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Gig Review: Chez Kane, support from Loz Campbell and Black Diamonds Sheffield Corporation, 18 November 2022

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Review by Maria Glover for MPM

This is my first time seeing Loz Campbell live and they are exquisitely heavier than I expected. Opening track ‘Evil’ is frenetic and I’m stunned by the depth and power of the vocals.

Loz delivers a perfectly timed set of seriously impressive groove-laden, supercharged melodies with an energy and skill which is enviable. The band are none too shabby either, a terrific bass booming through the room and authoritative drumbeat accompanying Loz on guitar and vocals.

Loz Campbell is as beautiful as she is talented, as humble as she is fierce. She can charm the angels out of the sky as well as showing an incredible boldness and intensity. Standout for me was definitely the closing song ‘The World Was Made to Destroy You’ which had me singing along (out of key but not caring one bit).

This is a band to watch out for and I will be back for more. And I love seeing a fellow Yorkshire lass up on the stage tha knows.

Setlist: Evil, Back Biting The Bullet, Bad Girl, Beautiful Liar, What Are You Doing It For, Generic Girl, The World Was Made to Destroy You

Website https://www.lozcampbellmusic.co.uk/

I know I’m going to love Swiss quartet Black Diamonds when they set up – a mixture of glitter, animal print and lace, and the most beautiful man I’ve ever laid eyes on… In March 2021 the fourth album ‘No-Tell Hotel’ was released on the record label Metalapolis and these dates are part of the tour for the record.

This band give me the feels all over; reminding me of my younger days, hair and glam-rock anthems, and wanton sleaze. I love every second of their set and, along with everyone else in the room, complain loudly when they announce they are near the end of their set.

Blistering guitars, snarling bass, and earsplitting drums draw me into their fold, and the dual vocals of Mich and Andi – both so different in texture and quality but equally compulsory – weave into the very fabric of my brain.

‘No-Tell Hotel’ and ‘Evil Twin’ are both equally furious and merciless, the very best of rock n roll reaching out towards the audience and taking hold of our throats, ‘Forever Wild’ is incredibly punky and very sexy. But ‘Outlaw’ is my favourite from a strong bunch of contenders for its (not unsurprisingly) southern feel and cowboy aura.

They are fun, passionate and humble and obviously very happy to be here tonight.

This is a band who surprised me with just how much I enjoyed their set. A new band to me, my first listen and I was captivated and keen to find out when and where they are playing in the UK again. I cannot get enough. Please come back soon, we need you.

Setlist: No-Tell Hotel, Evil Twin, I’ll Be OK, Forever Wild, Pieces of a Broken Dream, Lonesome Road, Thrillride, Outlaw, Reaching For The Stars, Hands of Destiny

Website: https://www.blackdiamondsrock.com

MPM Album Review : Black Diamonds – Floor 13 – Metal Planet Music

Looking every bit the superstar she is, Chez Kane rocks up in a fabulous retro outfit that wouldn’t look out of place in Stranger Things and, as she launches into her powerhouse vocals on ‘I Just Want You’ I’m taken back to days singing in front of the mirror to Ann Wilson.

What a voice. I loved Kane’d and am delighted that Chez has branched out in a solo career, her confidence and spirit shining from her eyes and her vocals on top form, the stage her own and the world her oyster. You go, girl.

Chez is a seasoned performer and supremely talented, and her presence is huge as she dances and frolics round the stage, laughing with the band, and clearly loving it every bit as much as we are. It’s high energy, fast and furious, highly entertaining and fabulously nostalgic, and she seems to be going from strength to strength.

Asked if we have brought our singing voices, the audience responds by singing every word along with her.

The feeling is very AOR, 80s and 90s rock anthems and ballads, and her voice is sublime. There are some serious licks and fretwork, and a guitar stand-off between Harry and James, as the band show that they themselves are a group of talented individuals supporting a phenomenal singer.

Standouts on the night included ‘All Of It’ which was simply immense and had the whole crowd rapt, and ‘Ball n’ Chain’ which has a sumptuous 90s quality that invites wistful reminiscence that I found irresistible.

I long for the day that this kind of music and stage show gets the recognition it deserves once again.

Setlist:

I Just Want You
Too Late for Love
All of It
Midnight Rendezvous
Nationwide
Better Than Love
(The Things We Do) When We’re Young In Love
Love Gone Wild
Defender of the Heart
Ball n’ Chain
Get It On
Rock You Up
Powerzone
Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (Mr. Big cover) featuring Dale Radcliffe of C.O.P. UK
Rocket on the Radio

Website https://www.chezkane.com/ 

Photography by Manny Manson for MPM
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