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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.

Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 21st March 2019.

With Heat 4 of Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses being a four band show tonight, this round offers then a very real opportunity of getting through to the semi-finals – so time for Rustlung, Cancel Tomorrow, Mystiek and Dead Mob to raise their mark and give tonight’s performances their very best shot!

The first band of tonight’s event were Rustlung, who are a band known to many and really need little introduction. Tough and aggressive to the core, Rustlung’s set saw the band execute their metal overture with venomous precision with the fretboards of Mike and Dave Breakwell seeing some serious action. An unrelenting performance from the band tonight and one that I felt could easily see them through to the next round.

Cancel Tomorrow were next to take to the stage and as always, its great to find a band whose music is new to me. Checking out their Facebook page, Cancel tomorrow have some seriously big musical influences which translate into a sound that delivers a wealth of well written songs and an abundance of precision built riffs, that wholly compliment the fine grained voice of Emma Norman. The band were a big hit with tonight’s audience and certainly seemed to enjoy performing to all those in attendance.

Next up were Mysteik and the energy these guys put into their performance was really quite something to witness! Lead singer, Josh Dallas whipped up an on stage storm with his tireless persona and unconditionally brought about a performance that nothing could distract you from. Mystiek delivered a great set tonight with songs that equally held up in this bands grip and if you haven’t seen this band play live before, then without question you should!

Signing off Heat 4 in fine form were Dead Mob and despite a few technical hitches, these guys remained ever professional and consistently reigned down an impressive avalanche of punk infused metal. Intense in its entirety and vicious in its presentation, this was the kind of set that you could have watched twice over and would still have been left wanting more. A great end to the night and once again, a performance that undeniably made its mark on tonight’s event.

I have to give praise also, to all those behind the scenes who have made Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses one hell of a great experience to be part of. Events like this don’t just happen and require a huge amount of planning and organisation, so extra big praise goes out to Matt Edwards whose plate spinning ability has ensured that this years competition has firmly placed Wolverhampton back on the Bloodstock map.

As expected, votes were cast and counted but the outcome of this delivered an unexpected but most welcome result, with Rustlung, Mystiek and Dead Mob all going through to the semi-finals.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.