Tag Archives: djinova

Master’s Call

With support from Djinova, Halusky, Chaplain and Hands Of Attrition.
O2 Academy3 Birmingham 29th September 2019.

This evenings Hils Ovation gig at the O2 Academy3 is set to be just about as good as it gets, with the promise of five fantastic bands all ready to raise the roof and first up and into it were Hands Of Attrition. This band have an intense sound and a stage presence to match, which completely commanded the attention of the O2 Academy3 throughout the entirety of their set. Vocalist Tom Alexander, whipped up a storm with his endless wrath of quality and all consuming vocals which deservedly earned a rapturous response from the audience.

Next up were Chaplain, who hail from the Coventry area and have a sound that I can only describe as pretty scary black metal! Considering that the band have only been together since September last year, I have to applaud them as they look and sound like they’ve been together much longer than that. Their set tonight was tight and coated in the kind of atmosphere that sits somewhere between psychotic uncertainty and the absence of normality, which is just my cup of tea!

Our third band of the night were Halusky who I believe are also relative newcomers to the scene. Halusky are a music lovers dream as they seem to have captured numerous genres, with the absence of complication. Listening to their set tonight I heard strains of metal, indie, grunge and grove which all just flowed with impeccable ease all wrapped up with lyrics that carry a great deal of social conscience and thought. Based upon the experience of their live set tonight, Halusky are a band now firmly on my radar and a word to the wise, go check this band out now!

With the three previous performances having already stamped their quality on tonight’s event, our penultimate band of the evening, Djinova, were next to take to the stage and ready to raise the bar even higher. Djinova have the kind of long standing relationship with the metal community, that is born out of commitment and quality and successfully led them to The New Blood Stage at Bloodstock this year. The bands set tonight, saw them engulf the O2 Academy3 in a Category 5 metal storm, with no prisoners left standing in the blast and for me, this is exactly what live metal should look, sound and feel like.

Our headliners tonight were none other than Master’s Call, who are a band that I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing on numerous occasions in recent years and watching them tonight, I found it an absolute pleasure to reflect upon how they have grown and developed their craft. Visually, the quality of the bands presentation matches the standard of their musicianship and their set tonight sat right up there in the league of first class.

With the atmosphere both on stage and off hauntingly intense, Master’s Call brought an outstanding night to an impressive close and what an experience its been!

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

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Hils Ovation

O2 Academy3 Birmingham 29th October 2016.

If you’re going to celebrate Halloween in style, then it pays to metal up and with Gehtika, Eradikator, The Face Of Ruin, Obzidian and Djinova all set to blast away a few cobwebs and ghouls tonight, the only spirits likely to be left standing will be the alcoholic ones!

And getting tonight off to a flying start amidst a hailstorm of Death Metal were the Coventry based band Djinova. To describe the experience of this band as brutal just doesn’t cut it as these guys go way beyond that, with the bite in the vocals of Tony Overton showing no mercy at all. If you’ve not seen or heard these guys play live before, then believe me when I say they are well worth checking out.


Lots of good things have been happening to Obzidian recently and tonight’s set from the band can most definitely be added to that list aswell, as not a moment was wasted in their delivery of tracks both well known and new. With the forthcoming release of their new album due out on the 28th November, it was a bit of a treat to hear a couple of tracks in advance of that, with the official single ‘Sins Here Are Purified’ being an excellent example of what is about to be unveiled. But if you can’t wait until the end of the month to take a listen to this awesome track for yourself, then you can check out the video for it over on the bands Facebook page now!


You can’t pass up Halloween without a spot of fancy dress and tonight we were besieged with the presence of many great demons, witches, zombies and the odd Beetlejuice or two. But even amidst all those scary characters, it was the figures of Alex Mumford and The Face Of Ruin with their visual homage to Linda Blair and The Exorcist that made the night for me, as never in a million years did I expect that! Thankfully, Alex spared us from the 360 degree head rotation and also the projectile vomit – which was a great relief to me from my position in the pit but what we got instead was one hell of a great melodic death metal set that won’t be forgotten for a long time to come!


Our penultimate band of the evening came in the guise of Eradikator and in capturing the spirit of the event, these guys gave the O2 Academy3 quite a performance tonight. With members of Gehtika and The Face Of Ruin taking to the stage aswell, Eradikator’s adrenaline fuelled thrash flowed freely with Pat Cox absolutely owning the stage tonight. Next up for the band is a slot at The Midlands Metal Crusade VI on the 26th November which will definitely be one not to miss!


When it comes down to picking a Halloween headliner then Gehtika have got to be a dam near perfect choice as these guys are true masters at what they do. Tonight’s set from the band saw them grabbing Halloween by the horns and serving up a blistering death metal set that was as addictive to listen to as their performance was to watch.


The one thing I really love about this band is the theatrical manner in which they deliver their sets and tonight’s gentlemanly shenanigans sat blissfully well with the audience and other band members alike.


Sadly, my enjoyment of their set had to be cut short tonight but not before catching them play their anthemic track ’A Monster In Mourning’ which for me, was the highlight of the night.

Tonight’s celebration of All Hallows’ Eve was certainly done in style, with all five bands putting on quite a show that most definitely hit the spot!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.