KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 4th April 2019.
Well, the Heats have flown by and tonight sees the final one with five more bands all hoping to progress down that road to Bloodstock. And getting the evening underway were Orpheus, who hail from the Birmingham area. Alternative in their metal, this band have put a lot of commitment into developing their own sound and style and despite have been working hard on this for quite some time, they are relative newcomers to the live music scene. The bands set tonight saw that commitment at its finest and I hope we get to see more from this band in their many gigs yet to come.
Next up were 14 Pieces who brought along with them, their own brand of melodic thrash which hit the stage hard. Rife in attitude and belligerent in its deliver, these guys took full control of their stage and audience and firmly made Heat 6 as a night to remember.
The midway point of Heat 6 was marked by a blinding set from Master Charger, whose limitless ability has seen them command stages across the country on many an occasion, with the kind of accomplishment that makes you wonder why these guys aren’t on the Bloodstock line up already! Thirty minutes was just simply not long enough to relish the doom infused metal sound of Master Charger and tonight’s set from the band was A+ in its delivery and one that KK’s Steel Mill’s audience absolutely lapped up.
With the kind of gusto and energy that adrenaline thrives on, our penultimate band of Heat 6 took things to a whole new level tonight! Atarka have such a fresh feel to their groove rock metal and the drive within their performance was infectious and had their audience hanging onto every note and word. Once again, these guys served to put Wolverhampton high up on the Bloodstock map and making Heat 6 one of the toughest rounds so far.
And finally, the time had come for our last band of the night and the last band to perform in the heats of Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses 2019 – Blood Church. Dramatic in both visual style and stage presence, these guys dominated their every metal moment on stage and what a set it was! Steeped in the kind of theatrical allurement that grips you tight, Blood Church brought tonight’s event to one hell of an impressive end.
The competition tonight was TOUGH and sending just two bands forward onto the semi-finals was no easy decision for audience and judges alike but congratulations go out to Atarka and Blood Church both go through to the next round.
Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.