Tooth & Dagger’s Epic Journey: Birmingham Metal to the Masses and Beyond

In the fiercely competitive world of heavy metal music, Tooth & Dagger blazed a trail through the esteemed Birmingham Metal to the Masses competition, securing a spot in the highly anticipated finals that took place on June 23rd at The Devil’s Dog, Digbeth. While victory eluded them, their indomitable spirit and electrifying performances certainly left an mark on the scene.

Plot twist

Fate had an unexpected twist in store for the finals. Due to an unfortunate injury, The Black Hounds were forced to withdraw, allowing Nameless to step in as their replacement. Despite this unforeseen change, the competition remained intense and the stage was set for an epic showdown.

The Birmingham Metal to the Masses competition showcased the immense talent that resides within the city’s vibrant metal scene. Each band brought their A-game, pushing the boundaries of creativity and musicianship.

Among the esteemed attendees at the finals was Simon Hall, one of the revered curators of the iconic Bloodstock festival. His presence spoke volumes about the significance of the Birmingham Metal to the Masses competition and the incredible talent it showcases.

The standards were remarkably high, and the competition fierce. Tooth & Dagger, alongside their fellow participants, served as an inspiration to aspiring musicians, demonstrating the immense potential that lies within Birmingham’s metal community.

Tooth & Dagger at the Birmingham Metal to the Masses Final 2023 (Photo Courtesy of Stagedive Photography)

M2TM Finalists

Dead Happy, with their raucous energy and infectious ora, brought a unique and unforgettable presence to the stage. Kensei, masters of sonic brutality, delivered a relentless assault of heavy riffs leaving the crowd in awe. Nameless, the replacement for The Black Hounds, demonstrated their mettle with a commanding stage presence and a sound that resonated with raw intensity. Vanitas, with their dark and atmospheric compositions, transported the audience to another realm, while Born Zero unleashed a torrent of aggression and blistering precision. Together, these bands forged an electrifying atmosphere that celebrated the diversity and sheer power of the metal genre. The finals were a testament to the talent and dedication of each band. (Photo’s below courtesy of Kirsop Media)

No metal competition would be complete without electrifying guest headliners, and Fury did not disappoint. With a gripping and intense set, they left the audience exhilarated and hungry for more. Their presence further elevated the atmosphere, adding to the overall allure of the event.

The winners

Ultimately, the coveted title of Metal to the Masses champions was claimed by Nameless. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to them for their outstanding achievement. As they prepare to take the stage at the esteemed Bloodstock Festival, we wish them the best of luck on their remarkable journey. May their performance leave a lasting impression and propel them toward greater success in the metal realm.

Winners of Birmingham Metal to the Masses 2023, NAMELESS. (Photo courtesy of Stagedive Photography)


We must also acknowledge the exceptional efforts of Gemma, Amie, and Matt from CapsaArx Studios, the organizers of the Metal to the Masses battle of the bands. Their tireless dedication and meticulous planning ensured the smooth execution of this monumental event, providing a platform for emerging metal acts to showcase their talents and connect with audiences.

Tooth & Dagger’s journey through the Birmingham Metal to the Masses competition may not have ended with the win, but their tenacity and unwavering passion shone brightly throughout. The competition highlighted the immense talent present in Birmingham’s metal scene and fostered an environment of inspiration and growth. As we bid farewell to this exhilarating chapter, we eagerly anticipate the future endeavors of Tooth & Dagger, Nameless, and the other remarkable bands who graced the stage.

The Birmingham Metal to the Masses competition has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the metal community, and its legacy will continue to inspire generations of aspiring musicians.