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 album ‘Black 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.