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Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 3rd May 2019.

So the Wolverhampton Metal 2 The Masses semi-finals continue tonight, with five more live performances from Atarka, Blood Church, Dead Mob, Exiles and Recall The Remains. And getting this event underway were Dead Mob who delivered yet another storming set that was nothing short of a brutal powerhouse performance. With the large audience all set on supporting these guys, the band couldn’t have asked for more and once again, set the bar high for those bands yet to follow.

Next to give it their all were Blood Church, who had previously made quite an impact in Heat 6 with their satanic style of metal and presentation. With a dramatic entrance that was both ritualistic and eerie in style giving way to a full on attack of the darkest of metal, Blood Church mesmerized an audience already gazing on and listening in awe – this was definitely the kind of performance that was going to take some beating!

Our next band of the night were Recall The Remains who in my opinion, are one of the most exciting up and coming bands currently on the West Midlands music scene. As with our two previous bands, RTR had stepped up their game and seeing the towering figure of lead singer Jacob Collins being led on stage by a pig to the slaughter, their performance tonight certainly started with a sharp intake of breath! And in true style to their form, the metal was brutal – a seriously creative band that write and perform songs of the highest calibre.

Another up and coming band that are well worth getting excited about are Exiles, who stormed their way through to the semi-finals in Heat 5. Hardcore and smart with it, is the style that they have developed and tonight’s set from the band was intense from the moment this tornado hit the ground hard. Fueled by the energy on stage, there was plenty for the mosh pit to react with and Exiles certainly gave them 110%.

Tonight’s semi-final has been one of the toughest competitions yet and signing tonight off with a huge swell of energy and adrenaline, were Birmingham based Atarka. This band seriously showed the audience at KK’s Steel Mill what they were made of and their music and performance was nothing short of colossal in its delivery.

This semi-final gave us five bands who were all worthy of a place in Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses Final, so the voting tonight was indeed a very tough call but congratulations go out to Blood Church and Atarka who will go through to that event – and what an event it is going to be!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 28th March 2019.

Once again I’m back at KK’s Steel Mill in anticipation of all that Wolverhampton’s M2TM Heat 5 has to offer, with tonight’s rather exciting line up including Crows & Crosses, Exiles, Chaosaroma and Going Down On The Landing Strip – great stuff!

First up were Crows & Crosses and I have to say, that these guys most definitely delivered the goods tonight! With a deep, rich and abundant hard rock style, this band ticked just about every box possible throughout their set tonight, with the fantastic voice of lead singer Nick Pagett adding an intensely gritty edge to the bands overall sound. A great set from start to finish and an excellent start to tonight’s Heat.

Next up on stage were Exiles, whose music tonight brought with it an abundance of tech laced metal that was a first in this years competition. Hardcore is sound, with much thought clearly having gone into its delivery as the glaring ambience they created with strobe and computer generated composition took their performance into a league of its own. Exiles are an up and coming band who clearly have great potential – as we all witnessed tonight.

The third band of the evening were Chaosaroma and even though they may not be metal in sound, they certainly know how to play their alternative rock full on, with a good time guaranteed. This band delivered a wealth of great songs all laced with energy and the feel good factor, that certainly held the audiences attention throughout the entirety of their set.

Our last band of the night were Going Down On The Landing Strip and I find myself really struggling to find the right words to describe these guys, as sometimes words just can’t cut it – and I mean that in the nicest sense possible! This band have a very unique identity that spills out in both their appearance and also in their songs – imagine songs written by the love child of Noddy Holder, Jimi Hendrix and Jo Brand and you won’t be far off! Going Down On The Landing Strip completely shook my world and I loved ’em!

Tonight has once again been quite a night, with congratulations going out to this weeks winners Crows & Crosses and Exiles, who will now go on to the semi-finals.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.