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HRH Metal

Sunday’s live review of stages 2 and 3
O2 Academy Birmingham 18th February 2018.

With the dust still settling from the rather excellent day one of HRH Metal 2018, Sunday’s bands were raring to go and getting things well under way over on Stage 3, were Devil’s Playground. Taking a few on stage technical difficulties all in their stride, Devil’s Playground ignited the audience into action with a forty minute set that was built to impress. With Leanne sadly missing from the bands line up today, Katie King from Cenfora owned that mic in her absence and all in all, Devil’s Playground set the bar pretty high for all those about to follow.

Next up on Stage 3 were the Nottingham based band, Incinery who brought about our first taste of thrash for the day. With their fast, furious and merciless metal assault prevailing, the crowd did not hold back their appreciation and this was most definitely a set that went down a storm!

With today’s events over on Stage 1 getting underway at 3pm, the pressure to be in two places at the same time commenced and resulted in me only catching the last few songs of Vice’s set but what I did see and hear was pretty impressive, as was their performance and the way that this band gel so well together. Discovering new bands is a real draw to HRH Metal for me and this band is one that I will certainly be looking out for in the future.

In these parts of the West Midlands, our next band up on Stage 3 are pretty much everyday hero’s so it was no surprise at all, to witness The Mighty Wraith playing to a pretty packed out hall. With their adrenaline fuelled metal ramped for maximum impact, the atmosphere in the room was fantastic and judging by the size of the smile on vocalist Matt Gore’s face, this was one gig that they will happily reflect on for a long time to come.

Trivax next and here we have yet another West Midlands based band who stand in a league of their own, with their blackest of metal taking on a life of its own. There is an addictive air of intense turmoil to be experienced within this bands music, which I find to be both foreboding yet magnetic when caught in it’s grip – an excellent set from Trivax and one of my favourite performances of the day.

Nightmare World were next to pick up the metal gauntlet and deliver a set that was both charismatic and melodic in it’s style. The band have announced that they are now intending to start work on a second album so do keep checking their Facebook page for more news on that aswell as future gigs.

Sadly, with all three stages now in full swing by the time I galloped back to Stage 3 to catch Skarthia, they had just finished their set so apologies to the band for not making it back there in time to see them play live. I did however manage to catch the rather fantastic Sister Shotgun and I have to hand it to Chloe Ozwell for completely owning this set and if you like your metal laced with lashings of rage, vocal power and va-va-voom, then Sister Shotgun are just what you’re looking for!

Closing out Stage 3 in their own unique and unforgiving style were Dead Hands, whose performance tonight was nothing short of savage! Dead Hands have a wildly alternative approach to their sound and I found myself making the comparison to the now disbanded band Heck, who also had that same crazy ability to detonate on impact. With Stage 3 having been a hive of activity over these past two days and having provided the most discerning of metalheads with some pretty awesome bands to relish, it would only be right to go out on a ferocious high and that was exactly what happened – courtesy of Dead Hands.

With Stage 2 getting underway at 5pm in the O2 Academy’s upstairs hall, I briefly managed to catch the most brutal of attacks courtesy of Swansea’s own, Lifer. This band have quite a reputation for producing a tempestuous onslaught of combined thrash metal, doom and southern style rock that sits within a league of its own and from what I witnessed of their performance today, this bands metal is seriously good!

Over the years, I have had the great pleasure of seeing the birth and to follow the journey of many great up and coming bands and Torous, who were next up on Stage 2, easily sit within that category. Tonight’s set from the band served a very special purpose indeed as it was to be their final performance, so it was destined to be a bitter sweet event from the start. Bathed in blazing white light, the visual impact they delivered was as spectacular as their music and all in all, it was an amazing and emotional epitaph for both band and audience alike.

The final band that I managed to catch over on Stage 2 were Attica Rage and this set also held great meaning to all those present, with it being the final performances for guitarist Stevie Bell whose impending departure was announced last month. Hell bent on making this an occasion to remember, Attica Rage gave the audience an A+ set and as with many of the other bands who played over this two day event, they certainly gave HRH Metal their all.

In addition to stages 2 and 3, I also caught some pretty awesome performances over on Stage 1 today and if you would like to check out more of the photos from all three stages, then just hit the link and check out the gallery over on Flickr!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Fleshgod Apocalypse

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 10th March 2016.

Tonight, The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton was set to play host to none other than Fleshgod Apocalypse, which really was something not to be missed – under any circumstances!

The first of tonight’s three support bands were Trivax, who hail from Birmingham and also from Tehran. With a solid reputation for delivering extreme metal, the bands set tonight brought together the growling vocals of Shayan S and the combined raging unity of Ben Sheldon, Matt Croton and Phil Taggart and created a perfect cyclone of unpredictability – which was quite something to behold. Trivax are not a band for the faint hearted but for the rest of us, they are an experience that has to be had!

Shayan S - Trivax

With the Slade Rooms audience starting to grow in numbers, our second support band of the night Gehtika, took to the stage and in their own inevitable style and character, much great metal and shenanigans were had by all. The bands next big outing will be later this month when they will be heading Coventry way for the Mosh Against Cancer Festival on the 31st – so get that in your diary and keep checking Gehtika’s Facebook page for more details.

Scott Allen - Gehtika

The main tour support for the UK run of the Fleshgod Apocalypse tour were Xerath, whose intensely dark metal rewrites the rules with its groove filled core. With Richard Thomson providing Xerath’s lead vocals, their set tonight certainly hit the right spot with The Slade Rooms audience and I for one, was more than a little bit chuffed to have the chance to experience to see Xerath live.

Chris Clark - Xerath

With the deep red stage lighting for the first three bands being akin to what you would expect to find in Dante’s nine circles of hell, capturing the memory in pictures was pretty much an impossibility tonight, so I must apologize to Trivax, Gehtika and Xerath for the absence of photographs from their performances tonight.

When a metal band lists their influences as Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven, it’s a pretty safe bet that you are in for an experience that is one of a kind and that is exactly what you get with Fleshgod Apocalypse. Originating from Perugia, Italy, Fleshgod Apocalypse deliver symphonic metal with a classical approach that goes way beyond brutal and takes you into a far darker and carnivorous dimension.

Tommaso Riccardi - Fleshgod Apocalypse

Tonight’s set from the band comprised of several tracks from their recently released album ‘King’ aswell as many others from albums past, but for me, the highlight of their set was the performance of ‘Epilogue’ with the vocals of Tommaso Riccardi and Veronica Bordacchini surpassing the most vivid of imaginations in truly spectacular style.

Veronica Bordacchini - Fleshgod Apocalypse

Throughout the entirety of the bands set, The Slade Rooms was held captivate in an endless blaze of adrenaline fuelled metal and the hypnotic strobe lighting, which was fuelled even further by the spectacular drumming of Francesco Paoli and master of the bass, Paolo Rossi.

Paolo Rossi - Fleshgod Apocalypse

Without doubt, Fleshgod Apocalypse created an atmosphere that was one of a kind in my experience at the Slade Rooms and one that should never be missed when the opportunity arises again!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.