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Chemikill

With support from The Unresolved, Ghost Of Machines, Rawkas and 14 Pieces.
O2 Academy3 Birmingham 27th July 2019.

I’ve been looking forward to tonight for what simply feels like AGES, as once again, Ovation Music Management has brought together a stellar line up of my kind of metal and hard rock, all under the roof of the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham.

And getting tonight’s event underway, were the Telford based band 14 Pieces who like to play metal hard, thrashed and notably heavy. I really love the way that this band capture an intensity in both their music and live performance and without doubt, these guys delivered an impressive set tonight. Good live music is a thing to be treasured and tonight’s set from the band saw them clearly on the greatest of form and making for an excellent start to the night.

Next up were Rawkas and you have to hand it to these groovecore masters as they certainly know how to capture an audiences attention, with songs that bring about a raging torrent of dark melodic riffs and vocals that graze the soul to its core. Tonight’s set saw Rawkas deliver five of their very best tracks, which included last years release ‘XVX‘ and the fantastic ‘Black Lagoon‘. If you’ve yet to check Rawkas out, then I strongly recommend you do and seek out these two tracks for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.

The one thing I really love about Ovation Music Management gigs is that you get to discover some pretty awesome up and coming bands and Ghost Of Machines most definitely sit within that category! Local to the Swindon area, this band have been together since 2014 and in those few years, they have developed a collective personality that manifests itself live as both visually dramatic and alluring in its presence. Their set tonight was a burst of none stop energy and rock, which manifested itself through the tireless vitality of lead singer Billy Bingham – a must see band for sure!

Our penultimate band for tonight were The Unresolved and with influences including Motorhead, Black Sabbath and T Rex, these guys certainly know how what it takes to make the hard rock roll. With a recent change to their line up bringing Thomas Gould (Vocals) into their fold, The Unresolved look and sound set to move forward in a very positive direction and have also recently released a new single ‘Here To Stay‘. If you like you rock to have that good time vibe and love great riffs aswell, then these guys are the band for you.

The West Midlands metal scene has seen bands come and go but there are also a number of great bands who have stood the test of time, with one such band being Chemikill who were our headliners tonight. Chemikill stand firm amongst our local masters of metal and their long standing presence has brought about an amazing catalogue of hard hitting metal that not only has stood the test of time but continues to be very current aswell. Tonight’s set from the band was a first class performance, with the vocals of lead singer Tracey Rand being an absolute pleasure to behold – when it comes to capturing the notes and interpretation of the music – this gal has exactly what it takes. Chemikill have more dates in their diary for September, so do check out their Facebook page for more information about these.

To see more photographs from the night, be sure to check out music224 over on Flickr.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Metal 2 The Masses

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.