Last Before The End

What an odd week this has turned out to be. I ended up missing Helloween completely in London earlier in the week. I had an extremely busy day at work on Tuesday and got home a few hours later than expected and just didn’t have the urge to head down to London on a whim.

For the exact same reason I missed Venom Prison in Manchester on Thursday. Another long day and no desire to stay awake any longer than I had to.

Yesterday I was intending to spend a few hours up in Eleven watching Demon perform the Unexpected Guest in full as they celebrated the one year anniversary of the venue’s opening. I had yet another unfeasibly late finish, but I had plenty of time to grab a power nap before we headed out. I thought I’d check up on Facebook before I dozed and the first post on my feed is the poster saying the show was now sold out! Let’s see if the same fate befalls me later when I might make the short journey to Eleven to catch NWOBHM pioneers Tygers of Pan Tang.

Yesterday should also have been the start of an eight day stint off work. But the recurring theme of staff shortages means I’m working the first three days of the week. The Tygers show is a possible replacement for a gig I really wanted to be at in Holland tonight, but due to leaving it late to buy a seat on a plane and now committing to extra work means I had to miss Italian thrashers Game Over in the intimate Little Devil bar in Tilburg.

When I saw the date announced and the added bonuses of it being free entry and a matinee show got me excited to finally see one of my favourite European thrash metal bands live. I was on the precipice of buying tickets for the Thrash or be Thrashed festival they were announced for last year along with Exumer in Belgium (I think), but that got cancelled.

There is such a rich vein of retro thrash across Europe it’s a crying shame that history is repeating itself yet again and the UK seems to be lagging way behind the European mainland in terms of quality and fanbase for this scene. In the last three days alone I have had three CDs delivered from bands within the Euro zone. Acid Force from the Czech Republic and hailing from Italy National Suicide and the latest offering from Game Over.

So later this evening rather than getting drenched in a combination of sweat and Jupiler and vying to gain a vantage point and enjoying an hour of Azzurri thrash I’ll have to reluctantly make do with blasting out the Claiming Supremacy album again.

I doubt I’ll get chance to see Game Over on British shores anytime soon, unless they get an invite like Bloodrocuted, Distillator or Exarsis in recent years and snag a place on a pretty significant tour. But with the amount of European festivals and the still relatively easy access to the continent, fingers crossed, one day my path will cross with as many of these fantastic bands as possible.

Last Before The End is the third track from their fourth and most recent album officially release last Friday. It’s so much easier now to sample new music before you commit to buying and all four albums are readily available on Spotify. Go and have a listen and see what you think.


Neon Maniacs


In a bout of reminiscing in what could have been yesterday here’s the third Italian band to be included in this blog in the shape of Bay  Area infused thrashers Game Over. 

These Ferrara natives got together in 2008 and have recently unleashed their fourth album Crimes Against Reality on the unsuspecting thrash metal community. That was their third album in as many years and their debut, For Humanity, only saw the light of day in January of 2012. 

Four full length albums in less than five years alongside the touring they’ve done is no mean feat. They’ve supported a veritable who’s who of thrash and hardcore bands in their native Italy – including one of my hometown heroes Broken Bones – plenty of European shows, a pair in Japan and they’ve ventured over to the States. In a week or so they’re off on a jaunt to China for ten gigs. They just now need to venture into the UK for a gig or three. 

I looked into getting onto the continent back in 2014 for their tour they did with Condition Critical from New Jersey and Italian compadres Ultra-Violence, but none of the dates fell kindly with work or the ones that did didn’t fall kindly with flights over from Britain. 

When they were announced for the Thrash or be Thrashed Festival they were the band that pushed me over the edge and wanted to get a ticket that day. Thankfully with the eventual cancellation tickets hadn’t yet gone on sale and no flights had been booked. Yesterday I consoled myself with some retail therapy and I snagged myself a shirt and CD via their Big Cartel site which I would have ended up buying in Belgium anyway. 

Neon Maniacs is taken from their latest album and can be purchased directly through their Big Cartel site if you are that way inclined. Reasonable shipping costs too which is a bonus, €7 on a €25 order which is acceptable compared to the €15 I was quoted  for shipping by a Dutch band for a shirt of the same price!