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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.

Fire Red Empress

With support from Netherhall, Scattering Ashes and Severn.
The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 20th January 2018.

The first Hils Ovation show of 2018 see’s four fantastic bands heading on down to The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton and with the Christmas and New Year musical drought finally about to end, tonight’s line up was exactly just what was needed.

With Torous sadly having made the decision to withdraw from tonight’s original line up, our opening band for this evening were the newly formed and local heavy rockers, Severn. For those fans of past hero’s Martyr de Mona and GlassBullet, there were a few familiar faces to be seen up on stage amongst Severn’s line up and despite this only being their second live performance, this up and coming band delivered a thirty minute set that was tight and expertly skillful – not that I expected anything less! Severn are most definitely a band to check out first chance you get, as I have a feeling that 2018 will see them grow and a host of new music unveiled.

Our second band of the night were the Warwickshire based Scattering Ashes, who are no strangers to the regulars of a Hils Ovation night. Lead vocalist Steve Smith makes for quite an impressive front man and his fierce vocals launched tonight’s set upon the Slade Rooms with powerful gusto. It was good to hear again, tracks from the bands recently released album ‘The Gift‘ included amongst their set choice tonight and to grab a copy of this for yourself, just head on over to the bands Facebook page for more info.

It only seems like yesterday that I had the great pleasure of seeing Netherhall at Hils Ovations Midlands Metal Crusade but even within such a small time frame, change has come upon Netherhall with the recent departure of lead vocalist Paul Berry, so tonight’s incarnation from the band came in the format of being an instrumental set. Bathed in blazing fire balls of stage light and amidst billowing smoke, the combined effect of this with the proficient skill base of Lewis, Tom and Jake, saw Netherhall take their performance to a new and emotive level and not only I, but MANY others aswell stood captivated by the experience that we witnessed tonight. An excellent set from Netherhall tonight and one that will stay with me for a long time to come.

Tonight’s headliners were the unmistakable Fire Red Empress, who really are creating a lot of positive vibes far and wide across the current rock and metal scene – and who are also another firm favourite of mine. With their debut albumBlack Morphine‘ making quite an impact for the band, it was fab to see and hear so many of it’s tracks performed live tonight with an energy and enthusiasm that was equally as impressive. February will see the band performing at HRH Metal in Birmingham so if you’re heading over to Birmingham on the Sunday for that, be sure to catch Fire Red Empress’s set, you won’t be disappointed!

Tonight’s show at The Slade Rooms was one heck of a great start to the year – awesome!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Midlands Metal Crusade

25th November at The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton.

Hils Ovations Midlands Metal Crusades have now become a regular and much looked forward to celebration of the Midlands metal scene and today’s event at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton see’s it’s seventh reincarnation ready to roar.

And getting today’s immense shenanigan’s underway were the exceptionally talented Devils Playground, who really have given their all this year and stamped their mark firmly upon the West Midlands local metal scene. With a stage performance awash in energy and attitude, it was easy to see why this band scored such a great hit at this years Bloodstock and with such talent and enthusiasm that continually seems to grow, I can’t wait to see what this band will bring about next.

Our second band of the day were the deliciously colourful SID who despite being a very recent addition to today’s line up, had a pretty hearty crowd of fans ready, willing and waiting for them to get up on stage and do their thing! SID’s set was as always, full of metal character and there is never a dull moment to be had when these guys are around as their stage presence is equally as charismatic as their music.

Next up and a firm favourite of mine were Netherhall. I wholeheartedly admire this band as they bring to the airwaves a uniqueness that is born out of a progressive creativity which just seems to know no boundaries. Today’s set from Netherhall held The Slade Rooms captive and was an absolute pleasure to experience.

With 5.30pm fast approaching, it was time for relative newcomers Torqued to take to the stage. But having described them as that, there was absolutely no denying that the ability, experience and no bullshit approach that these guys have for their metal, is propelling them in exactly the right direction – and fast!

Marking the mid-way point of the day were Master’s Call and here we have a band whose brand of blackened death metal is both brutal and disturbing to the point of perfection. Lead singer Shayan, cuts a menacing dark figure on stage, which most definitely adds to the impressive stance that this band deliver.

Our next band to take to the stage were Fire Red Empress and recent months have seen anticipation growing for the release of the band’s outstanding album, ‘Black Morphine‘, which I have to say is something they can TRULY be proud of. With several tracks included in tonight’s performance, their thirty minute set flew by way too fast but I’m very pleased to say that Fire Red Empress will be back at The Slade Rooms again for Hils Ovation on 20th January 2018, so get that date down in your diary now as this gig will be one that your really don’t want to miss!

Fire Red Empress – ‘GIANTS’ Official Video.

2017 has been quite a year for Vicious Nature and just as their popularity continues to grow, so do they musically and for me, the set that they delivered tonight was one of the highlights of the day. It’s always great to see a band enjoying their performance as much as their audience and factors such as that really do fuel the anticipation for what comes next, which I understand will be a new EP so I shall definitely look forward to that!

Our penultimate band of the day were At Dawn We Attack and with their endless energy and adrenaline free flowing throughout the entirety of their set, these guys really put their own stamp of excellence to the day. With guest vocalists also joining them up on stage, their was no shortage of community spirit to be enjoyed which was really quite something to be a part of.

And without further ado, it was time for our guest headliners of the day to hit the stage and much to the audible appreciation of The Slade Rooms audience, that is exactly what Orange Goblin did. With a small army of Orange Goblin troops in attendance, there was no denying that they got the performance that they came to see, with songs such as ‘Scorpionica‘, ‘The Filthy & The Few‘ and the rather epic ‘Red Tide Rising‘ being included within tonight’s set list choice and bringing today’s top notch event to a rousing close.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.