8 May 2012
Last updated at 14:54
The first ever ‘Demon Night’ took place at the Jamaica Inn on Friday 4 May 2012. The night gave three local rock bands a chance to showcase themselves in a new environment. First on stage were Stone Em All who were making their debut (Robert Hotton, pictured).
Stone Em All, completed by bass player Saad Frihmat, guitarist Jeremy Creed (both pictured) and drummer Tom Jones, played a mix of doom rock, metal and grunge which got the crowd involved despite the bands understandable rough edges.
Second on stage were Distant Shores whose mix of metalcore and traditional metal sounds has seen them hailed recently as one of Guernsey’s most underrated bands. Playing their first show since losing Ali Huntley, guitarist James Holmes (left) took on the extra vocal duty (also pictured lead vocalist Thom Brophy).
Distant Shores combine a metalcore sound with elements of traditional metal, this is particularly obvious in their guitar solos that hark back to Iron Maiden and Judas Priest type sounds. Lead guitarist Lee Oliver, pictured.
The crowd got into Distant Shores set from the off and several mosh pits kicked off sending people, pints and almost the PA system flying in the small venue leading to one of Distant Shores most intense performances yet.
Dead Wing rounded off the night with their mix of originals and covers taking in sounds from Black Sabbath to Kyuss to Jimi Hendrix taking the night in a slower and heavier direction than the previous bands. (Ben Mullard, vocals, and Elliott Mariess, bass, pictured).
Dead Wing’s dual guitar sound added a depth to their music, particularly on the slower numbers, which once again engaged the crowd and got heads banging to the likes of War Pigs (Jon Corbin and Jacques Evans, pictured).
Lead guitarist Jacques Evans showed off his skills on covers of Voodoo Chile and the like tearing through guitar solos. The band also played some original material and announced they would release an EP within the next few weeks.
The first Demon Night seemed to be a successful event taking live original music out to a new venue in the island and the organisers have more similar events planned over the summer so this may mean the beginning of a new venue for original live music.