Off down to that there Londinium again on Sunday for some thrash metal. Just incase I get withdrawal symptoms when I return to the frozen northern wastelands I get to do it all again five days later!
Just like the last time Suicidal Angels toured their sole British date was in the sweaty Underworld – and unfortunately like last time I’ll will have to bid adieu before the Athenian thrashers hit the stage (thank you train companies for thinking people might not want to leave the nations capital for the north earlier than 9pm) and much like last time I’m hoping to catch the tour a bit further down the line in Europe somewhere.
I’ve missed them more times than I’ve seen them, but every show they were billed on has had a fantastic line up. London 2014 they headlined over fellow Greeks Exarsis, Lost Society from Finland and Fueled by Fire from California. I believe they were debut UK shows for those bands. I missed them earlier this year when they played the pre party gig for the Dynamo Metal festival. Originally we should have been staying over on the Friday in Eindhoven, but circumstances dictated we commuted there from Amsterdam.
My pair of Suicidal Angel’s gigs have both been in Deutschland. The last time I saw them was a few weeks later on from the above London show when their tour joined forces with the Sepultura tour for a mini festival in Munich where the Brazilians headlined and Legion of the Damned, Flotsam & Jetsam and Mortillery were added to the bill.
My debut viewing was in Berlin when they were the opening act on the Thrash Fest 2010 jaunt. This is amongst my most memorable shows, with Death Angel and Exodus following on, then the night was brought to a crushing finale by Kreator.
Division of Blood was unleashed upon the thrash world earlier this year through NoiseArt Records.
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.
January 8th 2016 we say Happy Birthday to Roy Batty (or happy activation day). Less than four years from now you and your Nexus-6 replicant renegades will be the scourge of an extremely grim Los Angeles, where it seems like it rains all day, every day. Just a hint though, if you really want to extend your lifespan I suggest you steer clear of LAPD’s special agent Rick Deckard.
When I started tagging the countries of origin in this blog I honestly didn’t envisage the first entry from Greece, especially with it’s current batch of fantastic thrash metal bands, would be Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, but to his friends we all know him as Vangelis.
Vangelis composed and performed the dark and brooding futuristic score for Ridley Scott’s 1982 neo-noir sci-fi classic Blade Runner, based on the Phillip K. Dick book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? A dystopian vision of 2019 Los Angeles sees an almost retired blade runner (Deckard) reluctantly taking on one last assignment by hunting down and “retiring” Batty’s gang of genetically engineered replicants.
If you like science fiction and want to see what the future has to offer us in three years, along with a spare two hours, I highly recommend watching Blade Runner. A bit of a slower burner, but such a visually stunning watch and often thought provoking. Oh, and Harrison Ford and Daryl Hannah might be a draw for some people.