Run To The Pit

Happy Power Trip – Insanity Alert – Broken Teeth – Terror day!

Today I’m on quite a tight schedule to get down to London and back and see five bands I’ve shelled out £30 to see. With the going ons of my last two disastrous Manchester gigs I’m approaching my ten hours out of the house with a huge amount of trepidation.

As I said in the Born From Pain post, I haven’t seen these opening bands all them many times and I’ve especially been looking forward to seeing Insanity Alert and Power Trip since the last time I saw both bands last year. Not exactly a lifetime ago, but they are two of the best and most exciting bands I saw last year.

To cover myself I’ve ended up with three seats on two trains. I originally purchased my return tickets and estimated what time I presumed Terror would be done and dusted and added a bit of time on to negotiate the tube ride from Kentish Town to Euston.

I overestimated and originally booked a ticket for a train leaving the capital at 2125 which gets me back to my house just before midnight. Once the official times were announced Terror depart the stage at 8pm and I just about have time to get on a train that gets me into my bed nearly 90 minutes earlier. At least if things over run then I now have a plan ‘B’.

On the southbound journey I arrive at Euston two hours before Austrians Insanity Alert take to the stage. Due to the ridiculous prices that the O2 Forum charges a few lubricating beverages will be required away from the venue. The doors open at 4pm and the band appear half an hour later. All fine and good until you remember how notoriously slow the door guys are at the venue. The first time I went to the building we heard the opening band from outside as we snaked around the building in a sloth like queue. Six years further on though O2 customers have the perks of a fast access entrance, so we’ll give that a go later.

Run To The Pit is the closing track of the band’s self titled debut album from 2014. The track itself sounds vaguely familiar but I’m not quite sure where I recognise it from…*

* sarcasm. Of course I know it’s Judas Priest.


Metal Punx Never Die!

Last week on the DRI bill I discovered what is my favourite new band (well for the next few weeks anyway, what did I say earlier about loyalty?)

I bid you welcome to the blog’s first Austrian representative Insanity Alert. The Innsbruck band, with a Dutch vocalist, have been together since 2011 and released their second album Moshburger last year. 

I’ve been aware of the band by name for a while now and have a copy of the self titled debut album on my hard drive, but I’ve never really given it a listen. When I saw they were supporting DRI it made the already cheap ticket (a mind boggling £11.50) even better value for money. 

I wasn’t sure if they’d ever passed through the UK before, but apparently they played Nottingham with Ghoul back in February. I’m pretty sure I missed those dates as I was seeing either Kreator or Wormrot when they played close to home. 

Listening to them through a small set of speakers or earphones doesn’t really do the band any justice at all. From last weeks captivating 45 minute performance it’s on the stage where they shine. A host of simple props and signs accompany the band while they plough through their manic crossover thrash. Confessions of a Crabman is much more entertaining than doing the whole time consuming Crabulon dance with Evil Scarecrow. 

I though last week would be my last, or possibly only time, seeing Insanity Alert. Roll on 48 hours and the big reveal from the 2018 edition of the Persistence Tour was announced and the band will be back in Blighty in January. They seem to be the opening band, followed by Broken Teeth and ex favourite band of the moment Power Trip. Those three bands alone are worth the admission fee, never mind having Terror, Madball and Hatebreed finishing things off. I’ll remind you again in the new year, but if you are fortunate enough to be at one of the eleven Persistence shows get in there early. You won’t be disappointed.