Hils Ovation

O2 Academy3 Birmingham 27th June 2015.

The O2 Academy 3 in Birmingham is set for one heck of a line up tonight ,thanks yet again to Hils Ovation and Avalon, Black Diamond, The Black Hounds, Torous and Aramantus who are all raring to go and give 100% up there on stage this evening.

And getting tonight’s show underway were the local rockers Avalon who seem to be building quite a following judging by the glowing reports that I’ve seen popping up on Facebook recently, so it was great to get to finally see them for myself. Lead singer and front man Adam Hackett has one very impressive voice that fits the bill perfectly for Avalon’s brand of rock ’n’ metal and I would definitely concur that Avalon are a band to keep an eye on and check out live, the first chance you get!

Adam Hackett - Avalon

Tonight’s set for Black Diamond was pretty much a bitter sweet experience as it was to be their final performance before moving on into new and different horizons. And what a great way to end their era as there were a fair few fans present who didn’t hold back in showing their support for this special occasion.

Black Diamond

The Black Hounds are one of those class act’s that never hold anything back and tonight’s performance from them was one of the best that I’ve seen them deliver. Capturing the spirit of full fat rock ‘n’ roll was definitely their order of the night and with an endless supply of slick guitar riffs and full bodied vocals, there set was over far too soon for my liking!

Ant Wright - The Black Hounds

I have to admit that tonight’s set from our penultimate band of the evening Torous, was something that I had been looking forward to for weeks as it marked the launch of their brand new EP ’Dried Bones’. The new EP truly unleashes the combined and creative zest that is Torous which was heightened even further by an energy on stage that surpassed even my wildest expectations. Big things lie ahead for Torous – mark my words!

Tom Fenn - Torous

Tonight has certainly been host to some outstanding music and our headlining band, Aramantus were just the job to top it all off. There are some very talented female performers gracing the West Midlands scene at the moment and Aramantus are a prime example of that very fact, as Lou Walker, Alice Bates and Cici Powell-Melkonian are all indeed, three very accomplished musicians. The bands set tonight was impressive to say the least with Jake Elwell and Elijah Storer laying down some radiant guitar riffs which all in all, made for one very happy audience.


Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.