All eyes are on Sheffield’s O2 Academy tonight as Highway To Hell 2017 takes centre stage – with 10 of Britain’s best emerging rock and metal bands on a mission to win the hearts and minds of fans and that elusive record deal.
HRH Mag’s Adam Barnes will be in the Steel City casting a critical eye over the hotly tipped acts and here’s a rundown of the contenders:
Proudly flying the flag for classic rock, Baranovich have taken South Yorkshire by storm. Formed in late 2015, the five-piece jumped straight into performing – cutting their teeth in Sheffield’s legendary music scene and rocking famous venues including The Dove & Rainbow and the Corporation. In the summer of 2016 the band recorded its debut EP Hyde.
Fusing hard rock and melodic metal, the Jonny Garlo-fronted Black Mamba released raucous debut Alive N Violent in April. Occasionally touching on the Spanish roots of the Garlo brothers (James plays lead guitar) their unique style brought the house down at Newcastle festival Melfest earlier this summer.
Black Water Chemistry
Formed in 2014 by singer Matt Saunders, Black Water Chemistry hail from South Wales. The release of A Thousand Tides (2015) saw them gain international radio play and share the stage with some of the best bands in the UK. New music will follow later this year with the promise of a shift from their grunge roots into unchartered territory.
Dead Man’s Whiskey
London based hard rock outfit Dead Man’s Whiskey have just signed to TMR Band Management on the back of brilliant debut album Under The Gun. Fronted by the charismatic Nico Rogers, the five-piece has promised to ‘work hard, work fast and make stuff happen’. Highway To Hell ain’t a bad place to start.
Everyday Heroes are quickly becoming one of South Wales’ hard rock heavyweights. With a pounding rhythm section, monster riffs and singalong choruses, EDH are on a mission to take the UK by storm. A superb set at Steelhouse Festival 2016 set tongues wagging and The Other Side Of Nowhere EP is available now.
Elevation Falls are energetic and dedicated young originals from Dublin. Citing influences from Alter Bridge to Thin Lizzy, they fuse the style of the great rock bands from the 70s with a modern rock twist. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Hazel Jade, Elevation Falls are rising fast!
Fallen Temples’ riff and groove laden hard rock mixes old school Black Sabbath-styled heaviness with Soundgarden and Rival Sons. The band headlined Welsh festival Kingfest in 2016 and debut EP The Future We Left Behind picked up serious airplay on Hard Rock Hell Radio and BBC radio Wales.
February 2015 saw the release of Wolverhampton rockers Mallen’s debut EP Ignition. This sparked a stream of high profile shows, including opening slots for bands including Toseland and Funeral for a Friend as well as a place on the LG Forum stage at the Birmingham NEC during Mötley Crüe’s farewell tour. New music coming this autumn.
A five-piece hard rock band from Stafford/Tamworth and boasting three former members of Black Rose Cadillac. As the band works towards its debut album, the various members are constantly writing and recording demos, striving to bring the fans the very best music they can possibly write!
Sister Shotgun are a five-piece modern rock/metal band from the West Midlands. The band pride themselves on creating stadium-sounding choruses with aggressive, melodic guitar hooks and charismatic performances. Sister Shotgun have performed alongside INME, Toseland, Fearless Vampire Killers, Kobra and the Lotus, Butcher Babies and more.