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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 21st March 2019.

With Heat 4 of Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses being a four band show tonight, this round offers then a very real opportunity of getting through to the semi-finals – so time for Rustlung, Cancel Tomorrow, Mystiek and Dead Mob to raise their mark and give tonight’s performances their very best shot!

The first band of tonight’s event were Rustlung, who are a band known to many and really need little introduction. Tough and aggressive to the core, Rustlung’s set saw the band execute their metal overture with venomous precision with the fretboards of Mike and Dave Breakwell seeing some serious action. An unrelenting performance from the band tonight and one that I felt could easily see them through to the next round.

Cancel Tomorrow were next to take to the stage and as always, its great to find a band whose music is new to me. Checking out their Facebook page, Cancel tomorrow have some seriously big musical influences which translate into a sound that delivers a wealth of well written songs and an abundance of precision built riffs, that wholly compliment the fine grained voice of Emma Norman. The band were a big hit with tonight’s audience and certainly seemed to enjoy performing to all those in attendance.

Next up were Mysteik and the energy these guys put into their performance was really quite something to witness! Lead singer, Josh Dallas whipped up an on stage storm with his tireless persona and unconditionally brought about a performance that nothing could distract you from. Mystiek delivered a great set tonight with songs that equally held up in this bands grip and if you haven’t seen this band play live before, then without question you should!

Signing off Heat 4 in fine form were Dead Mob and despite a few technical hitches, these guys remained ever professional and consistently reigned down an impressive avalanche of punk infused metal. Intense in its entirety and vicious in its presentation, this was the kind of set that you could have watched twice over and would still have been left wanting more. A great end to the night and once again, a performance that undeniably made its mark on tonight’s event.

I have to give praise also, to all those behind the scenes who have made Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses one hell of a great experience to be part of. Events like this don’t just happen and require a huge amount of planning and organisation, so extra big praise goes out to Matt Edwards whose plate spinning ability has ensured that this years competition has firmly placed Wolverhampton back on the Bloodstock map.

As expected, votes were cast and counted but the outcome of this delivered an unexpected but most welcome result, with Rustlung, Mystiek and Dead Mob all going through to the semi-finals.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Hils Ovation

O2 Academy3 Birmingham 26th March 2016.

Tonight’s event is set to be a bit of a celebration, with no less than five bands playing in support of our headliners, Left For Red who are hot to celebrate the launch of their latest single ‘Utopia’.

And first up on stage were the Kidderminster based band, Rustlung. Intensely hard and impressively ruthless, Rustlung played with true grit that swiftly had the audience raising their fists in brutal satisfaction. Check these guys out over on their Facebook page as 2016 already has the makings of a very good year for Rustlung.

Dave Breakwell and Pete Davies - Rustlung

Next up on stage were Fury, who are a band that really need little introduction. Having seen this band live on several occasions over the past few years, a first class performance from these guys is always a dead cert and tonight’s set from Fury certainly went down a storm!

Julian Jenkins and Mart Trail - Fury

Having travelled from Madrid to England to play a handful of select gigs, tonight saw Kaothic take to the O2 Academy3 stage for the first time and deftly prove that metal is most certainly a universal language. It truly was a privileged to see these guys play live and I can most definitely recommend that you check them out.

Zyrus - Kaothic

Tonight’s set from Devil’s Playground marked the beginning of what I anticipate to be, a new and rather exciting venture. When it comes to setting the measure for your very first gig, Devil’s Playground were a force to truly be reckoned with, so do keep your eye’s open for more gigs from this up and coming band as you only have yourself to blame if you don’t!

Leanne Nardone - Devil's Playground

And while we’re on the subject of devils, what more could you wish for than an eerily satanic set from none other than The Heretic Order. Swathed in the darkest of red light and hell bent on summoning the great gods of metal, The Heretic Order certainly left their mark on the O2 Academy3 tonight!

It seems only fitting that tonight’s headliners Left For Red saw fit to launch their new single ‘Utopia’ here at the O2 Academy3, on the very same stage that their outstanding album ‘All Things Known and Buried’ was also launched from, back in February of this year. And for those that have yet to see the video for ‘Utopia’ or just want to watch it again, then here it is!

Left For Red’s set tonight was delivered with a mighty punch and it was so good to see a packed out room and an audience full of support for all that this great band undoubtedly deliver.

LC Decoy - Left For Red

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.