KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 20th February 2020.
Tonight see’s Heat 1 of Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses burst into life and boy oh boy, have I been looking forward to this and ultimately, seeing one band make their way down the path that leads to Bloodstock 2020.
With six heats playing out over six weeks and a total of twenty four bands taking part, the Wolverhampton Chapter has attracted some shining local musicians and getting the competition underway tonight were one such group, Lynus, whose seasoned reputation marks the quality of rock that these guys play. It was clear from the start of their set that this band were serious contenders as musically, the depth and strength of vocals, guitar, bass and drums were a force to be reckoned with. The audiences reaction also stood to drive the band on as songs were sung along to and fists were pumped in appreciation and clearly, there was no holding Lynus back tonight.
Our second band of the night were Militia Inc. and it was great to see these guys back again this year as they really do bring the life and soul to the party. A good live performance can easily influence the mood of the audience and the energy and enthusiasm that Militia Inc. brought to the stage was completely addictive as they a not a band to let one moment pass them by. Musically, they have mastered a sound that encompasses many shades of rock and metal combined, which they deliver with a hearty dose of pizzazz and personality. Tonight’s audience were captivated and who could blame then as this band are not only great to listen to but addictive to watch aswell.
The penultimate band of this heat were Identities, who are a new band to me but clearly not to a lot of others! With their fierce blend of thrash and growl, these guys held the audience gripped in an iron clad fist that called to arms the first mosh pit of the event. Their energy on stage tonight really stood out and was relentless in its attack and distinctly drove their performance on through many notable highlights – I highly recommend you check out their track ‘Semblance’ to hear this for yourself.
Closing out Heat 1 were Gypsy Jack and what a great way to end the night! From the start of their set and all the way through, the bands charisma and swagger ran wild and was a perfect match for their fine tuned style of rock that was performed and delivered to note perfection. Lead singer Marty Rose is one hell of a charismatic front man and his endless energy and on stage presence was a definite highlight of the night for me.
So, with four bands having given their all, the time was upon us to vote and send two bands onward and into the semi-finals, and a huge shout going out to Lynus and Identities for making it through to the next round.
To see more photographs from the night, be sure to check out music224 over on Flickr.
Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.