With support from Djinova, Halusky, Chaplain and Hands Of Attrition.
O2 Academy3 Birmingham 29th September 2019.
This evenings Hils Ovation gig at the O2 Academy3 is set to be just about as good as it gets, with the promise of five fantastic bands all ready to raise the roof and first up and into it were Hands Of Attrition. This band have an intense sound and a stage presence to match, which completely commanded the attention of the O2 Academy3 throughout the entirety of their set. Vocalist Tom Alexander, whipped up a storm with his endless wrath of quality and all consuming vocals which deservedly earned a rapturous response from the audience.
Next up were Chaplain, who hail from the Coventry area and have a sound that I can only describe as pretty scary black metal! Considering that the band have only been together since September last year, I have to applaud them as they look and sound like they’ve been together much longer than that. Their set tonight was tight and coated in the kind of atmosphere that sits somewhere between psychotic uncertainty and the absence of normality, which is just my cup of tea!
Our third band of the night were Halusky who I believe are also relative newcomers to the scene. Halusky are a music lovers dream as they seem to have captured numerous genres, with the absence of complication. Listening to their set tonight I heard strains of metal, indie, grunge and grove which all just flowed with impeccable ease all wrapped up with lyrics that carry a great deal of social conscience and thought. Based upon the experience of their live set tonight, Halusky are a band now firmly on my radar and a word to the wise, go check this band out now!
With the three previous performances having already stamped their quality on tonight’s event, our penultimate band of the evening, Djinova, were next to take to the stage and ready to raise the bar even higher. Djinova have the kind of long standing relationship with the metal community, that is born out of commitment and quality and successfully led them to The New Blood Stage at Bloodstock this year. The bands set tonight, saw them engulf the O2 Academy3 in a Category 5 metal storm, with no prisoners left standing in the blast and for me, this is exactly what live metal should look, sound and feel like.
Our headliners tonight were none other than Master’s Call, who are a band that I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing on numerous occasions in recent years and watching them tonight, I found it an absolute pleasure to reflect upon how they have grown and developed their craft. Visually, the quality of the bands presentation matches the standard of their musicianship and their set tonight sat right up there in the league of first class.
With the atmosphere both on stage and off hauntingly intense, Master’s Call brought an outstanding night to an impressive close and what an experience its been!
To see more photographs from the night, be sure to check out music224 over on Flickr .
Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.