Hils Ovation

O2 Academy3 Birmingham 25th June 2016.

There was a host of good reasons to head on over to the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham tonight, as the latest Hils Ovation event was set to deliver a headlining set from Vicious Nature, along with some pretty impressive support from The Mighty Wraith, Spreading The Disease, Aramantus and Mallen.

The first band up on stage tonight and a firm favourite of mine, were the West Midlands based band, Mallen. Mallen’s signature sound is one of pure class that never fails to capture all the qualities of the heavy rock genre within a wealth of talent that these guys and gal possess. Tonight’s set from the band included tracks from their EP ’Ignite’ and also gave the O2 Academy3’s audience the opportunity to see them perform live, their forthcoming new single which is an absolute gem. If this is a taste of the new music that is about to emerge from the band, then positive things are set to happen to Mallen for sure!

Kelly Mallen and Dann Pritchard - Mallen

I’ve been hearing lots of good comments made about our next band Aramantus and tonight’s set was the first chance I’ve had to catch them in well over twelve months and with their current line up presenting Nyah Infill at the helm, believe you me – this band rocks! The band describe their music as progressive groove metal which certainly gives them a sound that will appeal to many and as for their performance tonight, they lacked nothing in their on stage ability either!

Nyah Infill - Aramantus

The are two things that you will never hear Spreading The Disease being described as – the first thing being boring and the second, being tame, as the energy that this band radiates on stage goes way beyond the meaning of intense. I think it’s also fair to say that it would take an exceptionally large stage to contain lead singer Adam May, as once that mic is in his hand he turns into a man on a mission to get as close to the audience as possible and when it comes down to making a connection with people, he definitely scored a big thumbs up at the O2 Academy3 tonight. This bands profile is growing fast so make sure to check them out first chance you get.

Adam May - STD

Our main support band for tonight were The Mighty Wraith and any which way you choose to take this band, whether that be live or listening to their recorded material, they always deliver metal that is loaded with charisma. Matt Gore is the kind of front man who always puts everything into his performance and tonight’s set from the band saw them clearly enjoying their time on stage as much as the audience did and when it comes down to capturing the very essence of live music, you really can’t hope for more than that!

Matt Gore - The Mighty Wraith

Tonight’s ultimate performance came courtesy of the West Midlands based metallers Vicious Nature and whenever these guys take to the stage, you are guaranteed a set that will leave you with a lasting impression every single time. The bands line up includes Andy Pyke (Vocals), Andy Southwell (Guitar + backing vocals), Mark Culley (Bass) and JB on Drums and between them, these guys notch up a collective history that resonates the impressive wealth of their ability.

Andy Southwell - Vicious Nature

With the added bonus of tonight being the chosen event to launch their new DVD ‘Ex Cineribus’, myself and all those present had further reason to be here and the bands appearance tonight not only gave us the chance to catch tracks from it performed live, but also to pick up a copy of this little beauty first hand.

It’s dam near impossible to identify a favourite track from Vicious Nature performance tonight as each song had a character of it’s own but I have to say that their delivery of the new single ‘The Silence That Kills’ went down an absolute storm, but then that is exactly how these guys roll.

Andy Pyke - Vicious Nature

I left the O2 Academy3 tonight one very happy bunny, with the added bonus of a freshly purchased DVD that delivers all which it promises and a quote from Andy Pyke that just about summed up tonight’s event – “ You’re coming to see the future, not the past”.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.