Neon Maniacs


In a bout of reminiscing in what could have been yesterday here’s the third Italian band to be included in this blog in the shape of Bay  Area infused thrashers Game Over. 

These Ferrara natives got together in 2008 and have recently unleashed their fourth album Crimes Against Reality on the unsuspecting thrash metal community. That was their third album in as many years and their debut, For Humanity, only saw the light of day in January of 2012. 

Four full length albums in less than five years alongside the touring they’ve done is no mean feat. They’ve supported a veritable who’s who of thrash and hardcore bands in their native Italy – including one of my hometown heroes Broken Bones – plenty of European shows, a pair in Japan and they’ve ventured over to the States. In a week or so they’re off on a jaunt to China for ten gigs. They just now need to venture into the UK for a gig or three. 

I looked into getting onto the continent back in 2014 for their tour they did with Condition Critical from New Jersey and Italian compadres Ultra-Violence, but none of the dates fell kindly with work or the ones that did didn’t fall kindly with flights over from Britain. 

When they were announced for the Thrash or be Thrashed Festival they were the band that pushed me over the edge and wanted to get a ticket that day. Thankfully with the eventual cancellation tickets hadn’t yet gone on sale and no flights had been booked. Yesterday I consoled myself with some retail therapy and I snagged myself a shirt and CD via their Big Cartel site which I would have ended up buying in Belgium anyway. 

Neon Maniacs is taken from their latest album and can be purchased directly through their Big Cartel site if you are that way inclined. Reasonable shipping costs too which is a bonus, €7 on a €25 order which is acceptable compared to the €15 I was quoted  for shipping by a Dutch band for a shirt of the same price!


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