The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 16th May 2015.
I’m so so chuffed to be sat here in the photo pit at The Slade Rooms this evening as the moment has finally arrived for the official launch of Awake By Design’s brand new album ’Carve The Sun’ and with support most ably being provided by The Mighty Wraith and Mallen, it is most definitely is gonna be a good night!
The Mighty Wraith are a band whose grim determination has seen them weather the scythes of time on more than one occasion and with each reincarnation that they‘ve vanquished, the band has grown stronger and stronger in both presence and performance. Tonight’s set saw The Mighty Wraith deliver a forcible storm of metalness, that lavishly glowed in a blaze of some serious guitar riffage and the formidable ability of front man Matt Gore, whose on stage character can only be described as captivating – at the very least! I can’t wait to see what this year brings for the band but based on the success of their set tonight, it can only be good.
Our main support act for the evening was the up and coming and hard rocking foursome – Mallen, who comprise of Kelly Mallen on vocals, Dean Ellis on Bass, Dann Pritchard also on guitar and backing vocals and Tom Crowfoot on drums. Mallen are a very much happening right now band who have amassed a fair few gigs and an EP launch already this year, so they really are a band to check out first chance you get.
With The Slade Rooms audience being of a mind to enjoy the night, Mallen had a hearty audience to entertain and rise to the occasion they did, even despite a few sound problems mid set. There was also a guest vocal appearance from Kane Thomason and with this being his very first stage experience, I very much hope that it won’t be his last as this young man has quite an impressive voice in him! Next stop for Mallen is Scruffy Murphys on Saturday 30th May, so hop on over to their Facebook page for more details of this event.
The recording of an album and the bringing it to life is not something that simply just happens. The recording of an album and the bringing it to life is something that requires hard work, sacrifice and quite often a fair few heartaches along the way and for Awake By Design, the creation and release of ‘Carve The Sun’ has seen all those challenges arise but with the final outcome being, the complete labour of love and tireless endeavour that we were all there tonight to applaud.
Front man Adrian Powell has been at the helm of this great band for what must now be a good seven years and his stage presence and vocal performance tonight, quite simply excelled. With the bands line up this evening including Dave Favill on Bass, Luke Hatton and Luke Smith on Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Janson Sissons on Keyboards and Jake Stone on Drums, it really does seem like all systems GO for Awake By Design.
There was absolutely no mistaking the pride on the faces of Awake By Design as ‘Carve The Sun’ burst into life and quite rightly so, as the album itself is an anthology of well written songs that span from the realms of symphonic metal through to the amalgamation of several graceful ballads and the live translation of these tracks, really was a pleasure to behold.
I’m very much hoping that from up on the stage, the band could see their audience as I could, because there sure was a whole heap of love and support in the room for them tonight.
Well, I’m leaving The Slade Rooms this evening as one very happy bunny as the standard and ability of all three bands who have performed here tonight, has once again demonstrated the wealth of talent and ability that sits within the West Midlands music scene.
Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.