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Hils Ovation

O2 Academy3 Birmingham 27th August 2016.

Our World Below? with support from Panspermia, Samsara, Rawkas and Heavy Load.

One of the great things about a Hils Ovation night, is the chance it gives you to check out some of the new and up and coming bands and in that very vein, this evenings show opened up with the debut performance from Heavy Load. Comprising of Kyle Roberts – Guitar/vocals, Sam Leek – Bass/vocals and Hayden Worton on drums, these guys have already got a solid repertoire of songs that sit within the deepest edges of sludge/stoner metal. They may not have had the biggest audience of the night but they certainly had everyone’s attention and I think we can look forward to seeing and hearing much more from Heavy Load.

Sam Leek - Heavy Load

With a last minute drop out from tonight’s line up, Rawkas were quick to fill that divine and what an excellent choice that was as their charismatic stage presence and downright dangtastic metal was indeed a pleasure to behold. Information over on their Facebook page leads me to believe that there is quite a history to this band as they clearly are well seasoned and extremely accomplished musicians who possess that ‘WOW’ factor with apparent ease! Make a point of checking out Rawkas first chance you get as I’m positive that you’ll be pretty chuffed you did!

Jay - Rawkas

And with no chance of any dust settling on the O2 Academy3’s stage, Samsara were next up and quickly made light work of whipping up yet another storm of awesome and intense metal. Front man Scott Powell has the kind of vocal ability that makes you take an unintentional step back in awe of the sheer ferociousness in his vocals which really are something to be reckoned with. With a new EP looming on Samsara’s horizon, getting the recording finished is now their main priority so there are no pending dates in their diary, which makes for yet another reason why I’m really glad I got to see their set tonight.

Scott Powell - Samsara

In stark comparison to tonight’s stage debut from Heavy Load, Panspermia’s performance heralded the end of the road for them in this, their current guise. Aswell as serving up a torrent of unchained metal delights, tonight’s set also saw front man Alex Lucas give a bitter/sweet account of the reasons why the band have reached this point, which really was quite a sad thing to hear. So whatever lies ahead next for these three guys, the very best is wished for them.

Alex lucas - Panspermia

This evenings headliners have consistently scored a direct hit in the popularity stakes of up and coming, must see metal contenders, with this particular band being none other than Our World Below? Tonight saw the band back in the saddle and looking very happy indeed to be back up on stage again.

Jamie Edwards Taylor - Our World Below

With an hour long of inspiring metal served up for their audiences entertainment, their set list comprised of a full bounty of Our World Below’s finest which earned the band the full appreciation of their audience and quite rightly so!

Dave Riley - Our World Below

Our World Below? still have a few dates in their diary lined up for the remaining months of this year so make a point of checking out their Facebook page or website for details of exactly where and when you can see them!

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.

Twisted Ninja Presents

 The Haygate Wellington Friday 29th April 2016.

This Bank Holiday weekend see’s The Haygate in Wellington Telford, playing host to a monumental gathering of rock and metal bands all intent on supporting the good cause of three upstanding charities all of whom make a difference to the lives of so many, on a daily basis. The charity of choice for Friday was the Compton Hospice who have been a key figure for the past thirty years in providing much cherished support to those with life limiting illnesses and also to their families, during such difficult times.

Compton Hospice.

And getting tonight’s event well underway were the up and coming Birmingham based band, Devil’s Playground. It’s only been a matter of a few weeks since this band held their debut launch at the O2 Academy in Birmingham and already they’re making a clear headway in the popularity stakes and with a great catalogue of songs already to their name, it isn’t difficult to understand why!

Leanne Nardone - Devil's Playground

Quiet The Thief are another band who have been making a great name for themselves and with tonight’s set giving us an opportunity to hear a track or two off their forthcoming album, I suspect that there will be plenty more good things to look forward to from this band. Make sure to check them out over on Facebook for all their latest news.

Gareth Harding - Quiet The Thief

The midway point of the evening was marked by a band that are definitely no strangers to the West Midlands metal scene, with that band being Our World Below? Tonight’s set from the band was blissfully intense with Dave Riley delivering a vocal performance and presence that was all consuming to witness. We also have a new EP on the horizon from Our World Below? so that will definitely be something not to miss!

Dave Riley and Neil Preece - Our World Below

With a fair size audience now in attendance our penultimate band of the evening, Eradikator, took to the stage. It’s been a pretty epic week for these guys with the launch of their new and much anticipated video for ‘Man Behind The Mask’, and I have to say this track really does harness the brutal energy and blistering guitar work that Eradikator always deliver live – so make sure to check it out folks.

Pat Cox - Eradikator

Friday’s headlining band were the mighty Martyr de Mona, and these guys are always an absolute pleasure to see live. With several years of great metal tucked firmly under their belts, tonight’s set was pure class with songs such as ’Siege Mentality’ going down a storm. And for those of us eager for a repeat live performance, get the 25th May down in your diaries as you can catch Martyr De Mona back on stage at the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham.

Josh Wooldridge - Martyr De Mona

Tonight most certainly marked a great start to this Charity Weekender and with two more days to go and a host of great bands still yet to play – it ain’t over yet folks!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.