Last weekend began what seems to be a relentless schedule of shows and outings that doesn’t let up until mid September, but the diary merely takes a short break until October. If you need me for anything important over a weekend between now and Christmas it’s looking highly unlikely I’m available!
Last weekends trip to Arnhem had its highs and lows, but overall the highs won out. For a group of five old men, all but one are in their 60’s, they’re like a fine vintage whiskey and getting better with age. It was fantastic to see songs I’ve never seen live or not for a while. The stage set up is ludicrously superb and as the years roll on the band, or more so the youngster in the group, is veering much more towards full blown pantomime. Obviously in a good way though.
Over the next few months I’ll be attending the Dynamo, Stonehenge, Scream Bloody Gore and Bloodstock festivals. Some of the bands I’ll be viewing include Judas Priest, Exhorder, Broken Hope, Overkill, Act of Defiance, DRI, Gruesome, Doro, Power Trip, Creeper, Exhumed and Iron Maiden for a 26th time. And all of that is a selection of some of the bands I’ll be seeing and all before August is consigned to the history books.
In amongst all of that I also have a weekend away to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Twenty one again. Ahem. As seems to be the norm in recent years, July 21st always seems to have a gig I’d like to go to. 2018 is no exception, but I’m forsaking Shrapnel in Manchester in favour of a night out in Birmingham.
There’s also some football tournament happening at the moment and England are doing pretty well and has the whole country (well the soccer loving portion) in a frenzy as the nation’s team heads towards a possible final appearance. Let’s see what I’ll be writing this time next week.
Tomorrow I’ve got to juggle watching a football game on the goggle box up in Manchester and not get drenched in not so cheap warm lager before I head to Aatma for a seven band evening of thrash and power metal headlined by Massachusetts’ Lich King.
I have to admit I dismissed the band when I first heard them, as my entry point to Lich King was 2011’s Super Retro Thrash release. I now know it’s an instrumental collection of some of their songs represented in an 8-bit style. What I though on my initial listen in unrepeatable here, but needless to say I’ve not returned to it.
Further along the line I dropped on Born of the Bomb and a couple of their extended plays and thoroughly enjoyed their humorous take set to a retro thrash metal sound track. The Omniclasm surfaced last year and that is a superb slab of 80’s inspired thrash worship.
I’m pretty sure I read that this is the band’s third foray into Europe and Manchester will be only their second ever British show. The first was in London tonight. People here in the UK always asked about British shows via the bands social media sites, but were usually met with comments stating that coming to this island isn’t cost effective and they’d be out of pocket before they even got here.
When these dates were unveiled a few months ago there was no British dates on the initial poster. A London show was added and I was all for travelling to the capital to see them then tomorrow’s Manchester show was announced. Ten quid for almost six hours of thrash metal. Seven bands and three of those are from the United States. What a bargain. My only gripe about the show is the fact that we don’t get New Jersey’s Condition Critical, even though Ryan from said band has sung live for them and Mike Dreher is the bass player in both bands, plus they are doing the second half of the tour.
There are no official videos that I can find online, but here’s a lyric video for a track taken from 2008’s Toxic Zombie Onslaught album and re-recorded for the Do-Over EP six years later. It’s well worth viewing just to check out the awe inspiring lyrics and the variations of panda paint on display.