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Hils Ovation

O2 Academy2 Birmingham 30th July 2016.

As far as having the chance to attend a rather special live music event goes, tonight’s show at The O2 Academy2 looks set to epitomise all things great within the local music scene. Our headlining band Stone Broken are currently flying very high indeed and with support tonight coming from Theia, Cower Hounds and Sonata Fall, there is every reason to expect this event to be one of a kind!

Starting the night’s music off and in fine form too, were the Staffordshire based band, Sonata Fall. With influences such as Alter Bridge and Tremonti shinning through within their song writing style, the vocals of Justin Reeves certainly worked their magic with the duel attack of razor sharp guitars, courtesy of Alex Dutton and Andy Burns. The band currently have an EP out titled ‘Gravekeeper’s Lantern’ which I can wholeheartedly recommend checking out and for details of how to get a copy of this, just hop on over and check out the bands Facebook page.

Justin Reeves - Sonata Fall

Our next band on stage who were just as fearless as ever and a firm favourite of mine, were the Cower Hounds. For a band comprising of only three musicians, these guys have a huge sound and an energy to match and it was that aspect of their set tonight that delivered the wow factor for me. It was also great to stand amongst the audience and hear the comments which were being made about the band so I’m sure they picked up a few new fans tonight! If you’ve not seen the Cower Hounds live before, then you really do need to.

Paul Reynolds - Cower Hounds

Tonight’s line up really was a match made in heaven with our main support being none other than Theia! I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing this band grow and evolve over the years and tonight’s set marked the next new chapter for me, as this was my first opportunity to catch Jake Dalton on drums. I have to say that it was also quite a buzz to finally see the band on a stage the size of the O2 Academy2 as a live Theia performance is never a quiet or subdued affair and tonight their gifted ability to rock an audience absolutely shone!

Kyle Lamley - THEIA

The last few months have brought a hive of activity and success for our headlining band Stone Broken and tonight’s gig at The O2 Academy 2 was anticipated as being one of a kind as not only had it been upgraded to Hall 2 due to selling out Hall 3 in a very short time span, but tonight’s event also comes following the wave of celebrations for the bands signing of a record deal with Frontiers Music.

As the band took to the stage amidst the warmest of West Midlands welcomes, their was an atmosphere akin to a triumphant home coming which set the mood for the entirety of the Stone Broken’s set.

Chris Davis - Stone Broken

With the note perfect vocals of Rich Moss and outstanding guitar and bass work of Chris Davis and Kieron Conroy accentuating tracks such as ‘Stay All Night’, ’Better’ and ’Not Your Enemy’, it was clear to see how and why the bands popularity is growing as fast as it is but for me, it was the amazing talent of Robyn Haycock on drums that I found the most captivating as tonight, we were privileged to witness one of the most impressive drum showcases to be seen outside of a stadium.

Robyn Haycock - Stone Broken

Given the calibre of the bands set and entire performance this evening, I would have expected it to be damn near impossible to identify one particular highlight that stood out above all others but hand on heart, I’m so very happy to have been proved wrong in that thought. As all those familiar with the tracks on the bands debut album ‘All In Time’ will know, there is one particular rock ballad which stands firmly in the same league as many of the timeless greats and tonight’s acoustic version of ’Wait For You’, made a memory not to be forgotten.

Rich Moss and Kieron Conroy - Stone Broken

And the lasting memory came not just from it’s perfect performance but from the moment of revelation on the bands faces as The Broken Army jumped in and sang the chorus back to the band – and when an army of some four hundred plus people does that with such feeling, that memory is a keeper.

If you ever hear anyone saying that nothing will ever come of being in a band and dreaming big, just point them in the direction of Stone Broken as these guys and gal are well on the way to proving that combined with hard work, dreams can and do come true!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Theia

Take The Pill Release date 26th September 2015.

Theia have been causing quite a stir in the rock community virtually from day one and their debut album ‘Take The Pill’ marks their unique style along with their many influences from the classic rock genre. The bands current line up consists of Kyle Lamley – Vocals & Guitars, Paul Edwards – Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals and John Tolley on Drums.

Theia - Take The Pill.

The opening track of the album ‘We’re Alive’ starts off with a soft intro but then comes to life with heavy guitar riffs, ground shaking bass and mind head banging drum beats, all of which consistently carry on throughout the album – just check out ‘From The Streets’, Video Memories’ and ‘Anybody Else’ and you’ll see what I mean.

THEIA’s official video for ‘Some Days’ taken from the album.

Also you can feel the power of lead vocalist Kyle Lamley’s voice especially in the song ‘Electric Witness’ and when a voice is that cool and slick, it makes you want to listen to him sing over and over again.

If you like catchy songs then check out the song a ‘Whoop-Dee-F*****g-Doo’ but as you can tell by the name, this is not a song for the easily offended however, this is definitley a song that will have you singing along for hours and just make you want to get up and mosh around the house or dance floor.

So what you waiting for – get this album and get whoop de dooing!!!!

‘Take The Pill’ is available now as a download from all good digital outlets.

For more information visit Theia UK.

Review by Matthew York.

THEIA

Album Launch Party, 26th September 2015

The Tower Brewery was a unique venue for THEIA’s album launch party – a working brewery with an array of ales to choose from, a small stage and four rock bands, what more could you ask for?

Kicking off the night’s entertainment were “Quiet The Thief”, formed in 2014 by Stig and Norbert after their band at the time decided to call it a day. Guitarist and friend Neil joined and then Gaz to play bass. The four piece are a hard, aggressive rock band from Stoke-on-Trent. They made a great first impression and warmed up the crowd playing songs from their first EP including the current single “Slow Running Train”, a heavy, dirty blues song with great solid riffs and melodies.

Quiet The Thief

Next on stage was Children Lost in Time, formed in 2013 this four piece from Nuneaton are pure British metal and turning the sound up a notch were very loud. “Serious stuff, not taken too seriously” is Children Lost in Time’s captivating and endearing trademark. They had an amazing energy on stage which obviously showed to the crowd as they too enjoyed the heavy, loud sound especially “Break The Gates”.

Children Lost In Time

Up next were Torous, a three piece Celtic hard rock band from Birmingham. GMT, Marc and Tom describe themselves as “three mammals from Birmingham and aspects of infinite consciousness. Here you will find music in the form of Celtic Hard Rock, traditional music from these (and not so distant) lands blended with the music of our childhood – Hard Rock & Metal”. Torous unfortunately had a few technical difficulties with the sound, or more so the lack of it, as you could not hear Marc too well. But they carried on regardless and after a few songs in, it was all sorted and we heard the true Torous sound. Playing songs from their first EP including the title track “Dried Bones”, they have a very unique sound which works and the crowd agreed with plenty of foot tapping and head banging. Definitely a band I want to see more of!

Torous

And finally, what we had all been waiting for, THEIA! Founded in 2012, are a hard rock three piece band from Burton-Upon-Trent. With their current line-up being a feature since 2014, Kyle, Paul and John gave it their absolute all! With the crowd warmed up from the previous three bands, Theia kept the party going, playing their debut album “Take The Pill” from start to finish including the bands favourite to perform “Electric Witness”.

John and Paul

As we started to get to the end of the album, out came the inflatables and whilst they played the debut single “Ride On”, out came Kyle to rock with the crowd.And finally the crowds favourite “Whoop Dee Fucking Doo”. Thinking it’s all over, oh no they carried on with a few covers but in their own style.

THEIA

A great version of “Footloose” and an even better “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”. Not many can pull off Darkness but Kyle did it proud.The lads have an absolutely amazing energy on stage and you can really tell they are enjoying what they do and this rubs out into the crowd.

Kyle

A good night is guaranteed if you get chance to see these guys!

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.