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Jag Panzer And Amulet Put On An Old School Heavy Metal Masterclass London

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In the modern era of metal music, we often focus, rightly or wrongly, on the extreme ends of the genre. Whether it be the sweeping and intricate melodies of progressive and symphonic metal to the crushing brutality of death metal, it's all too easy to forget where the music we love so much comes from and the old school pioneers which helped make metal what it is. On this night in London however, the old guard and the younger trustees gathered at The Underworld to witness the very first British performance from American power metal heroes, Jag Panzer.

The stacked lineup began with performances from Heavy Sentence and Aggressive Perfector, two bands following the traditional path of heavy metal, both in sound and style. Fans of the old classic metal style would do well to check them out, but the real stars when it comes to opening bands was London's own, Amulet. Celebrating the release of their sophomore album, "The Inevitable War," the quintet provide a real treat for the denim and leather clad fans of such bands as Judas Priest, Saxon and Angel Witch. Though, as mentioned, firmly entrenched in the old style, Amulet have a freshness and energy about them which makes them stand out from some of the other bands of their ilk such as Cauldron and White Wizzard. Don't miss them!

Finally, it was the turn of tonight's headliners Jag Panzer to take to the stage. While The Underworld may not have been full tonight, they nonetheless received a very warm welcome from the British capital as thirty eight years after forming, they were finally playing in the UK. It was a wonderfully diverse setlist tonight, with many albums being represented by one song, such as "King At A Price" from "Thane To The Throne" and "The Scarlet Letter" from "Mechanized Warfare" for example.

Much of the focus was on their debut album, "Ample Destruction," from which the band no less than four songs, including the closing number, "Generally Hostile," as well as their latest album, "The Deviant Chord." It was clear that the band were as happy to finally be in Britain as the fans were to finally receive them, which fed into an energy the two parties traded off all night. Jag Panzer may not be the most famous name in heavy metal, or even power metal, but they're an important one, even if they do get unfairly overlooked at times. All in all, this was a wonderful night of old school heavy metal and here's hoping that it won't be another thirty eight years before Jag Panzer play the UK!

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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