Alcatraz Line up: 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023
Named for the second album by Canadian thrashers Razor, these Belgian speed thrashers have become a household name on the European heavy music scene. Relentless touring saw them forge an enviable live reputation even before their self-titled debut EP dropped in 2013. On the heels of several successful European tours - and two sold-out shows in Osaka, Japan - they hit the studio to complete their first full CD. With nine neck-wrecking tracks, ‘Pulses of Pleasure’ (2015) is a balls-out thrash record. Their music is a throwback to (mid-)80s thrash and heavy metal and is characterised by high-pitched vocals, furious riffing, face-melting solos, a rhythm section as tight as a duck’s arse and tons of aggression. Their sophomore effort ‘Feed Me Violence’ built on the momentum generated by their debut and brought more variation to the formula as the foursome continued to perfect their blend of classic thrash with a contemporary twist. The live DVD ‘Surge of Insanity’ (2019) captures the live prowess and relentless drive of this well-oiled machine and documents why they are serious contenders for the European thrash throne. ‘In Deepest Black’, the leading single off their latest album ‘Shattering Reflection’ (2022), saw the Invaders venture into uncharted waters, broadening their horizons and helping them tap into a new demographic without betraying their origins. The album hits the sweet spot between lacerating contributions and more anthemic tracks. We’re grateful they were able to fill in on such short notice and as for you, you won’t regret it!