Hils Ovation

O2 Academy3 Birmingham 27th August 2016.

Our World Below? with support from Panspermia, Samsara, Rawkas and Heavy Load.

One of the great things about a Hils Ovation night, is the chance it gives you to check out some of the new and up and coming bands and in that very vein, this evenings show opened up with the debut performance from Heavy Load. Comprising of Kyle Roberts – Guitar/vocals, Sam Leek – Bass/vocals and Hayden Worton on drums, these guys have already got a solid repertoire of songs that sit within the deepest edges of sludge/stoner metal. They may not have had the biggest audience of the night but they certainly had everyone’s attention and I think we can look forward to seeing and hearing much more from Heavy Load.

Sam Leek - Heavy Load

With a last minute drop out from tonight’s line up, Rawkas were quick to fill that divine and what an excellent choice that was as their charismatic stage presence and downright dangtastic metal was indeed a pleasure to behold. Information over on their Facebook page leads me to believe that there is quite a history to this band as they clearly are well seasoned and extremely accomplished musicians who possess that ‘WOW’ factor with apparent ease! Make a point of checking out Rawkas first chance you get as I’m positive that you’ll be pretty chuffed you did!

Jay - Rawkas

And with no chance of any dust settling on the O2 Academy3’s stage, Samsara were next up and quickly made light work of whipping up yet another storm of awesome and intense metal. Front man Scott Powell has the kind of vocal ability that makes you take an unintentional step back in awe of the sheer ferociousness in his vocals which really are something to be reckoned with. With a new EP looming on Samsara’s horizon, getting the recording finished is now their main priority so there are no pending dates in their diary, which makes for yet another reason why I’m really glad I got to see their set tonight.

Scott Powell - Samsara

In stark comparison to tonight’s stage debut from Heavy Load, Panspermia’s performance heralded the end of the road for them in this, their current guise. Aswell as serving up a torrent of unchained metal delights, tonight’s set also saw front man Alex Lucas give a bitter/sweet account of the reasons why the band have reached this point, which really was quite a sad thing to hear. So whatever lies ahead next for these three guys, the very best is wished for them.

Alex lucas - Panspermia

This evenings headliners have consistently scored a direct hit in the popularity stakes of up and coming, must see metal contenders, with this particular band being none other than Our World Below? Tonight saw the band back in the saddle and looking very happy indeed to be back up on stage again.

Jamie Edwards Taylor - Our World Below

With an hour long of inspiring metal served up for their audiences entertainment, their set list comprised of a full bounty of Our World Below’s finest which earned the band the full appreciation of their audience and quite rightly so!

Dave Riley - Our World Below

Our World Below? still have a few dates in their diary lined up for the remaining months of this year so make a point of checking out their Facebook page or website for details of exactly where and when you can see them!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.