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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.


With support from The Unresolved, Ghost Of Machines, Rawkas and 14 Pieces.
O2 Academy3 Birmingham 27th July 2019.

I’ve been looking forward to tonight for what simply feels like AGES, as once again, Ovation Music Management has brought together a stellar line up of my kind of metal and hard rock, all under the roof of the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham.

And getting tonight’s event underway, were the Telford based band 14 Pieces who like to play metal hard, thrashed and notably heavy. I really love the way that this band capture an intensity in both their music and live performance and without doubt, these guys delivered an impressive set tonight. Good live music is a thing to be treasured and tonight’s set from the band saw them clearly on the greatest of form and making for an excellent start to the night.

Next up were Rawkas and you have to hand it to these groovecore masters as they certainly know how to capture an audiences attention, with songs that bring about a raging torrent of dark melodic riffs and vocals that graze the soul to its core. Tonight’s set saw Rawkas deliver five of their very best tracks, which included last years release ‘XVX‘ and the fantastic ‘Black Lagoon‘. If you’ve yet to check Rawkas out, then I strongly recommend you do and seek out these two tracks for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.

The one thing I really love about Ovation Music Management gigs is that you get to discover some pretty awesome up and coming bands and Ghost Of Machines most definitely sit within that category! Local to the Swindon area, this band have been together since 2014 and in those few years, they have developed a collective personality that manifests itself live as both visually dramatic and alluring in its presence. Their set tonight was a burst of none stop energy and rock, which manifested itself through the tireless vitality of lead singer Billy Bingham – a must see band for sure!

Our penultimate band for tonight were The Unresolved and with influences including Motorhead, Black Sabbath and T Rex, these guys certainly know how what it takes to make the hard rock roll. With a recent change to their line up bringing Thomas Gould (Vocals) into their fold, The Unresolved look and sound set to move forward in a very positive direction and have also recently released a new single ‘Here To Stay‘. If you like you rock to have that good time vibe and love great riffs aswell, then these guys are the band for you.

The West Midlands metal scene has seen bands come and go but there are also a number of great bands who have stood the test of time, with one such band being Chemikill who were our headliners tonight. Chemikill stand firm amongst our local masters of metal and their long standing presence has brought about an amazing catalogue of hard hitting metal that not only has stood the test of time but continues to be very current aswell. Tonight’s set from the band was a first class performance, with the vocals of lead singer Tracey Rand being an absolute pleasure to behold – when it comes to capturing the notes and interpretation of the music – this gal has exactly what it takes. Chemikill have more dates in their diary for September, so do check out their Facebook page for more information about these.

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

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.


with support from SID, T3TRA and Axiom.
O2 Institute 2 Birmingham 30th March 2019.

This evenings Ovation Music Management event really and truly is set to be something special. With Axiom, T3TRA, SID UK and our headliners Netherhall all forming an amazing line up, the music will certainly be first class tonight!

Getting tonight underway were Axiom and despite me only managing to catch the last few songs of their set, it was evident that this band are a progmasters absolute delight. Not only Axiom combine musical fluency with heaps of originality, their personality also shines through – and that is a win win in my book.

Carrying the night on in a similar musical vein were T3TRA and tonight’s set at the O2 Institute2 marked their first live performance ever. With an audience of many well wishers there to cheer them on, nerves were not apparent and despite a few technical problems, the depth and inventiveness of their music shone through. T3TRA are a band that have so much potential and I highly recommend you get yourself over to a show of theirs, first chance you get.

Next up were SID UK and you can’t help but love this band as they always fill the room with great music and a heartfelt performance, every time they get up on stage. Having seen SID play live on numerous occasions, my expectations of tonight’s set were set pretty high but yet again, these guys surpassed themselves and in my opinion, they were the best I’ve ever seen them. With the promise of a new album release later this year, I for one can’t wait for that and will be keeping my eyes peeled for more news over the following months.

Our headlining band tonight have been wowing their audiences every time they set foot on stage and are none other than Birmingham’s own, Netherhall. Progressive metal never sounded so good as it does when Netherhall perform and with the recent change in line up to now include the vocal majesty of Matthew Preston, their overall sound is guaranteed to end shivers down your spine. Tonight’s set saw the band in a league of their own and was completely spellbinding from start to finish.

Tonight’s line up proved itself to be an outstanding assembly of West Midlands talent and what an amazing experience and great night it was!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.