METAL 2 THE MASSES Heat 1 - FUEL Rock Club, Cardiff, 15.02.2019/ Louder Live
The future was shown to everyone that night, and it screamed “METAL”!
Or at least, that’s what it felt like at this first heat of Bloodstock Festival’s METAL 2 THE MASSES competition for all those small and local bands around the UK. With a spot on one of the stages at Bloodstock Festival up for grabs, the whole of South Wales would want to bring out the best of the best from the local scene. This first heat definitely showcased that with 4 bands getting up on stage and showing what they’re made of! Let’s begin, shall we?
5 piece band from Swansea, Urfe, started the show with a mellow sound that they describe as “stoner metal”. Whilst there is a lot of talent to show from them, and the vocalist has some pipes on her, “stoner metal” isn’t exactly what comes from their sound. A mix of slow melodic moments and heavy jamming, it really clashes with each other, and seems to almost fight against each other. Considering that they have been going for 6 months at this point, there is a lot of improvement there and room for growth as a band so they can create a focused sound that will showcase their potential. There are some strengths, but a lot of flaws as well, but only want the best for them in the future.
Next up Blind Divide from “down the road” (based in Cardiff), a prog groove metal band made up of 5 guys which, honestly, blew everyone away with their brutal harsh sound that basically made the venue explode from the first note they played. Would the band see it as a compliment if it was said they have “Cookie Monster Vocals”? This is said with the best intentions; very growly vocals but really does fit with their music. Innovative, unique, and very entertaining, they were a strong competitor for this heat.
Next, surprisingly the only 4 piece in this heat, Sepulchre, also from Swansea. Thrashier, but definitely a lot more controlled, the fast paced rhythms and effective lyrics, it is surprising that they are still a small name in the local scene! Massive shout out to their drummer, she is so talented – her rhythms are stellar unique, and truly help the band stick together through all of their songs. If anyone were to want to check out the local South Wales music scene, this band right here are ones not to miss. Also, if you can’t pronounce their name, Spatula is a good alternative. They will happily accept them at the end of their set!
Finally, King Kraken from...everywhere according to the band, but specifically South Wales. A lot of people turned up to the competition in King Kraken t-shirts, so there was some hype they had to live up to. And that they did. Think crossover of Dio and Iron Maiden with harsher vocals but with a lot more fun in their step, they showed the venue what they were made of, and proved they were a worthy band to see and hear. More on the heavy rock side of music, but still just as good, they presented their showmanship in the best way possible, and delivered on some original songs which look to become classics. A great finale to the fantastic heat, and definitely one not to forget in a hurry!
At the end of the heat, all the audience members voted on the band that they wanted to win, and this contributed to the final result with the judges decision. Soon, the judges came to the stage to announce that the winners of the first heat are...BLIND DIVIDE! They go through to the semis, as well as not 1 but 2(!) Wild Card choices which were...KING KRAKEN and SEPHULCHRE! Congrats to all the bands that performed, and more bands will join them next week for Heat 2!
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