KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 28th March 2019.
Once again I’m back at KK’s Steel Mill in anticipation of all that Wolverhampton’s M2TM Heat 5 has to offer, with tonight’s rather exciting line up including Crows & Crosses, Exiles, Chaosaroma and Going Down On The Landing Strip – great stuff!
First up were Crows & Crosses and I have to say, that these guys most definitely delivered the goods tonight! With a deep, rich and abundant hard rock style, this band ticked just about every box possible throughout their set tonight, with the fantastic voice of lead singer Nick Pagett adding an intensely gritty edge to the bands overall sound. A great set from start to finish and an excellent start to tonight’s Heat.
Next up on stage were Exiles, whose music tonight brought with it an abundance of tech laced metal that was a first in this years competition. Hardcore is sound, with much thought clearly having gone into its delivery as the glaring ambience they created with strobe and computer generated composition took their performance into a league of its own. Exiles are an up and coming band who clearly have great potential – as we all witnessed tonight.
The third band of the evening were Chaosaroma and even though they may not be metal in sound, they certainly know how to play their alternative rock full on, with a good time guaranteed. This band delivered a wealth of great songs all laced with energy and the feel good factor, that certainly held the audiences attention throughout the entirety of their set.
Our last band of the night were Going Down On The Landing Strip and I find myself really struggling to find the right words to describe these guys, as sometimes words just can’t cut it – and I mean that in the nicest sense possible! This band have a very unique identity that spills out in both their appearance and also in their songs – imagine songs written by the love child of Noddy Holder, Jimi Hendrix and Jo Brand and you won’t be far off! Going Down On The Landing Strip completely shook my world and I loved ’em!
Tonight has once again been quite a night, with congratulations going out to this weeks winners Crows & Crosses and Exiles, who will now go on to the semi-finals.
Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.