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!

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10.000 Ways To Spread My Hate

 

Well I had a brain wave about an hour ago. With all this football going on I could do a post associated with that days matches. Original ain’t it? Well I’ve got five matches left to have a crack at it, and leaving it so late means I haven’t got to delve into Albania’s rich musical heritage!!

As I’m currently watching the Germany vs Italy quarter final and by sheer coincidence I posted a German band earlier here’s an insight into something from lo Stivale.

I thought I might have struggled a bit with something Italian, but I’ve seen a few bands from the country in recent months. Methedras supported Morgoth – another German vs Italian match up. Sofisticator were on before Solstice in London, and I caught half a set from Sadist at Hellfest. This ended up being a straight cage fight between the cities of Ferrara and Turin. After three gruelling rounds the referee held aloft the hand of victory of the Torinessi.

Here’s a blast of Azzurri styled thrash metal from Ultra-Violence. They released their second album Deflect The Flow last year and like their debut album the art work was done by the one and only Ed Repka, and as the band name suggests they are heavily influenced by the imagery of Alex DeLarge and his gag of droogs.

I’m yet to see these guys live, something that I hope to rectify sooner rather than later. Coincidentally, Game Over, the runners up in this cage match, are on my live radar in September when they play the Thrash or be Thrashed festival.

10.000 Ways To Spread My Hate is taken from their 2013 debut album Privilege To Overcome. When I saw the cover of this album on a shirt I just had to purchase one. Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that I am a complete merchandise junkie.

Brawl

Well I have to say Morgoth were mightily impressive last night and justified the time, effort and expense to fulfil my quarter of a century wait to finally see them live. It was just a crying shame so few people turned up to hand over £12 to see five bands on a Friday evening. There were at least two of us there who’d traveled over 120 miles to catch tonight’s show.

Five or six band bills seem to be the norm in this day and age, but sticking that number of bands on in a little more than four hours can always seem like a drag. Just as you are getting into a new band and they themselves have found their feet with the onstage sound, their set comes to a grinding halt and another band is thrown on. I’d much rather see a two or three band bill with longer sets than an early band having a slight delay and finish late then everyone who follows suffers and ultimately it’s the headliner who loses out as its them who have to finish on time

You know when you arrange things well in advance and it seems like a good idea at the time? Well yesterday was one of those days and then some.

Alarm calls for work around 4am – check. Nine hours at work – check. Traversing the M6 and M5 southbound on a Friday afternoon wasn’t quite as bad as feared. Being awake for nearly 16 hours before the first band played a note was the start of the problem last night.

After finding a pre gig fuelling station in the form of a KFC I was OK, but as soon as my mind stopped I started nodding – as my gran used to say. First time I have ever had my car key confiscated by a friend in 28 years of gig going. It was definitely for the best. Thanks to the wonderful technology in the palm of your hand in 2016 we managed to get a hotel at the last minute for a reasonable £60.

I didn’t get too much sleep – too many aches and pains at the moment in this ageing body, which I am trying my best to ignore. And as I’m used to being awake at 5am I’m starting this unexpectedly in a Bristol hotel room, which wasn’t in the original plan.

It could have turned out much differently as I’d been trying to get the day off work, but one of my work colleagues is currently throwing his toys out of the proverbial pram at work and was adamant he was having Saturday off on lieu of overtime. Once he knew yesterday he wasn’t being paid for said day off he declined to not take the day and I was informed mid journey yesterday I could now have the days holiday, otherwise it would have been a perilous drive home at 1am that I was psyching myself up for. If I’d have known earlier I could of booked a few seats and let the train take the strain.

Just to tag a music video into the blog here’s a song from Italians Methedras, who were one of the five bands gracing the Bierkeller stage last night. I’d seen the band last year supporting Overkill in Zwolle so I knew what to expect. The other four with me were a bit on the sceptical side and were prepared to get to the venue late. After I stood my ground we were all inside in good time to see all five bands and these Milanese thrashers picked up a few new fans. As with the nights headliners Morgoth, their name is taken from the world of J.R.R. Tolkien.