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The Inmates set alight the Sophie stage at Bloodstock 2021

The Inmates made a welcome return to Bloodstock on August 11th and lit up the stage in their ambitious and theatric Metamorphosis stage show, and prompted many insane reviews from the packed out tent.

Read some of the reviews below;

Kerrang

Bloodstock also prides itself on providing a springboard for new and lesser-known bands though and, as ever, there was plenty to discover. Ward XVI electrified the early crowd on the Wednesday with an ambitiously theatrical set.

Metal Planet Music

Ward XVI were up next and there is only one word for their entire performance: exquisite. The choreography and production was to be admired, every single step was full of horrifying and chilling details right down to the ghoulish costumes, their preparations did not go unnoticed.

The atmosphere was haunting and the music was belting. The flames took their position for ‘Burn The Witch’ and at that moment I realised they had nailed the theatre act, definitely the best I’ve seen. Psychoberrie is a hero, her vocals were effortless and powerful, there were zero breaks when she hit the clear notes resulting in a silky smooth running.

This crazy lady gave birth only a couple of weeks ago and there is no denying that all the hours of dedication to perfect the performance definitely paid off. The tent was bursting and their overall sound was huge, certainly well balanced between the electronics and guitars too, a fantastic job.

Moshville Times – Wednesday Review

In-house favourites Ward XVI followed with their ambitious Metamorphosis set. I’m very much aware of the time and effort that went into this production and I was absolutely buzzing with the crowd’s reception. They absolutely nailed it including some impressive flames during “Burn the Witch”, and a wealth of costumed characters. Ward XVI proved that they’re ready for the big time with a huge crowd following and an actual show, not just some songs with bells on.

Moshville Times – A Paying Person’s Perspective

Wednesday for me, was all about Ward XVI. I had missed the first band due to the delay in getting in, but I was there near the front, ready to witness a live version of what is probably the best NWOCR album of last year. The effort, stage set and props, coupled with the fantastic performance by this band, made this the perfect start to an amazing festival. We had monsters and skeletons, a bed and pyrotechnics. What more could you ask for? These guys hand you a real show, much like Alice Cooper and the early Dio gigs where music and theatre collided. For me this was a touch of nostalgia along with great music. I tip my hat to the band, they worked hard and it paid off, especially to Kberry, singing her heart out just three weeks after the birth of her child. The only downside was the sound, at times it was a little faint in areas but on the whole, the show was great! This stage was dogged by a poor mix by many bands all weekend, it was certainly not the bands’ fault, I feel one of the engineers needed to up his game a little. When The crowd shout to turn up the vocals like they did later in the weekend, engineers need to take notice.

Rock Flesh

They are followed by Ward XVI who bring a hell of a lot of staging for a half an hour stage set, in fact my overarching feeling is one of wanting more, a lot more. The set itself is brim full of theatrical flourishes and massively atmospheric tracks but it is over far too soon. The way that they are received, however, makes me feel that this was simply a precursor to a headline slot next time around.

Distorted Sound Mag

WARD XVI are not just celebrating a return to the stage – three weeks ago guitarist David Stott and vocalist Kberrie Nutter welcomed their new son into the world; or as the band would put it, the latest inmate added the asylum. As for their show, it’s filled with all the spectacle you would expect from the shock rockers; plenty of pomp, circumstance and pyro as they charge through a set of fan favourites from Mr Babadook to latest single Burn the Witch and beyond. The sound on the Sophie Stage is patchy all weekend and WARD XVI are one such culprit, but they’ve come a long way in recent years, helped by the power of most recent album Metamorphosis, and this show is testament to what they’re capable of. Give it a few years and they could well be headlining this stage, not playing second on opening night.

Ghost Cult Mag

The brilliantly theatrical Ward XVI are up next. Wearing striking costumes and macabre make-up, the five piece are aided by creepy living dolls and other strange stage companions as they treat the crowd to a selection of spooky songs before challenging them to indulge in a now traditional “circus pit”.

GBHBL

It’s been a long time coming and I will admit I was very excited and a bit merry by time the group took the stage. An imaginative stage show, pyro to warm the heart and singe the eyebrows, a killer set of songs… 30 mins flew by in a blur. Ward XVI did not disappoint. Score: 8/10

Metal Talk

Ward XVI impressed with their theatricality, the full show an amalgamation of gothic and horror tropes which didn’t feel contrived and set a mood of danger and intensity, making sure the adrenaline was pumping.

 

 

 

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Ward XVI announced for Bloodstock 2021

Ward XVI announced for Bloodstock Open Air 2021

“The Inmates of Ward XVI have had a special bond with Bloodstock Open Air Festival ever since a very early Saturday morning performance in 2017 gained them notoriety throughout the underground community.
When the dust settled following the events of that morning, Psychoberrie’s eyes were widened by the scale of carnage that she had orchestrated, and became obsessively fixated on returning to the hallowed fields of Catton Park to finish what she had started all those years ago and to fulfil her sordid ambition of welcoming the fans of Bloodstock into her Asylum”.
“We’re ecstatic about returning to Bloodstock this year, after such a difficult year or so for everyone, to be part of an opening night which kick starts such an amazing party is a massive honour for us..in particularly as we have been booked on to the biggest stage that we will have played to date which is the Sophie Lancaster Stage (which also has great meaning to us as an alternative band and part of an alternative community that was hit so hard due by her tragic story).
To be invited back due to how positively our music and stage show has been received is a great acknowledgement of how hard we’ve worked over the last 4 years and hopefully the next step on our road to how we aspire to have our music experienced” – Doktor Von Stottenstein
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Metamorphosis Launch Gig update

ANNOUNCEMENT RE; WARD XVI METAMORPHOSIS LAUNCH GIG

Sadly, the krazy kats Footprints In The Custard can no longer be part of the night as they’d prefer a Lawnmower Deth over a Chainsaw Deth.

But do not fear inmates…The incredible South Of Salem have placed themselves into the custardy footprints left behind.

These guys have had an incredible year… in fact they released their album ‘The Sinner takes it all’ on the same day as us in 2020 and it too has gone down a storm.

This night will be an insane one with Pulverise and Psychic Illusions – Magic and Mind Reading completing the bill to make it an incredible night in which we will be playing Metamorphosis in it’s entirety- including full theatric show.

So please join us at Manchester Academy 3 on December 18th for a night to remember.

Get your Tickets here >> https://wardxvi.bandcamp.com/merch/album-launch-gig-ticket or via the Manchester Academy 3 website.

 

 

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Metamorphosis to be released on Vinyl to mark the first year anniversary

The inmates of Ward XVI have had a moment of clarity and have seen through their sedative induced haze and are plotting to release Metamorphosis on vinyl.

Scheduled for release in September 2021 to mark the 1-year anniversary of release, ‘Metamorphosis ’ will be available as a double LP in a black ink on white vinyl design-consistent with the Rorschach art concept, trifold sleeve and includes a bonus side consisting of 4 acoustic tracks taken from their Ep ‘Unplugged and Sedated’ and is available exclusively on preorder via www.wardxvi.bandcamp.com from Friday 2nd April-10th May and available in 3 purchase options;

1. Metamorphosis double LP
2. Metamorphosis double LP signed by the band
3. Metamorphosis double LP signed by the band and also includes an insanely limited and personalised lyric booklet with the song lyrics to all of the metamorphosis tracks hand written by Psychoberrie herself

Please note that this is a pre-order and order for this vinyl will not be dispatched until September 2021.

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Ward XVI release Unplugged and Sedated EP

Isolated from toilet roll hoarders, and other pandemic related mischief, the inmates of Ward XVI were blissfully unaware of the chaos ensuring outside Whittingham…that was until they planned to escape and bring Psychoberrie’s latest confessional to the masses, where they found out that
everyone else was isolating like they had been too.
This vexed the inmates greatly as their bloodlust and hunger for new inmates had reached boiling point.
To ward off further insanity, a couple of the inmates decided to break ranks and serenade you with 5 stripped down tracks to hypnotise and allure the unsuspected public, to ensure that they were lulled into a false sense of security believing that there was a new sensitive side to the inmate’s demeanour before all hell is unleashed and the Corridors of Whittingham Asylum’s Ward XVI is emptied.

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