The lads from Nephilim are quite young looking and lack ID.
The M2TM Newcastle rules state all band members must be 18 at the time of heat and venue rules is 18+ from 7pm.
So. Snap discretion – stick them on at 6.30pm and if they get through make sure they arrive with ID for the semis.
This does disappoint a few who miss them, which is a shame – they’re a young band clearly brought up on Avenged Sevenfold and they’re certainly tight and competent.
“No Place to Hide” is certainly a tune and a half.
Although they don’t get through this time, I do look forward to seeing them again in the future and how they progress.
Yersin opened the first heat last year and totally set the bar with their energetic grindcore enslaught. They were so so unlucky not to go through last time, but this time around they just own the stage (and space in front of the stage… and half the venue) and again set a bar to beat. They get through this time.
Looking forward to some ‘Burzum and Chill’ in the semis.
I kinda feel for Leading Zeroes – they’re really bloody good but must feel quite lost sandwiched between grind and donk. They do produce some fairly enjoyable alt rock and seem well received. Speaking to them afterwards they were in a pretty postive attitude despite not going through, which is something I massively appreciate.
There were a lot of smiles and nods while they were on, so they’ve at least got some new friends.
Next up is the band that makes us all question our life choices – the Newcastle Upon Tyne Speed Donk experience.
They have an extremely strong fanbase and bring all of the songs about Donk. They are the visual and musical equivalent of a guy in a shark onesie dry humping a guy in a dinosaur onesie.
“I think we’re going to stop now because we need to set up because a real band is on next”
So, Armortura have the, ahem, pleasure of following them and closing.
And, you know what. They do it well. Proper traditional heavy metal which there’s not been enough of in the Newcastle runs – and decent and tight to boot.
Certainly raising the curtain at the end and I look forward to seeing them in the semis.
Looking ahead to next week’s line up… holy fuck, that’s gone be hard to call.
It feels strange starting M2TM so late.
Normally we’re about half way through the comp by now – but we opted for a later start with weekly, rather than fortnightly, heats.
Mind – with the recent grotty weather we thought an April start may be more pleasant…
And yet it STILL snowed.
However – that didn’t stop the bands, nor a respectable crowd.
Sadly, we are down to 4 bands. The first heat suffered two drop outs and we were able to replace one, but a little too short notice for the second.
So, it’s pushing 8pm when electro-metal trip THIS HOLY VIRUS open the 2018 competition.
Pretty decent mix of styles and ideas, like an angry Gary Numan. Fairly well received and a good way to prise the competition open.
Really looking forward to seeing more from these guys in the coming months, there’s a lot of potential.
DESOLATION stepped in following the withdrawal of Rossi Noise. While this may have felt it would boost chances, an experienced band with a strong following replaced by a relatively young and unknown band.
This is actually their first time gigging in Newcastle.
The band are groove metal with a few hints of 90s grunge and nu-metal, but a passionate performance impresses many. Enough to see them through to the semis.
I’ve a lot of love for PRETTY LIVID IMPS – they’ve a lovely set of punky rock and roll, with lots of fast and uplifting anthems. They should be a lot bigger. But, maybe I’m just bias.
They’re well received but have two tough bands to follow and it doesn’t quite get them over the line this time.
The beast to beat was always going to be KRAKEN WAKER.
They made it to the semi finals last time with their nautical sludge. They’re previewing a couple of tracks from their new EP and you know – they’re going to be a challenge to get passed in the semis this year as well.
They’re simple but effective – riffs, riffs, beards, riffs, beards, riffs.
It’s been an interesting start to the competition… for sure.
A mixture of personal and professional comments regarding a tour we’re thrilled to announce.
Lord of the Lost are one of my personal favourite bands. Over the past 8 years I’ve watched them rise up in Germany. From playing festivals in the 11am slot for 20 minutes to performing with a full Orchestra.
Now, they look set to repeat this in the UK.
Whilst they did do some small dates in 2010, they didn’t return to the UK until 2017. 2017 saw them impress many crowds on tour with KMFDM. Now, in 2018, they’re about to embark on a UK headline tour.
The tour will start right here in Newcastle, on November 21st, at The Cluny.
There’ll be special guests to be announced in due time, also. If you caught them with KMFDM I hope you’re already hooked – but if you missed that show, then really, this is a band set to go on the ascendancy.
We’re a Cyberpunk band from Tokyo, Japan.
Built in the future city Shinjuku,Tokyo, PSYDOLL captures the Japanese manga and anime as their nutrition,and continued to spread their sound and the existence to the world. Facebook
The unmistakable voice from one of the most loved hard rock bands of the early 1990s is returning this spring. Jizzy Pearl of LOVE/HATE is back with his new solo album, “All You Need Is Soul”. This highly anticipated studio release will be made available May 11 via Frontiers Music Srl.
“In my opinion, this is the best record I’ve done since ‘Blackout In The Red Room’,” says Jizzy. “It captures all the energy and power of that album with great songs, high-energy vocals, big drums courtesy of Dave Moreno (PUDDLE OF MUDD) and amazing guitars from LOVE/HATE guitarist Darren Housholder.”
From the opening vocals of blistering first song “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” to the effortlessly cool album closer “Mr Jimmy”, Jizzy’s new record is brimming with fresh new music that’s easily recognizable whilst contemporary in its delivery. Listen closer and you’ll discover the hard-rocking groove of “High For An Eye”, the funk rock of album title track “All You Need Is Soul” and many more new favorites. Make no mistake, Jizzy Pearl has returned and he’s better than ever.
Although released on May 11, we’re told Jizzy will have copies with him on the UK tour, which cuts Think Tank in Newcastle on May 3rd. As always, tickets are doing well – you can secure yours here (click)
Jizzy Pearl and LOVE/HATE burst onto the scene in 1990 with the debut album “Blackout In The Red Room” and proceeded to take the U.K. by storm with “Best Album Of The Year” from Kerrang! and Metal Hammer magazines. Playing sold-out shows and opening for SKID ROW, AC/DC and DIO put LOVE/HATE on the map. MTV hits “Why Do You Think They Call It Dope”, “She’s An Angel” and the band’s follow-up album, “Wasted In America”, have ensured a loyal following to this day.
“All You Need Is Soul” track listing:
01. You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
02. Comin’ Home To The Bone
03. High For An Eye
04. All You Need Is Soul
05. House Of Sin
08. When The Devil Comes
09. You Don’t Know What It’s Like
10. It Doesn’t Matter
11. Little Treasures
12. Mr Jimmy
And of course… the tour… hits up Newcastle on March 13th at Trillians, with special guests Idestroy. We’re unsurprised to report tickets have been selling very well – so – come along and be a part of it. Get Tickets.
We’re pleased to announce and amazing addition to the forthcoming tour with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.
IDestroy have built up a local following in their own right – and now embarking on a major tour with The Men…
Locally, that visits Trillians on March 13th
Some nice things people have said about them include :
“The band are fronted by singer/guitarist Bec Jevons, who manages to combine her hard mod-punk look style with a presence that seems to channel equal parts Shirley Manson and Joan Jett.” – Fred Perry Subculture
“If you like your rock’n’roll short, sharp and spiky, then Bristol grrrl rockers IDestroy might just be your favourite new band. They snap, they crackle, they pop, and they wear studded leather jackets with a feisty punk sneer.” – Classic Rock Magazine
“Bristol alt.rock crew have been eating riffs for breakfast here. Just listen – massive guitar everywhere!” – Kerrang! Magazine