So this weekend has been a pretty quiet weekend filled with TV sport. The British Grand Prix and Wimbledon Final are done and now a few hours to wait for the UEFA Euro 2016 final. Back to grind of work tomorrow, but only for four days then it’s off to a (currently) warmer and drier Netherlands, which will also be my first gig since I returned from Hellfest. After so long without a show it feels like I am getting a bit stir crazy.

So with the football tonight here’s the first band representing the pair of finalists. Here’s some old school thrash metal from the Portuguese Algarve, or Lagos to be more precise.

I don’t know much about Prayers Of Sanity as their Facebook page is pretty unused over the last year or so. They’ve released two very good albums in 2009 and 2012, so I’m assuming they’re still an active band. Like so many bands like this I discovered them on one of my many boring Sunday mornings sitting in front of the PC just searching for new music. Debut album Religion Blindness was the first thing I found by these guys.

For along time I was under the impression that Manowar – the band from New York City – were Portuguese. I think it was my dad who mentioned it for whatever reason as he was associating the band name with the jellyfish line creature of the same name – a Portuguese man o’ war. I was quite pleased on my one and only trip to the country that I was going to a place where a band I was listening to at the time was from.

Dehumanizer is lifted from the bands sophomore release Confrontations.




Finding someone to represent Portugal for the football was a lot harder than I thought it’d be. I nearly had to use Extreme due to Nuno Bettencourt being born there! I was that close. Then all of a sudden this gothic metal band came to me.

Representing A Seleção is Moonspell from Lisbon. The first time I saw them they were opening up for Morbid Angel and Immortal in Wolverhampton back in 1995. I think my brain just blanked the band from my memory when I was thinking of Portuguese bands as from what I can remember I really didn’t like them. Then again I don’t think Immortal were all that better.

They were at Bloodstock again in 2009, but again my memory banks are blank about them on that day too! They must be doing something right as they would be long assigned to the recycle bin years ago if they weren’t. Next year marks their silver anniversary. I’m off work in a week and I have a flight to Amsterdam, so I’ll get some recommendations of a good album and I’ll will genuinely give them another chance.

I’ve only been to Portugal once and that was a family holiday some time in the late 80’s. We went to a place on the Algarve called Monte Gordo. The only things I can remember from the holiday is a day trip over the border to Spain, and everywhere was closed when we got there. I also brought a white trucker cap with the Helloween pumpkin logo on. It seemed like I didn’t take it off for the duration of the holiday. So much so, on the plane home when I wasn’t wearing it I thought it was and remember trying to adjust it.

I’ve never heard this song so I have no idea if  it’s any good, but it’s top of the pile on a YouTube search so it has to be good, right? Extinct is apparently taken from the album of the same name released last year.