Topman CTRL’s Birmingham
First up were local
boys Soni-Quella, apparently there’s no logic behind the unusual name but the
tunes made perfect sense. Their high energy rock/metal crossover went down a
storm with an obviously loyal local following and their half an hour set went
all too quickly. The fabulously named Terrorike DJs kept the crowd warm in
preparation for Shapes. The band are Birmingham
The scene was perfectly set for headliners Invasion to do their thing, a different musical proposition to the first two bands steering more towards classic metal riffs topped with singer Chan’s almost Beth Ditto-like belting soul vocals. There are only three of them but they create a huge sound worthy of a much bigger band. Highlights included the 300mph riff in ‘Moongazer’ and the disco metal of ‘Spells of Deception’. The songs were short and there were plenty of them but they timed the ending perfectly to leave the crowd on a cliffhanger, but not before the drummer had set her cymbals on fire. The smell of lighter fluid and a ringing in the ears accompanied us home but was it worth it? Oh yes.