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Panic Cell - A bright hope for UK metal, 22 Jun 2005
I've been a fan of hard rock and metal for as long as I can remember, my first live gig being Motorhead in the early 80's. Now, several decades later, I've bought the first debut album I can remember that I've played time and again, getting more pleasure each play. Panic Cell were featured as band of the week on totalrock.com, and after a quick click to their excellent website, paniccell.com, I've been hooked. On record, they come across as solid performers of classic thrash metal, producing the sort of album I always hoped Pantera would reform to produce. Live, they're even better. I've caught them on stage 2 times now, and they have the sort of energy and enthusiasm for their music and fans that cannot fail to drag in even the most jaded audience. At Download 2005 they were playing the smallest stage in an early afternoon slot on Saturday when most of the audience were just emerging hungover from their tents, but they treated it like they were the headlining act, playing to every individual member of the audience with an enery and enthusiasm that was more infectious then SARS. At the end of their all too short set, they announced they would be in the beer tent, whilst their lead singer, Luke, jumped in the security pit for photos and autographs. Minutes later, they were at the bar, posing for photos, chatting to all and sundry, giving autographs, and coming across as the most approachable band on the face of the planet. I cannot recommend this act highly enough; buy their album, and see them in the small venues they're currently playing before they are forced into bigger arenas by their ample talent.