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Hils Ovation

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 17th September 2016.

Tonight’s Hils Ovation show see’s me back at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton and with a line up comprising of Parrhesia, Slaughter Horse, Mordrake Haerken and King Goat, this is a show that looks fit for royalty – of the Metal kind!

Opening up the show this evening were Parrhesia who are local to the Birmingham area. Consisting of Hontus (guitar and vocals), Dave (bass) and Callum on drums, these three guys deal in metal of the most interesting kind as they have an edge to their individual performances which works exceptionally well when combined all together. Front of stage see’s Hontus and Dave working the metal solidly whilst Callum and his sticks whip up a furious frenzy that is addictive to watch. If you get the chance to check Parrhesia out live – do it!


Our second band on tonight’s line up were Slaughter Horse and here we have a band whose energy, brutal metal and rather unique identity always speaks for itself. When experiencing a set from Slaughter Horse, you are guaranteed that it will be a colourful occurrence as their intensity is as vibrant as their face and body paint and believe me when I say that Slaughter Horse are a band that once seen, you will never forget!


Next to take to the stage were Mordrake and not having seen these guys play live before, this was a set that I was greatly looking forward to – especially after reading the reviews of their performance at this years Bloodstock. Tonight’s set from Mordrake saw them harness the weight of their dark and impressive sound much to the approval of the Slade Rooms audience and myself. The band have a few more dates in their diary over the forthcoming months and I would highly recommend you make a point of catching them live if you can.


There are some bands whose attention to detail is dam near close enough to a theatrical experience and our next band of the night, Haerken, are masters at this very kind of adventure. With the stage set to herald their arrival, it almost felt like we were witnessing a triumphant return from battle and as for the set itself, that was definitely a fearsome siege that very few could match.


There aren’t too many bands whose presence has stood the test of centuries but Haerken are certainly one who have, and long may they reign as this is metal at it’s very greatest!


Tonight’s line up so far has been a pretty visual one so it was a bit of a shock to the system to see our headlining band King Goat perform in relative darkness. Albeit a bit of a disappointment from a photographic point of view, the atmosphere this creates gets the other senses working in overdrive as the quality and detail of their songs reined very clear and the vocal tones of Trim are really quite something to behold. I didn’t expect this kind of aura to hold my attention but the mastery of King Goat was nothing short of mesmerising and delivered an experience that I would happily repeat.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Evil Scarecrow

The Slade Rooms Wolves 29th January 2016.

In this day and age, day to day existence can be pretty tough going at times and based upon my musical experiences, one of the best forms of therapy out there has to be an Evil Scarecrow gig. With support tonight being most ably provided by DECIMATE and Slaughter Horse, there was a triple treat ahead for all us West Midland metal aficionados!

First band to take to the stage this evening were DECIMATE and I could not imagine a more apt metal name for this band as their style and performance throughout the entirety of their set was crushing to the near point of perfection. With front man Matt Harrison making his commanding stage presence felt, DECIMATE were addictive to watch and more than deservedly earned the praise that they received from the Slade Rooms’ audience.

Ivan Mornington - Decimate

Our next band of the night were Slaughter Horse and no-one could be blamed for taking a sharp intake of breath in the presence of these guys, as seeing and hearing them really is an experience. Swathed in their own unique aura of fluorescent madness, Slaughter Horse gave us an all consuming set which included tracks from their recent EP ‘Plague Carriers’, with the title track being a particular highlight for me.

Jim Chilton - Slaughter Horse

Another Slaughter Horse highlight for me was seeing the memento of the audiences reaction and appreciation for the band grow – both during and after their set and I very much believe that this is a sign of the great things yet to come for this band.

Rob Greenfield - Slaughter Horse

Words never quite manage to capture exactly what it feels like to be in the company of Evil Scarecrow, as their artistry and originality sits firmly in a unique little universe all of its own – and a pretty lively little universe it was tonight!

Kraven Morrdeth - Evil Scarecrow

The bands set was a glorious carnival of many a tune that Evil Scarecrow are known and much loved for, with ‘The Book Of Doom‘ and ‘Robotron’ visibly shaking the dust off The Slade Rooms chandelier.

Monty Blitzfist - Evil Scarecrow

And let’s not forget ‘Crabulon’ – as if anyone could, with this being the highlight of the night for me as man and crustacean truly were one!

Dr Rabid Hell - Evil Scarecrow

Tonight’s gig was the kind of gig that I simply didn’t want to end as it was an absolute tonic at see the inner child or robot of so many, unleashed and running free within the confines of The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton.

I really hope we don’t have to wait too long before we get to see these three great bands back up on stage again as this evenings excursion into the depths of metal was a prime example of live music at it’s very very best!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Midlands Metal Crusade V

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton.

Today marks the occasion of the Midlands Metal Crusade V returning to Wolverhampton and at 3.30pm sharp, our first band of the day took to the stage.

Toward The Grave looked like a band well happy to be here and played a great set that was laden with brutal guitar riffs and the savage vocals of Russ Snipe. I greatly admire this band for consistently combining so many aspects of the metal genre and creating a style that has both darkness and groove within its core. No doubt about it at all, Toward The Grave gave the early crowd a first rate start to the day.

Next band up were Slaughter Horse and these guys were one of the must see bands of the day for me. Sadly, they were one man down with Jim Chilton being absent from the stage, but it was still game on for the band with Craig Keating picking up the vocals and keeping their set as ferocious as ever. Next date in the diary for the Slaughter Horse is 29th January when they will be supporting Evil Scarecrow back here at the Slade Rooms – and what a night that is guaranteed to be!

Craig Keating - Slaughter Horse

With the audience well ready for more, the third band of today were Our World Below? and with these guys being no strangers to the local metal scene, there was a fair size fan base waiting to greet them. Today’s set from the band was one of the best performances I’ve seen them deliver, with the vocals of Dave Riley exceeding already high expectations. I’m really liking the current line up of the band which now seems like their best fit ever, so roll on many more gigs in 2016!

Another band on my must see list for today – and also on that of quite a few others were Fire Red Empress, as this was to be the first live performance for Jennifer Diehl who has recently taken on lead vocal duties for the band. Seeing and hearing Jennifer own those well known and much loved Fire Red Empress songs today, confirmed my hope that this will be the beginning of a new dimension for the band and I cannot wait to hear what comes out of the recording studio next year!

Jennifer Diehl - Fire Red Empress

The half way point of the day heralded the onset of Eradikator’s set and no doubt about it at all, these guys were on top form as their metal was certainly molten tonight. With their new album ‘Edge of Humanity’ receiving some very positive reviews, their performance served to justifiably confirm those views and for those who didn’t get to see them today or simply want to see them again, Eradikator will be hosting a Launch Party at the O2 Academy 3 on Saturday 23rd January 2016!

Patrick Cox - Eradikator

Next up on stage were Burden Of The Noose and undoubtably, this band never fail to execute one of the most intense live performances to be experienced. Lead singer Andy Barraclough is a master of menace on stage with his never ending corrosive gaze deftly underpinning the ferocity of his vocals and always serving to compliment this bands musical brutality. An excellent set from the band tonight.

Gehtika are a band who need very little introduction as their ostentatious stage presence and extravagant metal is well known and well loved by many. Tonight’s set included several tracks from their recently released album ‘A Monster In Mourning’ and in true Gehtika style combined with the spirit of expect the unexpected, their was a spot of onstage appreciation from a fan too!

Topher O'Meager - Gehtika

Our penultimate band for this evening were The Heretic Order and after seeing them at a previous Crusade, this band have grown to become a firm favourite of mine. Tonight’s set from them was loaded with atmosphere and a good helping of audience participation aswell and for me, their set was over way too fast. With a new tour in the planning for next year, The Heretic Order are facing a busy 2016, so do check out their forthcoming dates as these guys are well worth the price of a ticket!

Lord Ragnar Wagner - The Heretic Order

One thing that every Crusade always delivers, is a headlining band guaranteed to surpass expectations and this Crusade was to be no different, with non other than Raging Speedhorn set to raise the Slade Rooms roof tonight. With the stage undergoing the required transformation, the audience numbers swelled but given this bands popularity and long standing achievements, that was only to be expected. Nothing was held back from the band or from the audience either as their set got underway and it really was a performance that put the hard in hardcore!

Frank Regan - Raging Speedhorn

Today’s crusade lacked for nothing apart from the unavoidable absence of Hils Ovation however the Slade Rooms raised a glass or two in appreciation of all Hils’ hard work and for making this great event happen.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.