Eclectic Addiction: White Walls, Monarchy and Axial Lead

Mini-review: a week ago the StudioRock Bucharest crew went to see White Walls live in a small Bucharest pub we've never been to before. The support bands were Monarchy, which we knew, and Axial Lead, which we didn't. More on them later.

Ageless Club is a small pub that wouldn't strike one as a metal venue: it had tables; they were serving food; they have waiters and carpeted floors… So, the experience was slightly weird, akin to a Hard Rock Café concert, sans the obscene prices. What they have in common with virtually all rock bars in Bucharest is the choice of exactly 3 types of beer, one of which is dirt cheap and tastes like piss, but I digress… The light was good, and sound quality likewise. We're going there again tonight, apparently they got rid of the tables this time.

Now, for the bands: we don't know much about Axial Lead, we'd never heard of them before, but they sound very good, if you're into prog. At least yours truly was pretty impressed, and our more prog-literate editor found them promising.

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Axial Lead
Photo: Sabin Iacob / Studiorock

Monarchy is a band we've seen so much that they seem kinda boring now, but they sound good and have catchy songs.

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Monarchy
Photo: Sabin Iacob / Studiorock

White Walls were excellent as usual, played the songs we knew and 2 that we didn't, and actually got some headbanging going in front of the stage. They play “some sort of metal”, as they say, and are worth a listen.

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White Walls
Photo: Sabin Iacob / Studiorock