Saturday night was the celebration of Mick ‘Monsta’ Wood’s birthday down at The Big Red in Holloway, no one knows if it was his 25th but we’re going to go with that.
To entertain us all for the evening were the six Metal 2 the Masses London Grand Finalists. OPENSIGHT who are veteran Metal to the Masses heroes, Deep Throat Trauma (“your mum’s favourite band”) who won the Very Metal Art Graphics Award along with Sutalkerah. Purple Kong who won a customised Empire Guitar and photo shoot price with Tina K. Bonus winners Bangover who played the Jagermeister stage at Bloodstock Festival 2017, and the overall winners which were Sentience.
OPENSIGHT started off the show, with their adventurous blend of metal, spy themes & quirky jazz sound. Listen to their album Ulterior Motives on their bandcamp page.
Following them, asking for the lights to be as low as possible was of course, Purple Kong with their deep & dark stoner rock set. If you’d like to see them live they are playing at The Old Blue Last with Black Surf on 5th November. Or check out their music at their bandcamp page.
After Purple Kong’s atmospheric sound, thrash metal band and Lamb of God fans, Sutalkerah moved the crowd into a heavier feel for the evening.
Next to perform; Deep Throat Trauma. Before they began their set, they and the crowd joined in in singing “Happy Birthday” to Mick. At the end of their amazing entertaining-as-always set, they pulled Mick up on stage to give him a gift and share with the crowd how much Mick is appreciated amongst us.
Bangover then took to the stage with a cheer from the crowd. Fionn started off in his dressing gown, maybe going for a Hugh Hefner tribute look. Whatever the reason, it didn’t stay on long. As soon as the music started Fionn put the beer down and was ready to entertain and that he does. They are playing the Unicorn on 4th November and Boston Music Rooms on 5th November. Go and see them, you wont be disappointed!
Unfortunately both photographer Katie Frost and I had to leave before seeing the final band (and Metal to the Masses London 2017 winners) Sentience play, but I am sure they were as good as before.
Although the evening was a joyous occasion, there was a small cloud over it due to news regarding a dear friend of Mick’s and others there, Owen Davis. He had passed away suddenly on Thursday, so Mick dedicated the night to him.
A fundraiser has been set up for his family if anyone would like contribute.
Photos by Katie Frost Photography and Danni Garner