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Destroyed Beyond Belief

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 1st April 2016.

Tonight’s event is a bitter sweet one to say the least, as after many years of writing and playing great metal plus being party to far more antic’s than will ever be repeated outside of a padded cell, The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton was set to play host to the final gig of Destroyed Beyond Belief .

Destroyed Beyond Belief

This evening was important in another way too, as it was an opportunity to say thank you to friends, fans and fellow musicians for being part of the story, so each and every song that was played tonight came straight from the heart. And getting things well under way tonight were Decimate, who gave us a set of metal so brutal that not an ounce of mercy was shown.

Nick Smith - DECIMATE

Our second band of the night were At Dawn We Attack but this time with a twist in their tale as in the absence of lead singer Bryan Hancox we were treated to an inspiring bounty of guest appearances at the mic which really was something to behold. Recent years have provided us with several main stream super groups, whose line ups can vary as they see fit and I have to say I love that concept, but never more so than that which I witnessed tonight as in that same vein, At Dawn We Attack were formidable!

Danny Bailey - At Dawn We Attack

Destroyed Beyond Belief first raised their heads back in November 2011 and since that time they have consistently been a band whose contribution to the local metal scene and beyond, has in my opinion, been one of great significance. At each and every gig of theirs that I’ve attended, it has always been such a pleasure to lavish in the strength of their combined ability for songwriting, stage presence and priceless sense of humour and most notably for me being their appearance at Hils Ovations Midlands Metal Crusade III back in December 2014.

Edd Bailey - Destroyed Beyond Belief

Tonight’s set list also reflected the great catalogue of songs that Destroyed Beyond Belief have given us and included tracks such as ’Blind Faith’, ’Embrace The Flames’ and of course, no gig would be complete without the inclusion of their epic track ‘Destroyer’.

It was also bloomin marvellous to see the familiar faces of Sandman and Marie up on stage tonight and to have the final chance of seeing them all together again for one last time.


The message of this, their final gig being a means of saying a huge and heartfelt thank you to all those who have supported them over the years was without doubt, felt loud and clear by the entire Slade Rooms audience and a message of great appreciation for the band was equally returned by all those present.

Sean Westwood - Destroyed Beyond Belief

When all is said and done, there are some reviews you really don’t want to write and that has certainly been the case with this one for me. I will remain ever hopeful that the passing of time will see these guys back together on stage again but for now, nothing will ever change the fact that Destroyed Beyond Belief closed the last page in their final chapter on an emotional high and to quote the last line written on tonight‘s set list: “Lie Down – Try Not To Cry – Cry A Lot”.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Evil Scarecrow

The Slade Rooms Wolves 29th January 2016.

In this day and age, day to day existence can be pretty tough going at times and based upon my musical experiences, one of the best forms of therapy out there has to be an Evil Scarecrow gig. With support tonight being most ably provided by DECIMATE and Slaughter Horse, there was a triple treat ahead for all us West Midland metal aficionados!

First band to take to the stage this evening were DECIMATE and I could not imagine a more apt metal name for this band as their style and performance throughout the entirety of their set was crushing to the near point of perfection. With front man Matt Harrison making his commanding stage presence felt, DECIMATE were addictive to watch and more than deservedly earned the praise that they received from the Slade Rooms’ audience.

Ivan Mornington - Decimate

Our next band of the night were Slaughter Horse and no-one could be blamed for taking a sharp intake of breath in the presence of these guys, as seeing and hearing them really is an experience. Swathed in their own unique aura of fluorescent madness, Slaughter Horse gave us an all consuming set which included tracks from their recent EP ‘Plague Carriers’, with the title track being a particular highlight for me.

Jim Chilton - Slaughter Horse

Another Slaughter Horse highlight for me was seeing the memento of the audiences reaction and appreciation for the band grow – both during and after their set and I very much believe that this is a sign of the great things yet to come for this band.

Rob Greenfield - Slaughter Horse

Words never quite manage to capture exactly what it feels like to be in the company of Evil Scarecrow, as their artistry and originality sits firmly in a unique little universe all of its own – and a pretty lively little universe it was tonight!

Kraven Morrdeth - Evil Scarecrow

The bands set was a glorious carnival of many a tune that Evil Scarecrow are known and much loved for, with ‘The Book Of Doom‘ and ‘Robotron’ visibly shaking the dust off The Slade Rooms chandelier.

Monty Blitzfist - Evil Scarecrow

And let’s not forget ‘Crabulon’ – as if anyone could, with this being the highlight of the night for me as man and crustacean truly were one!

Dr Rabid Hell - Evil Scarecrow

Tonight’s gig was the kind of gig that I simply didn’t want to end as it was an absolute tonic at see the inner child or robot of so many, unleashed and running free within the confines of The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton.

I really hope we don’t have to wait too long before we get to see these three great bands back up on stage again as this evenings excursion into the depths of metal was a prime example of live music at it’s very very best!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.