Forget for just one minute that the end game here is to take to the stage at Bloodstock Open Air in the UK this coming August alongside the likes of Devin Townsend, Behemoth, Judas Priest, Vio-Lence, Sacred Reich, Jinjer, Diamond Head, Phil Anselmo (doing a Pantera set) as well as a truck-load of other excellent bands and heaps more that have yet to be announced!
Forget the fact that one Irish band WILL be taking to the New Blood stage in front of a huge audience, showcasing their music to a UK/international crowd.
Also forget the fact that the band will have access to the worlds most respected heavy music press, get up and personal with booking agents from across Europe and the UK as well as having possibly one of the biggest breaks in their career.
Now, focus on the fact that Overdrive, will be hosting one of Ireland’s most important showcases for the underground metal scene and have joined forces with some highly established organisations who will all be offering a varied selection of services that ultimately, will help to boost next years’s Metal 2 The Masses Irish bands to a bigger audience as well as offering their support and encouragement in a scene that is largely overlooked by mainstream media.
Overdrive is very pleased to welcome back Down The Barrel Photography once again, for 2020’s campaign. The man behind the lens, Steve Dempsey, had this to say about M2TM Ireland 2020;
“Down The Barrel Photography is delighted to be partnered with M2TM Ireland for a 7th consecutive year and will once again, be offering a discount on promotional photography to participating bands.
All M2TM Ireland 2020 bands are entitled to 25% off the price of a band photoshoot to be completed by May 31st 2020.” This offer will be valid from the 1st of January 2020 and will have a yet to be disclosed expiration date. Please click here for access to Down The Barrel information.
We would also like to welcome CosmoPalace Video Production services who are behind videos from some of Ireland’s rising metal bands. M2TM bands can benefit from a 25% discount on music video production.
CosmoPalace is a music videographer with a passion for energetic performances and elevating independent musicians to new levels on screen. His youth was spent in rehearsal rooms as a guitarist, attending live gigs, and eventually studying the cinematic art form in college; with a dream of creating the very music videos he worshiped.
His particular style of visual work has its roots in his musical education, favouring complex rhythms and intricate structures, that always tries to compliment the music.
He has worked with bands such as Dead Label, This Place Hell, Words That Burn, Cruachan and many more. Click here for the official website.
In addition to the growing number of names that are backing 2020’s Metal 2 The Masses Ireland, we can also announce the return of Overdrive’s sister company Mainstage Design who are offering 20% discount on their custom EPK’s (Electronic Press Kits), which is an essential tool for any band, artist, entertainer who is looking to gain from more exposure, bookings, media interest, endorsements and offers from booking agents. Click here for access to the website.
As announced last month our other media partners include Tower Records who will be stocking albums and EP’s from the semi-finalist with promo from Overdrive.ie.
Our friends in Trackmix Studio will be giving free studio time for all six finalists!
Vocalzone are returning once again and will be supplying all the M2TM bands with a selection of their excellent vocal care products.
Finally, Forbidden Planet Dublin, will be supporting each event through their city centre store and spreading the good word of Metal 2 The Masses Ireland.
Of course, the 2020 final will produce one band that will be hand-picked by Simon Hall to perform at Bloodstock Open Air alongside some of Metal’s biggest bands.
The official application deadline is fast approaching, so if you’re interested in taking part, then click here and submit your details before it’s too late.
The first batch of bands have been selected and the second and final batch will be chosen in the coming weeks, completing the required 35 slots.