MUSIC MATTERS- A new home for the Metalheads - The Coventry Observer

16th Aug, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS- A new home for the Metalheads

Coventry Editorial 21st Jul, 2022

COVENTRY Music Matters curator Pete Chambers writes for the Observer.

Metalheads of Coventry

Welcome the new group Metalheads of Coventry – as they say themselves it’s pretty much what it says on the tin.

This is a welcoming group of like-minded individuals who are passionate about the type of music genre they love – Metal. This is a space for metal fans in Coventry, UK, to chat and meet up with other Coventry Metal fans.

The group’s aim is to facilitate a space and a place where its participants can both attend meet-ups physically and digitally, where Metal fans are able to discuss what is like being a metalhead within Coventry’s current metal environment and landscape.

I headed over to Facebook to check it out and it’s a great looking site.

I always laugh when people only expect me to like Ska or 2-Tone Music.

The truth is I grew up on Led Zep, Sabbath, Purple and The Groundhogs and a few weeks ago I paid homage to the mighty Rammstein at the CBS Arena, so this site is something I will certainly be watching closely.

“Join Adam Sharples (the man behind this) at a future Collaboration Station, in August at Esquires Coffee Coventry.

“Whether you are a heavy metal fan or just like one song, he wants to develop a crew that welcomes everyone without worrying about measuring up your music collection. “It’s easy to find – just go onto Facebook and search for “Metalheads of Coventry”.

Coventry is equated musically with Ska of course, but we have had our heavier moments.

Cov trio Chainsaw were rockin’ for some four years. They always knew how to play the audience.

They put three singles out in the 1980s – the brilliant Police and Politicians Down, Down and Devils Daughter in 1984.

Paris could also do the business – with the great Pat Millar on vocals, they released the single You Are The One in 1989.

Their drummer was the brilliant Ted Duggan who also played in Chevy and Drops of Brandy.

Bolt Thrower were a Death Metal band from Coventry, Chevy came from Leamington and made their mark as a NWOBHM band in the late 70s supporting the likes of Hawkwind.

Lee Dorrian is a big name in the world of ‘metal’.

The former vocalist with Napalm Death he was born in Wood End in 1968.

He said: “I grew up on a council estate, the hardest part of town – there’s no surf boards or beach buggies there!”

Lee once let metal legend Dave Grohl (then with Scream now with the Foo Fighters) crash at his Coventry home after a gig, apparently spending most of the night discussing the finer points of Celtic Frost.

Lee was with Napalm Death from 1987 to 1989. Playing ‘Gridcore’, infamous for their abrasive screaming vocal style and ten-second songs.

Lee featured on two albums – ‘Scum’ and ‘From Enslavement to Obliteration’.

Leaving Napalm Death 1989 and forming ‘Cathedral’.

Musically they are far more accessible than ND – leaning towards the doomier side of Black Sabbath.

Nicholas Charles Dingley was born in Leamington and was adopted and grew up in Cov’.

He took the name Razzle and joined Finnish Glam rockers Hanoi Rocks as their drummer.

They charted in 1984 with a re-make of the Credence Clearwater Revival song Up Around The Bend and the album Two Steps From The Move.

He sadly was also to die in 1984, killed in a car that was being driven by Mőtley Crűe’s very drunk Vine Neil.

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