Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 3rd May 2019.

So the Wolverhampton Metal 2 The Masses semi-finals continue tonight, with five more live performances from Atarka, Blood Church, Dead Mob, Exiles and Recall The Remains. And getting this event underway were Dead Mob who delivered yet another storming set that was nothing short of a brutal powerhouse performance. With the large audience all set on supporting these guys, the band couldn’t have asked for more and once again, set the bar high for those bands yet to follow.

Next to give it their all were Blood Church, who had previously made quite an impact in Heat 6 with their satanic style of metal and presentation. With a dramatic entrance that was both ritualistic and eerie in style giving way to a full on attack of the darkest of metal, Blood Church mesmerized an audience already gazing on and listening in awe – this was definitely the kind of performance that was going to take some beating!

Our next band of the night were Recall The Remains who in my opinion, are one of the most exciting up and coming bands currently on the West Midlands music scene. As with our two previous bands, RTR had stepped up their game and seeing the towering figure of lead singer Jacob Collins being led on stage by a pig to the slaughter, their performance tonight certainly started with a sharp intake of breath! And in true style to their form, the metal was brutal – a seriously creative band that write and perform songs of the highest calibre.

Another up and coming band that are well worth getting excited about are Exiles, who stormed their way through to the semi-finals in Heat 5. Hardcore and smart with it, is the style that they have developed and tonight’s set from the band was intense from the moment this tornado hit the ground hard. Fueled by the energy on stage, there was plenty for the mosh pit to react with and Exiles certainly gave them 110%.

Tonight’s semi-final has been one of the toughest competitions yet and signing tonight off with a huge swell of energy and adrenaline, were Birmingham based Atarka. This band seriously showed the audience at KK’s Steel Mill what they were made of and their music and performance was nothing short of colossal in its delivery.

This semi-final gave us five bands who were all worthy of a place in Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses Final, so the voting tonight was indeed a very tough call but congratulations go out to Blood Church and Atarka who will go through to that event – and what an event it is going to be!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.