O2 Academy3 Birmingham 24th September 2016.
Tonight see’s the metal spotlight focusing very brightly on the awesome line up over at the O2 Academy3, where Hils Ovation is playing host to XVII, One For Sorrow, Pilla, Construct and Parkhurst.
Getting tonight’s gig underway were the Kidderminster based band, Parkhurst who are making great headway in raising their profile through the deliverance of their homespun and hardcore punk. It is always great to see a band on stage who are enjoying the moment as much as their audience and that was exactly how Parkhurst rolled tonight.
Our second band of the evening were Construct and here we have a band that is definitely built for brutality, as their set tonight was adrenaline packed from the start to finish. Front man Callum Howle has a voice and on stage persona that is made for metal and one thing for sure – Construct were natural born killers tonight!
There are some bands whose performance will leave you with a memorable impression and then there are others who have the potential to scar you for life and our third band of the night, Pilla, sit firmly in that second category! Without doubt, these guys own their metal on stage but the blood thirsty and eerie presence of front man Luke Osborne really is something to experience and I strongly suggest that you do just that, as these guys are in a league of their own!
The last time I had the pleasure of seeing One For Sorrow, it was way back in February 2015 when they played here at the O2 Academy3, so I have to admit I was pretty chuffed to see the band back in Birmingham again tonight. One For Sorrow deliver stoner groove with a fist full of attitude that is always relentless in its delivery and that was exactly what we got tonight!
There is nothing finer than to see a band reap what they sow and over the past few years, the Midlands metal scene has seen tonight’s headliners XVII do just that. XVII posses the kind of raw energy that radiates with a force to be reckoned with and tonight’s set from the band went down an absolute storm.
You can catch XVII live again at the Midlands Metal Crusade on the 26th November over at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton and also at HRH Metal back here at the O2 Academy in February next year, so get those dates in your diary as XVII are not to be missed!
Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.