Fire Red Empress

With support from Netherhall, Scattering Ashes and Severn.
The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 20th January 2018.

The first Hils Ovation show of 2018 see’s four fantastic bands heading on down to The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton and with the Christmas and New Year musical drought finally about to end, tonight’s line up was exactly just what was needed.

With Torous sadly having made the decision to withdraw from tonight’s original line up, our opening band for this evening were the newly formed and local heavy rockers, Severn. For those fans of past hero’s Martyr de Mona and GlassBullet, there were a few familiar faces to be seen up on stage amongst Severn’s line up and despite this only being their second live performance, this up and coming band delivered a thirty minute set that was tight and expertly skillful – not that I expected anything less! Severn are most definitely a band to check out first chance you get, as I have a feeling that 2018 will see them grow and a host of new music unveiled.

Our second band of the night were the Warwickshire based Scattering Ashes, who are no strangers to the regulars of a Hils Ovation night. Lead vocalist Steve Smith makes for quite an impressive front man and his fierce vocals launched tonight’s set upon the Slade Rooms with powerful gusto. It was good to hear again, tracks from the bands recently released album ‘The Gift‘ included amongst their set choice tonight and to grab a copy of this for yourself, just head on over to the bands Facebook page for more info.

It only seems like yesterday that I had the great pleasure of seeing Netherhall at Hils Ovations Midlands Metal Crusade but even within such a small time frame, change has come upon Netherhall with the recent departure of lead vocalist Paul Berry, so tonight’s incarnation from the band came in the format of being an instrumental set. Bathed in blazing fire balls of stage light and amidst billowing smoke, the combined effect of this with the proficient skill base of Lewis, Tom and Jake, saw Netherhall take their performance to a new and emotive level and not only I, but MANY others aswell stood captivated by the experience that we witnessed tonight. An excellent set from Netherhall tonight and one that will stay with me for a long time to come.

Tonight’s headliners were the unmistakable Fire Red Empress, who really are creating a lot of positive vibes far and wide across the current rock and metal scene – and who are also another firm favourite of mine. With their debut albumBlack Morphine‘ making quite an impact for the band, it was fab to see and hear so many of it’s tracks performed live tonight with an energy and enthusiasm that was equally as impressive. February will see the band performing at HRH Metal in Birmingham so if you’re heading over to Birmingham on the Sunday for that, be sure to catch Fire Red Empress’s set, you won’t be disappointed!

Tonight’s show at The Slade Rooms was one heck of a great start to the year – awesome!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Evil Scarecrow

Announce their ‘Lost In Antartarctica’ tour dates for 2018/2019.

Plus new information on their upcoming fourth album which is due for release later in 2018. A quote from Dr Hell about the new forthcoming album, for release later in 2018. ‘We are also really close in completing the writing of our 4th full studio album (as yet untitled)’.

TOUR DATES:

Saturday 6th January 2018, Yardbirds, Grimsby

Saturday 17th February 2018 – HRH Metal, Birmingham

Saturday 12th May 2018, Ibiza, HRH Road Trip

Friday 6th July 2018, Amplified Festival, Gloucester

Friday 13th July 2018, Rock And Bike Festival, Derbyshire

Lost In Antartarctica’ Tour poster:

Quote from Dr Hell about the new forthcoming album, for release later in 2018: “We are also really close in completing the writing of our 4th full studio album (as yet untitled). In 2018 we’ll be back at the amazing Parlour Studios with our long-suffering (yet most excellent and legendary) record producer Russ Russell. Is that his real name? No-one knows. I’ve heard that his middle name is Rustle. Along side the album launch which should take place sometime in 2018 we’ll be slowly rolling out a whole new stage show, to compliment our latest musical stories about martians or ghosts or robotic beer or whatever. We’re also working on a new video early in 2018 to support our new show and summer festival appearances (soon to be announced).So 2018 is going to be big one for us. As long as Russ Rustle Russell does a good job in making us sound amazing and we don’t break of all our equipment or lose our costumes”

Now watch ‘Hurricanado‘ by Evil Scarecrow.

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Evil Scarecrow are:
Dr Rabid Hell, vocals, guitars, Brother Dimitri Pain, guitars, Kraven Morrdeth, bass, Princess Luxury, keyboards, Ringmaster Monty Blitzfist, drums.

Soil

Kick start 2018 Eurpean Tour with Alien Ant Farm

Following on from the release of their ‘SCREAM: The Essentials‘ album at the end of last year, SOiL are now gearing up for their european tour supporting ALIEN ANT FARM which kicks off in the UK in February.

The band will also be doing their Grip And Grin ‘meet and greets‘ for the UK shows, tickets available for this can be purchased from here: https://national-acts.com/soil/ Tickets are also available to buy now from Live Nation – https://www.livenation.co.uk/show/1012287/alien-ant-farm/bristol/2018-02-06/en – and all usual online ticket sellers – Seetickets, Ticketmaster, Songkick etc

Tour Dates – Feb 2018:
Tues 6th, O2 Academy Bristol
Wed 7th, O2 Forum London
Thu 8th, The Ritz Manchester
Sat 10th, Waterfront, Norwich
Sun 11th, O2 Academy Leeds
Mon 12th, O2 Institute Birmingham
Wed 14th, Academy Dublin
Thur 15th, Limelight 2 Belfast
Fri 16th, The Garage Glasgow
Sat 17th Academy Newcastle
Sun 18th, Rock City Nottingham

‘SCREAM: The Essentials’

Formed in 1997, Chicago Heavy Rock band SOiL quickly took the scene by storm. The band has sold over 2 million albums worldwide and is best known for the hit singles Halo, Unreal, Redefine, The Lesser Man, and Shine On.

After celebrating their 20th anniversary in January of 2017, SOiL entered into the studio to record new material to be included on ‘SCREAM: The Essentials’, a Greatest Hits collection featuring the songs that solidified SOiL as Hard Rock mainstays, as well as alternate versions of popular tracks and unreleased material. The new studio track “Gimme Some Lovin” is a cover song originally featured in the 1980 smash hit cult classic movie ‘The Blues Brothers’. “We felt it was a perfect song to add the album” states bassist Tim King. “It tied in our Chicago roots and the 20th anniversary of the band perfectly”.

Watch ‘Gimme Some Lovin‘ by Soil (official music video).

Other tracks included on “SCREAM…” include an acoustic version of “Can You Heal Me” recorded at Dimebag Darrell’s home studio and produced by Vinnie Paul. Also included is a special version of “Give It Up” featuring the late Wayne Static of Static-X contributing verse, chorus, and bridge vocal lines throughout the song.

SOiL will embark upon a worldwide tour in support of the new release “SCREAM: The Essentials” throughout 2017 and 2018.

Line Up: Ryan McCombs (lead vocals), Tim King (bass), Adam Zadel (guitar), Mitch Gable (drums)

Connect:

http://www.soiltheband.com
https://www.facebook.com/soilmusic