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  • M2TM Newcastle – Heat 3 write-up

    On paper, Heat 3 is one of the more diverse line-ups.

    This wasn’t deliberate at all – but – certainly, the type of thing I was hoping for when I started running this competition in Newcastle, so a chance to see bands you’d not normally get to see or get to see together.

    In the 2016 competition, no band who took the opening slot progressed. It is a very difficult slot because among anything else you can’t see what you’ve got to “beat”.
    But, The Unholy Concoction buck that trend and taken on a riff driven booze metal approach to take them to the semis.
    It does take a little while for them to warm, but a lot of people have made the effort to check out the early bands and they leave impressed.
    It’s actually the crowd response that tips them through. As every judge has a different second choice band tonight!

    I’m in awe watching Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska. Sublime and hypnotic psychedeliac rock. Stunning riffs and great atmospheres. They help give the judges a nice headache, you know not the “will this noise ever stop” headache, but a “it’s tight, who is going through headache”

    Saints of War are competition tradional rock, it’s funny – before they set I noticed Tim “Ripper” Owens has announced show at Think Tank and maybe this has me in mind for the nods towards Priest in SoW’s sound. Pretty good stuff.

    Sworn to Secrecy, holy Hell, there’s quite a few young bands in this year and I love it. Absolutely. These kids tear up the stage with a high energy metalcore machine. Unlucky not to go through, but they’re another one of those bands that are good, they have the energy and enthusiasm and will only get better.

    I mentioned earlier every judge had a different second choice band – well – they all had the same first choice band… Decrepit Monolith… fuck me. They’re tight. They take the competition to a new depth of Hell with their melodic Black Metal. Fearsome!

    I already know the Semis are going to be too tight to call… I am mulling an idea….


  • M2TM Newcastle – Heat 3 – Thursday 9th March


    Round 2 saw I’ll Play the Villain and Trendkill progress, they join Kraken Waken and Blood Moon Bandits in the Semi Finals.

    Round 3 is this Thursday at Trillians, with 5 competing bands.  Remember, entry to this and every heat is FREE entry. Kicking off from 7pm

    Nice.
    So, who have we got for you this time – in no particular order (as running order decided on the night) we will be welcoming…

    Saints of War  – Teeside heavy rock

    Sworn to Secrecy – Newcastle metalcore

    The Unholy Concotation – Darlington Booze Metal

    Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska – Psychedelic / Krautrock / Noise

    Decrepit Monolith – Newcastle Black Metal
    We will communicate running order on the Facebook event on the evening after the draw takes place.

    We hope to see you there for some amazing talent.

    A full break down of all the heats below

    March 9th – M2TM Heat 3
    Saints of War, Sworn to Secrecy, Unholy Concotation, Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska, Decripit Monolith

    March 23rd – M2TM Heat 4
    Creature, Odin’s Revenge, Autoimmune, Vigil + Souls of Jack Ketch*

    April 6th – M2TM Heat 5
    Vindicter, Molasses, Coma Violet, Pretty Livid Imps, Wild Fire

    April 20th – M2TM Heat 6
    Erebor, The Distorted, October Ends, Blackjack, Altostratus

    *Non-Competing


  • M2TM Newcastle : Heat 2 Write Up

    Although most of our heats are a Thursday, to avoid other clashes, Heat 2 was a nice midweek warmer.

    Four competing bands again this week and interesting mix of bands and styles.

    “We’re from the bad side of the Tyne,” announce Sunderland band Razorjack who play an enjoyable and competent slice of modern metal, influenced by the likes of Slipknot, they’ve a mild stage presence and some interesting songs.  A cover of ‘Gay Bar’ is also quite amusing and they warm up nicely.

    It’s another good way to start the evening, good quality and hopefully they will grow in confidence.

    Teeside Thrashes Trendkill (I love alliterations.   Mr Scorer called them the Parmo Pantera.  If you don’t know what a Parmo is, then, you need one in your life… your arterys don’t, but you do.)
    Fuck me, what they been feeding kids these days?  The teens deliver face-melting thrash.

    They’ve travelled quite a distance to be here, but are going home with some new found friends.

    Horrorbilly band Dead By Dawn remind me one of the things I dislike about the competition is the inevitability a good band will have to go out.  They’ve got a bit experience and play a very enjoyable set of songs about zombies, more zombies, reanimation of zombies and general horror songs.  Massive kudos that they carried on despite illness to their drummer, borrowing Dan from the bar to drum their set in his break.  He did this for Lovely Wife last year.  He’ll get through one day.

    I did wonder, with the standards tonight, if last year’s finalists I’ll Play the Villain could fall at the first round.  But, they play tonight with a massive whim of confidence, added to their mix of melodic metalcore (alliterations!) and they take the competition and grab it by the balls and punch it a few times.  Last time round, I enjoyed them in the heats, loved them in the Semis but they weren’t on top form in the final, tonight’s performance is probably better than their semi performance last time and they’re going to be one to beat.

    Talking to IPTV afterwards I discuss that the 4 bands already through could make one Hell of a final already – and – there’s still 4 more heats to go…. eek…

    So, genuinely, there were no bad bands tonight, but congratulations to Trendkill and I’ll Play the Villain who join Kraken Waker and Blood Moon Bandits in the semi’s in May.

     


  • M2TM Newcastle : Heat 1 Write Up

    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.

    Fuck.

    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.

    Roll on Heat 2…


  • Souls of Jack Ketch : Special Guests in M2TM

    M2TM 2017 begins next week.  We have 26 confirmed bands, including 4 re-entries from 2016 plus 22 entering for the first time this year.

    We have just two slots left, so email kev@twfmagazine.com if you want to bag one.

    We’ll be presenting details of the heats from next week.

    We mentioned last week that Dirty King would be a special guest at the first heat, well, we’re pleased to report SOULS OF JACK KETCH, the 2016 winners, will be special guests on March 23rd.

    They’ll be non-competing – but a good chance to show off last years winners alongside some of this years hopefuls.

    It’s getting exciting 🙂

     


  • 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…


  • Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses returns for 2017

    newcastle-final-ad-copyAfter a very successful debut year in Newcastle, we’re thrilled to announce we will be running the Newcastle leg of the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition.

    The winners receive a slot on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock.  There’s no national finals to navigate, one band from the region will get a slot.

    For 2016, the winners were The Souls of Jack Ketch, who woo’d crowds with their technical death metal.

    However, in the final, Dirty King also impressed Bloodstock booker Simon Hall and so they received a slot on the Jagermeister stage.

    This time round, the full run will be held at Trillians, there’d been a bit confusion as we changed venues each round last time – but keeping at one venue keeps things simple.

    Heats begin in February 2017, through to April, with semi finals in May and finally the Grand Final on Friday 23rd June.

    Per last time, we’ll be keeping entry price low (more on that soon) so that it’s an inexpensive way of checking out bands, supporting your friends and having a great night out.

    Bands : It’s never too soon to register your interest.  Send us an email : kev@rftkpromotions.co.uk – like last time we’ll run profiles on our website for each band.  To clarify there is no entry fee, no pay to play, backline provided.  etc.  It’s open to unsigned, self-signed and DIY-label bands, wide scope of genres from alt rock to extreme metal.  We may even be able to consider non-competing guests this time.    Entrants from last time are more than welcome to reapply, with the exceptions of previous winners, though all heats are in Trillians so you must be able to play there.

    Last time round it was so encouraging how many fans got behind these events and the bands and we’re really looking forward to welcoming you all back this time around.


  • Bloodstock M2TM Final

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    25 bands started… we’re down to 5

    1 of which will be playing Bloodstock in August.

    But which one?

    The 5 finalists are….

    Hellion Rising
    Arcite
    Dirty King
    Souls of Jack Ketch
    I’ll play the Villain

    It’s undoubtedly going to be close – very close!

    The final is at The Cluny on June 17th. It is just £5 entry to see 5 amazing bands – a night of sure fire entertainment and of course being able to see which band will be representing the region at Bloodstock in August.

    The running order will be randomised closer to the time – and this time the decision is judges only, which is a panel including reps from Bloodstock.

    Whoever wins, this is bound to be a great night!


  • Bloodstock M2TM Semi Finals

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    We’ve now completed the heat stages of the Bloodstock M2TM Competition. 25 bands took to the stage in Trillians and there’s been some amazing performances. And some Donk. But mostly, amazing performances.

    As well as being the first time for the Bloodstock M2TM Competition is Newcastle, it’s also my first time at running a Battle of the Bands style competition. 10 years of this and it’s the first time I’ve really done it – and fuck – there’s been so many so so good bands who didn’t get through, it was heartbreaking.

    But, that in itself, is a big testamanet to the quality of some of the Underground bands in Newcastle and the the Region and I recommend every one of them. (Even the Donk).

    I certainly look forward to working with some of the bands in other capacities in the future.

    So. 10 bands got through to the Semi Finals in May.

    The running orders for these are to be confirmed, as we need to shuffle and randomise, so the order here is the order they appeared in the heats.

    Semi Final 1 : May 15th at Think Tank. £4 Entry.

    Hellion Rising, Arcite, Guardian, Devil’s Night, Rusted Herosemi 2 copy
    Semi Final 2 : May 29th at Think Tank. £4 Entry.

    Guilt City, The Distorted, Dirty King, Souls of Jack Ketch, I’ll Play the Villain

    Progression to the final changes slightly from the Heats. With a stronger focus on judge votes, although fan votes (cheers) do still contribute – we are considering other models also to register fan votes.

    Fans have played a major part in the heat stages – we have had a number of very, very close rounds where the ultimate decision on which band went through and which didn’t had rested on crowd cheers.

    A total of 5 bands will go through the final – this will be the two winners of each heat and the judges decision on strongest 3rd place band.

    These bands were all quality in the heats and it’ll be good to see them battle out in the semis but will be, undoubtedly, ridiculously close.

    £4 for 5 amazing bands each night? Bargain.