METAL 2 THE MASSES Heat 2 - FUEL Rock Club, Cardiff, 22. 02. 2019/ Louder Live
Crank the amps to 11, tune those guitars, and get ready to scream because round 2 of the METAL 2 THE MASSES Heats in South Wales happened again with a blast, showing more talent from the local scene, and presented a mixed band of acts to show that they deserve to play at Bloodstock Festival 2019! 5 bands, but only one can win! How did they all do?
Important thing to note is that the running order is picked at random on the night, so to encourage everyone to see all of the bands instead of certain ones. With that said, thank goodness that metal band Sydney Fate were first so that they were over and done with! Going first is always tough, but this band was just embarrassing to watch! Can we make it a rule that, until you have a sizable crowd enjoying your sound, DO NOT PERFORM IN THE CROWD! Firstly, people at the back can’t see you, and secondly, it just makes it awkward for the people at the front! Not only were both vocalists practically fighting for attention, but even the bass player went into the crowd and also tried fighting for attention. The guitarists and drummer have talent there, but the actual music they played felt very disjointed and all over the place. It was like they found the old remains of MySpace, discovered an old video of Ronnie Radke in Escape The Fate, and thought they would try and be like him. The band ended with a ballad, and the absolute best thing the singer could be doing would be dancing around the stage, and making jokes – that’ll get the emotional heart of the song to the audience, sure! Unless these guys improve their showmanship and overall presentation in style, they would definitely be ones to avoid watching!
Good Morning Vietnam
Luckily, saving the atmosphere was Good Morning Vietnam, a post-hardcore band who were a massive improvement. Their music had a fun edge to them, as well as a lot of heart, for example, when the vocalist asked the crowd to stick their middle fingers up and scream “fuck cancer!”. Speaking of the vocalist, he was a lot of fun to watch, and whilst having some powerful uncleans, would contrast that by speaking in a very high voice. However, the only criticism is the drummer, who on many songs, was really off time and played a lot of simple rhythms. More complex rhythms would help elevate the band’s music to a new level, but they were still a joy to watch, and they are ones that can go far in this weird metal world. Also, vocalist, don’t be in the crowd please, thanks.
State of Deceit
Next were State of Deceit, another heavy metal band where, unfortunately, the drummer was unwell so had to be replaced with a drum machine. Even with that though, they all played well, and there were some fantastic guitar solos performed and all delivered a great performance on the night. Again, vocalist, please don’t go into the crowd until you KNOW the audience are on your side. Also, the band missed that special something that can help elevate them to that fantastic level. Unsure on what that can be, but if the band can continue on the level they’re at, it’s certain they’ll find it soon, and it will be amazing to watch!
Punk then entered the building in the form of Stitched Up. At this point, the heat was nicknamed “STAY ON THE STAGE!” – luckily, this band only did that the once! They showed the raw essence of punk that night, with amazing rhythms throughout and fantastic guitar licks and solos! The members knew how to work together as a whole and how to deliver their pure punk message. This is a band to get on board if you want to hear some new hardcore punk on the scene!
Finally, black metal descended onto the stage from Black Pyre, and it was a fantastic experience for all those attending. The band presented this theatrical world that was enchanting to witness! So many elements came together to present this grand spectacle that was great to listen to. If you’re looking for a new black metal experience, this is the band you have to go and find, because there is no one out there like them! Also, they were the only band to not enter the crowd once! Good!
That element probably helped give Black Pyre the win! Definitely well deserved! Congrats as well to Stitched Up for getting the Wild Card choice! A mixed bag overall, but a good presentation of the various bands within the scene! Keep your eyes peeled for the results of Heat 3, coming next week!
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