METAL 2 THE MASSES Heat 3 - FUEL Rock Club, Cardiff, 01.03.2019 / Louder Live
Another round at FUEL Rock Club to bring all that South Wales has to offer in rock, metal, and alternative music, and was this heat a TOUGHIE! Wow! Shows the quality of acts on display within the local scene when there is a heat this tight that, as the judges later announced, voting was only separated by 3 votes each! But who were the acts that went through? Well let’s see how they did then! (Photos courtesy of Stuart Rowles, check out the full gallery below)
First up, knocking it immediately out of the gate was Grym, and did they ever pack a punch! It’s never easy for anyone to perform first, but they presented themselves with the right attitude, and really worked together as a group. Remember when Motorhead would introduce themselves as “We are Motorhead and we play rock ‘n’ roll”? This band have that same energy through all of their songs and stage presence, with amazing guitar solos to boot! The bassist was amazing as well – some of the best bass riffs from her and you could tell that they’re all having fun, which translated to a fun atmosphere for the audience.
Next up was Excursia; they may look tiny, but don’t be fooled because they rocked! Like the last band, they work together really well, and have a fun energy and show that they have a massive passion for playing music. The vocals are very strong and also have brilliant guitar solos. They showed they know their stuff, and it will be interesting to follow along with all these guys do. They may look young, but they have a bright future ahead of them, and performing in this heat will give them the platform to do so much more.
Third act up was the band Beyond Sorrow, who definitely gave a firestorm of a performance. They delivered so much energy, and didn’t give up on the audience one bit! More fantastic guitar solos and bass licks from this group. To top it off, although the vocalist entered the crowd, he did it at the right moment when the crowd were really eating up what the band were selling. An enjoyable set all round.
Sounds of Insane Music
Sounds of Insane Music were the final act to perform in the heat – in reality, it is only one guy, but wow the talent on show is spectacular! The beautiful yet gritty melody lines on the guitar. It is what is says on the tin, which is music that sounds insane, but wow is it amazing! Only issue was that all of this was backed by a backing track instead of a real band. Whilst this didn’t detract from how great the music was, having actual musicians to back him would have added a lot more feel and power to the music. But as it is, it’s still great.
So a tough call from all the acts that any of them could have easily progressed to the semi-final! So after a tough round of voting and a long deliberation with the judges, it was revealed that Grym were the winners and would progress to the semi-finals! Wild Card choice went to Beyond Sorrow! All bands were fantastic and created one enjoyable heat all the way through! Best of luck for the future to all bands, and see you next week for Heat 4!
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