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Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 26th April 2019.

So all six Heats have now concluded and the next step forward along that road to Bloodstock, see’s all those victorious move on through to one of the three Semi-finals – with the first round commencing tonight.

And getting things underway tonight were Militia Inc., who were one of our two winners from Heat 1. One of the things I really admire and respect about these guys is that they just get up on stage and give it their all – 100% and nothing less. Plus, when you add in the fact that they do a damn fine job of it too, these guys have certainly been a highlight of Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses for me.

Next up were Rustlung and with the memory of their set from Heat 4 still strong in my memory, expectations were running high. Tonight’s set saw the band full of intent to make it through to the final and with the audience right behind them, Rustlung metaled up and delivered a blistering set that was a pleasure to behold.

If you want to create an impact at a metal gig, then a bit of disco will usually do just that. To strains of ‘Disco Inferno’, Eyes Of The Raven announced their arrival and then proceeded to deliver one hell of an awesome set, that had Wolverhampton completely in its grip.

Our last contenders of tonight were Crows & Crosses and this band have become quite a talking point when it comes to up and coming bands in this region, so no suprise really to see them here at Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses first Semi-final. An impressive set from the band and an excellent way to bring this part of the competition to a close.

Our guest band of the night, first walked the road to Bloodstock way back in 2014 and were then invited back again in 2017, so when it comes to knowing what winning this competition can do, Eradikator are the band you should talk to. Their on stage energy tonight surged at full thrash and speed, with the audience relishing every moment. Eradikator have a new album due for its launch in August this year, so keep your eyes peeled for more news on that.

The level at which all four bands performed tonight was nothing short of impressive but it was Eyes of The Raven and Rustlung who now go through to the final on 1st June.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

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.

Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 28th March 2019.

Once again I’m back at KK’s Steel Mill in anticipation of all that Wolverhampton’s M2TM Heat 5 has to offer, with tonight’s rather exciting line up including Crows & Crosses, Exiles, Chaosaroma and Going Down On The Landing Strip – great stuff!

First up were Crows & Crosses and I have to say, that these guys most definitely delivered the goods tonight! With a deep, rich and abundant hard rock style, this band ticked just about every box possible throughout their set tonight, with the fantastic voice of lead singer Nick Pagett adding an intensely gritty edge to the bands overall sound. A great set from start to finish and an excellent start to tonight’s Heat.

Next up on stage were Exiles, whose music tonight brought with it an abundance of tech laced metal that was a first in this years competition. Hardcore is sound, with much thought clearly having gone into its delivery as the glaring ambience they created with strobe and computer generated composition took their performance into a league of its own. Exiles are an up and coming band who clearly have great potential – as we all witnessed tonight.

The third band of the evening were Chaosaroma and even though they may not be metal in sound, they certainly know how to play their alternative rock full on, with a good time guaranteed. This band delivered a wealth of great songs all laced with energy and the feel good factor, that certainly held the audiences attention throughout the entirety of their set.

Our last band of the night were Going Down On The Landing Strip and I find myself really struggling to find the right words to describe these guys, as sometimes words just can’t cut it – and I mean that in the nicest sense possible! This band have a very unique identity that spills out in both their appearance and also in their songs – imagine songs written by the love child of Noddy Holder, Jimi Hendrix and Jo Brand and you won’t be far off! Going Down On The Landing Strip completely shook my world and I loved ’em!

Tonight has once again been quite a night, with congratulations going out to this weeks winners Crows & Crosses and Exiles, who will now go on to the semi-finals.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.