This competition has become a favorite of mine. In these days of perpetual addiction to social media avenues, we see the market flooded with desperately hopeful young bands. For new and deserving talent, the contest provides an opportunity to get seen and heard by a wider audience of heavy metal/rock fans.
As I write, the five finalists selected to battle it out under the scrutinizing eyes of a panel of judges, are probably polishing their performances for the Marshall Ultimate Band Contest 2013 which is due to be held next weekend.
To take part, each entry makes a promotional video which can be seen on the dedicated Marshall UBC site. The public then vote to decide the top twenty five bands. These are then whittled down by the judges who must take best performance video and self promotion into consideration. They finally decide upon just five bands who must play the Marshall Theatre at the HQ in Milton Keynes. The overall winner receives Marshall endorsement and a most coveted slot at Download Festival.
This year Alexander Milas, Editor of Metal Hammer Magazine will be among the judges with the unenviable task of choosing a winner. It will be a tense but exciting night as Ravenface, Plastique, Motorfinger, Bad Touch and Balls Deep, play in the headquarters of one of the world’s most famous amplification specialists. Last year’s winners, States of Panic (formerly Peepshow) will also be showing us how things are done with a small set to take the nervous edge off the proceedings!
I reviewed the Final 2012 for Stereoboard.com last year, merely out of interest and subsequently discovered some new favorite bands, including 2011 winners, Sons of Icarus, who kicked off the Final for us last year. I recently revisited the Finalists of 2012 (States of Panic, Frantic Alice, Obey, Nakedium and Deligma) and interviewed them all for Stereoboard.com to understand what the Contest meant to them now and at the time.
Here’s the link if you fancy checking it out: http://www.stereoboard.com/content/view/182018/9
Good luck to all the Finalists this year