Chemikill

With support from The Unresolved, Ghost Of Machines, Rawkas and 14 Pieces.
O2 Academy3 Birmingham 27th July 2019.

I’ve been looking forward to tonight for what simply feels like AGES, as once again, Ovation Music Management has brought together a stellar line up of my kind of metal and hard rock, all under the roof of the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham.

And getting tonight’s event underway, were the Telford based band 14 Pieces who like to play metal hard, thrashed and notably heavy. I really love the way that this band capture an intensity in both their music and live performance and without doubt, these guys delivered an impressive set tonight. Good live music is a thing to be treasured and tonight’s set from the band saw them clearly on the greatest of form and making for an excellent start to the night.

Next up were Rawkas and you have to hand it to these groovecore masters as they certainly know how to capture an audiences attention, with songs that bring about a raging torrent of dark melodic riffs and vocals that graze the soul to its core. Tonight’s set saw Rawkas deliver five of their very best tracks, which included last years release ‘XVX‘ and the fantastic ‘Black Lagoon‘. If you’ve yet to check Rawkas out, then I strongly recommend you do and seek out these two tracks for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.

The one thing I really love about Ovation Music Management gigs is that you get to discover some pretty awesome up and coming bands and Ghost Of Machines most definitely sit within that category! Local to the Swindon area, this band have been together since 2014 and in those few years, they have developed a collective personality that manifests itself live as both visually dramatic and alluring in its presence. Their set tonight was a burst of none stop energy and rock, which manifested itself through the tireless vitality of lead singer Billy Bingham – a must see band for sure!

Our penultimate band for tonight were The Unresolved and with influences including Motorhead, Black Sabbath and T Rex, these guys certainly know how what it takes to make the hard rock roll. With a recent change to their line up bringing Thomas Gould (Vocals) into their fold, The Unresolved look and sound set to move forward in a very positive direction and have also recently released a new single ‘Here To Stay‘. If you like you rock to have that good time vibe and love great riffs aswell, then these guys are the band for you.

The West Midlands metal scene has seen bands come and go but there are also a number of great bands who have stood the test of time, with one such band being Chemikill who were our headliners tonight. Chemikill stand firm amongst our local masters of metal and their long standing presence has brought about an amazing catalogue of hard hitting metal that not only has stood the test of time but continues to be very current aswell. Tonight’s set from the band was a first class performance, with the vocals of lead singer Tracey Rand being an absolute pleasure to behold – when it comes to capturing the notes and interpretation of the music – this gal has exactly what it takes. Chemikill have more dates in their diary for September, so do check out their Facebook page for more information about these.

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

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Ashen Crown

With support from Mad Spanner, Blood Church and Grave Altar.

It’s Friday and time to blow the working week cobwebs away and I can’t think of a better way to do it than in the company of Ashen Crown, Mad Spanner, Blood Church and Grave Altar over at The Hole In The Wall in Shrewsbury.

Getting the metal underway tonight were Grave Altar and these guys didn’t waste any time with pleasantries, they just hit the ground running hard. With metal that consistently locks on to a rapid fire ricochet, this band not only looked but sounded like serious business and there was no let up throughout their set at all. Intense, powerful and just what you need to get a Friday night off to a great start.

Our second band of the night were Blood Church and having seen them play live on several occasions this year, they have fast become a favorite of mine. Nothing says more about a band than the audiences reaction and Blood Church tonight drew the audiences attention to the point of becoming a seething pit of bodies. I can’t remember the last time getting up close was such an impossibility and with a performance like this, these guys are well on their way to immortality!

There was something quite mesmerizing about watching our third band of the night, Mad Spanner. Maybe it was their appearance or the blatant craziness of Michael Randall but I found myself caught up in an experience that I can only compare to Beetle Juice the musical. Having said that, underneath this persona, there is a very competent band who have built an amazing metal world of their own creation which is thunderous, ravenous and quite eccentric. Once again, the audience were possessed and lapped up the invitation to mosh like their lives depended on it!

Our headliners tonight were Ashen Crown and with Kieran Scott also promoting the event, this was a busy night all round for him. There is a very tough core to Ashen Crown that drives a powerful hypnotic element to this bands metal and you can feel the intensity simmering, right up to the point when the explosion is unleashed and boy oh boy, did this guys deliver an (((earthquake performance))) tonight. With the band now heading into the studio to complete their debut album, this is one album that I can’t wait to hear and if you want to catch them live again, they will be launching ‘Osolescence’ at the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham on Saturday 26th October.

Tonight’s event has been one hell of a night for live music with great music, a fantastic atmosphere and an audience completely in tune with all of the bands. Born To Lose Productions have their next event lined up for 23rd August back here at The Hole In The Wall in Shrewsbury and believe me when I say, that is going to be a night you don’t want to miss!

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

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Royal Blood

Underplay Tour 2019

Royal Blood have announced details of an August underplay tour ahead of their sets at the Reading and Leeds Festival on bank holiday weekend. The shows represent their first UK gigs in almost two years and offer a rare chance for fans to catch Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher in intimate venues.

Royal Blood’s previous UK and Ireland arena tour included three sold-out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace, selling 30,000 tickets in the capital and more than 100,000 in total. A Q live review concluded, “Royal Blood’s show on a night like this is about as thrilling as rock ‘n’ roll gets.”

The dates are:

AUGUST

9th – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
10th – Newport, Centre
12th – Dundee, Caird Hall
13th – Nottingham, Rock City
14th – Margate, Winter Gardens

Royal Blood’s two albums to date – their self-titled debut and 2017’s ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ – both went straight to #1, establishing them as one of the world’s most vital bands. Along the way, they emerged as firm festival favourites following triumphant sets at Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

The duo’s acclaim has also extended to numerous high profile accolades including the BRIT Award for British Group; Best Live Band and Best New Band at the NME Awards; Best Live Act at the Q Awards; and Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards.

The tour features special guests The Mysterines (Southampton, Newport and Margate) and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (Dundee and Nottingham).

Tickets go on sale from 8am on Monday 8th July and will be available from https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/royal-blood-tickets/artist/1536591.

A portion of the ticket price will be donated to War Child UK. War Child UK, together with its partners, works in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America providing protection, education and standing up for the rights of children caught up in conflict.

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