Posts Tagged ‘Virus’

Suicidal Tendencies / Inspector Cluzo / Virus – Electric Ballroom, London

June 27th, 2009




All live pics and review by HannTu

When you think of crossover thrash, you either think of Agnostic Front or Suicidal Tendencies. These guys were doing it way before the current crop of Municipal Waste or what-have-you, and they did it with an undeniable and unbridled sense of cool. Suicidal Tendencies have been around longer than most, but they haven’t lost the fireball energy at their live shows, and the thought of Mike Muir and co. grabbing London by the balls filled most thrashers with joy. On the very same night, the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards were being held in the O2, but the Electric Ballroom in Camden was still packed to the brim for the arrival of the Cyco crew.


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Virus / Infestation / Affluenza – Rock Attic, London

December 31st, 2008


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.


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