Metal Mayhem draws music fans to Grantham’s Chameleon Bar

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Grantham’s Chameleon Music Bar was packed to the rafters on Friday night for the sixth Metal Mayhem event.

Heavy rock fans spanning the generations made for a buzzing atmosphere and gave good support to the two live acts.

Witchfynde's Luther Beltz and guitarist Montalo rock it out at Chameleon Music Bar.

Witchfynde's Luther Beltz and guitarist Montalo rock it out at Chameleon Music Bar.

First on stage were Black Sabbaticals – a Black Sabbath tribute band from Nottingham that included one or two familiar local faces on stage.

The Sabbaticals were real crowd pleasers and went down a storm, sternly refusing to play the song Paranoid, much to the glee of the hardcore rockers in the audience.

Headline band was Witchfynde who were first started up back in the early 1970s by occultist guitarist Montalo (Trevor Taylor) and drummer Gra Scoresby.

One of the band’s highlights during their long career was a support slot on Def Leppard’s first tour in 1980.

Out of the several front men over the years, singer Luther Beltz originally joined the band in the 1980s, and Witchfynde’s second guitarist is now Grantham picker Tracey Abbott.

Witchfynde displayed that edge of professionalism on Friday night, confidentally pumping out selections of tracks from their various albums from over the years, pleasing the audience in general and especially their own dedicated fans, some of whom had travelled some distance to be in Grantham.

But the Black Sabbaticals probably went down better overall with the Grantham crowd, with the majority of the rock fans present more familiar with the material they played.

• The Journal captured Witchfynde’s opening track of their set on film, but unfortunately our video man found himself with his head virtually inside the PA speaker cabinet, so the sound is very poor due to distortion. Listen while you are viewing with the volume turned low for the ‘best’ audio quality achievable under the circumstances.