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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

Hils Ovation

Tonight’s Hils Ovation gig has been a much anticipated one in my gigging calendar, as it is set to mark the release of ‘Torousnew album ‘Mindfield’ and getting this rather special night underway, were the Birmingham/Stourbridge based rock/prog band, Unchanged.

Having already been intrigued by the content of their biography over on the band’s Facebook page, there was clearly a lot more to Unchanged than that which you initially see on the surface. Describing themselves as a concept seems to have opened wide the flood gates for the many musical influences they collectively hold and these varying genres just flow like a raging river through their songs. The bands skill on stage was equally as intriguing and I for one, was definitely left wanting more!

Adam Martin - Unchanged

Our second band of the night were Cause To Effect and over the past few years, these guys have steadily earned themselves a much respected reputation and quite rightly so, as these guys always deliver the kind of hard rockin sound that never fails to leave a great lasting impression. Whilst tonight’s set felt like quite a short one, it still hit the spot and with the band just about ready to play their headlining show over at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton on 20th May, which is also the official launch for the new albumCircumstantial Creatures’, then there’s not too long to wait for some more Cause To Effect!

Ged Green - Cause To Effect

One of the great things that I always love about a Hils Ovation night, is that it gives me the chance to discover some of the great up and coming bands from across the region and our next band of the night, Signs Of Fire, most definitely fall into that specific category! If you could bottle the on stage energy and presence of this band, then you’d never have a bad day again as the vibe that they deliver on stage, is really quite something. With the band currently in the process of recording some new material, I can’t wait to hear the finished product, so I will be keeping my ears and eyes open for more updates on that and wholeheartedly recommend that you do too!

Tommy Smith and Liam Dyer - Signs Of Fire

There is nothing quite like an intriguing band name to get me curious and when presented with a name such as Bad Llama – I’m hooked straight away! Hailing from the Burton In Trent area, Bad Llama have set about creating an all consuming alternative rock sound that carries its own individual stamp which is very easy to get engrossed in. Bad Llama are set to return to the studio shortly to record their second EP, so keep your eyes and ears open for more news from them on that too.

Kyle Jordan - Bad Llama

When our headlining band first came on the scene back in 2014, there was something about them that had me hooked from the very first encounter. For a band such as Torous, there is no limit to the heart, soul and depth that they capture within their music and with each new track that they pen, they always succeed in creating something quite spell binding. Recent months have seen the band busy writing and spending time in the studio with the final outcome being the glittering prize and rather spectacular debut album, ‘Mindfield’, whose launch was now upon us.

Marc Malone - Torous

Torous’s headlining set was very much welcomed by the O2 Academy3 audience and it was apparent from the get go, that ‘Mindfield’ makes for as much of an invigorating live experience as the recorded material does, when it comes pouring out of your home speakers. The set included the album pretty much in its entirety with only a few tracks omitted and Torous more than did it justice – this album will most definitely be a big smash with fans old and new.

Tonight’s set list from Torous consisted of: 1.Sideline (intro track) 2.Frontline 3.I Am 4.Colours 5.Close My Eye 6.Seven 7.Nine 8.Mindfield 9.God Game Suicide 10.Shadow Self

Tonight’s event was the kind of gig that lights up the path for the future of these five great bands and it’s gonna be one that I shall certainly class as a highlight of 2017. Big thanks have to go out aswell to Hils for making it happen and also to the sound engineer for giving us A+ sound and lighting tonight.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.