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Metal 2 The Masses

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.

3Teeth

With support from <Pig> at The Rescue Rooms Nottingham 1st February 2020.

In all honesty, before tonight I knew very little about 3teeth, or <PIG>, their support band but as I’m a fan of industrial metal and bands such like Korn and Marilyn Manson, I jumped at the chance to cover them on their Nottingham date, here at the Rescue Rooms.

Thankfully this gig was at the beginning of February, meaning we could wave goodbye to a very lonnnngggg January, as is usually the case and we could get back to doing what we love to do! Looking at the many faces, in attendance tonight, we can only assume that they all felt the same way as us!

Although doors were advertised for 18.30, they actually opened at 19.30, so we can only assume this was down to the fact 3teeth had a meet and greet session organised. However, once inside, it didn’t take long for the 450 capacity Rescue Rooms to fill to bursting and for tonight’s entertainment to kick off with UK based, post-industrialists <PIG> who were founded way back in 1988! Despite their many years of service, they still have lots of energy to share, helping us all get motivated and into the swing of things! Lead singer Raymond Watts, has a very seductive stage persona, which works well with the songs and the written lyrics, saucy! <PIG> have to be one of this genres best kept secrets and deserve greater exposure, as they are a very creative and individual band, indeed!

Many of the songs on tonight’s set list came courtesy of the bands new album ‘Candy’ which was released in 2019. The album is available in a variety of different sleeve options, for both CD and vinyl formats, as well as being available on all major streaming sites where you can also find all the bands previous releases – extending way back to their debut album ‘Genuine American Monster’ released back in 2002!

After a quick stage change over, we were straight back at it with tonight’s headliners, 3teeth! It’s a great honour to photograph any band but to do so on the opening night of a new tour, is always a little bit more special, as no one else has seen this particular show! By the time this review gets released into the wild, 3teeth will most likely be rocking out in venues over in Europe before these guys then head off onto North America. This tour is scheduled to last until April, which is a grueling undertaking but also a lot of fun – alas, we can only imagine!

Originally from Los Angeles, these post-apocalyptic metallers are outspoken on all things socio-political and do so whilst clad in leather, well lead singer Alexis is anyway! After grabbing the attentions of bands like Tool and Rammstein, fans such as those certainly pays off, as it gave them the opportunity to support both bands on and exposing them to a much wider audience! The current tour is in support of the bands latest third album ‘Metawar’, which was produced by Sean Beavan (NiN and Marilyn Manson) and released by Century Media.

Tonight was a powerful display of raw energy, that had probably been building up in anticipation of this tour and finally to be released for all of us to appreciate! Although it’s been a while since 3teeth last visited the UK, after the nights performance, I don’t think it’ll be long before they return here again, maybe in a field over the summer?

This was a great show and highlighted an album well worthy of gracing any metal heads collection!

Here’s an interesting fact that I read recently – did you know…. people who regularly attend a live gig, live an extra 15 years longer! I’m sure this is bollox but any excuse to get out and go to a gig like this one tonight, is good enough for me!

Realistically, I should have written this live review by now, to enable people the opportunity to read my thoughts on how I felt the gig went but this time I chose to promote this gig and tour visually, which, for both me and the band, appears to have worked better as it gave them an opportunity to share something new, out into social media land and enabled their follower to do the rest – the results of which have been astronomical in today’s standards, all be it a small (non-profitable) victory.

Until next time, be good and take care of each other!

To see more photographs from the night, be sure to check out music224 over on Flickr.

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

Call Of The Wild Festival

Announce further additions to the line-up and it’s MASSIVE!

Organisers have sneaked a much loved addition in the shape of Aussie rockers Massive. The band have been added to the Kilmister Stage and will follow Bootyard Bandits.

COTW are also happy to announce that Thursday night will host a warm-up party in the Exhibition Hall & feature Stevie R. Pearce & The Hooligans. Two further support bands will also be added to the night. This is bolstered by the news of a FREE bar each day from 11am – 1pm in the VIP area, provided by Motörhead Beer!

What’s more, Call of the Wild lager & cider will be available from all bars. There will also be a pop-up off-sales shop to buy cases of beer, lager & cider, so folks won’t need to cart loads of extra weight in their cars to the festival – which will contribute to reduced carbon footprints.

After raising hell at last years festival, the rabble rousing sinners from Cloven Hoof Rum are back bigger and badder. Cloven Hoof are proud sponsors of the second stage, where many of the bands they endorse will be performing and quite literally raising Th Hoof! The main Hoof bar will be selling a fairly priced range of devilish rum cocktails and shots of Cloven Hoof 37.5% and Over Hoof 66.6%. The scary news is that the mixologists at Hoof HQ have concocted a wicked new flammable cocktail to launch at the festival. Aptly named ‘Wild Hoof’ and served exclusively in the VIP area and is guaranteed to blow your socks off and cause some carnage. The Hoof crew will also be bringing a few crazy surprises to get the party started.

N.B. Organisers are also trialling a new feature which will be called TUNDRA. This is an area of pitched tents with basic sleeping needs installed. Prices and availability will be posted on the website very soon.

They will also offer excellent Glamping & Hotel packages; also, a transfer bus from Lincoln Central, if the demand is there.

Call of the Wild Festival were not just nominated but shortlisted at the UK Festival Awards 2019 for the BEST NEW FESTIVAL of 2019 This festival is already becoming legend, featuring prominently in a new novel, which will be launched at Call of the Wild 2020!

The multi-talented Pete K Mally – rock compere/DJ/comedian and author -will be launching his brand-new novel ‘The Call’ at this year’s festival. It couldn’t be more apt as the novel – a comedy set in the world of rock and roll – follows Dom Young (frontman of classic rock band Raven Black Whiskey Stone) along the path to success, and features our very own festival in the last third of the tale!

As Pete puts it, “With the resurgence of British Rock and Rock festivals, we’re going through such exciting times so I thought these loyal music fans and musicians deserve a novel based in this world.”

The Call’ is set in this ever-changing world of rock music and includes cameos from real bands riding the wave: star bands like Ryders Creed, The Rocket Dolls, Wayward Sons and Tomorrow is Lost all make an appearance, to name but a few.

Pete will be doing a special signing session each day of the festival. Pete K Mally is well-known on the gig circuit, having toured with Wayward Sons & Last Great Dreamers. Pete also hosts his own breakfast show on MMH -The Home Of Rock Radio, who are also playing an important part in COTW as our official media partners.”

If you’ve ever wanted to meet your idol, MMH — The Home Of Rock Radio will be running a signing tent where they hope to have many bands down for signings & photographs!

“MMH – The Home Of Rock Radio are proud to be Call of the Wild’s official media partner for this festival!” says Adam Till — owner and director of MMH – The Home Of Rock Radio , “COTW is one of the rising stars in the UK festival scene. We see bright and amazing prospects for this festival and are delighted to bring MMH to the party! We’ll be running the signing tent all weekend. All of our team will be on site, bringing you the latest coverage, interviews from the bands, along with a chance to meet the stars, buy merch and get autographs.”

After its triumphant 2019 debut, Call of the Wild Festival will return in 2020, rising to new heights. COTW’s next cycle takes place between 29th-31st May 2020 at the Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln LN2 2NA

N.B With the festival already outselling last year’s numbers, Call of the Wild Festival is expected to bring in large numbers from across the UK and Europe. Tickets already sold to both USA & Canada confirm that the word has spread internationally.

Check the website for further details and updates – a further 50 VIP upgrades to be released on Monday 27th January. Book soon to avoid disappointment!