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Uprising 2019

Sunday 15th September 2019.

And so we come onto the third and final day at Uprising IV festival in Leicester and after a high intense atmosphere on the Saturday where Napalm Death tore the O2 Academy a new one, I headed back to the Firebug with my fiancé, intent on seeing a ray of talent burst out onto the music scene.

As with a three day music festival there wasn’t much of the night before hangover to deal with so it was straight into today’s second on the bill, Devil’s Playground. Tempting you into a void where an angelic voice draws you in only to be met by the devil himself, you’re drawn into a world that gets your heart pumping with amazing riff’s that set the scene. Each song has an energetic background that makes classic British metal which speaks volumes to your soul.

Still buzzing from an amazing set, we get ready for Dishonour The Crown who are an instantly ‘in your face’ band who leap into action. Standing still is nearly impossible as this band tells you how it is and with nothing held back, you’re ready for a battle in which the band shows no mercy.

As we wait for the next band to start, a confident Firouzeh dressed in black sets up to captivate and control her audience. Control the Storm are seventh on the bill and deliver a story teller’s night where darkness meets the light. This band have their own original genre which draws you in, with the added bonus of presence on stage that brings an enlightening instrumental background.

After grabbing a quick drink to recover, we set ourselves up for Fraction and their mix of thrash, progressive and groovy metal. Fraction are a tightly knitted band with a very strong following, who were already in the zone and waiting for the set that followed and gave us a wealth of songs that brought out a range of emotions through their lyrics.

We finished our night with Prognosis. After meeting this band at Bloodstock in the VIP bar in 2017 we were very excited to see them live again and already had high expectation for them. We were not disappointed and were blown away once more as they destroyed their set. A progressive metal band with a stoner vibe and one of my favourite bands from this evening who we look forward to seeing again in the future.

After finishing the Uprising IV festival with Jay Hawkins, who was a great mentor for me to take on the Sunday on my own, we were both left in awe of what the metal music scene has to offer and I genuinely can’t wait until next year and do another Uprising Festival again.

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

Review and Photography by Masaaki Black


With support from Lycio and North Parade.
O2 Academy3 Birmingham 31st August 2019.

Change can often be a good thing and that is definitely the mindset tonight as Ovation Music Management hosts a night with a difference and in the excellent company of Clarion, Lycio and North Parade.

And getting the night off to an immense start was the London based indie band, North Parade. I love the fact that information on their Facebook page states ‘Exciting things coming up’ as that just about sums up the live experience of this band. The fullness of their choral and keyboard harmonies is such a delight on the ears and each song is packed with the kind of detail that leaves you hanging on every note which all in all, made for a brilliant start to the night.

Next up on stage were Lycio who comprise of Genie Mendez, Charlie Kellie and Alex Lowe. This three piece band from Birmingham most definitely make beautiful music together and if you’re looking for music that dazzles, then you really do need to check out Lycio. Genie Mendez (lead singer) has an amazing vocal talent and possess the kind of skill that easily captures a perfect balance between vulnerability and an emotive attitude which is a great match for the vitality of the bands sound. Without doubt, Lycio’s performance tonight was impressive and judging by the applause and cheers at the end of their set, it was clearly enjoyed by all present.

Our headliners for tonight were Clarion and even before their first note, the visual presentation on stage, with its decoration of flowers and purple haze, promised a set born to be in a league of its own. And that is exactly what it was, as the band captured detail and harmonies in their sound which when combined with heaps of personality and swagger, created a little world of pure indie joy.

With a set list of tracks well known by the audience, support for the band was great but it was the track ‘Days Like These‘ that heard the audiences voice sing along word after word and in my opinion, this song is an absolute anthem. If the band continue in the same vein as that which I witnessed tonight, then Clarion are set for VERY great things indeed.

Tonight has been an amazing night, with three great bands whose music, presentation and performance was simply off the chart. And praise also has to go out to our tech guy for the night whose skill ensured that sound and light was A+ from start to finish – nice one Jamie and thanks also to Ovation Music Management for putting these bands on my radar!

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

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.


With support from Skull Fox, Krescent and Landing Strip.
The Hole In The Wall Shrewsbury 23rd August 2019.

Summer seems to have returned and once again, Born To Lose Productions are ready to roll in the good company of Thrashatouille, Skull Fox, Krescent and Landing Strip.

Getting tonight underway were Landing Strip, who I first encountered at this years Wolverhampton’s M2TM and not only has there been a slight name change since then but they also have a new drummer aswell! The thing I love about this band is the way they just get up on stage and go for it and that’s exactly what they did tonight – we even had two helpings of ‘Jam‘ for good measure. Check them out over on Facebook and YouTube.

After a small delay and with a few technicalities to first be sorted, our second band of the night, Krescent, were up, ready and willing to entertain. Krescent appear to be relatively new on the scene and I always find this to be an exciting time to first see a band live, as its a time when their identity starts to take shape and Krescent’s enthusiasm and zest to play tonight certainly reflected the awakening of a pretty distinctive alternative rock sound for them.

Its only been a few weeks since I last saw Skull Fox but nowt wrong with that as far as I’m concerned, as these guys are second to none to see live and the band were definitely on top form tonight. With this being their first gig in Shrewsbury, new allegiances were fast made between band and audience and I can wholeheartedly say that Shrewsbury loved Skull Fox. Hopefully, that means we won’t have to wait too long before they’re back at The Hole In The Wall again!

Our headliners tonight were Thrashatouille – and what another great live band! Dressed in Chef Whites, these psychotic cooks reigned down a kind of Hitchcock thrash metal madness that stops you dead in your tracks – especially when it comes to their lyrics! Never before have I come across metal written about pork, chilli or burritos – up until now that is, and if that doesn’t give you an appetite to go check these guys out for yourself, then you need to change your diet!

Born To Lose Productions certainly pulled out all the stops tonight – roll on the next one!

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

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.