After an exciting first round in which Kraken Waken and Blood Moon Bandits progressed, Heat 2 is this Wednesday, February 22nd, at Trillians.
A late decision was made on Thursday to make the launch night free entry and that offer will continue for the remainder of the heats, so, each night you’ll get to sample 4 or 5 local bands with no cover charge.
So, who have we got for you this time – in no particular order (as running order decided on the night) we will be welcoming…
Trendkill – thrash/groove from Redcar
Razorjack – 4 piece metal band influenced by the likes of Slipknot and FFDP
Dead By Dawn – Horrorbilly/rockabilly
I’ll Play the Villain – Metalcore, they were finalists last year but they’ve got a very tough opening round
At time of writing there’s just 4 bands confirmed, but a 5th may be added. We will communicate running order on the Facebook event on the evening after the draw takes place.
After the excitement of the 2016 competition, I was very excitied to see what 2017 would bring.
Last year we had 5 heats and there was a mixture of applications and me nudging a few bands asking if they might like to apply.
This time round we’ve filled 6 heats without me having to nudge anyone, as we had more than enough applications.
Now, when I took on the 2016 competition – I hoped that most of the bands would get some form of benefit from it – the general feedback being many had, some seeing it as a good networking opportunity, playing with bands they wouldn’t normally play with, making new friends, showcasing themselves to the venues, other promoters, etc and while there can only be one prize winner, getting as many to benefit as possible is a plus.
There’s a lot happening in Newcastle at the moment – and I think it’s very exciting. I don’t want to start name dropping or anything (because I am likely to miss someone!) and I don’t get to nearly as many shows as I would like to – but there are some good DIY promoters doing amazing things for underground bands of most genres.
The net result of this is that a clash was inevitable – we’d moved a few dates around to try to avoid clashes, but tonight we end up clashing with Anthrax… oh… hope we didn’t take too many from them.
The plus of this is it means that although Yersin draw the cursed opening slot, they have a full bar to play to of people finishing their pints before going to see Anthrax. Quite a few stick around to watch them also.
To give an idea, they have a setlist of 12 songs and stick within the 25 minute slot, loud, punky crust – and whilst I didn’t not their track names, I did think with a closing song like “Dave Mustaine Must Die” they’d be ideal for Bloodstock 😉
The set is abrassive, energetic and enthralling – they keep people in the venue (apologies to the opening band at Anthrax) and their quality is superb.
Ladies and gentlemen, the bar has been set. What away to open the competition.
And – spoiler alert, they DON’T go through. Although a very close third place.
Kraken Waker took slot number 2 – lots of beards, riffs and groove metal. Opening with ‘Born with a Beard’ is about the size of it, they also manage to retain some of the Anthrax stragglers and soldier professionally despite seeing a lot of the venue having to reluctantly leave – they’re here to have a good time and it was unsurprising to see them go through.
Stoner Witch is a bit of a surprise package and I think he’s picked up quite a few new fans. Solo acoustic performer, but yep, dark, dank and a good use of minimalism.
At first a lot of people do not know what to think, but by the third song there’s a lot less chatter as he captivates everyone.
I feel things were tough on him, but he held his head up and did himself proud and I’d hope this at least scores himself some attention.
The last competing band, Blood Moon Bandits are also the last entrants, being recommended for the competition after a stunning gig at Trillians last week – they’re straight up high energy rock n roll – and one of the few bands in the competition to have a clear considered image, a bit like a glossier Misfits.
They done well and raised the roof and helped cap off a very good quality opening heat.
Finally, Dirty King play a special guest set and, you know, they were always a good band – but you can see how far they’ve come in the year since I first met them. This is now the 5th time I’ve seen them and they just seem so focused and confident, I think their M2TM run last year has really helped them come on.
Unfortunately they have to cut a little short, but, wow, it is good to see them back.
And so… the road to Bloodstock for one North-East band starts here… it’s like the Rock/Metal version of the World Cup, except without Fifa corruption… ooh…
If you don’t know how it works it is quite simple – all the rounds are at Trillians this time – the very first heat being February 16th – that’s this Thursday. Each heat, 4 or 5 competing bands will, err, compete, with two going through to the semi finals in May.
It’s a mixture of fan votes (that’s cheers to you and I) and judge votes scores the band who progresses – and last time there were some swung by the fans, some swung by the judges and some unanimous.
Kicks off at 7pm and entry is just £3
Across the heats we have some utter amazing talent – some re-entries from last year including finalists I’ll Play the Villain and some strong contenders – but many first time applicants who I’m looking forward to welcoming.
As said, each heat is £3 which gives a good chance to see some local talent for less than th
e price of a pint.
Heat 1, ooh, this is going to be a tough one. Four competing bands…
The running order of these will be decided on the night….
Yersin – local grind/punk/thrash
Kraken Waker – loud… ex Ten Ton Friday… riffs riffs riffs… beards
Stoner Witch – stoner/doom/pyschodeliac
Blood Moon Bandits – rock n roll from Middlesbrough
Annnnd… as a special treat
Last years runners up Dirty King will be playing a set as headliners, they won’t be competing – don’t vote for them cos your vote won’t count and we’ll still charge you the same phone bill. Or something.
Let’s do this! See you in Trillians on Thursday!!!
LOTL are a German Metal band, hailing from Hamburg. Quite popular in some of the Gothic circles within Germany and they play fairly high up at the festivals there and have done multiple tours with many of the stalwarts on the scene.
Last year they were the guests on the European leg of the Combichrist/Filter tour but sadly could not do the UK dates.
They have been keen to build on their success on the mainland in the UK and this is a good tour to give them a platform.
Having such a large catalogue, where to start is a tricky one – so for some introductory listening…
Regretably, the KMFDM show scheduled for May 22nd has been postponed… however… due to fast work with the band, agents and venues, the rescheduled date is already confirmed and announced as September 5th at Think Tank.
In an upside down world being torn at the seams, Tragedy brings us all together by uniting two warring factions – Disco and Metal.
The video stars comedian/musician/author Dave Hill in a role reminiscent of Tony Manero in the classic film, Saturday Night Fever, except with a little less success on the dance floor. He admires a handsome and talented disco-dancer (Nobuya Nagahama) at the club, but every time our Tony takes to the dance floor, he gets caught up in metal mayhem. Eventually, Tony finds salvation in a Disco-Metal transformation, inspired by his favorite band, Tragedy.
The track is a new version of their version of Stayin’ Alive, taken from new album ‘The Joy of Sex’ – it’s out today and available to download from Amazon and other such sites.
The band are touring for this album very soon and play Think Tank in Newcastle on March 1st – tickets available here
Alex Comfort’s 1970’s sex manual, The Joy of Sex, was discovered by each of the band members when left alone in the house as a curious young man. Tragedy, with the advice of doctors and professional counselors, has created the first real Adult Sex Information Metal Album ever recorded. The Joy of Sex is for mature people who want to make their lovemaking richer and more varied.
These songs are presented alongside hand-drawn artwork, and discussed in unanxious practical detail, with reassuring authority and a sense of decimation.
“We are always being asked to graphically illustrate our lovemaking methods to our fans”, says Tragedy’s Mo’Royce Peterson, “and now, the whole world will be able to hold us in the palms of their hands and the drums of their ears, as we guide them through life’s carnal pleasures.”
The tracklist for the album is :
DO YA THINK I’M SEXY
LITTLE RED CORVETTE
NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP
DRESS YOU UP
DEAR SANTA (BRING ME A GODDAM GENTLEMAN)
Like anything with Tragedy, you are sure of a good time and a good laugh. Don’t miss this tour!
M2TM 2017 is almost upon us. We have 26 confirmed bands, including 4 re-entries from 2016 plus 22 entering for the first time this year.
We literally only have a couple of slots left, so email email@example.com if you want to bag one.
We’ll be presenting details of the heats very soon – but – pleased to announce the first event at Trillians on February 16th will have special, non-competing, headliners Dirty King – they played Bloodstock in 2016 on the Jagermeister Stage and so it’s good to show off one of the talents from last year.
We hope to get SOJK in another show as non-competitng also 🙂
I’m sure many are familiar with KMFDM – they are widely regarded as music pioneers, fusing the industrial and electronics of the early 80s with heavy metal of the time – and progressing and evolving with each albums. They were a major influence on many of the industrial-metal and cross-over bands of the late 80s, 90s and beyond.
Coupled with the PIG show in March, we have plenty of scene-royalty coming your way.
After last year’s storming MORTIIS tour and the release of their critically acclaimed 9th Studio release ‘The Great Deceiver’ Norway’s finest industrial metal ghouls are back with a new remix album and another even larger U.K. Tour!
This time with US allies PIG who return to the UK for the first time in decades, bringing their form of old school Industrial rock infused with a highly energised performance, PIG will provide the ‘awe’ to MORTIIS’ ‘shock’ keeping the audience enthralled and inspired with a rotating headline to keep fans guessing and on their toes!
PIG feature original frontman and 3/4’s of golden era KMFDM including Raymond Watts, En Esch and Guenter Schulz! Completing the PIG line up is ex Combichrist Z Marr and 16 Volt’s Galen Waling!
This tour is a rotating headliner tour with both headliners playing full sets so be sure to arrive early so as not to miss either set and brilliant support sets from special guests from Glasgow’s SERAPH SIN!
To celebrate, Mortiis has released a single from the forthcoming album ‘The Great Corrupter’ – the single consists of two tracks the Die Krupps remix of ‘Doppelganger’ and exclusive B-side ‘The Shining Lamp of God’ remixed by Leaetherstrip – you can grab it for free from Bandcamp.