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Hils Ovation

Tonight’s Hils Ovation gig has been a much anticipated one in my gigging calendar, as it is set to mark the release of ‘Torousnew album ‘Mindfield’ and getting this rather special night underway, were the Birmingham/Stourbridge based rock/prog band, Unchanged.

Having already been intrigued by the content of their biography over on the band’s Facebook page, there was clearly a lot more to Unchanged than that which you initially see on the surface. Describing themselves as a concept seems to have opened wide the flood gates for the many musical influences they collectively hold and these varying genres just flow like a raging river through their songs. The bands skill on stage was equally as intriguing and I for one, was definitely left wanting more!

Adam Martin - Unchanged

Our second band of the night were Cause To Effect and over the past few years, these guys have steadily earned themselves a much respected reputation and quite rightly so, as these guys always deliver the kind of hard rockin sound that never fails to leave a great lasting impression. Whilst tonight’s set felt like quite a short one, it still hit the spot and with the band just about ready to play their headlining show over at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton on 20th May, which is also the official launch for the new albumCircumstantial Creatures’, then there’s not too long to wait for some more Cause To Effect!

Ged Green - Cause To Effect

One of the great things that I always love about a Hils Ovation night, is that it gives me the chance to discover some of the great up and coming bands from across the region and our next band of the night, Signs Of Fire, most definitely fall into that specific category! If you could bottle the on stage energy and presence of this band, then you’d never have a bad day again as the vibe that they deliver on stage, is really quite something. With the band currently in the process of recording some new material, I can’t wait to hear the finished product, so I will be keeping my ears and eyes open for more updates on that and wholeheartedly recommend that you do too!

Tommy Smith and Liam Dyer - Signs Of Fire

There is nothing quite like an intriguing band name to get me curious and when presented with a name such as Bad Llama – I’m hooked straight away! Hailing from the Burton In Trent area, Bad Llama have set about creating an all consuming alternative rock sound that carries its own individual stamp which is very easy to get engrossed in. Bad Llama are set to return to the studio shortly to record their second EP, so keep your eyes and ears open for more news from them on that too.

Kyle Jordan - Bad Llama

When our headlining band first came on the scene back in 2014, there was something about them that had me hooked from the very first encounter. For a band such as Torous, there is no limit to the heart, soul and depth that they capture within their music and with each new track that they pen, they always succeed in creating something quite spell binding. Recent months have seen the band busy writing and spending time in the studio with the final outcome being the glittering prize and rather spectacular debut album, ‘Mindfield’, whose launch was now upon us.

Marc Malone - Torous

Torous’s headlining set was very much welcomed by the O2 Academy3 audience and it was apparent from the get go, that ‘Mindfield’ makes for as much of an invigorating live experience as the recorded material does, when it comes pouring out of your home speakers. The set included the album pretty much in its entirety with only a few tracks omitted and Torous more than did it justice – this album will most definitely be a big smash with fans old and new.

Tonight’s set list from Torous consisted of: 1.Sideline (intro track) 2.Frontline 3.I Am 4.Colours 5.Close My Eye 6.Seven 7.Nine 8.Mindfield 9.God Game Suicide 10.Shadow Self

Tonight’s event was the kind of gig that lights up the path for the future of these five great bands and it’s gonna be one that I shall certainly class as a highlight of 2017. Big thanks have to go out aswell to Hils for making it happen and also to the sound engineer for giving us A+ sound and lighting tonight.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Stone Broken

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 18th December 2015.

Tonight see’s months of hard work all come together for Stone Broken, with the launch of their debut album ‘All In Time’ and with support from Cause To Effect, My Great Affliction and Lightfire, this is most definitely a night that is not to be missed.

Getting things off to a fine and dandy start for the early evening crowd were Wolverhampton’s very own, Cause To Effect. I had the pleasure of first seeing this band back in October and given their feel for melodic harmonies and rich guitar riffs, they were a great addition to tonight’s line up. Do check these guys out over on Facebook as I’m sure we are going to be hearing a lot more from them in 2016!

Dan Harris and Ged Green - Cause To Effect

My Great Affliction have been noticeable by their absence in recent months, so tonight’s set from the band was a most welcomed addition by me. These guys never fail to deliver some substantial rock ‘n’ roll and frontman Ste Gough is always quite the character on stage. It was great to hear some new songs from the band aswell and I believe My Great Affliction will be heading off to the studio in the new year to do some recording, so that is definitely something to look forward to!

Ste Gough - My Great Affliction

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without seeing a festive jumper or four on stage and despite the heat under the Slade Rooms lights, our penultimate band of the evening Lightfire, were just the right guys to make this point. Lightfire’s set tonight was rammed to the brim with energy and their intense brand of full-toned rock certainly went down well with the audience – as did their version of ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’. I’m guessing that Lightfire picked up a few new fans tonight and quite rightly so, as their performance tonight was first class!

Lee Nightingale - Lightfire

With all three bands having done a mighty fine job tonight in supporting Stone Broken in the launch of their debut album ‘All In Time’, the moment was finally upon us, as the band took to the stage amidst thunderous cheers from a packed out Slade Rooms. The smile on Rich Moss’s face spoke louder than any words ever could do and if ever memories could be captured and bottled, then I’m sure that that moment would definitely be a very much cherished one.

Rich Moss - Stone Broken

The official release date for ‘All In Time’ is 29th January 2016, so tonight was the perfect opportunity to hear the album played live and for those in attendance, the chance to also pick up an advance copy of it. This ten track little beauty collectively captures the ability within the band to write songs with blazing guitar riffs, vibrant drum/bass lines and poignant lyrics, with particular favourites of mine being ’Better’ and ’Another Day’, both of which earned some pretty enthusiastic audience approval tonight.

Kieron Conroy and Rich Moss - Stone Broken

Without any doubt at all, I can say that Stone Broken were outstanding tonight, as I felt that each band member took their individual and joint performances to a new level. Stage presence can be learnt but in my opinion, the foundations have to be strong in the first place and Stone Broken have never stood stronger than they did tonight!

Robyn Haycock - Stone Broken

Stone Broken and ‘All In Time’ made one hell of an impression tonight and I left the Slade Rooms feeling very excited for the band and the bright future that now awaits them.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.