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The Flapper Birmingham 20th August 2016.

Back in June of this year, we spoke to Torous and the guys promised us a tour in August, with a rather special night planned for Birmingham. Well, that night has come and also bringing an extra kick to it, are The Mighty Wraith, Devils Playground and Black Asteroids.

I’ve not seen Black Asteroids before but heard good things about them so their set tonight was a must see occasion. Comprising of Simon Donovan and Chris Allen, these guys give a new classification to drum and bass and as the name Black Asteroids suggests, there is definitely a cosmic connection to be found in their dark and heavy sound. The band released a new EP earlier this month and if tonight’s set is anything to go by, then this is definitely an EP you need to check out!

Black Asteroids

Our next band of the night were the local metallers Devils Playground who never fail to whip up a storm at each and every performance of theirs that I’ve seen. Metal and harmony go hand in hand within the sound of Devils Playground with the song by the same title, being a perfect example of this. According to the band’s Facebook page they are set to start work on some new material which hopefully we will get to hear when Devils Playground perform at Hils Ovations Midlands Metal Crusade in November, so that is something I will look forward to, as that will be a must go to event for sure!

Devils Playground

The Mighty Wraith are always a familiar and much welcomed addition to any metal gig but tonight’s set at The Flapper brought a slightly different line up due to the absence of Chris Muzz (drums). Stepping in at very short notice was Torous’ very own Tom Fenn and by short notice I mean only a couple of hours to learn the drum parts to the songs and if that ain’t the sign of a talented drummer and all round top guy, then I don’t know what is! As for The Mighty Wraiths performance tonight, Matt Gore and the guys rocked out and rawked with all their usual gusto and intensity, and delivered yet another blistering set!

Matt Gore - The Mighty Wraith

Torous have certainly climbed a few mountains in their two short years of existence and during that time, their combined talents have created a wealth of well written, imaginative and down right unmistakable songs, which precisely capture their individuality in it’s full integrity and tonight’s set from the band saw that excellence delivered the full.

GMT - Torous

The band have also just released a new 10 song compilation CD which includes just about all of their recorded tracks and believe me when I say, this is a must have purchase for all fans of the band.

Marc Malone - Torous

Tonight’s gig marked the midway point of Torous’ ’God Game Suicide’ tour, with dates at the Bridgnorth Festival (27.8.16) and Giff Fest Wolverhampton (28.816) still yet to come. So for all those live music aficionados who couldn’t make it tonight or any one who just wants more Torous, fear not, as you still have time – just head on over to the bands Facebook page for details of these events and get ya self sorted!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Hils Ovation

O2 Academy3 Birmingham 25th June 2016.

There was a host of good reasons to head on over to the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham tonight, as the latest Hils Ovation event was set to deliver a headlining set from Vicious Nature, along with some pretty impressive support from The Mighty Wraith, Spreading The Disease, Aramantus and Mallen.

The first band up on stage tonight and a firm favourite of mine, were the West Midlands based band, Mallen. Mallen’s signature sound is one of pure class that never fails to capture all the qualities of the heavy rock genre within a wealth of talent that these guys and gal possess. Tonight’s set from the band included tracks from their EP ’Ignite’ and also gave the O2 Academy3’s audience the opportunity to see them perform live, their forthcoming new single which is an absolute gem. If this is a taste of the new music that is about to emerge from the band, then positive things are set to happen to Mallen for sure!

Kelly Mallen and Dann Pritchard - Mallen

I’ve been hearing lots of good comments made about our next band Aramantus and tonight’s set was the first chance I’ve had to catch them in well over twelve months and with their current line up presenting Nyah Infill at the helm, believe you me – this band rocks! The band describe their music as progressive groove metal which certainly gives them a sound that will appeal to many and as for their performance tonight, they lacked nothing in their on stage ability either!

Nyah Infill - Aramantus

The are two things that you will never hear Spreading The Disease being described as – the first thing being boring and the second, being tame, as the energy that this band radiates on stage goes way beyond the meaning of intense. I think it’s also fair to say that it would take an exceptionally large stage to contain lead singer Adam May, as once that mic is in his hand he turns into a man on a mission to get as close to the audience as possible and when it comes down to making a connection with people, he definitely scored a big thumbs up at the O2 Academy3 tonight. This bands profile is growing fast so make sure to check them out first chance you get.

Adam May - STD

Our main support band for tonight were The Mighty Wraith and any which way you choose to take this band, whether that be live or listening to their recorded material, they always deliver metal that is loaded with charisma. Matt Gore is the kind of front man who always puts everything into his performance and tonight’s set from the band saw them clearly enjoying their time on stage as much as the audience did and when it comes down to capturing the very essence of live music, you really can’t hope for more than that!

Matt Gore - The Mighty Wraith

Tonight’s ultimate performance came courtesy of the West Midlands based metallers Vicious Nature and whenever these guys take to the stage, you are guaranteed a set that will leave you with a lasting impression every single time. The bands line up includes Andy Pyke (Vocals), Andy Southwell (Guitar + backing vocals), Mark Culley (Bass) and JB on Drums and between them, these guys notch up a collective history that resonates the impressive wealth of their ability.

Andy Southwell - Vicious Nature

With the added bonus of tonight being the chosen event to launch their new DVD ‘Ex Cineribus’, myself and all those present had further reason to be here and the bands appearance tonight not only gave us the chance to catch tracks from it performed live, but also to pick up a copy of this little beauty first hand.

It’s dam near impossible to identify a favourite track from Vicious Nature performance tonight as each song had a character of it’s own but I have to say that their delivery of the new single ‘The Silence That Kills’ went down an absolute storm, but then that is exactly how these guys roll.

Andy Pyke - Vicious Nature

I left the O2 Academy3 tonight one very happy bunny, with the added bonus of a freshly purchased DVD that delivers all which it promises and a quote from Andy Pyke that just about summed up tonight’s event – “ You’re coming to see the future, not the past”.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Twisted Ninja Presents

The Haygate Wellington Saturday 30th April 2016

Today marks the second day of Twisted Ninja’s Charity Weekender and what a day it looks set to be! The charity of choice is one close to home for this area, as the Telford Food Bank which is part of Telford Crisis Network has been providing vital support to many since it first opened in 2013, so this really is a worthy cause and a great chance to be giving something back to an organisation that is very much needed.

Telford Crisis Support

With ten great bands set to raise some much needed funds, The Mighty Wraith were first up and much credit going out to these guys for giving us such an energetic start to the day.

Matt Gore - The Mighty Wraith

Our second band for today were XVII who have been taking the metal scene by storm following on from their Metal 2 The Masses regional win last year and subsequent appearance at Bloodstock. Hell hath no fury quite like Vaughn Bennett in full flight and there was certainly no holding him back today!

Next up on stage were Lynus and I’m a big fan of these guys as they always make rock ‘n’ roll look easy and never fail to make that connection with their audience either. Today they definitely scored a big hit with one of the younger rockers in the audience, with the gift of their set list putting the biggest smile of the day on the face of one very happy little dude.

Justin Griffiths - Lynus

After seeing Cadence Noir performing a semi-acoustic set at last years charity weekender, I was very much looking forward to seeing today’s fully electric set from the band and they were definitely electric in every sense of the word. For those in the mood to dance, jig or just shake their thang, Cadence Noir were exactly what the doctor ordered!

Spreading The Disease or STD as they are affectionately known, are a band whose strong online presence is one that certainly grabs your attention and with this being the first time I’ve seen them live, I have to say that they also own the stage like a boss! Fronting the band is Adam May and whether he be on stage or pacing in front of it, his adrenaline packed persona was relentless. If you haven’t caught the band live yet, make sure you do – you won’t be disappointed.

Ju Riquelme and Steve Saunders - Spreading The Disease

Another band who I’ve heard a lot about but not seen live before were Ronin and whether they’re performing their own material or giving a blinding interpretation of someone else’s song, these guys give 110% on stage. Kit Kinrade on lead vocals brought the kind of energy and enthusiasm to the room that left a lasting impression which in my opinion, made Ronin one of the highlights of my day.

Next up and hailing from the South West of the country were CAMBION and if you want to experience metal that is intensely savage yet bares a melodic soul, then here we have a band that you really need to check out. CAMBION will be clocking up even more miles over the next couple of months with a great list of live dates up and down the country – including The Boardie Takeover at this years Download, so do make sure to check them out first chance you get.

Frank Dennis - Cambion

With only three bands left to play on a day that has truly shone, Hells Addiction were next up and quickly set about delivering some heavy rock of the hardest variety. There is a very strong undertone in their music that ricochets through the same veins as AC/DC and you really can’t fail to enjoy that!

Daylight Robbery were our penultimate band of the day and along with a great catalogue of heavy melodic rock, they also brought a hardcore group of loyal fans with them who certainly know how to enjoy themselves. Daylight Robbery truly have a style and panache that is worthy of such accolade and are a band that I shall definitely be making a point of seeing again!

Tony Nicholl - Daylight Robbery

With the planned end of day having been and gone, no-one was clock watching as our headlining band for today Voodoo Sioux were still yet to play and these guys are so captivating on stage and play such great rock‘n’roll that the party isn’t over until they say so. The bands set went down a storm with The Haygate’s audience, so much so in fact that they played ‘one last song’ twice and if you want to end a great day on a massive high, then Voodoo Sioux are a band guaranteed to do just that.

Nick Flaherty - Voodoo Sioux

Saturday was definitely been a great day to overdose on rock and metal and how Sunday will top that I don’t know but one thing for sure, it still ain’t over yet!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.