This weekend Hammer Promotions celebrated it’s official launch at The Hammer and The Anvil in Birmingham. The venue recently attracted big crowds to see local bands Dakesis, The Mighty Wraith, and more, and Sunday night was no exception, with two Birmingham bands who are competing in the upcoming Metal To The Masses in Birmingham next month.
Birmingham trio Killer BOB kicked off the night with a heavy set stacked with original grunge and punk songs, mixed with some anthemic covers from Soundgarden and The Melvins. The band have only been performing together since July but their confidence has grown in bounds since I watched them at Mamma Rouxs a few weeks back. In vintage Doc Martens, check trousers and shoulder length blonde hair, the band have a charismatic leader in Nat Bite, and with a promo single “Woman, Leviathan” to be released this year, there’s going to be plenty to excite the judges on 1 March for M2TM Heat 1.
Progressive rock band Netherhall are well established as one of the rising stars of the local music scene. Last year the band performed to a packed out crowd at the Trivax album launch at the O2 Academy with Hils Ovation, and already this year they’ve been working on the soundtrack to a short film ‘The Offer’ with Cult Screenings and Dead Mouse Productions.
Taking to the stage just after 8.30pm the four lads gave an intimate set in the enclosed gig space at The Hammer and The Anvil. The intertwined guitar intros were menacingly fast, with intricate bass riffs and quick changes of tempo that keep you fixated throughout the whole set. Only two of the three vocalists were in action during the performance, but the harmonies still worked just as well. Jake’s high tempo drumming left him short of a snare towards the end of the forty five minute set, and killer BOB were quick to jump in with a replacement, much to the delight of the crowd.
Paul , Jake , Lewis and Tom spoke to me before the show about their upcoming heat for Metal To The Masses at The Roadhouse Birmingham. Whilst there are some heavy songs in their set, the lads are under no illusions about being a metal band; they just wanted to support the venue and the event as well as continuing to play to local crowds. Besides who knows what the judges will decide on the night?
For the £3 entry price there were two great sets. I’ve already got my tickets for The Hamner and The Anvil hosting The Mighty Wraith EP launch party with The Face Of Ruin on 10 March and I’m excited to see what Hammer Promotions have up their sleeves next.