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Fire Red Empress

With support from Netherhall, Scattering Ashes and Severn.
The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 20th January 2018.

The first Hils Ovation show of 2018 see’s four fantastic bands heading on down to The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton and with the Christmas and New Year musical drought finally about to end, tonight’s line up was exactly just what was needed.

With Torous sadly having made the decision to withdraw from tonight’s original line up, our opening band for this evening were the newly formed and local heavy rockers, Severn. For those fans of past hero’s Martyr de Mona and GlassBullet, there were a few familiar faces to be seen up on stage amongst Severn’s line up and despite this only being their second live performance, this up and coming band delivered a thirty minute set that was tight and expertly skillful – not that I expected anything less! Severn are most definitely a band to check out first chance you get, as I have a feeling that 2018 will see them grow and a host of new music unveiled.

Our second band of the night were the Warwickshire based Scattering Ashes, who are no strangers to the regulars of a Hils Ovation night. Lead vocalist Steve Smith makes for quite an impressive front man and his fierce vocals launched tonight’s set upon the Slade Rooms with powerful gusto. It was good to hear again, tracks from the bands recently released album ‘The Gift‘ included amongst their set choice tonight and to grab a copy of this for yourself, just head on over to the bands Facebook page for more info.

It only seems like yesterday that I had the great pleasure of seeing Netherhall at Hils Ovations Midlands Metal Crusade but even within such a small time frame, change has come upon Netherhall with the recent departure of lead vocalist Paul Berry, so tonight’s incarnation from the band came in the format of being an instrumental set. Bathed in blazing fire balls of stage light and amidst billowing smoke, the combined effect of this with the proficient skill base of Lewis, Tom and Jake, saw Netherhall take their performance to a new and emotive level and not only I, but MANY others aswell stood captivated by the experience that we witnessed tonight. An excellent set from Netherhall tonight and one that will stay with me for a long time to come.

Tonight’s headliners were the unmistakable Fire Red Empress, who really are creating a lot of positive vibes far and wide across the current rock and metal scene – and who are also another firm favourite of mine. With their debut albumBlack Morphine‘ making quite an impact for the band, it was fab to see and hear so many of it’s tracks performed live tonight with an energy and enthusiasm that was equally as impressive. February will see the band performing at HRH Metal in Birmingham so if you’re heading over to Birmingham on the Sunday for that, be sure to catch Fire Red Empress’s set, you won’t be disappointed!

Tonight’s show at The Slade Rooms was one heck of a great start to the year – awesome!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Scattering Ashes

Launch new album ‘The Gift’ with support from Aramantus, Signs Of Fire, Chemikill and Celestivl  O2 Academy3 Bham 28th Oct 2017.

The Halloween mood was in full swing at the O2 Academy tonight, with an array of fun, fancy dress and some scarily good music courtesy of Scattering Ashes, Aramantus, Signs Of Fire, Chemikill and Celestivl.

And getting this evening underway were Birmingham based symphonic metallers, Celestivl and there was no mistaking the fact that the band were intent on bringing the spirit of the night up onto the stage, with a variety of characters including none other that ‘Negan’ and of course his constant companion, Lucille – courtesy of Saneeta Ram. Lavish in both their looks and sound tonight, Celestivl present as a band set to make great strides with their music and if you get the chance to go see them, I highly recommend that you do.

Our next band for tonight were Chemikill and I really do have to give much praise to Tracey and the band, as these guys always give 110% to each and every performance and just as expected, their set tonight was rammed full of nothing but great metal. The band have one more gig left in the diary for this year and then roll on the 24th Feb 2018, when they will be back here again and headlining, no less, at another Ovation Music Management night – great stuff!

Next up were Signs Of Fire and here we have yet another pretty awesome West Midlands band who always pack a big punch live on stage with lead vocalist, Tommy Smith performance, being one heck of a force to be reckoned with! The band are set to record a new album shortly and I have every confidence that this will be one not to be missed.

Tonight’s penultimate performance came courtesy of the one and only Aramantus. It’s always a pleasure to see an up and coming young band reap the rewards of all their hard work and without any doubt, Aramantus are fast becoming a favourite of the regional rock and metal scene. As much as tonight was about the band getting up on stage and giving a great performance, it was also about having some fun, so a big round of applause going out to the band for tonight’s five star set.

Our headlining band for tonight were the Coventry based metallers, Scattering Ashes and my oh my, these guys were certainly dressed to impress tonight!! With pirates (and pilot?!) galore, the bands set laid down some serious tunes most noticeably from their newly recorded album ‘The Gift’, which has hit the ground charged with the sheer velocity that this band own.

Scattering Ashes will also be back playing another Ovation Music Management gig in the new year – January 20th at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton to be exact but just to keep you going until then, head on over to the bands Facebook page for details of how you can get hold of a copy of ‘The Gift’ for yourself!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle