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  • M2TM Newcastle – 2017 Winners and Write Up

    “You’re not making this any easier for me,” jokes Simon Hall of Bloodstock, after a string of strong performances in the 2017 M2TM Final.

    “Isn’t that the point?” I joke back.

    Seriously though, some of the performances were out of the park.

    Some things I’ve kept close to my chest. When anyone asks my opinion on who will go through I’ve said stuff like “we’ve 4, 5, 6 great bands tonight” (depending on how many playing) although the truth is, in some of the rounds I did have an opinion… and in most cases I was wrong!

    This is a good thing, mostly, because for the best part I’ve been proven wrong because another band has upped their game.

    End result – lots of great performances.

    So, I’m going to break rank and say going into the final I felt it would be between Trendkill and Decrepit Monolith.

    But, The Unholy Concoction threaten to prove me wrong from the start!
    They’ve been an interesting one this competition – in their heat, there was a clear winner in Decrepit Monolith but judges were divided in who else to send through – TUC were Iain from Jack Ketch’s pick (he was a guest judge that night) and we swayed over to his choice. We can put it on record that his call was clearly justified.
    In the semi finals they were amazing and just pipped out of an automatic place in the final (like really!) and were a convincing second in the play off, but that wouldn’t have been enough to get them to the final.

    However, massive blow as Vigil found flight cancellations stranded them in Europe – and so the logical band to invite to take their place was TUC – so they ended up doing this show on 6 hours notice and it was a massively strong showing. It’s the type of opening band that sets the level for everyone else and a tough one to beat.

    You know, I frequently joke about Trendkill being so young and I shouldn’t – but seriously, these lads have a good future ahead of them. It’s gonna be challenging cos the music industry is just that – I’m old enough to have seen so many “this band could make it” that don’t – certainly though, I want to see where they go from here : they’re just oozing confidence whilst aiming just to have fun – and if they can keep that balance, they’re gonna have more good times ahead of them.
    Proper ear melting thrash – it’s interesting cos there is a clear Pantera influence going on, but I don’t personally like Pantera (we’re all allowed opinions) but love these guys and I’ve just been so stoked to see them cruise their way through he competition.

     

    Decrepit Monolith up next and they just don’t disappoint. They play with such conviction and their blend of black metal is truly mesmerising.
    It’s a difficult genre to get right – but fuck, they get it right. They’ve absolutely steamed through the competition laying unholy waste at each round time after time again.
    Fucking brutal – and the visuals and image is spot on. Although why they brought fire on such a warm day, I dunno…

    I’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for Blood Moon Bandits – they entered at heat 1, but only a few days before it – proper late additions, and you know – they might not be the heaviest and thrashiest and brutalist, but they hit the mark if you know what I mean.
    Like other bands on the bill are ales, but they’re a nice refreshing cider.
    They’re lively, they’re energetic and I think they make a good impression but they’ve had such a tough run of bands to perform after.

    Likewise, I’ll Play the Villain – really decent metalcore act and it’s been so good to see how they’ve come along since last year. They’ve a lot more conviction but an extra spark again would make all the difference. They’re strong and they’re decent.

    So anyway, I said I thought it may be between Trendkill and Decrepit Monolith… for the first time in weeks I’m actually right.
    Because of the high standards of both bands, Trendkill are offered the Jaegermeister Stage – and Decrepit Monolith go through as winners to play the New Blood Stage.

    a round of thanks…

    First off – always the most important, you lot – those who’ve been coming along to our shows, watching the bands, supporting bands you like and discovering bands you didn’t know about.  Without you, it’d just be bands playing to bands in an otherwise empty venue.  There’s a lot of great stuff happening in Newcastle for assorted tastes and some amazing promoters and nights and that you’ve chosen on certain days to come and spend your time and money with us – we really genuinely appreciate it.

    Of course, the bands, we ironed out a couple of problems from last year so hopefully it was all a lot better on the bands – thank you for getting behind the spirit of the competition : to my knowledge there’s been no drama or anything and I hope you’ve all picked up some new fans and made some new friends.  The quality this year has been consistently high and I’m looking forward to seeing how some of you develop.

    Trillians – for getting behind my shit and letting me do my thing with no real problems, they’ve also provided the backline, made sure posters have gone up and been generally great to work with.   I will say this time and time again that it’s so good to see the bar back in good hands.

    Truth Hurts – they’ve been recording a lot of the bands sets and generally helping with some of the promotion and been generally good people : I’ve poached Allan who helps me a lot with the compering and also some of the band scouting.   Like, seriously, have you heard me trying to compere? It just, well… naw… I haven’t got the excitement he does – and of course their overall help shouldn’t be played down.

    And, of course, Simon and Bloodstock – it’s been such a fucking pleasure to run this competition here again and as music promotion goes it’s quite rewarding because you can see how some of the bands and fans benefit from it : it’s difficult to phrase this without sounding like I’m having a pop at other promoters which I am certainly not – there are a lot of amazing promoters locally and nationally who do a fucktonne more than I do (and even those who do less, still  have contribution that shouldn’t be played down) but, I mean, I think we’ve all ran gigs where everyone has wondered what the point is : and this is a set of gigs I’m really happy to be apart of.  So, thank you for having faith in me to run the competition, thank you for being supportive and thank you for having me part of the overall picture.

    Fuck, it’s been exhausting.

    I’m going for a lie down and to nurse my hangover.

    Same time next year?


  • Dirty King : Special Guests at M2TM 2017 Launch

    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 kev@twfmagazine.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 🙂

    Stay tunes, watch this space – news coming soon…


  • Tragedy : March 2017 Return

    Be afraid, be very afraid – assume the position, your fun overload for 2017 is confirmed!

    Tragedy – the band that was born out of the impenetrable divide of Disco and Metal are back!
    Hitting up Think Tank on March 1st, 2017, they provide the most fun you can have with, or without, your clothes on.

    If you’ve been under a rock and missed their amazingness – they were originally a heavy metal tribute to the Bee Gees but have grown into something much much more, a bigger beast and the ultimate disco-metal party band.

    They broke the internet with their cover of ‘You’re The One That I Want’ (see below) –  and are of course coming to break hearts and minds yet again.

    Tickets available online from www.seetickets.com and local record shops.

     

     

    VH1
    “You’re the One That I Want” Heavy Metal Tribute to ‘Grease’ is as great as it sounds. They created a music video for the cover, and it is exactly what you’d think a heavy metal version of Grease would look like. Between the crazy outfits, wild hair, air guitars, and locker room parties, the only question left to ask is, why hasn’t this idea been adapted into a full length movie yet? We want more!”

    Metal Hammer
    “Camp as a row of tents, and with more hooks than hell’s cloakroom, Tragedy guarantee it.”

    Tiny Mix Tapes
    “Tragedy manage to dwell in the realm of novelty while far exceeding their worth as a concept…the aesthetic is somewhere in between the flamboyance of the disco-era Bee Gees and the flamboyance of mid-eighties hair metal, with some extra flamboyance thrown in for the sake of flamboyance.”

    The Sun, UK
    “Hard riffs, tight white flares, and even tighter octave-scraping harmonies…essential listening.”

    Loudwire
    “One of the hottest videos on the internet. These kids aren’t the leather jacket-wearing greasers from the ’50s, but rather a modernized hard rock band of brothers attending the Our Lady of Perpetual Decimation high school. When the leader, Disco Mountain Man, arrives back in the halls, he’s greeted by his buddies who ask him what he’s been up to all summer. And much like Grease, it’s revealed that he met up with a girl. But this is no poodle-skirt wearing young lady. Instead, it’s an anarchy-loving blonde bombshell decked out in black and red. What follows is a re-imagined version of the song, with an ominous opening bass line and killer vocals from Mountain Man reminiscent of some of ’80s metal.”

    Village Voice
    “Everyone from Feist to Tom Jones has covered the disco hits of the Bee Gees, but perhaps no one does those gooey soft-rock numbers better than Tragedy…Shiny costumes, dramatic eye makeup and headbanging hilarity…”

    Metal Rules
    “The greatest heavy-metal-meets-disco party you could possibly wish for.”

    Kerrang
    “Back in the dark days of disco, the Bee Gees were the shit, despite having massive teeth, bigger hair and a falsetto only dogs could hear…with the righteous power of heavy metal, We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong mixes Guns ‘N’ Roses swagger, the Scorpions’ sense of pomp and Judas Priest-esque vocals to create a sound that is exactly like The Darkness!”

    Billboard
    “Decked in their hair-metal finest, with no can of Aqua-Net spared, Tragedy frolic on the beach, woo their ladies and then unleash their thrash chops in the most anarchistic pep rally this side of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The result is hilarious and arguably even more heartwarming than the original, not least for the visual pun unleashed on the line ‘it’s electrifying.'”

    Guitar World
    “Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond has indeed pulled off a spot-on hair-metal spoof of the song, complete with a locker-room scene that takes place at Our Lady of Perpetual Decimation High School.”

    USA Today
    “A note-perfect hair-metal spoof of You’re the One That I Want, complete with a locker scene set at Our Lady of Perpetual Decimation High School. Only instead of pony tails and poodle skirts, the girls have teased hair and tattered Hot Topic outfits. You’ll never see Danny and Sandy the same after this metal ‘Grease’ cover.”