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Master’s Call

With support from Djinova, Halusky, Chaplain and Hands Of Attrition.
O2 Academy3 Birmingham 29th September 2019.

This evenings Hils Ovation gig at the O2 Academy3 is set to be just about as good as it gets, with the promise of five fantastic bands all ready to raise the roof and first up and into it were Hands Of Attrition. This band have an intense sound and a stage presence to match, which completely commanded the attention of the O2 Academy3 throughout the entirety of their set. Vocalist Tom Alexander, whipped up a storm with his endless wrath of quality and all consuming vocals which deservedly earned a rapturous response from the audience.

Next up were Chaplain, who hail from the Coventry area and have a sound that I can only describe as pretty scary black metal! Considering that the band have only been together since September last year, I have to applaud them as they look and sound like they’ve been together much longer than that. Their set tonight was tight and coated in the kind of atmosphere that sits somewhere between psychotic uncertainty and the absence of normality, which is just my cup of tea!

Our third band of the night were Halusky who I believe are also relative newcomers to the scene. Halusky are a music lovers dream as they seem to have captured numerous genres, with the absence of complication. Listening to their set tonight I heard strains of metal, indie, grunge and grove which all just flowed with impeccable ease all wrapped up with lyrics that carry a great deal of social conscience and thought. Based upon the experience of their live set tonight, Halusky are a band now firmly on my radar and a word to the wise, go check this band out now!

With the three previous performances having already stamped their quality on tonight’s event, our penultimate band of the evening, Djinova, were next to take to the stage and ready to raise the bar even higher. Djinova have the kind of long standing relationship with the metal community, that is born out of commitment and quality and successfully led them to The New Blood Stage at Bloodstock this year. The bands set tonight, saw them engulf the O2 Academy3 in a Category 5 metal storm, with no prisoners left standing in the blast and for me, this is exactly what live metal should look, sound and feel like.

Our headliners tonight were none other than Master’s Call, who are a band that I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing on numerous occasions in recent years and watching them tonight, I found it an absolute pleasure to reflect upon how they have grown and developed their craft. Visually, the quality of the bands presentation matches the standard of their musicianship and their set tonight sat right up there in the league of first class.

With the atmosphere both on stage and off hauntingly intense, Master’s Call brought an outstanding night to an impressive close and what an experience its been!

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

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.