War Inside My Head

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! 

Yes I know it’s the first day in February but I’ve seriously neglected the blog (again) for pushing 50 days! I’ve had the time to chuck a few words together but just haven’t had the get up and go to do it. So let this be a jump lead attached to the Lifetime blog. 

2017 was also a slow start on the gig front too – pretty much for the same “can’t be bothered” reason. Since the last post I went to one more gig before Christmas – a local event with some reunited 80’s Stoke bands. 

Up until Saturday my significant other half had attended more shows in 2017 when she went to a Queen tribute on Friday evening. My first one of the year was a total DIY show in a Birmingham rehearsal room with four fastcore and grind bands. I love the idea of matinée shows, being able to amble up to the train station and not have to worry about missing the last train or cutting a set short is much more relaxing. It also happens to be probably the coldest gig I’ve been to that had a roof on!

Number two soon followed within 24 hours with my first trip to the capital for the final date on the EMP Persistence tour. Seven bands of the more hardcore and crossover persuasion in six hours within the Kentish Town Forum. Three bands I’ve never seen live before (Mizery, Burn and Down to Nothing) who all impressed. Capped off by an incendiary set by Venice Beach natives Suicidal Tendencies. 

London trips by British Rail are always time consuming and energy zapping affairs, but if that’s where the mountain is…. I was out of the house for fifteen hours, but it’s easier to let the train take the strain – as the old TV adverts used to say. Plus travelling alone it’s more economical than driving there and back. 

War Inside My Head is taken from the bands second album Join The Army from 1987. This album was one of the pieces of vinyl that did the rounds at school with the handful of metal heads there, and still remains one of my favourite Suicidal albums nearly 30 years after I first heard it. 

I’m not sure where the video was filmed, but it certainly wasn’t recorded in ’87. The bass player on the video is Rob Trujillo (who I’ll be seeing on Friday) and he didn’t join until 1989. The video can be found on the 1990 tape Lights… Camera… Suicidal, which has never officially surfaced on DVD.

While we’re mentioning the Big 4, the addition of Dave Lombardo behind the drum kit has really added some bite to their live sound compared to the pair of shows I saw from them last year with the much more laid back Eric Moore on the drum-stool. 



Well I’ve just got back from watching Deadpool at the cinema. It’s very very good and very funny, predominantly with a dark sense of humour.

In contrast, this fine tomorrow I’ll be on my way home after seeing Suicidal Tendencies support Slipknot at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. They are the sole reason I’m attending this show in the huge cattle shed.

As it’s late I’ll keep this short. I’m not sure if this is the first video I saw by the band on MTV or Trip At The Brain, but as I’m seeing them twice in three days you’ll be treated to the other video over the weekend. Maybe.

Institutionalized is taken from the bands 1983 self titled debut release and was the first crossover (a hardcore and metal hybrid) videos to gain airplay on MTV when they did actually play music videos, who knew?

Keep your eyes peeled for an appearance by Slayer growler Tom Araya in the video. Thirteen years later Slayer would include a version of Memories of Tomorrow, also taken from the album that Institutionalized is featured on, when they released Undisputed Attitude.


Live Arena 2016.6

A quiet work week for shows until another weekend lumbers around the corner. 

Friday – Birmingham, Genting Arena 

Off to see Slipknot. Never been a fan of theirs and never seen them. I may have been at festivals and caught half a song here and there, but never purposely purchased a ticket to see them. I’m only going to catch support band Suicidal Tendencies, but I’ll be at the mercy of Virgin Trains so I might see more Slipknot than expected. 

Saturday – ????

I have ideas. I have options. But nothing concrete as of yet. I may pop up in Sheffield, Wolverhampton or one of  three different shows in Manchester. I’ll keep you posted. 

Sunday – Dublin, Academy

I’m on a plane late Sunday afternoon to see one of a handful of Suicidal Tendencies headlining shows on their off days during their European trek supporting Slipknot. I’ll be on the Emerald Isle for approximately 13 hours for this sold out show! 


Live Arena 9

Well this weekends superb Nightwish extravaganza brought 2015’s gig diary to a close and now I’m looking forward to 2016.

So far plenty of bands to look forward to seeing over the forthcoming twelve months including a trip to Canada in April and a few continental European visits potentially. But first Christmas and New Year shenanigans to endure!

A few of next years shows I’ll be catching.


Accept My Sacrifice

Alright then, let’s see how this goes! On a train home – well nearly home, got to drive from Derby as the UK seems to think no one wants a train too far north on a Saturday night!

Sitting in first class (only a couple of quid extra so why not?) fired up iTunes and the first track thrown up was Accept My Sacrifice by Suicidal Tendencies.

Formed in 1981 in Venice, Los Angeles, Suicidal (I’m feeling lazy to add the Tendencies part every time I mention them, so please forgive me) were an early proponent of a genre referred to as Crossover, or Crossover Thrash. It basically mixes thrash metal with a bit more hardcore punk, giving you often more punchier and shorter songs.

When I was at school for some reason Suicidal’s second album Join The Army was passed around and swapped numerous times. No idea why, maybe we just didn’t understand it as youngsters back then?

The bands big break thru came in 1990 with the release of Lights…Camera…Revolution! where they became more thrash than crossover. MTV playing You Can’t Bring Me Down definitely helped the album reach gold status.

This track is taken from the 1992 follow up The Art Of Rebellion that saw the band go further away from Crossover and experiment with a bit more funk in places.

This album also features a certain Robert Trujillo on bass. He cut his teeth with Suicidal from 1989’s Controlled By Hatred (where he was billed as Stymee!) through to Suicidal For Life in 1994. Did a bit for Ozzy Osbourne’s band then joined metal behemoth Metallica.