with Infestation and Affluenza
The Rock Attic, Streatham, London
20th December 2008
Live pics by HannTu
Live review by Stu Occupier
Virus were one of the first thrash bands to come out of the UK back in the early 80s, progressing from their punk/oi roots to lead the budding thrash movement in the UK. Unfortunately, despite touring with major names like Megadeth, Voivod, Kreator and Celtic Frost, they never struck it big. Metalworks Records kept faith in them and three albums were released, PRAY FOR WAR (1987), FORCE RECON (1988) and LUNACY (1989), but internal problems as well as the band’s apparent disregard for seniority within the metal press world (Coke punching a Kerrang editor in a London club being only one example) meant that the band split up. Now Coke McFinlay (guitars and vocals) and Virus are back and kicking arse, with a brand new line-up – consisting of Matt Cooper (bass, ex-Cellbound), Dave Sherwood (drums, ex-Doreterna, ex-Tiberium) and Sam Brandon (guitars, Matron) – and an upcoming EP.