of the best performances of the night. I have really now have a lot of respect for DTN now and I seriously have reconsidered my standing on the band. Andy introduced them and did another draw. They handed out there LP near the end of there show. At this point I decided to go down to Mordor and buy a few beers before the price went up and noticed that the support down stairs at Mordor was just as big as upstairs at ROAR. It was headbangers going insane and stuff, a usual sight at Mordor. I waited for Chanel to finish and then we began recruiting people to the events planned for the evening. The spanking Competition and the School Girl outfit. The prizes were awesome clothing vouchers, Tattoo and piercing vouchers, etc. People reluctantly entered the Spanking Competition for obvious reasons... Horse whip, damn that’s gonna hurt or so I was told by a friend who took part much, much later on in the evening.
The band everyone had been waiting for came on... Strident... One of Cape Town’s top Power Metal acts. As they began people began to cross there arms and the sword was handed out. Of all the bands that played Strident showed the most experience and also had the biggest stage appearance, also the largest crowd. However I also went down to Mordor to check things out and was super amazed to see how many people there were there. It was massive and everyone was having a great time. In fact I got my best shots at Mordor and the music was awesome, they played everything from Power Metal through to Black Metal. Meanwhile back to Strident. It was a very enjoyable show although I do have to say not there best performance, but it was awesome none the less. After Strident finished off Andy began getting people to take part in the Down, Down competition. What that is, is that teams go up against each other to see who can drink the most and the fastest.
Moment of Clarity was the last band to play, but I didn’t listen much. Instead I was down at Mordor and talking to Andy and the other regulars about the gig.
To sum it all up School of Heavy Metal was an amazing event and it went very well even if things didn’t go the way Andy planned it. Most of the planned events didn’t happen or happened to late. There wasn’t enough time to house all the events, but none the less the event went very well. For the amount of time they had to plan the event they did a fantastic job, It catered for everyone and it had a lot of variety.