Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 7th March 2019.

And Wolverhampton’s Metal is back! up and running with a Heat 2 bringing quite a line up of five great bands with it tonight!

Getting things underway were Recall The Remains and what a start to the night they gave us. This band without doubt, lead by example they look the part, have a catalogue of tempestuous metal and on stage, the intensity of their performance is completely captivating. Definitely a firm favourite with tonight’s audience, one hell of a start to Heat2!

Next up were Severn UK who are a band I admire greatly, with the long standing experience of the band members being well celebrated by many others aswell. And let’s not forget talent either, as when Ben Evans and Louis Hale stand side by side to deliver a blistering guitar break, the experience of that is spellbinding. Excellent set from the band tonight and a very tough act to follow.

Our third band of the night were Elyrean and I have to say that their set tonight was one of a kind! Having seen them recently perform at Birmingham’s HRH Metal, I did wonder if the experience of that had been a bit of a game changer for them, as their confidence and the way in which they connected with the audience tonight was stronger than I’ve ever seen them deliver before. For thirty minutes, pure melodic thrash metal reigned down on KK’s Steel Mill and what a fantastic set it was!

With a short delay to the start of our next bands set, Tear It Down were quick off the mark to get things moving and their brand of classic rock and blues rolling. This band deliver a high energy performance and I have to hand it to their drummer Jamie Roberts for his powerhouse skills and drum stick agility which was pure poetry in motion.

Parson City were our last band of the night and there is something quite intriguing about this bands music, as they seem to have captured contrasting musical influences such as classic rock and metal in the most original of styles. Lead singer Kyle Roberts brings a multitude of vocal arrangements and guitar riffs to the forefront, whilst Sam Leek on bass and backing vocals puts the energy and zeal into the performance. And then of course there is Anthony Richards on drums, who ties things all up together and for me, this band brought about a great end to the night, in every respect.

Once again, all five bands gave the audience and judges much to deliberate on when casting their votes and a big shout goes out to Recall The Remains and Elyrean, who now go through to the semi-finals in April and May.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.