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Hils Ovation

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 18th June 2016.

It’s been quite a while since our last trip to the Slade Rooms but tonight’s Hils Ovation show certainly has a lot to offer with performances lined up from Evil Empire, Stranger In Death, Master Charger, Our World Below? and ultimately, My Brother, The Wolf.

And if you want to get a night off to an energetic start then Evil Empire are just the band to do it, as their formidable front man Dave Gwinnutt stands still for no-one. Following on from their recent album release of ‘To Punish And Enslave’, the band’s set tonight included several tracks from it, with ‘Gallows Call’ reigning down quite a hearty helping of groove metal which hit just the right spot with the Slade Rooms audience. It was also great to see how well this band gel together on stage and if that isn’t also a crucial ingredient of their success then I don’t know what is!

Dave Gwinnutt - Evil Empire

Our second band of the night were none other than Stranger in Death and according to legend, if you say the name ‘Beetlejuice’ three times, Mike Mooney will appear and sure enough, there he was – in one of the most spectacular purple suits you could ever wish to imagine! Stranger In Death are quite an experience to see live and have an impressive talent in the song writing department aswell, with ‘I Am The Hunter’ being a particular highlight of their set tonight.

Mike Mooney - Stranger In Death

The next band to take to the stage have consistently been creating quite a talking point on the music scene and are a band that I’m just a little bit chuffed to be able to finally catch live – that band being Master Charger. This bearded trio have a glorious depth to their sound that captures a multitude of heaviness which sits way beyond what you would expect a trio to be capable of and all of which just seems to roll out with natural born ease. If you’ve not checked out Master Charger before then I strongly advise that you do as they’re definitely a band to remember!

John James - Master Charger

It’s been a busy few weeks for Our World Below? with the recent release of their brand new EP ‘Dwarf The Earth’ being a definite highlight and tonight, there was certainly a feeling good factor evident up on stage. Even with a few technical difficulties and a drum kit desperate to escape the grasp of powerhouse drummer Jack Skilton, I would happily say that tonight, Our World Below? were on their best form ever!

Jack Skilton - Our World Below

With our headlining band My Brother, The Wolf just about ready to take to the stage, it was quite obvious that there were a fair few people in the audience who were looking forward to their set and the band quickly set about proving why.

Pete Jorkowski - My Brother, The Wolf

There is a healthy groove in the metal of My Brother, The Wolf that is fuelled by the duel attack of guitars, courtesy of Jay Rogers and Dan Wynne-Jones and superbly backed up by the rhythms of Pete Jorkowski on bass and Chris Conyon on drums. Much credit also needs to go to front man Adam Wakeman whose energetic performance and vocals simply set the songs alight and without doubt, these guys delivered a headline performance tonight.

Adam Wakeman - My Brother, The Wolf

Tonight’s gig made for quite a night, with each and every band scoring a direct hit with all those present – a great night indeed!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Hils Ovation

O2 Academy2 Birmingham 27th February 2016.

There is a lot to look forward to tonight as Hils Ovation yet again, promises to deliver another outstanding night of metal and all in the company of Hostile, Stranger in Death, The Face Of Ruin and My Brother, The Wolf.

With a slight change of plans due to Black Tongue Messiah’s withdrawal from tonight’s original line up, our first band to take to the stage were My Brother, The Wolf.

Having first set up in September 2015 but initially under the name of Maeleum, I was most surprised to learn that this was only My Brother, The Wolf’s second live gig as these five guys looked and sounded like they’ve been doing this for a lot longer than that. Tonight’s set was a brilliant opportunity to make the musical acquaintance of this up and coming band and also a great start to the night!

Adam Wakeman - My Brother The Wolf

Next up tonight were The Face Of Ruin who quickly set about delivering an almighty dose of melodic death metal – much to the approval of the ever growing audience at the O2 Academy2. Alex Mumford is a very charismatic front man with a great voice to match and showed no fear at all in owning the stage tonight. Definitely a band to keep an eye open for so do go check out their Facebook page for all their latest news.

Alex Mumford - The Face Of Ruin

Our penultimate band for the night were the Birmingham based groove metallers, Stranger In Death and having already been wowed by their new video release for ’I Am The Hunter’, this was a band that I was very much looking forward to seeing. And I was not to be disappointed either as the combined and immense power that this band resonate, grabbed you and gripped tight from the first chord. I would highly recommend making the effort to go see Stranger In Death the next chance you get as you will definitely NOT regret it!

Mike Mooney - Stranger In Death

February has been one hell of a productive month for our headliners, Hostile, as not only has it seen them play four dates in Italy as special guests to Kaledon, but their return home also heralds the launch of their impressive new release ‘The New World Disorder’.

A.J Mills - Hostile

This latest release took on a life of it’s own whilst in the making, and fearlessly grew from EP to album through its own sheer brutality which when unleashed upon the O2 Academy’s crowd tonight, was received with equal beloved brutality and a spiraling array of mosh pits. Hostile really are an amazing band to see live and tonight’s launch most definitely hit the spot!

James Mills - Hostile

This is an album that demands to be heard and heard it will be as Hostile’s return to Europe is imminent where they will be supporting the German metallers, Gun Barrel on a ten date tour commencing 31.3.16 before returning home for more UK dates in May.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.