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Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 20th February 2020.

Tonight see’s Heat 1 of Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses burst into life and boy oh boy, have I been looking forward to this and ultimately, seeing one band make their way down the path that leads to Bloodstock 2020.

With six heats playing out over six weeks and a total of twenty four bands taking part, the Wolverhampton Chapter has attracted some shining local musicians and getting the competition underway tonight were one such group, Lynus, whose seasoned reputation marks the quality of rock that these guys play. It was clear from the start of their set that this band were serious contenders as musically, the depth and strength of vocals, guitar, bass and drums were a force to be reckoned with. The audiences reaction also stood to drive the band on as songs were sung along to and fists were pumped in appreciation and clearly, there was no holding Lynus back tonight.

Our second band of the night were Militia Inc. and it was great to see these guys back again this year as they really do bring the life and soul to the party. A good live performance can easily influence the mood of the audience and the energy and enthusiasm that Militia Inc. brought to the stage was completely addictive as they a not a band to let one moment pass them by. Musically, they have mastered a sound that encompasses many shades of rock and metal combined, which they deliver with a hearty dose of pizzazz and personality. Tonight’s audience were captivated and who could blame then as this band are not only great to listen to but addictive to watch aswell.

The penultimate band of this heat were Identities, who are a new band to me but clearly not to a lot of others! With their fierce blend of thrash and growl, these guys held the audience gripped in an iron clad fist that called to arms the first mosh pit of the event. Their energy on stage tonight really stood out and was relentless in its attack and distinctly drove their performance on through many notable highlights – I highly recommend you check out their track ‘Semblance’ to hear this for yourself.

Closing out Heat 1 were Gypsy Jack and what a great way to end the night! From the start of their set and all the way through, the bands charisma and swagger ran wild and was a perfect match for their fine tuned style of rock that was performed and delivered to note perfection. Lead singer Marty Rose is one hell of a charismatic front man and his endless energy and on stage presence was a definite highlight of the night for me.

So, with four bands having given their all, the time was upon us to vote and send two bands onward and into the semi-finals, and a huge shout going out to Lynus and Identities for making it through to the next round.

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

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Hils Ovation

Tonight’s Hils Ovation gig see’s me heading back to the O2 Academy3 Birmingham for a night in the company of Glory Fades, Inclosure, Beckon Lane, Lynus and the amazing, Captain Horizon! And it was Glory Fades who had the pleasure of getting tonight’s show underway and I can’t begin to imagine what the mix of nerves and adrenaline must have been like for them, as this was also their first ever live performance aswell! In the company of a keen and supportive audience, the bands rock rolled freely and it was easy to be caught up in the great vibe and enthusiasm that was obvious throughout their set. As far as new and up and coming bands go, I think Glory Fades are set for high times indeed and I shall definitely look forward to seeing them again.

Brandon Paskin - Glory Fades

Our second set of the show was delivered by the Birmingham based band, Inclosure and the first thing that jumped out at me about this band, was that for three guys, they pack an impressive punch! Lead guitarist Jordan Parton has the kind of on stage energy that is addictive to watch and he also has the skills to match as tonight, the riffs just flowed from his strings. The band have quite a few gigs coming up over the next few months, so make sure to check out their Facebook page for details of all their forthcoming events!

Jordan Parton - Inclosure

With Crimson Star sadly having to step down from tonight’s line up, it was pretty cool to have the Nottingham based band Beckon Lane added to tonight’s bill at such short notice, especially as this was their debut gig in Birmingham aswell. First impressions generally pave the way for future interest and with such a full and resounding heaviness to the bands sound, I think it’s fair to say that Birmingham welcomed them warmly with open arms. May 5th will see Beckon Lane taking part in Nottingham’s Metal 2 The Masses Semi-finals, so all the very best wished to these guys on the road to Bloodstock.

Lewis Phillis - Beckon Lane

Our next band of the night were Lynus and it’s always a pleasure to catch this band live as they really do seem to have found that magic ingredient that simply makes them stand out on just about every stage they set foot on. And tonight’s set from the band had an extra bonus aswell in the form of two new tracks in their set list ‘Feeling Nothing’ and ‘Foot in Mouth’ which are new releases this year and if these songs are anything to go by, 2017 is going to be a pretty outstanding year for Lynus!

Justin Griffiths - Lynus

It’s been said a hundred times over that the West Midlands has a thriving music community but one band whose contribution makes it all that much richer are our headliners of the night, Captain Horizon. With this being their first gig of the year, to say I had been looking forward to it is an understatement but as always, the music was well worth the wait. Tonight’s awesome set list included many songs spanning across the bands nine year existence but the ultimate highlight of the night for me was to hear the title track of their 2011 EP, ’Radiostasis’ as this song really is in a league of it’s own.

Steve Whittington - Captain Horizon

A line up such as the one we saw tonight, is one that simply works well together and I’m pretty chuffed to be able to tell you that you can catch Glory Fades, Lynus and Inclosure all together again, when they will be supporting Free Sun Rising at The Giffard Arms Wolverhampton on May 13th – so get that date in your diary!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Twisted Ninja Presents

The Haygate Wellington Saturday 30th April 2016

Today marks the second day of Twisted Ninja’s Charity Weekender and what a day it looks set to be! The charity of choice is one close to home for this area, as the Telford Food Bank which is part of Telford Crisis Network has been providing vital support to many since it first opened in 2013, so this really is a worthy cause and a great chance to be giving something back to an organisation that is very much needed.

Telford Crisis Support

With ten great bands set to raise some much needed funds, The Mighty Wraith were first up and much credit going out to these guys for giving us such an energetic start to the day.

Matt Gore - The Mighty Wraith

Our second band for today were XVII who have been taking the metal scene by storm following on from their Metal 2 The Masses regional win last year and subsequent appearance at Bloodstock. Hell hath no fury quite like Vaughn Bennett in full flight and there was certainly no holding him back today!

Next up on stage were Lynus and I’m a big fan of these guys as they always make rock ‘n’ roll look easy and never fail to make that connection with their audience either. Today they definitely scored a big hit with one of the younger rockers in the audience, with the gift of their set list putting the biggest smile of the day on the face of one very happy little dude.

Justin Griffiths - Lynus

After seeing Cadence Noir performing a semi-acoustic set at last years charity weekender, I was very much looking forward to seeing today’s fully electric set from the band and they were definitely electric in every sense of the word. For those in the mood to dance, jig or just shake their thang, Cadence Noir were exactly what the doctor ordered!

Spreading The Disease or STD as they are affectionately known, are a band whose strong online presence is one that certainly grabs your attention and with this being the first time I’ve seen them live, I have to say that they also own the stage like a boss! Fronting the band is Adam May and whether he be on stage or pacing in front of it, his adrenaline packed persona was relentless. If you haven’t caught the band live yet, make sure you do – you won’t be disappointed.

Ju Riquelme and Steve Saunders - Spreading The Disease

Another band who I’ve heard a lot about but not seen live before were Ronin and whether they’re performing their own material or giving a blinding interpretation of someone else’s song, these guys give 110% on stage. Kit Kinrade on lead vocals brought the kind of energy and enthusiasm to the room that left a lasting impression which in my opinion, made Ronin one of the highlights of my day.

Next up and hailing from the South West of the country were CAMBION and if you want to experience metal that is intensely savage yet bares a melodic soul, then here we have a band that you really need to check out. CAMBION will be clocking up even more miles over the next couple of months with a great list of live dates up and down the country – including The Boardie Takeover at this years Download, so do make sure to check them out first chance you get.

Frank Dennis - Cambion

With only three bands left to play on a day that has truly shone, Hells Addiction were next up and quickly set about delivering some heavy rock of the hardest variety. There is a very strong undertone in their music that ricochets through the same veins as AC/DC and you really can’t fail to enjoy that!

Daylight Robbery were our penultimate band of the day and along with a great catalogue of heavy melodic rock, they also brought a hardcore group of loyal fans with them who certainly know how to enjoy themselves. Daylight Robbery truly have a style and panache that is worthy of such accolade and are a band that I shall definitely be making a point of seeing again!

Tony Nicholl - Daylight Robbery

With the planned end of day having been and gone, no-one was clock watching as our headlining band for today Voodoo Sioux were still yet to play and these guys are so captivating on stage and play such great rock‘n’roll that the party isn’t over until they say so. The bands set went down a storm with The Haygate’s audience, so much so in fact that they played ‘one last song’ twice and if you want to end a great day on a massive high, then Voodoo Sioux are a band guaranteed to do just that.

Nick Flaherty - Voodoo Sioux

Saturday was definitely been a great day to overdose on rock and metal and how Sunday will top that I don’t know but one thing for sure, it still ain’t over yet!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.