Concerts putting Hatfield back on the rock map

PUBLISHED: 20:47 14 July 2013 | UPDATED: 20:47 14 July 2013

Neuronspoiler on stage

Neuronspoiler on stage


CONCERTS promoted by a town councillor and heavy metal fan are helping to put Hatfield back on the rock map.

Jake Thorsen on guitarJake Thorsen on guitar

The second show at The Rock Den, at Breaks Manor in Link Drive, takes place on Saturday, July 27.

Promoted by councillor Dean Archer, the bill for this month’s rock night will feature Sansara from Bournemouth, supported by Northampton metallers Spiral Dive and Hertfordshire group Kill The King.

This gig follows June’s triumphant opening show, starring local outfit Sonic Scream, Death Valley Knights and headliners Neuronspoiler.

Two-piece Sonic Scream, comprising Hatfield vocalist/guitarist Sam Sergeant and drummer Terry Knight from Welwyn Garden City, ripped through a 30-minute set that delighted the audience.

Sonic Scream on stageSonic Scream on stage

Next up were Death Valley Knights, fronted by Texan Jake Thorsen on guitar, alongside Nikhil Talwar on guitar, Elliot Hall (bass) and Stephen Brill (drums).

Their 45-minute set featured songs Shut Up And Drink, Before The End and DVK, before playing an encore of Motörhead’s Iron Fist, followed by a second helping of DVK.

Neuronspoiler rounded off the night with an hour of metal in the vein of Iron Maiden meets Judas Priest.

Guitarists Dave Pounder and Dave del Cid shredded their way through tracks Dying Worlds, Lost Brothers and Through Hell We March, running and jumping around the stage, along with bassist Erick Tekilla.

Drummer Tim Barclay supplied the beat, with Santa Cruz-born JR Vox on vocals.

Alternative five-piece rockers Sansara, featuring Tom Sawyer on lead vocals and Sam Hughes on lead guitar, will headline the second Rock Den Promotions show later this month, having played alongside Killing Joke, Hatebreed and Napalm Death at last year’s Hammerfest.

Spiral Dive are also on the bill.

Tickets for the 14 plus gig cost £5 in advance from or £7.50 on the door.

Doors open at 7pm, with the first band on at 8pm. The show ends around 11pm.

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