With the battle for Bloodstock heating up to boiling point, this weekend will see Metal 2 The Masses take over Fibbers for two nights of blistering with a truck load of bands all competing for the much coveted performance slot for the “New Blood” stage.
Some highlights and low-points from last week’s battle saw Recovery opening the proceedings. The band seemed to be just slightly off their game with long silences and on stage tuning between songs. It was evident that that there was a lack of drive and passion during the performances with barley no interaction with the crowd. A shame as Recovery are a good band, but not just firing on all cylinders this evening.
Slaughterize who traveled down from Bangor in Norther Ireland, took to the stage and opened up with classic Anthrax cover “Caught in a Mosh” which saw the purists spilling blood in the front row. Slaughterize show magnificent potential, however need to build a catalogue of more original material and push the covers (although brilliant) out of their set. Keep your eyes and ears open for these guys as Overdrive can predict that they will be a force to be reckoned with this time next year.
A definite highlight for the gig was Crafty Fuzz who a fine job in performing some riffs that would have Rise Above Records foaming at the mouth. One of only three bands who have a female vocalist in the competition, Crafty Fuzz played their hearts out and unfortunately didn’t make the cut due to the stringent rules of only two acts graduating to the semi-finals.
All in all, last weeks performances were truly fantastic and proved to be a difficult night for the judges who nominated Aesect as the favorite’s, after they literally decimated the venue with their razor sharp and tremendously brutal collection of tunes . Joining them in the semi-finals will be Legion of Wolves, who also put on one hell of a performance and won the crowd vote of the night.
For more information on this weekends shows, hit the links below. Any questions or queries regarding Metal 2 The Masses? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and stay tuned to the Overdrive Facebook page for all the up to the minute information.
Words – Oran O’Beirne
All photography by Steve Dempsey of Down The Barrel Photography 2014