The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, 20th April 2014.
Martyr de Mona hit the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton with an explosive performance in front of an extremely loyal home crowd. This latest UK tour celebrates the release of their stunning new album ‘Imperia’ and demonstrates how the music of this incredible bunch of hard rockers is going from strength to strength and follows on from their success to date in supporting many highly respected bands including Guns’N’Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Alter Bridge and Black Sabbath.
Singer Louis Hale delivered smooth yet powerful vocals on the opener ‘Siege Mentality’, with the equally talented band members following up with gigantic guitar assaults and thumping drum smashing. The full energy of this rock and grunge tinted outfit came into its element on the big stage tonight as their stage presence becomes more and more commanding. This was no more demonstrated at their encore with endless crowd chants of ‘MDM, MDM, MDM !’ as they launched into one of their classic anthems ‘Esprit De Corps’. Some have dubbed Martyr de Mona the UK’s Answer to Alter Bridge proving to me that Martyr de Mona are on the verge of something big, following in the tracks of the great Rock and Metal acts from the Black Country and West Midlands.
The Black Hounds tonight debuted their new front man Anthony Wright. The former Whisky Syndicate lead vocalist and guitarist brought with him all the guitar shredding charisma that he has always been known for, adding immensely to the depth of The Black Hounds awesome heavy rock performance. Since forming in early 2013, The Black Hounds have honed their craft well, culminating in a heavy laden rock guitar riff set that was shown to full effect tonight. 2014 is looking to be a good year for The Black Hounds with a new EP and more gigs in the pipeline.
Fools Glory’s energetic guitar tear up of a set was outstanding. This young rock band have a great confident sound that shows they are undaunted by the big stage experience. The pocket rocket that is lead vocalist Katie Mainwood belts out the tunes with power and strength that seems beyond her years. There’s no standing still for the rest of the band either with awesome guitar work all round and pounding drums throughout their lively set.
Lightfire pack an undeniable punch. Their alternative rock sound is full of meaty riffs. And while their sound is very hard and very loud, their melodies are elegant and they bring out a softness with soaring vocals throughout. With their influences listed as Karnivool, Thrice, Blink 182, Bullet for my valentine, Foo Fighters, The offspring and Skindred you can see how they have evolved. Lightfire have popped up on the radars of radio stations such as Kerrang and on the 18th May 2014 they will be at the LG Arena Forum to play an acoustic set before the Nine Inch Nails show. Nice one lads !
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Words and pictures by Stephen Turner