Alcatraz Line up: 2018, 2021
The NWOBHM exploded in England’s industrial midlands in the late 70s, laying the groundwork for the speed and thrash metal genres that flourished in the 80s. Fast forward to the early 21st century and the NWOSTM, consisting of scores of young thrash bands that put a new spin on the old school stuff, is enveloping the globe. Hailing from Greece, Suicidal Angels are one of those bands that continue to revitalise the thrash genre. On their debut EP ‘Armies of Hell’ they wear their love of old-school thrash on their sleeve and the likes of Kreator and Detruction immediately spring to mind. The following year their full-length debut dropped: ‘Eternal Domination’ perpetuated the band’s Teutonic leanings with a classic thrash offering delivered in a rather constant tempo. Since then they’ve grown musically, as illustrated by 2016’s ‘Division of Blood’: Intelligent tempo changes, ripping solos, Nick Melissourgos’s improved vocal skills and an undiminished passion for their craft. Who said that thrash was dead? Their live recording ‘Conquering Europe’ (2016) will set the doubters straight on that score.