Live Arena 2016.18

Could I be clocking up the miles next week? 

Dear diary…

Monday – Manchester, Sound Control

On what is slated to be a hot day in the UK I’ll be spending five hours or so inside the sweltering Sound Control for an evening of black metal, death metal and thrash. 

Tuesday – London, Underworld

I so want to be here on Tuesday night, not necessarily for headliners Metal Church who I get to see in July anyway, but for opening bands Distilator from Holland and Belgians Bliksem who I only caught a few minutes of when they supported Flotsam & Jetsam last year. 

Friday – Sheffield, Corporation

Friday sees my first show in Sheffield since I saw Anthrax in the same venue back in 2006. The city is only 50 miles or so away, but it’s all twisting and turning roads over the Pennines. Headlining tonight are reactivated Yorkshire thrashers Amnesia who I never saw first time around. Time to dig out their sole album Unknown Identity from 1991. 

Saturday – Hull, O’Reilys

For £6 I couldn’t not buy a ticket to see Re-Animator in a home town show. The band are headlining Hail The Riff all dayer with bands from a more doom and sludge background. Possibly my first gig in Hull too. 

Sunday – Northampton, Roadmenders

A bit undecided on day two of this weekend festival. The last three bands on the second stage are Freebase, Warwound and Knuckledust – all bands I consider to be friends, so it’ll be good catching up with some familiar faces. A near two hour drive home though not so welcoming. 




On Monday afternoon I’ll be jumping on a Manchester bound train to catch the Marduk tour that is rolling into the city.

I’m not really a fan of the Swedish black metal headliners, but the other three bands that complete the touring quartet are of more interest to me, especially the opening band Bio-Cancer, hence the earlier than usual train, who I can not wait to see live.

These Athens thrashers will have half an hour to warm up the crowd that have bothered to arrive early. No doubt that will be a pretty sparse crowd at 6:30pm as all I’ve read so far is “I’ve never heard of them“. Well make the effort to get there early!

There have been some great thrash bands coming out of Hellenic Republic over the last few years and Bio-Cancer are one of those. If you like your aggressive thrash metal with precise musicianship and blistering speed then this is a band for you. The definite love / hate angle to the band will be the vocals. Well it’s more a high pitched screech than singing, so not exactly conventional for a thrash band, but it does work well.

I’ve managed to catch fellow Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels a handful of times now and last time they were touring they had country men Exarsis in tow. Now if only someone would bring Chronosphere over, or they play a European show in a city I can fly into easily, then that would be great.

Bulletproof is taken from the bands sophomore album, Tormenting The Innocent, released last year.