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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

Midlands Metal Crusade VI

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 26th November 2016.

There are some events that will never fail to be highlights of my year and The Midlands Metal Crusade is one of them, as events such as this bring together so many of the great bands who are loved and supported throughout the area and ultimately, it is a showcase for the local music scene at it’s finest.

Today’s line up will see eight bands take to the stage at The Slade Rooms here in Wolverhampton and getting this impressive event underway, were Exiles Of Elysium. In the company of an enthusiastic and eager audience, these five guys rolled out an adrenaline packed set with the savage lead vocals of Andy Horton, faultless to the core.

Andy Horton - Exiles of Elysium

And keeping the momentum rising were our second band of the day, Devil’s Playground. When you consider that these guys and gal have only been together since December 2015, the level of admiration and support that they’ve already achieved, speaks volumes about the music and stage presence that this talented band possess. Today’s eight song set from Devil’s Playground fitted the bill perfectly and without any doubt at all, confirmed that these guys are a band to watch out for.

The Midlands Metal Crusade first came to fruition back in 2013 and one of the many great bands who have repeatedly supported it, are XVII. Today’s set from the band saw them raging at full throttle with their merciless riffs and vocals making for one hell of a great performance but no surprises there, as anything less than 100% from XVII, just ain’t gonna happen!

Vaughan Bennett - XVII

Our next band of the day were Black Ink Sun and given the speed at which their reputation is growing, this band were one who were definitely not to be missed. Consumed within a turmoil of writhing aggression, their sound and style is rapturously feral and had the audience firmly within it’s grip, throughout the entirety of the set. I can only echo the good words that have already been said about Black Ink Sun and I hope that the new year brings them back up this way again – sharpish!

With the Midlands Metal Crusade having raced past it’s midway point, there was no time or chance to exhale, as the momentum within The Slade Rooms was still rising fast, for the awesomeness that is Haerken. As a wee sproggling, I loved nothing more than to be spirited away by a captivating storybook and for me, Haerken possess that same quality, as within each and every performance of theirs, there is a dramatic adventure to behold. Tonight’s set not only saw Haerken commanding the stage but also gave rise to an Evil Scarecrow and brother in arms, Monty Blitzfist joining them for a song or two, which truly went down a storm.

Laird Logan Haerken

With the event now running slightly behind schedule, not a moment was left to waste and the fast paced thrash of Eradikator was set to drive the night on with exceptional dexterity. Drenched with a torrent of adrenaline, the intricacy and detail of their twin riff attacks was all consuming and tonight’s set from the band saw them on absolute peek form, with the atmosphere on stage rolling off stage aswell and producing a sea of fists pumping the air. For me, this was Eradikator at their finest and an absolute pleasure to behold.

Liam Priest - Eradikator

Over the years, I’ve had the great privilege of photographing and reviewing Martyr De Mona on many an occasion, so for me and many others here at The Slade Rooms tonight, this evenings set from the band was destined to be a bitter/sweet one as after a hefty ten years of making some pretty outstanding music, this was going to be their last performance… ever. To say that emotions were running high is an understatement but true to form, when the going gets tough, Martyr De Mona have always stood tall and tonight these guys owned the stage like giants!

Louis Hale - Martyr de Mona

With former band member Ant Rickett also making a guest appearance, the years rolled back with ease, with the warmth and recognition ringing out in the audiences appreciation at the end of each and every song. With such a wealth of anthems to MDM’s name, it’s hard to imagine how one track could stand out in tonight’s set but their final song of the night ‘Gravity Breaks’ made for the most lasting of memories, because if ever a song was written in the innocence of how poignant it’s lyrics would become, then this song is it. Martyr De Mona will without doubt be missed but here’s wishing that whatever light shines on their future, it will be a very bright one indeed.

The metal genre has produced a wealth of hero’s and amongst that list you can’t fail but find our Crusade headliners, as Evil Scarecrow are what I would classify as legends in their own universe. The live experience of Evil Scarecrow is one which has always left me grinning from ear to ear and quite often speechless, and with that probability fixed firmly in mind, the madness and mirth commenced!

Dr Rabid Hell - Evil Scarecrow

From the moment that Evil Scarecrow set foot on stage, the audience were electric and I think that it’s fair to say that Evil Scarecrow set out to enjoy their time on stage as much as their fans did. Just as I’d hoped, we were all swept up by their all consuming aura and none more so than in the company of ’Crabulon’, which saw the audience pinching the air and furtively scuttling across the Slade Rooms like their lives depended on it! And of all the Crusades that I’ve attended over the years, tonight’s finale was most definitely one of a kind.

This Midland Metal Crusade has definitely been a highlight of my year and when it comes down to making an excellent day like today happen, the contribution of so many is key to it’s success. Thanks must go out to all the bands for getting up there and raising the roof, the audience for keeping live music live, the staff at The Slade Rooms and Wolverhampton Civic for providing an excellent home for the Midlands Metal Crusade and also the Sound/lighting engineers for keeping us all rocking.

Big thumbs up must go out to Tony Gaskin aswell for joining the dots up on stage and of course, to the Mother of Metal herself, Hils, whose tireless commitment to the metal scene is truly awesome. x

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.