|Global Metal Apocalypse||
The Only Way Is Essex, well not quite. Forget the stereotype that is emblazoned on the very mention of the name 'Essex'; let alone the mass over-populated realms of the Chav subculture (actually its common all over the place, but let's avoid that specie of humanity).
The fact being the Essex Meta and rock scene is relatively underground does not mean it lacks any potential bands from breaking out from the underground and making a name from themselves, as such bands like Tides of Virtue, Our People Versus Yours, Romeo Must Die, Imperial Vengeance, Chimp Spanner, Echoes Fall (R.I.P), Fei Comodo (R.I.P), Busted (yeah we went there) amongst other well known names have made tracks, touring abroad, making music videos, getting signed, you name it, they've done it.
But it's the underground that seems to be ripe for sensational talent; usually they spool out from the three main areas of Colchester, Southend and Chelmsford. But naturally band's all over Essex crop up, even from my home town of Wickford we have We Were Lions. Rainham has BadlocK, Rayleigh has Luminescence, Canvey Island has Remember December, Saffron Walden has A Few To Many, North Essex has Kaine and these are just a few locations were bands have cropped up from.
Turning our attention to the main output, you have bands from Southend such as Merciless Fail and CB6, Chelmsford is brewing up bands like Never Means Maybe and Supercharger and Colchester holds bands like Dismanibus, Thames Burial and One Louder. Now, The University of Essex has played host to a number of musicians: Dex Jezierski (Thames Burial, Echoes Fall), Chris Hall (Eastern Front from Ipswich), Daniel Loveys (Dismanibus), Will Price (One Louder) and current student Kieron Rochester (Merciless Fail).
Sure, Essex has an array of venues, most notable is Chinnery's in Southend, but The Mill in Rayleigh, The Fat Surfer and Burtons Snooker Club in Grays, The Judge & Jury and Arts Centre in Colchester, The Square in Harlow and The Golden Fleece in Chelmsford are just a number of familiar venues to play at.
One way or another, the Essex Metal scene will never die, it will prosper, but most importantly, it will always produce the next generation of Rockers and Metallers.
Global Metal Apocalypse