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Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:00 pm
by JPMC
I thought I'd throw in my two cents. I played in Hitchin's event last night with my band. I'd seen a couple of the heats, sadly not all. But for a giggle, a quick and hopefully unbiased rundown.

Raze
Awesome stage presence and they seemed to remind me a lot of Corrosion of Conformity for some reason. The vocalist is a natural frontman and I really liked everything they did. Their choice to cover System of a Down made me feel old in that they all looked about 18 or so; myself and a mate remembered that we were about that age when SOAD came out with Toxicity... weird feeling haha.

Rough Justice
Great guitar players, vocals that suited and very rifftastic. They had a bit of a 90s southern rock vibe to them which most of the crowd reacted to well generally. Guitar solos won me over with this band. I can't quite place who they reminded me of.

Draugr
Black metal with a difference I guess? The thing that raised them above the bar really was they looked like they were having a good time on stage. So instead of the grim n evil nekro oh so serious look, they just had fun with it. And they have the music to match. Would definitely make an effort to check these guys out if you can.

Elysian Divide
I'm the guitar player for ED so I don't want to come off as too self aggrandizing. But we all enjoyed the event and the crowd was awesome. For interest, we're female fronted metal but remove the pretentiousness. I hope...

The whole evening was great, the staff at Club 85 were their typical professional and fun. Nick P who runs the Hitchin events was his usual upbeat and awesome self. Great bloke all round and compere. Dragr and Elysian Divide made it through last night which for us was unexpected but awesome. We really had a blast last night. And if you were there, hope you enjoyed the Mars bars and Maltesers - my neck is completely caved in hahaha.

Heat 8 is next Sunday and I'd encourage people to make the trip as there's a few bands worth checking out for sure. Club 85 is a five minute walk from Hitchin station and maybe 15 minutes if you're completely drunked up. Oh, and they serve Trooper on draft.

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:42 pm
by LouciferSpeaks
I went to the first Quarter (or is it "quinter"?) final in London yesterday, so I thought I'd fill you in on who went through (and also provide links to the other bands in case you wanted to check them out).

Firstly, I just wanted to point out how well organised it was and the atmosphere was superb... but, anyway, onto the bands...

HAND OF DOOM - https://www.facebook.com/handofdoommetal/
LILITH AND THE KNIGHT - https://www.facebook.com/lilithandtheknight/
FROM ONCE WE CAME - https://www.facebook.com/fromoncewecame/
DEAD MAN'S WHISKEY - https://www.facebook.com/DeadMansWhiskey/
THE BROOD - https://www.facebook.com/TheBroodUK/
MERCURY RISING - https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMercuryRising/
DEEP THROAT TRAUMA - https://www.facebook.com/deepthroattrauma/

All of the bands played brilliantly, with everyone giving 100%. Deep Throat Trauma, The Brood and Dead Man's Whiskey will go onto the semi-finals.

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:52 am
by robin8585
Manchester Quarter Final 1:

Not going to post much about the bands for these unless something is very different from the heats.

Faith in Glory - Enjoyed them more this time, still don't think the main vocalist has a very good voice.

Skeletal Damage - Just as good as in the heats, go down very well in the room again.

Beyond Salvation - Still boring.

Saurr - I guess I missed their first couple of songs last time, because what comes out initially is a straight Metalcore band, and I do not like it at all. Then they go into the more atmospheric, clean sung stuff, and they're brilliant again. I do hope they're a Metalcore band which went good rather than a good band which has embraced shite.

Saurr and Skeletal Damage advance to the semis, I agree totally with this decision.

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:04 am
by Haldamir319
Devil's Playground won the Coventry competition.

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:24 pm
by angel_of_death
Yes, it was a tough competition but we won! I've been going to Bloodstock since the indoor days, and I've always wanted to play that stage (Aceldama played the jager few years ago, but that's not the same)! I can't wait!

Here's a clip from the final!

https://youtu.be/uj-CL-2pb0A

*I tried to embed it, but I can't get it to play ball!

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:32 am
by Haldamir319
Death metallers Enslavement won the Brighton M2M.

Next up in Swindon on Friday, then we gets ours on Saturday!

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:25 am
by Hotchilidog
Glad Enslavement won the Brighton heat. Saw them at the Vader show a week ago for the first time in ages and they were great. Looking forward to seeing them on the New Blood Stage.

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:40 am
by Haldamir319
Merithian won the Swindon M2M last night.
https://www.facebook.com/MerithianOfficial/

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:20 am
by Haldamir319
I'll have a full write up tomorrow, but post-metal/Sludge/Doom band Ba'al (rightfully) won our tournament tonight. We were also told that two bands were being set aside as possible Jager stage bands down the line.

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 7:24 am
by Haldamir319
After six first round heats and three semi-finals, last night was The Grand Final of the Sheffield branch of the Metal 2 the Masses competition at the Mulberry Tavern.

It had been a fantastic tournament up to this point, and the final did not disappoint.



Aonia

https://www.facebook.com/aoniauk/
Symphonic / Power / Operatic Metal
Winners of Heat 1
Runner-up in Semi-Final 3

Being first on can be a bit of a curse, but the extended sound check allowed for the septet to have their strongest sounding performance in the competition. It was nice to see uniformity in the stage apparel across the band too, and the light up corsets were a neat touch. This was a great start to the evening, from a band that’s now pretty much the complete package.

Delirium

https://www.facebook.com/DeliriumOfficialbandpage/
Rock
Winners of Heat 3
Winners of Semi-Final 2

I’ve seen these guys a number of times in the past eighteen months or so and they rarely disappoint. Whilst tonight they don’t quite reach the heady heights of their earlier round performances, this phenomenally talented trio still impress on-lookers with their funky brand of rock’n’roll.

Sobriquet

https://www.facebook.com/sobriquetband/
Alternative Metal
Winners of Heat 2
Runners-up in Semi-Final 1

It’s worth remembering that this entertaining alt. metal outfit were a last minute stand-in in the second week of the comptition. They took the opportunity by the horns and rode it all the way to the final. Performance wise, after a bit of a shaky start they nailed the last three tracks and put on a very enjoyable, energetic show. I can’t wait to see how these guys progress from here.

Archelon

https://www.facebook.com/Archelonband/
Post-Metal / Sludge / Doom
Runner-up in Heat 5
Winners of Semi-Final 3

Archelon were the first part of a sludgey hypnotic double header of doom. These guys have been consistently one of the better bands in the tournament, and they continued that trend with a monstrously heavy set. Their consistency is all the more impressive to say they were performing without their bass player!

Ba’al

https://www.facebook.com/baalsheff/
Post-Metal / Sludge / Doom
Winners of Heat 6
Runners-up in Semi-Final 2

Ba’al had a tough act to follow, but they saved their best performance of the tournament for the final. Their mid-tempo brand of sludgey doom got many heads banging, including my own, as they knocked it out of the ballpark.

Arkdown

https://www.facebook.com/ArkdownOfficial/
Metalcore / Contemporary Metal
Winners of Heat 5
Winners of Semi-Final 1

One of the most popular bands of the tournament, these energetic contemporary metallers drew the closing slot of the evening. Unphased by the excellent bands playing immediately before them, they proceed to slam through their pitworthy setlist with great confidence.

Guest Headliner:
Regulus

https://www.facebook.com/regulus.band/
Stoner Rock / Hard Rock / Heavy Psych
Winner of Metal 2 the Masses Lincolnshire 2016

It’s always a pleasure to watch one of the more talented bands from our area, and they were a perfect choice for guest headliner. If you’ve not seen them live, you’re truly missing out on a cracking stoner rock act.

The Result



I thought it was a tough choice for the judge to make, but I agree with the decision to name Ba’al the winners. They saved their best performance for the final, and were the best band on the night. Congratulations chaps!

For the record, I had it being between them and Archelon, but there could have been argument made for other bands too.

It was also noted that two other bands on the evening (not named) are being put forward as potential acts to fulfill other slots on the Bloodstock bill.

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 9:18 am
by robin8585
Unfortunately I was ill last week for the 2nd quarter final in Manchester.

Voodoo Blood and Kringer and the Battle Kats went through, which is the result I expected. It's a shame Midnight Prophecy haven't been able to advance, I really enjoyed them during the heats, but this one was a tough grouping.

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 7:28 am
by Haldamir319
Hope you're feeling better!

Thanks for the update too. :)

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 7:40 am
by CharlesDexterWard
Thanks for all the updates folks, really interesting to get details of the bands and their musical styles. Keep up the good work :D

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 6:29 pm
by Leemanruss
Yea, these accounts of the heats have enabled me to discover some great bands acroos the country, like Ba'al and Midnight Prophecy for example! Cheers!

Re: M2TM 2017

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 6:58 pm
by Blake_Porter
OK we are on page 5, is there still no BM being mentioned? Or am I just being blind?