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Hils Ovation

O2 Academy2 Birmingham 27th February 2016.

There is a lot to look forward to tonight as Hils Ovation yet again, promises to deliver another outstanding night of metal and all in the company of Hostile, Stranger in Death, The Face Of Ruin and My Brother, The Wolf.

With a slight change of plans due to Black Tongue Messiah’s withdrawal from tonight’s original line up, our first band to take to the stage were My Brother, The Wolf.

Having first set up in September 2015 but initially under the name of Maeleum, I was most surprised to learn that this was only My Brother, The Wolf’s second live gig as these five guys looked and sounded like they’ve been doing this for a lot longer than that. Tonight’s set was a brilliant opportunity to make the musical acquaintance of this up and coming band and also a great start to the night!

Adam Wakeman - My Brother The Wolf

Next up tonight were The Face Of Ruin who quickly set about delivering an almighty dose of melodic death metal – much to the approval of the ever growing audience at the O2 Academy2. Alex Mumford is a very charismatic front man with a great voice to match and showed no fear at all in owning the stage tonight. Definitely a band to keep an eye open for so do go check out their Facebook page for all their latest news.

Alex Mumford - The Face Of Ruin

Our penultimate band for the night were the Birmingham based groove metallers, Stranger In Death and having already been wowed by their new video release for ’I Am The Hunter’, this was a band that I was very much looking forward to seeing. And I was not to be disappointed either as the combined and immense power that this band resonate, grabbed you and gripped tight from the first chord. I would highly recommend making the effort to go see Stranger In Death the next chance you get as you will definitely NOT regret it!

Mike Mooney - Stranger In Death

February has been one hell of a productive month for our headliners, Hostile, as not only has it seen them play four dates in Italy as special guests to Kaledon, but their return home also heralds the launch of their impressive new release ‘The New World Disorder’.

A.J Mills - Hostile

This latest release took on a life of it’s own whilst in the making, and fearlessly grew from EP to album through its own sheer brutality which when unleashed upon the O2 Academy’s crowd tonight, was received with equal beloved brutality and a spiraling array of mosh pits. Hostile really are an amazing band to see live and tonight’s launch most definitely hit the spot!

James Mills - Hostile

This is an album that demands to be heard and heard it will be as Hostile’s return to Europe is imminent where they will be supporting the German metallers, Gun Barrel on a ten date tour commencing 31.3.16 before returning home for more UK dates in May.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.