M2TM 2017

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Postby angel_of_death » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:24 pm

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!
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Postby Haldamir319 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:32 am

Death metallers Enslavement won the Brighton M2M.

Next up in Swindon on Friday, then we gets ours on Saturday!
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Postby Hotchilidog » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:25 am

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.

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Postby Haldamir319 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:40 am

Merithian won the Swindon M2M last night.
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Postby Haldamir319 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:20 am

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.
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Postby Haldamir319 » Mon May 01, 2017 7:24 am

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.

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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.
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Re: M2TM 2017

Postby robin8585 » Tue May 02, 2017 9:18 am

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.

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Postby Haldamir319 » Wed May 03, 2017 7:28 am

Hope you're feeling better!

Thanks for the update too. :)
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Postby CharlesDexterWard » Wed May 03, 2017 7:40 am

Thanks for all the updates folks, really interesting to get details of the bands and their musical styles. Keep up the good work :D
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Postby Leemanruss » Wed May 03, 2017 6:29 pm

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!
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Postby Kanwulf » Wed May 03, 2017 6:58 pm

OK we are on page 5, is there still no BM being mentioned? Or am I just being blind?
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Postby Leemanruss » Wed May 03, 2017 7:46 pm

Blake_Porter wrote:OK we are on page 5, is there still no BM being mentioned? Or am I just being blind?

Draugr were the only one I noticed
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Postby Haldamir319 » Thu May 04, 2017 7:49 am

Blake_Porter wrote:OK we are on page 5, is there still no BM being mentioned? Or am I just being blind?


The closest we had was probably Soulphernous, but they were more like Blackened Death Metal. It's a shame because, whilst it's not my favourite genre, I'd have like to see it represented. Having gotten to know the guys at the Mulberry quite well over the past couple of months, I know for a fact they haven't excluded anyone on genre grounds - we ended up with quite a diverse line-up across the whole tournament.

On a similar note, if you guys know any bands based remotely close/commutable to South Yorkshire, and you/they feel the band isn't getting a fair shake on genre grounds (black, folk and power immediately spring to mind), tell them to apply ot play Sheffield next year. The Mulberry have already said they are going for it again, and all genres are welcome. :)
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Postby robin8585 » Thu May 04, 2017 8:27 am

Blake_Porter wrote:OK we are on page 5, is there still no BM being mentioned? Or am I just being blind?


Manchester had none at all.

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Re: M2TM 2017

Postby Gandalf the Red » Thu May 04, 2017 12:20 pm

Would any self respecting Black Metal band enter a competition?

It's not exactly true. :lol:
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