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Netherhall

with support from SID, T3TRA and Axiom.
O2 Institute 2 Birmingham 30th March 2019.

This evenings Ovation Music Management event really and truly is set to be something special. With Axiom, T3TRA, SID UK and our headliners Netherhall all forming an amazing line up, the music will certainly be first class tonight!

Getting tonight underway were Axiom and despite me only managing to catch the last few songs of their set, it was evident that this band are a progmasters absolute delight. Not only Axiom combine musical fluency with heaps of originality, their personality also shines through – and that is a win win in my book.

Carrying the night on in a similar musical vein were T3TRA and tonight’s set at the O2 Institute2 marked their first live performance ever. With an audience of many well wishers there to cheer them on, nerves were not apparent and despite a few technical problems, the depth and inventiveness of their music shone through. T3TRA are a band that have so much potential and I highly recommend you get yourself over to a show of theirs, first chance you get.

Next up were SID UK and you can’t help but love this band as they always fill the room with great music and a heartfelt performance, every time they get up on stage. Having seen SID play live on numerous occasions, my expectations of tonight’s set were set pretty high but yet again, these guys surpassed themselves and in my opinion, they were the best I’ve ever seen them. With the promise of a new album release later this year, I for one can’t wait for that and will be keeping my eyes peeled for more news over the following months.

Our headlining band tonight have been wowing their audiences every time they set foot on stage and are none other than Birmingham’s own, Netherhall. Progressive metal never sounded so good as it does when Netherhall perform and with the recent change in line up to now include the vocal majesty of Matthew Preston, their overall sound is guaranteed to end shivers down your spine. Tonight’s set saw the band in a league of their own and was completely spellbinding from start to finish.

Tonight’s line up proved itself to be an outstanding assembly of West Midlands talent and what an amazing experience and great night it was!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Midlands Metal Crusade

25th November at The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton.

Hils Ovations Midlands Metal Crusades have now become a regular and much looked forward to celebration of the Midlands metal scene and today’s event at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton see’s it’s seventh reincarnation ready to roar.

And getting today’s immense shenanigan’s underway were the exceptionally talented Devils Playground, who really have given their all this year and stamped their mark firmly upon the West Midlands local metal scene. With a stage performance awash in energy and attitude, it was easy to see why this band scored such a great hit at this years Bloodstock and with such talent and enthusiasm that continually seems to grow, I can’t wait to see what this band will bring about next.

Our second band of the day were the deliciously colourful SID who despite being a very recent addition to today’s line up, had a pretty hearty crowd of fans ready, willing and waiting for them to get up on stage and do their thing! SID’s set was as always, full of metal character and there is never a dull moment to be had when these guys are around as their stage presence is equally as charismatic as their music.

Next up and a firm favourite of mine were Netherhall. I wholeheartedly admire this band as they bring to the airwaves a uniqueness that is born out of a progressive creativity which just seems to know no boundaries. Today’s set from Netherhall held The Slade Rooms captive and was an absolute pleasure to experience.

With 5.30pm fast approaching, it was time for relative newcomers Torqued to take to the stage. But having described them as that, there was absolutely no denying that the ability, experience and no bullshit approach that these guys have for their metal, is propelling them in exactly the right direction – and fast!

Marking the mid-way point of the day were Master’s Call and here we have a band whose brand of blackened death metal is both brutal and disturbing to the point of perfection. Lead singer Shayan, cuts a menacing dark figure on stage, which most definitely adds to the impressive stance that this band deliver.

Our next band to take to the stage were Fire Red Empress and recent months have seen anticipation growing for the release of the band’s outstanding album, ‘Black Morphine‘, which I have to say is something they can TRULY be proud of. With several tracks included in tonight’s performance, their thirty minute set flew by way too fast but I’m very pleased to say that Fire Red Empress will be back at The Slade Rooms again for Hils Ovation on 20th January 2018, so get that date down in your diary now as this gig will be one that your really don’t want to miss!

Fire Red Empress – ‘GIANTS’ Official Video.

2017 has been quite a year for Vicious Nature and just as their popularity continues to grow, so do they musically and for me, the set that they delivered tonight was one of the highlights of the day. It’s always great to see a band enjoying their performance as much as their audience and factors such as that really do fuel the anticipation for what comes next, which I understand will be a new EP so I shall definitely look forward to that!

Our penultimate band of the day were At Dawn We Attack and with their endless energy and adrenaline free flowing throughout the entirety of their set, these guys really put their own stamp of excellence to the day. With guest vocalists also joining them up on stage, their was no shortage of community spirit to be enjoyed which was really quite something to be a part of.

And without further ado, it was time for our guest headliners of the day to hit the stage and much to the audible appreciation of The Slade Rooms audience, that is exactly what Orange Goblin did. With a small army of Orange Goblin troops in attendance, there was no denying that they got the performance that they came to see, with songs such as ‘Scorpionica‘, ‘The Filthy & The Few‘ and the rather epic ‘Red Tide Rising‘ being included within tonight’s set list choice and bringing today’s top notch event to a rousing close.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.