Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 28th March 2019.

Once again I’m back at KK’s Steel Mill in anticipation of all that Wolverhampton’s M2TM Heat 5 has to offer, with tonight’s rather exciting line up including Crows & Crosses, Exiles, Chaosaroma and Going Down On The Landing Strip – great stuff!

First up were Crows & Crosses and I have to say, that these guys most definitely delivered the goods tonight! With a deep, rich and abundant hard rock style, this band ticked just about every box possible throughout their set tonight, with the fantastic voice of lead singer Nick Pagett adding an intensely gritty edge to the bands overall sound. A great set from start to finish and an excellent start to tonight’s Heat.

Next up on stage were Exiles, whose music tonight brought with it an abundance of tech laced metal that was a first in this years competition. Hardcore is sound, with much thought clearly having gone into its delivery as the glaring ambience they created with strobe and computer generated composition took their performance into a league of its own. Exiles are an up and coming band who clearly have great potential – as we all witnessed tonight.

The third band of the evening were Chaosaroma and even though they may not be metal in sound, they certainly know how to play their alternative rock full on, with a good time guaranteed. This band delivered a wealth of great songs all laced with energy and the feel good factor, that certainly held the audiences attention throughout the entirety of their set.

Our last band of the night were Going Down On The Landing Strip and I find myself really struggling to find the right words to describe these guys, as sometimes words just can’t cut it – and I mean that in the nicest sense possible! This band have a very unique identity that spills out in both their appearance and also in their songs – imagine songs written by the love child of Noddy Holder, Jimi Hendrix and Jo Brand and you won’t be far off! Going Down On The Landing Strip completely shook my world and I loved ’em!

Tonight has once again been quite a night, with congratulations going out to this weeks winners Crows & Crosses and Exiles, who will now go on to the semi-finals.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 21st March 2019.

With Heat 4 of Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses being a four band show tonight, this round offers then a very real opportunity of getting through to the semi-finals – so time for Rustlung, Cancel Tomorrow, Mystiek and Dead Mob to raise their mark and give tonight’s performances their very best shot!

The first band of tonight’s event were Rustlung, who are a band known to many and really need little introduction. Tough and aggressive to the core, Rustlung’s set saw the band execute their metal overture with venomous precision with the fretboards of Mike and Dave Breakwell seeing some serious action. An unrelenting performance from the band tonight and one that I felt could easily see them through to the next round.

Cancel Tomorrow were next to take to the stage and as always, its great to find a band whose music is new to me. Checking out their Facebook page, Cancel tomorrow have some seriously big musical influences which translate into a sound that delivers a wealth of well written songs and an abundance of precision built riffs, that wholly compliment the fine grained voice of Emma Norman. The band were a big hit with tonight’s audience and certainly seemed to enjoy performing to all those in attendance.

Next up were Mysteik and the energy these guys put into their performance was really quite something to witness! Lead singer, Josh Dallas whipped up an on stage storm with his tireless persona and unconditionally brought about a performance that nothing could distract you from. Mystiek delivered a great set tonight with songs that equally held up in this bands grip and if you haven’t seen this band play live before, then without question you should!

Signing off Heat 4 in fine form were Dead Mob and despite a few technical hitches, these guys remained ever professional and consistently reigned down an impressive avalanche of punk infused metal. Intense in its entirety and vicious in its presentation, this was the kind of set that you could have watched twice over and would still have been left wanting more. A great end to the night and once again, a performance that undeniably made its mark on tonight’s event.

I have to give praise also, to all those behind the scenes who have made Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses one hell of a great experience to be part of. Events like this don’t just happen and require a huge amount of planning and organisation, so extra big praise goes out to Matt Edwards whose plate spinning ability has ensured that this years competition has firmly placed Wolverhampton back on the Bloodstock map.

As expected, votes were cast and counted but the outcome of this delivered an unexpected but most welcome result, with Rustlung, Mystiek and Dead Mob all going through to the semi-finals.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 14th March 2019.

Tonight Heat 3 see’s five more bands all raring to go, with each one firmly hoping that the outcome of tonight will place them one step closer to a prestigious performance at Bloodstock 2019.

Getting things underway this evening were Enemy Of Atlas, who hail from the Birmingham area. Musically, this band deliver a hard hitting punch with a sound that is born straight out of their metal core. A great hit with the M2TM’s audience and the first mosh pit of this years competition.

Next band to take to the stage tonight were Second Cities and if you like your metal performed with the kind of psychotic energy that no straight jacket could contain, then this band are for you. Fantastic set from the band who proved that the future of metal in the West Midlands is looking very bright indeed.

And following on in that same vein, were Solihull based Born Zero. A new band to me but one who delivered the kind of impact, impression and great hopes for their future that is so exciting to find. Born Zero are four young metallers who are destined for big things and I highly recommend you check out their videoBreathe‘ – great stuff!

With this evenings heat having passed its halfway point, the moment had arrived for The Black Hounds to take to the stage and as always, these guys certainly make their mark. With a sound that is hard, heavy and perfectly delivered, the band gave the audience a first class performance tonight and one that certainly went down a storm.

Our final band of Heat 3 were Skull Fox and as with their four predecessors, this band made easy work of proving that they were well worthy contenders, who would easily fit into Bloodstock’s mighty line up. I really loved the great atmosphere that rolled out from this bands performance tonight as it delivered the kind of energy and feel good factor that simply leaves you wanting more… and more.

Tonight’s heat has been the toughest one yet – five great bands all worthy of going through to the semi-finals, but sadly that wasn’t an option. So, with all the votes being cast, counted and anticipation hanging in the air by the bucket full, huge congratulations go out to Born Zero and The Black Hounds, who will now progress on to the semi-finals.

Roll on Heat 4!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

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