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Metal 2 The Masses

KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 14th March 2019.

Tonight Heat 3 see’s five more bands all raring to go, with each one firmly hoping that the outcome of tonight will place them one step closer to a prestigious performance at Bloodstock 2019.

Getting things underway this evening were Enemy Of Atlas, who hail from the Birmingham area. Musically, this band deliver a hard hitting punch with a sound that is born straight out of their metal core. A great hit with the M2TM’s audience and the first mosh pit of this years competition.

Next band to take to the stage tonight were Second Cities and if you like your metal performed with the kind of psychotic energy that no straight jacket could contain, then this band are for you. Fantastic set from the band who proved that the future of metal in the West Midlands is looking very bright indeed.

And following on in that same vein, were Solihull based Born Zero. A new band to me but one who delivered the kind of impact, impression and great hopes for their future that is so exciting to find. Born Zero are four young metallers who are destined for big things and I highly recommend you check out their videoBreathe‘ – great stuff!

With this evenings heat having passed its halfway point, the moment had arrived for The Black Hounds to take to the stage and as always, these guys certainly make their mark. With a sound that is hard, heavy and perfectly delivered, the band gave the audience a first class performance tonight and one that certainly went down a storm.

Our final band of Heat 3 were Skull Fox and as with their four predecessors, this band made easy work of proving that they were well worthy contenders, who would easily fit into Bloodstock’s mighty line up. I really loved the great atmosphere that rolled out from this bands performance tonight as it delivered the kind of energy and feel good factor that simply leaves you wanting more… and more.

Tonight’s heat has been the toughest one yet – five great bands all worthy of going through to the semi-finals, but sadly that wasn’t an option. So, with all the votes being cast, counted and anticipation hanging in the air by the bucket full, huge congratulations go out to Born Zero and The Black Hounds, who will now progress on to the semi-finals.

Roll on Heat 4!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Your Alibi

With support from The Dalliance, Fear Without Reason and Second Cities. O2 Academy3 Birmingham 27th January 2018.

Tonight see’s me heading on over to the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham for what looks to be yet another extremely promising Hils Ovation night. Headlining tonight are the up and coming Wolverhampton based rockers, Your Alibi, with support most ably being provided by The Dalliance, Fear Without Reason and Second Cities.

And opening up tonight’s occasion were Second Cities and I gotta hand it to these guys as their enthusiasm for their set tonight was as infectious as their energy. There was some pretty cool guitar work going on up their aswell with guitarists Jimmy Docker and Tony Mac working that stage aswell. Be sure to check out Second Cities over on their Facebook page or better still, get yourselves down to their next gig on the 9th Feb at The Flapper Birmingham.

Next up on stage tonight were Fear Without Reason and the fact that people just seemed to appear out of thin air told me that this was one set not to be missed. These guys certainly brought some great rock to the O2 Academy3 tonight with a very strong set list that also included their brand new track ‘Broken’, which held the audience completely spellbound. Overall, this was an awesome performance from Fear Without Reason and the only downside to it was that it ended way too soon!

I first saw The Dalliance at another of Hils Ovations nights back in July of last year and even in that short time frame, their set tonight proved that they have not wasted a single minute when it comes down to developing their sound and raising their own bar. With the impressive Andrew Kilpatrick now heading up the vocals, The Dalliance pack one hell of a punch live and they are definitely moving in the right direction – another must see band for you to check out, first chance you get.

Tonight’s headlining band were the West Midland based Your Alibi and not only do these guys deliver the kind of rock that leaves a lasting impression, they also have the ability to make you feel part of something great. With quite a few fans champing at the bit in anticipation for tonight’s performance, Your Alibi rose to meet and exceed expectations and the highlight of their set was in my opinion, their haunting cover version of Linkin Parks ‘Crawling’, which saw Nathan Talbot stepping out from behind the drum kit to become master of the violin. A top notch set from the band and a first class end to quite a night!

You just can’t beat the experience of live music, especially when it comes courtesy of bands as talented as these four bands were tonight. Great night all round – roll on the next one!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.