Metal Punx Never Die!

Last week on the DRI bill I discovered what is my favourite new band (well for the next few weeks anyway, what did I say earlier about loyalty?)

I bid you welcome to the blog’s first Austrian representative Insanity Alert. The Innsbruck band, with a Dutch vocalist, have been together since 2011 and released their second album Moshburger last year. 

I’ve been aware of the band by name for a while now and have a copy of the self titled debut album on my hard drive, but I’ve never really given it a listen. When I saw they were supporting DRI it made the already cheap ticket (a mind boggling £11.50) even better value for money. 

I wasn’t sure if they’d ever passed through the UK before, but apparently they played Nottingham with Ghoul back in February. I’m pretty sure I missed those dates as I was seeing either Kreator or Wormrot when they played close to home. 

Listening to them through a small set of speakers or earphones doesn’t really do the band any justice at all. From last weeks captivating 45 minute performance it’s on the stage where they shine. A host of simple props and signs accompany the band while they plough through their manic crossover thrash. Confessions of a Crabman is much more entertaining than doing the whole time consuming Crabulon dance with Evil Scarecrow. 

I though last week would be my last, or possibly only time, seeing Insanity Alert. Roll on 48 hours and the big reveal from the 2018 edition of the Persistence Tour was announced and the band will be back in Blighty in January. They seem to be the opening band, followed by Broken Teeth and ex favourite band of the moment Power Trip. Those three bands alone are worth the admission fee, never mind having Terror, Madball and Hatebreed finishing things off. I’ll remind you again in the new year, but if you are fortunate enough to be at one of the eleven Persistence shows get in there early. You won’t be disappointed. 


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