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Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 10th May 2019.

Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses 2019 has been quite a competition and one that each and every band who has taken part in it, has shown commitment to. Tonight’s third and final Semi-final proves that well, and see’s the hard work of Born Zero, The Black Hounds, Mystiek and Elyrean bringing them one step closer to the grand prize – a slot on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock.

Getting the night underway were Born Zero, with metal that is both savage and ferocious in its truest of form. Riding high on adrenaline, Born Zero lay siege upon KK’s Steel Mill and despite a few technical problems, the band kept things rolling. A great start to our night and a top notch performance from the band.

Our second band of the night were the mighty Black Hounds, who set about bringing a wealth of hard rock and metal thunder to tonight’s audience. These guys just made making music look easy, with Ant Wright’s voice being the best I’ve ever heard it – a stellar set from the band, which saw The Black Hounds doing what they do best.

Next to take to the stage were Mystiek, who raised their own game and packed endless energy and intent into tonight’s set. It was quite humbling to watch these guys perform as you could feel how much they wanted to go through to the final and I have to commend lead singer, Josh Dallas for his relentless vitality on stage – no way was he going to accept anyone standing back tonight and let Mystiek pass them by!

And so we come to our last band of the night and last band to play the Semi-finals, Elyrean. With thirty minutes of thrash metal ricocheting around the audience, Elyrean laid down a perfect storm and brought the competition to a close on one hell of a high!

The Semi-finals may be done but the night was far from over as still yet to come were special guests, Obzidian. Bloodstock 2018 saw Obzidian opening up the New Blood Stage on its final day and produced rave reviews for the band – but nothing surprising there as this band take full command of your attention with each and every performance they give. Tonight’s set stood in that same vein, with Matty Jenks a brutal live wire and merciless in every note.

And with votes cast and counted, the victors of the night were The Black Hounds and Elyrean, who now take the next step forward and go on through to the monumental Wolverhampton Metal 2 The Masses 2019 final on Saturday 1st June – what an event that is going to be!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle

Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 14th March 2019.

Tonight Heat 3 see’s five more bands all raring to go, with each one firmly hoping that the outcome of tonight will place them one step closer to a prestigious performance at Bloodstock 2019.

Getting things underway this evening were Enemy Of Atlas, who hail from the Birmingham area. Musically, this band deliver a hard hitting punch with a sound that is born straight out of their metal core. A great hit with the M2TM’s audience and the first mosh pit of this years competition.

Next band to take to the stage tonight were Second Cities and if you like your metal performed with the kind of psychotic energy that no straight jacket could contain, then this band are for you. Fantastic set from the band who proved that the future of metal in the West Midlands is looking very bright indeed.

And following on in that same vein, were Solihull based Born Zero. A new band to me but one who delivered the kind of impact, impression and great hopes for their future that is so exciting to find. Born Zero are four young metallers who are destined for big things and I highly recommend you check out their videoBreathe‘ – great stuff!

With this evenings heat having passed its halfway point, the moment had arrived for The Black Hounds to take to the stage and as always, these guys certainly make their mark. With a sound that is hard, heavy and perfectly delivered, the band gave the audience a first class performance tonight and one that certainly went down a storm.

Our final band of Heat 3 were Skull Fox and as with their four predecessors, this band made easy work of proving that they were well worthy contenders, who would easily fit into Bloodstock’s mighty line up. I really loved the great atmosphere that rolled out from this bands performance tonight as it delivered the kind of energy and feel good factor that simply leaves you wanting more… and more.

Tonight’s heat has been the toughest one yet – five great bands all worthy of going through to the semi-finals, but sadly that wasn’t an option. So, with all the votes being cast, counted and anticipation hanging in the air by the bucket full, huge congratulations go out to Born Zero and The Black Hounds, who will now progress on to the semi-finals.

Roll on Heat 4!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.