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Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 28th February 2019.

Wolverhampton’s Metal To The Masses is BACK! and tonight see’s four bands taking part in Heat 1 and all hoping that the road to Bloodstock has their name on it!

Our first band of the night were Eyes Of The Raven and bearing in mind that their performance would set the measure for those yet to follow, not one single nerve was showing from any one of these five outstanding musicians. Eyes Of The Raven always keep their music and performance real, with song and lyrics that the audience can relate to and tonight’s set saw their wonderful connection with the audience in full flow. For me, the highlight of their set was the track ‘Crown Of Serpents‘ which in my book delivers pure addiction – so be sure to check out the video for this track over on YouTube.

Next up were In Fury and I have to say that this band deliver one hell of a great brooding bevy of aggression and attitude, which rapidly insighted an adrenaline flow from start to finish. Lead singer Stacey has an incredibly powerful voice and persona to match and it came as no suprise that by the end of their set, the draw to be off stage and amongst the audience took full control of her. A great set from the band tonight and one that was clearly enjoyed by many.

With Heat 1 flowing like clockwork, our penultimate band of the night Phantom State were ready, willing and more than able to bring their metal to the masses. In contrast to previous performances, Phantom State seemed more reserved on stage but this in no way masked the mood of the set, as the force their music possessed most definitely delivered the goods! Seeing an up and coming band such as Phantom State is always a pleasure, especially when they also leave you with the impression that more great things are still yet to come, as this band did.

With the time upon us for our final band of the night to take to the stage, the energy and enthusiasm in the room was still riding high and Militia Inc. took full advantage of the audiences mood with a set that was loaded with intensity, conviction and downright ball breaking hard rock/metal. As I reflect on their performance tonight, the stand out quality about it was that they made every second on stage count with their vitality and enthusiasm being served up by the bucket load. A great end to the night and that easily created a lasting impression.

With the votes of the audience and judges being collected in and counted, we all held our breathe in anticipation of the outcome and huge congratulations go out to Eyes Of The Raven and Militia Inc. who will now go through to the semi-final heats. The up and coming music scene in this area has a wealth of talent within it and tonight, we got to see four very fine examples of bands all proving that this is going to be one hell of a great experience for those yet to take part!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Eyes Of The Raven

With support from Influens, Obzidian, Christgrinder and Rawkas.
O2 Academy3 Birmingham 24th November 2018.

Tonight’s Ovation Music Management gig has all the makings of being one of a kind with a rather fantastic line up that includes Eyes Of The Raven, Influens, Obzidian, Christgrinder and Rawkas – impressive or what!!

Getting this evenings shenanigans underway were Birmingham’s very own Rawkas and just as their name suggests, these guys have a sound that is packed with both raw energy and heaps of magnificent moodiness which certainly hit the spot tonight. With the band having released an EPAll Your Ghosts‘ earlier in the year, tonight’s set was a great taster for it and if you want to check this and Rawkas out for yourself, just head on over to their Facebook or Bandcamp pages for a right proper ear full!

Our second band of the night were Christgrinder and if you enjoy your metal dark, love your metal to have attitude and relish the experience of seeing a band whose performance will have you entranced from start to finish, then PLEASEEEEE go check out Christgrinder! Tonight’s set saw the band suited, booted and grasping Satan firmly by the horns, amidst lashing of sordid guitar riffs, a back line that ricocheted across the O2 Academy3 and vocals that captured the very spirit of black metal. Having not seen or heard these guys before, this first encounter was one I won’t forget and also one I can’t wait to repeat!

The next band to take to the stage tonight were Obzidian and here we have a band whose long standing presence within the metal community stands tall and quite rightly so, as their intensely adrenaline fuelled metal goes way beyond impressive. Front man Matty Jenks truly commanded the stage tonight, with his delivery of the set showing man and music completely enmeshed as one and in my opinion, that takes a very special kind of skill which really was quite something to behold. Sadly, the bands set was cut a little short due to a technical failure but one thing for sure and despite that, Obzidian certainly did themselves proud tonight.

Our penultimate band of the night were Influens and yet again, here we have another well respected and much talked about band within our metal community. Tonight’s set saw the band starting a new chapter of their evolution, now as a three piece. And not only did they raise their tried and trusted flag of groove infused metal, but they also gave us the chance to hear some of their new material and to see the shape of the great things yet to come from Influens.

And finally, we come to our headlining band of this evening, the one and only, Eyes Of The Raven. It’s been quite a while since I last saw these guys however lasting impressions never fade away and having repeatedly watched the video ‘Crown Of Serpents‘ which was released earlier this year, I felt there was something pretty exciting happening here!

Live tonight, Eyes Of The Raven took their music and performance to a whole new level – ABSOLUTELY off the scale in fact! They looked different, their musical precision was in a league of its own and they sounded better than ever. The one thing that did remain unchanged was the straight, honest connection these guys have with their fans, they may not boast about how good they are but the response they received from their audience, most definitely said it all for them.

2019 is already set to be one hell of a year for Eyes Of The Raven and you can catch up with them supporting Orange Goblin at KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton on 8th Feb, HRH Metal O2 Academy Birmingham – which takes place over the weekend of 16th/17th Feb and then 28th Feb, when they are back again at KK’s Steel Mill for Wolverhampton’s M2M first heat – bring it on!

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

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Hils Ovation

Martyr de Mona at the O2 Academy3 Birmingham 14th March 2015.

This weekend really does seem to be alive with opportunities to get out and see a great band or two but even with being so spoilt for choice, the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham was the place to be for me. Hils Ovation has once again set up a great night of live music, provided for us by Mallen, Go Primitive, Eyes Of The Raven and our ultimate headliners for tonight, Martyr de Mona.

It has only been a matter of weeks since I last saw our opening band Mallen at their own headlining event for the release of their new EP ‘Ignition’, but when a band writes and plays live music as well as this band does, every performance caught is one to be glad that you didn’t miss. Tonight, the band took to the stage amidst a roaring intro and went straight into the glorious second track of the EP ‘Welcome To The Edge’ and based upon all I’ve seen and heard from them over recent weeks, I do strongly believe that 2015 is going to be one hell of a year for this band. Kelly Mallen is the kinda female front person who you cannot fail to admire as she has the ability to be a vocal chameleon for each song as required, whether that be a ballad or a kick ass piece of raging rock ‘n’ roll so do get yourself down to one of their gigs or go online and purchase the EP, or even better – do both!

Kelly Mallen - Mallen

In comparison to Mallen, it seems like a million years ago since I last saw Go Primitive here at the O2 Academy3, but we are talking about back in October 2011 and the band I saw tonight were very different to the band I remember from back then. There were one or two familiar faces up on stage tonight but I must say there was no sign of them being stuck in the past as Go Primitive have a sound and a stage presence that is very much geared up to the here and now. Having just completed the recording of their new EP, tonight’s gig was a fine opportunity for Go Primitive to give us all a taste of what will be hitting the airwaves shortly, so keep your ears open readers as there’s a few tasty tracks heading our way, for sure.

Tomm E Williams - Go Primative

When it comes down to our next band for this evening, I can only describe Eyes Of The Raven as a band that you simply love to love. I shall forever hold in my mind the image of them dressed as Santa’s and Elves at Hils Ovations Christmas Metal Crusade and even though they were dressed in far more suitable attire tonight, their was no denying that their personalities remain just as large and just as all consuming as they did back then. Tonight’s set from Eyes Of The Raven was a whirlwind of tight groove infused metal – with a few cans of Carling thrown in for good measure and boy oh boy, did these guys own the stage tonight! Do yourselves a favour and go check Eyes Of The Raven out, you won’t be disappointed.

Eyes Of The Raven

2015 see’s yet another new year for our headliners Martyr de Mona and brings along with it many new and exciting happenings in the MDM camp. January brought along two nominations for the band at the Pure Rawk Awards in London – Ashley Leatherland, Best Drummer and ‘Influence & Persuasion’, Best Video, and February saw new axeman, Joshua Jones getting the thumbs up from the guys and making his debut live performance tonight – and if those aren’t achievements to be proud of, well I’ll eat my hat!

Joshua Jones - Martyr de Mona

Some things haven’t changed for the band and that’s all good stuff too as Martyr de Mona remain one of the major ambassadors and supporters of the West Midlands live music scene and the respect their endeavours have earned them shone just as brightly tonight as the glorious stage lights, with many a band member there to show their support and including representation from My Great Affliction, Left For Red, Valous and Stone Broken to name only a few.

Louis Hale - Martyr de Mona

Tonight’s set was an hour long excursion across the bands past five years and featured many a track from their two milestone albums. Highlight for me from their performance was hearing and seeing Martyr de Mona perform ‘Influence & Persuasion’, with it’s momentous drive and harmonies but that choice is a close call as each song performed tonight was a master class in execution.

Martyr de Mona

Of all the gigs that were happening this weekend, this was definitely the one to be at for me. Martyr de Mona, Eyes Of The Raven, Go Primitive and Mallen simply made for a fantastic musical match on stage tonight and the sound and lighting at the O2 Academy3 was probably the best I’ve ever known it – can we do it all again please??

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.