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Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 26th April 2019.

So all six Heats have now concluded and the next step forward along that road to Bloodstock, see’s all those victorious move on through to one of the three Semi-finals – with the first round commencing tonight.

And getting things underway tonight were Militia Inc., who were one of our two winners from Heat 1. One of the things I really admire and respect about these guys is that they just get up on stage and give it their all – 100% and nothing less. Plus, when you add in the fact that they do a damn fine job of it too, these guys have certainly been a highlight of Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses for me.

Next up were Rustlung and with the memory of their set from Heat 4 still strong in my memory, expectations were running high. Tonight’s set saw the band full of intent to make it through to the final and with the audience right behind them, Rustlung metaled up and delivered a blistering set that was a pleasure to behold.

If you want to create an impact at a metal gig, then a bit of disco will usually do just that. To strains of ‘Disco Inferno’, Eyes Of The Raven announced their arrival and then proceeded to deliver one hell of an awesome set, that had Wolverhampton completely in its grip.

Our last contenders of tonight were Crows & Crosses and this band have become quite a talking point when it comes to up and coming bands in this region, so no suprise really to see them here at Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses first Semi-final. An impressive set from the band and an excellent way to bring this part of the competition to a close.

Our guest band of the night, first walked the road to Bloodstock way back in 2014 and were then invited back again in 2017, so when it comes to knowing what winning this competition can do, Eradikator are the band you should talk to. Their on stage energy tonight surged at full thrash and speed, with the audience relishing every moment. Eradikator have a new album due for its launch in August this year, so keep your eyes peeled for more news on that.

The level at which all four bands performed tonight was nothing short of impressive but it was Eyes of The Raven and Rustlung who now go through to the final on 1st June.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

The Heretic Order

With support from V0iD, Eradikator and Secrets Of Mariana.
O2 Academy3 Birmingham 23rd June 2018.

It’s Saturday night in Birmingham and once again, the O2 Academy3 is set to play host for another Hils Ovation night, in celebration of the great live music that is to be found in the West Midlands.

So, first up tonight were Secrets Of Mariana and I’ve yet to see a disappointing set from Amy and the band – ever! With such a great mindset within this band, their music and performance just gels and from start to finish, Secrets of Mariana carried the audience along in the thick of a perfect storm. I believe that the band will be taking a little time out to write but will be back up on stage early August, so do make a point of keeping an eye on what they have lined up as Secrets of Mariana are definitely a band you don’t want to miss.

Next up were Eradikator and once again, these guys always deliver one hell of a great set, as thrash metal and Eradikator were just simply made for each other. Fast, fearless and down right ferocious was the nature of this evenings performance which was over way to quickly for mine (and the audiences) liking! Having said that, the band will be back up at the O2 Academy on September 29th when they will be headlining yet another spectacular Hils Ovation night – so be sure to head on over to their Facebook page to find out the ticket details first chance you get.

Our third band of the night and new inductees to Hils Ovations regular live music excursions were V0iD, who hail from the beautiful area of South Wales. V0iD have been out on the road for four dates with The Heretic Order and I have to admit, these two bands are not an obvious match but when a band writes and plays classic hard melodic rock as good as these guys do, its a win win situation all round!

Our headlining band The Heretic Order are fast becoming a regular must go see band whenever they venture up into our neck of the West Midlands and having seen them play live now on several occasions, I always find myself wowed by their pagan persona and outright ability to deliver the most charismatic of metal performances. Tonight’s set saw the band raging amidst smoking yellow and red embers, courtesy of the O2’s finest lighting, which most excellently served to add an opulent atmosphere to their set.

With the bands recently released albumEvil Rising‘ going down a treat and their inclusion in this years Bloodstock line up getting even closer, 2018 is looking set to be a mighty fine year for The Heretic Order!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Death Angel

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 8th August 2017.

Tonight, the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton looks ready for the taking, with a superb night of metal courtesy of the mighty Death Angel, Warbringer, Eradikator and Reign Of Fury.

With it being a bit of a mad rush across to Wolverhampton after work, I was sadly late to the party and only managed to catch the last couple of songs in Reign Of Fury’s set. The on stage arrangement of equipment for tonight’s bands certainly made for a cosy performance from Reign Of Fury but in no way did that seem to be having a negative effect on them or the audience, as the bands brand of thrashtastic metal held the audience in its powerful grip and it was great to see so many fists in the air, in what was already a pretty full room.

With a pretty swift change over on stage, Eradikator were next up tonight and with Pat Cox’s rousing call of ‘Are you with us‘, receiving a loud and hearty response, there was no doubt about it – we were. The band were on fine form this evening and I guess that when you have an audience who clearly are enjoying themselves, then this also has a positive impact on the band. Eradikator’s set went through all the glorious stage from on fire to frenzied with enough guitar riffs and guttural vocals to keep even the most demanding of metalheads happy but let’s face it, you just can’t beat a bit of Eradikator.

Our third band of the night and main support for the tour, were Warbringer and what these guys brought to the stage tonight was an abundance of Los Angeles thrash, that most definitely stood out in a league of its own. With the audience well up for some very active participation, the Slade Rooms seemed to be buried under a permanent sea of headbanging and adrenaline and of course, a circle pit or two. Their set comprised of both long standing favorites and a few of their new songs aswell, with the newer material being taken from their album ‘Woe To The Vanquished‘ which was released back in March via Napalm Records. If you’ve not had chance to check this album out for yourself, then just take a look at the video for ‘Remain Violent‘ – this one doesn’t hold anything back at all!

Set List: 1.Silhouettes 2.Woe to the Vanquished 3.Remain Violent 4.Shellfire 5.Descending Blade 6.Shattered Like Glass 7.Hunter-Seeker 8.Living in a Whirlwind 9.Combat Shock ….

And so to our headlining band for this evening – Death Angel. This band has experienced the kind of longevity that happens for good reason and what they brought to the Slade Rooms tonight, was an absolute privilege to be a part of. In trying to describe why it felt such a privilege, I could tell you about the outstanding songs that were included in their set – such as ‘Lost‘, which is taken from last years album release ‘The Evil Divide‘ but if you’re a fan, then you already know about the rich repertoire of songs they have tucked firmly under their belt. I could also say that their stage presence and technical ability stands very tall indeed but again, I’m sure that doesn’t really come as any great surprise either but what really blew me away tonight was the bond I saw between the band and audience – now that really WAS something special to behold! With so many hands reaching out across the photo pit, the band took every opportunity to make that connection with their fans and spent much of their set getting as close to the audience as possible and Mark Osegueda just about summed this relationship up by thanking everyone for their years of dedication to the band and inspiring them to do what they do.

I believe that Death Angel will be working on some new material before the end of the year and I very much hope that it brings them back to the West Midlands again soon.

Set List: 1.The Ultra-Violence / Evil Priest 2.Claws in So Deep 3.Father of Lies 4.Caster of Shame 5.Thrown to the Wolves 6.Seemingly Endless Time 7.Breakaway 8.Lost 9.Falling Off the Edge of the World (Black Sabbath cover) 10.Kill as One 11.The Moth

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle