Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 10th May 2019.

Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses 2019 has been quite a competition and one that each and every band who has taken part in it, has shown commitment to. Tonight’s third and final Semi-final proves that well, and see’s the hard work of Born Zero, The Black Hounds, Mystiek and Elyrean bringing them one step closer to the grand prize – a slot on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock.

Getting the night underway were Born Zero, with metal that is both savage and ferocious in its truest of form. Riding high on adrenaline, Born Zero lay siege upon KK’s Steel Mill and despite a few technical problems, the band kept things rolling. A great start to our night and a top notch performance from the band.

Our second band of the night were the mighty Black Hounds, who set about bringing a wealth of hard rock and metal thunder to tonight’s audience. These guys just made making music look easy, with Ant Wright’s voice being the best I’ve ever heard it – a stellar set from the band, which saw The Black Hounds doing what they do best.

Next to take to the stage were Mystiek, who raised their own game and packed endless energy and intent into tonight’s set. It was quite humbling to watch these guys perform as you could feel how much they wanted to go through to the final and I have to commend lead singer, Josh Dallas for his relentless vitality on stage – no way was he going to accept anyone standing back tonight and let Mystiek pass them by!

And so we come to our last band of the night and last band to play the Semi-finals, Elyrean. With thirty minutes of thrash metal ricocheting around the audience, Elyrean laid down a perfect storm and brought the competition to a close on one hell of a high!

The Semi-finals may be done but the night was far from over as still yet to come were special guests, Obzidian. Bloodstock 2018 saw Obzidian opening up the New Blood Stage on its final day and produced rave reviews for the band – but nothing surprising there as this band take full command of your attention with each and every performance they give. Tonight’s set stood in that same vein, with Matty Jenks a brutal live wire and merciless in every note.

And with votes cast and counted, the victors of the night were The Black Hounds and Elyrean, who now take the next step forward and go on through to the monumental Wolverhampton Metal 2 The Masses 2019 final on Saturday 1st June – what an event that is going to be!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle

Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 3rd May 2019.

So the Wolverhampton Metal 2 The Masses semi-finals continue tonight, with five more live performances from Atarka, Blood Church, Dead Mob, Exiles and Recall The Remains. And getting this event underway were Dead Mob who delivered yet another storming set that was nothing short of a brutal powerhouse performance. With the large audience all set on supporting these guys, the band couldn’t have asked for more and once again, set the bar high for those bands yet to follow.

Next to give it their all were Blood Church, who had previously made quite an impact in Heat 6 with their satanic style of metal and presentation. With a dramatic entrance that was both ritualistic and eerie in style giving way to a full on attack of the darkest of metal, Blood Church mesmerized an audience already gazing on and listening in awe – this was definitely the kind of performance that was going to take some beating!

Our next band of the night were Recall The Remains who in my opinion, are one of the most exciting up and coming bands currently on the West Midlands music scene. As with our two previous bands, RTR had stepped up their game and seeing the towering figure of lead singer Jacob Collins being led on stage by a pig to the slaughter, their performance tonight certainly started with a sharp intake of breath! And in true style to their form, the metal was brutal – a seriously creative band that write and perform songs of the highest calibre.

Another up and coming band that are well worth getting excited about are Exiles, who stormed their way through to the semi-finals in Heat 5. Hardcore and smart with it, is the style that they have developed and tonight’s set from the band was intense from the moment this tornado hit the ground hard. Fueled by the energy on stage, there was plenty for the mosh pit to react with and Exiles certainly gave them 110%.

Tonight’s semi-final has been one of the toughest competitions yet and signing tonight off with a huge swell of energy and adrenaline, were Birmingham based Atarka. This band seriously showed the audience at KK’s Steel Mill what they were made of and their music and performance was nothing short of colossal in its delivery.

This semi-final gave us five bands who were all worthy of a place in Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses Final, so the voting tonight was indeed a very tough call but congratulations go out to Blood Church and Atarka who will go through to that event – and what an event it is going to be!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 26th April 2019.

So all six Heats have now concluded and the next step forward along that road to Bloodstock, see’s all those victorious move on through to one of the three Semi-finals – with the first round commencing tonight.

And getting things underway tonight were Militia Inc., who were one of our two winners from Heat 1. One of the things I really admire and respect about these guys is that they just get up on stage and give it their all – 100% and nothing less. Plus, when you add in the fact that they do a damn fine job of it too, these guys have certainly been a highlight of Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses for me.

Next up were Rustlung and with the memory of their set from Heat 4 still strong in my memory, expectations were running high. Tonight’s set saw the band full of intent to make it through to the final and with the audience right behind them, Rustlung metaled up and delivered a blistering set that was a pleasure to behold.

If you want to create an impact at a metal gig, then a bit of disco will usually do just that. To strains of ‘Disco Inferno’, Eyes Of The Raven announced their arrival and then proceeded to deliver one hell of an awesome set, that had Wolverhampton completely in its grip.

Our last contenders of tonight were Crows & Crosses and this band have become quite a talking point when it comes to up and coming bands in this region, so no suprise really to see them here at Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses first Semi-final. An impressive set from the band and an excellent way to bring this part of the competition to a close.

Our guest band of the night, first walked the road to Bloodstock way back in 2014 and were then invited back again in 2017, so when it comes to knowing what winning this competition can do, Eradikator are the band you should talk to. Their on stage energy tonight surged at full thrash and speed, with the audience relishing every moment. Eradikator have a new album due for its launch in August this year, so keep your eyes peeled for more news on that.

The level at which all four bands performed tonight was nothing short of impressive but it was Eyes of The Raven and Rustlung who now go through to the final on 1st June.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.