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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.

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 28th February 2019.

Wolverhampton’s Metal To The Masses is BACK! and tonight see’s four bands taking part in Heat 1 and all hoping that the road to Bloodstock has their name on it!

Our first band of the night were Eyes Of The Raven and bearing in mind that their performance would set the measure for those yet to follow, not one single nerve was showing from any one of these five outstanding musicians. Eyes Of The Raven always keep their music and performance real, with song and lyrics that the audience can relate to and tonight’s set saw their wonderful connection with the audience in full flow. For me, the highlight of their set was the track ‘Crown Of Serpents‘ which in my book delivers pure addiction – so be sure to check out the video for this track over on YouTube.

Next up were In Fury and I have to say that this band deliver one hell of a great brooding bevy of aggression and attitude, which rapidly insighted an adrenaline flow from start to finish. Lead singer Stacey has an incredibly powerful voice and persona to match and it came as no suprise that by the end of their set, the draw to be off stage and amongst the audience took full control of her. A great set from the band tonight and one that was clearly enjoyed by many.

With Heat 1 flowing like clockwork, our penultimate band of the night Phantom State were ready, willing and more than able to bring their metal to the masses. In contrast to previous performances, Phantom State seemed more reserved on stage but this in no way masked the mood of the set, as the force their music possessed most definitely delivered the goods! Seeing an up and coming band such as Phantom State is always a pleasure, especially when they also leave you with the impression that more great things are still yet to come, as this band did.

With the time upon us for our final band of the night to take to the stage, the energy and enthusiasm in the room was still riding high and Militia Inc. took full advantage of the audiences mood with a set that was loaded with intensity, conviction and downright ball breaking hard rock/metal. As I reflect on their performance tonight, the stand out quality about it was that they made every second on stage count with their vitality and enthusiasm being served up by the bucket load. A great end to the night and that easily created a lasting impression.

With the votes of the audience and judges being collected in and counted, we all held our breathe in anticipation of the outcome and huge congratulations go out to Eyes Of The Raven and Militia Inc. who will now go through to the semi-final heats. The up and coming music scene in this area has a wealth of talent within it and tonight, we got to see four very fine examples of bands all proving that this is going to be one hell of a great experience for those yet to take part!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.