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Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 4th April 2019.

Well, the Heats have flown by and tonight sees the final one with five more bands all hoping to progress down that road to Bloodstock.  And getting the evening underway were Orpheus, who hail from the Birmingham area. Alternative in their metal, this band have put a lot of commitment into developing their own sound and style and despite have been working hard on this for quite some time, they are relative newcomers to the live music scene. The bands set tonight saw that commitment at its finest and I hope we get to see more from this band in their many gigs yet to come.

Next up were 14 Pieces who brought along with them, their own brand of melodic thrash which hit the stage hard. Rife in attitude and belligerent in its deliver, these guys took full control of their stage and audience and firmly made Heat 6 as a night to remember.

The midway point of Heat 6 was marked by a blinding set from Master Charger, whose limitless ability has seen them command stages across the country on many an occasion, with the kind of accomplishment that makes you wonder why these guys aren’t on the Bloodstock line up already! Thirty minutes was just simply not long enough to relish the doom infused metal sound of Master Charger and tonight’s set from the band was A+ in its delivery and one that KK’s Steel Mill’s audience absolutely lapped up.

With the kind of gusto and energy that adrenaline thrives on, our penultimate band of Heat 6 took things to a whole new level tonight! Atarka have such a fresh feel to their groove rock metal and the drive within their performance was infectious and had their audience hanging onto every note and word. Once again, these guys served to put Wolverhampton high up on the Bloodstock map and making Heat 6 one of the toughest rounds so far.

And finally, the time had come for our last band of the night and the last band to perform in the heats of Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses 2019 – Blood Church. Dramatic in both visual style and stage presence, these guys dominated their every metal moment on stage and what a set it was! Steeped in the kind of theatrical allurement that grips you tight, Blood Church brought tonight’s event to one hell of an impressive end.

The competition tonight was TOUGH and sending just two bands forward onto the semi-finals was no easy decision for audience and judges alike but congratulations go out to Atarka and Blood Church both go through to the next round.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Hils Ovation

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 18th June 2016.

It’s been quite a while since our last trip to the Slade Rooms but tonight’s Hils Ovation show certainly has a lot to offer with performances lined up from Evil Empire, Stranger In Death, Master Charger, Our World Below? and ultimately, My Brother, The Wolf.

And if you want to get a night off to an energetic start then Evil Empire are just the band to do it, as their formidable front man Dave Gwinnutt stands still for no-one. Following on from their recent album release of ‘To Punish And Enslave’, the band’s set tonight included several tracks from it, with ‘Gallows Call’ reigning down quite a hearty helping of groove metal which hit just the right spot with the Slade Rooms audience. It was also great to see how well this band gel together on stage and if that isn’t also a crucial ingredient of their success then I don’t know what is!

Dave Gwinnutt - Evil Empire

Our second band of the night were none other than Stranger in Death and according to legend, if you say the name ‘Beetlejuice’ three times, Mike Mooney will appear and sure enough, there he was – in one of the most spectacular purple suits you could ever wish to imagine! Stranger In Death are quite an experience to see live and have an impressive talent in the song writing department aswell, with ‘I Am The Hunter’ being a particular highlight of their set tonight.

Mike Mooney - Stranger In Death

The next band to take to the stage have consistently been creating quite a talking point on the music scene and are a band that I’m just a little bit chuffed to be able to finally catch live – that band being Master Charger. This bearded trio have a glorious depth to their sound that captures a multitude of heaviness which sits way beyond what you would expect a trio to be capable of and all of which just seems to roll out with natural born ease. If you’ve not checked out Master Charger before then I strongly advise that you do as they’re definitely a band to remember!

John James - Master Charger

It’s been a busy few weeks for Our World Below? with the recent release of their brand new EP ‘Dwarf The Earth’ being a definite highlight and tonight, there was certainly a feeling good factor evident up on stage. Even with a few technical difficulties and a drum kit desperate to escape the grasp of powerhouse drummer Jack Skilton, I would happily say that tonight, Our World Below? were on their best form ever!

Jack Skilton - Our World Below

With our headlining band My Brother, The Wolf just about ready to take to the stage, it was quite obvious that there were a fair few people in the audience who were looking forward to their set and the band quickly set about proving why.

Pete Jorkowski - My Brother, The Wolf

There is a healthy groove in the metal of My Brother, The Wolf that is fuelled by the duel attack of guitars, courtesy of Jay Rogers and Dan Wynne-Jones and superbly backed up by the rhythms of Pete Jorkowski on bass and Chris Conyon on drums. Much credit also needs to go to front man Adam Wakeman whose energetic performance and vocals simply set the songs alight and without doubt, these guys delivered a headline performance tonight.

Adam Wakeman - My Brother, The Wolf

Tonight’s gig made for quite a night, with each and every band scoring a direct hit with all those present – a great night indeed!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.