Human Wreckage


It’s just after 8am and -3°C outside and thankfully I’m not at work today, and even thought I’ve been up for the duration of a football match (not the American version) I’ve still managed to have a lie in. Hopefully in an hour or so our builder should be coming, so a little time to knock out a post. 

Getting back on track with the UK thrash metal homage have a slice of Destruction and Mayhem, or better known as D.A.M. – and another band who were on the Nuclear Assault bill at the London Astoria.   

Technically D.A.M. were the first thrash band that I ever witnessed live as a sixteen year old. Saint George’s day 1990 and Acid Reign rolled into Newcastle Under Lyme and Morecambe’s finest were the opening act. It’s quite funny to see people getting Newcastle, Staffordshire mixed up with the much bigger and better known Newcastle Upon Tyne. 

I can’t remember too much about D.A.M. as I don’t think I’d heard them prior to seeing them and the night for me was all about Acid Reign. Talking to frontman Jason McLoughlin the best part of quarter of a century later and he remembers it being very hot and sweaty inside the Bridge Street Arts Centre. 

After a sophomore album they split up two years later and that was the only time I got to see them. Well, I thought it was going to be until they reformed in 2013. Their first comeback gig was a charity gig near Preston in a Western styled bar on a caravan park, it’s definitely up there as one of the oddest venues I’ve attended. 

Since then I’ve caught them a couple of times and the last one was an all day event in Birmingham in 2014. As it stands their last show was also in the same city last year and since then all things D.A.M. have been very quite. New songs, or rather an unreleased third album, were due to be reworked and released, but much like Xentrix they’ve slipped completely off the radar. 

Their pair of albums were released through Noise Records at a time where thrash as we knew it was quite possibly coming to the end of its initial run. Bands were either getting huge (The Black Album) or they were reinventing their sound (Cold Lake). With some of the other bands on the Noise rosta they seemed a little lost and The German label didn’t seem to quite know what to do with them. That will be another interesting thing to discover in that upcoming book. 

Even though D.A.M. never seemed to pull up trees in the scene outside of the British Isles, both albums received reissues through North Carolina label Divebomb, and with the second album Inside Out including the intended artwork that the band wanted and the label didn’t, or messed up. So there must be some love out there for them somewhere.