Scruffy Murphy’s in Birmingham was the venue on Friday 6th May. A night headlined by two Belgian forces of metal was in store but opening the show was a local heavy metal five-piece from Tamworth known as Devil’s Dice. They took to the stage with their shades on blasting out riffs channelling energies and sounds reminiscent of legendary bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Their front man Matt oozed charisma and watching and hearing him perform was like Bruce Dickinson in another man’s body. Devil’s Dice performed a number of tracks from their debut album Libertarian and ended their enjoyable set with a cover of Judas Priest’s The Hellion/Electric Eye.
I caught up with Matt from Devil’s Dice after their set. He’s a lovely chap and he said to keep an eye out for another band he sings in called The Mighty Wraith. Be sure to check them out as well as Devil’s Dice.
Up next we were treated to some Belgian progressive power metal courtesy of the curiously named, Max Pie. They are the first band I have seen at a venue the size of Scruffy Murphy’s to bring a television monitor (that’s right) to their stage set up and it certainly intrigued the audience, myself included. Visual imagery accompanied each track, which unfortunately was often difficult to see due to the cramped space on stage. Monitor or not, Max Pie delivered an infectiously high-energy performance from start to finish with anthems such as Promised Land, The Side Of A Dime and Unchain Me. Max Pie left a lasting impression and had the crowd begging for more Max Pie.
After a changeover it was time for the headline band for the night: Fireforce. The start of the set was plague by technical difficulties with singer Flype’s microphone. While it was clearly frustrating for the band, they maintained their composure and once the mic was sorted they burst out of the blocks with their signature brand of combat metal. After Fireforce got started there was no stopping them. They waged war on stage with signature tracks such as Coastal Battery, Deathbringer, Thunder Will Roll, Highland Charge, Born To Play Metal and Combat Metal. They even got an encore to which they obliged with Annihilation. On this night, Fireforce proved to be a force to be reckoned with.
This was a fantastic lineup and the organisers should take a bow for putting together a night of such tremendous music. Thank you to Mr Blade Promotions. I hope that Max Pie and Fireforce return to the Midlands sometime in the not too distant future. Be sure to keep an eye out for any shows featuring Devil’s Dice, Max Pie and Fireforce and stay tuned to their social media pages for their latest news.