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Death Angel

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 8th August 2017.

Tonight, the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton looks ready for the taking, with a superb night of metal courtesy of the mighty Death Angel, Warbringer, Eradikator and Reign Of Fury.

With it being a bit of a mad rush across to Wolverhampton after work, I was sadly late to the party and only managed to catch the last couple of songs in Reign Of Fury’s set. The on stage arrangement of equipment for tonight’s bands certainly made for a cosy performance from Reign Of Fury but in no way did that seem to be having a negative effect on them or the audience, as the bands brand of thrashtastic metal held the audience in its powerful grip and it was great to see so many fists in the air, in what was already a pretty full room.

With a pretty swift change over on stage, Eradikator were next up tonight and with Pat Cox’s rousing call of ‘Are you with us‘, receiving a loud and hearty response, there was no doubt about it – we were. The band were on fine form this evening and I guess that when you have an audience who clearly are enjoying themselves, then this also has a positive impact on the band. Eradikator’s set went through all the glorious stage from on fire to frenzied with enough guitar riffs and guttural vocals to keep even the most demanding of metalheads happy but let’s face it, you just can’t beat a bit of Eradikator.

Our third band of the night and main support for the tour, were Warbringer and what these guys brought to the stage tonight was an abundance of Los Angeles thrash, that most definitely stood out in a league of its own. With the audience well up for some very active participation, the Slade Rooms seemed to be buried under a permanent sea of headbanging and adrenaline and of course, a circle pit or two. Their set comprised of both long standing favorites and a few of their new songs aswell, with the newer material being taken from their album ‘Woe To The Vanquished‘ which was released back in March via Napalm Records. If you’ve not had chance to check this album out for yourself, then just take a look at the video for ‘Remain Violent‘ – this one doesn’t hold anything back at all!

Set List: 1.Silhouettes 2.Woe to the Vanquished 3.Remain Violent 4.Shellfire 5.Descending Blade 6.Shattered Like Glass 7.Hunter-Seeker 8.Living in a Whirlwind 9.Combat Shock ….

And so to our headlining band for this evening – Death Angel. This band has experienced the kind of longevity that happens for good reason and what they brought to the Slade Rooms tonight, was an absolute privilege to be a part of. In trying to describe why it felt such a privilege, I could tell you about the outstanding songs that were included in their set – such as ‘Lost‘, which is taken from last years album release ‘The Evil Divide‘ but if you’re a fan, then you already know about the rich repertoire of songs they have tucked firmly under their belt. I could also say that their stage presence and technical ability stands very tall indeed but again, I’m sure that doesn’t really come as any great surprise either but what really blew me away tonight was the bond I saw between the band and audience – now that really WAS something special to behold! With so many hands reaching out across the photo pit, the band took every opportunity to make that connection with their fans and spent much of their set getting as close to the audience as possible and Mark Osegueda just about summed this relationship up by thanking everyone for their years of dedication to the band and inspiring them to do what they do.

I believe that Death Angel will be working on some new material before the end of the year and I very much hope that it brings them back to the West Midlands again soon.

Set List: 1.The Ultra-Violence / Evil Priest 2.Claws in So Deep 3.Father of Lies 4.Caster of Shame 5.Thrown to the Wolves 6.Seemingly Endless Time 7.Breakaway 8.Lost 9.Falling Off the Edge of the World (Black Sabbath cover) 10.Kill as One 11.The Moth

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle

Hils Ovation

O2 Academy3 Birmingham 23rd January 2016

Eradikator with support from Reign Of Fury, Gehtika, Burden Of The Noose and Burning Nation.

I have a strong suspicion that I’m just one of many people in tonight’s audience at the O2 Academy3 Birmingham, who have been bursting at the seams to get back gigging again and with Eradikator raring to launch their outstanding new CDEdge Of Humanity‘, what a great start to 2016 this is going to be!

First up on stage tonight were the Birmingham based band, Burning Nation who comprise of Matt Hall (vocals + guitar), Mike Kay (Guitar + Backing vocals) and Paul van Hadley (Bass Guitar + Programmer/Sequencer Engineer). I’m going to forgive myself for not having heard of these guys before as tonight was only their second live performance but if like me, you enjoy discovering a band with great promise, then Burning Nation are definitely one to keep your eyes on.

Matt Hall - Burning Nation

The next band to take to the stage tonight needed little introduction, being none other that the seasoned metallers, Burden Of The Noose who I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing at many a Hils Ovation gig and Crusade. This band are masters at whipping up a frenzied storm of raging intensity but lead vocalist Andy Barraclough was fighting to hide his smile tonight and quite rightly so as Burden Of The Noose were on top form tonight, with this easily being the best set that I’ve seen from the band yet!

Scott Cooper - Burden Of The Noose

I think it’s fair to say that Gehtika are also masters at whipping up a frenzy aswell and you can’t fail to admire their style, as these guys are true craftsmen when it comes to performance. Their set tonight saw the band deliver several tracks from their crushing album ‘A Monster In Mourning’, with the title track itself going down an absolute storm tonight. With rumours afoot of a new album in the planning from Gehtika, 2016 has the making of being another particularly spiffing year for the band so keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page for new updates on that!

Anthony Knight - Gehtika

Our penultimate set for this evening was from the mighty Midlands based metallers, Reign Of Fury and here were have a band who take great delight in making great music in a style that equally matches their name. Eradikator needed little encouragement as neither did several members from Gehtika, in joining Reign Of Fury on stage towards the end of their set which was certainly a sight to see and hear and very much to the delight of the O2 academy3’s crowd.

Bison and Ross McLennan - Reign Of Fury

Ultimately, tonight heralded the launch of Eradikator’s new albumEdge Of Humanity’, which has been receiving some pretty smash reviews and tonight’s hour long set was a great opportunity to get to grips with it up close and personal. Eradikator’s engines were revved up to the max from start to finish with Pat Cox’s vocals cutting the haze of smoke and stage lights in perfect partnership with the precision work of Liam and Andy on guitars.

Patrick Cox - Eradikator

Eradikator are looking to take their live performances far and wide this year so do keep a check on their Facebook page for updates on that as these guys are simply not to be missed.

My enjoyment of Eradikator’s set was cut short by having to gallop off early to catch the last train home – so thanks for that British Rail but never the less, I don’t think anything could have spoilt the enjoyment of tonight which was truly an amazing blast of outstanding Midlands metal!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.