Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 21st March 2019.

With Heat 4 of Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses being a four band show tonight, this round offers then a very real opportunity of getting through to the semi-finals – so time for Rustlung, Cancel Tomorrow, Mystiek and Dead Mob to raise their mark and give tonight’s performances their very best shot!

The first band of tonight’s event were Rustlung, who are a band known to many and really need little introduction. Tough and aggressive to the core, Rustlung’s set saw the band execute their metal overture with venomous precision with the fretboards of Mike and Dave Breakwell seeing some serious action. An unrelenting performance from the band tonight and one that I felt could easily see them through to the next round.

Cancel Tomorrow were next to take to the stage and as always, its great to find a band whose music is new to me. Checking out their Facebook page, Cancel tomorrow have some seriously big musical influences which translate into a sound that delivers a wealth of well written songs and an abundance of precision built riffs, that wholly compliment the fine grained voice of Emma Norman. The band were a big hit with tonight’s audience and certainly seemed to enjoy performing to all those in attendance.

Next up were Mysteik and the energy these guys put into their performance was really quite something to witness! Lead singer, Josh Dallas whipped up an on stage storm with his tireless persona and unconditionally brought about a performance that nothing could distract you from. Mystiek delivered a great set tonight with songs that equally held up in this bands grip and if you haven’t seen this band play live before, then without question you should!

Signing off Heat 4 in fine form were Dead Mob and despite a few technical hitches, these guys remained ever professional and consistently reigned down an impressive avalanche of punk infused metal. Intense in its entirety and vicious in its presentation, this was the kind of set that you could have watched twice over and would still have been left wanting more. A great end to the night and once again, a performance that undeniably made its mark on tonight’s event.

I have to give praise also, to all those behind the scenes who have made Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses one hell of a great experience to be part of. Events like this don’t just happen and require a huge amount of planning and organisation, so extra big praise goes out to Matt Edwards whose plate spinning ability has ensured that this years competition has firmly placed Wolverhampton back on the Bloodstock map.

As expected, votes were cast and counted but the outcome of this delivered an unexpected but most welcome result, with Rustlung, Mystiek and Dead Mob all going through to the semi-finals.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 14th March 2019.

Tonight Heat 3 see’s five more bands all raring to go, with each one firmly hoping that the outcome of tonight will place them one step closer to a prestigious performance at Bloodstock 2019.

Getting things underway this evening were Enemy Of Atlas, who hail from the Birmingham area. Musically, this band deliver a hard hitting punch with a sound that is born straight out of their metal core. A great hit with the M2TM’s audience and the first mosh pit of this years competition.

Next band to take to the stage tonight were Second Cities and if you like your metal performed with the kind of psychotic energy that no straight jacket could contain, then this band are for you. Fantastic set from the band who proved that the future of metal in the West Midlands is looking very bright indeed.

And following on in that same vein, were Solihull based Born Zero. A new band to me but one who delivered the kind of impact, impression and great hopes for their future that is so exciting to find. Born Zero are four young metallers who are destined for big things and I highly recommend you check out their videoBreathe‘ – great stuff!

With this evenings heat having passed its halfway point, the moment had arrived for The Black Hounds to take to the stage and as always, these guys certainly make their mark. With a sound that is hard, heavy and perfectly delivered, the band gave the audience a first class performance tonight and one that certainly went down a storm.

Our final band of Heat 3 were Skull Fox and as with their four predecessors, this band made easy work of proving that they were well worthy contenders, who would easily fit into Bloodstock’s mighty line up. I really loved the great atmosphere that rolled out from this bands performance tonight as it delivered the kind of energy and feel good factor that simply leaves you wanting more… and more.

Tonight’s heat has been the toughest one yet – five great bands all worthy of going through to the semi-finals, but sadly that wasn’t an option. So, with all the votes being cast, counted and anticipation hanging in the air by the bucket full, huge congratulations go out to Born Zero and The Black Hounds, who will now progress on to the semi-finals.

Roll on Heat 4!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 7th March 2019.

And Wolverhampton’s Metal is back! up and running with a Heat 2 bringing quite a line up of five great bands with it tonight!

Getting things underway were Recall The Remains and what a start to the night they gave us. This band without doubt, lead by example they look the part, have a catalogue of tempestuous metal and on stage, the intensity of their performance is completely captivating. Definitely a firm favourite with tonight’s audience, one hell of a start to Heat2!

Next up were Severn UK who are a band I admire greatly, with the long standing experience of the band members being well celebrated by many others aswell. And let’s not forget talent either, as when Ben Evans and Louis Hale stand side by side to deliver a blistering guitar break, the experience of that is spellbinding. Excellent set from the band tonight and a very tough act to follow.

Our third band of the night were Elyrean and I have to say that their set tonight was one of a kind! Having seen them recently perform at Birmingham’s HRH Metal, I did wonder if the experience of that had been a bit of a game changer for them, as their confidence and the way in which they connected with the audience tonight was stronger than I’ve ever seen them deliver before. For thirty minutes, pure melodic thrash metal reigned down on KK’s Steel Mill and what a fantastic set it was!

With a short delay to the start of our next bands set, Tear It Down were quick off the mark to get things moving and their brand of classic rock and blues rolling. This band deliver a high energy performance and I have to hand it to their drummer Jamie Roberts for his powerhouse skills and drum stick agility which was pure poetry in motion.

Parson City were our last band of the night and there is something quite intriguing about this bands music, as they seem to have captured contrasting musical influences such as classic rock and metal in the most original of styles. Lead singer Kyle Roberts brings a multitude of vocal arrangements and guitar riffs to the forefront, whilst Sam Leek on bass and backing vocals puts the energy and zeal into the performance. And then of course there is Anthony Richards on drums, who ties things all up together and for me, this band brought about a great end to the night, in every respect.

Once again, all five bands gave the audience and judges much to deliberate on when casting their votes and a big shout goes out to Recall The Remains and Elyrean, who now go through to the semi-finals in April and May.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.