Saturday night and The Revival find themselves in Birmingham which can mean only one thing; Ovation Music Management are putting on another show highlighting the best in local talent. Month on month these shows demonstrate just how vibrant the live music scene in the West Midlands is and we love covering just as much as the fans love attending them.
First up tonight was supposed to be The Black Hounds, a band I was personally really looking forward to see. Family emergencies have forced a last minute cancellation so the bill gets a little smaller but that just gives the other three acts more time to shine.
To start the evening of balls to the wall rock and roll on are The Blacklist Saints. Frontman Tommy reminds me of a young Ricky Warwick and some of the tracks certainly remind me of old school The Almighty. Hard rock with a light pink twist finishing the half hour set with a racous number that I wish they'd played a little earlier just to get the early Brummie crowd jumping.
Mallen, the second of three bands for the evening, describe themselves as melodic heavy rock hailing from the Black Country. They live up to that billing very well with Kelly-Jane's strong vocals almost operatic in places bringing the melody to this hard rock band. The dual guitars battle for supremacy as Dann and Rhys respectively drive the band ferociously through their set. A few slower numbers mixed in with the harder paced ones gives the performance a solid well rounded feel.
Onto tonight's headliners, playing their first ever hometown show is Devilfire. Having not forged the traditional path for a band, forming with a great buzz they headed straight out on tour of Eastern Europe without playing a single show. So its with great anticipation that the fans in Birmingham await the homecoming of their heroes.
Taking to the stage fashionably late, and with the curfew looming, in a blaze of hard rock fury. You Gotta Revolution is a thunderous number with booming riffs and a magic chorus. Devil In Your Eyes shows off the song writing talent this band has, traditional 80's hard rock at its best, with the talented guitar work from Baz and stage presence to match, straight out of a Motley Crue live video.
They debut In and Out of Love for the very first time tonight, mixing in a bluesy undertone to the raucous 80's hard rock sound and the packed house here at the Academy in Birmingham lap it up. Alex the ultimate front man, stunning, commanding voice and with a run of the small stage every bit Birmingham's answer to Steven Tyler.
Waiting for a Rockstar is the explosive hook laden ending you would expect from this band and what they have shown us so far. Showmanship and musicianship on a par with the greats and a fantastic way to end this evening of hard rock heaven. The bands debut album lands in October and if the live show is anything to go by we are in for a treat!