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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.

Evil Scarecrow

We are Delighted to Announce!

After recently selling out the Camden Underworld, packing the Slade Rooms, selling upwards of 1,000 tickets at Nottingham’s Rock City & going mighty close to breaking all ‘walk up ticket sales’ records at Rock City, Evil Scarecrow are delighted to announce some new UK shows & Festivals coming up this spring!

Evil Scarecrow - Rock City Nottingham

7th April, The Globe, Cardiff.
8th April, Sound Circus, Bournemouth.
9th April, Headline FRANKFEST, Tiverton.
10th April, Sub89, Reading.

Tickets £10, available from www.ticketmaster.com.

We’re also delighted to announce that Evil Scarecrow will be playing the Camden Rocks Festival this June. Saturday 4th June, CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL with over 200 bands for £35 playing in over twenty different venues.Camden Rocks Festival 2016

£35 tickets are now available from www.camdenrocksfestival.com.

Subject to booking / transaction fees.

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.