Soul Collector

Welcome to the morning after the night before! Im feeling a bit delicate this morning, but I’m thinking sitting on a packed train with two sub sixteen year old nephews on our way to a film and comic convention is the cure required this morning. I have a funny feeling I won’t make the L.A. Guns show either tonight. I should know better at my age. 

Assuming I don’t make it to Chester this evening my next scheduled show is a trip to North Wales and another reinvention of the Hammerfest brand of festivals from HRH. 

Last year the combined Hammerfest with the AOR brand which I quite enjoyed, and I was able to take my significant other as there were bands there where she could take refuge from the noisy thrash and death metal stuff. This year AOR was two weekends ago as a stand alone event just like Hammerfest is again this year. 

I “won” a bunch of tickets almost twelve months ago and some of the early announcements were a huge draw to sorting out entry so far in advance. Unfortunately for varying reasons never announced by the promoters, many I wanted to see have pulled out. It’s still a value for money weekend – only a £10 booking fee to pay per ticket – but the weekend is so stacked towards the on site dwellers pre party on Thursday (Armored Saint and Venom, Inc) and Friday’s shenanigans. Saturday is looking rather threadbare for my refined tastes, so I think I’ll be spending much of Saturday in some sleepy Welsh village with the wife and Ozymandias, fingers crossed the weather is half decent. And for how I feel today, I’ll be steering well away from alcohol. 

I’m nearly at the convention so here’s Friday headliners who I’ve posted about several times so enjoy some Teutonic thrash from Destruction. Soul Collector from 2005’s Inventor of Evil. 

Soul Collector

  

Manchester will be subjected to a devastating thrash attack from tomorrow nights headliners Destruction. The German Teutonic thrashers are overseeing a four band package trundling its way through Europe for twenty nine shows in a relentless thirty two days. 

Like their fellow countrymen in Kreator and Sodom (and many of the non American and British thrash bands of the day) their early output was a pretty basic din with no finesse in sight. Once they all got more proficient with their respective tools all the bands tightened up into much more palatable acts. 

Thursday evening will be my seventh time seeing the band, the first time being at Satan’s Hollow in Manchester in 2007. The whole tour seemed to be doomed from day one. I’m lead to believe a promoter messed things up, some shows were moved, some were cancelled and promotion seemed non existent. 

The Destruction gig in Manchester was also my first visit to this venue. The stage is like some band stand has been stolen from the nearest park and they perform under the canopy with the band playing in the round with the fans vying for a decent view, but that wasn’t too difficult with the few people in there. The rest of the venue is “decorated” like something from a Hellraiser film set. 

Since that tour they’ve surprisingly been back numerous times and each time I’ve seen them since the crowds and performances have improved. I get to see the band twice this week and I’m already scheduled to see them again next year when they make a return visit to North Wales for Hammerfest in March. In 2017 I’m actually due to see all four of the so called Teutonic Big 4 when they all appear on British stages. Before Hammerfest Kreator and Sodom play separately in February and in September Tankard grace a stage in Scotland for the very first time in their career. If no show closer to my home is announced I’ll be taking a train ride to the wrong side of Hadrian’s Wall. 

Soul Collector is the bludgeoning opening track from the bands ninth album Inventor of Evil released in 2005 – it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s eleven years old already! 

 

Under Attack

Over 200 posts into this blog and I’ve recently realised I’ve not completed the Teutonic Big 4 yet, so completing the line up alongside Kreator, Sodom and Tankard is Weil am Rhein trio Destruction. Coincidentally today sees the release of the bands fourteenth album Under Attack. Anybody would have thought I’ve planned this.

Formed in 1982 as Knight of Demon they changed name two years later to Destruction. Taking much inspiration from Venom and Iron Maiden, their early output was a very primitive new wave of heavy metal and (what we could call now) black metal hybrid, before honing their thrash sound.

The original trio featured two of today’s members, guitarist Mike Sifringer and the ever imposing bass playing frontman Schmier, even though he departed for a decade in the 1990’s which, upon his return, has seen the bands most commercial success.

I’ve seen the band a number of times live over the years and later this year they are headlining a great thrash metal tour that is hitting the UK for a few dates. Supporting them in October are relentless Brazilian female touring machine Nervosa, Enforcer from Sweden and the superb Arizona natives Flotsam & Jetsam, who are releasing another of this years most anticipated albums for me next Friday.

 

In this day and age of advanced music technology, even though my CD of the album is in transit to my front door from some Amazon warehouse, I will still be able to listen to some of the album on my 5am drive to work via Spotify or Amazon’s AutoRip facility.